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ENTERTAINMENT Gresham received more than 12,000 submissions from actors when casting for the 2014 season. Each year, auditions take place in New York during February. “Almost everybody who comes to work here comes from a major urban center,” Gresham says. “And here they are where they can see the stars and they can hear the coyotes in the distance, and it is therapeutic in a lot of ways.” Michael Haney, director of the production “Lend Me a Tenor” during the Lyceum’s 2014 season, worked with Gresham to bring the comedy to stage. Haney ran rehearsals and consulted with designers about everything from costumes to lighting. Like every director who has a contract with the Lyceum, he stays in Arrow Rock from the first rehearsal up to opening night. “I always feel like when I come here it’s like coming back from the holidays,” Haney syas. “And, you know, I get two weeks of working with wonderful people in the middle of the country, and I look forward to it every year.” Gresham says one exciting characteristic of the Lyceum Theatre is its feeling of intimacy — and not just in terms of size. Audience members, especially those who live in the village, develop a relationship with the actors they see on stage as the season goes on. “You can always feel from these audiences that they’re all leaning forward and wanting to grab every little piece of whatever play or musical we’re doing,” Gresham says.

The producing artistic director is in charge of holding auditions in New York each year and has the challenge of casting actors who can act roles in multiple shows.

“I get two weeks of working with wonderful people in the middle of the country, and I look forward to it every year.” Michael Haney

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