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NWF Open Auditions Aug. 26 Greater Tuna & Sept. 3 Hamlet

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/26/2014 - Northwest Florida State College will hold open auditions for both the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 productions of the hilarious two person play, Greater Tuna, and Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, directed by Clint Mahle. Greater Tuna auditions will be on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and Hamlet auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Both will have sign-in beginning at 6:00 pm and auditions starting at 6:30 pm.

Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas, by it's authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. The play's stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters and Howard directed. One year after it's premier, Greater Tuna opened Off-Broadway, ran for over a year and went on to tour major theatres all over the world for the next thirty some years. It remains one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.

The story of Hamlet is probably one of the best known stories in the English language but if someone is unaware of the plot, it is as follows. Son - extremely bummed over father’s death and mom’s hasty marriage to his uncle. Father’s ghost shows up and tells son he has been murdered by son’s uncle, father’s brother. Son becomes more confused and depressed as everyone he trusts seems to betray him. After some death and insanity, son figures out a plan. Almost everyone dies except son’s best friend and a bunch of baffled subjects of the kingdom. On a serious note, some Shakespearean scholars consider Hamlet as the purely first psychological thriller.

Casting for both plays are open to all and nontraditional casting is a possibility. Rehearsals for Greater Tuna will run Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and will begin Thursday, August 28 and performances will run from Wednesday through Saturday October 22 – 25, 2014.

There will be two line rehearsals during the Fall semester for Hamlet, the first on Wednesday, October 29, and the second on Wednesday, December 10. All rehearsals will begin at 6:30pm and run to 9:30pm. It is vital that the Hamlet cast have all lines memorized by the second rehearsal in preparation for rehearsals at the beginning of the Spring semester.

Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to prepare a one minute comic monologue for Greater Tuna and, for Hamlet, a ten line serious monologue from Shakespeare. However, if unable to do so, monologues will be provided. For further information, please contact Clint Mahle at 729-6007 or through his e-mail at