Note: All auditions and rehearsals are taking place at our temporary home - Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA
A Murder Is AnnouncedSunday, August 25 and 27 at 6:30 PMFellowship Hall, Elm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge, MA
"A Murder is Announced" by Agatha Christie will be the final production in Gateway's 43rd season. Auditions will be held on Aug 25 and 27, Sunday and Tuesday, at 6:30pm at Elm St. Congregational Church, 61 Elm St in Southbridge .Erin Morin is directing, with Mary Gahagan as producer. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Samuel French., Inc.
Production dates are Nov 15,16,22,23,24.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Since this is a classic British mystery, characters will have British accents, one will have a Hungarian-type accent, and Miss Marple is also in the cast. This promises to be in interesting production!
For more information, contact Gateway at 508-764-4531.
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock's Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house's several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
Ever want to get on stage and entertain an audience? Think that your local community theater may be the place to begin? At Gateway Players Theatre, we welcome anyone who wants to try their hand at acting.
Preparing for an audition
You see the audition posting on Facebook or in the newspaper and decide, "I'm going to do this!" Our suggestions for preparing is to google the play, see what it is all about, perhaps you know the show or can even preview the script. You may know someone who has performed in this show. These ideas will give you insight as to where you fit in, what character you connect with. What is the character's motivation?
Everyone is a little (or a lot) nervous at an audition, but try to take some deep breaths and relax! Smile- look like you want to be here!
When it is your turn, speak up. The director needs to hear your voice. We do not generally use mikes, so it is important to speak clearly and project. Generally the director will give an idea of the roles to be cast, so you will have some information about the characters. It is important to note that the ultimate decision on casting is the directors.
Auditions for musicals-- require singing! Sometimes you will be asked to prepare a song to sing- just a few bars are usually required. Try to pick something that demonstrates your vocal range and is something you are familiar with. Sometimes the music director will have a number they will teach you- and then have you sing. The goal is to demonstrate your range and ability.
Musicals generally involve dance or choreographed movement. We don't expect music-video talent- just an ability to follow direction and move with rhythm. It helps to try to look confident- AND RELAX!
Come dressed comfortably, prepare to meet new people and have fun. Even if you are not cast, the audition experience is always helpful as you seek out more roles.
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