We held auditions for our fall production of The Tempest this past weekend in Frick Park. What started out as a very English spring day (40 degrees and overcast) soon turned into an all-out tempest, with gusts of winds, hail, and rain. Our auditioning actors braved it all though, giving monologues in the rain, with or without umbrellas; ratcheting their vocal performances above the din of traffic and rain hitting the tin roof of the picnic area at the Blue Slide Playground; and good-naturedly slipping and sliding on wet playground equipment to demonstrate the lively spirit of our shows. We promised better weather for our show in September.

But the real hero of the day, in my book anyway, was the director’s wife, who brought blankets so we could stay warm during the four hours of auditions. I may have looked ridiculous wrapped up like burrito, in a borrowed hat, and with two left gloves, but at least I could feel my extremities again!

After auditions we headed over to Art All Night in Lawrenceville, where we were given the Acoustic Stage for half an hour. It was a flurry of monologues, music, and general rough-housing (the PSIP way!). It was our first time attending Art All Night, and I think we’ll be back again next year. We love Lawrenceville!