Auditions & Directing Opportunities

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Auditions !

  AUDITIONS FOR FAMILY DRAMA

The Willits Community Theatre will be hosting auditions for Painting Churches, a drama by Tina Howe, to be directed by Ellen Weed. Auditions will be held on Wednesday March 19 at 6 p.m. and Saturday March 21 at 3 p.m. 

Painting Churches is a three-person play about family issues. Gardiner and Fanny Church are an elderly married couple who are moving out of their opulent Boston home and “downsizing” to a bungalow on Cape Cod.  Their artist-daughter, Mags, returns home to help them move. In addition, she has an ulterior motive; to paint them, as they really are. Her return is something of a homecoming and the play explores both the darkness and light of their lives.

For Painting Churches, two of the roles have already been cast. Veteran actor and stage director Bill Barksdale will play Gardiner Church and Ukiah actress Hofsa Stewart will play Fannie. The role which is yet to be cast is that of Mags, their daughter. 

Mags is in her thirties. Having moved to New York City and successfully pursued a career as an Expressionist portrait painter, despite her mother’s lifelong stultifying influence and her father’s increasing inaccessibility, Mags approaches her homecoming with a combination of grit, determination, and deep-seated vulnerability.  Director Ellen Weed says that actresses wishing to play Mags ought to be able to “go deep.” 

Painting Churches will rehearse in April and May and will open on June 12. It will play for 10 performances and will close on June 28.  Scripts of Painting Churches will be available at the Willits Library after March 9. For more information about the play and the character of Mags, call Ms. Weed at 462-6366. 

Your talents are in demand at the Willits Community Theatre – come to our auditions and be part of a show. All abilities, talents, and skills are needed.

If interested in auditioning for an upcoming show, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll send you the necessary information.

Willits Community Theatre Director’s Proposal, 2021 Season

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Willits Community Theatre Director’s Proposal, 2021 Season

Willits Community Theatre is pleased to offer an opportunity to those who would like to direct full-length plays of their own choice. Each interested director is asked to select and submit three plays that they are excited to direct. The Artistic Direction Committee (“ADC”) will review all proposals, and from among the collection of plays submitted, choose the five plays that will constitute Willits Community Theatre’s 2021 Main Stage season. The ADC will notify you on or before March 16th if one of your plays is selected.

To ensure that we create a season that includes a good mix of comedy, drama, etc., each interested director is asked to select plays from different genres. The ADC intends to present a season of plays to the board that includes both well-known, popular plays as well as at least one avant-garde play per season.

If you could use some help getting the creative juices flowing, we have a list of plays that we would like to see produced and would be happy to share that with you. WCT also has a library of scripts, and you are welcome to browse and borrow from our library. Please contact Steve Marston at 337-6090 or (smarston03@yahoo.com) for a copy of the list or to make arrangements to visit the library.

Thank you – we look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely,

The Artistic Direction Committee Willits Community Theatre

Please fill in the following information and return to Willits Community Theatre

No later than 5PM on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Please also indicate if there is any time of year you will NOT be available to direct this play.

Director’s Name:
Phone Number(s):
Email:
Best way to contact is:
Best time of day to contact is:

If you have never directed a Main Stage play at Willits Community Theatre before, please give us a brief introduction of your directing and/or theatre experience:

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Instructions (fill in the next page):

1. Please choose three plays that you are excited to direct. a. Rank the plays in order of your preference:

i. If you do not have a preference, please indicate this as well.

  1. Please choose at least two different genres:
    1. Comedy, farce, drama, mystery, satire, old chestnut, melodrama, tragedy, historical, etc.
    2. Please keep in mind that actors of all ages, young and old, are available.
  2. Please indicate your vision for each play.
  3. If you think there might be challenges staging the play, please indicate this.
  1. The ADC will choose their season based on the collection of all plays submitted.
  2. The ADC plans to let the directors know the choices of the plays by March 16th, and to announcethe season formally to the public before the end of July.

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Do you foresee any staging issues? _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

3. Play, Playwright, and Genre: __________________________________________________

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Willits Community Theatre ◊ 37 West Van Lane ◊ P.O. Box 80 ◊ Willits, CA 95490 ◊ (707) 459-0895

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