MUSKEGON — Auditions for Muskegon Civic Theatre’s 2019 production of playwright Deborah Brevoort’s drama “The Women of Lockerbie” will be 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11.
Tryouts will be held in the Beardsley Theater inside the downtown Frauenthal Center, 427 W. Western. If needed, callbacks will be 7 p.m. Dec. 12.
“The Women of Lockerbie” has parts for seven women and two men.
The play is set in Scotland, and six of the female actors must be able to do convincing Scottish accents. However, director Penny Notter has said accents will not be required at auditions; A dialect coach will work with the actors during rehearsals.
Persons auditioning will read from the script. Perusal scripts are available in the MCT office and may be checked out for 24 hours. A $10, refundable deposit is required.
Rehearsals will begin Jan. 7 and run from 7-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The play will be performed Feb. 15 through March 2.
“The Women of Lockerbie” was inspired by the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The explosion killed 243 passengers, 16 crew members and and 11 people on the ground.
In the play, a mother from New Jersey looks for her deceased son’s remains in the hills of Lockerbie. She meets local women who have embarked on what the “Laundry Project”: They are fighting the U.S. government to obtain clothing found in the scattered wreckage, so they can wash the clothes and return them to the victims’ families.
Having premiered in 2003, “The Women of Lockerbie” is a poetic drama written in the form of a Greek tragedy. MCT’s director, Penny Notter, in her vision statement said, “This play has the power to move an audience to new hope in a world witnessing continual acts of revenge and hatred.”
Characters include Madeline Livingston, the New Jersey housewife; her husband, Bill; Olive Allison, the leader of the “Laundry Project”; four unnamed, Scottish women; George Jones, a U.S. government official; and Hattie, a Scottish cleaning woman who works for Jones.
For further information, call the MCT office, (231) 722-3852. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.