Audition for the Outdoor Spring Theater Production “Almost, Maine”

Audition for NCC’s Outdoor Spring Theater Production of “Almost, Maine”, February 16-19 via ZOOM, by appointment (see below).

“Almost, Maine” is a series of charming two-person vignettes about hope, love, friendship and acceptance

SUMMARY OF PLAY:
It’s a clear night, in a mythical town called “Almost, Maine,” where the northern lights in the sky above hover over the characters. In this outdoor magical environment, characters fall in and out of love, friendships develop, and somehow everyone belongs in this town that doesn’t quite exist. The play is a series of loosely-connected two-person tales – some humorous, others thoughtful – all connected by the mystical energy of “Almost, Maine.” One of the most produced regular plays in North America, the NY Times reviewed it on off-Broadway, as: “Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect. ALMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. It packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.”

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES:
We have 8 shows scheduled from 4/22 – 5/1 in the courtyard of E108. We’re performing the show outside, not only because it captures the environment of the play itself, but more importantly for safety precautions with COVID.

COVID/SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
• Only two people are onstage at once.
• Rehearsals begin on Zoom for first month.
• Starting in mid-March, we’ll have in-person rehearsals—only 2 actors at a time (either in E108 or when weather allows, outside).
• Actors will rehearse and perform with masks.
• The play will be staged with social distancing–we’ll find creative ways to ensure actors are 6 feet apart onstage.
• Instead of doing large shows with packed audiences, we’ll have 8 small shows, with 30-40 in audience at a time.
• Audience members will be 6 feet apart (unless family members come together). We’ll take reservations so that we’re set up for this prior to each performance.
• We’ll do temperature checks for both actors and audiences upon admission, as well as require hand sanitation upon entering the courtyard.
• Even though the show is outside, the audience (in addition to actors) will be required to wear masks the entire time.
• Actors won’t use individual mics, but instead area mics.
• The only actors that will be inside during the run of the show are the ones who are “on-deck.” All other actors will be outside between their scenes.
• We’ll do temperature checks for both actors and audiences upon admission, as well as require hand sanitation. upon entering the courtyard.

HOW TO AUDITION:
Please email cmangone@norwalk.edu to set up a ½ hour audition during one of the times below. You’ll be set up with a partner to audition with, and you’ll be reading scenes from the script. The possible times are:

• Tuesday, February 16th 4:30PM – 8:30PM on Zoom
• Wednesday, February 17th: 12:00PM-6:00PM on Zoom
• Thursday, February 18th: 9:30AM – 11:00AM on Zoom
• Friday, February 19th: Call Backs in E108 (only two at a time, at a designated ½ hour slot) from 10 AM- 6:00PM (or if you cannot come on Friday, then Saturday morning make-up time on Zoom).

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin the week of February 22nd. Each group will meet 2x during week for 45-minute sessions. There are several options for rehearsal times, and on the audition form, actors state all the times they can rehearse. These will be set times for the semester. (So, for example, you might rehearse on Tuesday from 6:00-6:45 and Thursday from 8:00-8:45 each week.) For the first month, rehearsals will be on Zoom. Then, after that, we’ll rehearse either in E108 (2 at a time) or outside, if weather permits. Tech rehearsals begin on Friday, April 16th (Audition form has exact schedule).

MORE INFORMATION
To obtain a full script, audition pages and audition form, please email cmangone@norwalk.edu

FACULTY AND STAFF: IF YOU HAVE ANY STUDENTS WHO YOU THINK MIGHT ENJOY AND BENEFIT FROM BEING IN A THEATER PRODUCTION, PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL AND/OR FLYER TO THEM. THANK YOU!