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Open Auditions Announced for Voices from Hurt Street

Posted Jan. 4, 2013

Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the original theatrical production, Voices from Hurt Street.

Written by students from Kent State University at Stark’s Devising Theatre course, this multi-genre theatre piece enacts true and personal stories of abusive relationships and social injustice that move the characters through the hopeful journey from hurt to healing. For mature audiences only.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the theatre of the Fine Arts Building, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. If necessary, callbacks may be held on January 30 at 7 p.m.
Auditions are open to everyone, including students and community persons. Using a variety of dramatic techniques, cast members will have the exciting opportunity to be closely involved in the new work process and with the production’s powerful subject matter. There will be opportunities for an acting ensemble of approximately a dozen adults, both male and female. The script development process and results of casting will determine the number of roles available.
The script is still in development, and only some selected excerpts (i.e.- scenes, monologues, poetry, etc.) will be available for perusal. Those auditioning can perform a prepared monologue of their choosing, or the director will assign an excerpt from the script of Voices from Hurt Street. Those people cast in the acting ensemble of the production will perform a myriad of roles in many of the dozens of pieces that comprise this multi-genre, collage-style show. The specific role and scene assignments will be made after the ensemble is cast. Those auditioning should wear clothing and footwear (no flip flops or sandals) suitable for easy movement. The auditions may also include some improvisational physical and vocal work with the director.
The production will be performed on April 12–14 and 19–21 in the Kent State Stark Theatre. Rehearsals commence on February 18 and will take place five evenings a week (including Spring Break week) until opening.
Scripts (and audition sides or scene excerpts used for the auditions) are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours from the secretary (330-244-5151) of the Fine Arts Building, Monday through Friday, during business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Scripts and audition sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Stark Campus Library.
Technical production opportunities are also available, such as stage and assistant stage managers, assistants to lighting, scenic, sound and costume designers. For more information about these openings, contact Theatre Specialist Louis Williams at 330-244-3375.
To learn more about Kent State Stark’s Theatre Department, contact Theatre Director Brian Newberg at 330-244-3352 or or visit