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The Commons
The Arts

Guilford Center Stage to hold auditions for fall production

Originally published in The Commons issue #408 (Wednesday, May 17, 2017).

GUILFORD—Guilford Center Stage announces open auditions for its October premiere of To Their Appointed End: the One-Act Plays of Jean Stewart McLean.

There will be two sessions of auditions: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. William Stearns directs the production.

There are a number of roles for men and women from about age 20 and up. No reservation is needed, and auditioners may arrive anytime during the two-hour session.

Those trying out may prepare or bring a dramatic reading, or a passage from a play of their choosing, of about one minute in length. The director will also have passages from the one-acts available for those who wish to try some dialogue. Stage helpers are welcome, also.

The production, running Oct. 6-8, will be the fifth production of Guilford Center Stage, which produces two shows each year. It just concluded its spring premiere of Guilford playwright Michael Nethercott’s Our Enemy’s Cup.

The project was founded by Broad Brook Grange in 2015 to use the small proscenium stage at the 1896 Grange. Plays with a connection to Guilford and to the region have been the focus of the program.

Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963) was the mother of Guilford Center Stage co-founder Don McLean.

In addition to short fiction, she wrote four one-act plays in the late 1940s and early 1950s, none of which has previously been staged. The plays range from a short drama to a pair of comedies, and are being presented in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright’s birth.

For more information, call 802-257-1961. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Rd., 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.

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