Open auditions for KCC’s fall play “Noises Off!” to be held Sept. 29-30

A promotional slide highlighting auditions for KCC's fall play "Noises Off!" on Sept. 29 and 30.

Attention actors: Kellogg Community College is holding open auditions for the College’s fall play “Noises Off!” Sept. 29 and 30.

Auditions for “Noises Off!” are open to the public as well as to students and will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the Binda Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The show will run for six performances in November.

The Play

“Noises Off!” is a play about what it’s like to be in a play where everything goes wrong. It’s the story of a company of lower-level professional actors and technicians producing a play called “Nothing On.” Act I covers the final dress rehearsal for opening night of the show and things are nowhere near ready. Before Act II, the entire set for the show rotates 180 degrees, and the audience will see the company performing the show from backstage. In Act III, the set rotates to show the “front” again and the audience will see the show as it completely falls apart in what KCC Theatre professor and “Noises Off!” director Brad Poer calls “glorious, tragic-comedic chaos.”

Poer will be casting for five male roles and four female roles during the auditions. Several of the actors cast in the show will technically be playing two or more roles – the role of the actor and the role of the character(s) that actor plays in the play-within-a-play.

Audition Details

Actors interested in auditioning for “Noises Off!” may choose to audition on either date. Those auditioning should wear comfortable casual clothes and arrive a little before 7 p.m. to fill out an audition form and get a picture taken. Auditions will run until 9:30 p.m.

Most of the audition process will consist of cold-reading select scenes from the script with others who are auditioning. Everyone will be considered for all roles unless the actor specifies in his or her audition form that he or she only wants consideration for certain parts.

Student actors majoring in theatre or performance or those with a great deal of experience who want the audition practice may also prepare a 30-second to one-minute contemporary comedic monologue from a play other than “Noises Off!” to perform as time allows.

Actors auditioning for roles in “Noises Off!” should note that it’s a show requiring all of the actors to be in decent physical shape as there is a lot of movement, including stage combat, pratfalls and other “slightly risky physical behavior,” Poer said. Additionally, as the characters in “Nothing On” are written to be British, British dialects of varying types will be encouraged for all characters, but are not required.

Commitment Requirements

“Noises Off!” rehearsals will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. All standard, non-tech rehearsals will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays after this date. As this is a small cast show and nearly everyone will be called for all rehearsals, those who do not have at least four nights per week to rehearse will not be considered for roles (though consideration for technical/backstage roles may still be possible).

Actors cast will also need to be free for two weekend technical rehearsals during the late morning to late afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6.

“Noises Off!” performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19, and at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20. The company must be available to be at the theatre at least one hour before each performance, and all company members will be required to stay until 9 p.m. on closing night, Nov. 20, to help strike the set.

Selected actors will be notified and the final cast list posted no later than noon Tuesday, Oct. 3.

For more information, contact KCC Theatre professor and “Noises Off!” director Brad Poer at poerb@kellogg.edu or visit www.kellogg.edu/theatre.

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