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5 Apr 2014

'Auntie Mame' auditions April 12, 13 in Ottawa IL

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:55 pm

WilleyWorld Community Productions has set auditions for "Auntie Mame," its sixth annual summer theatrical production, to be presented Friday through Sunday, July 25 to 27, the weekend before Ottawa’s Riverfest in Ottawa IL.

Walt Willey, co-founder and artistic director of WilleyWorld Community Productions, director Jane Mills, and adviser Mary Morgan will conduct auditions 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, in the basement of the Trinity Lutheran Church, 717 Chambers St., Ottawa.

No previous theatrical experience is required. Those interested will be asked to do readings from the script, alone and in combination with others.

“Last year’s show, 'Deathtrap,' was presented in a different venue than usual and because of certain limitations, we went with a show with a smaller cast,” said Willey. “This year we are back on the Ottawa Township High School stage with 'Auntie Mame,' a big show featuring a very large cast.”

“We’re looking for men and women of all ages, as well as a young man between the ages of 9 and 12 years old,” added Mills. “Some will be 'double-cast,' giving them the opportunity to have more time on stage.”

“This is a delightful, very funny show with a number of choice featured roles," Morgan said. “This will give many people the opportunity to shine and to work with professional actors including Walt and this year’s guest artist.”

Mills said the show is “not 'Mame,' the musical. 'Auntie Mame' is the comedy on which the musical was based, so singing will not be a part of the audition process.”

“As we grow and evolve, we find ourselves quickly becoming a sort of regional community theater, and we are very excited to see many new faces from Starved Rock Country,” said Willey.

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in late May or early June, with production dates of Friday, July 25, through July 27. Jane Mills will be assisted in directing by longtime collaborator, Maureen Wolfe, and Rachel Hettrick, stage manager.