HOUGHTON, Michigan – Michigan Tech’s “Tech Theatre Company” will hold public auditions for two plays next week, on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday Sept. 1, in the McArdle Theatre, Walker 207, on the 2nd Floor of Michigan Tech’s Walker Center for Humanities and Art, at 7:00 PM each night. There will be Call Backs as needed on Friday, Sept. 2. No preparation or previous acting experience required. Rehearsals will be Sunday through Friday evenings. All actors will not be required at all rehearsals. There will be over 40 roles between the two plays that need to be filled: One baritone singing part is available, up to eleven female roles available, up to thirty male parts, and two parts that are non-gender specific.
The plays are Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, which will have six performances: October 13-15 and 20-22; and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brech, which will have three performances, November 10-12. Both plays will be held in the McArdle Theatre, at 7:30 PM each night.
The first play, Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, is both science and fiction. The play blends the discovery of how to measure the universe with the essence of the Discover’s life story. Set against the turmoil of the cry for social justice at the beginning of the 20th century, the chronicle of Henrietta Leavitt counterpoints the power of a passion for work with the desire for love and family.
Silent Sky calls for 5 actors: 4 women and 1 man. Audition details: Includes games and readings from the script.
“Gangsters! Tommy guns! Cauliflower! The second play, Bertolt Brecht’s dark comedy The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, set in the ’30s in Chicago, is the story of a strongman’s rise to the head of the Cauliflower Trust that has many parallels around the world today. Written as a parable about Hitler’s rise to power, the story applies to any situation in which a charismatic leader exploits the economic fears of the little guy to seize more and more power. There’s jazz, gun-molls, shady backroom deals, and lots of dark laughs.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui has upwards of 38 roles: Women: 3+ needed (up to 6 possible). Men: 19+ needed (up to 30 possible…one singing part, baritone preferred). Gender irrelevant: 2+. Audition details: No monologues needed, just come ready to read, and dressed for movement. No previous experience required!
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