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'Bad Auditions' wins extension from 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival

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After sell out crowds at the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival, “Bad Auditions” nabbed two top honors, Best of Venue, followed by six performance extension, Whim Productions announced on Tuesday, July 29.

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“Bad Auditions” received the Best of Venue award on Saturday night but had claimed the top selling honor even before its final show. The press release from Whim Productions announced the continued run and an addition to the cast for the extension.

The show sold out all of its performances in the small Fishtank Performance Studio that seats about 40 persons.

Whim Productions is excited to announce an extended run of ‘Bad Auditions,’ one of the hottest tickets of the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival! Bad Auditions, an original theater piece conceived of and curated by Kevin King, (‘Flowers in the Wardrobe’), sold out every Fringe performance, including the bonus show awarded to the production for having the highest average ticket sales in its venue,” a press release said. “Bad Auditions is a unique theater experience staged like an actual audition call, complete with nervously excited actors and a director, all in full view of the audience,”

King, also Producing Artistic Director of Whim Productions, worked with actors to comically craft audition pieces.

“The show turned out to be largely unscripted,” King said. “The actors and I established broad scenarios and some key bits, and then we basically wing it each night. Two of the actors, Ben Auxier and Brian Huther, surprised me each night with a new scenario. It kept me on my toes and brought true spontaneity to the show.”

In "Bad Auditions," King plays the director of a new musical in which a crew of misfits hopes to win roles. The show was different each night, King said, especially since the cast changed slightly each performance.

“People who came during the original run are guaranteed to see new material if
they come back.”

Most of the cast of the original run is returning for the extension, though King noted that Matt Sweeten, a stand-out each night, is unable to return.

The cast includes Ben Auxier, Brian Huther, Seth Macchi, Alisa Lynn, Genewa Stanwyck, Stefanie Stevens, Tara Varney, Kenzie West, and Meredith Wolfe.

Joining the cast are Diane Bulan, Devon Barnes.

Each performance will feature a core group of actors, with some actors rotating in and out as they have other obligations. Like with the original run, audiences will see a slightly different show each night. Additionally, some level of audience participation should be expected.

Tickets, available through a ticket link or at the door. Tickets cost $12. Because of the response at the Fringe Festival, advance tickets are encouraged due to demand and seating limitations of The Fishtank Performance Studio.

Show times: Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Aug.1 at 7 and 9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7 and 9 p.m.

For more information on Whim Productions, visit the website.