Hi-Desert Playhouse to hold Season Auditions Oct. 1 for Community & Equity Actors

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JOSHUA TREE, CA – The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s prestigious Hi-Desert Playhouse theater division, which recently garnered an astounding 54 award nominations for theatrical excellence from the Desert Theatre League, will be holding its first set of season auditions October 1, 2016 for its new 2016-2017 season of live theater productions.  With a season full of award-winning directors, auditions are by appointment only and actors of all levels of experience — from beginning and community theater to professional and Equity — are encouraged to audition.  For individuals who may not be available on October 1st, appointments on alternate dates may be available.  Interested actors and individuals desiring to be a part of this high-end season of first class theater may send an email to info@hidesertculturalcenter.org for more information.  Resumés and headshots are appreciated.  Audition sides will be provided via email.

With combined talents that have starred in and written for major television series from Star Trek to Comedy Central and ABC’s Reba, screenplays and feature films from those by Touchstone and Universal to The Fantastic Four, and garnering top directing awards and acclaim at international festivals for live theater and film, the Playhouse’s new season features directors Howard Shangraw (Playhouse Artistic Director), Steve Stajich, Barry Cutler, Nelms McKelvain, Miri Hunter, William Hart, Jeanette Knight, and Cheryl Montelle.

Auditions will be available with each of the new season’s directors and will be open for all parts for the upcoming  productions of: The Aliens by Annie Baker and directed by William Hart; A Christmas Carol (as performed at the Mark Taper Forum) by Charles Dickens as adapted by Doris Baizley and directed by Howard Shangraw; Almost Maine by John Cariani and directed by Howard Shangraw; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Reader’s Theater Production) by Ntozake Shange and directed by Miri Hunter; the world premier of The Goldfish Letters, written and directed by Steve Stajich; Godspell (The Musical) by John Michael-Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz and directed by Howard Shangraw and Nelms McKelvain; Grounded (Reader’s Theater Production) by George Brant and directed by Barry Cutler; and Love, Loss, And What I Wore (Reader’s Theater Production) by Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckman and directed by Howard Shangraw.

All area actors are encouraged to audition and be a part of the Playhouse’s creative, rewarding, and professional experience.  All auditions take place at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater located at 61231 Highway 62 in Joshua Tree, CA.  For those interested in working as part of the tech and backstage teams, please send an email with your contact information and area(s) within which you desire to work.

The HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER (DBA) is a fully recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation: “HI-DESERT PLAYHOUSE GUILD, INC.” Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816, California Department of Justice Charity Registration #008976.  Donations to it are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!