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Audition for 'The O'Connor Girls'

Auditions for "The O'Conner Girls," by Katie Forgette, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

The O'Conner girls, Liz and Martha, help their mother, Sarah, excavate their recently deceased father's mountain of personal effects over the Christmas holiday in a small town in northern Minnesota, 1997.

Clues to the quiet patriarch's life are discovered, prompting the usual heated arguments and some unusual revelations. As the story of their parents' marriage unfolds, the girls are forced to reconsider their long-held opinions of their parents, with humorous interventions from Aunt Margie.

In the midst of this emotional afternoon, a long-lost neighbor, Dr. David Stevens, pays an unexpected visit. Also on the agenda for this day of upheaval is Catholicism, World War II, old movies, old love, new love, oversleeping, overdrinking, large purple hats, and weenie hot dishes.

Director Sally Childs is looking for actors to fill the five roles -- Liz and Martha (mid to late 40s) are fraternal twins, but whereas Liz is outgoing, opportunistic, and sexy (married three times), Martha (never married) is introverted, loyal, and co-dependent. Sarah (lovely at 60-plus) appears frail and in need of protection to her daughters, but has a backbone of steel. Aunt Margie is ageless (older), manipulative, droll, nosey, and loves these people wholeheartedly. Dr. Stevens is a little younger than the twins, boyishly good looking, with personal magnetism, and a competent demeanor.

Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings and occasionally on Saturday mornings, beginning Feb. 25. Nine performances will be given April 5-21 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Actors should come prepared to read from the script, which will be available at 5 p.m. each evening. Those auditioning should also bring a headshot, if available, and a list of their conflicts during the rehearsal period. Callbacks, if needed, will be held Thursday, Feb. 7.

Childs staged "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Enchanted April" for The Phipps during 2006-2007. She has directed seven shows over the last eight years for the Northern Lakes Arts Association in Ely, Minn., including "Simon's Night" by Jon Hassler, "Church Basement Ladies" by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuelke, and "Almost, Maine" by John Carianni. From 1985 - 2004, Childs served as the artistic director for the Lyric Theater in Minneapolis and the Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview, Minn.

For further information, contact the center at (715) 386-2305.