2019 marks an important year for Blaine Community Theater: our twentieth anniversary!
We wanted to do something special to honor the occasion, so we looked back to our beginnings, and the first show ever produced under the Blaine Community Theater banner was Alan Ayckbourn’s “Round and Round the Garden”. The first impulse was, obviously, “Well, let’s do that again!” But “Round and Round the Garden” isn’t just a singular play, it’s part of a trilogy of Ayckbourn plays that, along with “Living Together” and “Table Manners”, make up “The Norman Conquests”.
The interesting thing about “The Norman Conquest” is that all three plays involve the same six characters and their exchanges in an English manor house over a weekend. Each play focuses on a room in the house, and they are written in such a manner that one does not have to experience the plays in any particular order, or, for that matter, all of the plays. Each story stands on its own as well as feeding into the others.
So, with theatrical eyes that are dangerously close to the size of our theatrical stomachs, we thought, “Sure, let’s do all three!”
So we’ll be announcing audition dates soon for The Norman Conquests. The cast is 3 men and 3 women, from ages 18-50. In particular, we’re looking for actors and actresses that are up for a challenge, as the cast will need to learn and perform three separate plays. Rehearsals are expected to begin in May, and will continue until the shows run in late-July/early-August. If you think you’re up to such a challenge, continue watching this space, our Facebook, and our Instagram for more information soon!