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Open auditions are set for Sept. 6 for two fall productions at LCSC

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College theater program will hold auditions on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the LCSC Silverthorne Theatre for its two fall productions, “Hands on a Hardbody” and “The Odd Couple.”

Auditions are open to the public, but those chosen can only be in one of the two shows. Those interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a one minute monologue that will serve as an audition for both plays. In addition, to audition for the musical “Hands on a Hardbody” a person should prepare a one minute unaccompanied song excerpt, one chorus and one verse to show off singing ability. A person also must be 18 years of age to audition for the “Odd Couple.”

Along with auditioning actors, musicians are needed in the pit band for “Hands on a Hardbody”. Musicians are hired individually and are provided a small stipend. The pit band needs a guitarist, bass player and a drummer. Those interested in being in the pit band should contact LCSC music program director Sarah Graham at sigraham@lcsc.edu.

Both shows are in need of production teams and assistant stage managers. Anyone interested in helping in those areas is encouraged to come to audition night and sign up.

“Hands on a Hardbody” will open on Oct. 18 at the Silverthorne Theatre, with shows running on Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 25-29. The production will be directed by University of Idaho Master of Fine Arts directing candidate Shea King. Graham will oversee the music production.

“The Odd Couple” will open on Nov. 9 at the LCSC Music Building, located at 1105 Seventh St., in Lewiston. Other shows will be Nov. 9-12 and Nov. 16-19 and will be under the direction of LCSC alum Emily Akin in collaboration with the Lewiston Civic Theater.

“Hands on a Hardbody” was nominated for three Tony awards. The American musical, which debuted in 2012, was adapted from a documentary film by the same name that was released in 1997. The film and production are based on a real-life Texas endurance competition where 10 contestants vie for a hard body pickup truck by keeping one hand on the truck for 50 hours. The last contestant to have a hand on the truck wins the truck. The musical chronicles the life of the 10 contestants and the auto dealership management, which sponsors the contest.

“The Odd Couple” is a comedy that premiered in 1965 and has twice been a TV series. The show centers around the conflict of two middle-age men who are mismatched roommates because one is neat and uptight while the other is a slob and easygoing. There are a number of supporting characters who are involved in shenanigans throughout the play, which will have a more contemporary look.

For more information on the plays, the auditions, or the LCSC theater program, contact Nancy Lee-Painter at nclee-painter@lcsc.edu, Jef Petersen at jjpetersen@lcsc.edu, or Ruby Walden at rnwalden@lcmail.lcsc.edu, or call 208-792-2345.