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Theatre to hold 'Proof' auditions

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Le Mars Community Theatre is getting ready for its next production "Proof" by holding auditions next week.

Auditions will be 7 p.m. next Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Postal Playhouse, 105 First St. N.E., Le Mars.

Two men and two women are needed to play characters in "Proof," written by David Auburn, which has production dates of Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 18-21.

The play is set in Chicago where a former mathematician genius, who suffered from mental illness, has died.

His daughter, Catherine, who dropped out of college to take care of him while he was sick is preparing for the funeral when one of her father's students, Hal, shows up to look through her dad's old notebooks.

Meanwhile, Catherine's older sister, Claire, worried about Catherine's mental state arrives wanting to bring Catherine back to New York with her, according to a theater press release.

When Hal discovers a theorem in one of the notebooks that mathematicians had thought impossible, Catherine claims it was she who wrote the proof, not her father.

As the mystery develops and resolves, issues such as what the link may be between genius and madness and whether either or both can be inherited are explored.

The play tells a story about human relationships, suggesting that developing trust and love can be as difficult, and just as uncertain, as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof, the press release stated.

No preparation or experience is necessary to audition.

However, scripts are available for check out free of charge by calling director Lisa Opheim at 712-330-0172 or emailing her at lisaopheim@gmail.com.

Scripts must be returned to the director.

Those auditioning next week will sign in and fill out a form about themselves. Any necessary materials will be provided.

Opheim will conduct the auditions which may include asking people to read a couple of times, the press release stated.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering behind the scenes for the production can also attend one of the audition nights or contact the director.

People chosen for the play will be notified by telephone.

Those who audition but aren't selected are encouraged to audition for another production.

"If we couldn't use you this time, that doesn't mean you did a poor job," the press release stated.

Anyone with questions can call Opheim or email lctplayhouse@frontier.com.

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