BY BRANDON DOYLE & CARLY HALPIN
FEB. 6, 2012
Ithaca — The Lab Company, a nationally recognized theatre program operated by Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre, has started preparations for the upcoming Summer 2012 season. The Lab Company has announced its five main stage performances, including Titanic by Peter Stone and Maury Yeston and The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote and new opportunities for all of its actors.
Casting and recruiting for the 2012 Lab Company season has already begun. Peter Flynn, the Hangar Theater’s Artistic Director is traveling across the country to nearly two dozen colleges and universities with performing arts programs to audition potential actors for the 2012 season. Columbia University, Florida State University and New York University are a few of those institutions that will be visited by Lab Company casting officials.
This year’s company will have 18 actors, along with four directors, four assistant directors and four designers. The casting and recruiting process is in full motion and final decisions will be announced in late spring.
Unique to the program just this year, apprenticeship at the Lab Company will be free of tuition for participants. Lab Company members will reside in Ithaca for the entire summer season, beginning in early June and concluding in August- nearly 10 weeks.
“With the actors living in Ithaca, it gives the actors a unique chance to immerse themselves in the Ithaca community and in turn allows the community to then immerse itself in the new work of these young professionals,” said Flynn.
The five main stage performances for 2012 have been announced. For the first time in Lab Company history all of the participating actors will have an opportunity to perform on the theater’s main stage, said Flynn.
Currently the artistic staff at the Hangar Theater is working to recruit professional actors, directors, playwrights, producers, designers, vocalists and other theater members to teach and assist the aspiring participants of the Lab Company.
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“The company always provides [its members] with so many amazingly accomplished professionals,” said Nick Saldivar, Hangar Theater Literary Manager and former Lab Company participant.
Besides rigorous training and attending classes with professionals, Lab Company members have the opportunity to produce and act in brand new works created by members of the company in The Wedge. Performances at The Wedge are always free of charge for the public.
“It’s is a hub of constantly developing new work and talent,” said Flynn.
The upcoming season’s location for The Wedge has yet to be announced. The Hangar Theater is hoping to find a location in close proximity to the Ithaca Commons in order to free, accessible theatre to the Ithaca public, said Flynn.
The Lab Company will kick off its 2012 season on Thursday June 21 with a mainstage performance of Lend me a Tenor directed by Ken Ludwig.