UW-WC Announces Auditions for “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Cast & Crew Needed for Fall Production

UW-Washington County will be holding auditions for the fall production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane on Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm in the campus theatreThe four-person cast for this thoughtfully written dark comedy by Martin McDonagh, includes two men and two women. Area residents, ages 18 and over, who are interested in performing are encouraged to audition. The engaging and thought-provoking two-act play will be directed and designed by Brad Ford, UW-WC Communications and Theatre Professor, who is also in need of volunteers for building the set as well as with technical and behind-the-scenes work. College credit can be earned for performing or doing crew work for the show.                                                                                                

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the small Irish village of Leenane, Connemara, in the early 1990’s.  The tale is about a domineering and manipulative mother who thwarts her spinster daughter’s only chance at love.  The plot includes secrets and surprises that will keep you riveted in your seat until the final moments.  “The extraordinary achievement of this play is that it is wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre all at the same time…an absolute cracker.” Royal Court Theatre Review.  The play does contain adult language and themes. After a gradual buildup in Act 1, the violence and drama escalate exponentially in Act 2.  The play was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Play for the London production and the 1998 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony awards, winning four.

Scripts are available for perusal from the University library. For more information about the auditions or working behind the scenes, contact Professor Ford at (262) 335-5222 or email: brad.ford@uwc.edu.

Four performances of The Beauty Queen of Leenane are planned for Friday and Saturday evenings November 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30pm. All performances will be in the campus theatre, located on the second floor of the campus. For ticket reservations, phone 262-335-5208 or email: wsh-tickets@uwc.edu. Tickets are $13 adults and $10 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available.                                                           

Audition Information

Who:   2 men, 2 women, ages 18 and up

           Backstage and technical crew

What: Auditions for UW-WC fall play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane

When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm

Where: Campus Theatre, 400 University Drive, West Bend

How:  Scripts are available in the Campus Library


Sue Bausch