Menomonie Theater Guild announces auditions for its 2017-18 opening production, Larry Schue’s The Foreigner, directed by Bob Colson.

The story takes place in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him to go. As they arrive, Charlie realizes he will be left there alone to “talk to everyone” while Froggy is off doing his military work — and Charlie does not want to stay. Froggy convinces Charlie that he (Froggy) will fix it so that no one will talk to him and therefore, he (Charlie) will not have to talk to anyone.

Froggy explains to his dear friend and owner of the resort that Charlie is a foreigner, who does not speak or understand English, and everyone should simply ignore him. Everyone, includes Betty Meeks, owner of the lodge; Ellard Simms, the half-wit brother of Catherine Simms, who are both friends of Betty. Catherine is engaged to Reverend David Lee, who is tangled up with Owen Musser, the building inspector and head of the KKK. David and Owen are plotting to steal Betty’s resort. Since everyone believes Charlie cannot understand English, they have private and revealing conversations in front of him. Charlie befriends Ellard, who teaches Charlie english and Charlie teaches Ellard to speak his (made up) foreign language. Together they organize the good guys against the bad guys to save the resort.

Auditions are set for Tuesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Aug. 23 a.t 7 p.m. at Menomonie Theater Guild (502 Second St. West). Roles are for five males and two females. The ages of the male characters range from teenager to 50+. The ages of the female characters are late 20s and 60+.

Please come prepared for some light, energetic and humorous dialogue. Anyone wishing to audition should prepare a short southern accent dialogue. The dialogue can be memorized or ad-lib. Knowledge of The foreigner not required, but highly recommended. Passion is a must!

A copy of the script will be available at the Menomonie Public Library. Contact director Bob Colson at rcolson@co.dunn.wi.us with questions or dialogue ideas.

Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 and 20; Saturday, Oct. 14 and 21; 2 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 22.

All performances are held at the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts located in downtown Menomonie. Visit menomonietheaterguild.com for ticket information.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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