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By Tim Leeds 

Acting troupe going gangbusters

MAT holds two auditions in two weeks, rehearses January production, looks to next season


January 7, 2014

Lindsay Brown

Haley Lippy, from left as Gretta Good, Garrett Lowlam as Mozart, Rory Everingham as Iris and Martin Holt as Grotto Good pose together as a family during a December rehearsal of 'Still Life with Iris.'

The local acting troupe is going nonstop from the end of last year through the first part of 2014, holding auditions for future productions next to rehearsals for a show about to start and asking for ideas for next year.

Montana Actors Theatre just wrapped up its production of "Still Life with Iris," a family-oriented fantasy adventure story of a girl's search for her memories, home and father, Dec. 28.

Tonight, auditions for a story revolving around war in the African Republic of Congo, "Ruined," will take place in the Little Theatre in Cowan Hall at Montana State University-Northern, with auditions for the musical "Chicago" set in the Little Theatre next week.

That while the troupe also is rehearsing its production of "Barefoot in the Park," set to open Jan. 31.

And, at the same time, MAT has put out a call for ideas on what to produce for 2014-15.

Artistic Director Jay Pyette said Monday that the troupe would prefer people submit suggested plays that they would like to direct or co-direct, but that if people just want to see a particular production, they also are welcome to send in the idea.

The deadline to submit suggestions is Feb. 1. People can email the troupe at montanaactors@yahoo.com, and the form to submit suggestions is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B93BGQF.

Today's auditions for "Ruined" start at 7 p.m. with the group to meet in the backstage lounge behind the theater. MAT also is looking for some people to help with the production of the play, and people can contact Dana Pyette for more information at 945-1359 or via email at danapyette@gmail.com

The auditions for "Chicago" will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 13 and 14.


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