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King University News :: King University Theatre Department to Hold Spring Auditions Jan. 20-22

BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 13, 2014 – The King University Theatre Department will hold auditions for its spring productions on Jan. 20-22 at 6 pm each evening in the Fine Arts Theatre on King’s Bristol campus.

Feb. 27 through March 1, King Theatre will present Peter Shaffer’s farce, “Black Comedy,” at the Fine Arts Theatre. The play will be directed and designed by senior Theatre major Trung Phan. The cast calls for five males and three females. Samuel French publishing describes the play as “...lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancee's pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Schuppanzigh. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.”

The second production of the spring will be the musical play, “The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks,” book and lyrics by King alumna Katherine Paterson Stephanie Tolan, with music and lyrics by Steve Liebman. The performance will combine several Japanese theatrical traditions in the telling of the folk tale about a mandarin duck caught by cruel lord who only wants the bird for its beauty. When the duck begins to get ill from being separated from his mate, the young kitchen maid defies the lord’s orders and releases the bird. She and another servant Shozo are sentenced to death for aiding the bird, but the mandarin duck intends to repay them for their generosity.

Auditions will consist of readings from the scripts. Participants are asked to prepare and sing 16 bars from a song of their choice. Participants should provide accompaniment; no accompanist will be available.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dollar, associate professor and director for Theatre at King University, at 423.652.4839.


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