Landmark to hold audition for radio adaptation

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Landmark to hold audition for radio adaptation
"Stage Door." (Courtesy of Stephanie Hall)

Open auditions will be held to cast all roles in our radio-drama adaptation of the classic 1937 film “Stage Door.” It will be performed on stage at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater in Port Washington before a live audience and recorded for possible later broadcast and online distribution.

This “old-time radio”-style production will include period commercials and songs between acts, performed by members of the cast, so singing as well as non-singing actors will be cast. There is also a need for several very versatile actors who can deliver distinctive voices for multiple characters. Actors will be cast based on how they sound; there is no need to “look the part.”

Sides will be provided. We will have an accompanist available for singing auditions; please bring sheet music with you. Descriptions of the characters are available on request; write to [email protected].

Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 16th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19th, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Landmark on Main Street at 232 Main Street in Port.

If you cannot appear in person on either date, you may submit a digital recording (mp3 file) of your voice for consideration. Write to [email protected] for additional details. Be sure to submit your materials by June 20.

This is a volunteer community theater production; performers are unpaid. The format will be similar to a staged reading of a play; performers will work to microphones with script in hand. The script is based on the Lux Radio Theater coast-to-coast radio broadcast of Feb. 20, 1939, and the original motion picture, which was nominated for four Academy Awards.
The show will rehearse in September, with a performance on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 30.

“Stage Door” is an ensemble drama that examines what aspiring actresses have to go through and the choices they must face as they try to “make it” in show business. Our radio play script is adapted from the 1937 RKO film starring Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, which critics have called “one of the most genuinely feminist films that the Hollywood studios ever made” and “the real masterpiece about women and the theater.”

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