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Open Public Auditions for "Dracula"

Theatre Northwest, the performance company of the Indiana University Northwest Department of Performing Arts, has announced open auditions for the fall production of “Dracula,” a play by Steven Dietz, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Auditions are open to everyone. IU Northwest students regardless of their academic major are invited to audition as well as actors and actresses of every skill level from the general community. No previous theatre experience is required.

Monologue auditions for theatre majors only take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. First callbacks and auditions for those in other majors as well as the general public are set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Final callbacks are 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. The auditions will take place at Theatre Northwest on Grant, located at 3660 Grant Street in Gary, just three blocks west of the IU Northwest campus next to Arts on Grant and AutoZone.

Those auditioning are advised to come dressed comfortably as all actors will play games as well as read from the script. For those who would like to prepare in advance for auditions, cuttings of the script are available at www.iun.edu/theatre by clicking AUDITIONS.

Based on the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker, “Dracula” tells the story of a legendary vampire’s attempt to bring his evil hunger for blood to the bustling city of London. Count Dracula’s powers of seduction seem irresistible until he turns his gaze on the lovely Mina. This production will contain violence, blood and strong sexuality.

All characters speak with a British accent unless otherwise noted. Accents are not required for auditions, and will be learned in rehearsal. All roles can be played by any actor regardless of age or race. The available roles include:

Dracula (male, could be played by an actor of either gender) – Hundreds of years old, but drinking the blood of the living renders him young and virile. He has great strength and the power to manipulate the minds of his victims. At times he is confident, polite, and sensual; at others he reveals pure, ruthless evil. Speaks in a non-descript Eastern European accent.

Mina (female) – 20s, strong-of-will and pure-of-heart. Engaged to Harker.

Harker (male) – 20s, a solicitor (lawyer), chivalrous and proper, engaged to Mina.

Lucy (female) – 20s, single, curious about the secrets of intimacy. Courted by many men, including Dr. Seward.

Dr. Seward (male) – 30s, awkward and insecure but passionate, in charge of a lunatic asylum in which Renfield is a patient. In love with Lucy.

Renfield (male) – 30s or older. Obsessed with eating living beings (such as rats, birds, and spiders). At times he seems insane, but in fact he is trapped between his hunger for Dracula’s immortality and his fear of eternal retribution.

Professor Van Helsing (male) – 40s or older. A man of learning, extremely religious (Catholic), and knowledgeable about vampires, though he withholds these secrets from the group. Speaks in a German accent.

Maids, Attendants and Vixens – At least three actors will be cast to play small roles throughout the play.

In addition to actors and actresses, Theatre Northwest is also seeking those with interest and/or experience with stage management, costumes, properties, lighting, set construction and painting.  Contact Tim O’Donnell, Technical Director, tiodonne@iun.edu.

Rehearsals are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday from Sept. 9 to Oct. 29. Additional weekend rehearsal times will be added as opening night approaches.  Those auditioning must be available for a majority of the rehearsals and must declare rehearsal conflicts before being cast.

The performance of “Dracula” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

For information, contact the Department of Performing Arts at (219) 980-6810.

Tuesday September 03, 2013 06:00 PM
Thursday September 05, 2013 08:00 PM
Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 Grant Street, Gary
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