Child Actors Sought for Three Williamstown Theatre Festival Shows


Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten has announced a search for local child actors to be featured in the 2012 Season productions of The Blue Deep, Far from Heaven, and A Month in the Country.

Williamstown Theatre Festival seeks one boy of any ethnicity, aged 7-9, to be featured in the World Premiere Production of The Blue Deep by Lucy Boyle alongside cast members Blythe Danner (Showtime’s “Huff”), Becky Ann Baker (WTF’s Our Town), Jack Gilpin (WTF’s Design for Living), “Boardwalk Empire” regular Heather Lind (former WTF Non-Equity Company) and Finn Whittrock (Broadway’s Death of a Salesman). The production is directed by Bob Balaban (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind). The Blue Deep charts the complicated relationship between Lila Miller (Lind) and her mother, Grace (Danner), as both women attempt to put the pieces of their broken selves back together in this achingly honest and funny play about loss, growing up, and the benefits of aquaerobics. Rehearsals in Williamstown will take place June 20-26 with performances on the Nikos Stage from June 27-July 8.

Williamstown Theatre Festival also seeks an African-American girl, aged 10-11, for the role of Sarah Deagan for the Preview Production of Far from Heaven, a new musical featuring music by Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens), lyrics by Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and book by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain). Directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal), Far from Heaven stars four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific) and Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, The Scottsboro Boys). With a score that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far from Heaven tells the moving story of 1957 housewife Cathy Whitaker (O’Hara) as her protected, picture-perfect world begins to unravel in the face of a society on the precipice of great upheaval. Rehearsals in Williamstown will take place July 15-19 with performances on the Main Stage from July 20-July 29.

Williamstown Theatre Festival is also looking for a Caucasian boy, aged 10-11 for the role of Kolya in A Month in the Country. Written by Ivan Turgenev, this production features a World Premiere Translation by playwright Richard Nelson and Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the foremost contemporary translators of classic Russian literature including the best-selling Oprah’s Book Club selection, Anna Karenina. A Month in the County heightens the Festival’s tradition of beautifully acted works of Russian drama, creating a one-of-a-kind, intimate experience unlike anything previously presented on the WTF Main Stage. Rehearsals in Williamstown will take place on intermittent dates from July 9-July 31 with performances on the Main Stage from August 1-August 19.

Please e-mail submissions to Laura Savia at LSavia@wtfestival.org. Submissions must include a picture and brief description of your child. The child and a guardian must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates.

As previously announced, the complete 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival season runs from June 26 – August 19, 2012 and includes Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a Preview Production of the new musical Far From Heaven, and a new translation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country on the Main Stage, with Lucy Boyle’s The Blue Deep, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, and Katori Hall’s WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! on the Nikos Stage. The season will also include a special workshop production of David Byrne’s Here Lies Love, which will play at nearby MASS MoCa.

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. While best known for our acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. Now under the leadership of Artistic Director Jenny Gersten, WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
2012 SEASON SUMMARY

MAIN STAGE:

The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
June 26 – July 14, 2012

Far From Heaven
Book by Richard Greenberg
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Michael Greif
July 19 – 29, 2012

A Month in the Country
By Ivan Turgenev
Translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
Directed by Richard Nelson
August 1 – 19, 2012

NIKOS STAGE:

The Blue Deep
By Lucy Boyle
Directed by Bob Balaban
June 27 – July 8, 2012

Last of the Red Hot Lovers
By Neil Simon
Directed by Jessica Stone
July 11 – 22, 2012

The Elephant Man
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
July 25 – August 5, 2012

WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!
By Katori Hall
Directed by May Adrales
August 8 – 19, 2012

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTIONS

THE HUNTER CENTER AT MASS MOCA
Here Lies Love
Written by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Directed by Alex Timbers
June 21 – 24, 2012

FREE THEATRE
At Poker Flats
The Valley of Fear
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Steve Lawson
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
July 11 – 14, July 20 – 27, 2012

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