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LMC Visual & Performing Arts Department to hold auditions for the fall production of “John Proctor is the Villain”

LMC Visual & Performing Arts Department to hold auditions for the fall production of “John Proctor is the Villain”

The Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department will hold open auditions for the Fall production of "John Proctor is the Villain" directed by LMC Instructor of Theatre Dr. Patrick King. 

Students and community members are invited to participate in the auditions set for 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, and Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Hanson Theater, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Callbacks are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14. 

Those planning to audition should prepare a monologue, poem, or prose piece of up to one minute. Pieces do not need to be memorized. Advance registration is encouraged ( However, drop-ins are permitted. An audition form and materials packet are available through the sign-up link. 

While the Visual & Performing Arts Department prioritizes casting full-time enrolled students, community members are strongly encouraged to audition. The director also will be considering auditioners for a one-night staged reading of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," to be staged during the run of this production. 

Nine roles are available: six for females and three for males. The production contains adult language and thematic material, including a frank discussion of sexual misconduct. 

Performances are Friday, Nov. 10, Saturday, Nov. 11, Friday, Nov. 17, Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, Sept. 17. They will regularly run 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, with occasional Sunday evening rehearsals a possibility. 

Students and community volunteers interested in building the set or assisting with costumes, lights, props, or run crew should contact Dr. King. 

Play synopsis

In present-day Georgia, a high-school class reads Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" as their community wrestles with an outbreak of scandal. The young women in class grapple with authority and articulate their truths despite skepticism. Kimberly Belflower's play explores the power of pop and dance music, high school breakups, sex ed, the Me Too movement, alternately boring and rowdy class discussions, rumors and gossip, and what it is to grow into a young adult in America today.


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About the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department
The Visual & Performing Arts Department allows students to reach new levels of excellence through classroom instruction and public performance. Many programs, including theatre, instrumental and vocal music, and dance, are based in the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, the only performing arts center of its kind in southwest Michigan. Here, LMC students have opportunities to study the performing arts in a venue that attracts more than 100,000 patrons annually. Programs including drawing, painting, and graphic design allow students to explore the possibilities in the visual arts.

Auditions are held for select ensembles that perform on the same stages as world-renowned touring acts. Students in any major also have opportunities to audition for Broadway musicals and plays and join two different vocal ensembles, string and wind ensembles, a pop-rock ensemble, drumline, and jazz band. One of only two colleges in Michigan to carry the prestigious All-Steinway designation, LMC has a team of highly qualified faculty that bring real-world expertise to the classroom.

Posted August 30, 2023

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