In its first-ever endeavor to produce theatre in a remote environment – that is, by using a video platform to cast, direct, and technically produce a show – Montana Western’s drama program is making the best of the COVID-19 restrictions on large group gatherings.
“It’s tested our creative skills,” says Director Larry Brazill. “We have students, alumni, professors, and staff members collaborating, each in different locales across Montana…plus one in Alaska and one in Columbia! Our production meetings have been challenging, rehearsals have been productive and fun, and the technical aspects have been interesting to say the least. But I’ve found Montana Western’s students to be bright, creative, and hard working. This year’s group is no exception, and they’ve developed a delightful comedy under very trying and unusual conditions. We’ve found joy in overcoming new obstacles, and we hope you’ll find some laughter when enjoying our show.”
The story of “Bad Auditions” revolves around a casting director for a television show, who has one day to cast the lead role for his courtroom drama, and needs to do so not in person, but by live video auditions. From pompous and overbearing actors to flustering novices, a brooding “Method” performer, to a man who thinks he’s auditioning for a commercial, the director and his assistant can barely contain their laughter and frustration as they endure the casting sessions.
Ian McWethy and Carrie McWethy (McCrossen) are the playwrights of “Bad Auditions.” Montana Western is producing the play by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
Audiences can view the recording of the play, free of charge, at any time Friday, Nov. 20 through Tuesday, Nov. 24, by following the link on the Montana Western website: www.umwestern.edu.
The production is part of Montana Western’s Performing Arts Series sponsored by Dillon’s Bank of Commerce, with additional support from ASUMW/Student Senate.