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Auditions for Spring Semester 2017-18

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The Department of Theatre is looking to cast roles for two productions

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury
  • 2 black men
  • 2 white men
  • 1 black woman
  • 1 white woman
Tartuffe by Moliere
  • 7 men
  • 5 women

When and Where

Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00-10:00pm and Wednesday, November 29th from 6:00-10:00pm.

Callbacks will be held Thursday, November 30th from 6:00-10:00pm.

Auditions will be held in Gates-Abegglen Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts. Please report to the Green Room (CPA 144) 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time.

How to Schedule an Audition Time

Please sign up for an audition time on the call board, located in the hallway adjacent to the Green Room (CPA 144) in the Center for Performing Arts. 

What to Prepare

  • For We Are Proud to Present: Please prepare a 60-90 second contemporary monologue that is as close to your own character type and personality as possible. The monologue may be dramatic or comedic.

  • For Tartuffe: Choose the role you would like to audition for. Prepare a monologue, from Tartuffe or from another play, that showcases your talent in playing that role. Look for a piece with heightened language (written in verse, the sort of which both Moliere and Shakespeare used)

  • You will have 4 minutes to perform all audition pieces. This includes both monologues if you are auditioning for both productions

  • Scripts are on reserve in the Amos Music Library. Please read the script before auditions!

About Tartuffe

This play is known the world over to such an extent that the very word "Tartuffe" is synonymous in many languages with "imposter," "hypocrite," or "fraud." This is because the title character, in pretending to be a man of great religious devotion and righteousness, worms his way into a household of prestige and wealth, his aim being to take over the family coffers for himself. He very nearly succeeds, too, due to the naive nature of the head of that household, who provides an easy target for Tartuffe's dangerous motives.

Character Breakdown

Mme. Pernelle, Orgon's mother, adheres tenaciously to one narrow-minded view of the world: those who behave well according to her severe interpretation of Christian principles and those who do not.

Orgon, Elmire's husband, at the moment falling in line with him mother's worldview in his pursuit of pious Christian principles, naive to the point of blindness, short-fused when defied or out-witted

Elmire, Orgon's second wife, beautiful, clever, witty, reasonable, and patient

Damis, Orgon's son, Elmire's stepson, short-tempered, given to tirades, lacks finesse

Mariane, Orgon's daughter, Elmire's stepdaughter, in love with Valere, young, obedient, impressionable, and proud

Valere, in love with Mariane, young and proud

Cleante, Orgon's brother-in-law, the voice of reason, earnest, faithful

Tartuffe, a huckster, a fraud, a hypocrite, pretends to espouse and practice Christian virtues only to manipulate Orgon into handing over his entire estate

Dorine, a maid, nimble-witted, quick to size up a situation, assertive, playful 

Loyale, a bailiff, delicious irony dripping from every word and gesture, a master of feigning understatement, officious, nothing loyal about him, enjoys the spotlight

A Police Officer, represents the king, upright, enlightened, calming

Flipote, Mme. Pernelle's maid

About We Are Proud to Present...

The play is a comedic dramatization of the largely forgotten Herero and Namaqua genocide which took place in Namibia between 1904 and 1907 when the region was a German colony, after Germany confiscated tribal lands and the Herero people rebelled. The retribution over four years by German soldiers resulted in more than 65,000 deaths. The play deals with the enormity of this story by introducing it through the actors of a "presentation" which is intended to tell the story, and shows how the various players respond to the gruesome facts during first rehearsal.

We Are Proud To Present has been described by reviewers as a “historical gut punch” will likely make the audience uncomfortable…as well as the actors. When the story untold becomes told, who gets to tell it? Who hears it? The actors (who are played by actors) in this script try their best to stick to the script and provide a tight production with which to tell this story…but are forced to improvise, as they are hearing the story for the first time as well.

Character Breakdown

Actor 1 / White Man
Actor 2 / Black Man
Actor 3 / Another White Man
Actor 4 / Another Black Man
Actor 5 / Sarah
Actor 6 / Black Woman

All are young, somewhere in their 20’s, ish, and they should seem young, open, skilled, playful, and perhaps, at times, a little foolish.