Auditions for "Population 485," adapted from the best-selling memoir by Wisconsin author (as well as pig farmer and first responder) Michael Perry, will be held on Sunday and Monday, June 23 and 24, 7-9 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Actors may schedule an audition time by going to and searching "Auditions." If necessary, callbacks will be held on Thursday, June 27.

The play promises its fair share of laughs, tempered by touching moments of raw emotion. The true to life story explores themes of community, tragedy and comedy through the lens of volunteer first responders in New Auburn, Wis. (population: 485). Upon returning to his hometown after 19 years away, our narrator joins the volunteer firefighters. This choice leads him on a journey into the shared lives of his community. In the process, he learns what really matters, and what can't be rescued.

Character descriptions may be found on The Phipps website. A headshot and resume are strongly encouraged, but not required. All rehearsal conflicts should be brought to the audition. Those auditioning will read selected sides from the script.

Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings beginning in mid-July. The show will run for nine performances Sept. 13-29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Director Collin Geraghty is looking to build a strong ensemble of community performers who can move. He states, "As they say in the biz, 'Looking for REAL PEOPLE.' If you have always wanted to audition, but haven't taken that first step, this is your opportunity. The playwright notes, '... these were not characters, these were people living their lives.'"

Geraghty is a multi-disciplinary performing arts professional. Selected theater credits include Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theatre, and others. Selected screen credits include co-host "Discover Wisconsin," guest star "Chicago MED" (NBC), and "Consumed" (feature film).

The Phipps Center is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in casting. Performers with diverse backgrounds, all races and ethnicities, and those from underrepresented groups are encouraged to audition.

For further information, contact the center at 715-386-2305.