THOMASTON — The Thomaston Opera House will be holding open auditions for its fall Arts Center production of “Mass Appeal” by Bill C. Davis. The auditions are Monday, Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St. in Thomaston from 7 to 9 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, if needed. The production will be presented beginning Friday, Nov. 7 and will run through Sunday, Nov. 16th for six performances.
All roles are open to audition. The show needs two adult men for this production. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script. The production is directed by Amber-Lynn Dunphy. A complete cast breakdown is available at the Opera House website under casting calls at www.thomastonoperahouse.org. For additional information, please call (860) 283-6250.
ABOUT THE SHOW: Father Tim Farley, a lover of the good things in life, is comfortably ensconced as priest of a prosperous Catholic congregation. Without realizing it, he has resorted to flattering his parishioners and entertaining them with sermons that skirt any disturbing issues, in order to protect his Mercedes, his trips abroad and the generous supply of fine wines which grace his table (and his desk drawer). His well-ordered world is disrupted by the arrival of Mark Dolson, an intense and idealistic young seminarian who Father Farley reluctantly agrees to take under his wing. There is immediate conflict between the two as the younger man challenges the older priest’s sybaritic ways, while Father Farley is appalled by Mark’s confession that he had led a life of bisexual promiscuity before entering the priesthood. In the final essence their confrontation is a touching yet very funny examination of the nature of friendship, courage and the infinite variety of love, as the older man is reminded of the firebrand he once was, and the younger comes to realize that forbearance is as vital to the Christian ethic as righteousness.
Ah, don’t you just love when the theater turns it’s attention on the Catholic Church? We have had so many uplifting dramas lately. Doesn’t it sound exactly like Bing Crosby in Going my way? Well it does have a older and younger priest that initially don’t get along, but Bing would of had to swing to be in this one.