Auditions

“Heartland Theatre Company is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our casting and production assignments. When casting and hiring we would like to encourage an openness to diverse and non-traditional choices.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST OF HOT SHORTS!

Heartland Theatre Company proudly announces the cast of these five short plays:

TWO GHOST NIGHT by Blaise Miller (Frisco, TX) – Directed by Tom Mitchell (Champaign IL)

A computer user is visited by two virtual ghosts who are tasked with explaining the user’s shortcomings. A parody/update of A Christmas Carol.

DAVID: MATHEW GREEN

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST:     GAYLE HESS

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE:    JOE STRUPEK

REMOTE by Nancy Halper (Summit NJ) – Directed by Liz Fisher (Austin TX)

GENERAL SITUATION: A brother and sister are currently living in two different parts of the world. They connect online to plan a COVID-19 compliant memorial service for their father, but they learn that relationships and memories can vary widely even within a family.

 KATIE: KRISTI ZIMMERMAN

MICHAEL: GREGORY HICKS

DISTANCE by John Enright (Chicago IL) – Directed by Demetri Corbin (Normal IL)

GENERAL SITUATION: Two members of a UFO group meet online to discuss an object that one of the members has found. The conversation leads to some strange revelations.

SAM: NATHAN GAIK

HAZEL: LIZZY MOSHER

RETURN TO NORMAL by Dan Borengasser (Springdale AR) – Directed by Holly Rocke (Normal IL)

GENERAL SITUATION: Two performers are in a budding relationship and they’re doing scene work online. They have worked together on virtual productions, but they’ve never met or worked together face to face. They work out their relationship screen to screen.

JASON MARTIN: RACHEL HETTRICK

MARCIE DICKENS: JESSI REID-SWIECH

GOOD FOR THE SOUL by Bruce Boeck (Normal IL) – Directed by Timothy Wyman (Peoria IL)

GENERAL SITUATION: A young man visits a virtual confessional conveniently located in a local Wal-Mart. 

     FATHER: KEVIN WICKART

     SAM: DAVE KROSTAL

Auditions:  ON HOLD 

Performances: (TENTATIVE) February 4,5,6 |11,12,13,14 |18,19,20 – 2021


Auditions: ON HOLD

Performances: (TENTATIVE) April 2,3,4 | 8,9.10,11 | 15,16,17 – 2021


Auditions: ON HOLD

Performances (TENTATIVE) June 3,4,5 |10,11,12,13 | 17,18,19 | 24,25,26 – 2021

BIG BEAR LAKE by Alexander Wilkie, Moorsetown NJ

Imagine trying to make it in a wild and dangerous place—a place where it’s hard to know whether you’re predator or prey and where survival is anything but guaranteed. Yes, it takes courage to try to make it in Hollywood, and on top of everything else, you might wind up going camping!

Character breakdown: 2 women, 1 man —age 20s-40s

CAMPFIRE STORIES by Loretta Bolger Wish, Manaquan NJ

Staring into a campfire can give you a clear sense of who you really are. That same fire, unfortunately, won’t tell other people anything about who you really are, and that can lead to some awkward conversations.

Character breakdown: 3 men – middle-aged, 1 woman – age

MARSHMALLOWS AND OLD FLAMES by Matthew Weaver, Spokane WA

Sometimes a campfire attracts beasties that don’t know who you are or what you’re doing there. Of course, your campfire might also attract a creature who knows you really well. That’s not necessarily better.

Character breakdown: 1 man – age 30s-40s, 1 woman – age 30s-40

ROLLING MY OWN by John Patrick Bray, Athens GA

There are times in life when you’re all wrapped up in external things and you feel like you just can’t move. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a couple of friends to pick you up and drag you out into the woods for a camping trip?

Character breakdown: 3 men – age 20s-50s

STAND EASY, STRANGER by Tod Shacklett, Victorville CA

When you’re deep in the forest, it’s like the rules of time and space don’t apply. The problem is that the rules of time and space don’t apply, even in places where the rules of time and space don’t apply.

Character breakdown: 2 men – age 25-50, 1 man – age 50-75

THE OTHER SIDE by Callie Minks, Danville KY

Hindsight is always 20/20, but hindhearing, hindsmelling, and hindtouching aren’t nearly that focused. This is the Heartland Theatre 10-minute Play Festival, though, so trust us when we say that sometimes all of the senses work together.

Character breakdown: 2 men – age 60s, 1 woman – age 60, 1 woman – age 20

THE STREAM by Brook North, Raleigh NC

Poets often say that time flows through our lives like water, bringing some things closer and carrying other things away. They’re always right.

Character breakdown: 1 woman, 2 men — middle-aged

WANDERING STEPS AND SLOW by Jim Kraft, Carmel IN

Getting a chance to connect with the natural world is a wonderful thing. When the natural world decides to connect with you, though, it can make things a little uncomfortable around the campfire.

Character breakdown: 1 woman, 1 man — age 50s


Performances: (TENTATIVE) JUNE 3,4,5 | 10,11,12,13 | 17,18,19 | 24,25,26 – 2021

Auditions: ON HOLD

Performances (TENTATIVE) July 23,24,256 – 2021


Auditions: ON HOLD

Performances: (TENTATIVE) September 2,3,4 | 9,10,11,12 |16,17,18  – 2021


Auditions: ON HOLD

Performances: (TENTATIVE) November 4,5,6 | 11, 12, 13, 14 | 18,19,20 – 2021

HEARTLAND DIVERSITY STATEMENT


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If you are interested in becoming involved with Heartland on stage or behind the scenes, please submit our volunteer form, email [email protected] or call the Heartland Box Office at 309-452-8709.

Audition location: Heartland Theatre Company

Location: 1110 Douglas St, Normal IL 61761

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1833, Bloomington IL 61702

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