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Theatre - Auditions/Calls for Entry
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Tuesday, 01 December 2009 06:00
Updated: Tuesday, April 8:

 

AUDITIONS


April 13: Angels in America / Monty Python's Spamalot - District Theatre. Auditions for 2014 productions of the Tony-winning, two-part Tony Kushner drama directed by Ed Villarreal (running September 26 - October 12, and November 21 - 30), and the musical comedy based on "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" directed by Tristan Tapscott (running August 1 through 17). For "Angels," prepare a one-minute monologue showcasing your skills; for "Spamalot," prepare 16-32 bars from a comedic song and bring sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided. Prepare to read from both scripts. District Theatre. 1611 Second Avenue, Rock Island, IL. For information, call (309)235-1654 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sunday, April 13 (2 - 5 p.m.).

April 14: Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse Bootleggers. Auditions for positions with the theatre's performing wait staff. Those auditioning should be prepared with a verse and chorus from an up-tempo song of their choice, along with a current photo and resume; provide sheet music for your selection in the proper key, as an accompanist will be provided. Recorded accompaniment or singing a capella will not be accepted. Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse. 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island, IL. For information, e-mail Diane Laake at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Monday, April 14 (7 p.m.).

May 3: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Timber Lake Playhouse. Seeking 13 strong singers between the ages of 7 and 12 for the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical running June 5 - 15. Bring a current photo and sheet music for a song that best shows your vocal ability; an accompanist who will be provided, with no CDs allowed. Timber Lake Playhouse. 8215 Black Oak Road, Timber Lake, IL. For information, call (815)244-2035. Saturday, May 3 (9:30 a.m.).

May 3: The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein - Timber Lake Playhouse. Seeking up to eight teens and adults who are strong singers or dancers for ensemble roles in the musical comedy running July 3 - 13. Bring a current photo and sheet music for a song that best shows your vocal ability; an accompanist who will be provided, with no CDs allowed. Timber Lake Playhouse. 8215 Black Oak Road, Timber Lake, IL. For information, call (815)244-2035. Saturday, May 3 (9:30 a.m.).

June 28 & 29: Marrying Terry - Playcrafters Barn Theatre. Auditions for Gregg Opelka's romantic comedy, with performances in September. Be prepared to read from the script. Playcrafters Barn Theatre. 4950 35th Street, Moline, IL. For information, call (309)762-0330. Saturday, June 28 (2 - 4 p.m.), Sunday, June 29 (7 - 9 p.m.).

June 28 & 29: Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus - Playcrafters Barn Theatre. Auditions for Andrew J. Fenady's holiday play, with performances in November. Be prepared to read from the script. Playcrafters Barn Theatre. 4950 35th Street, Moline, IL. For information, call (309)762-0330. Saturday, June 28 (5 - 7 p.m.), Sunday, June 29 (4 - 6 p.m.).

 

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What if Woody Allen and Mia Farrow had stayed together?

Three things that might not have happened:

1. The Woody Allen-Diane Keaton reunion. This, we know, definitely wouldn't have happened. Allen wrote "Manhattan Murder Mystery," his fizzy 1993 Hitchcock homage, with Farrow -- as usual -- in mind for the female lead, the neurotic wife-turned-amateur-sleuth of Allen's even more neurotic New York literary editor. That, of course, was before their relationship collapsed, so when the time came to make the film in the immediate aftermath of the breakup, Allen called in a favor from his former muse Diane Keaton. Their first film together since "Manhattan" 14 years previously, it was a fun nostalgia trip that earned Keaton a Golden Globe nod, though Allen admitted he'd have written the film differently for Keaton: "[Mia's] not as broad a comedian as Diane is... Diane made this part funnier than I wrote it." Might the Farrow-starring "Manhattan Murder Mystery" have been a more dramatic affair? In any event, the Woody-Diane reunion proved to be a one-night-only deal. She's not doing much these days -- how about it, guys? 

2. Woody's Eurotrip. Given that Allen didn't make a single film without Farrow in the 12 years they were an item, it seems reasonable to project that she would have remained a fixture in his ensembles as long as they'd remained together. That opens pretty much a limitless realm of "what if" questions regarding Allen's subsequent filmography. It's easy enough to see where Farrow would've slotted into, say, "Mighty Aphrodite" (sorry, Helena Bonham Carter); "Sweet and Lowdown," not so much. But it's his European phase of the new century -- his diversions into London, Barcelona and Paris -- that is hardest to imagine with Farrow on board: the liberated production focus and youthful focus of those films feel very much the result of a set-in-his-ways auteur consciously making a fresh start. Could he have made them with a partner of over 25 years' standing? An older-skewing "Midnight in Paris" could conceivably have been made with Allen and Farrow in for Owen Wilson and, perhaps, Rachel McAdams -- but would "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" have been written at all? 

3. Farrow suffers the curse of "The Omen." Working with Allen, along with raising their rambling family, was pretty much a full-time job for Farrow: in the time they were together, the only non-Allen feature she appeared in (voice work in "The Last Unicorn" excepted) was 1984's "Supergirl." Having only been served her partner's scripts for over a decade might have dulled her project-choosing abilities a bit -- not that Hollywood producers were likely giving the actress much choice as she headed into her fifties. A continued routine of annual Woody joints may well have removed Farrow from such projects (for better or worse) as Zac Braff's "The Ex," the "Arthur" animated franchise and sundry second-rate TV movies -- but she'd surely have been spared the indignity of chewing the scenery in 2006's limp remake "The Omen." She was the best thing in it, but still: better off out of it. 

Three things that might have happened:

1. Farrow does a whole lot more feature films... and perhaps gets that elusive Oscar nomination. With the exception, of course, of Roman Polanski, no filmmaker had a better idea than Allen of what to do with Farrow's fragile screen presence -- whether playing up to it in melancholy character studies like "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Another Woman," or casting her brashly and sucessfully against type in "Broadway Danny Rose." It'd have been interesting to see what roles he'd have written for her had they grown older together -- Farrow wrote in her autobiography that she felt disengaged from her ensemble roles in the later, sourer years of their relationship, but might a happier outcome have yielded more devoted valentines in the "Alice" or "Purple Rose" vein? And if so -- with her Allen collaborations having yielded multiple BAFTA and Golden Globe nods for the actress, as well as a National Board of Review win -- the Academy would have had to relent sometime, right?

2. Woody produces more dramatic fare. Allen's aforementioned comment Farrow's subtler comic style is a telling one: the early years of their relationship produced fleeter comic exercises like "Broadway Danny Rose" and "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," but as the 1980s wore on, he seemed increasingly attuned to the inner dramatist that had previously written "Interiors" -- whether fused with comedy in films like "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Hannah and Her Sisters," or given to outright Bergmania in "Another Woman" and "September." It's speculative, of course, to say that the sensitive, serious-minded Farrow inspired this phase of his career, but it's worth noting that their breakup was immediately followed by a return to lighter comedies like "Bullets Over Broadway" and "Everyone Says I Love You." Would this tonal break have occurred had his personal life stayed on course? Perhaps, but we also might have waited a little less long for his return to dramatic writing in 2005's "Match Point" and this year's "Blue Jasmine" -- a film it's easy to imagine him writing for Farrow 20 years ago.

3. Woody gets Twitter. Okay, this is a silly one. But Farrow has proved surprisingly active on Twitter, using her feed both to abet her humanitarian work and to show off an unexpected streak of droll humor -- her dry, casual tweet a couple of weeks ago about watching "Sharknado" with Philip Roth fooled a lot of people and spawned a short-lived Twitter meme. If she's embraced it, could she have talked Woody into doing the same? Probably not. One senses he'd regard social media much as he does cars, Los Angeles or the Oscars -- with a mixture of disdain and terror. Still, a regular feed of mordant Woody one-liners would be a must-follow. And even if he couldn't be persuaded, there's the hope that Farrow would share some choice domestic tidbits.

Did history work out for the best?

Well, yes and no. One is loath to say that any breakup that hurts as many associated parties as this one -- and in such a public manner -- is "for the best," though both seem to have effectively moved on: Allen's marriage to Farrow's now-estranged daughter is still going strong, while Farrow has further filled her life with children and humanitarian work. But we're not passing a verdict on anyone's personal life: are their careers better for the way things turned out? Certainly not in Farrow's case, though perhaps she'd simply have lost her taste for screen acting anyway. Allen's filmography may have followed an uneven trajectory in the last 20 years, but it had never been blemish-free: I'd argue that his Farrow period was the richest and most adventurous of his career, but it still produced the occasional misfire. With "Midnight in Paris" having brought him a fourth Oscar last year, and "Blue Jasmine" currently earning him rave reviews, history has worked out pretty well for him -- though I'd say cinema is a little poorer for having fewer Allen-Farrow collaborations than it could have done.