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It’s time for auditions at the Annie Russell

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With the start of the 90th season of the Annie Russell TheaterThe Rollins Theater and Dance Department invites Rollins students to take the stage for their fall audition cycle.

Fall semester auditions begin Tuesday, August 23 at 6 p.m. at the Annie Russell Theatre—Florida’s Oldest Theater in continuous operation. Actors are asked to prepare up to two minutes of material, whether it is a two-minute monologue or two one-minute monologues.

“You don’t have to be an adult or underage (or even exploring) theater to audition and be cast in a role,” says Chelsea Hilend, Theater and Dance Marketing and Box Office Manager.

Thomas Ouellette, the department’s producer and director as well as chair of the theater and dance department, advised those considering auditioning to “read the plays before selecting and fine-tuning an audition package, and to choose material that corresponds to the strengths of the actor and that is sufficiently evocative of the pieces envisaged.

“If a well-prepared actor comes up with a well-prepared, specific audition package that references the plays being cast in some way, that actor is much more likely to attract attention,” said said Ouellette.

Fourteen roles are available for the fall semester in three plays: A dollhouse, part 2, Water by the spoonfuland the second stage show The half-life of Marie Curie. The shows in the Rollins Second Stage series are presented at the Lyman Blackbox Theater and are produced and directed by students. The Tiedtke Theater and Dance Center will be the new home for the Second Stage series once completed.

These shows reflect a new direction in Annie’s selection choices. In past seasons, shows were selected based on general themes; the 89th season featured winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while the previous season featured plays written only by women.

Ouellette said that “[this season] will feature a range of plays and genres that represent the full range of offerings we’ve programmed at The Annie since 1932. So look for a classic Broadway musical (in a much-anticipated collaboration with the Music Department); a stormy comedy by Shakespeare; and two captivating contemporary plays, a comedy and a drama.

As Annie transforms again to bring her next piece to life, the department wants the students to accompany her, either in front or behind the curtain.

“Students can participate behind the scenes in many ways, including carpentry, costumes, painting, props, electrical, race crews, stage management, audio, and projections,” Hilend said.

The Theater and Dance Company Reunion will be Friday, August 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Annie Russell Theatre. Hilend encourages all new students interested in theater or dance to attend. The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss backstage teams and auditions, meet returning students, and discuss the trajectory of the new semester.

Those interested in auditioning or learning more about the roles played this season are encouraged by Hilend to email [email protected] for more information.