Albert Lea Community Theatre announces Dec. 9-10 auditions for ‘Irena’s Vow’

Published 4:55 am Saturday, November 9, 2019

Albert Lea Community Theatre (ACT) has announced auditions will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9-10, for the drama “Irena’s Vow” at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway in Albert Lea.

Based on a true story, this play takes the audience through the eyes of a strong-willed woman and exemplifies the triumphs of the human spirit over devastating tragedy.

Irena Gut Opdyke is a 19-year-old housekeeper in the home of a Nazi officer when she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help 12 Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest place she can think of: the basement of the German commandant’s house. Over the next two years, Irena uses her wit and courage to hide her friends until the end of the German occupation — concealing them in the midst of countless Nazi parties, a blackmail scheme and even the birth of a child.

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Directed by Glen Parsons, eight performances of this play are scheduled for Feb. 13−22. This drama contains some scenes that are not suitable for young children. At least four women and six men of various ages will be cast for this play. There are no roles for children. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. Rehearsals will be scheduled weeknights, with some weekend involvement closer to the performance dates.

Tickets and more information regarding auditions are at