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Sep 03
Auditions Sept. 9-10 for MCC Christmas production

Auditions Sept. 9-10 for Dylan Thomas inspired production

The McCook Community College Theater Department, under new director Mark Hardiman, has announced that auditions for a Dylan Thomas-inspired performance piece based on "A Welsh Christmas" will be Sept. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. at the Weeth Theatre in Tipton Hall. The production will run Dec. 6 and 7.

The cast will be comprised of high school-aged students, college students and adults.

College students and community members are encouraged to audition.

The production may employ cross-gender casting for many roles. All roles are open in this production. Auditions will include improvisation based upon themes and ideas and movement exercises. Those interested in backstage duties, stage management, or assistant to the director should drop by auditions for a brief conference with the director.

Teaching theatre for nearly two decades and with 15 years running a professional theatre in Chicagoland, Mark Hardiman, brings years of experience authoring, adapting and devising theatre for performance.

"Devising theatre brings extraordinary tools to theatre artists that help them create their own work," Hardiman said.

He explained that a "devised production" is one created by the actors, director and others in rehearsal. The text can reflect on the historical facts or even present day experiences of the people in the show.

"This unique opportunity helps actors learn to develop their own content," Hardiman said. This production will feature movement, voice, sound, as the company of actors reflect on this wonderful text that captures reminiscences of a child's perspective on Christmas.

If you have questions or need to schedule an alternate time to audition, please contact Mark Hardiman at hardimanm@mpcc.edu or call 308-345-8173.

ABOUT MARK HARDIMAN: He holds both a master of fine arts degree in directing from Ohio University and a masters in communication from Northern Illinois University. Prior to working at MPCC, he served as a professor of theatre at Lincoln Land Community College for a decade. Mark has worked professionally as an actor, director and fight choreographer for over two decades, including work at San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Bowery Theatre in California. In Chicago he has worked at City Lit Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. He was a founder and producing artistic director for Talisman Theater which performed in Chicagoland for fifteen years. Talisman specialized in classic plays and developing new plays with classic qualities.

Beginning in a storefront in Chicago's Bucktown Neighborhood, Talisman eventually became the professional theatre company in Elgin, Ill. There a successful run of Shakespeare in the Park, an outdoor Shakespeare festival began. It expanded to two shows in rotating repertory over its six successful years. Favorite Shakespearean productions for Talisman include "Macbeth," which garnered multiple prestigious Joseph Jefferson citations, "Twelfth Night," "Merry Wives of Windsor," "As You Like It," and "Romeo and Juliet" to mention a few.

Among the numerous world premier productions Talisman produced, favorites include, "Thinking of Her Made Him Think of Her" by Jack Helbig, "Random Theft and Other Acts" by John David Westby, "Tell Me About Ireland" by Tim Joyce, "Jugger's Rain" by Ron Mark and "The All American Diner" by Joe Urbanik.

At Lincoln Land Community College, he staged and directed fights for several productions including "No Exit," "Waiting for Godot," "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," "The Importance of Being Earnest," two versions of the swashbuckler, "Your Swash is Unbuckled" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

He has adapted, directed and produced and Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," "The Shadows of Edgar Allan Poe," "Alice's Wonderland" and "Treasure Island." He authored its sequel entitled "Revenge Treasure Island."

He directed and authored a devised piece based upon the life of the notorious female pirate, Jeanne de Clisson entitled "I am Jeanne."

He is currently finalizing his acting text "Dynamic Acting Theory."

He teaches acting, directing, movement and voice for the theatre, theatre appreciation, history of theatre, improvisation and stage combat.

Hardiman is an active member of the Society of American Fight Directors and regularly participates in Dueling Arts International stage combat events.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​