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Prairie Wind Players plan auditions for ‘The Glass Menagerie’ [UPDATED]

Published 9:12am Thursday, September 5, 2013 Updated 11:13am Thursday, September 5, 2013

Audition for Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” area planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and from 6:30 to about 9 p.m. Monday, at Roosevelt Hall in Barrett.

Auditioners should come with a short prepared piece.  They will also read from the script.

Anyone unable to make these times may call director Twig Webster at 320-287-2423 to arrange another time slot.

Production dates are: Nov. 21-24, at Prairie Wind Players. Rehearsals will begin in September, with a two-week reprieve Oct. 9-21.

“The Glass Menagerie” features Amanda Wingfield as a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura.

Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating.

Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies.

Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother’s anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself.

The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family.

Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura.

In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely.

But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable, collapses about them.

Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

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