Department of Fine Arts seek students to audition for upcoming Shakespeare play, “Twelfth Night”

Aspiring thespians at Alcorn State University will have a chance to showcase their skills by auditioning for the Department of Fine Arts' upcoming Shakespeare play, “Twelfth Night.”

The Department is looking for students, faculty and staff to audition for acting and stage crewmember roles in the upcoming spring production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Participants from all departments are welcomed to audition and star in the play. Auditions will be held ?Monday, March 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Little Theater in the Joyce Bolden Fine Arts Building.

The play is about twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, who is disguised as a boy, falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her, thinking she is a man.

Beau Foutz a communication instructor in the Department, believes that the play will challenge students as well as help their team building skills.

“This provides the opportunity for students to discover their creative side,” said Foutz. “Students often find out things about themselves and their abilities that they may not have previously known. It’s a fun adventure of creative problem solving which allows students to stay on their feet.”

With the auditions, Foutz hopes to dispel the myth that acting is all about spontaneous performance.

“Acting is more than just improvisation. You actually have to write out character biographies, perform analysis that identifies a character’s goals, obstacles, tactics and expectations. It’s a true discipline that demands showing up early for class and rehearsal, memorizing lines and being flexible with last minutes changes. One must read ahead and always be prepared. As Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

For more information about auditions, contact Foutz at [email protected].

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