Auditions for Rabbit Run Theater’s spring 2018 musical “Quilters” at Lake Erie College

Fine Arts,

Next spring, Feb. 9 through Mar. 4, Lake Erie College will host performances of “Quilters,” an upcoming musical to be produced by the Rabbit Run Community Arts Association’s (RRCAA) Rabbit Run Theater.

Appointment-only auditions will be held in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in the Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts on December 5-6 at 7 p.m.

The Tony-Award nominated “Quilters,” by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, celebrates American womanhood with the moving story of a pioneer mother and her six daughters. Inspired by the handwritten diaries of women who settled the West, the musical was originally developed and produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company. Its regional success led to presentations on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival.

Blending a series of interconnected scenes, “Quilters” has been called “a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the houselights have dimmed.” It captures the beauty and awe, terror, and joy, and challenges and rewards of frontier life.

Illuminating tales with music, dance and drama depict the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. Nevertheless, their love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity show steadfastness in the face of adversity.

Director Brint Learned will lead this production, with musical direction by Alex Ulle and choreography by Rachel Irwin.

There are seven roles available for women ages 15 through 65. These actors will play multiple roles, ages and genders and must be able to sing in parts and harmonize. Strong character actors are desired, and all ethnicities are welcome.

Actors auditioning should be prepared to sing 32 measures of a musical theatre ballad or folk song. They should bring sheet music for accompaniment, as no pre-recorded accompaniment will be allowed. Actors will also be asked to read a selection from the script.

To make an audition appointment, call RRCAA at 440-428-5913. Auditions will be held in the C.K. Rickel Theater, located off Gilett St. in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts on the east side of campus of Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville, OH.

For more information visit www.rabbitrunonline.org or call RRCAA at 440-428-5913.

“Quilters” is made possible in part by funding through the Lake County Visitors Bureau Arts and Culture Fund and the Ohio Arts Council.

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