Syracuse Stage to Host Local Auditions for Raynell in Fences

staff reports 10/21/09
Syracuse Stage is hosting local non-equity auditions for the role of Raynell in August Wilson’s Fences, running May 7-30 at Syracuse Stage. Auditions will be held 4-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. Call Chris Botek at 443-4008 to schedule an appointment.

The role of Raynell requires a 9-11 year old African American girl who can play 7 years old. Stage will provide audition scenes (by email, snail mail or fax) when audition is scheduled. During the audition, a short piece of music will be taught and each person audition will be asked to sing it a capella. No additional speeches or prepared monologues will be heard.

The actor chosen must be present for all rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals will begin on or around April 12. Performances are as follows:

May 5 – 7:30 pm

May 6 -7:30 pm

May 7 – 8 pm

May 8 – 3 pm, 8 pm

May 9 – 2 pm

May 11 – 10:30 am

May 12 – 10:30 am

May 13 – 10:30 am, 7:30 am

May 14 – 8 pm

May 15 – 8 pm

May 16 – 2 pm, 7 pm

May 18 – 10:30 am

May 19 – 10:30 am, 7:30 am

May 20 – 7:30 am

May 21 – 8 pm

May 22 – 3 pm, 8 pm

May 23 – 2 pm

May 25 – 7:30 pm

May 26 – 2 pm, 7:30 pm

May 27 – 10:30 am, 7:30 pm

May 28 – 8 pm

May 29 – 3 pm, 8 pm

May 30 – 2 pm

About August Wilson’s Fences:

A true classic always speak to us anew. Pittsburgh, 1957. Troy Maxon, ex-ballplayer, complicated African American family-man and garbage collector has lived a life of diminished hopes and abandoned dreams. Now Troy’s talented son, Cory, has hopes and dreams of his own. Will Troy allow his bitterness about the past to poison his son’s promising future? With a view toward a better future, August Wilson’s Fences first posed this dramatic and necessary question 25 years ago…and it hits us as hard today.

The first staged reading of Fences occurred in 1983 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwright’s Conference. In 1985 the play opened at the Yale Repertory Theatre, and in 1987 it opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre. Fences was well-received, winning four Tony Awards including best play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the John Gassner Outer Critics’ Circle Award.


Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 220 plays in 36 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 90,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays and bold interpretations of classics and musicals featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves over 30,000 students from 24 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.

CATEGORY: Performing Arts
TAGS: Syracuse Stage,Auditions for Raynell in Fences,syracuse theatre,Fences the play,August Wilson
EDITION: The Eagle

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