APAC HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR “THE MIRACLE WORKER”
Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer actors for the classic American drama “The Miracle Worker” beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 28 and March 1. Actors interested in the roles of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller should come at 6:00 p.m. and all others should arrive by 6:30 p.m. Candidates for Helen will be excused early. An invitational callback audition may be held on Thursday, March 2, also at 6:00 p.m. All audition sessions will be held at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, where the show will be performed May 5-21. Five male and six female actors are needed for principal roles, as well as six female extras and some offstage voices. Those auditioning need to arrive promptly, wear close-toed shoes, and expect to stay for at least two hours. Rehearsal for some principal characters will begin immediately, and full cast rehearsals will commence later in March. Rehearsals will generally be conducted Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The complete rehearsal and performance calendar will be posted at auditions. Though all cast members will not be required at every rehearsal, candidates need to be available for the entire rehearsal period with a minimum number of conflicts, and must commit to the entire performance run. Jerry Tracy is directing, assisted by Felicity Johnson. Juanita Finkenberg will serve as movement director, Jeannie Kutsunai as the sign language consultant, and producers are Joel Michaelson and Karen Barry.
All roles are available, and include: a doctor, an adult of any age; Helen Keller, a young girl, deaf and blind; Kate Keller, Helen’s mother; Captain Keller, Helen’s father; Annie Sullivan, Helen’s young teacher; James Keller, a young man; Anagnos, a school administrator with a Greek accent; Viney, a servant, ideally a person of color; Martha and Percy, a young girl and boy, ideally persons of color; several blind schoolmates of Annie; and several offstage voices.
‘The Miracle Worker” is by William Gibson, adapted from his 1957 “Playhouse 90″ teleplay of the same name. It chronicles a pivotal time in the young Helen Keller’s development. The late Anne Bancroft and the late Patty Duke created the roles of Annie Sullivan and Helen on Broadway in 1960. That production won four Tony Awards, including Best Play. The two stars reunited for the highly acclaimed 1962 film adaptation. Bancroft won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Patty Duke won for Best Supporting Actress. The play is set in the 1880’s in and around the Keller homestead in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and also, briefly, at the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston. Scripts are available for onsite perusal or checkout in exchange for a deposit by arrangement with APAC Managing Director Melissa Geiger. For more information or to request a script, call 322-9924.
Audition Schedule for the 2016-2017
|Show||Audition Dates||Callbacks (if needed)|
|The Miracle Worker||Feb. 28 & March 1, 2017||March 2, 2017|
|Once on This Island, Jr.||May 7 & 8, 2017||May 10, 2017|
Dates are subject to change, please check back for updates and additional information.