Oldwick Community Players, a not-for-profit theater company, is planning a new series of staged readings from classic and contemporary plays. Staged reading is a form of theatre without sets and costumes. The actors read from scripts, seated or incorporating minimal stage movement. The simpler format requires fewer rehearsals and appeals to the community performer who may have limited time to devote to practice. It can be staged in a variety of settings increasing the ability to perform for all types of audiences.
by Robert Harling
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.
WHERE: Do It Yourself (DIY), 90 Main Street, Flemington
Steel Magnolias is a tragicomedy about the bonds of friendship between six Southern women who are as delicate as magnolias and as tough as steel. Set in a beauty parlor, Harling describes the women of his play as “witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They in no way, shape or form are meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.”
The casting call is for six actresses ranging in age from 18 to 65. Director Merry LaRue says, “Experienced or not, all are welcome.” Scripts will be provided. No appointment is necessary.
REHEARSALS will be held at Flemington DIY from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. on May 5, 6, 11 and 13.
PERFORMANCE DATE: The staged reading will be presented to the public on May 14 at the Hunterdon County Library North County Branch, 65 Halstead Street in Clinton, at 2:00 PM.
Ms. LaRue’s directing credits include Our Town for OCP and A Perfect Analysis for Playwrights Theatre in Madison. As an actress, she created the role of Pearl for the world premiere of Darrah Cloud’s Dreamhouse at Centenary Stage Company. She also played the mother in the Elixir Theatre Company production of A. Defazio’s verse play Christine in New York City. Merry trained at the New School in New York City, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in London.
OCP was founded by Jim Kudless and Alexandra Teplov in 1979. The company’s objective is to stimulate interest in drama, offering the opportunity for self-expression in all aspects of theater, including plays, musicals and concerts, and to provide educational experiences for “actors” of all ages. Previous productions have included Man of La Mancha, Gypsy, Brigadoon and The Boys Next Door. Shows are performed at various locations throughout Hunterdon County.