Open auditions at the Newport Performing Arts Center
On Saturday, June 11th Red Octopus Theatre Company will host open auditions for a comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire
Red Octopus Theatre Company, along with director Cody Larsen, is pleased to announce auditions for “Fuddy Meers” on Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 am at the Newport Performing Arts Center. All roles are open.“These will be our first traditional, public auditions since before the pandemic began,” said board member Darcy Lawrence, “and we’re thrilled. We’ve waited a long time, and we’re excited to welcome any and all locals who may be interested in performing this fall.”
The play was first presented by Red Octopus in readers theatre format as part of a fundraiser supporting renovations to the Newport Performing Arts Center. That reading received such wonderful feedback, from performers and audiences alike, that a full-scale production was planned.
“All roles are open,” said Larsen. “The folks who participated in the reading are welcome to audition – and I believe a couple of them may do just that – but I’m genuinely interested in seeing new and varied interpretations of these interesting, multi-layered characters. These roles are meaty, nuanced, and genuinely up for grabs.”
The show itself is a bit of a rollercoaster ride. At first blush, it appears to be a farce, but as the night wears on, a darker underbelly is revealed. “There is so much to discover,” said Lawrence, “both for the audience and for performers. It’s not your run-of-the-mill comedy, and these are not cookie-cutter characters.”
Auditions begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 11th at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Actors are asked to arrive on time and be prepared to stay until 12:00pm if needed (though they will likely be released earlier than that). Callbacks (if needed) will be held the following Monday evening. Rehearsals begin July 2nd and the production will run October 14-30th, 2022 in the Alice Silverman Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Audition information, sides, character descriptions, and more can be found atwww.octopusonstage.com.
“There’s no need for actors to ham it up—the laughs are baked in,” Larsen added, “I’m looking for performers who can dig deep and discover who these characters really are, at their core.”
Red Octopus Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and has been presenting live theatre on the Oregon Coast for over forty years. To learn more, visit wwww.OctopusOnStage.com