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Theatre — Auditions are opportunity for anyone to get involved, play will open in May

Open auditions for the May Valley Repertory Theater production of “Barefoot in the Park” will be held in early March.

Director Stephen Pick said auditions are always an opportunity for beginners and professionals alike.

“Part of it is to train new actors. Some people come with years of experience and some with no experience at all,” Pick said. “And that’s OK, we welcome that.”

The production is written by Neil Simon, “One of the great comedic writers,” Pick said.

It centers around a newlywed couple, who find the honeymoon phase of their marriage disappearing rapidly as reality sets in and must fight to preserve their marriage in the midst of chaos.

“(Simon is) the author of the ‘Odd Couple’ as well. This is another really good example of his quick, witty, fun and ridiculous humor,” Pick said. “Some of these characters are just insane, crawling out of windows, across ceilings, it’s just like, ‘What?’”

He said because of the quirky nature of the roles, those auditioning will need to showcase their abilities to take risks.

“So anyone who’s willing to put themselves out there on the stage, they’ll do well,” he said. “Who can come in and push the limits of normalcy, to show they can play a whole bunch of different characters, those are going to be the people I’m looking for.”

But not all of the roles will be intense. Pick said there are a couple of parts that are considered cameo roles.

“They’re small compared to other characters. It’s a great way for an actor who hasn’t done much acting, who just wants to try a little bit,” he said. “There’s some opportunity there that sometimes appeals to people who want to get their feet wet but don’t want to take on a leading lady.”

For those interested in auditioning, email stage manager Lisa Carlson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Auditions will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 5 at the Chehalem Cultural Center Black Box Theatre. Pick said they ask actors to prepare a 60- to 90-second comedic monologue, but if people don’t bring something with them, there will be scripts available from the play to read.

For more information, visit www.valleyrep.org/ productions/audition- announcements.

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