Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Reminder: Auditions!!!

Just a reminder to any and all that auditions for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, directed by Susan Devine, are next Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Come prepared to read sides from the script (no need to memorize a monologue -- hallelujah!) and if you can do a Southern accent, be ready to bust it out.

This is one of the lamest updates ever ... not only is it super short, it's also the same information I've put in the last two updates. So, to make it a little more interesting, I'll leave you all with some pictures of some truly awful bridesmaid dresses. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed finding them :)

(This one actually won an award for the ugliest dress at the "Once Was Enough" Ugly Bridesmaid Dress competition. I want to go to this thing.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Not much new to report ...

... since we're between shows. (I just typed "shoes" on accident, and almost left it, cuz I thought it was funny, but I figured it would really confuse people.)

We do, however, have the poster for the next show! At least, a draft of it. Once the show is cast, all the "Does" will be removed and real names put in.

Again, audition info:

Auditions are December 2-3 at 7:30 pm. Callbacks, if necessary, will be December 10 at 7:30 pm. Actors will read sides from the script; no monologues need to be prepared. See the post below for more information about the individual characters.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Further clarification on 5 Women Audition

I spoke to Susan Devine, the director of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and this is what she said regarding the ages and the accents:

I don't care about the ages. Meredith should play a little young - that's all. I will work up character descriptions and sides for auditons over the next few days. And - I will ask actors to read without and accent and then with one. I just need to know that they can acquire a little southern accent. But, it's far more important that they can carry off the comedy and character.

So there we go. Meredith and Frances are early-to-mid 20s ish, Trisha, Tripp, and Georgeanne are early 30s ish, Minday is late 40s ish, but those are all flexible.

If you can't do a Southern accent now, start working on it, but it's not a deal breaker :)

EDIT: Reminder that there IS a male character in the show; his name is Tripp. He appears towards the end, and has a good one-on-one scene (and kiss) with Trisha.

Elephant Man and 5 Women

I know, I know. I promised an update yesterday. But since I haven't been around to know what's been going on, I had to do some digging to get information for you, and it took a little longer than I'd thought.

Thus far, The Elephant Man has been getting great reviews from the audiences; the cast has been getting standing ovations every night, and director Natalie Safley's Master's program mentor came to see the show, which was Natalie's thesis project, and loved it. So Natalie is now a Master of Directing! Go Natalie!

Also, the CCT/2FT website now has an RSS feed. I had to get Michael Schaaff to explain to me what that means, but essentially, it means that you can get automatic updates whenever something new is added to the website. I'm still fuzzy on the details of how that works, but when I figure it out, I'll let y'all know -- it's a good way to keep abreast of audition notices, show dates, etc.

Finally, CCT/2FT will soon be holding auditions for its winter show, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Auditions will be held in the Waddell Conference Room (114) on December 2nd, 2008 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm and December 3rd, 2008 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Callbacks (if needed) will be held in the theater on December 10th, 2008 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Actors will be brought into the audition space 2-3 at a time to read sides from the script.

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist (early-to-mid 20s); Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom (mid-to-late 30s); Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior (early 30s); Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret(early-to-mid 20s); and Trisha, a jaded beauty (early 30s) whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye (early 30s). As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny.

EDIT: Yes, Tripp is a character who appears onstage. Meaning there is a male part in the show. Meaning we will need guys at auditions :)

The age ranges I just gave are approximate, and my own opinion based on what I've read of the script. If you are younger than mid-20s but look older, or older than mid-30s but look younger, come on out! I'll check with the director about how hard she's sticking to these ages and post back soon.

You do not have to be a NOVA student to audition.

We've also had questions about whether actors should come prepared with a Southern accent; I'll check with the director on this and report back. My guess would be that it can't hurt to start practicing your Scarlett O'Hara voice.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm back!

Hello loyal readers! I am back, married, and honeymooned, and I logged in to read Theresa's updates over the past couple of weeks and lo and behold, she appears to have forgotten all about you! Bad producer!!! *shakes finger*

Now, of course, it's the end of the workday, so I don't have time for Update Tuesday (sorry guys, still picking up the pieces from my vacation here at work, but the good news is that I think I'm mostly done for the moment). But I promise you that I will update tomorrow. I don't really know what the update will be about, since I've been out of the country and thus have no idea what's been going on Stateside, but I'll figure something out. Wait with bated breath, y'all. With bated breath.