BVCT to hold auditions for fall production

Bay Village Community Theater is proud to announce its second production. A.R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" will be presented on Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30, and a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 1. The show will be held at St. Barnabas' Parish Hall.

Auditions for the show will be held on Sunday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas' Parish Hall. Director Chris Bizub is looking for three men and three women to play a number of roles in the show. All are welcome to audition. Please bring a resume of your acting experience and a head shot. If you do not have any experience, don't let that stop you from coming! We will need help on stage and off stage. Come over if you are interested in auditioning or helping out the theater behind the scenes.

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP.

The actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother's infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn't recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc.

Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity. A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force (and Off-Broadway success) in which six (or more) performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom, and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.

Keep the dates of the production in your calendar! Tickets to go on sale soon. More details to follow.

John Hnat

President, Bay Village Community Theater

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:29 AM, 07.05.2017