Author Archives: KState Theatre
The Old Maid and The Thief (Gian-Carlo Menotti)
Miss Pinkerton Rebekah Watzig
Miss Todd Sarah Wirtz
Laetitia Elise Poehling
Bob Donovan Woods
Trial By Jury (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The Learned Judge Randy Frye
The Plantiff (Angelica) Rachel Hunt
The Defendant (Edwin) Grant Stucky
Counsel for the Plaintiff Alex Spence
Usher Jonathan Strom
Foreman of The Jury Drew Knapp
Ivy Calvert, Aeriel Dodson, Sarah Stoulil, Katherine Cross
Men of the Jury
Nicholas Gillock, Jacob Bleything, Joshua Tackett
Annika Schneider, Erin Koolman, Robert Roth, Anna Rider, Brian Ingalsbe, Mallory Rathbun, TBA (after theatre auditions)
Chris Zimmerman, Drew Szczesny
THANK YOU to everyone who spent their evenings in Nichols Hall this week, especially TAP! Many talented students auditioned. We had 28 roles to cast from 51 majors and about 20 non-majors who auditioned. No student was cast in more than one show this semester. If you are not cast, there will be other performance opportunities throughout the semester. Watch the Virtual Callboard for more info.
Please initial or comment below to accept your role. Remember, do not to cut your hair or change your appearance in any way until you speak with your costume designer. Measurements will be done in groups not individually. The costume shop has been moved, you’ll be informed of where the fittings will take place…NOT in the costume shop in McCain.
GOD OF CARNAGE
By Yasmina Rez; Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford. Performance Dates: February 6th-16th in Chapman Theatre
VERONICA: Amanda Garvey
MICHAEL: Mark Young
ANNETTE: Dani Golway
ALAN: Clay Massingill
God of Carnage rehearsals begin January 7 with a table read on December 15 at 6pm.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
By Oscar Wilde; Directed by Charlotte MacFarland. Performance Dates: April 24th-May 4th in Chapman Theatre
“Thank you all for auditioning and for sharing your talent with me.” – Charlotte McFarland
LADY BRACKNELL: Cat Huck
JACK: Sam Massey
GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX: Bella Alonso
ALGERNON: Mat Ellis
CECILY CARDEW: Hannah Miller
DR. CHASUBLE: Sean Matthews
MISS PRISM: Kelsey Coffroth
LANE: Logan Jones
MERRIMAN: Mitch Ward
By Tracey Scott Wilson; Directed by Shon Ruffin. Performance Dates: February 20th-23rd in The Purple Masque.
YVONNE: Erika Williams
JEFF: Corey Jennett
PAT: Angelica McKinnis
JESSICA: Eugenia Frey
ASSISTANT/ENSEMBLE: Daja Bressette
REPORTER/ENSEMBLE: Audrey Artis
DETECTIVE/ENSEMBLE: Nicole Casonhua
ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS
By Jane Martin; Directed by Libby Uthoff Stratton. Performance Dates: April 3rd-5th in The Purple Masque.
HOLLY: Sarah Stoulil
LISABETTE: Lizzy Cook
CASEY: Ellyn Calvert
T-ANNE: Dai’jah Porchia
ACTRESS #1: Shannon Madden
ACTRESS #2: Laura Vallejo
JOBY: Sydney Normile
THANKS AGAIN! Please accept your role by commenting below or sign your initials to the paper cast lists on the physical call board in Nichols Hall- they will be posted by 9:30AM, Friday, November 22, 2013.
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Everything gets easier if you work at it. “I used to not work that hard at auditioning and I was just like, ‘Well, I’ll figure it out,’ but lately I’ve been making it my mission to work as hard as I can,” says Dorsey, who wishes he had the dedication and preparedness that he has now when he started acting. “But it all comes with wisdom,” he says. With his new method of audition prep, Dorsey has started to enjoy auditioning. “I used to dread it,” he says.
Make bold choices.
Dorsey has found himself auditioning for many roles that could be one-note, and he cites “Eastbound & Down” as an example. “But if I can bring some kind of different nuisance to it, then I know it will stand out against other people auditioning for it,” he says. So when he auditioned for Dontel, Dorsey just tried to do something outrageous with it. “And once you do something outrageous you just stand out a little bit,” he adds.
Prepare for the audition.
“I try my best when I’m creating that character—when I’m going to audition—to try to get that character down at that moment,” Dorsey says. Most of his role preparation happens during his audition preparation, especially for a television show. “In the audition, I try my best to get what I call my bible,” he says. “All the things that this guy is—everything that he—all his likes and what he doesn’t like. Of course during the life of a show and with the writers, they’re going to add more stuff to it.”
Bring something different.
Dorsey always tries to bring something different to every character, and he tries not to play the same character twice. “Dontel Benjamin on ‘Eastbound’ is a loud-mouth, braggadocios, crazy man, while Roy on ‘Rake’ is a very deliberate, thoughtful man, and he doesn’t scream a lot,” says Dorsey. Bringing something new to a character is important to Dorsey, who has faced the challenge of being typecast. “Because I’m a big guy, I was always playing the bad guy or whatever, but after I did ‘The Blind Side’ where I played a father who’s a really loving, likeable sort of person, a lot of those barriers were broken down. People saw me as something softer, not so much as a heavy anymore.” Having trained in the theater, Dorsey was used to playing everything. “It takes a while for audiences on film to see you as something different if they’ve seen you for so long as a specific character,” he says. “It’s up to the actor to be like, ‘Look man, let’s try something else,’ even if it’s an ultra-low-budget independent. People who rep you will keep going with whatever they can send you on.”
Just because he’s focused on working hard to prepare for auditions doesn’t mean Dorsey isn’t having fun with it. “I work with a group of actors and whenever one of us has an audition, we all get together and we all work together on it,” he says. “I think it takes us back to our film school days, our drama school days, us just working together and figuring it out because somebody else is going to see something in the material that you won’t see.” Even though it’s been about 14 years since Dorsey was in acting school, he’s having a great time working with other good actors. “It’s even better than college,” he adds. He says he’ll also miss his co-workers on “Eastbound & Down.” “Those guys are so well-versed at improv so it’s like we don’t have to work,” he says.
Keep it funny.
Before “Eastbound & Down,” most of Dorsey’s recent work has been drama, but his first two films—“Road Trip” and “Starsky and Hutch”—were actually comedies. “Improv is something that comes second nature to me,” he says. “[When] I was taking acting classes as a kid my favorite part was always the improv.” Dorsey says executive producer Jody Hill would hire people with strong improv and comedy skills. Fans who enjoy the humor on the show would love the scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor according to Dorsey. “We were going crazy in there,” he adds. Even though his new series “Rake” is a drama about a lawyer (Greg Kinnear) who owes a lot of money to a lot of people, including his bookie Roy, Dorsey says it’s really more of a dramedy, and he tries to bring some comedy to Roy as well.
Learn about the business.
Training in the craft is important, but it’s equally important to learn about the business. Because of his education and training Dorsey says, “I have a grasp of the craft, and I have a grasp of the business also.”
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THANK YOU to all who auditioned, we had an excellent turn out. If you are called back for more than one show, please attend the mainstage (EARNEST & CARNAGE) callbacks first before going to the Masque callbacks. Directors are aware of the overlap and will do their best to accommodate all actors. If you are not called back, there will be other performance opportunities throughout the semester.
Please comment at the end of this post to accept your callback or initial the paper lists that will be posted by 9:30am Wednesday 11/20/13 on the physical callboard in Nichols Hall.
FINAL CAST LISTS WILL BE POSTED HERE NO EARLIER THAN FRIDAY MORNING 11/22/13
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde; Directed by Charlotte MacFarland. Performance Dates: April 24th-May 4th in Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.
Callbacks for Earnest are Wednesday 11/20 from 6:30-8:30pm in Nichols Room 008
All actors called back will be reading for multiple roles. We will start will a selection from the end of the play in which all the characters appear and work our way back to two person scenes.
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GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Rez; Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford. Performance Dates: February 6th-16th in Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.
Callbacks for GOD OF CARNAGE are Wednesday 11/20 from 8-9:30pm in the Chapman Theatre
THE STORY by Tracey Scott Wilson; Directed by Shon Ruffin. Performance Dates: February 20th-23rd in The Purple Masque Theatre.
Callbacks for THE STORY are Wednesday 11/20 from 6:30-9:30pm in Nichols Room 017
ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS by Jane Martin; Directed by Libby Uthoff Stratton. Performance Dates: April 3rd-5th in The Purple Masque Theatre.
Callbacks for ANTON are Wednesday 11/20 from 6:30-9:30pm in Nichols Room 007
T-Anne/ Stage Manager/Airport Announcer/Andwyneth/ Don:
Actress #1- Kate/Ben/Jackey
Actress #2- Ralph/Wikéwitch/ Joe Bob
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW TO INDICATE THAT YOU WILL ATTEND YOUR CALLBACK(S)
Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest and The Story are tonight beginning at 6:30pm. Both require you to read “sides-” scenes from the plays, which will be provided.
Please bring your spring schedule and a writing utensil so you can complete the contact info/conflict form for the directors.
Directors are aware of the choir concert tonight and they know some students will arrive late.
TAP (Theatre Appreciation & Participation) members will be around to answer questions and to point auditionees in the right direction!
Have a great night!
It’s the time to show thanks… thanks for our wonderful friends and classmates in the K-State School of Music, Theatre, and Dance! TAP wants to thank you for an enjoyable first semester and what a better way to do so than a family-style dinner with students and staff in our department.
Tapsgiving will begin at 7:00pm this Thursday, November 21, at 920 Laramie Street.
This dinner is a potluck, so go to the facebook page* to see what others and bringing and post what food or drink you intend to bring!
And remember, this is an event that the entire department is invited to, including faculty. We’re a family and this is a family celebration!
If you have any questions, contact one of your TAP officers!
Change/New Requirement as of spring semester 2014:
Only 2 semesters of Theatre Forum is required of majors. If you are currently a Theatre major and you have completed at least 2 semesters of Theatre Forum THTRE 080, you do not need to enroll in it again. Effective immediately.
All students are welcome to attend Forum on Mondays at 12:30 in Chapman Theatre ANYTIME. It is most often where guest artists speak to students!