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McNeese Theatre Roundup

McNeese Theatre Roundup

Theatre poster (August 21, 2014) The annual McNeese State University Theatre Roundup will be held at 5:30 p.m.  Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Shearman Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre. The Lake Area community is invited to meet the theatre program faculty, production directors and students and receive information about the season's productions, auditions and technical work.

Directors will give an overview of the upcoming theatre season and explain the audition procedure. Auditions are open to all McNeese students, faculty and staff and area residents. This year's theme is "Past, Present and Future."

Fall auditions will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in the performing arts theatre. A signup sheet and audition packet are available on the theatre callboard in the SFA Annex lobby.

McNeese Theatre's 75th season will open with "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder, which will run from Oct. 1-5 in the performing arts theatre. The production will be directed by Charles McNeely, associate professor of theatre arts and coordinator of McNeese's theatre program. At least six males and six female actors will be needed.

Wilder's classic American play, "Our Town," will explore and celebrate the deep connections within family, community and one's hometown. This play was the first live theatrical production performed at McNeese back in 1940.

Sarah Kane's "4.48 Psychosis" will mark not only the second production of the season but will also debut the first studio production by the McNeese Theatre Bayou Players. Performances will be held Oct. 24-26 in F.G. Bulber Auditorium. Six or seven male and female roles will be available.

The play is said to be one of the most powerful and controversial texts in contemporary theatre and will be directed by Gabriel Brown. Inviting the audience's interpretations, the play explores love, death and what happens to one's psyche when the barriers between reality and fantasy blur - or disappear entirely.

Martin McDonagh's play, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," will be directed by Greg Stratton. Performance dates are Nov. 12-16 in the performing arts theatre. Seven male actors and one female actress will be needed.
 
Described as "Monty Python meets Quentin Tarantino," McDonagh weaves a darkly comedic tale surrounding the political terrorism in rural Ireland. The production is recommended for mature audiences only.

The spring theatre season will kick off with "Picasso at the Lagin Agile," written by actor and comedian Steve Martin and directed by Stratton. The production will be presented Feb. 4-8 in the performing arts theatre. Seven male and three female actors will be needed.
 
The play is set in the Lapin Agile bar in Paris, France, in 1904 and imagines a chance meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso.
Shakespeare's famous Scottish tragedy, "MacBeth," will be McNeese's final production of the season. Performances will be held April 15-19 in the performing arts theatre. Six male, two female and six male or female roles will be available.

Directed by McNeely, "MacBeth" powerfully illustrates the consequences that come from being consumed by greed and ambition.

Season subscriptions are $45 for adults, $30 for McNeese faculty and staff, senior citizens and youth (K-12). All season subscriptions support McNeese theatre scholarships. For more information, call 337-475-5040.
        
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 cdo@mcneese.edu.