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HCC Theatre Department to hold auditions for fall production
8/28/2015

The Highland Community College Theatre Department will hold auditions for its fall production of Paul Rudnick's comedy, "I Hate Hamlet." Auditions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on September 9 in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center.

Auditions will be a cold reading from the script. Auditions are open to HCC students and residents of the Highland Community College district. The roles for the production include three women and three men. The director is Mark Jansen; Dave Vrtol is technical director, and Linda Foat-Adams is the costume designer.

The story: Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend craves romance with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact he hates "Hamlet."

Production dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact Mark Jansen at mark.jansen@highland.edu or 815.599.3455 for more information or to schedule another time to audition.



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