Somers Village Players -Fall 2015 Dinner Theatre
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Auditions May 18-19 with possible callbacks on May 21. .
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Based on the plays “Miles Gloriosus”, “Pseudolus”, and “Mostellaria” by Plautus (251-183 B.C.)
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine–“something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”
7 male roles, 2 female roles and chours (8-15 people)
Performance dates: September 25, 26, October 2, 3, 9, 10
Auditions at Millpond, home to the Village Players, 55 School St, Somersvile, Ct. For more info all Gus Rousseau, Director, 1-413-244-6629, somersvillageplayers.org
Please bring a piece of music or cd that is music similar to “Forum “ music. DO NO BRING “Forum” music. Rehearsals begin mid-July
TALENT AMERICA PRELIMINARY
SUNDAY, APRIL 26th
Best Western – North Haven, CT
Applications and registration forms are found at the website
Talent America, the nation’s longest running entertainment industry showcase/competition gives undiscovered talent the opportunity to perform in front of legitimate agents, managers, casting directors, choreographers and music industry professionals. Preliminaries are held throughout the country. Contestants are invited to perform at the national competition held July 10th-12th in NYC.
- Talent America is open to ages 3-99. Categories are divided into vocal, acting, dance, modeling and novelty. There are subcategories under each category such as Acting – cold readings, etc.
- There were 230 callbacks resulting in 18 signed contracts at last year’s national competition. Many of today’s biggest names got their start at Talent America.
Sunday, April 26th- Best Western, North Haven, CT
– 201 Washington Avenue –
Check In – 8:45, Start: 10:00am
2014 NATIONAL JUDGES
- AC Ciulla ~ Choreographer/Casting
Alice Ray ~ Spellman Entertainment
- Ann Wright ~ Ann Wright Representatives
- Ashley Acarino ~ Nouveaux Talent
- Barbara Klein ~ Divine Management
- Eddie Rabon ~ Take 3 Talent
- Ernesta Corvino ~ Choreographer
- Frantz G. Hall ~ Producer/Choreographer
- Jayne Doniger ~ Music Executive
- Lee Boria ~ Boria Entertainment
- Ramona Pitera ~ Ramona’s Talent
- Robert Marks ~ Vocal Coach
- Robyn Acarino~ Nouveaux Talent
- Sean Bennett ~ Spellman Entertainment
- Susan Wright ~ Ann Wright Representatives
- Tami Flicker ~ Abrams Artist
- Teri Bader Bostaji ~ Wilhelmina Kids & Teens
- Traci Jackson ~ Take 3 Talent
- Trey Bondy ~ The New York Talent Club
Past Judges have included:
- Terry Bader Bostaji, Wilhelmina Kids and Teens, NYC
- Emma Alterreid, Abrams Artists
- Susan and Ann Wright, Ann Wright Representatives
- Robyn Acarino, Nouveaux Talent
- Liz Tobin, L.T.Model & Talent
- Rod Uriate, Virgin Records, Europe
- Lisbeth Andresen, CTP Casting
- Kathy Backer, Karin Curves
- Deborah Colony, Bad Cat Records
- Pamela Corrente, Pam’s People
- Caroline Ghazar, Model Club
- Carmelita Frazier, Band management
- Bob Marks, Robert marks Vocal Techniques
- Tobe Gibson, Director, Young Talent, Inc.
- Shirley Grant, Shirley Grant Management
- Violet Holmes, Director Rockettes, Emeritus
- Jan Jarrett, Jan J. Agency
- Jo Jordan, Jo Jordan Talent Agency
- Karen Kaiser, Steve Horn Productions
- Ayn Lauren, S.E.M. & M.
- Karen Lee, Pauline’s Model Management
- Maxine Lewis, Apollo Theatre/NYC
- Erin Lundgin, Elite Models
- Erica Bines, Headline Talent Agency
- Holly McBride, Entertainment Manager, Disney
- Ginger Dicce, Dicce Management
- Lisa Price, The Price Group
- Arlene McGovern, Goodwin & McGovern
- Lois Miller, Star Talent
- Bebe Monahan, Ford Model Agency
- Jeanne Niederlitz, Niederlitz & Steele
- H. Shep Pamplin, Oppenheim & Christie & Assoc
- Richard Rosenwald, Richard Rosenwald Associates
- Gary Shaffer, Casting Director & Upstart Management
- Barry Shapiro, Herman Lipson Casting
- Nick Scandalios, Nederlander Theatre
- Carol Ross, Author of Cosmo. article “So You Want to be a Rec. Star”
Representatives from the following and many others
- William Morris Agency
- Stephen Draper Agency
- NY-LA-NASH Entertainment
- Bill Cooper Assoc. Inc
- Broadway Dance Center
- Sheryl Robinson, CHoreographer
- Guy Lebon
- Kelmen-Luth Entertainment
- 413 Talents Unltd
- T&I Casting
- Raw Cream Music
- Monty Silver Agency
- Collier TV Seminar
- The Linhardt Group
- Hoft Enterprises
- Ron Milke, Milke Productions
- Edna Panaggio
- Mildred Grant
- Luigi’s Dance Center
Hearts tells the story of Donald Waldman, a “Forward Observer” in the U.S. army in World War II. Shuttling back and forth from 1944 to the mid-90’s, Donald tells of his tumultuous relationships with his best friends Babe, Herbie, and Ruby, and with his long-suffering wife Evelyn, during his 50-year struggle to come to terms with what he did and saw in the war. Finally, a meeting with another survivor brings Donald the peace that evaded him his whole life in this funny, sad, and moving drama.
Donald Waldman, from the age of 18 to his early 70’s. Donald is gruff, blunt, defiant, vulnerable, and brave.
Babe, Donald’s best friend, from the age of 18 to his early 70’s. Babe is straightforward, brave, a peacekeeper. The actor who plays Babe will play a dozen additional small roles.
Herbie, Donald’s close friend, from the age of 18 to his early 70’s. Herbie is blunt, impatient, confident. The actor who plays Herbie will also play three supporting roles (Sgt. Reineck; Mike, a soldier; and Donald’s Son) and four additional small roles.
Ruby, Donald’s close friend, from the age of 18 to his early 50’s. Ruby is brave, proud, hard, a joker. The actor who plays Ruby will also play two supporting roles (Cpt. Schwinky; Shmuel, a concentration camp survivor) and five additional small roles.
Evelyn, Donald’s wife, from her early 20’s to her mid 60’s. Evelyn is confident, sensitive, straightforward, proud. The actor who plays Evelyn will also play a supporting role (Donald’s Granddaughter) and four additional small roles.
Note: As the characters’ ages range from 18 to 20 to their early 70’s, there will be great potential for flexibility in the ages of the cast members. We are looking for actors who can demonstrate inventiveness in differentiating multiple characters and various ages.
Audition Process: At auditions, actors will read sides from the play, monologues which will be provided at auditions (no memorization or advance preparation needed), and will participate in improvisational games. Dress for movement please.
If actors auditioning on Sunday night can make themselves available for Monday night as well, that effort would be greatly appreciated; however, auditioners’ presence one night only will have no adverse effect on casting.
For more information, please contact Jeffrey Flood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2015 Dinner Theatre
by Sam Bobrick
Winner! 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!
The Psychic follows the chaotic life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer, who has put a sign in his apartment window, in despertation to make the rent: “Psychic Readings $25.” The sign soon draws the interest of the lovely and conflicted Laura, her shady husband, Roy, Roy’s mistress, Rita, a gangster named Johnny Bubbles, and ace Detective Norris Coslow. In the surprising twists that follow The Pyschic entangles Adam in a hilarious murder mystery that you won’t want to miss!
Auditions to be announced
Open Audition Notice:
|Date:||Wednesday January 7, 2015|
|Location:||Millpond Playhouse, 55 School Street, Somersville CT|
|Cast:||4 male roles
2 female roles
This show will be directed by Erin Chaffee
More than 40 roles are available in these 8 comedies and 8 dramas. Roles range from a 12-year-old girl to a man in his 70’s. Actors will read selected sides from the scripts, which were chosen from a submission pool of 685 plays from all over the United States and from several other countries.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to perform in original plays, many of which will be Massachusetts premieres, and several world premieres, written by new, emerging, and established voices in contemporary playwriting.
For audition information and an opportunity to read the scripts, please go to http://www.exit7players.org/auditions/newshortplaycontes/
The Suffield Players Announce their Annual Holiday Benefit Challenge Production: Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play
Based on the original 1947 Lux Radio Presentation Directed by Chris Rohmann
December 5 and 6 at 8 pm; December 7 at 2 pm.
1305 Mapleton Avenue
Suffield CT 06078
In 1947, the movie Miracle on 34th Street was released and became an instant classic. That same year, Lux Radio Theatre aired an adaptation of the beloved Christmastime story over the NBC radio network. This year, the Suffield Players recreate that live broadcast, complete with period costumes and live sound effects. All two dozen characters, from 7-year-old Susan to ??-year-old Kris Kringle, will be played by a versatile, multi-voiced ensemble, and the sound effects will be created live-on-stage at an old-fashioned foley table.
This production features the talents of a real life mother/daughter team: Becky and Leila Schoenfeld, playing Doris and her daughter Susan. Konrad Rogowski will portray Kris Kringle, supported by Zach Gray as Fred. The Foley Sound Effects Gal is played by multi-talented Kelly Seip. Barbara Gallow, Kate Hebert, Ken Hebert, Rayah Martin, Dana Ring, and Robert Britton complete the Holiday show ensemble.
Miracle on 34th Street will be presented as a staged reading, performed with scripts in hand, a minimum of rehearsals, and a maximum of creativity! It is also a benefit production for the group, with all donations going toward the maintenance and upkeep of the Players’ historic theatre home, Mapleton Hall. The performance will be accompanied by a Holiday Teacup Raffle, in which audience members bid on lovely baskets chock full of donated goods and gift certificates at intermission, as well as before and after the show.
General seating only; no reservations are required. Tickets will be available at the door, with a $10 donation suggested.
For more information, call 860-668-0837, or 800-289-6148, or visit our website at www.suffieldplayers.org
The Exit 7 Players of Ludlow, MA are announcing auditions for A CHORUS LINE on Sunday, January 4 and Monday, January 5, 2015.
Show Dates: April 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, & 9 @ 8pm and April 26 and May 3 @ 2pm
Directed by Janine Flood
Musically Directed by Daniel Monte
Choreographed by Amy Bouchard
Produced by Christina Climo and Chris McKenzie Willenbrock
A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical-verite about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration.
Memorable musical numbers include I Can Do That, At the Ballet, Dance: Ten; Looks: Three, The Music and the Mirror, What I Did for Love, One (Singular Sensation) and I Hope I Get It. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama.
While obviously being a show for dancers, we would like to encourage actor/singers who feel they have the ability to learn and perform choreography and convincingly portray a Broadway dancer. What is important to us is that you are comfortable up on stage and that you can perform with the talent, confidence, energy, and stamina required for the show.
Sunday January 4: 6pm
Monday January 5: 7pm
Please arrive with a headshot or recent photo and please be dressed to dance, preferably not in baggy clothing. This show features jazz, ballet, and tap dancing, so please bring any of the necessary dance shoes you may already have, otherwise, please wear shoes comfortable to dance in. Please remember to bring a water bottle.
Please prepare 32 bars in the style of the show. You are neither encouraged nor discouraged from singing a song from the show. We’d like to hear whatever showcases you best. If you are singing a song from a different show, please have sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please, NO backing tracks or a cappella auditions.
Immediately following your song, you will be asked to read a monologue from the show (See links below) Men will read the role of Adam and women will read the role of Eve. You do NOT need to memorize this in advance, in fact we discourage you from doing so. All we ask is that you take time in advance to familiarize yourself with what you are reading and make a strong character choice. These monologues were specifically chosen because they can be played any way you want.
Adam’s monologue – http://www.monologuearchive.com/t/twain_006.html
Eve’s monologue – http://www.monologuearchive.com/t/twain_005.html
Following vocal auditions, there will be a dance call.
Callbacks will be held on Wednesday January 7 at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30. Please allow yourself enough time to warm up. Callbacks will begin with a second dance audition.
Women who are called back will be asked to sing “At The Ballet”. Men will be asked to sing “I Can Do That”.
If you are auditioning for the role of Cassie, please become acquainted with “The Music And The Mirror”.
If you would like to audition for Val, please become acquainted with “Dance Ten, Looks Three”.
All actors called back should also be acquainted with the song “What I Did For Love”.
For updates and a full character breakdown please visit our website at http://www.exit7players.org/auditions/achoruslineauditio/
October 25, 2014
Preparing a Successful College Audition
Goodspeed’s Audition Master Class is a one day workshop with Brent Wagner, the Chair of the acclaimed Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Wagner will guide high school students in all aspects of song performance, including analyzing music and lyrics, acting the song, selecting and preparing the music, and understanding audition techniques. Each student will present two songs and will work individually with Professor Wagner. Participants will gain a valuable set of audition tools and techniques for their future in musical theatre. The program will also include an optional session, “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs,” for parents and students.
With your application, please send a deposit of $75 in the form of a check payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.” If you prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Kate Micari at 860.873.8664, x373. (If you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you are accepted, your deposit will be deducted from your total tuition. In all other cases, the tuition payment is non-refundable.)
Important dates and registration information:
• October 8, 2014: Application Deadline
• October 15, 2014: Applicants will be notified of status
• Upon acceptance, a final tuition payment of $175 will be due
TOTAL TUITION: $250
Send application to: Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute, Attn: Education Dept, PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423
If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari by email at email@example.com or at 860.873.8664, ext. 373.
2014 Program Description
• One-on-one song coaching
• Introduction to the college audition process
• Tips about essential audition techniques
• Exposure to all aspects of song performance
• Optional informational session and Q & A for parents and students
Participants should prepare two 16-bar audition songs with the accompaniment clearly marked (title, key signature and time signature prominent) with a 2 or 4-bar introduction. The songs may be from any period. Participants should dress as they would for a college audition. (Note: Applicants should be equally comfortable with both songs).
In addition, Prof. Wagner will present a talk for parents and students, “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs,” from 4:30 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, October 25. Prof. Wagner will share essential tools for understanding the college process, with a list of recommendations and guidelines. Master Class participants are not required to attend this session, though it is strongly recommended for high school juniors and seniors. This session will be completed by 6:00 pm.
Participants and their families can purchase tickets to attend the 8:00pm performance of Holiday Inn on Saturday at the Goodspeed Opera House. If you are interested in obtaining tickets, please call Goodspeed’s box office at 860.873.8668.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:30am – 4:30pm • Master Class – Students only
4:30pm – 6:00pm • Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs – Optional parent and student session
Larry McMillian Rehearsal Studio
21 Norwich Road
East Haddam, CT 06423
– See more at: http://www.goodspeed.org/pages/audition-master-class