Auditions for the Huron Area Community Theater’s production of “Drinking Habits: A Farce” by Tom Smith will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Fine Arts Center, 939 Ohio Ave. S.W.
Under the direction of Mike Lyon, show dates will be Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23 at the Fine Arts Center. It will be the first production of the 2014 season.
They will be looking for a cast of three men and five women, all between the ages of 20 and 70. Parts include three nuns — one in her 20s and two who are older, mature ages for Mother Superior and Father Chenille, reporters Paul and Sally — both in their 20s, and a handyman.
“It’s a mix of slapstick — it has a little romance in it and two major twists at the end,” said Lyon. “It’s about religion, but it’s not anti-religion,” he added. “It’s extremely funny. It’s a play that you can bring the whole family to.”
The play centers on a convent, the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing, where the sisters sew the habits and robes to be sent to Rome. To help keep the doors of their small convent open, the nuns have been secretly making and selling wine for years, convincing Mother Superior that it is grape juice.
When their homemade wine wins an award, a local newspaper begins searching for the vintners — sending two reporters (who were once engaged to each other) to the convent to discover how it can afford to stay open.
As the reporters, Sally and Paul, spy on the convent, they are caught by Mother Superior. Quite by accident, Sally is mistaken for the new nun Mother Superior was expecting, and Paul completes the deception by claiming to be a visiting priest.
While Sally and Paul try to figure out what makes this convent thrive, Father Chenille becomes suspicious that Rome may have sent this new priest out to replace him.
The misconceptions become even more hilariously twisted when the actual new nun, Sister Mary Catherine, does arrive, and Mother Superior believes her to be a spy from Rome sent to investigate the convent and possibly try to shut it down.
“The Huron ACT Board is excited about the 2014 season,” Lyon said. “We’re going to be doing three comedies, and we’ll also team up in the spring with Center for Independence again.”
Next August, Sara Hines will be directing, “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant,” a sequel to a play she directed last year.
In November 2014, Trey Karlen will be directing the comedy, “Run For Your Wife.”
Right now rehearsals are on for “The Foreigner,” which will be presented Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 at the Fine Arts Center. Tickets for this show are on sale now at Coborn’s, Slumberland Furniture, Ward’s Market in De Smet, and online at HuronACT.com.For the complete article see the 10-20-2013 issue.
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