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The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts will hold an open casting call at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 in Studio Two at the Jones Theater, 119 Main Street in Westcliffe, for the first three productions of its 2020 theater season. The 2020 theatre season will start in May with The Vast Difference, followed by Antigone and Much Ado about Nothing. The Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts will be casting male and female roles of all ages for the three productions.

Jones Theater, Westcliffe, CO. (Photo Courtesy of Cinema Treasures)

In a press release provided by the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, the following descriptions were provided for the three shows:

The Vast Difference is a comedy written in 1993 by award-winning actor Jeff Daniels and presents the tale of George Noonan, a flight attendant with five daughters, and his quest for a vasectomy. Along the way he deals with his increasingly frantic wife, the ghost of his father, a “man’s man” who worships the Detroit Tigers and despises his son’s career as a “stewardess”, a wry female urologist with a twisted sense of humor, and a chorus of male figures who serve to amplify George’s anxieties and insecurities. It will be the opening production and will run from May 8 through May 17, with rehearsals set to begin in March.

Tragedy and comedy will both be represented later in the season with Jean Anouilh’s Antigone and William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.  Noted French playwright Anouilh adapted the Antigone of Sophocles to better to reflect the dilemmas of maintaining personal honor under an authoritarian regime, and its first performance was in 1944 in Nazi-occupied Paris. Much Ado about Nothing’s Benedick and Beatrice also spar with a society set up to reward corrupt men and crush innocent women. However, even more notably, they spar with each other, and have served as the theatrical and literary model of “witty lovers” for hundreds of years, inspiring other writers from William Congreve to Jane Austen. The two plays are scheduled to run in repertory for Shakespeare in the Sangres June 12 through July 5, in the amphitheater behind the Feed Store, at 116 North 2nd Street in Westcliffe.

No audition monologue or prior experience is necessary, and those looking for more information have been encouraged by the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts to contact Elliot at the Jones Theater by calling (719) 783-3004.