Directed and adapted by Aaron Snook from a new translation of Euripedes' Electra by the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department and infused with original Appalachian Roots Music, this production of Elektra aims to spark a conversation around the cycles of violence that inherited hate produces.
Auditions January 19, 2023 6pm-9pm
Callbacks January 20, 2023 6-9pm
@ the Belk Theatre
The Civil War may have ended, but the blood that was spilled sowed the Appalachian soil with loss and grievance. In the succeeding years the Conservative cause nurtured those seeds with violence and intimidation, creating an inheritance of hate to be passed down to the younger generation. In the sleepy mountain town of Mycenae, North Carolina this legacy is tearing at the heart of a young girl named Elektra. Fatherless at the hands of her mother’s new husband, Elektra awaits her brother’s return and prays for vengeance.
Actors of all genders, races/ethnicities, and abilities are welcomed and strongly encouraged to audition. Specific roles are pending due to work on the adaptation. There are no preconceived ideas on who can play what. Characters in the piece will be a collaboration between the text and the actors who are cast. Understudies will be considered based on interest.
What to Prepare:
- One side from Elektra (which will be provided by the Stage Manager)
- If you sing, one verse + chorus (preferably in the American Roots catalog, but can be anything)
- If you play an instrument, please bring and share a sample.
- The developmental script will be provided at the beginning of the semester to those that have signed up. The Audition Room will consist of the Director, the stage manager, and the music director.
Time Commitment (tentative based on conflicts):
- 4 three hour workshops throughout the semester
- Rehearsals: March 27-April 19 (Running 6-9 M-Th)
- Tech Rehearsal: Saturday, April 15
- Performances: Thursday, April 20-Sunday, April 23
For more information please contact Aaron Snook at firstname.lastname@example.org