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January 16-17 Casting Call for Spring Shakespeare Production Open to Aspiring Community Actors

Article by:Melinda Eddleman

Del Mar Drama is known for their productions of The Bard’s work. In the past, the program has produced William Shakespeare’s plays with auditions not only open to Del Mar College (DMC) students, faculty and staff but also the community.

The program’s spring production of Shakespeare’s comedy Measure for Measure is no different.

Aspiring actors from both the campus and general communities can audition this Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 16-17. Director and drama professor Carl Yowell will hold “cold readings” from the script beginning at 7 p.m. both evenings in Bartlett Theatre, which is located in the Fine Arts Center on the East Campus on Ayers Street. Individuals need only to attend one of the two audition nights.

For more information about auditioning for the Shakespeare production, contact Yowell at 698-1154 or cyowell@delmar.edu.

Rehearsals begin in Bartlett Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. and will continue every Monday through Thursday until the play opens March 1. Costume fittings, photo calls and other production-related activities will be scheduled at other times as needed.

Measure for Measure runs March 1-2 and 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. with a noon show March 6 specifically for high school students.

Although Shakespeare wrote Measure for Measure over four hundred years ago, his plot and themes are startlingly apt for 2019.

Set in the increasingly decadent city of Vienna, Duke Vincentio temporarily abandons his rule and hands stewardship of the city to the upright, stern Angelo. Firmly clutching his new power, Angelo begins enforcing harsh edicts for sexual license by sentencing Claudio to death for an adulterous affair. Claudio’s young naïve sister Isabella implores Angelo to spare her brother. The righteous Angelo is overcome with desire for Isabella and makes her a highly unusual offer in exchange for Claudio’s life. Meanwhile, the Duke has lurked about the city disguised as a monk, secretly influencing the course of Angelo’s strict justice.

So, do you hear the “casting call” and think you’re the next Duke Vincentio, Angelo, Claudio, Isabella or another character in Del Mar Drama’s next Shakespeare production? Join the director this Wednesday or Thursday to audition and find out.


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