Audition Notice for Making God Laugh
Community theater fills a creative niche for residents and visitors on both sides of the curtain.
Growing and nurturing talent for the performing arts, community theater gives many aspiring actors their first taste of the stage, while more seasoned actors enjoy performing in the intimate setting of their own hometown amongst friends, family and neighbors.
It provides a wonderful entertainment option for those who prefer an evening of live theater close to home, an affordable ticket price, and a chance to enjoy the ancient art of storytelling through the performances of those who live in and around the immediate community.
The Gallery Theater of West Chicago is one such theater, small in size but large in providing a creative outlet for both actor and audience. It began in 2010 under the direction of Janet Gilleland, who continues to serve on the Board along with Artistic Director, Gail Cannata, Rich Nagel and Tom Tawney, all of West Chicago and Carolyn Larsen of Wheaton. Currently Gallery Theater performs at 203 Turner Court, in the basement of the Gallery 200 building, though they are looking for another performance location as the City prepares to rehab that building later this fall.
Gallery Theater will soon begin its seventh season with a poignant comedy, Making God Laugh, which opens on September 30, 2016 (at a location to be determined), and has announced audition dates for its cast of characters on Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Monday, August 8, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The following information has been provided by Gallery Theater, and those interested may schedule auditions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org:
Making God Laugh Cast of Characters
RUTHIE – matriarch of the family. She is in her late 40s or early 50s and ages 30 years throughout the play (as does everyone). She’s bossy, authoritative, means well but tries to steer the world more than is humanly possible. She needles her kids and husband, but deep inside she truly loves them all.
BILL – patriarch of the family. He loves everyone and is an easygoing guy who wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings. He desperately loves his wife and kids. Being a husband and father is his life’s work and he’s successful at it. He lives a little in fear of Ruthie but the worm turns when it must.
RICHARD — eldest son, mid-to-late 20s when we start. He’s always looking for ways to conquer the world. He’s an entrepreneur who buys the latest everything and dresses in the current styles. He’s a good guy but perhaps has seen too many movies of how a man should behave. A one-time football hero, he misses that spotlight.
MADDIE – second child. Mid-20s at start. She’s a strong-willed, aspiring actress who loves her family. She and Thomas have a habit of picking on their big brother – good-naturedly, most of the time. She’s the only one who moved away. She lives in New York and struggles with the artist’s life as well as her life-life. She has a difficult relationship with her mother.
THOMAS – the baby of the family and the “good” son. A nice, even-tempered guy who thought his life was on plan. He is devoutly religious and is studying for the priesthood. He’s funny, warm and not at all rigid in his approach to life. He means well but, like everyone, his life turns out differently than planned.
For more information about Gallery Theater of West Chicago, visit www.gallerytheaterstudio.org.