Pec Playhouse holds auditions for The Runner Stumbles

Drama based on true story of priest accused of murder

Open auditions set for Aug. 7-8 at Pec Playhouse Theatre

PECATONICA—Pec Playhouse Theatre will be holding open auditions for The Runner Stumbles, a drama by Martin Stitt, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. at the theater, 314 Main St. in Pecatonica.

The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No parts have been cast; all parts are available.

The Runner Stumbles is based on a true story about a murder trial with a Catholic priest being accused of murdering a young man who was under his tutelage. The parts available are Father Rivard, a 30ish priest; Sister Rita, a 20ish nun; Toby Felker, a 50ish lawyer; Mrs. Shandig, the housekeeper at the rectory; Monsignor Nicholson, 50-60’s priest and Father Rivard’s boss; Amos, the jailer; Louise, a college girl; the Prosecutor, age undetermined; and Emma Prindle, 30ish spinster.

The play will be directed by long-time Pec Playhouse volunteer and Director Michael Dice, who has directed other Pec Playhouse shows, including The Glass Menagerie, The Trip to Bountiful, and A Walk in the Woods, to name a few. He has also directed several plays for Beloit Civic Theatre, including Tally’s Folly, and productions for other area theaters.

Performances are Sept. 22-Oct. 3 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact the box office at 239-1210, visit the Pec Playhouse Theatre Web site at, or contact Director Michael Dice at 624-6539.

From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue

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