Theater auditions: Sanford’s ‘Celery Soup’

Here’s a notice for auditions for Celery Soup, Sanford’s community-wide production of oral histories from city residents, which will be presented in October and November.

Celery Soup is Beginning to Boil

Inaugural ‘Celery Soup’ script to be read to community

Thursday, August 12 – Reading of Script to the Community  EVERYONE INVITED!
Time:  6 p.m.    Location:  J.D. Thomas Cultural Center, 519 S. Palmetto Ave.  Historic Sanford

Friday, August 13 – Auditions for Celery Soup
Time:  5-8 p.m.  Location:  Woman’s Club of Sanford, 309 South Oak Ave. Historic Sanford

Saturday, August 14 – Auditions for Celery Soup
Time:  1-4 p.m.  Location:  Woman’s Club of Sanford, 309 South Oak Ave. Historic Sanford

Sunday Aug. 15 – 1 p.m. – Casting (assigning parts) Woman’s Club of Sanford

Creative Sanford, Inc. the non-profit organization developing the community performance, Celery Soup proudly announces the reading of the script written from the stories of Sanford residents.

“This is a very, very important step in the process of the Celery Soup production,” explains Jeanine Taylor, founder of the unique project.  “Community members have entrusted our volunteers with their memories and stories.  Now it is time for them to give their feedback on the script we will perform this October.”

The script was written by Jules Corriere, a playwright and director with Community Performance, International.  One of her Swamp Gravy productions from Colquitt, Ga. premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Her play The Whole World Gets Well received Chicago Reader’s Critic’s Choice Awards, won the Presidential Points of Light Award, and toured London and Edinburgh.   She and Director Richard Owen Geer partner with communities all over the world to collect stories and shape a large performance.  Celery Soup will be performed by 60-80 volunteers from Sanford and Seminole County.  “No one who auditions gets turned away, stresses Corriere.

“We have various parts that range from beginners to skilled actors. This is a performance of, for and by the people of Sanford and Seminole County.

The next step will be rehearsals that begin September 7.  The cast will rehearse for six weeks and perform for one month in October, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and a Saturday matinée.   Opening Night is scheduled for October 21 and performances will run through November 13, 2010

And where will the performance be held?  “We are hoping to perform in the historic Princess Theater,” Founder Jeanine Taylor shares. She adds, “The building has a beautiful story and it is a perfect venue to showcase Historic Downtown Sanford.”

Please note:  We are now aware the reading of the script is scheduled at the same day and time as the Political Hob Nob and Alive After Five.  To accommodate those that cannot attend the Community Reading, Ms Corriere has agreed to give a 30 minute summary of the script before each audition on Friday 8/13 and Saturday 8/14.  Please see schedule above.

Photos: Set designer’s rendering of the stage by Joe Varga. Community performance photo by Jenny Cole.

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