Mountain Theatre Alliance opens auditions for new play

Open auditions will be held by the Mountain Theatre Alliance Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. The group is selecting its cast for their November dinner theatre production.

“‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’ by John Bishop is a wildly comic romp that enjoyed a long and critically hailed run, both on and off Broadway,” producer Kat Fair wrote in a call for amateur and professional actors from throughout the Mountain Communities to audition.

The play is “poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of show biz and the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, as those assembled (at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle the mystery of a stage door slasher,” Fair said, adding that the result is “a nonstop barrage of laughter.”

To audition, come to the Pine Mountain Clubhouse Pool Pavilion. All actors are invited to audition. The characters to be cast include:
•Helsa: male or female (a dual brother/sister role); age 20 to 40
•Elsa: financial backer, energetic, eccentric; age 40 to 60+
•Michael Kelly: male undercover cop; age 35+
•Patrick O’Reilly: male faux Irish tenor; age 35+
•Ken de la Maize: male “typical director;” age 40+
•Nikki: female spy, fronting as a chorus girl; age 20 to 40
•Eddie McCuen: male, out-of- work comedian; age 20 to 50
•Marjorie: female producer with her own “language;” age 40+
•Roger: male Broadway composer; age 35+
•Bernice: female lyricist, emotional and high strung; age 35+

“The Mountain Theatre Alliance (MTA) is a volunteer organization whose mission is to bring the great plays of America’s theatrical heritage, as well as works from authors across the world, to be performed and staged by theater enthusiasts from our Mountain Communities,” Fair explained.

The group seeks volunteers for all aspects of pre-production, backstage and front-of-house support as well: “If you like to sew costumes, paint scenery, manage props, run lights, sell tickets or help in any way, please join in,” Fair said. Call 661-242-6904 for more information on volunteering or auditions.

MTA is currently co-producing the comedy “Educating Rita” at Base Camp in Pine Mountain Village. “Rita” runs September 27-28 at 8 p.m. Call 661-242-2709 for reservations and tickets. Seating is limited.

MTA has also co-produced ”The Lion in Winter,” “Goodbye Charlie” and “Rumors” with the Pine Mountain Club POA.

–Compiled from MTA materials

This is part of the September 27, 2013 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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