theatreBethany College Theatre Department and Broadway RFD of Lindsborg, announce auditions for Lucas Hnath’s award-winning play “The Christians.” The joint production between theatre department and Broadway RFD, will open the 2016 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, in Burnett Center on the Bethany campus. The production is directed by Bethany College Theatre Professor Greg LeGault.

Auditions are set for Sunday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Monday, November 16, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Burnett Center. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, November 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., if necessary.

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. A big-little play about faith in America—and the trouble with changing your mind.

Staged as a church service, “The Christians” features a cast of five –  three men and two women –  and includes a praise/gospel choir. The role of Pastor Paul will be played by Bethany College alumnus Cody Whetstone.

Roles to be auditioned include: Associate Pastor Joshua (early- to late-30s); Elizabeth (late-30s to mid-40s), Pastor Paul’s wife; Jay (50s to 70s), an elder of the church and close friend to Pastor Paul; and Jenny (late-20s to mid-30s), a struggling working class single mother. The audition format will be cold readings from the script. Reading scripts are available at the front desk of library in Wallerstedt Learning Center. They may be checked out for a two-hour, in-library reading.

Elizabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post describes The Christians as “deeply affecting,” a “white-knuckled drama about…a theological battle.” The National Catholic Reporter describes Hnath’s play as “…powerful

[and] riveting…[it] handles a complex and intellectual debate in a relatable way and…more importantly, shows the human and real consequences of choices based in spirituality.”

Auditions are open to all. Questions regarding auditions may be directed to LeGault at 785-227-3380, ext. 8257 or at legaultg@bethanylb.edu.