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Auditions scheduled for Vanguard’s Animal Farm

Prof. Ken Zimmerman, Director of the Harriet Fulton Theater, is looking for seven or eight talented actors (both men and women) to star in the theatrical production of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”

The auditions will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 and 14 in the Harriet Fulton Theater in the Fine Arts Building. Anyone wishing to audition for the play need not bring anything, but they need to come to the audition dressed to move around. Participants will be asked to read exerts from novels and see if they can act out a story. They’ll also do group improvisation and movement exercises. Zimmerman is also looking for musicians to play guitar, harmonica and other folk instruments. The musicians will be an important part of the cast because they will help create a down home atmosphere.

Although the characters in the book are animals, the characters in the play will be regular people acting out the characters. The story begins with a group of people in a park attending a literary event. They begin to read certain books to each other. All of the other books are turned down by the other listeners and they finally decide to read “Animal Farm.” As the story evolves, each member of the literary circle acts out a different character.

The play will sound much like the book. In the book, the characters speak as a character and sometimes as the narrator. The characters talk to the other characters and sometimes they talk directly to the audience, much like the characters in a play.

“Animal Farm” was adapted into a play by Prof. Gloria Baxter and she will be coming to our campus on October 18 as one of our Academic Speakers. She will also conduct workshops with the cast on the different aspects of narrative theater. The play will be performed on Nov. 4-7. On Nov. 4-6, the play will be at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee performance will be at 3 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Nov. 1.