Auditions + Crew Call for Fall 2017 Mainstage
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The Theater Studies mainstage presentation each semester is also a class, THEATRST 350, that students in the cast and crew take for academic credit as they delve into the world of the show with the faculty director, designer, and professional guest artists. Students cast or working backstage will receive permission numbers to add THEATRST 350 (ALP, R, CCI).
Bring on the witches! Theater Studies is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 mainstage will be Caryl Churchill’s VINEGAR TOM, directed by Dr. Jules Odendahl-James. Auditions will be August 29 & 30, 7:00p-9:00p. Present the monologue of your choice, read from sides and/or show us your musical talent. The design/tech section of the class will be lead by professional stage manager Tracy Francis and functions as an intro to technical theater. If you are interested in learning stage management or working on the crew, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Training provided!
SIGN UP FOR AUDITION TIME HERE! Sides available in advance at the Theater Studies department office (room 109 in Page Auditorium building.) Dr. Odendahl-James will be auditioning to build an ensemble of 9 individuals of all body types, gender identifications, races and ethnicities. Vinegar Tom includes songs and music that will be created by the ensemble supported by Duke alum, Bart Matthews. Musical proficiency is not a condition of being cast, but we are looking for at least a few confident vocalists. If you have musical talent (vocal or instrumental) please mention that during your audition or feel free to to demonstrate your skill(s).
This exciting early play by an acclaimed Obie Award winning author was created in association with a British feminist theater company that requested a play about witches. Although Vinegar Tom is set in the 16th or 17th century in rural England, it has a contemporary feel that is enhanced by the songs punctuating the scenes. It tells the story of two farm women who are named as witches by a man whom they have spurned sexually. The connection between fear of female sexuality and witch hysteria is shown to be at the root of many of society's problems.