Open auditions set for spring play
From an LCC Press Release
Lansing Community College Performing Arts will hold open auditions for its spring play, “Gee’s Bend,” on Sunday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Blackbox Theatre.
The Blackbox Theatre is located in room 1422 of the Gannon Building. Those trying out will be asked to do cold readings from the script, written by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder.
Masks are required for the auditions, regardless of vaccination status.
There will be roles available for the following parts: Sadie Pettway, Nella Pettway, Alice/Asia Pettway, Macon Pettway and three vocalists.
Gee’s Bend will be directed by Paige Tufford, and will be staged March 18, 19, 25 and 26 in the Blackbox Theatre.
“Gee’s Bend” depicts the turbulent history of African-Americans in the 20th century by focusing on the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Ala.
Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife, and the Civil Rights movement. Throughout their lives, the women’s extraordinary quilts provide a respite from the turmoil around them.
Wilder’s play, based on the real women of Gee’s Bend, explores the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art.