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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Auditions: Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor THIS WEEKEND

MPO is taking audition appointments for its production of Laughter on the 23rd Floor. All roles are open. All actors are welcome. Laughter will audition October 22 from 9am to 5pm and October 23 from 12pm to 5pm on the West Windsor, NJ campus of Mercer County Community College. Actors may click here to book audition appointments online.
Ahead of the auditions, the show’s director, John Maurer, sat down to talk about what MPO is looking for.

Q: What advice do you have for people who aren’t sure if they should audition for Laughter?
John: My motto is this: when in doubt, try out. Auditioning is difficult for actors because there is so much that is beyond their control. It’s not always just about having the best read, it’s more than that. It also has to do with how well you fit the role compared to the next actor, how you fit with the rest of the cast, etc. Things you just can’t control. With so many obstacles between you and a role, you don’t want your own self doubt, or false assumptions about what the director wants, to be the reason you weren’t considered. Like the Lotto guy says, you gotta be in it to win it.

LaughterQ: What are you looking for in the actors who audition?
John: Laughter features lots of rapid fire dialog within a group of comedy writers. We are looking to cast a group of actors that are able to riff with each other quickly and capture the energy of these critical scenes.

Q: The show contains a lot of adult dialogue, will you be softening any of that for this production?
John: No. Neil Simon is a wonderfully talented writer and has crafted this show to give you an inside look at the people and personalities of the period. These are men and women who struggled to pull together 90 minutes of comedy gold every week, It would be ridiculous to have them say "Gosh Darn" when things go wrong.

Q: Are any of the roles in your production of Aida pre-cast?
John: No, We don't believe in pre-casting. Having all the roles available means you get a wider talent pool trying out for the show. We are proud of the fact that we have helped to introduce some new talent to the Kelsey Theatre. It is a great feeling when you see someone new at auditions and they just blow you away. In our November production, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, (click here to order tickets), roughly half the cast was madeup of people we’d never worked with before and some of those have never performed at the Kelsey before.

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