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Placement Auditions for Spoon River –
Sept 11th 12-3pm

and by appointment thru Sept 19th.
(for appointment, register below)

American Legion Post 1941:
900 S. LaGrange Rd. LaGrange, IL 60525
– Enter through Parking Lot Door

Based on the Book by Edgar Lee Masters, A Newly Adapted Stage version by Felicia Pfluger

This once-banned book, brought to the stage, takes place in Illinois in 1915. Ghosts rise from their graves to come alive on stage. The veneer is stripped away from polite society to show the darker side of small-town living as well as the courage and strength of the deceased residents of Oak Hill Cemetery. Freed from the epitaphs on their tombstones, this one evening, they confide their secret truths with us. The honest, kind, hardworking and chaste live in conflict with those who aren’t… The corrupt deviants, the abusers, the unfulfilled…  and those with unrequited dreams and hopes.

Freed from the shackles of life, these restless souls confess their deepest secrets and frustrations, confront their attackers, vent their frustrations, celebrate their joys, and warn the living.

LATTE Theater show placements are chosen based on cast complement, talent, and chemistry.

LATTE is open to middle school and high school age actors with practices on Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturdays.

Placement is based upon audition.

We will do some fun activities to warm up and get comfortable.
Auditions are relaxed cold readings from the script. – Everyone will be cast.
You can also bring a comedic or dramatic monologue to read if you wish. 

What should I bring to the placement audition?

  1. Before the audition, please have a family meeting to review the production requirements (below) and reveal any commitments, vacations, or other scheduling challenges that could conflict with:
    • Regular practices (Tues, Wed 6-9pm, Sat 12-3pm),
    • Heck Week (Nov 6th-11th), or
    • Performance Dates (Nov 12th-14th).
  2. Bring this list of scheduling items and your calendars to the audition!
  1. Bring a comedic or dramatic monologue to read if you wish. 
  2. Wear a mask and bring a water bottle.
  3. Eat a good lunch beforehand!

Production Requirements

Please make sure you understand and are able to meet the production requirements before you audition. If you have any questions about the requirements, please contact the director to discuss!

  1. The Spoon River Production is 9 weeks long. It begins with auditions September 11th and will end with the performances November 12th-14th.
  2. Practices are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-9pm, and Saturday afternoons 12-3pm.
    Understandably, things come up, but cast members are expected to be on time and attend all practices.
    When you have a schedule conflict, you are asked to notify the director as soon as you are aware of it, so they can make sure to plan around your absence.
  3. There will be some additional calendar dates tbd for photoshoots for the posters and press photos, sound, and performance promo events.
  4. The last week of practice prior to the performance: Saturday, November 6th – Thursday, Nov 11th is “Heck Week”.
    There will be daily practices, with tech and dress rehearsals. All cast members must be available to attend every day of Heck Week. This is a Mission Critical requirement.
  5. We want every interested student to have the opportunity to join the cast and the fun! LATTE strives to keep participation costs as low as possible.
    If the cost is a barrier to any family, do not be discouraged, there are partial and full scholarships available.
  6. The Tuition fee to participate in the Spoon River Anthology production is $175.
    With over 100 hours of in-person instruction and practice involved in bringing this performance to life, that works out to less than $2/hour.
    This fee also includes a professional quality head shot, a bio in the playbill, and a commemorative T-Shirt
  7. Every LATTE family is expected to contribute and share volunteer duties.
    During the production run, there will be various times when parent volunteers are called for to help chaperone, find and transport props and set pieces (and maybe even students), and help with costumes and/or hair and makeup.
  8. Each cast member must provide their own costume(s).
    Directions and suggestions will be provided! LATTE strongly encourages frugality and does have a substantial Costume Closet that many pieces can be borrowed from. We ask that the pieces not be permanently altered and they must be returned professionally cleaned and in good repair. A $50 refundable Costume Deposit will be collected at the beginning of the production and refunded when all costume pieces have been returned professionally cleaned and in good repair!
  9. Every LATTE family is expected to sell at least 20 tickets to the show.
    These ticket sales are absolutely necessary for two reasons:
    • We want to pack the house! There is nothing more exciting than performing for a good audience. (And there’s nothing more deflating than an empty house.)
    • Ticket Sales is how LATTE keeps the lights on for the next show.

If all that sounds ok with you, register now!

Questions: Contact: lattetheater@gmail.com or call 708-655-0989