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PAC announces auditions for the Fall 2023 Brainerd Community Theatre season  

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center and Brainerd Community Theatre, in collaboration with Actors Repertory Theatre, will hold open community auditions for three theatre productions – Silent Sky, Winter Wonderettes, and A Sherlock Carol – on August 26 and 28, 2023. Auditions are open to all, and participants will be able to audition for all three productions during the same time period. No preparation is required, but participants should please bring a list of any scheduling conflicts for the rehearsal period to note on their audition form. Please reach out to clcperformingarts@clcmn.edu with any additional questions.  


AUDITION DATES and TIMES – (you need only attend one of the audition sessions below) 

           Saturday, August 26 at 1pm – Auditions for Silent Sky, Winter Wonderettes, and A Sherlock Carol 

          Monday, August 28 at 6pm – Auditions for Silent Sky, Winter Wonderettes, and A Sherlock Carol 

          Wednesday, August 30th at noon *this date is only for Silent Sky auditions*  


AUDITION LOCATION – Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd Central Lakes College campus.  

WHO CAN AUDITION? – Anyone! Auditions are open to the public. Both students and adults are encouraged to consider auditioning. Cast lists and descriptions are below to give you a sense of what each play requires.  

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR THE AUDITIONS– Auditions will consist of cold reads from the scripts for each show. Auditions for the musical Winter Wonderettes will also include learning a brief singing and movement piece. In addition to the cold reads, an OPTIONAL 1-minute monologue is recommended, but certainly NOT required.  

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson   

Based on the true story of 19th century Henrietta Leavitt, this astonishing, compelling, and frequently funny story explores a woman’s place in society during a thrilling time of scientific discovery.  Romance, religion, life balance, and family round out the issues that Henrietta and her maverick friends navigate in this fast-paced 90-minute show written by Lauren Gunderson, the most produced living playwright of the American Theatre.  


Henrietta Leavitt – 20s- 30’s, brilliant, meticulous, excited – almost always wearing a period hearing-aid   

Margaret Leavitt – 20-30s, homebody, creative, sweet, sister   

Peter Shaw – 20- 30’s, the head astronomer’s apprentice … and the man of Henrietta’s affections  

Annie Cannon – 40’s-early 50’s, the leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand   

Wilhelmina Fleming – late 40’s-50s, smart as a whip and fun, Scottish  

Silent Sky – Chalberg Theatre 
October 25-28 and November 1-4, 2023  


Winter Wonderettes by Roger Bean  

The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.  


Winter Wonderettes – Dryden Theatre 
November 15-18, 2023  


A Sherlock Carol by Mark Shanahan  

Moriarty is dead, to begin with. And Sherlock Holmes is a haunted man. But, when a grown-up Tiny Tim asks Holmes to investigate the death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his gifts to solve a Dickens of a Christmas mystery! Six actors take on the beloved characters of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens in this heartwarming and highly theatrical holiday treat for all ages!  

A co-production of Actors Repertory Theatre and Brainerd Community Theatre  


A Sherlock Carol – Chalberg Theatre 
December 7-9, 2023 


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