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RAAC seeks young actors for upcoming ArtBlast play

The Rosemount Area Arts Council has gotten enthusiastic audience interaction at its previous melodrama productions.

Rosemount Area Arts Council member Keith Reed may have only finished writing the script for his latest play last week, but he has already held one audition and is looking for several more actors to fill out the remaining roles.

The Rosemount Front Porch Players will present Reed’s original melodrama as part of RAAC’s third annual ArtBlast, a citywide, community celebration of the arts scheduled for late June.

The play, The Kidnapping of Miss Prunella Pettigrew, or She Had Time on Her Side, is one of several melodramas RAAC has presented over the past few years. It marks a departure from the group’s usual practice of renting melodrama scripts, though scriptwriting is by no means new to Reed, who has written about 25 plays over the years.

Reed said he looks forward to directing the play and thinks actors will appreciate the fun experience a melodrama provides.

“It’s over-the-top acting. It’s silly acting. There’s definitely a story, but people will get in touch with it and have a lot of fun with it,” he said. “There is an assumed fourth wall in drama that exists between stage and the audience. We just bust that down in a melodrama.”

The Front Porch Players are looking for four high school or college-aged actors, two males and two females, who will be able to memorize lines fairly quickly. Reed encourages performers who have never had an interactive play experience to give it a shot.

He said RAAC has been blessed with beautiful weather for ArtBlast in the past, and if the same holds true this year, actors can expect a good-sized crowd. He likes to encourage people sitting on the sidewalk by the band shelter to move up next to the stage, where they are close enough to throw marshmallows and hiss and boo at the villains and cheer for the heroes as they enter the stage.

“We want to get people really involved in it,” Reed said.

The plot of Reed’s latest play revolves around a snotty high school student who falls asleep during detention and is cast back into the 1890s.

“All of the sudden, her whole world changes,” Reed said. “It involves time travel. People can watch what happens when a high school student is confronted with the past.”

Roles include high schooler Prunella Pettigrew, class nerd Dan Druff, town sheriff and justice of the peace Cody Pendant, homecoming Queen Jenna Rossity, history teacher Isabel Ringing, teacher Adam Zapple, and class bully Drew Blood.

Auditions for the play will be readings from the script and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail.

Rehearsals are scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. June 9, 14 and 20 and 4 to 6 p.m. June 19. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 21 at the Central Park Amphitheater.

For questions or more information, call Keith Reed at 651-261-1954 or visit rosemountarts.com/prunella.html

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