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Uprising Auditions
Hosted by Ad Astra Theatre Troupe
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2 PM - 5 PM
Bloom Fitness Boutique
153 Regent St, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

WHAT
Coming this May, Ad Astra Theatre Troupe will preview its first original play written by SUNY Adirondack professor Lale Davidson, and teen writers, Catie LeCours and Grace Alberti, who is also directing. Based on the women of the Warsaw Uprising, our story follows two sisters in the early days of the ill-fated rebellion. Uprising examines childhood intertwined with warfare, culture tangled with causality, and the uncanny presence of those lost.
WHO
We're seeking a main cast of thirteen teenage actors and a small ensemble. Auditionees should be versatile and fascinated by character analysis, with a desire to participate in an authentic workshop experience. There is no fee to participate in this production.

WHEN
Auditions - 2-5pm, February 3rd
Callbacks - 2-5pm, February 10th

Rehearsals will take place Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm starting March 24th at the Bloom Movement Studio in Saratoga Springs. You won’t have to be called to every rehearsal, so please provide us with a list of conflicts so that we can best accommodate your busy schedules. Performances will take place in late May and early June.

WHERE
Bloom: A Movement Studio, Suite 1000, 153 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

WHAT TO EXPECT
Please send an email to adastratroupe@gmail.com by January 31 to register. After we receive your registration, we’ll send you an audition form to fill out and the audition sides. Bring the completed form with you to auditions on February 3rd.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the auditions start, so we can all mentally prepare ourselves for the task at hand. Familiarize yourself with the character descriptions, plot summary and your prefered sides. You will be asked to read in front of the group of auditionees.

Within three days after the audition, a callback list will be sent out, with additional sides and information. Callbacks will be February 10th, from 2-5pm in the same building. A cast list will be emailed out within the next week.

Roles Available:
HALINA DOBOSZ – 17. A skilled combatant caught between the desire to preserve some semblance of a normal life for her younger sister and the desire to uphold her beliefs by joining the Uprising. She often finds herself strained between realism and impulse.
ELŻBIETA DOBOSZ – 13. Halina’s idealistic younger sister, who wants nothing more than to be included in her sister’s life, and in the rebellion at large. Stubborn to a fault, steadfast ‘til the end.
BEATA KOCHANSKA – 16. Born to a German mother and a Polish father. Through naiveté rather than callousness, she takes her privileges for granted. An excitable, romantic, and somewhat oblivious character, she has no trouble finding things to moan about. Her features tend towards her German lineage.
JADWIGA MIKITIENSKA – 18. A courier who is informally Ignacy’s second in command, due to her rational nature. Despite her seeming sobriety, she can be convinced to dance if it’s Zofia doing the convincing. 
ZOFIA ZALENSKA – 17. A passionate combatant with a wit and intelligence that could take down an army. Thoroughly enjoys messing with her friends, and is quite excellent at it, too. Appreciates a good flirt with Jadwiga.
STEFANIA OLBRYS – 19. The daughter of an Underground supplier. Very knowledgeable in the goings-on of the resistance. As she grew up into it, her resources and organization remain as a necessity for the group - a fact she relishes in.

PIOTR KOSTKA – 15. Your local saucy rogue. A self-assured and somewhat flirtatious young thing. A longtime friend of the Dobosz girls.
ZYGMUND KOSTKA – 17. Piotr’s brother, composed of a similar merry temperament. He takes every opportunity he can get to inform Halina of his feelings for her - most often through swank.
IGNACY ROSAK – 19. The leader of Halina’s battalion. A true pragmatist, his cynical sense of humor does not diminish his ardent belief in the uprising.
MATEUSZ ŚWITALSKI – 16. Another member of Ignacy’s battalion. He is deeply distrustful of anyone German, and it has been suggested that he has a more sympathetic view of the USSR than is healthy.
WITOLD STYS – 18. Another member of Ignacy’s battalion. He is deeply religious which occasionally leads to conflict with the communism that fascinates Mateusz.
OTTO HEIDRICH – 18. An agent of the Gestapo. An intelligent mind always seeking justification for the atrocities he participates in, but who is not brave enough to resist the pressure put on him by his oppressive society. His desire for praise and conformity ultimately wins out over his sympathy for other humans.
ERHARD TEUFEL – 17. Another agent of the Gestapo. Angered by the hard times Germany has been subjected to, he carries out his duties with cruel glee. He is very aware of his power, and revels in it.

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Saratoga Springs Teen Co-Wrote and Will Direct New Original Play Based on Warsaw Uprising

Grace Zofia Alberti, 16, is a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, but that hasn’t stopped her from starting her own theatre company. Alberti formed Ad Astra Theatre Troupe, Ltd. in 2017 in order to give area teens an opportunity to take leadership in direction, play-writing, acting, set and costume design and stage management. Last May, Ad Astra successfully staged Jeremy Bloom’s Peter/Wendy at the Saratoga Springs High School Teaching Auditorium. Peter/Wendy was Alberti’s directorial debut.

After searching for the right 2018 project, Alberti and troupe member, Catie LeCours, a senior at Niskayuna High School, teamed up with SUNY Adirondack professor, Lâle Davidson, to create an original play based upon the young women who fought in the Warsaw Uprising during World War II. Auditions for the play will be held on February 3, 2018 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Bloom Fitness Boutique, 153 Regent St, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. There are 13 roles for teen girls and boys, and there will be a small ensemble. To register for the auditions, see the Ad Astra Theatre Troupe web site, www.adastratroupe.org or email adastratroupe@gmail.com.

Alberti, who is of Polish and Italian heritage, is fascinated by Polish history. Alberti has been a volunteer and performer at the Latham, NY PolishFest for many years and it was there that she met the historians who are reviewing and advising the writing team. Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945, and Alina Nowobliska, a Poland-based history blogger are working with the writers to ensure historical accuracy of the play

Saratoga Springs High School Junior, Tess Davidson-Brown is working on the show poster, which will be done in period style. Kathleen Rembish, Waldorf School Junior, is envisioning the costumes. Teen musicians and choreographers will be planning WWII-era music and dance to bring the production to life. Ad Astra Theatre Troupe Board member, Emma Willard Junior, Georgia Berry, will be part of the music planning. Alberti will be directing the production.

The play will be performed in mid-May, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, NY and scenes from the play will be performed at PolishFest in Latham, NY June 1-3, 2018.