Cast List for THE LARAMIE PROJECT

 

Congratulations to the cast of The Laramie Project! Please watch your email for more information about scheduling our first meeting. Scripts may be picked up at TH 331 (pick up a script and sign your name on the list provided). You can see someone in TH331 or TH335 if you have any questions. Scripts may be picked up between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through  Friday.

All will play Narrators, Reporters, etc. to be assigned later

Jenny Witt: Baptist Minister’s wife, email sender, Jen, Sherry Johnson, Eileen Engen, Marge Murray

Alexandra Smith: Amanda Gronich, Trish Steger, Baptist Minister, Shadow, Newsperson, Foreperson

Aisa Rogers: Kelli Simpkins, Zackie Salmon, Leigh Fondakowski, Alison Mears, Romaine Patterson, Aaron Kreifels, Tiffany Edwards

Olivia Smith: Barbara Pitts, April Silva, Catherine Connolly, Zubaida Ula, Sherry Aanenson

Kylie Heisz: Mercedes Herrero, Rebecca Hilliker, Waitress, Kristen Price, Reggie Flutey

Connor Anderson: Andy Paris, Jedediah Schultz, Doug Laws, Matt Mickelson, Dr. Cantwell, Governor Geringer, Philip Dubois (Act II), Shannon, Kerry Drake, Russell Henderson

Cory O’Donnell: Greg Pierotti, Sgt. Hing, Phil LaBrie, Father Roger Schmit, Rulon Stacey, Detective Sgt. Rob DeBree, Jonas Slonaker

Brandon Otten: Stephen Belber, Doc O’Connor, Matt Galloway, Bill McKinney, Conrad Miller, Andrew Gomez, Fred Phelps,

Patrick Parks: Anonymous Friend, Jon Peacock, Gene Pratt, Aaron McKinney, Aaron Kreifels

Sean Stalvey: John McAdams: Moisés Kaufman, Philip Dubois (Act I), Stephen Mead Johnson, Murdock Cooper, Dennis Shepard, Harry Woods

 

Announcing Auditions for THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Moises Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project

UWGB Theatre and Dance announces auditions for the Spring 2021 production of The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. The production will be directed by Rebecca Stone Thornberry.

Both traditional and non-traditional UWGB students from any major or discipline are encouraged to audition. The director specifically encourages auditions from students of all communities, including BIPOC actors, actors of all abilities, trans and gender non-conforming actors, and other members of historically and currently marginalized communities that are not well represented or are misrepresented onstage.

The Play

The Laramie Project is based on interviews conducted by the Tectonic Theater Project after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. The incident was covered extensively by the press and the company travelled to Laramie and interviewed residents of the town.

Casting

Director Rebecca Stone Thornberry is looking to cast a diverse group of flexible actors who can each play multiple roles and create characters who are physically and vocally distinct. The production will be recorded and edited to be streamed online in April 2021.The rehearsal period is scheduled to begin (virtually) in February 2021 with plans to record in University Theatre on the UWGB main campus in late March and / or early April.

Auditions 

There are two ways to audition.

1) by scheduling a virtual audition with the director by Jan. 27 or

2) by uploading a video of your audition to TEAMS using code j5k6ece (or your own YouTube or similar site) by Jan. 27.

Auditions will consist of prepared monologues from the play.

Perusal Script and Audition Monologues can be found at: Laramie-Project-script_82205 and Laramie Project Audition Sides (choose TWO)

 THE LARAMIE PROJECT

AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS 

Prepare two monologues from the script.

You are strongly encouraged to read the whole script, available here (Laramie-Project-script_82205) and on TEAMS (see below). Choose pieces that you connect with and feel free to explore roles that are not your type, age or gender. You do not have to memorize the pieces, but you should be well prepared. Please make the characters different physically and vocally and focus on what the character wants from the person to whom they are speaking. 

LINK to Audition Sides in TEAMS Use Code: j5k6ece

(“Sides” is a term for portions of a script selected for auditions)

Laramie Character List 

 AUDITION OPTION 1 (Preferred):

Virtual Audition on Zoom January 21-27, 2021 

Schedule a short virtual audition by emailing the Director, Rebecca Stone Thornberry at  stonethr@uwgb.edu.

You will receive a ZOOM meeting link for your audition time through campus email.

Complete the The Laramie Project Audition Form and save as a Word Document with the name:

[your last name] + Form (for example, “Smith Form”) Upload the completed form to Laramie Project Video Audition Link in TEAMS at least 24 hrs. before your audition. Code: j5k6ece,

The ZOOM Audition- when your audition time begins, start by introducing yourself and both pieces. Example: “Hi, my name is Theodore Geisel and I will be doing ‘Dennis Shepard’ and ‘Matt Galloway’ Please stand back a few steps so I can see most of your body. You shouldn’t use me to speak but direct the piece slightly to your right or left (I should still be able to see your face). Feel free to use a chair for one piece (but don’t talk to the chair). You may use props but this is not required. Pause briefly between the two pieces, change positions, and then begin the 2nd piece. At the end say “Thank You.” You may be asked to try something different with one or both of the pieces or I may engage you briefly in conversation. If you have any questions-ask!  

AUDITION OPTION 2

Submit a Self-Taped Audition Deadline, January 27, 2020 by 11:59 pm

Complete the The Laramie Project Audition Form and save as a Word Document with the name:

[your last name] + Form (for example, “Smith Form,”) Upload the completed form to The Laramie Project Audition Site in TEAMS: Laramie Video Auditions on TEAMS Code: j5k6ece

Make a video of yourself performing the monologues. (You will submit a separate file for each piece.) A smartphone, tablet or laptop is fine for recording. Use a medium shot (waist up) for one monologue so that most of your body is visible and a closer shot (chest up) for the second piece. DO NOT edit the files but feel free to record as many times as you want and pick the best. (At the beginning of each piece introduce yourself and your piece. After each piece, physically and vocally transition back to being yourself, say “thank you” and pause briefly.

Make a video of yourself performing the monologues. (You will submit a separate file for each piece.) A smartphone, tablet or laptop is fine for recording. Use a medium shot (waist up) for one monologue so that most of your body is visible and a closer shot (chest up) for the second piece. DO NOT edit the files but feel free to record as many times as you want and pick the best. (At the beginning of each piece introduce yourself and your piece. After each piece, physically and vocally transition back to being yourself, say “thank you” and pause briefly.

Save your files (Mp4 preferred) with the name [your last name] + “video 1,” or “video 2” (for example, “Smith Video 1,” and “Smith Video 2”). Please keep files under 100 GB (lower resolutions are fine).

 Upload your audition files and forms to TEAMS: Laramie Project Video Audition Link in TEAMS Code: j5k6ece

Once in TEAMS, go to “auditions” (in the menu on the left), then click on “files.” At the top, click “upload” to post your files. Please check to make sure your videos will play.

OR

Post your videos to your private YouTube channel (or another similar service). Include the link on your Audition Form. _______________________________________________________________________

Casting will be announced by Jan. 29. The cast list will be emailed to everyone who auditions and will also be posted on the Theatre and Dance blog by Jan. 29.

Students are able to work on both Twilight and The Laramie Project.

Students cast in the production should plan to enroll in Production Practicum: Performance THE 336-0002 (course code 2417) as soon after you are cast as possible (before Feb. 1 to avoid a $15 late fee).

A sample of a self-recorded audition monologue can be viewed at: Sample Auditions. Code: j5k6ece

Mac and iOS (iPhone and iPad) users: Teams for Safari is in beta testing and will not work. If you try to enter Teams via Safari, you should see that information, as well as a download link for the Teams app. Mac users can download the desktop Teams app for the smoothest user experience on laptops or desktops. An app is also available for iPhone. Please note that you can enter Teams via Firefox or Chrome on Mac (recommended).

Once you are in Teams, find the control that allows you to join or add a team. (This will be a visible text button on the Mac or a plus sign on the iPhone—both will be located at the upper right corner of your screen.) From there, you should be able to see a place to enter the code (j5k6ece), which will take you to the Laramie Project Auditions channel.

If you have questions about the production, your audition, or need help submitting your files, please contact Rebecca Stone Thornberry (stonethr@uwgb.edu).

 

 

Cast List for TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith

CAST

Kara Anderson

Joe Binyoti

Kejaun Goldsmith

Andi Koene

Marcus Moss

Cory O’Donnell

Aisa Rogers

Jasmine Sigworth

Audrey Soberg

All actors will play multiple roles. Those roles will be assigned in the coming weeks.

Rehearsals begin in January, recording starts in February, and the production will be released in March. Cast members should look for details in their email.

Cast- please do not significantly alter your appearance before checking with the director. If you are registered as a UWGB student in Spring 2021, please register for Theatre 336, Production Practicum: Performance, section 0800, course code 2416.

Production staff will be named later. Please inquire with Professor Yadav (yadavd@uwgb.edu) if interested in technical production roles.

Please watch for audition information for The Laramie Project. Auditions will take place soon after the Spring semester begins.

Thanks so much to all the talented actors who auditioned.

Alan Kopischke, Director

Audition by DEC. 19 for TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith

The deadline for auditions has been extended so there is still time! See post below for specific details on the play and how to audition. If you have questions, please reach out to director Alan Kopischke at kopischa@uwgb.edu or Rebecca Stone Thornberry at stonethr@uwgb.edu.

Announcing Auditions for TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith.

All interested students, including theatre majors and non-majors, are invited to audition for UWGB Theatre and Dance’s Spring 2021 production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith, directed by Alan Kopischke.

The Play

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is based on interviews conducted by Smith of individuals involved in the aftermath of the beating of Rodney King, a black man, by several white Los Angeles police officers. The beating was captured on video and prompted riots and a closely watched trial of the officers. The play is presented as a series of monologues from diverse characters played by a diverse cast. Originally performed as a one-person show, the community of actors are playing characters who don’t necessarily match their own gender, racial and other identities.

Casting

Director Alan Kopischke seeks a diverse ensemble of actors who will each play multiple roles (some close to their identity and some quite different from their identity), supplemented by a handful of actors who may only perform one or two monologues. Non-traditional as well as traditional students of all ages are welcome. The monologues will be recorded and edited for a final production to be streamed online in late February or early March.

Auditions 

There are two ways to audition. 1) by scheduling a virtual audition with the director by Dec. 19 or 2) by uploading a video of your audition.

1. Preferred: Please schedule a virtual audition via ZOOM by contacting the director at kopischa@uwgb.edu to arrange a date and time. Please complete the audition form (link below) and prepare at least one minute of one of the monologues from the play (see link below). You do not have to memorize the piece, but you should be well prepared.

OR

2. upload to TEAMS by 11:59pm Dec 19:

A). a completed audition form

and

B). a video of yourself performing at least one minute of one of the monologues (available below as well as on TEAMS) from the play. You do not have to memorize the piece, but you should be well prepared.

TEAMS link:

 https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a6cc090b8b3dc4e088253b8365e1bf048%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=fbc036f4-88dd-45fe-9af3-c5ef737c180a&tenantId=7fc34f9d-1f75-4f96-b5b3-3cdcaab03aea

Once in TEAMS, go to “auditions” (in the menu on the left), then click on “files” at the top. Click “upload” to post your files. Please check to make sure your video will play. Please keep files under 100 GB. Please name your files with your last name and “form” or “video” (for example, “Smith Form” and “Smith Video”).

For questions about the production or auditions, please contact Alan Kopischke (kopischa@uwgb.edu) or Rebecca Stone Thornberry (stonethr@uwgb.edu).

Twilight Audition Form

Twilight abridged Monologues

Faithfall by Thomas Michael Campbell Dec. 3-8

Don’t miss the premiere on Thursday Dec. 3 at www.youtube.com/WeidnerCenter! Be sure to tune in at 6:30 pm to see dramaturgical information and interviews with the cast and playwright. The show starts at 7 pm and is followed by a panel with mental health professionals and the playwright discussing the issues the play addresses.

Following the premiere, the production will be streaming at www.youtube.com/WeidnerCenter through Dec. 8 at 11:59 pm.

Please be advised that Faithfall is suggested for adult audiences and contains discussion of suicide and substance abuse.

Faithfall

 

Musical Revue Cast

CAST

Mason Amidon

Connor Andersen

Kara Anderson

Isabelle Austgen

Jasmine Christyne

Haley Eastman

Alyssa Hannam

Faith Klick

Grace Kolb

Rhean Krueger

CJ O’Donnell

Autumn Rettke

Aisa Rogers

Liesl Sigourney

Annie Skorupa

Olivia Smith

Audrey Soberg

Aubrey Stein

Ally Stokes

We will be in touch soon with information about repertoire and rehearsals. If you have any conflicts in addition to what was on your audition form, please submit them immediately.

We are looking forward to an exciting process!

Profs. Carlson Gardner, Riddle, and Sherman

 

September 2020

FALL 2020 PRODUCTION INFORMATION

AUDITION

FAITHFALL by Thomas Michael Campbell

We are casting the roles of Whitney and Father Michael in the original play Faithfall by Thomas Michael Campbell for an online production of the play this semester.

Sister Catherine has taken her own life. Following the funeral, her biological sister, Whitney, waits to claim the personal items bequeathed to the family. Whitney is met by Father Michael, the Priest and friend who worked with Sister Catherine. What starts as Whitney’s simple request turns into a heated confrontation about forgiveness, grief, faith, and the status of Sister Catherine’s soul.

To audition, please upload to TEAMS

1). a completed audition form and

2). a video of yourself performing one of the monologues (available below) from the play.

TEAMS link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a8eeaf21d5cec40eb92848721f190af0a%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=cb89e1db-e241-45b4-a299-f475fc115c80&tenantId=7fc34f9d-1f75-4f96-b5b3-3cdcaab03aea

Once in TEAMS, go to “files” and click “upload” to post your files. Please keep files under 100 GB. Please name your files with your last name and “form” or “video” (for example, “Smith Form” and “Smith Video”).

If you have problems submitting your audition, please reach out to John Mariano (marianoj@uwgb.edu) or  Rebecca Stone Thornberry (stonethr@uwgb.edu).

Please Submit all audition materials by Friday, September 25, 2020.

Perusal Script now Available!

 

 

 

 

Theatre and Dance- June 1, 2020

Greetings !

The Spring 2020 semester was full of surprises, challenges, and change. Our routines were disrupted, classes were transformed by AD (alternative delivery,) and productions were suddenly stopped mid-process. The formalities that mark the ending of semester and school year, and for some, the successful completion of their degree, were sorely missed.

A long-standing tradition of the UWGB Theatre and Dance Program has been Coarse Awards, a celebration of accomplishments, served up with with creative diversions and a “light meal,” by the good people of Alternate Theatre. We watch a slide-show of production photos and spontaneous shots of students in their natural habitats, celebrate our graduating class, and recognize student accomplishments with awards and scholarships.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of UWGB Theatre and Dance, I am pleased to present the Theatre Awards for 2020. The recipients names will be added to the plaques in the University Theatre Lobby.

Excellence in Production ………………………………. Hayden Barlass

Excellence in Performance ……………………………………. Faith Klick

Excellence in Dramaturgy/ Playwriting ……….. Alyssa Hannam

Outstanding Theatre Students … Faith Klick and Chay Schmitt

Congratulations!

As our plans for the ’20-’21 academic year and production season develop, I will be posting updates. Stay in touch, let us know what you’re doing, stay safe and healthy.

We’ll leave a light on for you!

Laura Riddle

Chair of Theatre and Dance