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Open Auditions: “The Sparrow”

Sat, Dec 06, 2014 starting at 1:00 PM - Sun, Dec 07, 2014 starting at 1:00 PM

Actors of high school age and up needed for coming-of-age fantasy/drama 

The Sparrow AuditionsParkland Theatre will hold open auditions for the fantasy/drama The Sparrow on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Parkland Theatre.

Director Gary Ambler will be casting male and female actors (high school age and up) for an extraordinary coming-of-age drama. Auditions will consist of readings from the script, and some simple movement. Character descriptions and audition readings can be found online at www.parkland.edu/theatre.

Rehearsals will begin in January. The Sparrow will be performed in Parkland Theatre's new Second Stage.

Written by Chris Mathew, Jake Minton, and Nathan Allen, The Sparrow promises to be an imaginative and original piece of theatrical storytelling! In the story, Emily Book, a shy and guarded teenage girl, returns to her small-town high school 10 years after a tragic accident rocked the community.

Thrust into the whirlwind of Spring Farm High, she is guided by her biology teacher, Mr. Christopher, and befriended by head cheerleader, Jenny McGrath. But when Jenny's life is threatened in a dangerous stunt at the homecoming basketball game, Emily reveals her true powers as she saves Jenny's life in a stunning display of heroism. Thus, Spring Farm's own darling superhero, "the Sparrow," is born. The Sparrow taps into the fundamental aching of adolescence: fearing that we're somehow different while hoping that we're somehow special.

In a review of the original production, the Chicago Tribune calls The Sparrow "among the very best original theatre pieces I've ever seen [...] It is a thrilling, riveting celebration of the power of imagination that adults and teens can enjoy, and understand, together."

No appointment is necessary. Performances take place Feb. 19–29. All members of the community as well as Parkland, U of I, and high school students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. Those with questions should email theatre@parkland.edu.

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