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There is some joyful noise coming from Pullen Park this month. That’s because the Theatre in the Park production of Godspell, which opened last weekend, is in a word, heavenly.

The show still brims with the exuberance and strong belief that the world can and will be changed by the younger generation.

Watching Theatre in the Park founder and artistic and executive director Ira David Wood III and TIP assistant artistic director Ira David Wood IV play the lead roles in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre is a little like listening to that James Taylor song “Traffic Jam” about seeing yourself magnified over and over again in the rearview mirror. Both Woods (father and son) have spent their lives in the theater, only to come to Mamet’s play about two actors (the veteran, Robert, played by David Wood, and the early-career actor, John, played by Ira Wood) who live their lives, personal and public, on stage...

A Life in the Theatre starring the father-son duo, Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV, is a darkly humorous behind-the-scenes tour of life as a stage actor. Written by dialogue master David Mamet, this play serves as the perfect vehicle to highlight the engaging chemistry between two accomplished actors...

As the title implies, David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, onstage now at Theatre in the Park under the direction of Ira David Wood III, is as much about theatre as it is about life. After all, as the show posits, aren’t the two inextricably connected?...

David Mamet has become known for his way with words. A term describing his particular use of language is one used by Ira David Wood III, executive director of Theatre in the Park; he calls it “Mamet-speak.” Wood directs, and stars in, a 1977 play by Mamet titled A Life in the Theatre, which opened this weekend at Theatre in the Park...

Self-reflecting works of art are always a tricky business, since by nature they appeal mostly to their obvious fan base. However, when it’s done well, theater art especially reflects life in a way that has universal relevance. And in the capable hands of father-and-son team David and Ira Wood, Theatre in the Park’s production of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre is done very well indeed.

This sidesplitting, laugh-out-loud show is a great way for frazzled grownups, especially those ready to throttle their Elf on the Shelf, to escape the frenzy of holiday shopping, wrapping, baking, and prepping. But leave the littles at home because this production is just for the nonbelievers.

Announcing auditions for the 44th annual production of Ira David Wood III’s  A Christmas Carol, produced by Theatre In The Park.


September 5, 2018 at 7pm  

For general information on the audition process and the show. Open to everyone.


September 8, 2018   11am - 4pm  All ages
September 9, 2018   11am - 4pm  All ages

Auditions are by appointment only. Please call Theatre In The Park at 919-831-6936 to schedule an audition. Please bring your headshot and resume to the audition if you have one. To audition please prepare one verse of an up-tempo song. You must bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No acapella selections will be accepted. Adults and teens, should be prepared to participate in a short bit of basic choreography. Please dress accordingly.


We are looking for strong male and female dancers ages 12 and over with proficiency in jazz, tap, and/or ballet. You may audition for all three styles or your strongest concentration. 

Sunday, September 7, 2018 at 6pm 
Stage Door Dance: Lake Boone 
4035 Lake Boone Trail 
(Located in between The Oak & Bliss Body Yoga, facing Lake Boone Trail)

Please wear comfortable attire that you can move in.

Please bring your headshot and resume to the audition. 

Dancers are strongly encouraged to sign-up for a vocal audition, as well.

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