Riverby sets auditions for ‘Poe, Poe Poe’

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GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theatre Guild plans to hold auditions for two upcoming productions. Both productions will cast teen and adults actors.

“Poe, Poe, Poe,” a Halloween period production dramatizes the final days in the life of macabre writer, Edgar Allen Poe, blending snippets of many of his most famous tales. The production calls for four actors playing multiple roles. The chilling play will perform for the general public Nov. 7-8 at Bossard Memorial Library Riverside Room.

It will also perform, free of charge, to area middle and high schools, as part of The Riverby Theatre Guild’s Stories on Stage project, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Auditions for “Poe, Poe, Poe” will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the RTG Studio, located at 59 Court St., Gallipolis. Adults and older teens are encouraged to audition for this production, but must be available for two to three dates of daytime performances for schools in late October/early November. No advance preparations are necessary to audition, however, actors are asked to be prepared to provide rehearsal availability information when completing the audition forms. The production is directed by Lucia Colley Jones, FAC program coordinator.

RTG will also hold auditions for the Christmas production, “A Seussified Christmas Carol.” Imagine the classic Dickens’ tale as if Dr. Seuss had written it. The production will cast adults and teens, age 13 and older. This comedy will be paired with the youth production, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which has already been cast and is currently in rehearsals. The two stories will perform together for the public Dec. 18-20 at Bossard Memorial Library’s Riverside Room.

Auditions for “A Seussified Christmas Carol” will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 28, at the RTG Studio. Although advance preparations are not required, it is suggested that actors practice reading aloud any Dr. Seuss book to familiarize themselves with the traditional Seuss rhyming patterns, as the script imitates the style.

Rehearsals are tentatively planned for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Actors should be prepared to provide any schedule conflicts at the time of auditions. The production is directed by Joseph Wright, FAC and RTG executive director.

For questions, or more information, call the French Art Colony, 740-446-3834.

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