The Flint Theatre Guild, a new nonprofit theatre company in Flint, Michigan, announced auditions for its inaugural summer season. They will take place Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the lower level meeting room (B1) of the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St. (This program is not sponsored by the Flint Public Library.) No preparation is necessary.
Productions include The Real Inspector Hound, A Bright New Boise, and Painting Churches. Performances will be held at the University of Michigan-Flint Blackbox.
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard Performance Dates: July 11, 12, 13, 14 Directed by Shelly L Hoffman
Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot, the first a fusty philanderer and the second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the Agatha Christie-like whodunit they are viewing. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdfoot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.
MOON – a second string critic.
BIRDBOOT – a rival critic.
MRS. DRUDGE – housekeeper of Muldoon Manor. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
SIMON – a visitor to Muldoon Manor. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
FELICITY – one of Simon’s lovers. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
CYNTHIA – another of Simon’s lovers. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
MAGNUS – the crippled half-brother to Lord Muldoon. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
INSPECTOR HOUND – detective inspecting a murder at Muldoon Manor. Character in the play Birdboot and Moon are reviewing.
BBC RADIO VOICE
A Bright New Boise by Samuel D Hunter Performance Dates: July 25-28 Directed by Tomoko Miller
In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith. Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise is an earnest comedy about the meager profits of modern faith.
WILL – Male, late 30s timid, conservative, awkward
PAULINE – Female, 30 – 60 foul-mouthed and fast-paced manager of the Hobby Lobby.
ANNA – Female 25 – 40 quirky, sweet, lonely, and a bit chatty
LEROY – Male, 18 – 28 self-professed shock artist; fiercely protective of Alex, and fiercely suspicious of authority, religion and Will.
ALEX – Male, (must look like a high school senior) sensitive yet hardened by life, fragile but trying to appear tough.
HOBBY LOBBY TV PERSONALITIES – two reps who read dull copy from the Hobby Lobby corporate office.
Painting Churches by Tina Howe Performance Dates: August 8-10 and 16-18 Directed by Shelly L. Hoffman
Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait.
FANNY CHURCH (Already Cast) – a Bostonian from a fine old family, in her 60s
GARDNER CHURCH (Already Cast) – her husband, an eminent New England poet from a finer family, in his 70s
MARGARET CHURCH (MAGS) – their daughter, a painter, in her early 30s
Plays are produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.