McNeese Theatre auditions for spring productions, "All My Sons" and "Louisiana Purchase," will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre, with call backs beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.
Based upon a true story, "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller opens the spring season March 14-18. This play is a tremendously impressive drama that received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award for Best Play.
Set in August of 1946 in the mid-west of the United States, Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop that made airplane parts during the war. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe - and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war - dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever and the bitterness of George Deever who returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.
There are parts for 10 persons (six males-three ages 20-30, two over 40 and one boy/four females-one over 40 and three ages 20-30). Joy Pace is the director.
"Louisiana Purchase" is a 1940 hit musical by Irving Berlin that could have been ripped from yesterday's American headlines. Set in New Orleans, the musical lampoons Huey Long and his strangle-hold on Louisiana politics. When Senator Loganberry arrives in the Big Easy to investigate the dubious doings at the Louisiana Purchasing Co., it isn't long before he's set up for plenty of trouble himself. The original orchestrations (by the incomparable Robert Russell Bennet and N. Lang Van Cleve) have been meticulously restored. There are parts for 10 men, six women and chorus, representing various ages. Directed by Michele Martin, production dates are April 25-29.
Persons auditioning should prepare a one-minute monologue and a song from musical theatre. Auditions are open to McNeese students, faculty and staff and area residents.
For more information, call 337-475-5042. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.