Plans underway for SKITS fall play

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Auditions for 'The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon' set for Saturday

In true showbiz fashion, Shell Knob in the Spotlight (SKITS) embodied the axiom, "The show must go on,' the weekend of April 28-30, when it held its spring production, 'Million Dollar Meatballs,' in spite of historic flooding episodes throughout Barry County.

"We don't have rain dates," said SKITS President, Barb Van Dusen, due to the multiple logistical challenges of rescheduling a production, for which the cast and production crew prepares weeks in advance. "We have one date — rain or shine." Not only did the show go on, but Van Dusen reported a great showing of attendance for the three performances.

"Friday night was near 100, Saturday about 50 and Sunday was 140," she said. "We were thrilled. What a following, for residents to come out and brave those elements."

It was raining so hard, in fact, Van Dusen said, that they had to turn the sound system "way up."

"It was just unbelievable that people made the trip in a severe rain storm," she said.

Only on one occasion have any of the productions come to a halt — its first play.

"It was December, and everything was iced in, so we knew no one could come," Van Dusen said. "We put it on, I think the next weekend, and had a good crowd."

Moving ahead, the production group has already chosen a fall production, 'The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,' for which it will be holding auditions this month. Play dates will be Nov. 3, 4 and 5.

While laughter and satirical comedy has always been the central theme in the Shell Knob-based theatre group’s productions, Van Dusen says cast and audience members alike should prepare to "get their smiles on," for this one, as it will give smile muscles "quite a workout."

Auditions for male and female cast actors will be held Saturday at the Shell Knob Senior Citizen Center at 10 a.m. An alternate audition appointment time may be scheduled  by calling Director Deb Lay at 417-342-1719. As usual, no acting experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn lines.

However, there are just two items required, Van Dusen said, that cast members are able to laugh, and, of course, attend rehearsals.

"Cast members are required to attend rehearsals in Shell Knob six weeks prior to the play," she said. "The rehearsal schedule, and all other items relevant to the play, will be discussed on Saturday."

Production managers are also seeking set painters, sound and light technicians (trainees), ushers, handymen, costume designers, back stage support, makeup artists, ticket takers and more. If interested in assisting in any of these areas, people may call Van Dusen at 417-858-9590.

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