The Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company announces auditions for This Is Important!, an original, ensemble-created play with music. Auditions are open to anyone ages 14 – 20 and will be held March 25 and 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Oddfellows at 128 Washington Street in Middletown.
This Is Important! is devised from a series of workshops that Oddfellows held this winter under the title “This Is Important”. The participants (ages 14 – 19) worked with Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller and Playhouse Artistic Director Dic Wheeler over five weeks to generate performance material around the issues that the participants felt were most important to themselves and to our culture/world. There was writing, group brainstorming, interviewing, scene-making, movement, dance, singing and songwriting. Nekita and Dic are developing that raw material into a new play with music which will be performed in May by the Teen Repertory Company.
Participants are only required to come to one of the two audition evenings. Everyone who attends one of the audition nights and commits to the rehearsal and performance schedule will be cast into the show. Please arrive on time, dress to move, and plan to stay for the entire two hours.
Rehearsals will be Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 9 pm, starting April 1. Performance dates are May 16 – 18 & 24-25. There will be additional rehearsals April 28 & May 11, then every evening May 13 – 15.
New material for the piece will be generated during rehearsals by the cast members, so each performer will be part of the creative team for the production. It will be a play with music, not a musical. There will be some songs, and a live band, but not everyone will be expected or required to sing. The show will have the flexibility to play to the strengths of the people who are in it.
There is a $250 tuition fee for the Teen Repertory Company, but full or partial financial aid and work-study are available. It is Oddfellows policy that programs should be available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.