Audition time is here as two Valley directors look at theatre autumn productions

Erin Butler, who will be directing the Kaatza Lakeside Players production of The Regifters, is calling for auditions.

Erin Butler, who will be directing the Kaatza Lakeside Players production of The Regifters by Robert Lynn this fall, is calling for auditions.

“Come, all ye bitter, jaded, and sarcastic! Three couples (and one mother-in-law) look for the value of friendship, family, and “Something German” in this fast-moving and pointed play, and if they can do it on the cheap, so much the better,” he said, in a tempting casting call last week.

The play will hit the boards in Lake Cowichan in the last week of November and first week of December.

Butler last directed Jack and Jill for The Shawnigan Players in 2015.

“There are parts for four men and five women, ages 20(ish) and higher. Two are smaller roles and the rest about equal,” Butler said.

Auditions will be held in the upper level of Lake Cowichan’s Centennial Hall (beside the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept.15.

Meanwhile, Marinus H.B. Vesseur’s next project is directing the comedy Mending Fences by Norm Foster for the Mercury Players.

He’s aiming for presentation in the last two weeks in November and is holding auditions Aug. 28 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again Monday, Aug. 29 starting at 7 p.m.

Needed for the show are are three actors — one to play a 60-ish farmer, gruff Harry from rural Saskatchewan, another to play a 50-something farm woman, feisty Gin, the love interest, and one to play the farmer’s estranged 28-year-old son, Drew. His motives are far from clear, adding to the tension of the tale.

There are also openings for a  producer, stage manager, crew and someone with some fresh ideas about lighting, according to Vesseur.

Message him on his Facebook page if you are interested in any of these aspects of the show.

So, if you are keen on acting or helping, there’s plenty of opportunity to get into the swing of the thing, even before Christmas.