Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts to hold auditions for “Masterpieces”

Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts will hold auditions for “Masterpieces,” the first production of the academic year, on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 22-23 at 7 p.m. Auditions will be held in the Studio Theatre, located at the Cameron University Theatre. Dr. David Fennema, Professor of Theatre, will direct the production. Roles are available for four females and three males.

Written by Arthur Bicknell, “Masterpieces” is an imaginative reconstruction of the lives of Branwell Bronte and his sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. An unconventional historic drama, it utilizes humor and fantasy sequences to illuminate the tragic fate of the lesser-known Bronte heir, Patrick Branwell. While other children their age occupied themselves outdoors, the four Brontes were sequestered in their father's parsonage, scribbling away in tiny notebooks. It was Branwell who presided over this world, inspiring the others to create characters that would one day reappear as the protagonists of his sisters' novels, “Wuthering Heights,” “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and “Jane Eyre.” All of the Brontes' short lives were shrouded in anonymity. Emily was the least bothered by this fact; Charlotte and Anne were distressed but not thwarted and continued their literary output. Only Branwell, the painter, was unable to reconcile himself to a life without focus or commitment. In desperation, he turned to fantasies involving his patron, the beautiful Lady Lydia Robinson. The mysterious circumstances connected with Branwell's involvement with this woman, including his sudden dismissal from her estate, shed light on the sad facts of his untimely death and the descent into drugs and drink that preceded it.

For more information, contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 581-2346.

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August 18, 2011

PR# 11-142