New Kent StageHands to hold open auditions

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

Community theater group the New Kent StageHands are looking for performers to join them.

The group is holding its first open auditions for two upcoming one-act plays, “To Burn a Witch” and “The Internet is Distract -- OH LOOK A KITTEN!,” according to a news release by the StageHands.

The StageHands are looking to cast four women for “To Burn a Witch,” and at least five women and three men, with the possibility of roles being doubled, for “The Internet.”

Auditions are open to anyone 16 and older of all acting experiences and will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the New Kent Middle School auditorium, 7501 Egypt Road.

Those interested do not have to bring resumes, head shots or have a monologue prepared, as the reading material will be provided, according to the release.

All interested persons are encouraged to attend the group’s general meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at New Kent Middle School. The group will read both plays out loud so actors can become familiar with the stories and characters, according to the release.

Rehearsals for the plays will be from 7-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Both plays will be presented at New Kent Middle School at 7:30 p.m. April 12-13 and 2:30 p.m. April 14.

StageHands founding member, board member and secretary Martha Martin said she hopes people will come see what StageHands is all about.

“With the open auditions, we hope to increase our visibility for actors and theatergoers,” Martin said. “We teach as we prepare to perform. Many of our performers never had a chance in high school to perform; now is their chance to find out if it’s for them.”

Martin said the group has 16 members and their goal is to continue to bring affordable and entertaining live theater and entertainment to the community.

For more information, contact Martha Martin at 804-350-0750 or visit the group’s Facebook page “New Kent StageHands.”

Play summaries (provided by the StageHands):

» “To Burn a Witch” by James L. Bray: The one-act drama piece “To Burn a Witch” takes place during the times of the Salem witch trials and follows the terrifying interrogation of two women inside a bare cell room. Both accused of being "Brides of Satan," Mary and Ruth stand at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to confession and faith. Mary refuses to lie - even to save herself - but Ruth, frightened of the consequences of the truth, “confesses.” Others are concerned about their conflicting stories. To save herself, Ruth feigns a seizure in which she implicates her friend Mary. And so now all eyes are on Mary to save herself.

» “The Internet is Distract — OH LOOK A KITTEN!” by Ian McWethy: The comedic one-act “The Internet is Distract--OH LOOK A KITTEN!” is a high-octane comedy that explores the rabbit hole of distraction we all go down every time we go online. The show follows student Micah as she is in the middle of hastily finishing an essay paper on “The Great Gatsby.” She has 20 minutes left and just needs to check a few facts on the internet first. Unfortunately, as many know, the web is aptly named -- Micha gets snagged and ends up getting lost in browsers, videos of boxing cats, Facebook stalking and pig-throwing games. These all threaten to take over her schoolwork, or worse. Will she finish her paper and escape with her life before the school bell rings?

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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