WEST BARNSTABLE – Cape Cod Community College will run a production of George Orwell’s “1984” through the month of April and auditions will be held early next month.
The Auditions will be in the Studio Theatre at the Tilden Arts Center at the college on January 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. and January 8 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Originally published in 1949, the novel and following stage productions are set in a world of constant war, government surveillance and a political system dominated by a cult of personality and the control of independent thinking.
Tilden Arts Center Coordinator Vana Trudeau says the story “drives a sharp spike into our consciousness by revealing a world where free expression isn’t simply restricted, but systematically erased.”
Roles available are:
- Parsons – jovial, stupid woman approaching middle age. Parent of two horrific children belonging to the Spies and Youth League; colleague and neighbor to Winston
- Syme – “friend” of Winston’s who is too smart for his own good
- Winston Smith – amateur intellectual who nurses a secret hatred of the Party
- Messenger & Coffee Vendor – teenaged girls who work for The Party
- First Guard / Martin – Martin is O’Brien’s servant
- Second Guard / Waiter or waitress
- O’Brien – prominent Inner Party member, fatherly, deceptively tender Julia – Party member who works in the Fiction Department of the Ministry of Truth
- Gladys – member of the Children’s Spies organization
- Landlady – unkempt old woman, one of the “proles”
- Voice of: Big Brother
- Voice of: Loud Speaker
- Voice of: Goldstein
“Voice” actors may be needed for filming of short video montages, but will probably not be needed for live performances.
The show is part of ArtSpring Cape Cod, which is a grassroots collaboration between multiple arts and culture organizations across the region during the spring.
“1984” will run at the Tilden Arts Center from April 13 through April 30.