The Lee College theatre department will hold auditions for “Animal Farm” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25 at the Performing Arts Center.
Director Marc Anthony Glover Garcia asks that those auditioning arrive at 6:45 p.m. to complete paperwork. Bring a head shot and resume.
The department will stage Animal Farm, adapted by Ian Wooldridge from the book by George Orwell. Auditions will be held Monday, Sept. 24, from 7-10 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7-10 p.m
Performances will be Nov. 2-3 and 9-11 in the Black Box theater of the Performing Arts Center, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
The stage play is adapted by Ian Wooldrige from the book by George Orwell. (Wikipedia article about the book)
ABOUT THE SHOW:
George Orwell’s satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: “Some are more equal than others.” The animals on Manor Farm drive out their master and take over and run the farm for themselves. The experiment is successful, except that someone has to take the deposed farmer’s place. Leadership devolves upon the pigs, which are cleverer than the rest of the animals. Unfortunately, their character is not equal to their intelligence. This dramatization remains faithful to the book’s plot and intent, and it retains both its affection for the animals and the incisiveness of its message.
Napoleon (pig) The pig who emerges as the leader of Animal Farm after the rebellion. This character is manipulative, crafty but still a charismatic leader who draws the other animals to believe in his twisted vision. Any age male.
Snowball (pig) The pig who challenges Napoleon’s leadership, but in the end is unsuccessful. This character is intelligent, passionate and eloquent but lacks the deviousness of his fellow pigs, which becomes his downfall. Any age, any gender.
Squealer (pig) The pig in charge of propaganda and the mouthpiece of Napoleon’s regime. This character is slimy, manipulative and a talkative trickster. Any age, any gender .
Old Major (boar) The inspiration for the revolution, when he tells the animals of his vision of a free and just animal-run society. This is a smallish but very important character. He dies in the first act but has a cracking big speech that opens the play. Age 30+ Any gender.
Boxer (cart horse) The hardest worker on Animal Farm. This character is physically strong but none too bright, easily lead and manipulated by others, especially by Napoleon. Boxer’s belief in Napoleon and his words is almost fanatical. Any age male.
Mollie (horse) A pampered and vain horse who loves being spoilt with ribbons and sugar cubes. She struggles the most in the new Animal Farm society and ends up running away back to life with humans. Any age female.
Clover (horse) Close friend and workmate of Boxer. Clover is one of the few animals who questions the pigs’ motives and actions but does not have the self-confidence to believe in her doubts about them. Any age, any gender.
Benjamin (donkey) A moody negative character who believes that life has always been and will always be unpleasant. He opposes the rule of the pigs and often complains about it but never does anything about it. Any age, any gender.
Moses (raven) Somewhat of a religious leader among the animals, talks a lot about sugar candy mountain, a sort of animal heaven. You are never sure about his motives or motivations. Any age, any gender
Minimus (pig) A young and impressionable pig who is drawn in by Napoleon and Squealer. Any age, any gender.
Mr. Jones/ Mr. Pilkington (men) Mr. Jones, the owner of Manor Farm, before the revolution and it becomes Animal Farm. A moody old drunk (non-speaking part). Mr. Pilkington, the owner of the next-door farm, an opportunist who makes an alliance with the pigs at the end of the play.
Assorted animals – Pigs, pigeons, dogs, geese, sheep, hens etc. Some speaking and non-speaking roles. These are smaller parts but no less essential than the main characters. Any age, any gender.
Interested actors should come to auditions with their CONFIRMED availability on all the dates listed above. While ALL actors may not be called for every rehearsal, we would like to have a clear idea of who can rehearse when.
Would you like to get involved but don’t want to be on-stage?
Lee College Theatre Department is always looking for people to help BACKSTAGE during production (as stage managers, crew, light or sound techs, prop-masters, etc.). Sound interesting? Come to auditions and talk to the director or tech director of the show.
For more information about the theatre or the auditions please email the director directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.