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Director Charles McNeely, from left, gives pointers to Bianca Augustine (Marvalyn) and Ronald Doyle (Steve) for the ironing board scene in  last season's production of “Almost, Maine.” (Special to the American Press)<br>

Director Charles McNeely, from left, gives pointers to Bianca Augustine (Marvalyn) and Ronald Doyle (Steve) for the ironing board scene in  last season's production of “Almost, Maine.” (Special to the American Press)

McNeese Theatre looking for new faces

Last Modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 1:34 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

The McNeese Theatre Roundup will be at 5:30 p.m. today, Aug. 29, in the Shearman Fine Arts annex.

People with experience or an interest in carpentry, painting, lighting, sound, and costume design and fabrication are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

“It’s an event for everyone who wants to learn about theater,” said Charles McNeely, coordinator of McNeese Theatre. “We’re going to talk about our productions. You can meet our students and other people who are interested in learning more about McNeese Theatre or being a part of McNeese Theatre.”

“Everyone gets to know each other,” said SuzAnne Scallan, a senior theater major. “It serves as a great introduction to the new people.”

“If you have just a two-person show, there’s about an average of 15 to 20 other people who are at the same time working backstage, up in the booth, in the makeup area, all on that production at that same time,” McNeely said.

On Friday, Aug. 30, auditions for the fall semester will take place.

“In theater, if you’re going to act, you need to audition,” McNeely said. “Basically what you do is you memorize a couple of one-minute speeches from plays and present them. It’s painless — nerve-wracking, but painless.”

“It’s as close to professional auditions as possible,” said Scallan. “We’re all quiet in the hallway when we go in because of nerves. It’s a huge relief after we’re done.”

The two plays for the fall semester will be Jean Anouilh’s “Antigone” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

“Antigone,” based on a Greek play, was written in the 1940s. Antigone is torn between thinking for herself and following others. “The Glass Menagerie” revolves around a family facing changes.

“I’m excited for the upcoming season,” McNeely said. “I can’t wait for the audience to see our students — the ones who are returning and the new ones.

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