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Santa Clarita Actors Needed For COC Theatre Spring Productions

Students and community members will have the opportunity to audition their talents, Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 6, for a chance to be featured in the casts of three upcoming spring semester productions at College of the Canyons.

There will be approximately 30 roles available for actors between the ages of 18 and 50, said Bruce Battle, Director, Advertising and Public Information at COC.

“Each of these productions will offer participating actors the opportunity to shine in a memorable role from a new classic, or originate a fresh role in one of scripts selected for the New Works Festival,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the COC theatre department.


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Each audition date will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) Black Box Theatre, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

The COC theatre department’s spring lineup includes productions of “subUrbia,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” as well as a collection of eight original works selected for inclusion in the college’s annual New Works Festival (NWF).

Those interested in auditioning for one or all of the department’s spring productions should prepare a one to two minute contemporary monologue and make plans to attend one of two open audition dates.

Actors will then be asked to read sides from the specific plays during callback auditions, to be held Thursday, Feb. 7, for all productions.

“We are very pleased to offer local actors the opportunity to work with talented, award-winning directors on these outstanding projects,” added Wickline.

For more information about any of the College of the Canyons theatre department’s
spring productions or for additional details about the audition process please visit
www.canyons.edu/departments/theatre/upcoming.htm.


Article Name:  Santa Clarita Actors Needed For COC Theatre Spring Productions
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Focusing on themes of escape, personal re-invention and the American dream,
“subUrbia” follows the evening activities of a group of aimless 20-somthings living
in suburban New Jersey. But when a chance encounter with a former classmate turned
successful musician stirs the emotions of the group, each begins to examine the lies and
excuses that have combined to keep them stuck in a seemingly meaningless, dead-end
existence.

The COC theatre department’s production of “subUrbia” will include roles for five men
and four women. Two actors of Middle Eastern, Indian or Pakistani descent are being
sought for this production.

In addition, actors auditioning for the role of "Pony" will be asked to sing and play guitar
at the audition. Actors will then perform script readings at the callback audition date.

A hilarious farce set in the autumn of 1934, “Lend Me a Tenor” takes place on the night
that the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is set to host the world famous tenor Tito
Morelli in a gala season opening performance of “Otello.”

The hope is that the evening will help place Cleveland on the cultural map. But with
Morelli nowhere to be found — and eventually arriving drunk —plans quickly begin to
sour, and things begin to spin out of control.

The COC theatre department’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor” will include roles for
four men and four women.

Actors specifically auditioning for the roles of "Bellhop," "Tito" and "Max" are asked to
prepare approximately 30-seconds of an operatic song, to be performed at the audition
without accompaniment. If nothing is prepared, a musical selection will be provided.

Actors will then perform script readings at the callback audition date. All roles will be
cast with the best actors, regardless of singing abilities.

New Works Festival (NWF)

The annual NWF is a collaboration between the college’s theatre and English
departments which gives aspiring playwrights — from the Santa Clarita Valley and
beyond —the opportunity to see their work brought to life through a unique workshop
experience that focuses on taking the writer’s work to the next level.

Using a blind reading process, eight playwrights were selected to have their works
developed for this year’s NWF. Subject matter for the plays chosen include themes
ranging from carrying on a father’s dream, to Cowboys and horse wranglers, to scenes
without any dialogue at all.

The NWF will contain roles for six men and six women. In all, a company of 12 to 14
actors will be needed to perform in a variety of new scripts.