Spring Play Auditions Set for Next Tuesday, Wednesday


Lauren Van Gheem, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Crystal Dory, Spanish teacher at Notre Dame Academy, has been directing the spring play for the past three years and looks forward to this year’s show May 2-4.

Dory’s colleague Andrea Gilson previously directed the spring play but now directs the winter musical.

“We are a great support system for each other with a common vision to keep moving the Theatre Arts program forward at NDA,” said Dory.

Dory participated in theatre for five years in high school and college. She participated in the cast and crew for many years in her high school in downtown Milwaukee.

“I even spent a summer in Vail, Colorado, working on a production of Wizard of Oz,” she said.

To the spring play she brings hard work, dedication, a passion for theatre and the drive to help students learn from new experiences by pushing them to do their best.

“Every year I look forward to quality time and fun memories with the cast and crew,” said Dory.   

“It is a hard decision to determine which play to choose. I first try to choose a script with a cast of 18 to 22 roles,” she said.

Dory also searches for a play with many opportunities for students to get involved and reach new heights in their theatre experience.

Clue will be the play performed this spring. Auditions will be next week, Tuesday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or Wednesday, February 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

To audition for the play students must prepare and perform a two-to-three-minute monologue.  A “cold read” from the script will also be expected.

Clue was an easy choice. Every person I told said ‘no way. I love Clue.’ I knew I was on to something good,” said Dory.

Clue is based on the well known board game and is a murder mystery game that takes place in an old spooky mansion.

Dory said, “All the characters from the board game are in it: Professor Plum, Scarlet, Mrs. White and more.”

The characters are all invited to a dinner party but “there is more to the story,” said Dory.

“It is fun, fast paced, and so well known. I think from start to finish this is going to be a great experience. I can not wait to be a part of this and to watch students work hard on this project and enjoy their success,” said the director.