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Here's a chance to be an actor without the stage fright — unless your living room makes you nervous.

While the theater is closed, Back Alley Productions in LaFayette, Georgia, is putting together an online murder mystery designed "to keep the spirit of acting, creating and collaborating alive," said BAP founder Kaylee Smith.

You'll still need to audition — hard to get away from that pesky detail. Just think of it as the first step to becoming a viral star.

If it helps, producers aren't looking for serious actors. Smith said for this experiment they're looking for larger-than-life emoting — campy, not serious. You'll also need to have a good internet connection and be tech-savvy enough to work Zoom, a video conferencing platform. They'll be looking for someone who is comfortable with the camera and has a sense of humor, along with "the ability to have fun and not take any of this too seriously."

Knowledge of basic improvisation skills is a plus, such as the "yes, and ..." rule of improv that moves the story along and lets all characters contribute. You'll need to be able to commit a few hours a week and stay consistent with attending recordings, she said.

Cast auditions will be 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, on Zoom (email backalleyperformances@gmail.com for a link). Online auditions run just like regular auditions, Smith said, but actors will need to have their own monologue.

If that time is inconvenient, you can submit a recorded monologue by email.

If writing is more your thing, Back Alley is also looking for help from the audience to create a story from scratch.

"Right now we're looking for some great ideas on setting," Smith said. "What speaks murder mystery to you? What time, location and ambiance excites you."

Submit those ideas by email as well, or get more details on the Back Alley Productions Facebook page.

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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