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Audition Information: These Shining Lives

Produced by HCC’s Theatre Department and Arts Collective
A comedy/drama by Melanie Marnich
Directed by Brandon McCoy

Women in the 1920’s experience newfound employment opportunities and only later discover that their well-paying jobs have come at a high… and poisonous price.
An All-Student Production:
Auditions are open to all current HCC students, ages 16 and up.

Audition Dates/Times:

  • Monday, September 9, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 11, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Friday, September 13, 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Location: HCC’s HVPA 115 (Dance Studio)

Audition Forms:

View and Download the following documents:

Audition Sign-Up Information:

Option One: Highly Encouraged: Sign-Up In Advance!
Sign-Up Location: HCC's Arts and Humanities Division Office, HVPA 200, located on the second floor of the HVPA building.

Division Office Hours:

  • From August 15 - September 1: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm
  • From September 1 - 13: Monday through Friday, 9am-8pm.

Option Two: Drop-in

  • If you are unable to sign up in advance, you may drop-in the day/night of auditions.
  • Drop-in auditionees are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early, prepared per the info provided on the complete Audition Details.
  • Signing up in advance is recommended.

Audition Details:


AUDITION ARRIVAL: All are encouraged to arrive promptly per the start times listed above. Those arriving later may wait to be seen.

DURATION: Plan to attend the entire audition duration. If we can release you sooner we will.

CAST INFO: These Shining Lives includes a diverse cast of 4 women and 2 men (16 years of age and up) with several dynamic ensemble roles to fill. The cast could consist of up to 15 actors. Download the Character Breakdown form!

TECH INTEREST: Email areas of interest to


  • Audition Form: Available online and in HVPA 200 (as well at each audition)
  • Dress wearing your professional best.
  • Actors will read sides from the script. Actors should read the play and be familiar with the characters.
  • Scripts: Scripts may be signed out for 2-hour perusal beginning 8/15, in the Arts & Humanities Division Office, HVPA 200.
  • Sides: Available 8/15, in the Arts and Humanities Division Office, HVPA 200.
    • HVPA 200 Office Hours:
      Office hours from 8/15-9/1: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm;
      after 9/1, Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm.

CALLBACKS: The evening of Mon., Sept 16 - by invitation only. Save the date.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will begin mid-Sept. and are based on availability.

PERFORMANCES: 9 SHOWS: NOV 14 - 24, in HCC's Smith Theatre. View the performance schedule.


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About HCC’s Theatre Department:

The mission of HCC’s Theatre Department is to help students discover their creative potential through the interpretational arts by exposing them to the wide range of skills and practices necessary for live theater including technical theater, acting, text analysis, historical research, stage combat, and musical interpretations. HCC’s Theatre Department’s instructional production endeavors continue to join artistic forces with the Arts Collective (AC), an HCC organization now in its 19th Season. HCC students also have opportunities to experience theatre with Rep Stage, a professional theater in residence at HCC; and Red Branch Theater, a local theater focusing on musical performances. Our programs also have close ties to several major transfer institutions, including the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, and Towson University. To learn more about the acting program at HCC, contact Director of Theatre Arts, Dr. Lisa Wilde at 443-518-4942

About the Director:

Brandon McCoy  is a professional actor/director/ educator originally from Huntington, WV. His work has been seen at numerous theatre companies in the area including Rep Stage, Round House, Theater J, Studio Theatre, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, Forum Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, No Rules Theatre Company, Theatre Alliance, The Bay Theatre, and many more. He is an adjunct professor of theatre here at HCC as well as Catholic University, American University, and Harford Community College.  He holds an MFA in Acting from Catholic University and a BFA in Acting/Directing from Marshall University. Brandon is also an accomplished musician and stand-up comedian.

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