Lights. Hold the camera. Action. And auditions.
In other words, space, puppets and Shakespeare's women pretty much sums up what's going on at Theatre 810 today through Monday.
If you were unable to get down to Theatre 810 during Festival International de Louisiane to see Kaleidoscope, a radio-theater hybrid, don't miss its final run today through Sunday, 7 p.m., at 810 Jefferson St. (hence the theater's name).
Written by Ray Bradbury, one of America's top sci-fi writers, Kaleidoscope, is the story of astronauts who hurtle through space after their ship explodes. As they talk to one another over their radios, dealing with the certainty of death in their own unique way, they also learn the secrets of those they thought they knew best. It is directed by Nathan Gabriel.
Gotta love Bradbury who gave us Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, lots more and even more to think about. Kaleidoscope is a co-production of Acting Unlimited, which has been around since 1991, UL Lafayette's Department of Performing Arts and Festival International de Louisiane.
In the meantime, if you've got the acting bug or you want to be a puppeteer, then you'll want to get to the theater a little earlier Saturday, say 1-4 p.m. to audition for Cody Daigle's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award winning children's book Wolves in the Walls, to be produced this summer. Open auditions are also set for Monday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Acting Unlimited is looking for five humans and up to 28 puppeteers for the play. Yes, puppeteers of all ages can audition.
"We aren't looking for people who are experienced," says Marie delaHoussaye-Diaz, venue manager at 810 and president of Acting Unlimited. "We have Elsa Dimitriadis and M. Brady McKellar (both of Wanderlust Theatre) who are building the puppets and they're going to train all of the puppeteers.
"The puppets we're talking about are not hand puppets," says delaHoussaye-Diaz, adding that means two marionettes more than three feet tall, a Chinese kite puppet, Japanese bunraku puppetry, and other types. "All puppets will have lines."
On the human-side, three women and two men are needed. The show will run July 26-29 and August 2-5 at UL's Burke Hall. For more information, go here.
Auditions are also in the works for The Complete Women of Shakespeare set for Sunday, 1-4 p.m. and Monday, 6-7:15 p.m. The show will run June 8-10 and 15-17 at Theatre 810.
'Women' is two short plays in one, Second Best Bed and When Shakespeare's' Ladies Meet.
In all, there are 14 separate parts in both, says delaHoussaye-Diaz.
"If we get enough interest then we'll certainly cast them as two completely separate casts," she says. "If not, then we'll have to double cast. There are a lot of parts in those two."