Manchester University invites members of the general public and students to audition for its fall production, a stage adaptation of William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies.”
Joel Froomkin, director of theatre, said that this version features adults portraying the young English schoolboys. “We aren’t casting children, but it would be fantastic to have some teenagers and other members of the community involved,” he said.
Although the story follows a group of boys who are 11 to 13 years old, Froomkin is eager to consider actors of any gender for the roles.
The classic story is a favorite with teen readers. A plane has crashed on an uninhabited island. The only survivors are a group of British schoolboys. There are no homes or schools, no adults, no rules, and before long the boys’ fragile sense of order begins to collapse. With the discovery of the “beast,” their games take a sinister turn, and this once well-behaved group of children quickly turns into bloodthirsty, murderous tribe.
Froomkin said the show promises to have the audience on the edge of their seats.
“‘Lord of the Flies’ is the granddaddy of ‘The Hunger Games,’ and this adaptation is really physical, very athletic and exciting,” he said. “The audience is going to be totally immersed in the action. I can’t wait!”
Auditions are 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 27 and 28) in Ampler Auditorium at the Administration Building on the North Manchester campus. Audition material can be found at www.different-stages.comlordoftheflies or [email protected] with questions.
The show will be performed Oct. 11-13.