Hi-Desert Playhouse to Hold Season-wide Auditions for Equity & Non-Equity Actors on September 8

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — On Saturday, September 8, 2018 the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s prestigious Hi-Desert Playhouse theater division will be holding season auditions for its full-scale and staged reading theatrical productions as a part of its new 2018-2019 season of first-rate theatrical entertainment.  As a leading and top-awarded production company in the Southern California Desert Region, recently garnering an astounding fifty award nominations this year from the Desert Theatre League, the Cultural Center continues to celebrate over a half-century of the desert’s finest in live theater as it stages its most ambitious season yet of dramas, musicals, original works, reader’s theater, youth theater productions, and more.

The 2018-2019 theater season will consist of four main stage productions, including Coming Attractions, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), Working — The Musical, and Going To A Place Where You Already Are.  It will also feature five Reader’s Theater Series productions, including Walter Cronkite Is Dead, Address Unknown, For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday, Closing Credits: An Evening With Frank Capra, and Heroes.  The season will also feature a special cabaret production entitled Mother’s Day Cabaret: Broadway Love Songs.  Under the auspices of Playhouse Artistic Director Howard Shangraw, the new season’s productions will feature directors Shangraw, Nelms McKelvain, Kathleen Walker, Rosemary Mallet, Barry Cutler, and Derrik Lewis.

Auditions are by appointment and will occur between 10 am and 4 pm at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree, CA.  All levels of experience, including Equity actors, are welcome to audition.  Prospective actors should bring a prepared monologue no longer than two minutes to audition, and, if being considered for a musical, should also prepare a Broadway show tune.  Musical selections may be sung a cappella or to pre-recorded mp3 or smart phone accompaniment brought to the audition.  Cold reading sides will also be provided.  To schedule an audition, select the “CLICK TO SCHEDULE AUDITION” button above and fill-out the brief application.

For more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit www.hidesertculturalcenter.org, call 760.366.3777, email info@hidesertculturalcenter.org, or visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in person weekdays from 1-5 pm at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree.  The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

PHOTO CAPTION (FROM LEFT): Actors Andrew Accardi and Benjamin Bees perform in the recent Hi-Desert Playhouse production of The Diviners, which is currently up for nine awards from the Desert Theatre League.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at: www.hidesertculturalcenter.org


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!