Thursday, January 19 | Submitted by Louis Schaeffer | Downtown Central
Springfield Contemporary Theatre and Drury University Theatre announce community auditions for the final production of the season, Enron. Written by twenty-eight year old English playwright Lucy Prebble, Enron is a theatrical epic event that tells the story of one of the most infamous scandals in financial history. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, the play follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss that explores the tumultuous 1990s and casts new light on the financial turmoil in which the world now finds itself. Inspired by real-life events and using music, movement, projections, pop culture and pure theatricality, Enron captures the economic free-for-all that precipitated the collapse of the energy giant in the wake of the greatest white-collar crime in American history.
Director Robert Westenberg will be auditioning community actors on Sunday, January 22 at 7:00 PM at the Vandivort Center Theatre located at 305 E. Walnut in downtown Springfield. Those wishing to audition at that time are asked to prepare a contemporary monologue that is serious or dramatic in nature and no longer than 3 minutes total. Also, auditionees are asked to call the VCT Box Office to sign up for an audition time by calling (417) 831-8001. Walk-ins will be worked in as time allows. For more information about auditions, visit the SCT website.
The cast will be comprised of a mix of students from the Drury University theatre program and actors from the community.
PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS (3 men, 1 woman)
Ken Lay: 50’s to 60’s, he was president of Enron, paternal, political, energetic, born dirt poor and the son of a Baptist minister, a doctorate in business, friend of presidents
Jeffrey Skilling: 40’s, brilliant conceptualist who becomes the president of Enron, graduate of Harvard, a believer in Darwinist principles, wildly ambitious, not a “people person”
Claudia Roe: 30’s, tough, nicknamed “Claws,” competitive, one of the most powerful women in finance (Forbes magazine)
Andy Fastow: Late 20’s to early 30’s, lupine, a numbers guy, smart, socially inept, an outsider, ambitious and overdressed
ENSEMBLE (6 men, 5 women)
Ensemble plays numerous speaking roles throughout the production. They play traders, accountants, analysts, lawyers, members of the press, politicians, board members and other high profile individuals.
CHILD (1 girl)
Jeffrey Skilling’s Young Daughter: no older than 9, only does scene work with actor playing Skilling. While there is no strong language or violence in the scene work containing the daughter, the show itself does contain some very mature material.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre is in its 17th season of productions in the historic Vandivort Center and its second full season as a nonprofit organization. A wide variety of productions has been produced year round, from the landmark Hair and The Rocky Horror Show to Nine: The Musical and The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? The SCT is dedicated to the production of works that can be re-energized through a contemporary view and through an intimate staging while using outstanding directors and local actors and guest professionals throughout the season.Springfield Contemporary Theatre is a founding member of the Springfield Theatre Alliance.