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PRAYING FOR RAIN
By: Robert Lewis Vaughan
Directed by: Reggie Willie
When: Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. and the 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hawes Studio Theatre, Porterfield
What You Need: Please prepare a monologue that is no longer than one minute. The monologue should show the character in a tense moment making a crucial decision. Have fun with your choices.
Callbacks for this play will contain a movement component so please dress in regular, everyday clothes that allow you to move freely. Keep in mind the characters as you choose your audition attire.
Seeking: 4 Males, 3 Females.
During the first audition there will be callbacks after monologue presentations. Callbacks will be readings from the script. Reading the script beforehand is strongly advised in order to do well in the audition. The second evening there will be monologue presentations by anyone unable to come the first night. Callbacks will follow with more readings and also consist of body and movement work. So, if you are asked to remain at the first audition you may be asked to return on Monday as well. Please plan accordingly.
The script is available in the campus library. They are also available through Amazon and other online vendors.
Radford University Theatre auditions are open to all of the public so you don’t have to be a theatre major or minor.
This production runs February 15th-19th, 2017.
Please direct questions to Reggie Willie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Character Overview: Miss K. A teacher in her 40’s. She is quirky and very dedicated to her students. She wants to change their lives for the better. Marc. 18-19-year-old high school student whose life was altered by a motorcycle accident. He has fallen in with a bad crowd and has to make critical choices to keep his life from falling apart. Erin. 17-18 years old. Miss K’s daughter she feels that her mother is inescapable in her life and tries to keep her out. In some cases, she represents Marc’s humanity because she seems to be the only thing he cares for even remotely. Brian. 20’s. A grad student who is focused on trying to show the beauty of his hometown. He becomes a permanent part of Marc’s life as the play progresses. Liz. 20’s. Brian’s fiancée. Her life is going perfectly fine until Marc comes along. She has to find the inner strength to confront Marc. Jim. 19-20’s. Jim is a high school dropout who has pulled Marc into his web and sent him on a negative path. Chris. 19-20’s. Chris unlike Jim graduated high school, but like Marc has fallen into Jim’s web. A natural follower he will follow Jim almost anywhere but even Chris has his limits.
GENERAL RU THEATRE AUDITION INFO AND TIPS
- Auditions typically happen in the first two weeks of each semester. Occasionally an exception occurs in which a spring production may audition late in the fall semester.
- RU Theatre auditions are open, meaning anyone can audition. You don’t have to be a theatre major. Community members may audition also with the understanding that priority in casting will go to RU students.
- Most of our auditions require prepared material. If you are not a theatre student and don’t know how to prepare and present the requested material, usually something will be supplied to you to read. Theatre majors, however, are required to prepare according to the requirements for a given audition. In the case of plays requiring very specific skills such as singing in a musical, auditionees are highly encouraged to prepare the appropriate material.
- Performance majors are required to audition for ALL productions. More on this below.
Other audition “words to the wise”:
- When it comes to auditions, one of the few things in your control is your level of preparation. Reading the play is, arguably, the most important thing you can do to prepare. The plays are available from bookstores, online vendors and/or the play publishers.
- It is the expectation that all performance students audition for all shows. Our auditions are designed to provide a variety of audition experiences so take advantage of these experiences right from the start. Every audition is one more step toward becoming comfortable with the process. In addition, it allows the faculty to see your work right away.
- Take care not to “type” yourself at this point. Prepare, come on out and let the directors decide what you are “right for.” Certainly, if there is a role you are dying to play, or you are “perfect for,” shoot for that, but keep an open mind and don’t allow the attitude of “all these characters are older and I am only 18” stop you from coming to auditions. In university theatre the plays are produced to give you the opportunity to work on them.
- Auditions are intimidating. Talk to the upperclassmen; use the performance faculty as a resource to answer your questions. However, no matter how much inquiry you make there will be no substitute for doing your personal preparation –reading the scripts, looking up unfamiliar words/references, making choices, being familiar with what the director is looking for (read audition notices carefully), getting rest, planning to dress appropriately, knowing where you are going and arriving early to sign in, warm up, etc.
- It is smart to attend the first night of auditions if at all possible.
- Once you are in the audition it is important to listen to instructions, have a positive attitude, be flexible when the unexpected happens, focus on what you are doing, and, of course, that age-old challenge…allow yourself to be at ease so you can do your best work.