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AUDITIONS: The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia Audition

HCC’s ARTS COLLECTIVE is pleased to announce…

Complete Audition Details!

From the Book of C.S. Lewis
OPEN AUDITIONS: For Ages 9 & Up!
September 17 & 18, 2018

Travel to Narnia as Arts Collective brings two one-act plays to life through uniquely creative storytelling and movement. Experience both classic tales in back-to-back performances, from a lush paradise to a wintry wonderland, which includes all of your favorite, beloved characters!

    Adapted by Aurand Harris, Directed by Daniel Johnston
    Adapted by Don Quinn, Directed by Cheryl J. Campo

*** OPEN AUDITIONS: SEPTEMBER 17 & 18, 2018 ***

Casting Info: Auditions are Open to All!

* Approx. 15-20 versatile actors/storytellers, all ages (9 & Up), children & adults with/without experience.
* All students, including current/past HCC students, staff, faculty & guest artists are encouraged to audition.
* All roles are open and non-paid. (2 comp tickets will be offered for the run.)


Audition Times, Dates & Location:
Monday, September 17, 6:00-9:00pm
Tuesday, September 18, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: HCC’s Dance Studio, HVPA 110 (there will be signage)!
* No audition appointments; arrive promptly and plan to attend the entire duration. Auditionees arriving after 8:00pm may not be seen.
* Auditionees only need attend one audition.

Other Important Dates:
* Audition Form via Email due date: Sept. 12 (more info below)!
* Call-Back (by invitation only): Monday, September 24, 6:00-10:00pm
* Cast List: Posted on AC’s website approximately Thursday, September 27.
* First Company Meeting/Rehearsals Begin: Mon., October 1, 2018, 6:00-10:00pm. (Rehearsals will be scheduled various weekday evenings and/or weekend mornings/afternoons based on availability. The Rehearsal Schedule will be distributed at the 1st rehearsal, 10/01.)
* Performances (5): December 6 – 9, 2018, in HCC’s Studio Theatre
Thursday, Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:00pm

3 Options Re: Submitting AC’s AUDITION FORM:
Option #1: 
[4 easy steps]
* Step 1: Download, Complete & Email AC’s PDF fillable Audition Form online by 9/12.
Download AC's Audition Fillable Form via PDF!
* Step 2: Form Prep: After you fill out the form, Save & Re-Name the File (Ex. AC NARNIA Audition Form_YOUR_NAME)
* Step 3: Email your completed Audition Form to Arts Collective: by Weds., Sept. 12.
* Step 4: Email Subject Line: AC NARNIA Audition Form for [insert your name]
Option #2: Download, complete, print out, and bring AC’s Audition Form to the audition.
Option #3: Arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition; blank forms will be available. [Bring your datebook!]

How to Prepare & What to Bring:
* Audition Materials/Packet: Available Fri., August 17, in HCC’s Arts & Humanities Division Office (HVPA 200); A & H Division Office Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm. 
* Familiarize yourself with the materials provided prior to/bring them with you!

Materials include 
--- Blank Audition Form (see above for other options!)
--- Headshot and resume encouraged.
--- Audition Sides/Scenes read during auditions (yours to keep).
--- Character Descriptions (yours to keep).
--- Scripts for 2-hour perusals only.
* 100% sure you're unable to Pick-Up AC's Audition Packet Prior to Auditions? Email by 9/12. Subject Line: “Narnia Audition Info Request”. AC’s management will forward you the packet within 48 hours.
* FYI: All materials will be available at each audition. Recommended: Don’t wait until the day-of auditions; pick up materials prior to!
* Attire: Clothing you can move in freely, be ready to remove your shoes, hair out of the way, no jewelry.

What to Expect the Day-Of:
* Arrive on time, ready to work: auditionees should plan to stay for the duration of the audition (auditionees are to inform the Stage Manager of any time constraints). Auditionees arriving after 8:00pm may not be seen. 
* Haven’t prepped an Audition Form in advance? Arrive 30 minutes prior (5:30pm) to fill out AC’s Audition Form.
* The directors will walk everyone through the process, sides will be assigned and auditionees will be given time to review prior to.
* Be ready to exhibit Special Skills: dance, singing, dialects, gymnastics… play a musical instrument? Bring it!
* A brief Q & A will follow each audition.

The Directors seek folks:
* Who are reliable, as well as possess the ability to listen, take direction.
* Who are comfortable with risk-taking (safely) vocally and physically.
* Who have the ability to work independently, within a team, who exhibit a positive attitude.
* Who enjoy working within an exciting, supportive learning community.
* And an amazing crew to make it all happen.


About The Plays:

The Magician’s Nephew
Adapted by Aurand Harris, Directed by Daniel Johnston

Where Narnia all began – a dusty, sparse attic where a mad-as-a-hatter scientist has just created a portal to a world between worlds! Experience the wonder alongside two young children, Digory and Polly, as they magically stumble upon Narnia in its barest state, and watch the fantastical land we all know and love come to life before their very eyes. Attempting to acquire the healing apple for Digory's sick mother, the heroic children unintentionally bring malice into Narnia, the new world which the great lion Aslan sings into existence. In this land of talking animals, there are miraculous happenings as good battles against evil.

Character Descriptions:
Narrator/Storyteller: TBD
Digory Kirke: The boy who becomes the Professor Kirke who appears in other books of the series.
Polly Plummer: Digory's friend, who lives next door
Uncle Andrew: Digory's uncle, a minor magician.
Aunt Letty: Uncle Andrew's sister.
Jadis: Empress of Charn, who becomes the White Witch appearing in The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.
Aslan: The Lion who was the king of Narnia, who kills Jadis in The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Adapted by Don Quinn, Directed by Cheryl J. Campo

Journey into this familiar, snowy tale of the winter-stricken Narnia. An evil Queen reigns over her enchanted kingdom, with eyes and ears everywhere. Even the trees can't be trusted! Four children wander into this incredible land through an old wardrobe in a rural England home to find woodland creatures speaking in hushed tones of the return of the great lion Aslan. Adding to the growing sense of urgency felt by all in the land, the children are revealed to be prophesied Princes and Princesses of Narnia who must join in a mutiny against the Queen in order to return the kingdom to its once lush and beautiful state.

Character Descriptions:
Narrator/The Professor: a kindly elderly person
Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy: the four children
Mr. Tumnus: a faun
The White Witch: “queen” of Narnia
Dwarf: the Witch’s slave
Mr. Beaver, Mrs. Beaver: forest animals
Fenris Ulf: a wolf
Father Christmas: an old man
Aslan: King of Narnia
Mrs. Macready: an off stage voice
--- Stone statues: animals of the forest
--- Aslan’s army: centaurs, unicorns, deer, fauns, etc.
--- The White Witch’s forces: dwarfs, wolves, giants, werewolves, etc.


About the Directors:

Cheryl Campo BioCheryl J. Campo (Director) was last involved with Arts Collective as a performer in their 2014 production of Ragtime. Her most recent Maryland credits include musical directing Beth Tfiloh Performing Arts Studio’s Music Man, Jr.; STAR, Ltd.’s Honeymoon in Vegas; and Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts’ Addams Family. She also appeared as Gloucester in Fools and Madmen, a hip hop adaptation of King Lear that toured Baltimore City schools and performance venues earlier this year. Cheryl is a creative arts faculty member at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore where she teaches middle school theatre, directs a middle school and high school choir, and musical directs their middle and high school musicals. Prior to that she was a project manager/instructor in the Science, Engineering, and Technology Division here at HCC. Cheryl has a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. A Columbia resident, she is thrilled to once again be a part of the HCC campus community.

Daniel Johnston bioDaniel Johnston (Director) has worked with HCC’s Arts Collective (AC) in many creative capacities on and off the stage since 2008 as performer, director, assistant director, playwright, designer, and stage manager. Most recent AC credits include AC’s 8th original play Making Advances; “What Improv Group?!”, HCC’s resident improv group; Holiday Memories; and the 2017 “Revolutionary Reading Series." Daniel also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed stage play House., which premiered during AC’s 2015-2016 season. House. was also produced at Laurel Mill Playhouse, where Daniel also directed Laughing Stock and is currently directing Agatha Christie's Spider's Web. He is also a screenwriter of the free-streaming horror movie “The Stalker” (search for it on VIMEO under Vague Productions). Currently AC’s Marketing and Office Associate, as well as a part-time student studying Spanish at HCC, Daniel is excited to work alongside longtime friend Cheryl Campo on this exciting production of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Directions: Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Parking (free & easy!): West Garage
Campus Site Map: Horowitz Performing and Visual Arts Center
Audition Location/ Building Map: Horowitz Center Dance Studio (HVPA 110)
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