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PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES GENERAL AUDITIONS (EPAS) FOR THE 2009-2010 SEASON

June 4, 2009
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Pioneer Theatre Company
Announces General Auditions (EPAs) for the 2009-2010 Season

Date: General Auditions (EPAs) for Pioneer Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 Season will be held Friday, June 12, 2009.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If/when these slots are 75% filled, additional time will be made available.

NOTE: These are our local Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) for the season. Non-Equity actors are also welcome and will be seen as time permits, but may not reserve an audition time in advance.

Preparation: Auditioners may either prepare two contrasting monologues or one monologue and one audition song (an accompanist will be provided; bring sheet music as needed).

Sign Up: AEA members may sign up for auditions slots either by calling Elizabeth Williamson at (801) 585-5855 to schedule an audition time or by coming into the theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted by noon on Friday, June 5, 2009 in Room 325 of Simmons PMT. Only members of AEA may sign up for a time slot. Non-Equity actors may come in to the theatre starting at 10:00 am on Friday June 12, at which point a non-Equity Waiting List will be started. Actors on the Waiting List will be seen as the schedule permits throughout the course of the day.

Location: Auditions will be held in Room 245 of the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City.

CASTING AND PRODUCTION DATES:

A Chorus Line

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett. Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban. Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian.
Rehearsals begin on August 31st, 2009. Performances run September 25 to October 10, 2009.
Directed & Choreographed by Patti D’Beck
The parts of Butch, Tricia, Mike, Larry, Kristine, Bebe, Don, Vicki, Frank, Roy & Lois are cast; all other roles are available.

Is He Dead?

By Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives
Rehearsals begin on October 5th, 2009. Performances run October 30 to November 14, 2009.
Directed by Charles Morey
All roles are currently available.

A Christmas Story

By Philip Grecian, based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and the book In God we Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
Rehearsals begin on November 9th, 2009. Performances run December 12 to December 19, 2009.
Directed by Paul Mason Barnes
All Roles Available

Touch(ed)

World Premiere by Bess Wohl
Rehearsals begin on December 14th, 2009. Performances run January 8 to January 23, 2010.
Directed by Charles Morey
All Roles Available; roles are as follows:

KAY: Mid to late twenties. Kay’s entire life revolves around her mentally ill older sister, Emma. Saddled with the burden of always being “the normal one,” Kay struggles to define herself, to maintain her optimism, and to cope with her feelings of anger towards her situation. Through it all, she possesses a fierce love for her sister, and an unwillingness to settle for the conventional medical wisdom that says that her sister will never recover.
EMMA: Approaching her thirtieth birthday, Emma struggles with a severe and difficult to diagnose mental illness (most likely schizophrenia). She has spent much of the past decade in a variety of mental institutions, and has attempted suicide numerous times. She once showed great promise as a poet, and briefly attended Princeton. Somewhere in the fog of illness and medication that has overtaken her life lurks an intensely imaginative, bright and funny young woman.
BILLY: Pushing forty, but acts younger. Billy is part literary genius, part total fraud, part “stray dog.” He is a well-known writer who has just experienced his first taste of failure, and is now struggling with acute writer’s block. He is fascinated by Emma and her unique take on the world, and thinks that perhaps she can provide the spark that might reignite his own creative fire. He is willing to do anything to reestablish himself as the literary giant he feels he truly is.
DOCTOR: Forties (could also be older). By-the-book. Professional. Kind, but slightly burnt-out from years working at a mental hospital among patients who have little to no hope of recovery. He is a realist, who believes that Kay can most help herself – and her sister – by keeping her expectations for recovery low, and yet he has a deep reserve of empathy for Kay, and a very personal connection to her struggle.

Twelve Angry Men

By Reginald Rose, Stage Version by Sherman S. Sergel
Rehearsals begin on January 18, 2010. Performances run February 12 to February 27, 2010.
Director TBA
All Roles Available

Our Town

by Thornton Wilder
Rehearsals begin on February 15th, 2010. Performances run March 12 to March 27, 2010.
Directed by Charles Morey
All Roles Available

42nd Street

Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin, Book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes.
Rehearsals begin on March 29th, 2010. Performances run April 23 to May 8, 2010 (possible extension to May 15).
Director TBA; Choreographer: Patti D’Beck
All Roles Available


Contact:
Heather Nowlin
(801) 581-7222 or
heather.nowlin@ptc.utah.edu