World Premier Planned, Audition Date Set
Britton Community Theatre Director Tom Farber has announced that auditions for the 40th annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival melodrama will be Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre.
“Hope Springs Eternal” or “The Dirty Deed” is the name of the never-performed melodrama written by South Dakota native, Rand Higbee, which the community theatre hopes to promote as the “World Premier” performance at this year’s 40th Anniversary Fort Celebration.
Britton Community Theatre has performed melodramas at the festival since 1983. About 10 years ago because of the lack of actors and volunteers, melodramas have been performed every other year.
This year’s melodrama takes place in the fictional 1890 or something town of Hope Springs, SD, and pits the evil villain Jack Barnes against the hero and heroine Johnny B. Goode and Sue McGee in their quest to find the truth about who they are, where they come from, and how some now famous cities in South Dakota just might have gotten their start or …..not. A word of caution to our friends and neighbors in North Dakota, please come with open minds, your easy going attitudes, and remember that this is just a melodrama.
Scripts can be checked out from Farmers Union Insurance or emailed to potential interested actors and actresses. Nine characters (4 women and 5 men, plus some extras) comprise the cast.
If interested but not able to make auditions call 448-5150. Rehearsals will take approximately three nights of each week until performance week.
Not interested in getting on stage or having your own star placed on the Fort Sisseton boardwalk? Britton Community Theatre has need for and would welcome help with work on costumes, set construction and setup, lights, sound, props, makeup, hair and concessions. Consider joining us. Community theatre is a great way to meet new people and share or learn new talents.