Rural Root Theatre virtually acts out ‘Bad Auditions…On Camera’

Ron Gardner, President of Rural Root Theatre (RRTC) and Vice-President of Kanata Theatre, says, “It is important to me to keep theatre alive and in the community…It is RRTC’s mission statement to do just that.” RRTC is bringing their second virtual play ‘Bad Auditions…On Camera’ live via Zoom October 21-24, 2020.

(Ron Gardner, President of the Rural Root Theatre Company. Photo: RRTC)

Written by American husband and wife team Ian McWethy and Carrie McCrossen, Bad Auditions is a 45-minute one-act play produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. The plot centres around a casting director who has one day to find an actor to fill the role of a lawyer in a crime procedural. But what seems like a simple task proves impossible when the pool of actors includes stage thespians who can’t tone it down for the screen, performers completely unable to keep themselves in frame, and an actor who seems to believe this is a toothpaste commercial. The audience will vote for the actor that they think would make the best choice.

Thirty actors auditioned for the 13 parts. The production will feature four RRTC veterans and nine newcomers to the theatre company, including Kim Blanche as the Casting Director and Dave Coleman as Roger.

“Theatre is a close family,” said director Ron Gardner. “We have a great opportunity to include many new faces. As this will be on Zoom, location is not important and we are getting actors that may never have been able to perform with us. All actors that have gone to auditions have seen these types of characters. This is a play that speaks to the actor, pokes fun at their insecurities and mistakes but does so in a humorous way.”

Reservations to view Bad Auditions…On Camera can be made through rurulroot.org/bad-auditions. There is no fee to view the performance but patrons are invited to make a donation to the Shepherds of Good Hope.


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