As some of you know, the mother-site to this one, The Connecticut Callboard, is going to be shutting down as of June 1, 2015. Unfortunately, this also means that The Western Massachusetts Callboard will be shutting down as well.
We will continue with our Facebook and Twitter Feeds, the only thing that is going away is the actuall website itself. This decision was not undertaken lightly, and it due to the rising costs of web hosting, subscriptions and the fact that I have a child entering college in the fall; I just couldn’t shoulder the cost any more.
Please continue to be a part of the vibrant Facebook and twitter community, and we’ll look forward to see you there.
Directed by Ryan Bird
PERFORMANCE DATES: February 9-11 and 16-18, 2018
AUDITIONS: Closed auditions Sunday & Monday September 24 and 25, 6:30-9pm by appointment.
To schedule an appointment, go to:
Actors who arrive without an appointment will be see on an “as available” basis.
Please note that appointments will be in 15 minute blocks and times are first come/first served.
Call backs, as needed, by invitation on Wednesday, September 27
Please note that auditions are being held at the United Church of Christ in Ludlow, MA (a few blocks from Exit 7 theater) located at 51 Center St. Ludlow, MA. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions. For information about our theater, please visit us at exit7players.org .
All actors must be 18 years of age or older by audition date.
All races, genders, shapes and sizes are encouraged to audition.
All roles are open.
All ages listed in role description are approximate only.
Actors should bring a theater resume and headshot if they have one.
Actors who wish to be considered for the roles of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio, Hero and Dogberry should prepare an approximately one minute comedic Shakespearean monologue.
Actors who are open to any role should familiarize themselves with the script and be prepared to read from the script.
REHEARSALS: Tentatively scheduled for Sunday-Wednesday beginning on or shortly after October 29th. With a break over the Thanksgiving and Winter holidays. Please be prepared to list conflicts with rehearsal dates at time of audition.
ROLES: 4-12 women and 7-12 men. Approximal half of the roles are gender neutral and very flexible on age
BEATRICE: (Female, 30-45) Leonato’s niece and Hero’s cousin. Beatrice is “a pleasant-spirited lady” with a very sharp tongue. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry.
HERO: (Female, 19-30) cousin to Beatrice, daughter of Leonato, lovely, charming, gentle, kind, but has backbone, in love with Claudio, innocent of any wrongdoing, she is slandered by Claudio’s enemies and is devastated by the attacks on her good name.
MARGARET: (Female, 20-50) Hero’s gentlewoman, a woman, not a girl, but definitely not an old maid, is sensual, robust, and has a hard time keeping a cap on her sexuality, not cheap or tawdry, just possessing a sexuality that is present, if perhaps inconsistent with the morality of the court.
URSULA: (Female, 30-50) Hero’s gentlewoman, a calming maternal influence in a household dominated by authoritative men, is somewhat old fashioned, perhaps even a little starchy, a woman of quiet faith.
BENEDICK: (Male, 30-45) An aristocratic soldier who has recently been fighting under Don Pedro, and a friend of Don Pedro and Claudio. Benedick is very witty, always making jokes and puns. He carries on a “merry war” of wits with Beatrice, but at the beginning of the play he swears he will never fall in love or marry.
LEONATO: (Male, 50+) Governor of Messina, father to Hero and uncle to Beatrice, well-respected and values his good name, commanding and powerful, but also possessing a playful side, generous toward his friends and brutal with his enemies, capable of great gentleness and humility and terrible rage.
DON PEDRO: (Male, 30-50) Prince of Aragon, a soldier, Benedick’s contemporary and commander, they are old friends and comrades in arms, is wealthy, privileged, charming, courteous, and virile, possesses an innate sense of power and authority, which he wears with great ease, a man comfortable in his own skin.
CLAUDIO: (Male, 19-30) a young Florentine soldier, in love with Hero, cut from a rougher cloth than his comrades, but can still move seamlessly between the macho world of the military and the world of the court, handsome, charming, masculine, a touch of grit, a true believer in honor and virtue, his strict moral code sometimes clouds his judgment and causes him to act rigidly and impetuously. Must be able to sing.
DOGBERRY: (gender neutral) the master constable of Messina, dedicated, determined, but clumsy, proud, sincere, he takes his job extremely seriously, eager to impress the court, and will go to absurd lengths to do so, his attempts to speak formally and elaborately are riddled with misunderstandings and malapropisms, a role for an actor with great physical and verbal comedic skill.
DON JOHN: (Male, 30-50) Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother, melancholy, brooding, wily, envious of his brother’s status and authority, he schemes to get back at him by ruining the happiness of his brother’s friends, an excellent mind for planning and calculating, and an eye for pinpointing the weaknesses of others.
ANTONIO: (Male, 60-70) Leonato’s older brother, although he is perhaps past his physical prime, he is still fierce and commanding, a patriarch who is a little out of step with the times, as his place in society is gradually being usurped by a new, younger guard, has a passionate temper that sometimes overwhelms him.
CONRAD & BORACHIO: cohorts of Don John, they are not in the court but more than happy to move in those circles, it gives them the reflected aura of respectability that they do not possess on their own, they are players, slick, tough and edgy, into drinking, sex, power and money; not necessarily in that order.
VERGES: Dogberry’s hapless sidekick, not the sharpest tool in the kit, together they make a classic double act, this is a role for a character actor who with excellent verbal and physical comedic skills.
FRIAR FRANCIS: (Male, 30-60) compassionate, level-headed, wise, a strong believer in the redemptive power of love, he sets in motion a plot to reunite Hero and Claudio, is a man of true faith and considerable imagination.
BALTHAZAR: Balthazar is the play’s musician. He lends music to the prince’s company and gives a serene atmosphere to Messina. The ability to play a stringed instrument would be a plus
SEXTON: The sexton helps in examining Borachio and Conrade in jail. He shows Dogberry how to take care of the criminals and brings word of the occurrences at the infamous wedding ceremony. He looks down upon Dogberry and eventually captures Don John.
MESSENGERS: Throughout the play, several messengers come onstage and off to report important events to the characters, from the arrival of Don Pedro and his men, to the capture of Don John.
WATCHMEN, OATCAKE, SEACOLE: Dogberry employs a few night watchmen to keep an eye on the happenings of Messina during this very joyous wedding time. They capture Borachio and Conrade on word of Borachio’s affair with Margaret and the framing of Hero.
We are looking for new board members! Hoping in particular for someone who has technology expertise – someone who can keep our website updated, and come up with new ideas for website enhancement. We also welcome applications from folks who can design and build sets, or from anyone who is just a doer, who can lead committees and projects, and help strategize for our future.
If you love theater, want to get involved, and can devote a few hours a month to WHCT (more hours when we have productions or projects going on), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
WAGNER IOVANNA STUDIO PRODUCTIONS IS OFFERING THE FIRST EVER SUMMER CONSERVATORY PROGRAM ON THE SHORELINE. WE ARE BRING BROADWAY TRAINING TO YOU!!!!
What is the summer intensive?
The intensive is ten weeks of rehearsals and workshops culminating in a full scale production of “We the People”. Participants will be working with top industry professionals to both strengthen and broaden their understanding of their craft.
Our goal is to offer a program like no other on the shoreline by bringing in Working Actors, Agents/Casting Directors and Managers from NYC, LA and Nashville to teach industry workshops. Not only will students develop their singing, acting and dancing skills, they will also learn how to present themselves at auditions and interviews along with the ins and outs of the business
Who is the program for?.
Grades 6 through 12. We are accepting 32 applicants.
When does the intensive begin?
Rehearsals will begin on June 12th. There will be no rehearsals during the July 4th week.
When will rehearsals be?
The rehearsal schedule will be handed out at the first rehearsal.
Rehearsals will be Monday through Wednesday, 5pm to 8pm, with some possible added Thursday rehearsals. The schedule will be handed out at the 1st rehearsal on June 12th.
July & August rehearsals will be located at the Legacy Dance Studio in North Haven, CT.
June rehearsals will either be in Madison or North Haven – TBA
When will performances be?
Saturday, August 26th there will be both a matinee and evening performance.
Sunday, August 27th there will be a matinee.
CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION TODAY 203-468-6899
LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE, DOWNLOAD AND FILL OUT THE AUDITION PACKAGE. YOU MUST BRING IT WITH YOU TO YOUR AUDITION.
REQUIRED: Please write all conflicts down on the registration form so we may schedule accordingly. We will also help set car pools.
When are auditions?
Friday, June 2nd – 6:30 to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 3rd – 1 to 4pm
Callbacks are: Sunday, June 4th – 1 to 4pm
Where are auditions?
Legacy School of Dance
53B Quinnipiac Ave.
North Haven, CT
What to prepare for auditions?
-32 bars of a musical theatre song (performed acapella)
-You will be given a short reading
-wear comfortable clothes for dance placement. Bring dance shoes or socks.
Farmington Valley Stage Company announces auditions for their January production of “A TRIO OF SHORT PLAYS” November 16 and 17 from 3:30-5, 7 -8:30 pm and 8:30-10 pm at their theater in the Canton Town Hall, 4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT. The production is written and directed by Geoffrey Craig and consists of 3 original short plays, “Divorce First Class”, “Hoax”, and “Mother and Daughter”. Rehearsals begin Nov. 30th and run most Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Performance dates are January 22 and 23 and a matinee on Sunday, January 24, 2016.
Casting Needs: 3-7 males, 3-6 Females. Characters’ ages range from 30-70. For the audition you will be asked to read from the scripts. Brief synopses, audition forms and cast breakdowns can be found on the Farmington Valley Stage Company web site: www.FVStage.org.
Please email us at email@example.com to schedule an appointment. Please state in your email your first and second choice of preferred audition date and time. Please bring a current headshot/photo to the audition.
During your next round of choosing a play for production, please note: I am currently offering a free perusal script of the dramatic comedy, BROTH, upon request. Scripts can also be ordered on Amazon. For details and a fun look at photos of the original Landmark College production, please visit www.nevadabromley.com
TAINTED INC. CREATIVE STUDIO
SUMMER TAP HEAT W/
Keith Leonhardt opens his class up for the summer. If you are looking to brush up on your tap skills for auditions, want to keep dancing for the summer, or just get a good workout, this class is for you. Keith Leonhardt has earned a reputation in the Connecticut dance community as a beacon of excellence in tap dance education. Whether you’re a beginner or an established professional, the state-of-the-art studios and education of Keith’s class are sure to have what you seek. Class runs every Thursday at 7:30pm. Shoes required.
12$ at the door 2$ off your first class…drop in’s welcome.
Groups of 4 or more receive a group discount
Class held at Tainted Inc 11 Whitney St. Hartford, CT 06105
Keith Leonhardt is a choreographer, performer, tap educator and has made a mark on the Connecticut dance scene as a professional tap dancer. Keith’s work and artistry has taken him all over Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and abroad. A native of Suffield, CT, Leonhardt received much of his training through The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The University of the Arts of Philadelphia, PA, and Jazz Tap Center’s Big Apple Tap Festival & Tradition in Tap of NYC both under scholarships. A student of Dianne Walker (Lady Di) and CT Tap great Clare O’Donnell (O’D), he remains the current dance captain of her company OD N TAP. As a tap soloist, his work has been seen recently at FOXWOODS Resort & Casino, Trashion Fashion 2015 at Hartford City Hall, The Make A Wish Foundation Fashion Show, The Ted Hershey Dance Marathon, The Invisible City Project of Hartford, and The WE CAN 2014 Fashion Show at The New County Mercedes Benz Motor Center of Hartford hosted by Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra to name a few. As an educator, Keith dedicates himself to preserving and spreading the American form of tap dance and questioning the idea rhythm as we look at it today. Keith is currently signed with DFX Entertainment and teaches, performs, and remains an active supporter in the national tap dance community.
The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is proud to announce auditions for its upcoming musical “ROCK OF AGES”. Please email headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Any questions please call 860-829-1248
Auditions will be held:
DATE: JUNE 24, 2015
TIME: 6 PM TO 10 PM.
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
31 Webster Square Road Berlin CT 06037
Seeking male and female singers/actors/dancers ages 18-35. Those auditioning will be asked to prepare 2 songs showing vocal range (IN STYLE OF SHOW PREFERED) and a monologue. All roles are open.
Please see descriptions of characters below:
DREW An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams.
SHERRIE Female, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability.
LONNY The narrator of the piece, charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and rock vocals.
DENNIS DUPREE Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Torn about whether he should sell the club to Hertz, a German businessman. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude real dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals.
STACEE JAXX/(Doubles as FATHER) A sexy rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and rock tenor voice.
JUSTICE/(Doubles as MOTHER) African American female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a strip club where Sherrie winds up working. Takes on the maternal role for the girls that work for her. Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed.
HERTZ KLINEMANN An attractive older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Strip to develop it. The bad guy of the piece.
FRANZ KLINEMANN Hertz’s son, young German male. Works for his father but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart.
REGINA A fun, hippie type, in shape, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take over of The Strip. Strong comedic timing.
ENSEMBLE strong character actors with good comedic timing to play numerous roles, with dance/movement ability.
The PeaceMaker Project centers on the professional production of a “new” work for musical theater: PeaceMaker: The Dreams of Humanity’s Child. This musical, this opera, this performance piece, is designed to be entertaining and engaging while delivering a very powerful message: that we need to care for the EarthMother and all our relations, that each of us can be a peace maker. Therefore, the goal of the Peacemaker Project is to deliver that message to as wide and diverse and audience as possible.\ To accomplish this goal, we will recruit professional collaborators of like mind, body and spirit: musicians, actors, singers, dancers, directors, managers, designers, technicians. We will provide resources for collaborators to facilitate their success: musical scores, demo orchestrations, production notes, individual and group coaching, technical support. We will establish a “doable” schedule for busy professionals, a schedule that requires a minimum of people being in the same place, at the same time, doing the same thing. We will do this by rightly expecting that professionals, given proper resources and support, will come to a rehearsal situation fully prepared.
Thus, we believe that such a group can and will be able to bring the individual pieces together in a very short time…in fact, in four days for phase one of our project.
We will articulate a business plan appropriate to a “non-profit” model and, at the same time, designed to generate sufficient revenues to provide appropriate and “fair-market value” compensation for professional participants. In other words, we think pros should be paid for their work and we intend to our best to see that this happens. Simply put…we hope to generate enough revenues from the sale of tickets and other fund-raising activities to cover production expenses and still leave enough resources to compensate professional participants in a “fair-market value” way as well as support the larger goals of the Peaceful Educator Foundation. How exactly this will be determined has not been determined, yet…however, the spirit of our intention is fairness and the details will be clearly articulated and understood among and between participants before commitments are required.
More Info: www.thepeacefuleducator.com/peacemaker-themusical