Readers Theatre Plus to host Sequim, Port Angeles tryouts Wednesday, Saturday and next Monday for two productions

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

Actors on the North Olympic Peninsula are encouraged to audition this week for “A Thousand Clowns” and “Olive and the Bitter Herbs,” Readers Theatre Plus’ next two plays.

The first set of tryouts, for “A Thousand Clowns” only, will go from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, just off U.S. Highway 101 about 11 miles east of Sequim.

Carol Swarbrick Dries, a co-founder of Readers Theatre Plus and an actress known for her work in the 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2013 musical “Oliver!,” among other shows, is the production manager. Janice Parks, most recently seen in “The Winter Wonderettes” in Dungeness, will direct “Clowns.”

Roles are available for five men, one woman, a boy aged 10 to 14, plus a narrator of either gender.

Port Angeles, Sequim

More auditions are set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, and from
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 13, at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road west of Sequim.

The latter two tryouts will be for both “A Thousand Clowns” and “Olive and the Bitter Herbs.”

Audition material will be provided at all of the tryouts.

“A Thousand Clowns,” Herb Gardner’s comedy about eccentric comic Murray Burns and the young nephew he cares for, will be Readers Theatre Plus’ first show in its new venue, the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall.

The play will open Jan. 31 and run two weekends through Feb. 9.

“Olive and the Bitter Herbs,” the story of an elderly actress, her friend, her suitor and the gay couple next door in her New York apartment building, will take the Sequim Prairie Grange stage
March 21-23 and 28-30.

Ron Graham is the director looking to fill roles for two women, three men and a male or female narrator.

For more about Readers Theatre Plus, phone 360-797-3337 or visit


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

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