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               Based on the myths of Ovid
               Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman
               Directed by Reid Edelman and Leslie Saxon West
               Choreography by Susan Era and Leslie Saxon West
WHO:       Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company and Theatre  Arts Department
WHEN:     Auditions will be held Tuesday August 29, 6-10 PM:
               Callbacks will be August 30 & 31
               1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah.
College Seeks Actors and Dancers for Ovid’s Metamorphoses
The Mendocino College Repertory Dance Company and Theatre Arts Department will hold auditions on Tuesday August 29 for the upcoming fall 2006 production of Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman’s exquisite adaptation of Ovid’s myths. The production will be co-directed by Mendocino College professors Reid Edelman and Leslie Saxon West, with choreography by Susan Era and Leslie Saxon West.  
Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, the play utilizes both words and movement to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. As Edelman explains, “the play celebrates the timeless human need to tell stories.  While many may not have read Ovid’s original text, people are sure to recognize the stories: King Midas who turns everything he touches into gold, the musician Orpheus who descends into Hades’ realm to retrieve his love Eurydice, Narcissus who falls in love with his own reflection...” According to Time Magazine, the play “recaptures the allure of the theatre…it shows that theatre can provide not just escape, but sometimes a glimpse of the divine.”
Interested performers should arrive at the college’s Center Theatre at 6 PM on Tuesday August 29 and plan on staying until 10 PM.  The initial audition will include physical and vocal explorations, improvisation and ensemble exercises. No preparation or experience is required; however, all performers should wear comfortable movement clothes (sweat pants and t-shirts are ideal). After the initial audition, some performers will be invited to attend additional callback auditions.  Callbacks on Wednesday August 30 will focus on dance and callbacks on Thursday August 31 will focus on acting and include reading of scenes from the script.  The final cast will include approximately 20 performers, including dancers and actors. There are also opportunities for singers, including a male operatic singer in his 40s or 50s.  The play is an ensemble piece and performers will play multiple roles as they participate in the retelling of Ovid’s timeless myths.
Rehearsals will begin in September and continue until the show opens on November 10, 2006.  Performances will run through November 19. Several college courses are associated with the production, and all performers will receive college credit.
In addition to the performance opportunities, numerous backstage production positions are available.   Crews are needed to build scenery, props and costumes, as well as to work as assistant stage managers, light and sound operators and run-crew. For those with a particular interest in learning to build costumes, there will be a costume construction course taught by Kathy Dingman Katz in association with this production. This fun class will meet Tuesday evenings from 5:30-9:30 PM during Mendocino College’s Fall semester.
Perusal scripts will be on reserve in the Mendocino College Library after August 18.   For additional information, or to join the back-stage production team, contact Reid Edelman at (707) 468-3172.
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Created: August 02, 2006 @ 12:51 PM
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