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Sumter Players has again won Best Play of the Community Theatre Festival of the Georgia Theatre Conference — this time with Athol Fugard’s Exits and Entrances. In addition, at the festival held October 13 at Georgia Southwestern State University, Irmgard Schopen-Davis was named Best Director, Jason Wallace won Best Actor and Ron Fross was selected as Best Supporting Actor.
As the winning entry, Sumter Players will represent the State of Georgia at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, next March where Exits and Entrances will compete against plays from 10 southeastern states. This will be the second visit by Sumter Players to SETC , having taken Cotton Patch Gospel to the festival in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2003.
A finely drawn drama, Exits and Entrances is South African playwright Athol Fugard’s exploration of the relationship between an aspiring playwright (Wallace) and an aging actor (Fross) against the backdrop of momentous events in mid twentieth century South Africa. The Sumter Players entry along with entries from Colquitt County Arts Center (performing Graceland) and the Averitt Starrs from Statesboro (performing Overtones) was judged by professional evaluators applying such criteria as believable acting, character interpretation, effective movement and pacing, and the total impact of the production. “Exits and Entrances shows that Americus has got talent — lots of it” said Mrs. Schopen-Davis in accepting her award.
Approaching its 50th season, Sumter Players presents mainstage productions at the Rylander Theatre in downtown Americus — the next being Arthur Miller’s award winning drama, The Crucible, on November 8, 9, 10 and 11. Reserved seat tickets to all performances are available at the Rylander box office, 310 West Lamar Street in Americus, telephone 229 931-0001 or (tollfree) 1 877 662-2312, and online from rylander.org and sumterplayer.org. Groups of ten or more receive discounted rates. Major credit/debit cards are accepted.
Auditions for the Sumter Players/GSW production of Hairspray are set for
December 4 & 5, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Georgia Southwestern State University
Fine Arts Building
Sumter Players is holding auditions for its 2012-2013 season musical – Hairspray. And we want everyone even remotely interested to come and try out! Many, many roles are available and will be cast on the basis of talent only without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity or any other defining characteristic.
Things To Know:
- There will be two sections to the audition: a monologue/song portion, and a dance call to follow. Therefore, auditioners should come at 7:00 pm and be prepared to stay until 9:00 pm.
- During the first section, auditioners will be brought into the audition space in groups of about 10, and asked one by one to present a prepared monologue and song selection.
- Monologues should preferably be chosen and memorized beforehand. No monologue should be longer than 60-90 seconds.
- If an individual is unable to do so for any reason, there will be materials available at the audition for him/her to use – these materials will not have to be memorized, and one can have them in hand.
- Song selections should be no longer than 60-90 seconds.
- Auditioners should bring either an appropriate backing track (CD or mp3), or sheet music for the accompanist. The selection MUST be sung with accompaniment – NO acapella auditions.
- The second section will be a dance call.
- Auditioners will be asked to learn a short combination (taught by the show choreographer, Christi Barr).
- There will be a short amount of time after to go over the steps on one’s own.
- Finally, auditioners will be brought, in groups of about 10, to perform the steps for the directors.
- Everyone should bring appropriate clothes to change into for the dance call. Work out clothes, sweats, or jazz pieces are perfectly acceptable. Those having jazz shoes, should wear them – otherwise, sneakers are acceptable.
Finally, we want to see everyone’s personality! “Hairspray” has some amazing, and incredibly funny, characters, so we want to see and feel everyone’s stage presence. And most of all, we want everyone to HAVE FUN with it!
For general information see our FAQ.
See a brief synopsis of the show.
If there are specific questions, feel free to email the directors or Sumter Players. And check back to this event often for updates!