The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is looking to cast three men in
“The Complete History of America (Abridged.)”
Auditions will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville (64 Oswego St, Baldwinsville), in the Education Center.
Sunday, January 10 from 6-9 pm and Monday, January 11 from 6-7:30 pm. Callbacks will be from 7:30-10 pm following the Monday auditions. If you audition on Sunday, you will be notified if you are called back for Monday night.
If further call backs are necessary, they will be held on Thursday, January 14 beginning at 6pm.
“The Complete History of America (Abridged)” was written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor (a.k.a. The Reduced Shakespeare Company). Written for 3 men, it is a play that shamelessly skewers U.S. history from its very beginnings (Vespucci discovers America) right up to the middle of 20th century.
Men auditioning are asked to prepare a joke to tell; then sing a verse of either “America the Beautiful” or “Yankee Doodle;” and also prepare a short pantomime (perhaps telling part of a familiar story or fairy tale; maybe demonstrating how to operate a gadget or machine; acting out your first experience with an activity, such as your first time skiing; forgetting the words to the solo you are singing in front of a huge audience; or whatever else you can dream up.) Please note: this part of the audition is not a game of charades; we are looking for clarity of the story and the clear depiction of details necessary to tell the tale. Imagine that you are telling it to an audience in which no one speaks nor understands English.
“The Complete History of America (Abridged)” will be presented on May 6, 7: 13, 14, 15; and 20, 21.
Sharee (Lemos) Pierce directs.
“...Just as the company's members good-naturedly bash the Bard in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), so do they cheerfully run riot over five-hundred years of our country's history. During the manic, ninety-minute program...[they] mine dozens of landmark events and trends for comic gold.... ...Not only do they know how to give American history an irreverent boost, they actually turn it into something accessible and alive.”Pamela Sommers, The Washington Post “...THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA interprets the past as a breathlessly paced sequence of silly vaudeville sketches, word-association games, puns and crude parodies of movie and television genres. Nothing is sacred, and many of the facts have been skewed to suggest the paranoid ravings of a particularly loony tabloid....”Stephen Holden, The New York Times “..In a series of sketches that move at breakneck speed, the Reduced Shakespeare Company scampers through American history.... ...This HISTORY OF AMERICA should be a required course.”Terry Byrne, The Boston Herald “History has never been this much fun. Or as delightfully mutilated.... Doubtless, reputable historians like Will and Ariel Durant would cringe at this slapstick telling of the American saga. But the rest of us can just giggle uncontrollably....”Bill Brownstein, The Gazette (Montreal)