Local theater seeks actors, stage hands for upcoming shows
December 15, 2011 • Amber Lee Carnahan, Staff Writer
Filed under Arts and Entertainment
The Community Theatre of Howell, housed in the Howell High School Freshman Campus, invites community members to get involved. It’s never too late to be a star. This local theatre has many opportunities for actors of all ages.
Although the season is halfway over-White Christmas and Willy Wonka come and gone – you still have a chance to participate in your local theatre. If you aren’t looking for an acting part, you could always lend a hand backstage during for the upcoming play, Steel Magnolias, which will be presented on February 3, 4, 10, and 11 of 2012 at 7:30 pm, and on February 5 and 12 at 2:00 pm. However, if you are more interested in the performing aspect of a play, then you should consider Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which will take the stage in May.
“I look forward to sitting in the audience, enjoying the laughter as they see the show,” the director, Becky Dilworth, says, already looking forward to seeing her play come to life. “I love to laugh, and who doesn’t need more laughter in their lives?”
In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, produced by Theresia Rogers, Lawrence Jameson is a handsome, suave, and sophisticated gentleman who makes his living by charming rich ladies out of their money, while small time crook and utterly unsophisticated Freddy Benson tells rich ladies lies about his grandmother’s failing health to get their cash. Once the two conmen meet, they decide the world isn’t big enough for the both of them, so they agree on a duel – the first man to swindle $50,000 from the lovely American heiress, Christine Colgate, wins.
“I know that the rehearsals will be fun as we work through the material,” Dilworth says. “The actors in this show must have a good sense of humor and I envision a process of building the show that involves a lot of laughing!”
Auditions for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are on February 16 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Freshman Campus. Actors will be asked to sing a portion of one of the songs and dance an audition number. This dance will be taught at the dance workshop, which is February 15, also at the Freshman Campus. The workshop is not required, but it is highly recommended. Readings and callbacks will be the following day, February 17, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Ages to audition can range from 14 to older, but all cast members must be able to appear 18 or older.
“My kids started doing theater at CTH 13 years ago and I just fell in love with the process of going from an idea to a full-fledged live story,” says Dilworth. “There is a feeling from live theater that simply cannot be matched by a movie. There is a communion with the audience. There is a connection between the actor and the audience that is unlike anything else. You become transported and feel their story.”
If you’ve never starred in a play with CTH before, then now is your chance. For more information on upcoming plays and ways to get involved, you can visit cththeatre.org.