Gotta act, gotta dance? Here's your chance in the spotlight

The Richland Dance Department is holding auditions from noon to 2 p.m. Friday in Guadalupe Hall, Studio G027, for their upcoming fall dance concert, “Thriller.” Two free performances, directed by Dance Chair Gina Sawyer, will be performed at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Fannin Performance Hall, Room F102.

Sawyer said those auditioning should come prepared to move. Short dance combinations will be taught by dance faculty. Student performances will include original choreography created by Richland dance faculty, as well as guest artists who excel in a variety of dance styles.

Students can also look forward to the Ninth Annual Richland Dance Jam Festival, also directed by Sawyer, at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the breezeway between Lavaca and Fannin Halls. This outdoor event brings together performers and educators from local independent school districts, studios, colleges and universities to celebrate and appreciate dance. Contact Sawyer to confirm attendance at 972-238-3775.

Theater auditions will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the Fannin Performance Hall for Samuel Becket’s Nobel prize-winning play, “Waiting for Godot,” a tragi-comedy.  Drama Chair Andy Long said there are five male and three female characters.  The roles are open to Richland students, faculty and staff.  He encourages everyone to try out.

Long said “Waiting for Godot” revolutionized theater as an art form and is considered one of the most important plays ever written.

“Essentially, it tells the story of two tramps waiting on the side of a road to meet a man named Godot,” Long said. “They pass the time by playing games. Some of the games are silly and fun, some are cruel.  A messenger arrives to ask the two men to keep waiting.”

Auditions for another play, “Ride”, a comedy by Eric Lane, ” will be held at the same time on the same night, but in the Arena Theater in Fannin Hall. The roles are open to three young women, Carrie, Molly and 11-year-old Sam, Carrie’s sister. They take an unexpected road trip, but all three are keeping secrets.

Sign-up sheets for auditions to both plays are available at the callboard in Fannin Hall, Room 116, outside the Green Room. Auditioners should plan on being present for the entire evening.

The performances of “Waiting for Godot” will run Oct. 11-14 at Richland. The cast of “Godot” will then travel to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – Texas, which will be held at Angelo State University Oct. 25-29.

Performances of “Ride” will be held at Richland Nov. 15-18. For more information contact Long at