Auditions for cast and interviews with crew for the thirty-sixth season of Carey Dinner Theatre (CDT) are Saturday, March 26beginning at 10 a.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus of William Carey University.
CDT presents two musicals in June and July. Each member of the company, both performers and staff, is paid. The financial package includes salary, tips (company members serve during dinner), and housing.
Those auditioning as performers will present a one-minute monolog from a modern prose play (no dialect), a one-minute vocal selection from a Broadway musical, and will participate in a dance audition. Each person who auditions should bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition. An accompanist will be available, but will not transpose. Taped accompaniment may be used.
Audition requirements for pianists include a prepared two-minute selection from a Broadway musical. Sight reading will be required.
Interviews will be held also for technicians, costume assistants, house-box office managers, and office assistants. Each person will complete an application and interview with staff. Portfolios are invited. Performers may also apply for staff positions.
Each applicant should bring a head shot to the audition/interview. For more information call 601-318-6218 or email@example.com. Contracts are issued as soon as possible after March 26 and are offered only to those who have graduated from high school by May 30, 2011. The company commitment is May 30 through July 25.
William Carey University will hold a ceremony to dedicate the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theater on Thursday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The nearly $1.4 million facility is over 7000 square feet and includes a 3100 square foot black box performance space, a spacious serving room for Carey Dinner Theater, handicap accessibility, and catwalks for the lighting and sound crew.
The WCU theatre department will present its first performance, James Glossman’s “Flying Crows,” in the newly constructed theater at 7:30 p.m. October 28 – 30 and also at 2 p.m. on October 30. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 4 p.m. beginning October 25.
The play is based on the novel by Jim Lehrer of PBS “Newshour.”
The public is invited to attend the October 28 dedication ceremony with an Open House and tours to follow.
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One of William Shakespeare’s most free-wheeling and accessible comedies will debut on the stage of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Martha R. Tatum Theatre Thursday, June 24 for the 34th season of Southern Arena Theatre (SAT).“The Comedy of Errors” tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Wild confusion results in the town of Syracuse as the twins are mistaken for each other by the townspeople.
Shakespeare uses the irresistible device of confusion of identity to create one hilarious scene after another, which may remind modern audiences of contemporary “straight man/comic man” routines. To support the accessibility of the play, the 2010 SAT production sets “The Comedy of Errors” in an exotic 20th century setting, influenced by the style of early Fellini films.
“Shakespeare wrote this play as pure entertainment, and it pleases audiences today as much as it must have in Elizabethan times,” said Lou Rackoff,
Joseph Lopez, top left, T.J. Kent, bottom right, aNelson Rodriguez, bottom left, and Trent Oldham, top right, are cast for The University of Southern Mississippi’s upcoming production of “The Comedy of Errors.”
chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We chose ‘The Comedy of Errors’ because it promises to offer audiences a madcap escape into a highly theatrical and joyous theatre event.”
The plot is simple: Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive in Ephesus, where it is forbidden for anyone from Syracuse to enter. Unknown to them, their identical and long lost twin brothers are in Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, near seduction, accusations of infidelity, theft and madness.
“We know this will be great summer entertainment and a fitting celebration of the 34 seasons of SAT in our community,” Rackoff said.
SAT is a collaborative effort between both students and faculty of the Southern Miss theatre department. Much like a professional theatre company, both cast and crew work during the summer months to produce a wonderful theatrical production for the campus and local community. Corporate donors for the 2010 season are Raising Cane’s and Moore’s Bike Shop.
Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. June 24-26, 29-30, July 1-3 and at 2 p.m. June 27 and July 4. Prices are as follows: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, faculty, staff and military and $6 for students. All performances will be at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. For more information, contact the Southern Miss Department of Theatre and Dance at 601.266.4994.