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CATS to host auditions for spring production

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra announces auditions for its 21st Season and Spring 2015 show, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," written by Jamie Ford, adapted and directed by Annie Lareau. Hotel was first commissioned, produced, and developed in the "Book-It Style" by Book-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle. (www.book-it.org). Breaking box office records in Seattle with an extended run in 2012, CATS will stage its California premiere in April and May 2015 at the Nevada Theatre. The "Book-It Style" transforms literary works into theatrical productions. Our 2010 Elly Award winner, "Snow Falling on Cedars," was performed in the "Book-It Style."

Hotel is an historical fiction. Henry Lee's memory takes him from 1980s Seattle to his childhood as a Chinese-American student in an exclusive all-White school in the 1940s. Isolated and bullied, Henry finds comfort in the unlikely figure Keiko Okabe, a Japanese student. Following the Japanese invasion of China, Henry's father forbids their friendship and despite increasing hardship, the friendship becomes a budding romance only to be cut short by evacuation and internment. Forty years and a lifetime later, newly a widower, Henry struggles to bridge the gap between his Chinese father and his American son, between America past and present, between despair and hope, and finally between the girl he loved and the woman who can finally give him peace.

Auditions for Hotel will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 and 21 at the Nevada Theatre, with callbacks by invitation only from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22. Seeking a big cast of Asians, all ethnicities, male and female, adults, young adults, teenagers, and a few children. Description of characters and sides are available at http://www.catsweb.org. No walk-ins, please. To maximize the audition process, please register in advance online. Headshots and resumes may be sent to Artistic Director, Lisa Moon, at chanmoon@pacbell.net. All registrations will be confirmed and further details provided. Auditionees are asked to prepare a two-minute monologue and be prepared to read from sides. Rehearsals begin in March.

Jeannie Wood is executive director of CATS.