Summer Play, Rhinoceros, Information

Summer Play, Rhinoceros, Information

Get ready for a summer theatre event like no other!

UUCC presents
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco

All ages welcome!

A boozing young man in love with his co-worker finds that everyone around him, even his pompous and condescending best friend, is changing into a rhinoceros. Written in 1959 by Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses…

For more information about the play, click here.

An extremely powerful and poignant play for today, UUCC is excited to begin a summer theatre tradition with Rhinoceros.
Continue reading for important dates, information on the director, designers, technicians, and actors we need, and more!

Important Dates:

Actor Auditions: June 16th, 2019
Rehearsals (Tentatively): Monday, Wednesday, Friday  afternoon-evening beginning July 1st, 2019
Tech Week: Increased rehearsal times beginning July 28, 2019
Performances: August 3rd & 4th, 2019

The rehearsal days-of-week & times may fluctuate once we get everyone’s schedule at auditions.


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Who we need (continue reading for all technical jobs and acting parts):

Those interested in designing, stage managing, assistant directing and any other technical aspects please contact Hannah Nelson by March 23rd, 2019.

Assistant director – Must be available for most rehearsals and available for the occasional meeting with the director leading up to rehearsals (based on schedule).  Appropriate for ages 8 to 100.
Stage Managers (2+) – Must be available for most rehearsals and has to be available for all of tech week and both show days. Appropriate for ages 12 to 100.
Sound Designer* – Must be available for the occasional meeting with the director leading up to rehearsals (based on schedule) and available for tech week. Leading up to tech week, the sound designer should plan to work with any technicians on the equipment. Appropriate for ages 14 to 100.
Set Designer* – Must be available for the occasional meeting with the director leading up to rehearsals (based on schedule) and available for tech week. Leading up to tech week, the set designer must help and oversee the set build as much as possible. Appropriate for ages 14 to 100.
Lighting Designer* – Must be available for the occasional meeting with the director leading up to rehearsals (based on schedule) and available for tech week. Leading up to tech week, the lighting designer must be prepared to do any focusing/hanging of lights. Appropriate for ages 14 to 100.
Costume Designer* – Must be available for the occasional meeting with the director leading up to rehearsals (based on schedule) and available for tech week. Leading up to tech week, the costume designer should plan to meet with costume technicians and actors for fittings. Appropriate for ages 14 to 100.

*Depending on the level of interest for any of the above roles, Assistants are also possible. Assistants would help lighten the load of the roles and would allow for both to be involved in another facet of the production, including acting if desired. Assistants could also be one of the technicians below…

Sound Technician –  Must be available for meetings with the Sound Designer (based on schedule) especially leading up to tech week. Must be available for all of tech week and both shows; will run the soundboard for shows and tech. Appropriate for ages 12 to 100.
Set Technicians – Must be available for meetings with the Set Designer (based on schedule) and build days (based on schedule) which will increase closer to tech week. Will help oversee any additional volunteers during the set-up and paint days. Appropriate for ages 12 to 100.
Lighting Technician – Must be available for meetings with the Lighting Designer (based on schedule) especially leading up to tech week. Must be available for all of tech week and both shows; will run the lights for shows and tech. Appropriate for ages 12 to 100.
Costume Technicians – This can be anyone who has the ability to sew or alter, depending on our needs costume-wise. Time spent will be based on which project you choose from the costume designer. It is possible to do this and any other number of other facets of the production. Appropriate for all ages.
Run Crew – Can be anyone available for all of tech week and both performances to help with scene & costume changes. Appropriate for ages 8 to 100.

Those interested in designing, stage managing, assistant directing and any other technical aspects please contact Hannah Nelson by March 23rd, 2019.

Actors

There are at least 15 speaking roles in the play with the opportunity to split parts to accommodate more actors as well as combine parts if fewer actors audition. All parts can be easily gender-swapped or made gender neutral. Acting roles are available for those as young as 6. 

Not all parts will be called to every single rehearsal. There will be a master schedule made up after casting that will accommodate any actors’ schedule as much as possible. The schedule may fluctuate throughout the rehearsal process but the director will be in communication with each actor individually about any changes.

If enough people audition, we will also add an ensemble which has a lower time commitment. 

ALL ACTORS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR TECH WEEK REHEARSALS AND ABSOLUTELY MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH SHOW DATES.

Please email Hannah by Mach 23rd if you are interested in acting, just so we know the interest level and can prepare accordingly.
Cast:

Berenger – The “hero” of the story, generally sloppy and unkept.
Jean – Very fastidious and well-put-together. Uppity.
Daisy – Caring, clear-minded, and logical.
Dudard – Employee of the Month, lawyer-type, well educated and responsible.
Botard – Former teacher. Know-it-All, suspicious, and unyielding.
Mr. Papillon – The boss of the work-place.
Mrs. Boeuf – Dramatic spouse to Mr. Beouf, the first coworker to turn into a rhinoceros.
Other speaking parts
The Waiter/ress
The Grocer’s Spouse
The Housewife
The Grocer
The Gentleman
The Logician
The Café Proprietor
The Fireman

Please email Hannah Nelson at officeasst@uucolumbia.net with any questions or concerns.

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