MEREDITH — Winnipesaukee Playhouse will soon be holding auditions for two upcoming productions. Auditions will be taking place on Sunday, September 7 at 6 p.m. and Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m. for both Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water and a staged radio play called Donovan's Brain by Curt Siodmak.
Written in 1966, Allen's comedy is set an unnamed European country behind the Iron Curtain. It's the mid-1960s and paranoia and Cold War antics run rampant! The American Ambassador has left the Embassy on business and places his incompetent son Axel Magee in charge. Immediately, the Embassy is thrust into a crisis as the Hollanders, an American family on vacation, come rushing into the Embassy on the run from the Communist Secret Police. Walter Hollander, the father, has accidentally wandered into a high security area and taken pictures, causing the communists to believe that the family are spies. Axel digs the hole deeper and the embassy is surrounded, leaving the Hollanders trapped.
Don't Drink the Water has 16 roles for men and women of all ages. It will be directed by Charles Fray and Johanna Halperin. Performances will be November 13 through 16 and the play is rehearsing on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Auditioners need only attend one of the audition dates and the audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
Donovan's Brainwill be adapted and directed by Brett Billings. One of the most popular sci-fi thrillers of the World War II years, Donovan's Brain shares the harrowing story of Dr.Patrick Cory's vaulting ambition to conquer nature and experiment with a mechanical soul.
"Where does life begin and where does it end?" he writes in his casebook. "In the eyes of the world, Donovan is dead, but his brain lives on. Does that mean Donovan is still alive?" Much like Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Cory (originally played by Orson Wells) falls victim to his experiment and must contend with the deadly consequences as the brain's power grows more and more sinister. Adapted from the popular radio program, Suspense, this production will focus on radio theater as a unique style of story telling, and will appeal to those interested in World War II, science fiction, and unique theater experiences.
Participants should expect an unusual rehearsal process filled with play. Following radio theater formulas lines do not need to be memorized and auditions will be cold readings in front of a microphone. This is an excellent introduction for newcomers to the community theater stage. No preparation is necessary. Rehearsals will be primarily Tuesdays and Thursdays. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25.
For more information, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or call (603) 279-0333.
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