Speech and Debate Auditions January 18, 19

Adam Owens

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Jamestown Community College

Adam Owens

Auditions will be held January 18 and 19 for Jamestown Community College’s production of Speech and Debate.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members.

Adam Owens will direct the production, which focuses on three high school students in Salem, Oregon who unravel a sex scandal involving their teacher.

“Howie has just moved to Salem for his senior year, but he already has a secret about the drama teacher,” said Owens. “Diwata is a junior who hates the same drama teacher because she never gets a good role in the high school musical. When Howie accidentally posts a private message on Diwata’s YouTube vlog, Solomon, the overachieving editor of the school newspaper, wants to find the student behind the screen name and break the story before the local newspaper finds out.”

Under the guise of forming the school’s first Speech & Debate team, the three students attempt to find their own brand of justice and expose the truth.

Speech and Debate, first produced in 2007, was written by Stephen Karam.

Owens is a local actor, comedian, director, and a theater and film instructor at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Inc. He is a graduate of Southwestern Central School and JCC and earned a bachelor’s degree in acting at SUNY Fredonia.

Owens performed with ComedySportz and TheaterVision PlayTime in New York City and at the Santa Fe Playhouse in New Mexico. He performed and was involved in the production of several major motion pictures and television shows, including Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Paul, A Bird of the Air and Crash.

In local theatres, Owens directed Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot, Rent, The Odd Couple, and Panache. He appeared onstage as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Mary Sunshine in Chicago the Musical, Juror #6 in Twelve Angry Men, and Hal in Proof.

Owens is also the reigning champion of Jamestown’s Last Comic Standing.
For more information about the audition process, contact theatre manager Steven Gustafson at 338.1166.