Youth Violence Addressed by New San Pedro Performing Arts Organization Offering Open Auditions

November 06, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
The Relevant Stage at Warner Grand Theatre is casting "Bang Bang Your Dead" William Mastrosimone's One-Act Play. This play will be paired with excerpts from the documentary film, "Rats & Bullies" and modern dance by San Pedro City Ballet, to create an overall multimedia conceptual theatre piece titled "Acts of Desperation."

The Play takes a look into the mind of a teenage killer as he is haunted by the path of his destruction, the consequences of his actions, and the victims of his rage as they seek to find out "why them?" Performance Dates: January 31st - February 3rd, 2008 at Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Rehearsals will be held 3 evenings per week starting in late November.

Seeking all ethnicities and types for the roles of: Josh, 15 - The Killer; five high school students, 5 adults for multiple roles, Grandfather, and Dawn-Marie 14 - Suicide Victim.

Though many of the roles are high school students, ages 14-18, adults that can look the part are equally encouraged to audition for all roles.

Auditions will be held on Monday, November 19th 7:30pm - 9:30pm, and Tuesday, November 20th 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the San Pedro Ballet School, 1231 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731. Call backs will be held on Tuesday, November 20th beginning at 8:30PM.

Those auditioning are asked to please prepare a 1 minute monologue that best showcases your abilities. To schedule an audition appointment call (818) 287-6944 or request by email. Headshots and resumes may be sent by email, brought with you to the audition, or sent by postal mail to: The Relevant Stage, c/o Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731.

This production will open on January 31, 2008 and play until February 3, 2008 at Warner Grand Theatre.

The Warner Grand Theatre is a historic movie palace which was opened on January 20, 1931. It is located at 478 West 6th St, San Pedro, CA in the United States.

The design of the Warner Grand Theatre was a collaborative effort by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer A.T. Heinsbergen. It was one of three similarly lavish Los Angeles area art-deco movie palaces on which Priteca and Heinsbergen collaborated for the Warner Bros. company in the early 1930s. The others were located in Beverly Hills, and Huntington Park. Priteca later designed Hollywood's famous Pantages Theatre.

The Warner Beverly Hills Theatre has been demolished, and the Huntington Park Warner, closed for many years, has been extensively altered, leaving the Grand as the last of the three original theaters remaining intact. By the mid 1990's it had suffered a lengthy period of neglect, despite having been declared a historical and cultural monument of the city in 1982.

The theater was facing possible demolition or re-development when, in 1995, a local group of activists formed the Grand Vision Foundation to work for the preservation of the historic building. Their efforts were successful when the theater purchased in 1996 by the City of Los Angeles with the assistance of the City's Community Redevelopment Agency and Community Development Departments. Operations and programming oversight for the theater was assigned by the Mayor and City Council to the Department of Cultural Affairs, which has maintained this role up to the present time.

That same year, the Grand Vision Foundation incorporated to assist the City with the preservation and promotion of the theater.

In 1999, the Warner was added to the National Register of Historic Places as building #98001633.

The Relevant Stage is a bold, new company in residence at the beautifully restored Warner Grand Theatre in the charming, downtown San Pedro arts district located amid wonderful art galleries, a variety of "A" rated eateries, and uncluttered area parking.

The Relevant Stage's productions are conveniently scheduled to allow plenty of time for brunch or an early bird meal before our 1:00 PM matinées, and dinner and coffee before and after our 7:00 PM evening curtains, conveniently located steps away from the theatre, in the Port Town of Los Angeles.

The Relevant Stage produces works that are great, stimulating stories which have contemporary relevance to social issues. Entertainment is just the beginning. The Relevant Stage will challenge hearts and engage minds.