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Open auditions for our next production, a hilarious comedy by Mark Twain, begin today at 1:00 PM. As always, auditions are open to everyone and no experience or advance preparation is necessary.Auditions will happen at our theater in the Elk’s Lodge, 307 C Street in Rock Springs. Auditions continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM.
Bob Mizel will be directing this play. 7 male and 4 female parts are available.
Remember, even if you just want to help behind the scenes its a good idea to go to auditions to introduce yourself to the director, give them your contact information and let them know what you’re interested in helping with!
The last performance of “4000 Miles” happens tonight!
“But wait,” you say, “That’s numerous hours from now! I can’t wait that long for my Actors’ Mission and ’4000 Miles’ fix!”
Well, you’re in luck then because we have another cast interview with Morgan Sagdahl to share with you.
Aaron: What is your character like compared to you? Are you very similar or different?
Morgan: I feel like I have nothing in common with Amanda or Lily other than gender expression. Amanda seems very high maintenance, ditzy, feminine, and spoiled. Her parents are rich and it is assumed that they’re paying for her education in NYC. I guess, in that respect, we do have one thing in common: we booked it out of our parents’ homes as soon as we could and ran off to a city. Her, New York. Me, Orlando. Lily, on the other day. Well, we just don’t know much about her. I’m not adopted nor am I insecure with my identity in the same ways she is.
Aaron: How is the relationship developing between your character and the other characters?Photography by Kyle Rushing
Morgan: The relationship between Amanda and Leo is a one-night-stand kind of deal. He is desperate to get laid and she was an easy catch. Plus, she reminds him of his sister, so the fact that he tries so hard to be physically intimate with Amanda is a little taboo. As far as the relationship with Leo and Lily- they are brother and sister, but Lily was adopted from China. Their relationship feels messy and complicated because of Leo’s attraction to her.
Aaron: Are you drawing from any real life experience to inform your relationship with the other characters?
Morgan: Funny enough, yes to both. This may be too much information (sorry mom), but I hooked up with my long-term boyfriend the first day we’d met and I kept shying away from him exactly the way Amanda does to Leo. Because of societal pressures and rape culture, there is a ton of anxiety for a girl when deciding to get intimate. I can relate to her that way, definitely. As for Lily, I can relate to her in a weird way as well. I have an older brother who was adopted into my family before I was born. And when he was in middle school, I can clearly remember him asking if he could “practice kissing girls” on me. I said yes, of course, because I didn’t want him to make an idiot of himself! So yeah. I’ve kissed my brother. And it wasn’t weird for either of us. I realize that kissing as a kid and kissing as a teenager after drinking peyote is different, but personally, I think Lily’s identity crisis doesn’t have much to do with the kiss.
Aaron: Has there been anything surprising to you about the way your character is developing or the relationships between characters?
Morgan: I was surprised with myself when we were asked to come up with a background for our character. The amount of detail I had for Amanda was odd, considering she only makes one appearance. She doesn’t really develop though. She’s pretty constant. Same goes for Lily.
Aaron: Do you have anything funny you’d like to share from rehearsal?
Morgan: Nina’s mannerisms are hysterical every rehearsal. Just the other night, a lady who will remain unnamed came up and told me the reason the scene between Amanda and Leo was so rough was because Lance was distracted by my, uh, assets. I thought that was pretty funny, considering Lance is married to a man.
Aaron: How are Dave and Bishop to work with as a directors?
Morgan: Dave is one of those directors that has a set image in his head for how everything should look and it is your job to make sure his vision comes to life. He’s super mellow and easy to get along with. I just love him. Bishop is incredibly analytical and silly. Some of the stuff that comes out of that guy’s mouth is just like… “what?” They’ve both allowed a lot of leeway with us as actors and are generally just great company.
Aaron: What has it been like jumping from one role to another with AM? Is there a common thread between the characters you’ve played on our stage?
Morgan: Nina told me that before I showed up, there were barely any kissing scenes. But since I’ve been here every show has had one or more kissing scenes. We joke around that I’ve been typecast as “the slut.” My first show, I was a very respectable Jewish woman. The second show was the musical in December, where I was Pippi, who was incidentally a stripper. And this time I am a young, naive Chinese girl that possibly parties too much. It’s a good variety, I think.
Aaron: You went through some rather involved prep during Masks to prepare for kissing Bishop. Have you done the same thing with Lance or is stage kissing an old hat now that you’ve done it once?
Morgan: It’s always nerve-racking. Lance joked that the only woman he’s ever kissed is his mom, so I think he had to do more mental prep than I did. I’m pretty laid back, but kissing people that aren’t Adam (my boyfriend) is just weird. I’m not a huge fan of it. But I’m really awkward in real life, so it’s nice to put someone else out of their comfort zone. Sorry Lance.