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Setting the stage this spring

Ready to step into the spotlight? Maybe even win the lottery? Then audition for the spring production at the Bartlett Theatre: Neal Bell’s, “McTeague — A Tale of San Francisco.” Adapted from Frank Norris’ classic American novel, “McTeague” tells the tale of a young couple who wins the lottery, but the windfall quickly turns from a dream into a nightmare.

A dentist, McTeague, wins a young woman named Trina away from her cousin Marcus. However, when Trina wins the lottery, Marcus accuses McTeague of marrying her for her money. Trina becomes obsessed with her money and refuses to spend any of the winnings, despite the hard times the couple face.

When Marcus notifies the authorities that McTeague is practicing dentistry without a license, catastrophe and misery follow suit. Poverty and death strike and leave no one unscathed.

Auditions for “McTeague” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Bartlett Theatre. All HWS students, staff and faculty are invited to audition.

The play will be performed April 16, 17, and 18; no rehearsals will be held over spring break. The show includes roles for four women and five men. A copy of McTeague is available on reserve in the library. All who audition are highly encouraged to read the play before auditioning.

If you have any questions about the audition process or production, please direct them to director Robert F. Gross at