Liz Duval strikes a pose in OTA’s production of “Shakespeare on Love” in 2018. Auditions for the Shakespearean Renaissance Faire take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in OTA’s Gathering Hall. Photo courtesy of Olympic Theatre Arts

Liz Duval strikes a pose in OTA’s production of “Shakespeare on Love” in 2018. Auditions for the Shakespearean Renaissance Faire take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in OTA’s Gathering Hall. Photo courtesy of Olympic Theatre Arts

Olympic Theatre Arts to host two auditions in one day

Olympic Theatre Arts announces open auditions at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in OTA’s Gathering Hall at 414 N. Sequim Ave., seeking cast members for two upcoming productions.

OTA officials are looking to fill roles for OTA’s Shakespearean Renaissance Faire which opens on March, and “Let Me Down Easy,” which opens in June.

For the Shakespearean Renaissance Faire (March 27-29), director Anna Andersen is looking for eight to 10 actors to participate in a staged reading of Shakespearean scenes in which characters scheme and plot among the revelers at a renaissance faire. This is a fun-filled fundraiser for Olympic Theatre Arts with an energetic atmosphere.

Auditioners can bring in their own material, or they can read from material that will be provided.

Experience in Shakespeare is not a must, but auditioners should be “ready to loosen up and have some fun,” OTA officials say.

“Let Me Down Easy” is a play about “resilience.” Playwright Anna Deavere Smith held interviews with a number of people who faced untold odds, real-life tragedies and seemingly insurmountable challenges. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and made into this play. Hear from well-known figures such as Lauren Hutton, Ann Richards and Joel Siegal, along with a rodeo bull rider, a world heavyweight boxing champion and a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina.

Play director Carol Swarbrick-Dries said, “A dear relative of mine taught in an Orlando high school and started a scholarship for students who showed resilience. Some of the stories she read from her students made her wonder how anyone could come out of those circumstances with hope and even dreams. But they did!”

To fill out the cast, “Let Me Down Easy” requires six actors — three female and three male, any ethnicity and all ages. Monologues will be made available prior to Jan. 16.

Auditions will be one-on-one with the director and possibly assistants and OTA staff from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 16. Rehearsals will start around May 21 and the play runs June 19-28.

For more information, call 360-683-7326 between 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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