Guild gears up for play

The Wapakoneta Theatre Guild is getting ready for their annual spring performance by scheduling a casting call.

Audition dates for the spring production of “A Night in the Theatre” are scheduled to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on the second floor of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce building, 30 E. Auglaize St.

The play calls for two couples of indeterminate age, with the possibility of extras with non-speaking roles.

Wapakoneta Theatre Guild Treasurer Joe Schlater invites all who are interested in becoming involved with the Wapakoneta Theatre Guild to come out and attend the audition dates. He invites both those who want to act on stage and those who want to do backstage work, such as handling props and helping with costume change.

“Anyone who has done theatre in the past, even if it was in high school, surely remembers the biggest reward is applause and appreciation from the audience,” Schlater said. “It’s very rewarding.”

The synopsis of “A Night in the Theatre” is about two couples who are at the theatre for their weekly dose of culture, and this week’s ordeal is “Hamlet.” After the couple seats themselves with some confusion, the play consists of their incessant and hilarious chatter about themselves, their children, grandchildren, a dear friend and even occasionally Shakespeare’s play.

Secrets emerge and friendships unravel amid the audience’s laughter.

These couples may be recognized as the obnoxious people who sometimes sit behind one’s seat in a theatre.

Schlater said they chose this play because it is a one unit set, as the theatre guild has a limited amount of space to change sets.

A new director will direct the show, which is scheduled for April 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, and 21 at The Eagles, in Wapakoneta, second floor conference room.

Scott Bowman, who is the former Wapakoneta Theatre Guild director, has recently resigned his position, due to a move.

Schlater notes there is a possibility of two people co-directing the spring production, and their names will be announced at a later date.