The playing's the thing in BCT's one-act festival

William Destefani, standing, played a bully who antagonized Kyle McMillan, left, and Josh Coen in “Playground at the Park,” part of Bakersfield Community Theatre’s One-Act Festival in 2011. The festival will return in May as part of the theater's 89th season.

John Harte

When Bakersfield Community Theatre hosts its cleanup day this weekend, there may be a bit more pep in the steps of its volunteers.

That’s thanks to the recent announcement of the theater’s 89th season, packed with original works including the annual One Act Festival.

The season opens Oct. 14 with “Frankly,” which is holding auditions this weekend.

Written by BCT artistic director Porter Jamison, “Frankly” centers on the first stage adaptation of “Frankenstein.”

Just days before the play opens, the novel’s author, Mary Shelley, interrupts rehearsals and the company must try to meet her demands so the curtain can rise.

Jamison, who will also direct, will oversee auditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the theater. The show is casting for 17 roles.

Audition questions can be directed to Jamison at poordirge@gmail.com.

Next on the slate, BCT will celebrate the holidays with “A West Texas Christmas Carol,” a joint production of BCT mainstage and BCT Youth Theatre, in December. This English-Spanish bilingual adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale is set in 1930s San Antonio. The production was developed by Jamison and Sam and Maria Mercado, who will also direct.

The first show of 2017 will be “Smoke on the Mountain,” one of the longest running musicals in the United States. The show centers on the Sanders Family, whose return to the gospel music circuit is nearly torpedoed by an unfortunate accident. When the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church decides to host the family’s concert, it changes all their lives in the process.

In April, BCT executive director Jan Hefner will direct “Cry Havoc.” The all-female production follows the volunteer nurses arriving at a military hospital in Bataan in 1942. They face the realities of war with strength and humor.

The season ends with BCT’s 30th annual One Act Festival in May, produced by associate artistic director Lexi Philippi.

Season tickets are available by calling 831-8114 or at bakersfieldcommunitytheatre.org. Cost is $100 per ticket, but now through October you can buy two season tickets for $150.

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