Casting call for funny people

If you’re the life of the party, or a Happy Hour, you should be interested in this.  Actors with a flair for comedy or improv are being sought to audition next month for cast positions in a new professional local acting troupe.

Ken Haldin and Anne Ostrenko, experienced in funny business, and part-time St. Johnnians, are hoping to launch an improv group, Jaywalk with Jumbies. It would number from six to 12 people.  Cast members will be paid.

Haldin says they’re looking for an emcee with a commanding voice, a captain’s authority and an irreverent personality.  A second role calls for “a fun-loving, physical comic performer.”  Think Abbot and Costello, Rowan and Martin.

“We’ve always been drawn to the creative community,” Haldin said. “We’re both veteran writers. Anne has produced videos for 25 years and directed a lot of professional talent. It’s time. We’re just doing what comes naturally to us.”

The Inquiring Iguana says this couple has identified an entertainment niche not filled on the island, stand up comedy.  Which would be a nice addition to the many music offerings already available for weddings, parties and benefits.

The Iguana remembers attending a stand up event at the Westin, many years ago.  Besides the jokes, the highlight was seeing a guy from a past life who, it was obvious, had fled New Orleans and was hiding from the Feds.  But that’s another story.

Auditions for Jaywalk with the Jumbies will be held at the St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay Thursday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to Noon and Saturday, April 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Break a leg.

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