• The Stage Company Presents: Open Auditions for ''Our Town''

    April 15, 2019
    Auditions: Monday April 29th & Tuesday April 30th from
    6-9pm at the Varsity Center.
    Callbacks will be held Wednesday, May 1st.
    Our Town
    By Thornton Wilder
    (Drama) The story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.  Please note, this is going to be a darker take on the play than might be expected.

    Directed by Jenn Caudell
    Assistant Director David Rush
    Auditions requirements
    WHAT TO PREPARE: Actors are encouraged to come prepared with a 90 second monologue of their choice. There will be sides from the script for cold reads as well.

    Roles needed: 4 males (ages ranging from 20s-50s); 4 females (ages ranging 20s-50s)

    Those auditioning, please bring with you a complete list of any potential conflicts you may have from now until showtime that would prevent you from attending rehearsals. Please be up front and open about your conflicts.

    Please email mail director Jenn Caudell at jennifer.caudell@siu.edu with any questions.  
    Our Town will play at the Varsity Center on July 12th – 14th
     & 18th-21st, 2019
    About the author: Thornton Wilder was born on April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin. His innovative novels and plays reflect his views of the universal truths in human nature. He is probably best known for his plays.
    After graduating from Yale University in 1920, Wilder studied archaeology in Rome. From 1930 to 1937 he taught dramatic literature and the classics at the University of Chicago.
    Wilder’s plays engage the audience in make-believe by having the actors address the spectators directly and by discarding props and scenery. Wilder won a Pulitzer Prize for Our Town, becoming the only person to receive the award in both the fiction and drama categories. The Matchmaker was made into a film in 1958 and adapted in 1964 into the immensely successful musical Hello, Dolly! which was also made into a film.
    Wilder’s other plays include The Skin of Our Teeth (1942; Pulitzer Prize), which employs deliberate anachronisms and the use of the same characters in various geological and historical periods to show that human experience is much the same whatever the time or place. Posthumous publications include The Journals of Thornton Wilder, 1939–1961, edited by Donald Gallup, and Wilder’s correspondence with Gertrude SteinThe Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder (1996), edited by Edward Burns and Ulla E. Dydo.
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    Jenn Caudell, Director