Monday, October 21, 2013

Announcing auditions: Bus Stop

Directors Steve Martin and Neil Radtke have announced audition information for Bus Stop, the third MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. William Inge wrote the script.

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, is the passenger with the most to worry about. She’s been pursued and kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch and romantic methods of a headstrong bull. Other stories abound in this classic "slice of life" play that is a romantic and funny portrayal of Midwestern life, mid-twentieth century.

Steve and Neil seek to cast five (5) men and three (3) women to portray the following roles:

* Grace, owner of the diner. She is in her early to mid 40s.
* Elma, waitress at the diner. Middle to late teens.
* Will, the local sheriff. Late 40s to early 50s.
* Dr. Lyman, a college philosophy professor. Early to mid 50s.
* Cherie, a nightclub singer. Late teens to early 20s.
* Bo, a brash cowboy. Early 20s.
* Virgil, an older cowboy. Mid to late 40s.
* Carl, the bus driver. Mid to late 40s.

Auditions will be Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script. Actors auditioning for the role of Cherie will be asked to sing 16 bars of a 1950s song without accompaniment. The actor who plays Virgil must be able to play or learn to play guitar.

Actors are encouraged to read the full script before auditions. It can be checked out from the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors are asked to arrive as early as possible to the start time and stay for as much of the two hours as possible. Please bring a calendar to note availability for rehearsals as well as conflicts. Rehearsals will be Sundays, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Bus Stop will be performed Friday, January 17 through Saturday, February 1 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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