SSC theatre issues ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ casting call

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The PAC Rats Theatre Co., of South Suburban College, will hold open auditions for the Ken Ludwig comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo,” beginning at 7 p.m. July 9 and 10. Readings will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, according to a press release from the college.


Auditions are open to community members as well as SSC students. Appointments and prepared audition materials are not necessary, according to the release.


Auditioners will read from scenes, which will be available at the time of auditions. Copies of the script are on reserve in the SSC library.


Everyone is welcome to attend both auditions. The rehearsal and performance schedule will be available at the time of auditions, the release said.


Director Sandra Wagner, of Lansing, will cast four women and four men, ranging in age from 18 to 70-plus, the release said. Wagner is planning evening rehearsals. Performances are scheduled for Sept. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28.


In the story, it’s 1953, and Charlotte and George Hay, an acting couple, are on tour in Buffalo, New York. Fate has given them one more shot at starring roles in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” epic, and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Hurdles include mistaken identities, a deaf grandmother, sword fights and backstage romance, according to the release.


In addition to acting talent, the PAC Rats also are looking for volunteers who want to try their hands backstage.


“Putting on a play takes a lot of hands,” Wagner said in the release. “We hope that those who aren’t ready to step on stage will enjoy painting and building scenery, sewing costumes or making props.”


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