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Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI) announces auditions for the next show in its 2018-2019 season, Silent Laughter by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore (Love, Sex and the IRS, Confessions of a Dirty Blonde, The Senator Wore Pantyhose). An homage to the slapstick days of early silent movies, Silent Laughter is the story of Billy, a hapless schnook in New York, 1917. Not just a retread of pie fights and pratfalls (although they are certainly present), Silent Laughter takes up the challenge of presenting death-defying Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin/Harold Lloyd style gags, with a bit of Laurel & Hardy and Musty Suffer. If you love this type of comedy, now is your chance to perform it.
In order to best utilize the time of actors auditioning for Silent Laughter, auditions are by appointment only. Scheduling will begin on September 16th.
When asked what actors will have to do for auditions, director Craig Gustafson’s response has been, “Monologues.” Well… not exactly. When you apply for an appointment, you will be sent audition sides unrelated to the show. “These will be dialogue scenes,” explains Gustafson. “People talk to each other in silent movies; we just don’t hear them. What I will be looking for is how you physicalize the scene; how visually expressive you can be.” Additionally, stunt choreographer Andrew Trygstad will have exercises to gauge how physically adept the actors are. Dress to allow movement.
Contact information for scheduling, character descriptions & more info available at http://www.wheatondrama.org/2018/audition-notice-silent-laughter/.
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