Spring Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Auditions for the spring play are Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 pm in the Yuba College Theatre. Auditions will be based on cold readings and improvisations.

About the play 

Fifteen-year-old math whiz Christopher Boone lives with his divorced dad in a working-class town. After being falsely accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, Christopher—who is brilliant but has difficulty dealing with the sounds and stresses of everyday life—decides to investigate the crime. The secrets he unearths prompt him to leave his trusted teacher and the familiar streets of his hometown for a life-changing train trip. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero. Winner of seven Olivier Awards as well as the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play.

Casting Breakdown 

Christopher Boone (age 15) – a teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn’’t know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way, which makes him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Aspergers Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different.

Ed Boone (35-55) Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. He is a good man but there is a lot on Ed’s shoulders when he first enters the play in pain and near breaking point, though he does not openly express it. He has trouble communicating with Christopher, who often frustrates him. And though he’s naturally practical and much more patient in dealing with Christopher than Judy, a difficult situation can make him lose it, sometimes violently. A plumber and heating engineer by trade, naturally good with his hands; English accent appropriate to working middle class.

Judy Boone (35-55) Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, Ed after having an affair with her neighbor Roger. She works as a secretary and is a working-class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn’t take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely and proud, she doesn’’t easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

Siobahn (25-50) – Special education teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’\’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings.

Roger Shears (35-60) -a middle-class banker. He left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher.

Mrs. Shears (35-50) – Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor, she is rough around the edges. She is furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. It is her dog, Wellington that was found killed in the night.

Mrs. Alexander  (playing age 60+) – one of Christopher’s neighbors. Maybe middle class or middle working class. She is a lonely older woman without a lot of means. She is kind and so hungry for a connection with Christopher that she tries to help him and ultimately reveals information to him about his mother that he did not know.

Reverand Peters – (playing age 40+) a vicar; pleasant enough, tries to answer Christopher’’s questions about religion and is later tasked with supervising Christopher during a test. Station Policeman is a Swindon policeman who gets stuck on a train to London while trying to convince Christopher to get off the train. Easily outsmarted by Christopher; English accents appropriate to class; must be strong, fit and agile.

Chorus (all ages) – the chorus will perform all of the other roles and create the world of the play.

Our courses and degrees

THEATRE ARTS
(Associate in Arts)
Required Courses                                                       Units
THART 10 Introduction to Theatre………………………………………. 3
THART 11A Introduction to Acting……………………………………… 3
THART 29R College Theatre………………………………………………. 3
THART 12A Advanced Studies in Acting……………………………… 3
Plus 6 units to be selected from the following………………………. 6
THART 11B, 12B, 29R, 34, 45A, 45B;
SPECH 1, 4R, MCOMM 2, 4; ENGL 2
Total units required for degree major………………………………… 18

Courses

THART 10—Introduction to Theatre  (3 units)       CSU/UC
Study of theatre and its relationship to other arts and humanities, including a survey of theatre history, a study of important plays, and current Yuba College Theatre productions. (L)

THART 11A—Introduction to Acting  (3 units)      CSU/UC
Basics of acting for the stage will be explored and developed, including voice and diction, movement, improvisational technique, characterization, and scene study. Several monologues and scenes will be developed and presented in the class.

THART 11B—Introduction to Acting  (3 units)      CSU/UC
Pantomime, stage movement, imagination, improvisation, verse study, and characterization; emphasis on more complex scenes and plays, including classic theatre. Prerequisite: THART 11A.

THART 12A—Advanced Studies in Acting  (3 units)                                      CSU/UC
Development of the skills of vocal projection, auditioning, stage movement, and character motivation; participation in one-act or full-length play at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: THART 11A or THART 29R.

THART 12B—Advanced Studies in Acting  (3 units)                                      CSU/UC
Development of the skills of vocal projection, auditioning, stage movement, and character motivation; participation in one-act or full-length play at end of the semester. Prerequisite: THART 12A.

THART 26—Musical Theatre Workshop  (3 units)     CSU
Fundamentals of musical theatre performance; singing, acting, dancing, orchestra, and technical stage work.  Students may specialize in an area of interest.  Works to be selected from various periods and styles.  Participation in Yuba College production is required. (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)

THART 29R—College Theatre  (2 or 3 units)          CSU/UC
Fundamentals of theatrical performance in all areas of theater (acting, directing, design, technical) culminating in a theatre production; plays will be selected from various periods and styles. (L) (Repeatable: May be taken four times only.)

THART 32—Film Studies: Focus on …  (3 units)                                          CSU/UC
Study of a particular director/artist, genre, or national cinema; students view and discuss full-length feature films; topics will be specified in the class schedule.

THART 33—History of Film  (3 units)                      CSU/UC
A chronological survey of the motion picture; traces the development of the art, technology, and social importance of film during the last 100 years; screenings of important and representative narrative, documentary, and experimental films from the silent to the modern era. Not open for credit to student with credit in HUMAN 33 or ENGL 33. (L)

THART 34—Introduction to Film  (3 units)             CSU/UC
Study of film as art and its influence on society, including interpretation, criticism, and technical developments; view and discuss full-length feature films. Not open for credit with credit in ENGL 34 or HUMAN 34. (L)

THART 45A—Production and Technical Theatre
(3 units)                                                       CSU/UC
Practices, terminology, and organization of contemporary theatre technology; exercises in construction and implementation of all technical aspects of production (sets, lighting, sound, costumes, properties, stage management, and makeup). Integrated with College Theatre productions.

THART 45B—Production and Technical Theatre
(3 units)                                                       CSU/UC
Practices, terminology, and organization of contemporary theatre technology; exercises in construction and implementation of all technical aspects of production (sets, lighting, sound, costumes, properties, stage management, and makeup). Integrated with College Theatre productions.