How to land a stage role

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By Bleah B. Patterson

Students with a flair for the dramatic and eager to earn a part in this college’s next theater production should have no fear — literally.

“Confidence is really all that we’re looking for,” fine arts Chair Jeff Hunt said. “Everything else can be taught.”

Visit theater Coordinator Paula Rodriguez’s office in Room 129B of McAllister Fine Arts Center or watch for audition notices and pick up audition packets from the director up to five weeks prior to production.

Packets contain detailed information so students can see if they can meet the time commitment and have monologue suggestions and a copy of the script. Only students are eligible, Hunt said. Faculty only participate if students do not fit the part or drop out, Hunt said.

“This has only happened once since I’ve been chair because we have such great students and theater majors,” he said.

At audition, students should have a prepared monologue and leave inhibitions at home. “We’re just looking for someone who can portray the character,” Hunt said. “The tough aspect of theater is that sometimes it can be discriminatory.”

He said the director is often forced to stay within the confines of a particular character, “however, if students come confident and ready to perform, we will make room for them in our production.”

Auditions for fall ended in summer; however, for the spring production of “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder,” auditions will be Nov. 19-21.

“We want to teach and mold great performers,” Hunt said.

For more informaion, call 210-486-0492.


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