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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Auditions Soon for "The First Day of Summer"

From today's paper, we see an advance notice of auditions for an original play:
Jonathan Joy will soon be auditioning young actors in grades 3-12 for his original play, The First Day of Summer.

Actors needed are five to seven boys and five to seven girls. No experience necessary. Audition dates/times are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church.

Rehearsals begin in mid-March. Performance dates for the First Stage Theatre production are May 7, 8 and 9 at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The First Day of Summer is a story of two young people, a boy named Ron and a girl named Laney, who meet at age 12 one year while on summer vacation. The two clash at first, but eventually grow close and begin a life long friendship. They spend their days playing games, talking about hopes and dreams and sharing stories of fellow classmates from their two different hometowns. When they are split apart at the end of summer, they make a pact. They agree to meet back at their favorite spot in the woods on the first day of summer following high school graduation. Four actors portray Ron and Laney at age 12 and at age 18.

Originally, this play was a four character, 30-minute one act written by the author in the Summer of 2004 for a graduate writing class at Marshall University. A portion of the play was then presented in a reading at the Birke Art Gallery. A year later, in August 2005, it premiered to a sold out crowd at Shawnee State University.

Since then, the author has been workshopping the play with students throughout the Huntington area in the hopes of expanding it into an hour-long full length play with a larger cast. That full length version will make its premiere with First Stage Theatre in May 2010.

The play offers unique acting challenges that include approaching and developing a new text. The cast will be an integral part of the further development of this play. Any students interested in writing and/or performing arts should audition and become a part of this exciting experiment.