Dancing at Lughnasa auditions



Arms Library (60 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, Shelburne Falls MA)

Footlights at the Falls Community Theater is happy to announce auditions for *Dancing at Lughnasa,* by dramatist Brian Friel, for an April 2023 production.

*Dancing at Lughnasa*, set in the north of Ireland in August 1936 in the fictional town of Ballybeg, is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator.  Michael recounts the late summer days in his aunts' cottage, when he was seven years old, and when love and happiness briefly seems possible for the five Mundy sisters (Maggie, Chris, Agnes, Rose, and Kate) and their frail elder brother, Jack, who has returned from a life as a missionary in Africa. However, as the summer ends, and Lughnasa arrives, the sadness and economic privations under which the family will suffer are made known.  

Auditions will be at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on both Saturday, Feb. 4,  and Sunday, Feb. 5.  (Alternate date in case of bad weather will be  6 to 8 pm on Monday, Feb. 6).  Callbacks, if necessary, will happen on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 pm.

For auditions, actors will be asked to read several roles/scenes with other actors.  Audition monologues of 3 minutes or less are also welcome but not required.  Experienced and new actors are welcome.  We aim to have fun at our auditions, so come give it a try.   

Performances will be April 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29 at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls.  Rehearsals begin in early February. Please bring a list of all time conflicts you may have during the rehearsal period.  All auditioners must be 17 or older.  

There will be a few dance steps taught at auditions as the play has dancing.  Please don’t let that scare you away!  These are very basic steps and are easy to learn.

If you can’t make these dates and want to audition separately, please contact director Jean K. at jeanjkemail@gmail.com  or producer Jackie W. at shelburnejackieb@gmail.com.