According to this week’s Time Magazine, a new poll suggests we are at another “malaise moment,” with more Americans pessimistic about our country’s decline and their own future. I happen to think we have our best bet of getting out of our malaise the more we engage creatively with our own lives.
So we’re taking the next step with Malaise County Fair, an interactive musical that breaks the wall between performer and audience in new ways, and are having auditions next week here in Chicago. Please spread the word to actor-singer-improvisers or other local creative friends who might want to be part of an exciting new project:
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Malaise County Fair
An Interactive Musical Experience
about relationships, choices and getting out of our malaise
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Audition Dates: July 13 and July 16
No Pay at this stage
Overview: Unlike any theater show you have been part of, the Malaise County Fair is a love story, musical and community experience that breaks down the wall between performer and spectator, offering numerous opportunities for audience members to participate. Elements and exercises from Malaise have been successfully featured in teambuilding and innovation sessions by the Kreativity Network (www.kreativity.net) and “Creativity Jams” hosted by founder Adam Shames at Old Town School of Music and elsewhere. Our current goal is to workshop this original musical with a performance team over the next few months, leading to public performance(s) in late September. While the script is already written, roles will be tailored to individual performers, and we embrace a collaborative process to improve the show.
Roles: We’re looking for 4-5 male and female performers of different ages—particularly actor-singer-improvisers who are also comfortable as facilitators helping audience-participants get involved. We love those who play a musical instrument (percussion included) or have a special talent (we can integrate).
Auditions: Come meet us, learn more about Malaise, and be ready to sing, act, improvise and jam from selections of songs and scenes from our script. Bring your standard HS/resume or an appropriately creative substitute. Dates:
- Wednesday, July 13th at 7:00pm at Arts at Large Studio, 3318 N. Lake Shore Drive, on the inner drive just north of Belmont; and
- Saturday, July 16th at 3:30pm location TBA.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to let us know you’re coming and for further instructions. Phone: 773-388-2880.
Malaise County Fair is created and directed by Adam Shames, accomplished singer-songwriter and founder of the Kreativity Network (www.kreativity.net) who brings experiential learning and leadership programs into organizations. Learn more on the Malaise website or visit/like the Malaise County Fair Page on Facebook.