Chester Little Theatre is gearing up for auditions for The Lark and is on the lookout for new members to get involved.
The play requires a large cast: 17 men of mixed ages and five parts for women, three young and two mature.
There will be an introduction and reading of the play on Tuesday, February 4 with open auditions on Thursday, February 6, at 7.30pm.
The Lark by Jean Anouilh, translated into English by Christopher Fry, will be directed by Hilary Egan, well-known for her ambitious, large cast ensemble productions.
Many will remember her outstanding production of Macbeth in 2012. Her productions create real learning experiences for the actors and the stage crew, and a stimulating, moving experience for audiences.
Hilary said: “Although it is essentially the story of Joan of Arc, The Lark is not a religious play any more than The Crucible is a play only about witchcraft.
“It is an account of an historical event which took place in 15th century France, but the themes the play deals with are as significant for us today as they were then.
“Jean Anouilh lived in Paris during the Nazi occupation and the recurring themes in his plays are anger at the misuse of power, political intrigue and betrayal.
“He wrote about the danger of any controlling regime, political or religious, which seeks to repress or silence anyone who doesn’t agree.
“Unfortunately, today political and religious repression are still with us. This timeless play asks us to examine our responsibility for what happens and consider our own actions.
“This production of The Lark will be fast-moving, incorporating movement and making use of modern theatrical innovations. The set will be open.
“It will be a challenging but very interesting production to be involved with. We held workshops on the play in November and welcomed many new people to the club.
“If you feel this might be of interest do come to the introduction on Tuesday, February 4 at the Little Theatre and find out more.”
The production dates are May 10-17. All are welcome to come to the introduction and open auditions. Chester Little Theatre is in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester. More details at www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org.