Tex*Rep performs four plays per year. Two of the plays are produced in partnership with the Texarkana College Department of Drama. All of the plays are currently performed at the Stilwell Theatre on the Texarkana College Campus. Auditions for all of the plays are also held at the Stilwell Theatre. All auditions for shows are “open,” i.e., anyone who auditions will have an equal opportunity to compete for any role for which he/she could be qualified.

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Rabbit Hole

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of New York until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.

RABBIT HOLE - Cast and Info
As always, it is with very mixed feelings that I post this.
So many talented people auditioned, so many that I really want to work with (and hope to get that chance soon), and only five roles. Please know that there is no pleasure in disappointing people. I hope to see you in the future, perhaps you might consider working in a crew position for this show, and/or that you will show your support by being an audience member. If you are interested, there will be a set workday this Saturday from 10:00 til 5:00. Thank you all for your professionalism and honest love for theatre!
Cast - first rehearsal is Monday at 6:00.

Becca - Susannah Linnett
Izzy - Wendi Evetts
Howie - Alex Rain
Nat - Kaye Ellison
Jason - Nicholas White

Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.




What happens in an audition?

Simply put, you are given the opportunity to show the director what you can do. You will come to the theater at the appointed time and fill out a form to turn in to the audition coordinator. When your name is called, you will go into the theater. The director will be either be alone or, in the case of a musical, the musical director will be with him. He might ask you some questions to get to know more about you and to make you feel at ease. Then he will ask you to present what you have prepared. You will be given the opportunity to start over if you mess up (which we've all done many times!). Our goal is to make the conditions right so when you're finished, you feel that you really did show the director what you can do that might win you the part.

What should I prepare for an audition?

FOR MUSICALS: You should sing something that shows off your voice. Sing in whatever style fits you best.

FOR BOTH MUSICALS AND PLAYS: You will read a portion of a scene from the script with other people who are there to audition. Sometimes the director will ask you to read the part of a character you hadn't considered trying for. That's OK. He may see something in you that causes him to think you might be right for another role.

Here's a HINT: Most scripts for musicals and plays are available in a library or for purchase online. Those who become familiar with the script ALWAYS have a better audition. It also demonstrates to the director the attitude he's looking for, that you're a self-starter who would work hard to make the show a success.

What is the director looking for in an audition?

Besides the obvious - hearing you sing and speak, he is trained to look for potential that might not come through in an audition. He knows the process of bringing out the best in a performer, so he not only considers what you do in an audition, but also what he believes you could do with the self-confidence that comes from getting the part. He is also looking for people who want to be team players. Sometimes he has to go with hunches about whether the person auditioning would bring the right attitude to the project.

What are some tips for giving me an advantage in an audition?

Be prepared. Learn about the show you're auditioning for before coming. Know something about the role(s) you want. Know when the show is going to be performed. Be energetic. Speak audibly and clearly. Listen to the director for instructions in the audition. Ask questions if you don't understand something. Make an impression. Take some risks. Don't just play it safe. The director is not only looking for people who can sing, dance, and act. He's also looking for a certain kind of attitude. That attitude is revealed by your eagerness, openness to being directed, and the ability to overcome fear.