Theatre offers open auditions

Auditions for “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho will be happening at 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 9 and at 4-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Garvey Fine Arts Center room 32.

Brian Ashley, [email protected] is a senior mass media major

Auditions for “The Language Archive” by Julia Cho will be happening at 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 9 and at 4-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Garvey Fine Arts Center room 32.

The wide variety of task that must be completed before and during a show allows people with a various skills and schedules to easily participate. Students do not have to be a drama major to get involved in a production.

“We deal with just as many non-majors as majors so it is not hard to break in,” said Paul Prece, department chair.

Getting involved is easy. First thing to do is check out the board in the Garvey Fine Arts Center in front of room 133 and see if the upcoming show sounds interesting. If something seems appealing then go inside and check out a script. Scripts are available for a deposit of $5 and students are encouraged to read through it.

It is a good idea to become familiar with the play even though auditions are usually done with a cold reading, which is reading through a part without the requirement of having something prepared. Students will also fill out a form with contact information and any skills they possess whether it’s dancing, belching, or just being handy with tools.

Auditions last for two days. If someone has an interest in auditioning but are nervous about it they are encouraged to come out for the first day to watch the others and then to come back the next day to give it a try. If one part is more appealing than others then the director will usually allow someone to read that during auditions.

“We do our auditions in the least anxiety-inducing way possible,” said Prece.

If someone isn’t sure about what they need to do to prepare there are people in the office who can assist them.

“I can direct students who are interested or have further questions,” said Linda Smith, who is the department secretary and an adjunct professor.

Once auditions are complete students should check the board for call backs and the cast list.

If performing doesn’t sound appealing then there are technical roles available for those who have an interest in doing lights, sound, building sets, or being part of the running crew.

People are still needed for the running crew of “Keely and Du” by Jane Martin which runs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1 and at 2:00 p.m. on March 2.

These are great for people with busy schedules since they tend to be less time consuming but no less important than performing. It takes plenty of people to put on a good show and since the department is small there are plenty of opportunities available for anyone who is interested.

“It’s a real team building sort of thing. All you start with is a book with words and what is created is a truly unique experience,” said Prece.