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Austen in Elgin – Three Times a Charm?

Well, here we go again.

We’ll be holding a third and final round of auditions for our upcoming Austen in Elgin season on Saturday, March 24,  starting at 10:00 am at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago.

We’re looking to finalize casting for Sense & Sensibility, directed by Terry Domschke. The play is adapted from the original story written by Jane Austen. The production will begin rehearsals in April and run July 13 -July 22.

We’re seeking men between the ages of 20-40 to fill the parts of Colonel Brandon, Robert Ferrars and John Dashwood. We’re seeking women between the ages of 30-50 to fill the parts of Mrs. Henry Dashwood and Mrs. Jennings. 

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact us at janus.auditions@gmail.com to request an audition time. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script. There is pay.

AUSTEN IN ELGIN – ROUND TWO

We’ll be holding a second round of auditions for our upcoming Austen in Elgin season on Saturday, February 25,  starting at 10:00 am at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago.

We’re looking to cast Pride & Prejudice, directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller, and Sense & Sensibility, directed by Terry Domschke. Both plays are adapted from the original stories written by Jane Austen. The productions will begin rehearsals in May and run June 29-July 22.

We’re seeking men to play character and romantic leading men roles and mature women to fill out casting in both productions.

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact us at janus.auditions@gmail.com to request an audition time. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script. There is pay.

AUSTEN IN ELGIN

We’ll be holding auditions for this summer’s Austen in Elgin season on Sunday, January 29,  starting at 2:00 pm at the Elgin Art Showcase, located on the 8th floor at 164 Division Street in downtown Elgin.

Jane Austen is coming to Elgin

You can use mapquest for directions and the location. It is located 30 miles west of Chicago.

We’re looking to cast Pride & Prejudice, directed by Marge Uhlarik, and Sense & Sensibility, directed by Terry Domschke. Both plays are adapted from the original stories written by Jane Austen. The productions will begin rehearsals in May and run June 29-July 22.

We’re seeking men and women to cast both productions. All parts are open.

Appointments for auditions are by email only. Please contact us at janus.auditions@gmail.com to request an audition time. A headshot and resume is welcome but not required. We’ll be conducting readings from the script. There is pay.

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Stop The Press – Stories About The Rep

The Janus Theatre Summer Rep has been getting a lot of print.

Everywhere you look both shows are getting stories. Here’s a piece from the Daily Herald about why we started the Rep.

Apparently, it had been on our minds for a long time.

Decade-old dream realized for Janus founders

Dream of two shows realized for Janus founders

August 10, 2011

By Jack Helbig

When Terry Domschke co-founded Janus Theatre with Sean Hargadon 10 years ago, they dreamed of running two full-length shows at once in what is called rotating repertory.

They would travel to Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, featuring a dozen or more shows running in repertory, and talk of doing something similar — if far less comprehensive — back home.

Domschke, a retired Elgin Community College theater professor, just wanted to put on two shows at once, and this summer he finally gets his chance with both Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” sharing the stage on a rotating basis in Elgin.

“I love seeing a couple of shows at a time by the same theater.” Domschke explains.

Janus Theatre has grown in fits and starts over the years. It has also called a number of spots home including a coffee shop in Arlington Heights,

a public park in Arlington Heights and a brew pub in Elgin until setting down roots at the Elgin Art Showcase.

“We have had our ups and downs,” Domschke admits.

Last year, Hargad
this summer.on suggested to Domschke that it was time to try out their rep idea and settled on

“I said immediately I wanted to do ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’” Domschke says. “He wanted to do a Shakespeare, ‘Twelfth Night.’ They are both plays about mistaken identities and they contrast well.”

They are also both popular plays in the public domain, meaning Janus would not have to pay royalties.

“At first we were going to combine the casts for both plays,” Domschke explains. “But the rehearsal time was so short. So there is no crossover between the casts.”

Both “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Twelfth Night” are oft-produced chestnuts of the theater world. Oddly enough, however, Domschke had never directed “Earnest” before. That didn’t stop him from giving the story his own twist.

“I transposed the action to the early 1920s,” Domschke says. “Putting the play in the ’20s gives me more freedom to make the play more bouncy and active.”

The change gave the women characters more freedom — and less restrictive costumes — than they would have had with the original 19th century staging.

Plus, the change allowed Domschke to do what he loves best as a director: “developing a world vision through the play.”

“I enjoy developing a play,” he says, “so you create a whole world on the stage.”

For the complete story with photos, go to http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110810/entlife/708109979/.

One Two Punch – Twelfth Night Finishes Opening Weekend

We had Wilde. Then we had Shakespeare.

We just finished the opening weekend to Twelfth Night by Shakespeare and everything went fantastic. The actors, set, lighting and sound all came together for a memorable weekend.

Following the strong performances of The Importance of Being Earnest during the first week, this was a wonderful opportunity to add to the acting chops already on display during our Rep series at the Elgin Art Showcase.

What can I say? This is one strong acting company. From the leads to the supporting roles, everyone has shined throughout the process and delivered some wonderful work. Now both shows will start alternating nights, which is where the real fun begins. But first, we need an audience.

That’s right. I said it. Audience. Sure, we’ve had people come out and see the work, but when you start seeing more empty chairs than people, it starts to wear on you.

Sometimes I am surprised to find that the arts destination that is Elgin is regrettably lacking in support of the artists. Sure, this is a longer run than one weekend and we know that the classics are not everyone’s cup of tea, but still, attention should be paid when a modest theater company tackles something so large.

Well, westward ho, as the saying goes. Here are some pics from Twelfth Night, courtesy of John Congram.  Makes you want to call the Box Office right now – 847-841-1713. Doesn’t it?

Chris Bibby as Sir Toby and Justin Schaller as Sir Andrew

 

Liz Vanderhoof as Viola

Joe Hoover as Malvolio

 

Ross Patrick Frawley as Orsino

 

Kate Donoghue as Olivia and Tyler Thompson as Feste

 

Janus Theatre Opens Rep with “Earnest”

Well, one down and another to go.

We opened The Importance of Being Earnest on Thursday and everything went very well.  We had a nice size house and the actors did a fine job playing live for the first time in front of an audience.

The show will continue tonight and tomorrow and then take a week off for Twelfth Night to open. After that, both shows run in tandem on alternate nights, so stay tuned.

Here are some production photos from Earnest.

Dennis Edwards as Jack and Lucy Zukaitis as Gwendolen

 

Joceyln Adamski as Cecily with Edwards and Zukaitis

 
 

Corey Noble as Algernon, Jocelyn Adamski, Dennis Edwards, Lucy Zukaitis and Brian Rabinowitz as Lady Bracknell