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Hudson Reed Ensemble to hold auditions for ‘Bus Stop’

The Hudson Reed ensemble will kick off it’s 2016 season with auditions for the comedy “Bus Stop” on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Rio Grande Room.

The play was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1956, the same year the film adaptation starring Marilyn Monroe premiered.

The plot concerns a bus out of Kansas City that pulls up at a small roadside diner in the middle of a howling blizzard. All roads are blocked and the weary travelers on board have to take refuge in a diner until morning. Cherie, a nightclub singer, has the most to worry about. She’s being pursued by “a young cowboy with all the romantic finesse of a rodeo bull.” The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her — alive and kicking — all the way to Montana. As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver, who have previously only spent time together in passing, find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.

The play requires a total of eight characters: three women ranging in age from 16 to 55 and five men from 20 to 60. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. More info at or 970-319-6867.

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