By Andrea Sciamanna
The Grand Rapids Community College Players are holding auditions for “Wilderness” by Anne Hamburger and Seth Bockley from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 25 in room 201 of the Spectrum Theater and are looking to cast four female and three male characters.
”’Wilderness’ is a story about six young people who for various social or psychological reasons are enrolled in a therapy program that takes them away from their normal lives and into the Utah desert,” stated Jason Flannery, director of “Wilderness” and adjunct professor of theater at GRCC, in an email to The Collegiate.
There are six characters to audition for that will play the clients of the therapy program, ranging from teen to early twenties, and one who will play the character of “Mom” who will have some kind of role in the teen’s lives.
“Wilderness” is a play of survival when it comes to the mental state of the characters.
“While in the program, they must learn to identify the roots of their problems and at home, communicate their struggles and find the means to overcome them,” Flannery stated.
GRCC students are encouraged to audition for the play, whether it is for an onstage role or to offer help offstage.
Cold-reads, reading the script with little or no rehearsal, will be performed at the auditions, meaning auditionee’s will be not be provided with a script before the audition. Students will not need to prepare ahead of time and should plan to be present for the two hour auditions.
“Since it’s a cold-read, no one is expected to be perfect,” Flannery stated. “Just be prepared to dive in and make some choices onstage.”