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AspenDream Productions is recruiting for Fall and Holiday Shows





Auditions are by appointment on Aug. 19 and 20th in Thomaston. Email



Family and friends have long told the audacious Donald Rondini that he should audition for “AspenDream Productions” the off-Broadway company that has performed in over 72 cities in New England for the past 20 years and performed for over 15,000 guests. But he was too busy with other things. Rondini never really considered a career in acting. He was thinking of retirement and all the fun it would bring.  But one weekend he decided he would take a gamble and tryout. It changed his life.

The 60-something Branford resident traveled to Harwinton, Connecticut where he joined actors and singers from all over Connecticut who wanted to audition for a spot in the continually sold-out interactive comedy wedding and murder mystery shows.

In the past, Rondini learned of regional “AspenDream Productions” auditions too late. This time, when Rondini spotted the auditions he made up his mind and made arrangements to go. “I really wanted the lead character of the head mob guy, Uncle Franco, but everyone wanted that role.  They told me they would consider me for Father O’Flasky, a comedic type,” Rondini said. “The producer said they liked my Irish accent but they didn’t think I had enough experience to do the leading character.”  Now it is 14 years later and I am still with AspenDream Productions. In an interesting twist of fate, I eventually got the role of Uncle Franco.” The moral of the story – not only did Donald Rondini eventually get his dream role but he became a massive hit throughout New England for his unique and hilarious portrayal of this Archie Bunker-type mob character. His gamble paid off and his retirement is more than fun.

“At this point, “I don’t think there’s anyone better than Don Rondini for the lead role but now we are looking for a second cast”, said Janice Luise-Lutkus Producer of AspenDream Productions.

AspenDream Productions seeks submissions for an open-ended run for their fast-paced comedy wedding and murder mystery productions.The productions are produced, written, and directed by Janice Luise-Lutkus of Burlington the original producer of the 20-year run in New England.  The productions are managed by Barbara Harvey of Middletown.

We are seeking men and women ages 18-80 – any ethnicity. People with outgoing personalities are preferred. Improvisational skills and acting experience is helpful. There are also positions for Singers. Venues are throughout Connecticut. There are one to four rehearsals per show.

Those interested are asked to send a headshot and resume, or a recent photo. Actors/Singers must be available for rehearsals and performances they are selected for. This is an excellent opportunity to work with professional actors from the original CT production. This is a non-equity production. Please submit resume and photos to with name, email address, and phone number. Audition date and time will be assigned via e-mail. Rehearsals are in Harwinton or Thomaston.







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Janice Luise-Lutkus

Executive Director and Owner of AspenDream Productions comedy wedding and murder mystery company in CT. ADP is the longest running dinner theatre in CT. Read Full
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