Auditions for spring play

December 7, 2018 by Anonymous

Auditions for a playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Sense & Sensibility will be Tuesday and Thursday, January 8 and 10, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., at Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Center on the Snowflake/Taylor – Silver Creek Campus, 1611 S. Main St.

Community members are encouraged to audition. “Auditions are open to everyone,” notes Dr. Michael Solomonson, who will be directing the NPC production this spring. “There are roles for three to eight men and four to nine women. Those who audition are encouraged to prepare a 1-minute comic or dramatic monologue. Cold readings from the script may be substituted for a prepared piece,” continued Solomonson.

Sense & Sensibility

Actor/playwright Kate Hamill provides a fresh female voice in her adaptation of Austen's novel and originated the role of Marianne in award-winning Off-Broadway performances of her play. Hamill was one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season.

Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, the play follows the fortunes, and misfortunes, of the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne – after their father's sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. “The play is full of humor, emotional depth and bold theatricality,” adds Solomonson. “Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?”

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, April 25 – 27, at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Performances will be produced through a licensing agreement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

For audition questions, contact Dr. Michael Solomonson, 536-6217, or email.

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