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UpStage Artists to Return to Live Theater this Fall! By Rick Bergmann

Updated: Aug 31


In the winter of 2020, UpStage Artists, a local non-profit theater group began with a debut performance of Thanks for the Laughter: A Tribute to the Carol Burnett Show. It was a very successful run, and they were gearing up to audition for their second show of the season when COVID hit. Like many theaters, they were forced to close their doors and have been patiently waiting to get back into the performance game.

They are excited to announce that their next performance will happen this fall when they present Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Halloween Weekend! Frankenstein is a well-known story that has been terrifying audiences since its publication in 1818. The play tells the story of Captain Walton, who is on an Arctic expedition when he finds and saves Victor Frankenstein from the cold. Frankenstein had been pursuing the creature he created and brought to life. Having learned of Frankenstein’s travails, Walton retells the tale of the monster’s creation and the resulting mayhem as the story, like the creature, comes alive onstage.

Auditions for their next production will take place virtually on August 30 with callbacks (if needed) on August 31. Go to https://www.upstageartists.com/auditions to fill out an audition form. If you are unable to make those dates but would still like to audition, email UpStage at info@upstageartists.com. Please prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue for auditions. UpStage Artists are looking to cast 6 men, 4 women, and 2 children ages 8-12, one boy and one girl.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-September. All rehearsals and performances will take place at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 11416 Cedar Lane, Beltsville, MD 20705. Don’t let lack of experience stop you, UpStage Artists is always looking for people who want to try, no experience necessary. If you have a love of theater, they want to talk to you!

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