Here's the descriptive copy for the application for Local on the Eights, the student mainstage production I'm co-directing with JR Zambrano:
What is this show?
The Hideout is going behind the news and on the air with Local on the Eights! This student mainstage follows a small-town news team as they track down the day's toughest stories. Then all their hard work comes together as the theater turns into their news studio, complete with cameras and a TV broadcast feed! Will their hard work pay off with a satisfying newscast, or will everything go haywire on live TV? The only way to find out is to tune in!
Why this show?
Okay, that's the "what" of the show. Here's the "why".
At some point, every person has that realization that every other human being has their own thoughts, hopes, fears, and desires.
We want to help people realize that the same thing is true for *places*. Every neighborhood, every community, every town has its own history, its own character, its own stories. Every place is fascinating, and worth exploring -- and we're excited to see what you guys discover.
For this show, we're going to be playing with a world that's just a little bit larger than life. Whimsy and at times a little surreal are words you might use. The local news might cover stories about oddball traditions like the annual raccoon races, or all-too-familiar local characters like the municipal employee who sees the city as an empire, or a unique outlook on life that can only come from caring about a town.
Every week we'll have our own Pawnee, our own Night Vale, our own Lake Wobegon. And we want you to help us bring that world into being.
You deserve the opportunity to learn about where you are.
To that end, the show follows a news team that cares deeply about the job: chasing down local stories and reporting them to the community. Every character has their own idea of how to go *about* that -- that's where our most interesting (and fun) conflicts will come from -- but they're all committed to the goal.
What are we looking for?
Here's what we're looking for from you:
Ensemble and narrative: Being part of a news broadcast means being part of a team. We're looking for players both on and off the stage who can share focus, help support the other characters, and build relationships with each other and their community. Basically, show up and be ready to be big and bold and excited about the world and the other characters in the scene and you'll be fine.
Discovery and focus: We want to find people who can take a thread and run with it. This could be a detail that matters to your character, or a remark made by an interviewee -- but one of the things this show will thrive on is its ability to flesh out a world from just a few, focused offers. In other words, we're interested in how well you can keep focused on one or two "things" in a scene, finding ways to make them meaningful to your character.
Thank you so much for your time and interest!
What's the time commitment?
* Rehearsals from 4-7pm on Sundays.
* Cast/crew bonding time from 7:30pm-10:30pm on selected Fridays (10/6, 10/13, 11/3, 11/17).
* Performances at 6:00pm on Saturdays in December (12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30).
We strongly recommend that you clear your schedule for all the performances. On rehearsals and bonding time, we're more flexible.