Theater auditions held for upcoming plays
Friday, January 18, 2008
By Guest Writer
This year the theater department made the decision to go against the
normal audition process by hosting two auditions simultaneously.
Auditions were held in Judd Theater for the plays “Rossums Universal
Robots” and “Broken Glass,” on Jan. 7 and 8. The theater department
posted the cast listing three days after the auditions. Assistant
Professor of Communication and Theater Barrett Huddleston said typical
play auditions are held one play at a time.
“We were sort of taking a leap of faith with a duel audition” Huddleston said.
“R.U.R.” written by Karel Capek will be the first play performed
this semester. “Broken Glass,” a drama written by Arthur Miller, will
be performed later in the semester.
Huddleston said this process was chosen for practicality and fairness.
This will also give audiences the occasion to see a larger range of
actors throughout the plays as well as provide students an opportunity
to work in a variety of situations.
“It was a really good turn out. There were a lot more people than I
thought,” Director of “Broken Glass,” Senior Paul Mitchell said.
Mitchell said they let one group at a time into the theatre to
audition, instead of having everyone at once. Students had the option
to audition for either of the two plays.
“You’ve got a lot less distraction and a lot more efficiency.” Mitchell said. “It’s more like a well-oiled machine.”
Huddleston said he looks forward to possibly using this method of
auditioning for every show in Oklahoma Christian University’s future
or, at least, for the ones next fall.
“It was really easy; anyone could do it,” freshman Lisa Curry said.
“R.U.R.” is planned to open later in February, after four-hour rehearsals, four days a week for five weeks.
“Show support to fellow students, especially after all the hard work
that goes into the many nights of rehearsal. It’s nice to see an
audience out there, to see a bunch of friends,” said Curry.
Curry plays the part of the Nanny android in the comedic/futuristic
work “R.U.R.” First produced in 1921, “R.U.R.” was the play that made
the word “robot” common.
“OC students generally enjoy comedies, but we’re also focusing on
the character of the emotions of our human-like androids,” Huddleston
said. “This play isn’t usually performed at the University level, let
alone at a Christian university.”
Huddleston said it is not typically shown because it poses a side of assumed Communism although Capek was a blatant Christian.
“It’s risky in that it’s untried. There is no previous precedent.” Huddleston said
Paul Mitchell has reported the set of “Broken Glass” as blueprinted to
be abstract and fantastic, which also echoes his interpretation of the
“I was actually reading a collection of Miller plays when I ran across
this one.” Mitchell said. “I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it
down for two hours. I called up Phil Reagan and told him I’d found the
play I wanted to use. It was totally unlike any other play I had ever
read so far; it was captivating. It was so driving. It was relentless.
It was beautiful.”
This story about New York, Jews, Kristallnacht (the night of
ransacking of Jewish homes and shops before the outbreak of World War
II) and even racism can be considered the opposite of “R.U.R.”.
“R.U.R.” will be shown Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23. “Broken Glass” will be
shown April 10, 11 and 12. Both shows will be performed in Judd