AUDITIONS • SILA & CLIMATE CHANGE FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS

SILA  by Chantal Bilodeau &
Lighting The Way Short Play Festival 

Directed by Michael Mufson

Seeking a diverse cast of imaginative and adventurous actors, dancers & puppeteers for this amazing and urgent play about the climate crisis and our neglected connection with the rest of the natural world.

OPEN CALL: Monday • October 7 • 6:30-10:30 PM • Studio Theatre • (sign-up for a time-slot at the bottom of this page)

Please prepare at least 2 of the options below (1-minute each):

  contemporary, dramatic monologue
  spoken word piece, original or found
  telling of a folktale (traditional or original)
  movement piece inspired by the elements of nature, animals and global climate disruption
  movement piece exploring the movement vocabulary of a land or sea animal

CALLBACKS: October 8, 6-11PM

SILA REHEARSALS: October 14 – December 5.
Monday-Friday 6:30 PM-10:30 PM. Some weekends possible.
Technical Rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, November 30 & December 1, 10AM – 10PM
Dress Rehearsals Monday, December 2 – Thursday December 5, 5PM-11PM

SILA PERFORMANCES:

Friday, December 6 • 7PM
Saturday, December 7 • 7PM
Sunday, December 8• 2PM
Thursday, December 12 • 4PM
Friday, December 13 • 7PM
Saturday, December 14 • 7PM

SILA DESCRIPTION: Sila is the Inuit concept of the breath that connects all life. With a blending of Inuit mythology and and gritty realism, this urgent play exposes the devastating consequences of human beings losing their connection to the natural world and ancient wisdom.  Set in the Baffin Islands, just inside the Arctic Circle, eight characters – including a climatologist, an Inuit activist and two polar bears – find their values challenged as they grapple with a rapidly changing environment and world., The personal, political, mythical and ecological intertwine as crisis, danger and death shatter the world, only to reveal the possibility of healing.

CHARACTERS

TULUGAQ (sixties) – Inuk Elder.

LEANNA (fifties)- Inuk. Climate change activist.

JEAN (forties) – Québécois. Climate scientist with a specialty in sea ice.

THOMAS (forties) – English Canadian. Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

VERONICA (thirties) – Inuk. Leanna’s daughter. Teaches at the high school and performs spoken-word poetry.

MAMA – An adult polar bear. Played by a puppet ensemble

DAUGHTER – A young polar bear cub. Played by a puppet ensemble

RAPHAËL (thirties) – Second-generation Québécois. Officer for the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services.

THE ENSEMBLE:  The ensemble will be the heart and breath of the show.  They will:

•  Bring life to the MAMA and DAUGHTER Polar Bear Puppets
•  NULIAJUK  Puppet – Inuk Goddess of the Ocean and the Underworld
•  All the SEA ANIMALS
•  And provide elements throughout the show

LIGHTING THE WAY SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

DESCRIPTION: This international festival of short climate change plays is scheduled to premier this Fall. Lighting the Way will coincide with the Santiago Climate Change Conference (COP25) which serves as an international meeting of world leaders who gather to discuss tactics to significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions before the world faces catastrophic and irreversible consequences.   This series of short plays will be produced and presented in conjunction with our full production of Sila (The Arctic Cycle) in December.

Participants will help choose from the collection of plays and work with Michael to direct, act, design and produce the plays.  The number of plays and scope the production will be flexible based on the capacity of the participants.  We may do staged readings of some of the plays and/or fully produce some. Many of them present site specific opportunities or they may be presented as pre-show events during the run of Sila. This is a great option for those who cannot commit the time to a full production.

 

Callback List – Goodnight Desdemona

Callback list for Goodnight Desdemona

Tuesday, March 12

Please arrive at the Studio Theatre at 6 PM:

Cory Young

Connor Nolan

Landon Jorgensen

Cameron O’Hare

Matthew A. Jackson

Johnathan Middleton

Soroush Separ

Omar Fox

Osvaldo Rodriguez

Alexis Olaes

Isabel Sica

Carmen Marron

Jocelyn Goggin Morales

Sandy Tate

Lucy Arvizu

Gina Marie

Gabriela Le Baron

Lilah Kennedy

Heather Fiore

Ali Robbins-Goddard

Thank you so much to everyone who auditioned. I appreciate your time and talent.

Auditions for Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET)

By Ann-Marie MacDonald
Directed by Dana Case

An adventure of sharp-witted self-discovery with a wicked twist!

Auditions: Mon, March 11 from 6pm-10pm – Held in the Palomar Studio Theatre

Callbacks: Tues, March 12 from 6pm-10pm

Please Prepare a One Minute Monologue

Rehearsals: March 18-April 26
Monday-Friday 7:00pm-11:00pm and possible Saturdays

Tech Rehearsals: Sat April 27, Sun April 28 from12-8pm
And April 29, 30, May 1, 2 from 6pm-11pm

Performances: May 3-12. Fri & Sat, 7pm; Sun, 2pm; Thurs, 4pm

Perusal scripts are available in the Box Office at the Howard Brubeck Theatre
Box Office: 760-744-1150 ext. 2453
Palomar Community College District 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

For more information, please contact Dana Case at dcase@palomar.edu

Applied Auditions

Applied Music Auditions

Friday, February 1, 2019

Are you interested in becoming a Music major?  You should audition for the Palomar College Applied Music program.

Through this program you receive four semesters’ worth of lessons, for the price of one unit per semester.

These lessons are one-on-one with a professional musician on your instrument, including voice!

Private lessons such as these would cost around $1000 per semester if you paid for them on your own.

 

Please contact Tom Daily in the Performing Arts Department for more information.  Email tdaily@palomar.edu or call

760-744-1150 extension 2327.

Legally Blonde Audition Announcement

 

Book by Heather Hach • Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture Directed by Michael Mufson • Music Direction by Suzy Bohling • Choreography by Molly Faulkner

 

Dec. 3 Song & Monologue • Dec. 4 Dance • Dec 12 Callbacks

Auditioners will sign-up online for a 5-Minute slot on Monday, December 3 to present a 1-minute song and a 1-minute monologue. You are also required to attend the Dance Audition on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30-9:30 PM.

Please prepare a choice of 2 songs – up tempo in a current Musical Theatre style (1970s+). Make sure to bring 2 copies of the sheet music to the audition.

Your monologue can be either comic, romantic or dramatic. Make sure to have it fully memorized and well prepared to demonstrate your ability to truthfully play a fictional situation.

Please make sure you are available for the Callbacks on Wednesday, December 12 from 6:00 – 10:30 PM

Monday & Tuesday December 3 & 4 will be in the D-10 Performance Lab

Wednesday, December 12 will be in the Howard Brubeck Theatre

Click Here to sign up for your audition slot

Rehearsals will be Monday-Friday 6:30-10:30 PM beginning Monday, January 28.
Technical rehearsals will be Saturday & Sunday March 2 & 3 •10 AM-10PM and March 4-7 • 5-11PM.
Performances are March 8-17 • Fridays & Saturdays 7PM • Sundays & Thursday 2PM.

Questions? Contact mmufson@palomar.edu

Legally Blonde Audition Sign-ups

“O Beautiful” Cast List

Thank you everyone for a great afternoon of callbacks.  I really enjoyed the work we did today and the focus of the group.  I’m really excited to explore this play with you.

First rehearsal is this coming Monday, August 27th at 6:30 PM in the Studio Theatre.  Please arrive in time to be ready to start promptly at 6:30 PM.

Please email me at mmufson@palomar.edu to acknowledge that you accept your role

Alice Fletcher………………………… Lilah Kennedy
Arlene Fletcher ………………………Elizabeth Barron
Don Fletcher/Thomas Jefferson Landon Jorgensen
Lennie Ryan …………………………..Olivia “Liv’ Lang
Linda Ryan……………………………. Kadisha Pointer
Brian Ryan ……………………………..Elias Questenberg
Luke Simpson …………………………Autin Williams
Joe Simpson …………………………..Adrian Espinoza
Erik Waters ……………………………..Soroush Separ
Brenda Waters/Ben Fanklin ………V. Heather Fiori
Gwen Turner …………………………..Izzy Sica
Marcia Turner ………………………….Erin Brunansky
Ty Janaleris ……………………………Jonnathan Middleton
Sondra Janaleris ……………………..T.B.D.
Jesus…………………………………….. Omar Fox
Simon West…………………………….. Neha Curtiss
Mrs. Loomis …………………………….Kayla Adorno
St.Denis …………………………………..T.B.D
St. Paul/John Adams …………………Peter Bunn
Joan of Arc /Assistant Director……Evan Love
Patrick Henry ……………………………T.B.D.
Alexander Hamilton …………………..Osvaldo Rodriguez
Ben Franklin ……………………………..V.Heather Fiore
Minister……………………………………. Cory Young

Colette Culbertson…………………….Assistant Director

O Beautiful Callbacks

Thank you to all who auditioned.  Callbacks begin promptly at 1 PM. in the Studio Theatre.

Kayla Adorno

Elizabeth Barron

Erin Brunaski

Peter Bunn

Neha Curtis

Adrian Espinoza

Omar Fox

Landon Jorgensen

Lila Kennedy

Olivia ”Liv” Lang

Evan Love

Jonathan Middleton

Kadisha Pointer

Elias Questenberg

Osvaldo Rodriguez

Seroush Separ

Izzy Sica

Austin Williams

Auditions for O Beautiful by Theresa Rebeck

Seeking a Large,  Diverse, Thoughtful, Empathetic and Courageous Cast • Over 20 Characters

O Beautiful

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Michael Mufson
Performances OCT 5-14

Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash-up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh-in and mix it up.

Warning: This production contains controversial portrayals of Jesus and the Founding Fathers as well as mature themes and language.
Perusal Scripts available upon request: mmufson@palomar.edu

Performances are OCT 5-14, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Thursday at 4 PM.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Open Call • Friday, August 24 • 6:30 PM • STUDIO THEATRE
Callbacks • Saturday, August 25 • 1 PM • STUDIO THEATRE

Please prepare  a 1 to 2-minute contemporary monologue – dramatic or comic

Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday 6:30 – 10:30 PM beginning August 27 and some Saturdays.

Technical Rehearsals will be Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30 10AM-10PM and October 1-4 • 5PM-11PM

Casting preference to actors with no schedule conflicts.

Participants are required to enroll for 2 units of college credit (TA 191 Rehearsal & Performance)


Character Breakdown:

General Context: O Beautiful is set within a mostly conservative, Christian community, and we meet characters from four different families struggling with basically all the “trigger issues” present in America today: teen pregnancy and abortion rights, gun control and gun violence, physical and cyber bullying, etc. Add to that controversy about who controls the high school curriculum and basic communication breakdown between the generations. On television, we’re presented with a Glenn Beck/Alex Jones type who (through the miracle of theatre) interviews some of the Founding Fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, trying to delve into their original intent, thereby forwarding his own agenda. Through it all, Jesus is available as a personal savior to all who invite him in, though it mostly seems that what they want is approval rather than counsel. Everything culminates in a town hall meeting that turns ugly with lots of rancor and very little listening. A prime example of what Civil Discourse is not.

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

ALICE FLETCHER: She has become pregnant from a date rape encounter and is struggling to make sense of her life.  She is intelligent, empathetic, outspoken and brave, but also confused and traumatized.

LENNIE RYAN: A sensitive young man who lacks confidence and does not fit in socially. He is an easy target for the Bullies.

LUKE SIMPSON: Bully.  Cool kid. Dating Gwen. Responsible for getting Alice pregnant but does not take responsibility.  Conservative Christian. Shames Alice for wanting an abortion.  Bullies Lennie.

GWEN TURNER: High School student. Cool kid. Dating Luke. Conservative Chrisitan. Bully.

ERIK WATERS: Hangs out with Luke and Gwen and participates with their bullying behavior, although he is generally not the instigator.:

PARENTS:

LINDA RYAN: Mother of Lennie.  Warm, loving and encouraging of Lennie. A bit naïve.  She is very concerned when her husband (Brian) starts to bring guns into their home.

BRIAN RYAN: Father of Lennie. Hangs out with the guys and is very susceptible to their peer pressure.  He is influenced by an “unnamable” fear that is currently pervasive in certain communities. He has recently begun to purchase guns.

ARLENE FLETCHER: Mother of Alice.  Kind and loving. Strictly Christian.

DON FLETCHER: Father of Alice. Tries to be a good father but is typically insensitive.

MARCIA TURNER: Mother of Gwen.  Conservative Christian.  Sees no flaws in her daughter.  Somewhat militant in her conservatism.

BRENDA WATERS: Mother of Erik.  Warm, loving and caring.  Fierce defender of her son.

JOE SIMPSON: Father of Luke.  Really into guns. Aggressive.

OTHER ADULTS:

TY JANALERIS: African American. In his first year of teaching History at the local High School.  His teaching becomes controversial because he insists on providing handouts to augment the prescribed text book.  He is a kind and stands up for the justice of his students.

SONDRA JANALERIS: Sister of Ty.  Wise and earthy.

SIMON WEST: Conservative talking-head on television.  Modeled after Glen Beck and quite simiar to Alex Jones of InfoWars.

MRS. LOOMIS: School Principal.  Caught between pressure from School Board, Parents and Faculty Union.

HISTORICAL FIGURES:

JESUS: Jesus relates and communicates as if he is another member of the community.  It is revealed later in the play that all the characters see and hear the “Jesus” that they wish to see and hear.  The actor playing Jesus must be a great listener, exude compassion and have some ability to mimic vocal rhythms and characteristics. Casting is open to all races, ethnicities, genders and ages.

PATRICK HENRY

ALEXANDER HAMILTON

THOMAS JEFFERSON

JOHN ADAMS

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

ST.  PAUL

ST. DENIS

JOAN OF ARC

OTHER PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS etc

 

for more information email mmufson@palomar.edu