Dreamwell Auditions for Miller’s The Crucible

Auditions are at the Iowa City Public Library:
Sunday, August 7, 1 p.m.
Monday, August 8, 6:30 p.m

Dreamwell Theatre is proud to announce auditions for Arthur Miller’s dark and gripping account of the 1692 Salem witch trials. Performance dates are Sept 30, Oct 1, 7, 8. Scott Strode directs. Please direct questions about the production to info@dreamwell.com.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Scripts are on reserve at the Iowa City Public Library starting 7/12.

Auditionees are asked to show up at the beginning of the posted audition time and be available to stay as long as is needed. If you have a scheduling conflict, please let us know ahead of time, if possible.

Dreamwell considers actors of all ethnicities and ages. All are encouraged to audition.

The Crucible explores witch hunts, betrayal and mass hysteria in society. Miller’s classic play resonates with audiences in this century and the last as a parable about identity and freedom. Dreamwell chose the piece to kick off our “Here I Stand” 2011-12 season because the character John Proctor struggles to live in his truth – with dignity, honor and full acknowledgement of his failings – despite the consequences.

(Subject to change. Double casting possible.)

Betty Parris (10-15; Rev. Parris’ daughter)
Rev. Samuel Parris (mid 40s; former merchant, widower)
Tituba (40s; African slave from Barbados)
Abigail Williams (17; Parris’ niece; orphan)
Susanna Wallcott (15-16; village girl, nervous)
Mrs. Ann Putnam (45; twisted soul)
Thomas Putnam (50; land owner, grabber)
Mercy Lewis (18; Putnam’s servant; sly, merciless)
Mary Warren (17; Proctor’s servant; subservient, naive, lonely)
John Proctor (mid 30s; farmer)
Rebecca Nurse (72; 26 grandchildren; well-respected)
Giles Corey (83; canny, inquisitive)
Rev. John Hale (40; intellectual)
Elizabeth Proctor (30s; somewhat cold)
Francis Nurse (70s; farmer)
Ezekiel Cheever (30s; clerk of the court; marshal)
John Willard (30s; marshal; jail warden)
Judge Hathorne (60s; Salem Judge; bitter, remorseless)
Deputy-Governor Danforth (60s; sophisticated, loyal to his cause)
Sarah Good (50s; homeless)
Hopkins (30s; jail keeper)

Contact publicity@dreamwell.com with questions.

Dreamwell and City Circle Announce Actors Needed for All in a Day Play Festival

Coralville—Dreamwell Theatre and City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will host the 4th Annual All in a Day Play Festival this August 27th and 28th at the brand new Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. The two theatre companies will once again join forces for this award-winning event to create seven ten minute plays in just 24 hours.

On the night of Saturday, August 27, seven writers, seven directors and 35 actors come together to create seven original plays. Writers randomly choose a location, genre and one other possible dramatic detail they are charged to include in their scripts. Writers, actors and directors brainstorm ideas, then writers create a ten minute play by 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning, when the actors and directors take over.

Twenty four hours from the start of the festival – after a whirlwind of creative mayhem – theatre lovers are treated to a variety of unique shows at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts as part the venue’s opening weekend. Plays and performances are adjudicated and awards will be presented for performances, plays and directors.

If you are interested in acting in this event, sign up through the Dreamwell website: www.dreamwell.com. Sign up will open at 5:00 p.m., August 7, 2011. The first 35 actors who sign up will be in the show. Slots filled very quickly last year so sign up early! If actors sign up after the slots are filled, they will be placed on a waiting list.

The time commitment for actors is roughly one hour, Saturday evening, August 27, and the entire day and evening of Sunday, August 28.

“We frequently hear from actors that this is one of the most thrilling and fun theatrical events of the year,” said Matt Falduto, Dreamwell Theatre founder. “The event keeps getting bigger and better and, this year since we’ll be in the beautiful new Coraliville Center for the Performing Arts, we get to bring the excitement to a brand new stage.”