NWC News Desk

Community auditions set Sept. 18 and 22 for "It's a Wonderful Life"

Posted September 11, 2008

P O W E L L,  W y o. - The Big Horn Basin is invited to participate in a mid-December community theater presentation of "It's a Wonderful Life." Auditions will be held from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, and Monday, Sept. 22, at the Nelson Performing Arts Center at Northwest College in Powell.

About 15-25 actors and actresses are needed, and there are also plenty of opportunities for backstage helpers in set construction, costuming, makeup and other areas.

The production of "It's a Wonderful Life" marks the second season of the Big Horn Basin-wide community theater venture that performed to nearly full houses last year with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Beauty and the Beast."

Fred Ebert, a visiting instructor in speech communications and forensics at NWC, will direct the play.

"This is a great opportunity for people with no acting experience who want to try their hand for the first time," he said. "It's an especially good piece for newbies because everyone is familiar with the famous Frank Capra movie the play is based on." Ebert points out, however, that he hopes to have veteran actors interested as well. He said the auditions will allow plenty of time for warm-ups, and participants can bring their own materials to audition with or use provided readings.

"Above all, this will be fun for everyone involved," he said. "After last year's tremendous success, we're hoping to get more actors and actresses from Big Horn and Washakie counties involved. We'll do everything we can when scheduling rehearsals to accommodate those who will be traveling from other towns. It would be great to have even more than the 70 who tried out last year."

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings, but dates and times will be firmed up once a cast is in place.

Aspiring actors and actresses, along with others interested in backstage duties, as well as those who just want to support community theater, are invited to drop in anytime during the auditions.

For more information, e-mail Fred Ebert or call (800) 560-4692, ext. 6047, or (307) 754-6047.