The Clark State College Theater Arts Program will hold auditions for the spring production of Something Rotten at 7 p.m., January 25 and 26.
Clark State professor of theatre and show producer Theresa Lauricella said her favorite musical theatre genre is Shakespeare but his plays are neither American nor musicals, however they feature some of the same elements as Something Rotten: huge casts, big sets, and fabulous costumes.
Something Rotten offers patrons an outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.
“It was a no-brainer. This show fits Clark State Theatre Arts Program's Kuss needs - a cast of delightfully fun characters' shoes for students and community actors to fill and a hilariously entertaining show for audiences to enjoy,” she said. “That it will be the first performance held in the Clark State Performing Arts Center since Fall of 2019 feels like the beginning of a new era - A Renaissance, if you will, for the Clark State Theatre Arts Program.”
Something Rotten is based on a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell. The production will be directed by Troy Berry and Josh Compston. The live performance of Something Rotten is slated for 8 p.m., April 8 and 9 and 2 p.m., April 10.
Those interested in auditioning need to complete an online form to pre-register at: https://forms.gle/LYu396bgqKcTw2628
Interested actors should prepare 16 bars of song from a musical and bring sheet music (an accompanist will be provided). A headshot and resume are also encouraged. Actors will be notified via email if they will be cast.