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Audition Notice for The Narrative of Daniel Blue, Bas Bleu Readers’ Theatre

Title: Daniel Blue or
Thrilling Narrative of the Adventures, Sufferings and Starvation of Pike’s Peak Gold Seekers on the Plains of the West in the Winter and Spring of 1859.
By One of the Survivors.

Director: Ann Whiteman

Performance Dates:
Sunday October 9th 7:30 pm
Monday October 10th 7:30 pm
Saturday October 15th 2:30

Where: Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St, Fort Collins CO 80524 970-498-8949

Audition Dates:
Saturday, August 6th 1-4 pm
Callbacks Sunday, August 7th 1-4 pm
Auditions are not by appointment but please arrive as close to one pm on Saturday. Reading from the text, no need to prepare a monologue.

Rehearsals: approximately 7 to be determined

Synopsis:
The author of this very rare account set out from Leavenworth, Kansas, for the Colorado gold fields with his 2 brothers and 2 other men on the notorious middle Smoky Hill Trail, later known as the “Starvation Trail.” Two hundred miles beyond Fort Riley they lost their pack horse, and when the second member of the group died of hunger Blue and his brothers resorted to cannibalism. Of the group only Daniel Blue survived, and that at the cost of eating the flesh of his 2 brothers. Blue survived long enough to be found by an Arapaho Indian who brought him into Beaver Creek. Daniel Blue wrote and self-published this narrative to warn other gold seekers of the dangers of the trip.
Text:
The narrative may be read online at:
http://genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/suffering.html

or request the loan of a manuscript transcription from the box office.

Character description:

Daniel Blue, in his early twenties in this narrative, is a descendant of religious Scottish farming immigrants who lived in Canada and then settled in Illinois. Performance of this piece requires a deeply felt but restrained delivery.

Also looking for three male actors who will read various historical characters commenting on the gold rush and times.

Cast and crew receive one complimentary ticket.


Bethany
Written by Laura Marks
Directed by Peggy Shaughnessy

At the height of the foreclosure crisis a single middle-class mother loses more than her house. Desperate, and barely holding on to her sales job, she forces herself to stay positive while coping with questionable people and situations. But optimism is no match for a bad economy. Bethany explores just how far we will go to get back what is ours.

“…rare among new American plays in the clear, compassionate attention it pays…Ms. Marks’ disturbing, incisive drama suggests that the bruising exigencies of our depressed economy are scraping away at the surface civilities of American life.” —NY Times

“…with a supremely balanced sense of storytelling and an economic gift for language, [Marks] announces herself here as a real talent to watch.” —The New Yorker.

“Crystal is a new kind of heroine for the stage [BETHANY] gives you an unsettling feeling that the lead character could be anyone, including you.” —NY AmsterdamNews.

AUDITIONS
Where: 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins
When: Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Sunday, August14th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

No appointment necessary. Be prepared to fill out an audition form and to perform cold readings from the script. You will be asked to provide dates/times that you will be available for rehearsals from January to mid-February.

If you cannot make this audition time or have any questions please email the director at pshaughnessy@frii.com.

Scripts are available at Bas Bleu for 48-hour sign out during normal box office hours (call ahead for availability).
To reserve a script call the theatre at 970-498-8949. Please honor the time restrictions, supplies are limited.

PERFORMANCES:
Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25th at 2:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will be minimal (8-9) with some staging. Actors will perform with scripts in hand.

ROLES TO BE CAST:
CRYSTAL (25 – 35): a single mother working in sales at a Saturn dealership.
CHARLIE (middle-aged): a motivational speaker pedaling dubious goods.
GARY (20s – 50s): a homeless squatter with conspiracy theories.
SHANNON (30s – 50s): Crystal’s dryly dour boss.
TONI (20s – 50s): a social worker.
PATRICIA (middle-aged): Charlie’s wife.

Audition Notice for The Narrative of Daniel Blue, Bas Bleu Readers’ Theatre

Title: Daniel Blue or
Thrilling Narrative of the Adventures, Sufferings and Starvation of Pike’s Peak Gold Seekers on the Plains of the West in the Winter and Spring of 1859.
By One of the Survivors.

Director: Ann Whiteman

Performance Dates:
Sunday October 9th 7:30 pm
Monday October 10th 7:30 pm
Saturday October 15th 2:30

Where: Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St, Fort Collins CO 80524 970-498-8949

Audition Dates:
Saturday, August 6th 1-4 pm
Callbacks Sunday, August 7th 1-4 pm
Auditions are not by appointment but please arrive as close to one pm on Saturday. Reading from the text, no need to prepare a monologue.

Rehearsals: approximately 7 to be determined

Synopsis:
The author of this very rare account set out from Leavenworth, Kansas, for the Colorado gold fields with his 2 brothers and 2 other men on the notorious middle Smoky Hill Trail, later known as the “Starvation Trail.” Two hundred miles beyond Fort Riley they lost their pack horse, and when the second member of the group died of hunger Blue and his brothers resorted to cannibalism. Of the group only Daniel Blue survived, and that at the cost of eating the flesh of his 2 brothers. Blue survived long enough to be found by an Arapaho Indian who brought him into Beaver Creek. Daniel Blue wrote and self-published this narrative to warn other gold seekers of the dangers of the trip.

Text:
The narrative may be read online at:
http://genealogytrails.com/ill/whiteside/suffering.html

or request the loan of a manuscript transcription from the box office.

Character description:

Daniel Blue, in his early twenties in this narrative, is a descendant of religious Scottish farming immigrants who lived in Canada and then settled in Illinois. Performance of this piece requires a deeply felt but restrained delivery.

Also looking for three male actors who will read various historical characters commenting on the gold rush and times.