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Auditions set for Sept. 18: 'Mr. Burns - a Post-Electric Play' in Brainerd

Brained Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Mr. Burns - a Post-Electric Play," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Brained Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Mr. Burns - a Post-Electric Play," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The play has roles for five women and three men. Director Patrick Spradlin also seeks performers who play musical instruments, including but not limited to: guitar, keyboards, percussion, flute, violin and accordion.

"Mr. Burns" is set in a post-cataclysmic time when something has happened resulting in the loss of all electricity. Act I encounters a group of survivors in the woods, sitting around a campfire and trying to remember the plot and dialogue of "The Simpson's" episode "Cape Feare."

Act II takes place seven years later, when this same group is rehearsing a performance of the episode, along with commercials. Society has evolved to the point where performance is the currency, and the better the performance the more goods and items can be acquired.

Act III takes place 70 years later than the second act. Society's rituals and perhaps religion have evolved, encompassing life lessons taught in the cartoon. The act is a mini-opera, requiring actors to sing and dance.

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Auditions will consist of readings from the script, along with improvisational games. Actors may be asked to sing a cappella to demonstrate vocal range. Those who audition are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow for movement.

The production will open Nov. 30 and play through Dec. 9. Rehearsals are typically on weekday evenings, four to five days a week.

Those interested in auditioning who may have questions can contact the director at pspradlin@clcmn.edu or 218-855-8255.

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