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First Stage Theater Company to audition student actors for upcoming fall production “Poe’s Midnight Dreary”

First Stage Theater Company will be auditioning young actors for the play “Poe’s Midnight Dreary” on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church at 5747 East Pea Ridge Road in Huntington, W. Va.

Auditions are open to students ages 10 through high school seniors. The show provides an array of roles for all actors in that age range and with a variety of acting experience levels.

Students who wish to audition may arrive and sign up at any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. There is no charge to audition or participate in a First Stage Production. Previous theater experience is not required.

"Poe’s Midnight Dreary," by Richard McElvain, is a spooky collection of some of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous works, told through the characters as they visit Poe on his deathbed. There are a variety of characters, from Edgar himself to Virginia (Poe’s love interest), Bertram (the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart”), Zachary (the narrator of “The Black Cat”), as well as a chorus of townspeople, nurses, doctors, sailors and more.

Auditioners do not need to prepare prior material, but will be asked to read a few lines from the script. Students will be allowed to read directly from the script while auditioning, as memorization is not required.

The play is being directed by Brynne Kyle and produced by Chuck Minsker.

The production of “Poe’s Midnight Dreary” will be presented October 20, 21 and 22 in the Huntington Middle School auditorium in Huntington. A special school performance will take place on October 19.

First Stage Theater Company is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing an educational, developmental experience for young people through the performing arts.

For more information, write Firststagewv@gmail.com.
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