Casting call for Marion Art Center spring play
MARION — The Marion Art Center has announced open auditions for all roles in the upcoming production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov beginning on Jan. 5, a drama that examines and illustrates the prevailing class structure of Chekhov’s Russia.
Ranevskaya struggles to deal with the realities of losing her family estate, her daughters Anya and Varya choose their own ways to deal with the big changes ahead of them. Meanwhile their neighbor, Lopakhin, tries to solve everyone’s problems with new money and new ideas.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:00 a.m., and on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant St.
Performances will be Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17 and Thursday, March 21 through Saturday, March 23. The Sunday performance will start at 2:00 p.m. and all other performances will start at 7:30 p.m.
Director Kate Fishman will be casting five females and ten males with several roles as guests and servants for anyone wanting to start in theater without a heavy responsibility. Actors should read ages near real age, between seventeen through fifties, with one male role that will read in his eighties.
Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script, which can be accessed on www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7986.
No prior acting experience is necessary; both accomplished and aspiring actors are encouraged to audition. Participants can expect 2 to 3 rehearsals a week during January, February and early March. Rehearsal scheduling will be flexible and take actors needs into consideration.
Director Kate Fishman says, “I’m also looking for volunteers for stage manager, set builders, and other tech help, so please contact the Marion Art Center if you’d like to be part of this production. We’d love to hear from you!”