MORGANTOWN- West Virginia Public Theatre announces, “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “A Hatful of Rain” as their 2018 summer shows. Jerry McGonigle, artistic director for West Virginia Public Theatre, said they want to create theatre that is engaging and entertaining for families as well as adults.
“We’re trying to do plays that make people feel good about being around as opposed to making people feel uncomfortable,” McGonigle said.
McGonigle said the two summer shows are very different.
“Peter and the Starcatcher has a real fantastical thing. It’s a play off the Peter Pan story that everybody knows,” he said. “A Hatful of Rain, written in the 50s, but actually about a subject that we’re all confronting now with the opioid epidemic.”
McGonigle said as they move forward in defining what they are as the new WVPT, it will help them establish their identity of having a wide range of styles and excellent quality.
“There’s a lot of theatre in town, but we’re the only place where you can go see professionally union affiliated professional actors from around the country,” he said. “We’re hoping to tell that story and attract an audience that’s hungry for stuff like that.”
McGonigle said they hope to get more people interested and passionate about coming to work at West Virginia Public Theatre.
“I’m hopeful that it [auditions] will go well,” he said. “We have a network of actors who are loyal and faithful to us and hopefully we’ll see some returning faces as well as some new faces.”
“Peter and the Starcatcher” will run from June 1-10 while “A Hatful of Rain” will run from June 22-30.
Auditions will be held on March 24th in Pittsburg, PA from 2-6p.m. and March 25th
in Morgantown, WV from 12-5p.m.
Actors will be asked to bring a current resume and headshot to the audition. They will need to prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary comedic monologue and 32 bars of a song with sheet music.
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