W.H.A.T. hosting auditions Sept. 16 & 17 for ‘radio play’

The West Hudson Arts & Theater Co., announces the return of live theater to West Hudson with auditions for “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play,” Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 314 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.

Brandi-Leigh Miller and Michael Haefner will direct the play by Joe Landry.

No experience, membership or fee is required to audition/perform. Visit www.whatco.org for more details or to download audition forms. Complete it and bring it to the audition.

Copies of the form will be available at the audition. All auditioners must be 18 or older.

Actors will read from sides provided and take part in some simple improv exercises. If an actor would like to read for a specific role, please mark it on your audition sheet and you will read for that role as well as others.

Haefner and Miller are looking for good speaking voices for many characters in the three stories. Some characters have one or two lines each, while others are main characters. Actors will play more than one role, so the ability to do multiple voices or dialects is a plus, but not a must.

Sides will be available on the night of the auditions and will also be available at www.whatco.org.

Virtual and socially distanced evening rehearsals are planned.

About the show

It’s spooky, exciting, involves spies, murder, love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock. And it’s all in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films.

With “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “The 39 Steps,” “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play,” is a triple feature — complete with vintage commercials — that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. This show is set in a 1940s-style radio station.

The show date is Oct. 24,  at Arlington Depot Park at dusk. Social distancing rules will apply. Bring your own chairs (spaces will be provided.) A short children’s Halloween performance will be presented in the afternoon.

In addition to on-stage talent, WHAT also seeks volunteers for this and all future productions to build sets, make costumes, sell tickets, etc. Sign up to volunteer at www.whatco.org or send an email inquiry to info@whatco.org.

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