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Le Mars Community Theatre to hold auditions for heartwarming show biz comedy

Monday, March 6, 2006

The Le Mars Community Theatre will be holding auditions March 11 and 12 for "A Handful of Rainbows," a captivating, warmhearted comedy about life in a Hollywood boarding house.

The play, written by Jonathan Troy, centers around a group of show biz hopefuls, wannabees, has-beens, and never-was's, as they anxiously await the big break that'll sweep them to super-stardom.

Or, at least, help them to pay next month's rent.

"This is a really sweet play that'll put a smile on your face," says 'A Handful of Rainbows' director Bonnie Dull. "It's light, joyful, and a whole lotta fun."

Dull, a stage veteran, has been with the Le Mars Community Theatre since it began.

"I've been here since Day One," she says proudly. "I was in their very first play ('See How They Run') and it's still exciting every time I get the opportunity to put on a show."

"I love it!" Dull exclaims.

"And I've done just about everything one can do in the theater," she says, "with the exception of lighting a stage and balancing the books."

"I guess I know the limits of my talents," Dull laughs.

Asked if she can identify with any of the characters from "A Handful of Rainbows," Dull quickly answers.

"Sure," she says. "All of these characters share this great passion for performing and live to be on the stage."

According to Dull, she's had this same passion since she was a teenager.

"I remember when I was in high school, I'd try out for everything," Dull chuckles. "Every play, every musical, every speech competition, I'd be the first one in line."

"The same was true when I went to college," she continues. "In fact, I really wanted to become a drama teacher."

Marriage and children caused Dull to change her plans but it did little to lessen her enthusiasm for performing.

"It's hard to put into words," she explains. "There's this wonderful adrenaline rush that comes over you whenever you're in the theater. It keeps you young."

"It keeps you going," Dull smiles.

But these day, she much prefers being a director than an actor.

"I guess I really enjoy telling people what to do," Dull laughs.

"But I do like to having a collaborator," she continues. "Not necessarily a co-director but somebody I can bounce ideas off of."

"Donna Hentges is good at that," Dull contends. "She's able to tell me: 'Bonnie, that's just not gonna work.' Because, believe it or not, not all of my ideas are good ideas."

Dull says she loves working with actors and enjoys discovering and nurturing new talent.

For "A Handful of Rainbows," she'll be looking for a cast of six women and four men of all ages. Auditions will be held from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, at the Postal Playhouse.

Production dates will be April 28, 29, 30 and May 4, 5, 6, and 7.

"We've been very lucky in Le Mars," Dull says. "We have some very talented people in the community who are truly committed to the theater."

"We also have people who may have considered auditioning but don't think they're good enough," she admits. "To those people, I say: 'You'll never know unless you try.' And if you make it, I'll guarantee you'll have a good time."

"People ask me if I ever plan to retire and I always say 'No way!'" Dull smiles. "I'm having too much fun. I love it too much. The theater keeps me young. The theater keeps me going."



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