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Additional Auditions Tuesday May 5th

30 Apr

Come audition for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Auditions are for adult roles and children 8 and up.

Audition DaECT Attic Lighttes
6:00pm – 8:00pm Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Location
J.C. McKenna Middle School Auditorium
307 South 1st Street, Evansville, WI

Performance Dates
July 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2015
at the Evansville High School Performing Arts Center

Rehearsal Schedule: Rehearsals start in May and will be weekday evenings, some Saturdays may be required as we get closer to the production.

Check out the Auditions page at ecttheater for more information and sides to prepare.

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What to Expect When You’re Auditioning

6 May

Like to sing? Like to dance? Like to entertain an audience? Come to Evansville’s J.C. McKenna Middle School on Saturday between 10 and 2 or Monday evening from 6 to 8 and audition for ECT’s Little Shop of Horrors. 

You'll audition here!

You’ll audition here!

So what should you do? First prepare 16 bars of your favorite show tune and make sure you bring the piano music along. Some excerpts from the play as well as some forms that you will need to fill out are available on the Audition page on our website, the Eager Free Public Library, or will be available at auditions. You don’t need to prepare a monologue but Melissa the Director and Co-Director Dave will have you do some dialogues from those excerpts.

Once you get to the Middle School, come in the front doors on First Street. We will have greeters waiting for you and will show you to the cafeteria where you will stop to get your picture taken. If you haven’t filled out the forms you will need to do that first, then once Melissa is ready, we will take you into the auditorium. There you will let your song rip, do some dialogues, talk to crew and then you’re on your way.

The only requirements are that you are high school age or older and be available for most rehearsals during May and June and all rehearsals and performances in July. One of the challenges of this play is that we will be renting Audrey II and we won’t be able to get her until the weekend before our final week of rehearsals.

Little Shop has a small cast but we are always looking for new faces. So if you always wanted to try acting or you’ve acted in lots of plays come audition!

We'll perform at the beautiful Evansville High School Performing Arts Center

We’ll perform at the beautiful Evansville High School Performing Arts Center

 

Little Shop of Horrors Auditions

12 Apr

Little Shop croppedEvansville Community Theatre invites you to audition for Little Shop of Horrors. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday May 10th from 10 to 2 and Monday May 12th from 6 to 8.

The cast is 4 male and 4 female roles as well as an ensemble. Call backs will be Tuesday May 13th. Auditions will be held at JC McKenna Middle School, 307 South 1st Street in Evansville. Those auditioning must be high school age or older.

Please bring piano music and be prepared to sing at least 16 bars of any selection from a musical. Also be ready to read from the script. A prepared monologue will not be necessary. Script sides (excerpts) will be available at Eager Free Public Library and on the ECT website .

Don’t want to be on stage but want to get involved? We always need lots of help for productions so contact us if you would like to get involved in community theater!

 

There’s a Cat…In a Hat!

24 Feb

In the background it has started–a production team meeting, the set designers have been meeting off and on for weeks–it can only mean one thing, a new show is on tap. ECT proudly presents Seussical the Musical at the Evansville High School Performing Arts Center in July.

Auditions are coming in May, so warm up your voice and watch the website for updates and audition details!

Seussical Promo Single Show FlyerSeussical the Musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Meet all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo. The colorful characters transport you from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Seussical is fun for the whole family!

AUDITIONS
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a -12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Auditions will be held at J.C. McKenna Middle School in Evansville.

Tuesday Auditions for A Christmas Story

9 Sep

Saturday auditions are over but on Tuesday September 11 from 6 to 9, ECT will be holding another audition for A Christmas Story. The auditions are at the J.C. McKenna Middle School.

All parts, including the adult parts are open. The play calls for a cast of 2 men, 2 women, and 7 children. The roles for children are for 5 boys ages 7 to 15, and 2 girls ages 9 to 12. Anyone new to the stage is encouraged to audition; previous performers are also welcome to audition. Audition pieces are at the Evansville Public Library or will be available at auditions.

Based on the classic movie featuring a Red Ryder bb gun as Ralphie’s coveted Christmas gift, A Christmas Story, adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, is a joyous celebration of childhood in the Midwest in 1938.

Performance Times: November 30, 7 p.m.
December 1, 2 and 7 p.m.

Auditions for A Christmas Story this Saturday

5 Sep

A Major Award!

It’s official, Evansville Community Theatre will be presenting A Christmas Story again this year. But the problem with plays that have kids is the kids grow up and we need new ones to replace them. So this Saturday, September 8 from 9 to 1 and Tuesday September 11 from 6 to 8, ECT will be holding auditions. The auditions will be at the J.C. McKenna Middle School.

All parts, including the adult parts are open. The play calls for a cast of 2 men, 2 women, and 7 children. The roles for children are for 5 boys ages 7 to 15, and 2 girls ages 9 to 12. Anyone new to the stage is encouraged to audition; previous performers are also welcome to audition. Audition pieces are at the Evansville Public Library or will be available at auditions.

Based on the classic movie featuring a Red Ryder bb gun as Ralphie’s coveted Christmas gift, A Christmas Story, adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, is a joyous celebration of childhood in the Midwest in 1938.

Performance Times: November 30, 7 p.m.
December 1, 2 and 7 p.m.

Speaking of auditions

18 May

On the ECT Facebook page somebody asked how many people auditioned for Fiddler on the Roof and the answer is 70. It was a great turnout. So great, in fact, that Director Christa Stowers pushed callbacks from Tuesday to Thursday to give her more time to consider the possibilities.

Waiting to audition.

On Saturday and Monday, the J.C. McKenna cafeteria was the waiting room as people waited patiently for their turn to audition. Over the course of the day 40 people showed up so there was plenty of time to think. I was trying to get a sense of what people were feeling while they waitied–some looked tense, others chatted or laughed, some sat in one place while others walked around. I’ve never even considered auditioning for a musical so I really have no idea what it would be like.

Director Christa Stowers and Stage Manger Melissa Schnepper listen.

Director Christa Stowers and Stage Manager Melissa Schnepper listen.

Well, I do, I guess. I remember when I was in 6th grade, I was pulled out of class and led to the music room where our music teacher handed me the words to a song we had been singing in class and asked me to sing it. There were two other teachers in the room to listen along. She played, I, overwhelmed by nerves, did my best to sing. If it had been like American Idol, and the group would have then given me feedback, I would have been told I was “pitchy and out of key.” It was all I could do to keep from fainting. I did get a role however. I got to turn pages for the pianist during the play, The Sound of Music.

I did fool Julie Hutchinson, our Music Director, on Saturday, when I ran some paperwork into the auditorium between auditions. She exclaimed, “are you auditioning?” So I gave her a few bars of The Sound of Music as I dropped off the paperwork.  I generally don’t sing in public, which I’m sure people are grateful for. If I had thought about it, for even a moment, I wouldn’t have been able to actually do it.

Music Director Julie Hutchinson

So, while I was sitting in the cafeteria, I was trying to figure out how people deal with musical auditions. Are they nervous, tense, indifferent, or confident? I watched and wondered, and from what little of the auditions I heard I realized that once Julie played the first few notes on the piano whatever they felt during their wait disappeared and the songs came out beautifully.

Pounding nails on Saturday!

13 May

Set Designer Scott Brummond reports: Set construction fun starts at 8:00 am in the Evansville High School Performing Arts Center shop. We’ll start with Tevye’s house and work from there. Come on by before you audition and get rid of the nervous, pre-audition jitters. Call it audition therapy. We’re there till noon.

Scott's model of Tevye's House

If you want to get involved come over to EHS Saturday morning. The shop is in the back of the school of off West Fair Street by the baseball field. Come join the fun!

Auditions will be held at the JC McKenna Middle School  307 South 1st Street, starting at 10. You can find a map and helpful audition information, sample readings, character descriptions, and and other information at the ECT website. Click on the Fiddler poster to get to the audition page.

Looks like we might be doing a show…

11 May

It’s almost upon us again. Saturday will be the start of a slippery slope that will consume us through July. Aspiring amateur actors wanting to be a part of Fiddler on the Roof will arrive at JC McKenna Middle School and lumber will arrive at the back door of the Evansville High School theater shop.

The production team had its last pre-production meeting this evening, with a discussion that consisted mostly of questions. What positions still need to be filled? What forms need to be copied for Saturday’s auditions? What time are auditions? Are you sure? What shape will the auditorium be in? Is the high school ready? When will the rehearsals move to the high school? How will we handle the dream scene? Oh! Does anybody know an accordion player? Sadly, the number of answers falls well short of the number of questions.

As the train starts in motion, many of the answers will appear and many of the questions will be forgotten. And as our set designer, Scott Brummond pointed out, “before you know it we’ll be drinking beer at the post-strike picnic.” At that point whatever questions aren’t answered won’t matter.

The important issue now is that auditions are Saturday from 10 to 12 and 1 to 3 (sorry we have to feed the volunteers at some point or they get crabby). If you can’t make it then a second opportunity is Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. You can find a map and helpful audition information, sample readings, character descriptions, and and other information at the ECT website. Click on the Fiddler poster to get to the audition page.

And if, like me, you either can’t sing or don’t want to be on stage, then there are plenty of opportunities to use your other talents sewing, painting, pounding nails or helping bring the models pictured below to life. We really need your skills so come join us!

Scott's Fiddler on the Roof set model

Fiddler Auditions This Saturday!!

9 May

Your chance of stardom awaits! This Saturday, May 14th from 10 to 12 and 1 to 3,  as well as Monday May 16th from 6:30 to 8:30, we invite you to audition for Fiddler on the Roof. Auditions will be held at the JC McKenna Middle School  307 South 1st Street, Evansville. You can find a map and helpful audition information, sample readings, character descriptions, and and other information at the ECT website. Click on the Fiddler poster to get to the audition page.

Here’s what to expect when you get there. First one of our smiling volunteers will hand you a packet of papers to fill out–the usual things so our director and producers can get to know you, the waivers that the lawyers require including one that allows me, the friendly blogger to include you in pictures for both this blog and our website. You’ll be shown into the glamorous JC McKenna cafeteria where you will stop by and get your picture taken (by the writer of this blog). After your picture you’ll have time to fill out the forms and warm up your voice if you’re so inclined.

Next we’ll show you into the luxurious auditorium where the director and the producers will be waiting with bated breath to hear you read and sing. A handy sheet of tips from our director is here.  The McKenna Auditorium is quaint and capable but don’t get too enamored with the venue, it is only temporary until the school year ends.

JC McKenna Auditorium from the stage

While early rehearsals take place at JC McKenna, as soon as the final events of the school year are finished the production will move to the Evansville High School Performing Arts Center. This is truly a beautiful venue and one the city of Evansville is lucky to have.

Evansville High School Performing Arts Center

After you’re done, the team will probably give you some words of encouragement and also tell you when to expect call backs. They will be happy to answer any questions too.

My words of advice? Relax and have fun. While ECT prides itself in producing quality plays, we also pride ourselves in getting people involved and are always looking for new faces to join the cast. We are looking forward to meeting you this Saturday (or Monday) so come audition!

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