Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 1-16-06

For immediate release.


Have you ever wanted to try your hand at acting or what goes on behind the scenes of a production? Haywood Community College has the perfect opportunity. Auditions for the HCC Commedia dell'arte Troupe and Tom Stoppard's Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth will be held in the HCC Student Center Cafeteria on Thursday, January 19 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday, January 20 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Whether it is acting or technical staff for lights, sound, stage makeup, costumes, scenery, props, stage management, choreography, marketing, or directing, everyone will walk away with a task. Jugglers, acrobats, clowns, dancers, and American Sign Language practitioners are welcome.

Participants must enroll in the Play Production I course, which will be held on Fridays from 1 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Kirsten Blake will teach the three-hour transfer course.

The course provides an applied laboratory study of the processes involved in the production of a play. Topics include fundamental practices, principles, and techniques associated with producing plays of various periods and styles. Upon completion, students should be able to participate in an assigned position with a college theatre production.

The Commedia dell'arte Troupe will present scenes, readings, and entertainments from any academic department's reading list.

"Certain works in English were written to be performed, not just read," said Blake, a professional who has spent the past two years as resident production designer for Highland Repertory Theatre. "This is a way to bring these plays to life for students."

Blake explains that in the theatre discipline, one must understand each area and that any production is a collaborative team effort.

Blake has many years of experience including nine years as a professional in Chicago. She is a freelance designer who's worked all over Asheville for puppetry, opera, dance, and theatre. Blake has a master in fine arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University. She has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.

At Highlands Repertory Theatre, she worked on numerous productions such as Six Degrees of Separation, A Streetcar Named Desire, Trail of Tears, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. She has been involved with over 50 shows at the Diana Wortham Theatre from 2003 through 2005. Blake has also worked with the Asheville Ballet, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, Asheville Puppetry Alliance, Asheville Lyric Opera, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre, Harpo Studios-Oprah, The Indiana Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and many more.

Play Production I classes begin on Friday, January 27. Students may register for this class until that date. For more information, please call Mary Elizabeth Staiger at 627-4578, Student Services at 627-4500 or email Kirsten Blake at kblake@haywood.edu.