APAC seeks readers for Original Play Festival


Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer actor/readers for its 20th annual Original Play Festival.

The auditions will be held Friday and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the APAC Loft in Kainaliu, across the street and a half block south of the Aloha Theatre, on the second floor of the building housing The King’s Daughters Thrift Shop.

Five directors will be casting more than 40 characters in the nine plays chosen for the festival, and first-time actors are heartily encouraged to audition.

Original Play Festival performance week is Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 14-17. Each play of the festival will have five rehearsals, generally on the same night of the week as the performance. Rehearsals will begin July 10.

APAC’s Original Play Festival has traditionally served as a proving ground for new theater participants.

The festival features new, unproduced and unpublished scripts presented in staged reading format, so line memorization is not required.

The festival opens Aug. 14 with five plays on the bill. Gloria Blum will direct “Oh, No!” by Susan Shafer, “Mrs. Chambers’ Used Car” by Kitty Powell and “Impostor” by Mark Tjarks. Roxanne Fox will direct “The Talented Tongue of Walter Lipinski” and “The Slip” by Mark Tjarks.

Thursday features Dick Hershberger’s play “Ask Pat” directed by Miguel Montez and “It Had Been the Perfect Crime” by Mark Tjarks and directed by Roxanne Fox.

Friday’s offering is “The Cupcake Conspiracy,” an absurd comedy set in New York involving spies and lovers by C.J. Erlich and Philip J. Kaplan, directed by Felicity Johnson.

On Saturday, the final play of the festival will be “In the Family Way,” a contemporary topical local drama by Anthony Oliver, directed by Sara Hagen.

All festival scripts are available for onsite perusal by arrangement with the APAC office, or online at AlohaTheatre.com. Those auditioning should arrive on time and be prepared to stay about 90 minutes.

The time commitment for each staged reading will consist of five rehearsals and one performance, with no memorization required.

Crew positions are also available. For more information, call 322-9924.

 

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