Tri-State residents can now register for two separate auditions to be held March 19 and 20: IS HE DEAD?, a Mark Twain comedy for men and women ages 18+, and IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY, an educational touring production for students in grades 6-12.

Students and adults will both find new acting opportunities at Quincy Community Theatre this March.

Tri-State residents can now register for two separate auditions to be held March 19 and 20: IS HE DEAD?, a Mark Twain comedy for men and women ages 18+, and IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY, an educational touring production for students in grades 6-12.

“With producing nine shows every year, productions frequently overlap each other,” says Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen. “In this particular case, auditions for two shows fall on the same two days. This may be the first time this has ever happened. It’s a happy coincidence because both shows involve characters who are artists. IS HE DEAD? takes place during the period in art called Realism, and IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY takes place during Impressionism, which was the art period that came out of Realism. Both shows are fast-paced with eccentric, energetic characters. With multi-generations auditioning in the building at the same time, it’s going to be an exciting two days at QCT.”

IS HE DEAD?

Directed by Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen

This irresistible comedy tells the story of painter Jean-François Millet—a painter who plays dead to profit from his paintings. Bursting with Twain’s signature wit, mistaken identities, and romantic deceptions, this farce is ideal for comedic actors and actresses alike.

Roles include a struggling artist who fakes his death and pretends to be his fictional widow sister; his three comical friends from Chicago, Germany, and Ireland; a down-on-his-luck widower; a jealous admirer who disguises herself as a man; two adoring elderly female neighbors; and more.

Performances are May 3-6 and 11-13.

IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY

Directed by Head of Education Kelsey Celek

Inspire students with the greatest minds of the Impressionist era! Lauren, Sarah, and their mom just purchased a trunk filled with junk—or so they think. While their mom is away, famous artists and innovators pop out of the trunk to teach the girls that inspiration is everywhere.

Roles include Sarah and Lauren, two sarcastic sisters attending an art auction, and a multitude of innovators such as Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Nellie Bly, the Wright Brothers, and more.

Performances will be during school hours April 23-June 9. Students must be able to be excused from class. Most actors will play more than one role; all actors will be double cast.

Those auditioning for either show will be asked to read from the script, currently available on the QCT website. To access the script, please call QCT for the password.

Rehearsals will easily work with most schedules as performers may not be called for every rehearsal or for the full length of rehearsal. A detailed schedule will be determined based on actor availability.

Online registration, detailed audition requirements, audition tips, and character descriptions are available at www.1qct.org/on-stage/auditions. Audition appointments may also be made by contacting the QCT Box Office at 217-222-3209.