Open auditions for 'Frankenstein' at New Kensington campus

Penn State New Kensington and the New Kensington Civic Theatre are pooling their resources for a community stage production during the Halloween weekend.

"Frankenstein, the Musical" will have a four-day run, from Oct. 28-31, in the campus' Forum Theatre. The joint production will utilize the onstage and backstage talents of campus students and Civic Theatre members. The lynchpin of the collaboration is director Bill Mitas, instructor in theatre arts at the campus for three years, and a member of the Civic Theatre for 25 years. He directs two student productions each year at the campus. "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is slated to open in December.

Mitas is putting out a call to the campus and community to attend open auditions at 7 p.m., Sunday to Monday, Aug. 29-30, in the Forum Theatre. The roles for eleven characters need to be filled, as well as an ensemble to serve as local townsmen. The play is set in Geneva, Switzerland, and Ingolstadt, Germany, in the late 18th century.

The director cautions prospective thespians that the production is based on the Mary Shelly's classic novel, "Frankenstein," and not Mel Brooks' comedy movie, "Young Frankenstein."

The campus-community partnership complements Chancellor Kevin Snider's vision of Penn State New Kensington developing a larger presence in the community. Current collaborative efforts with the Westmoreland Economic Development Initiative for Growth (Wedig), Pennsylvania STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiatives, and Alcoa have garnered support from local business leaders and government officials. The campus sponsors its inaugural Fall Festival Sept. 25 that is geared to local residents and as well as campus students and alumni.

For more about the auditions, call 724-448-8942 or visit online.

For more about the fall festival and a detailed schedule of events, visit online.


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Last Updated August 26, 2010