SPEECH & DEBATE
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Paul Zeller
WHEN: Monday & Wednesday, February 13 & 15 at 7 PM. Sign-up begins at 6 PM; those auditioning must arrive no later than 8:30 PM. Auditioners need only attend one of these nights. Callbacks will be held on February 17 at 7 PM at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield.
WHERE: Westminster Arts Center, on the corner of Franklin and Fremont streets in Bloomfield.
Rehearsals will begin in February and the production runs for three performances, March 30, 31 and April 1.
Sides will be available at the auditions. All roles are open, but please note that all those auditioning must be at least 18 years old. Please bring a list of conflicts and a headshot and resumé (stapled together) to the auditions. Actresses auditioning for the role of Diwata will be asked to sing 16 bars of a pop-belt song and must bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided.
Speech & Debate tells the story of three teenage misfits in Salem, OregonN who discover they are linked by a sex scandal that has rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.
- Diwata, age 17: She is an extremely confident and self-assured teenager who does not possess the ability to censor himself, sometimes to her detriment. She would love nothing more than to be the lead in the school show. Slightly overweight and has or thinks she has a dynamite voice. Actresses auditioning for Diwata should prepare 16 bars of a pop type song that shows of their belting ability.
- Solomon, age 16: A very serious high school journalist interested in exposing the secrets of his town...intelligent, awkward, preppy.
- Howie, 18: The new kid in town who is openly gay, but still figuring himself and his new surroundings out.
- Teacher/Reporter, 35-45: 2 characters played by one woman in the students' lives.
For additional information including directions to the theater, please visit www.4thwalltheatre.org.