Cast sought for next OFP offering

Auditions set for OFP's summer production of Leaving Iowa, planned for May. Image Courtesy of Old Fort Players

BY DOROTHY SCHULTE
Old Fort Players

FORT MADISON – Old Fort Players is on a roll. After the successful opening of “The Queen of Bingo” on February 5th the theater decided to keep up the momentum and has scheduled another comedy for May. 

“Leaving Iowa” by Tim Clue and Spike Manton is produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL. Directors Ty Clute and Angela Sanford will hold open auditions starting February 15th.

The cast calls for 1-2 each female and male (17-25) and 2-3 each male and female (over 25).

The idea behind “Leaving Iowa” comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed “greatest generation.” The story is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. 

More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. 

Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. “Leaving Iowa” is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her youth. “Leaving Iowa” premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre Company on January 22, 2004 in Chelsea, Michigan, directed by Antony Caselli.

Drop by the OFP downtown location Monday, February 15th, Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday February 21st at 3 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No experience or preparation is necessary. Also needed are volunteers to fill in as Stage Manager and Sound and Lights Technician. Experience is preferred but not required for either of these and training will be provided.

There is also a need for several actors who can fill multiple small roles.

Performances run May 7-9 and 14-16, 2021. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and the curtain rises on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (Adult $15; Senior, Military, Vet $12; Student $10.) 

Tickets will be available online and the link to purchase will be posted on www.oldfortplayers.com and the theater’s Facebook page.  For those wanting to pay cash or credit for tickets at the door, you can and should reserve your seat by phone or Facebook Messenger. Seating is limited due to COVID-19. Masks will be required. 

This season would have been Old Fort Players’ 40th anniversary but the celebration has been postponed until the Covid lockdown ends and a full season can be scheduled.

The theater is located in downtown Fort Madison at 725 Avenue G. Send a Facebook message, send an email to oldfortplayersfm@gmail.com or call 319-372-9559 for more information. Like them on Facebook (Fb@oldfortplayers) or visit www.oldfortplayers.com to keep up with everything that’s going on at the theater.

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