2021 Ohlone College Playwrights Festival: May 14-15, 2021, 7pm

The Student Repertory Theatre Company presents the 7th Annual Ohlone College Playwrights Festival, premieres of 10-minute plays and musicals. The festival will be broadcast for free, via a weblink, which you can view through your phone or computer. It will be closed captioned. Click here to be notified when the event link will be available.

AUDITIONS FOR FALL SHOW 2021

CASTING NOTICE – ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell, adapted for the stage by Ian Wooldridge

  • Ohlone College’s award-winning Theatre and Dance department is holding auditions for ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell, adapted for the stage by Ian Wooldridge.

Animal Farm poster

AUDITIONS (multiple roles):

  • Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 (6-10pm) 

**Email auditions@ohlone.edu to set up a 5 minute appointment.

Drop-ins are also welcome.

WHERE:
ZOOM (online)

  • Link to Auditions:

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/97100367529?pwd=YmF6Y01ZTXR4VkFrcTZHd3BRcDRI...

PREPARE:

  • 90-second monologue of your choice or read from the script.

SYNOPSIS

  • What happens when the ideals of equality are manipulated and corrupted to gain power? George Orwell's satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: "Some are more equal than others." The animals on a farm drive out their master and take over and run the farm for themselves. The experiment is successful, except that someone has to take the deposed farmer's place. Leadership devolves upon the pigs, which are cleverer than the rest of the animals. Unfortunately, their character is not equal to their intelligence. This dramatization remains faithful to the book's plot and intent and retains both its affection for the animals and the incisiveness of its message.

REHEARSALS:

  • Rehearsals start September 7th.
  • Rehearsals will mostly be held Monday-Thursday 6:30-10:30pm until we get closer to tech. Then we’ll rehearse on Fridays and Saturdays as well.

*This production will rehearse and perform on the Ohlone campus in fall 2021 and is following State and local health guidelines.

PERFORMANCES:

  • November 12-20
  • Thursday-Saturday performances at 8pm and a matinee on Tuesday, November 16th at 10am.
  • Strike is on November 21st.

A NOTE ON CASTING:
Ohlone College does not discriminate based on perceived or actual race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, or other protected characteristics. All performers will be given full consideration.

All roles are open.

PLEASE NOTE: All actors and dancers cast must enroll in TD-124 at Ohlone College, which is a 4 unit class.

Please email mnavarrasmith@ohlone.edu if you have any questions regarding these auditions or the production of ANIMAL FARM.

CHARACTER LIST - ANIMAL FARM

 

STORYTELLER

 

The Pigs

MAJOR

NAPOLEON

SQUEALER

SNOWBALL

MINIMUS

 

The Horses

BOXER

CLOVER

MOLLIE

 

BENJAMIN, a donkey

 

MOSES, a raven

 

YOUNG ANIMAL

 

The Farmers

MR JONES (non-speaking)

PILKINGTON

 

Ensemble

PIGS, PIGEONS, DOGS, GEESE, SHEEP, HENS

 

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (all on campus, Fall 2021):

Rehearsals
Sep 7-9 (6:30-10:30pm)
Sep 13-16 (6:30-10:30pm)
Sep 20-23 (6:30-10:30pm)
Sep 27-30 (6:30-10:30pm)
Oct 4-7 (6:30-10:30pm)
Oct 11-14 (6:30-10:30pm)
Oct 18-22 (includes Friday this week) (6:30-10:30pm)
Oct 26-28 (6:30-10:30pm)
Tech
Oct 29 (Friday – 5:30-11pm) *Q2Q Act 1
Oct 30 (Saturday – 1-6pm) *Q2Q Act 2
Nov 2 (5:30-11pm) *Tech Act 1
Nov 3 (5:30-11pm) *Tech Act 2
Nov 4 (5:30-11pm) *Tech Full Show
Nov 5 (Friday) (5:30-11pm) *Run-Through with Tech #1
Nov 6 (Saturday – 1-6pm) *Dress Rehearsal #1
Dress
Nov 8 (5:30-11pm) *Dress Rehearsal #2
Nov 9 (5:30-11pm) *Dress Rehearsal #3
Nov 10 (5:30-11pm) *Final Dress
Nov 11 – Veteran’s Day Observed, Ohlone College closed – no rehearsal
Performances
Nov 12 (Opening night – Call: 6pm, Performances: 8pm)
Nov 13 (Call: 6pm, Performance: 8pm)
Nov 16 (Matinee Tuesday - Call: 8am, Performance: 10am)
Nov 18 (Call: 6pm, Performance: 8pm)
Nov 19 (Call: 6pm, Performance: 8pm)
Nov 20 (Call: 6pm, Performance: 8pm)
Nov 21 (Strike)

Please note:
We can only honor conflicts that were agreed upon prior to accepting a role.  Please note that conflicts may affect casting decisions.  Ideally, actors are available for all rehearsals.  Actors must be available for all performances. 

About the Director

Michael Navarra directed The Phantom of the Opera, Dog Sees GodProofJesus Christ SuperstarDraculaThe Illusion, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the regional premiere by Ella Hickson's Wendy & Peter Pan, the world premiere of Jeffrey Lo's Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, the world premiere of Eugenie Chan's The Reluctant Vampire, and the student-driven devised piece, Parrhesia 2020, for Ohlone College. These productions have all been honored with awards and accolades by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. For more information, please visit: www.michaelnavarra.com

The Reluctant Vampire
By Eugenie Chan

*A new work specifically written for Ohlone College students by nationally recognized playwright Eugenie Chan.

Production photo from Reluctant Vampire

Production photo from Reluctant Vampire

Production photo from Reluctant Vampire

Production photo from Reluctant Vampire

 

Phantom of the Opera
By Andrew Lloyd Webber

Under the inspired direction of Michael Navarra, an exceptionally talented cast and crew delivered a top quality production of thrilling visuals and stunning power... a brilliant production not to be missed.”
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

Caring and passionate, frightening and desperate - every phase of this Phantom's struggle leaves your heart aching, thanks to director Navarra’s magical eye and showmanship. Applause to the ensemble artists, cast, dancers, pit singers, musicians, and tech crew who help make this production the phenomenal event and a first for the East Bay... THIS IS A MUST SEE.
—Vince Mediaa, VMEDIA

*TBA Awards Recommended Production

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Production photo for Phantom of the Opera

Production photo for Phantom of the Opera

Production photo for Phantom of the Opera

Production photo for Phantom of the Opera

Wendy & Peter Pan
Regional Premiere by Ella Hickson

 

“Directed by Michael Navarra, Wendy & Peter Pan, flies by. There is a great energy to the production and the cast is stellar, all of them instantly likeable... It's a theatrical gem that shouldn't be missed... the result is truly magical.”
—David R. Newman, Tri-City Voice

“The Ohlone Theatre & Dance Department always looks to the heights, and the regional premiere of Wendy & Peter Pan is sure to keep them soaring.”
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Wendy & Peter

Wendy & Peter

Wendy & Peter

Production photo for Wendy & Peter Pan

The Illusion

“The Ohlone College Theatre & Dance Department's The Illusion is a wonderful production not to be missed… Michael Navarra artfully weaves his own magic over a play where the audience is constantly left wondering what is real and what is, well, illusion… In the hands of Navarra and his exceptionally strong cast and crew, Ohlone College Theatre & Dance manages to transport us seamlessly between an energetic, colorful Baroque France and a dark, dank cave full of sound and fury.”
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Actors in the Ohlone College production of The Illusion.

Production photo from The Illusion

Spending the End of the World on OkCupid
World Premiere by Jeffrey Lo

"Spending the End of the World on OkCupid, seamlessly directed by Michael Navarra and produced and performed by the talented cast and crew of Ohlone College Theatre and Dance department is a quick paced, thought provoking, visually hypnotic piece of entertainment."
—Janet Grant, Tri-City Voice

actors holding cell phones with the flash set to on.

Woman in spotlight on stage with blue surrounding her and others on stage.

Several actors on stage sitting or standing in small groups or individually.

Production photo from Spending the End of the World on OkCupid

Production photo from Spending the End of the World on OkCupid

Production photo from Spending the End of the World on OkCupid

Production photo from Spending the End of the World on OkCupid

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

"The themes of power and control, courage and individuality, and the fight for dignity in the face of the ever pressing 'system' and evils of humanity are enduring subjects that Navarra and his cast bring powerfully to life. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest shows what great theatre is all about and is an experience that shouldn't be missed."
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Two men with arms raised with hospital works behind them.

Man on his knees pleading.

Five men looking up, four with arms raised.

Production photo from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Production photo from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Production photo from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Dracula

"The audience feels as though they are sitting on stage with the actors, oftentimes with characters popping up among them or coming right up to them in their seats. Dracula purists are likely to be pleased with this adaptation; on-stage action is intense and engaging.”
—Jessica Noël Chapin, Tri-City Voice

Dracula moves to bite a woman.
A woman looks worried. Dracula scrapes his chest.

A woman dressed in a long white gown behind a window in the dark.

Production photo for Dracula

Production photo for Dracula

Jesus Christ Superstar

"Damn Impressive… Scrupulous staging…glitzy but lucid, not falling into the camp arena, as other productions tend to." 
—Anna Pulley, East Bay Express

"Raw and intense." 
—Jessica Noel Flohr, Tri-City Voice

"Michael Navarra and his creative team deserve extra credit for producing one of the most technically savvy and fully realized productions I have ever seen.” 
—Derek Martin, Adjudicator, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Two men in masks hold a third bloody man.

People in masks grab Jesus from behind.

Jesus is carried on the arms of many people.

Production photo from Jesus Christ Superstar

Production photo from Jesus Christ Superstar

Proof

"Proof is a strong and sure-footed production…engaging from beginning to end."
—Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice

Man and woman talking in front of house.

Equations in white on upper wal; in blue on floor.

Front of a house at night shadowed by trees.

Dog Sees God

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Finalist.

Under spotlight in black darkness, man looks up.

Standing man covers mouth of seated second man.

Production photo from Dog Sees God

Male and female actors stand on stage floor painted with rectangular pastel colored blocks.

Production photo from Dog Sees God