Pachuca Productions wants you to audition

Now in its third official year, Pachuca Productions theatre troupe is hosting auditions for its upcoming fall season Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 13 through 15, in Quincy.

There are two events this fall: Spooky Vaudeville 3 in Quincy and Greenville on Oct. 3 through 5, and “The Laramie Project” on Nov. 15 through 18, at the West End Theatre and Greenville Town Hall.

Spooky Vaudeville is a variety show featuring musicians, dancers, acting, comics, magic and other early 20th century entertainment that takes place each fall with an appropriately macabre pre-Halloween dark theme. Past shows have featured political parody skits and old timey songs with “creepy” or “spooky” themes.

This year two nights of the show will be “Bawdy Spooky Vaudeville” at the Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge (21 and over). Pachuca is looking for burlesque performers to join the ranks for those shows.

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There will be one all-ages show at the Greenville Town Hall featuring K-12 student performances as well.

Auditions for Spooky Vaudeville will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the West End Theatre Rehearsal Hall (behind the West End Theatre) and Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Main Street Lounge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those wanting to audition who do not have their own act worked up should still come to audition. Pachuca Production will provide those without material with songs, dances and skits to perform.

Spooky Vaudeville participants typically rehearse on their own, (once approved by producers), and come together two weeks before the show for a full run through.

Proceeds from the show go to offset the costs of more formal productions as well as paying transportation and rehearsal space costs and costumes.

The formal production for Pachuca Productions this fall is the 2000 award-winning play by Moises Kaufman, “The Laramie Project.”

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The New York-based Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard and interviewed people in the town who lived through the media aftermath and who knew both the murderers and the victim. The play is comprised of real life actual quotes from those interviews. The documentary-styled play attempts to come to grips with Shepard’s murder in a small town in rural America that saw itself as a safe place to live.

Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project have reached out to Pachuca Productions to be in audience during the Nov. 15 through 18 productions in Greenville and Quincy and have committed to doing Q & A sessions.

“The Laramie Project” is frequently performed in high schools and colleges around the country and is often curriculum in teaching about sexual identity and hate crimes.

There are eight to 23 short roles available in the play (most productions use less than 23 people and have actors double up on roles).

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Pachuca Productions is auditioning for “The Laramie Project” on Aug. 13 at the Main Street Lounge in Quincy (same time as Spooky Vaudeville) and also on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the West End Theatre Rehearsal Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rehearsals for “The Laramie Project” take place Wednesdays and Sundays from August through mid-October, and get more frequent as the time gets closer.

Feather River College students, Plumas Unified School District students and Plumas Charter School students in seventh- through 12th-grade are encouraged to audition. FRC and PCS students may receive credit for the production and should inquire to both Pachuca Productions and their schools. Community members of all ages are encouraged to audition. Pachuca Productions is an inclusive theatrical endeavor and actively recruits diversity in ages, ethnicities and identities in casting.

In spring 2020, Pachuca Productions will be producing a one act play festival comprised of original one act plays by local community members and students of all ages along with one hand picked play from a Californian playwright. Deadline to submit a five to 30-minute play is Oct. 31.

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For more information about auditions, Spooky Vaudeville, or “The Laramie Project,” or submitting work to the spring one act play festival, contact Pachuca Productions at [email protected] or call Tina Terrazas at 927-8222 or Margaret Garcia at (714) 746-4093.