Young actors needed for one-act play

John Brannen
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NEW GLASGOW - Audition workshops will be held in January for teens interested in auditioning for a one-act play called ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It” by Bradley Hayward. 

Actress Amanda Jefferson-Gillis will direct the project with the goal of staging the play at Glasgow Square in March and possibly entering it in the One-Act Play Fest at the Bauer Theatre on Mar. 15 -17.

Jefferson-Gillis is a currently a resident of Stellarton. “I studied theatre theatre at Acadia University,” she says. She starred in two one-woman shows this past summer, including ‘2 Hours in a Madhouse: An evening with the Notorious Nellie Bly’ and ‘The Belle of Amherst’.

This play is a series of monologues and scenes, which examines the everyday challenges of growing up. “‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ focuses mainly on adolescent experiences,” says Jefferson-Gillis.

“There are some very funny scenes and some moving and tragic as well.”

In the audition workshops, actors will have a chance to participate in theatre games and exercises and read excerpts from the script to facilitate casting. 

Those who are interested should have a keen interest in acting and a willingness to commit a significant amount of time and energy to the rehearsal process. 

“It’s a great opportunity to get on the stage and act, gain experience and confidence,” says Jefferson-Gillis.

Rehearsals will begin the second week of January; cast members are expected to attend two or three rehearsals per week throughout January, February and March.   

The audition workshops will be held on Saturday, January 5th and from 2 to 4pm at NSCC Pictou Campus.  Youth aged 13 to 18 who would like to audition are encouraged to register with Jefferson-Gillis by calling 752-6824 or email at


Organizations: Bauer Theatre, Acadia University

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Stellarton

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