Last updated on April 19, 2021
By Evie Herndon
The Volunteer State Community College Theater Department will be hosting auditions Mar. 3 and 4 via Zoom for their upcoming virtual show.
According to an informational flyer posted on eLearn, the show is called “The Virtual Complaint Department and Lemonade.”
According to the plays publishing company, Pioneer Drama Services, “This virtual play is written specifically to be rehearsed and performed remotely, with every character in their own home! In this rapid succession of duet scenes, the virtual complaint department takes on some hysterical grievances, everything from Oreo icing to kleptomania and from songs stuck in the head to the price of cheese and on and on and on. It seems people will whine about anything! Could there be a glimmer of hope for anyone in charge of a complaint department? With a clever concept of rotating each complainant into the staff position, each character not only airs their own grievance, but must also focus on someone else’s problem and assist them with their complaint. All the roles are extremely balanced to give everyone their moment to shine.”
“The production will be entirely rehearsed and performed via Zoom with each actor in their own home, office, or space remotely,” said Adjunct Faculty member, Brendan Tramel.
According to Tramel, this virtual show is an adaption to the effects of COVID-19.
“When COVID hit us last spring it absolutely changed the life of everyone from day to day. With the theater community, we are learning to adapt to online platforms and socially distanced performances when we can to still give artists an opportunity to hone their craft and perform! In this age the arts are more important than ever. Everyone needs a sense of connection in our world; everyone loves entertainment and theater can absolutely give people those things,” said Tramel.
Students can audition for the virtual show by joining the Zoom session Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. or Thursday 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to the flyer.
“The audition is open to all Vol State students and no acting experience is necessary. Just prepare a 1-minute comedic monologue for the audition,” said, Coordinator of Educational Technology Support, Ryan Taylor on an eLearn message.
According to Tramel, the Theater Department is looking for 15 actors, but they are not opposed to doubling up on cast members.
“The script is written for folks of all ages which is wonderful for our diverse student body! I am looking for folks who aren’t afraid to be silly since the script is written with so much comedy,” said Tramel.
“To any student wanting to audition I say go for it and let’s have some fun! This is the first time the theater department has tried something completely virtual like this, and it could pioneer more performance opportunities using an online platform! You could be an innovator! Plus, this show is silly, fun and creative! Why not try to make the world laugh,” said Tramel.
If students have any questions, they can email Brendan Tramel for more information.