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The Suffield Players New Faces Theatre Program returns for its Eighth Year!

Announcing New Faces 2019!  Designed to teach, inspire and develop the talents of all participants, this summer educational program showcases new actors, directors and playwrights.

New Faces 2019 will perform on August 17 at 2 and 7 pm at Mapleton Hall in Suffield, CT.

Now in its eighth year, the program is a fresh approach to theatre, as many of the participants involved are new to acting OR new to The Suffield Players, and the works being performed are new as well!

Eight talented directors will lead the learning, and 19 thespians from throughout Western Massachusetts and Connecticut will participate.

The Directors:  David Crowell, Karen Garbalosa, Tom Hebert, Lisa Parker, Mark Proulx, Josh Prouser, Kelly Seip and Bruce Torrey.

The Playwrights whose new works will be performed are: Gwen Adams, Jeff Dunne, Mackenzie Jahnke, Lisa Parker, Mark Proulx, Andy Rassler and  Joe Starzyk.

The New Faces 2019 ensemble: Jillian Bower, Mackenzie Camara, Johnny Gordon,  Reva Kleppel, Jack Levine, Claire Neild, Joanne O’Donoghue, Sherrie Schallack, Katie Simon, Krista Stoops, Doug Stoyer, Thomas Topper, Cheryl Zdebski  and Stephanie Zdebski.

The Players also welcome back several graduates from past New Faces programs, who join this summer’s company to support the newcomers: Steven Close, Regina Erpenbeck, Lexi Fox and Clay Hampton. Suffield Players regular Allen Nott will be sharing his talents and experience with the ensemble as well.

Come to The Suffield Players to enjoy some fine new theatre this summer!

New Faces 2019 Performances: August 17 at 2 and 7 pm in Mapleton Hall 1305 Mapleton Avenue   Suffield CT 06078

 General admission only; no reservations required. There is a $10 donation suggested at the door.

http://www.operahouseplayers.org/matilda-auditions

Directed by Becca Coolong
Music Direction by Devon Bakum
Choreography by Krista Brueno

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT 100 HIGH STREET, ENFIELD, CT.
Contact the director at BECCACOOLONG@GMAIL.COM with any questions. 

Children’s Auditions (Age 7-13)
Sunday June 16th at 3:00pm.

Please be prompt.  Audition requirements are listed below. 
Please note, this is an adult production and while there are children in the show, there will be late rehearsals, especially as we near opening.  We will attempt to get the children out as early as possible, however, it is important to understand the evening expectations.  

Adult Auditions (Age 14+)
Sunday, June 16 at 6pm and Monday, June 17 at 6:00 pm. 
Please be prepared to stick around after your initial audition is finished. A dance call will be held following the cold readings.

Callbacks (All Ages) Thursday, June 20

Rehearsal Schedule
– Rehearsals will begin in August. Exact date is not determined yet.
– Regular rehearsal schedule will be Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. 
– Not all actors will be needed at every rehearsal, but please anticipate being needed for every rehearsal when organizing your personal schedule.  Even after the schedule is set, we ask you to do your best to leave those days clear in case of schedule changes.
Performance Schedule
November 8,9,10*,15,16,17*,22,23,24*  @8pm
*Sunday Matinees @2pm

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show – nothing from the show please.
  • Children – please prepare either a short monologue or a long joke to perform
  • An accompanist will be provided by the theatre. Please bring your own sheet music.
  • Singing to tracks or a cappella will not be allowed.
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for dancing.FROM OUR DIRECTOR:
  • All roles are available for casting.
  • Bring a headshot / resume if you have one.
  • Be prepared to do cold readings from the script and to stay for a short dance call.
  • Please note, the readings are not specific to the characters you may be considered for but are general examples of language from the show.
  • Please be prepared to outline possible rehearsal conflicts. The standard rehearsal schedule will be Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays but there may be a need to select other days so we will be looking for all conflicts from August through November.  Schedules are subject to change and we ask for transparency and flexibility.
  • Please note that any conflicts given to production staff after rehearsals have begun may or may not be excused. These will be determined at the discretion of the director. Please make sure you have checked all school schedules, field trips, dance recitals, school concerts, vacations, work conferences, other production schedules that involve you, etc. While you are a volunteer in this, please understand that this is a serious commitment and your attendance impacts many many people.  We have to work around the schedules of dozens of people and each unexpected conflict makes a difference.

CHARACTER LIST: 

  • Matilda Wormwood – An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.
    Gender: Female, Age: 6 to 10, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Miss Agatha Trunchbull –The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children.
    Gender: Any, Age: 35 to ? Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Miss Honey – Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.
    Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 45, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Mr. Wormwood – Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.
    Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 50, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Mrs. Wormwood – Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.
    Gender: Female, Age: 30 to 50, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Michael Wormwood – Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.
    Gender: Male, Age: 10 to 15
  • Bruce – Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.
    Gender: Male, Age: 7 to 14, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: C4
  • Lavender – Matilda’s classmate and friend.
    Gender: Female, Age: 7 to 10
  • Mrs. Phelps – A nice librarian. 
    Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 50
  • The Escapologist – A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: C3
  • The Acrobat – A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
    Gender: Female, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D4
  • Rudolpho – Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. 
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: D#3
  • Doctor – Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. 
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Children’s Entertainer –A party entertainer at the start of the show.
    Gender: Male, Vocal range top: Eb4, Vocal range bottom: F#3
  • Ensemble – Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Kids (Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy), Parents.

 

AspenDream Productions

AUDITIONS FOR ASPENDREAM PRODUCTIONS COMEDY WEDDING AND MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY…

PAID POSITIONS

Sunday, May 20 starting at 4:30pm (by appointment)
Monday, May 21 starting at 6:30pm (by appointment)

Executive Producer/Director:

Janice Luise https://www.janicedirects.com/

Show Manager:  Barbara Harvey

Musical Coordinator:  Steve Ossais

Choreographer: Patrick Hearn

Connecticut’s award winning interactive comedy wedding and murder mystery dinner shows are selecting new cast members!

All roles are open to audition. We are seeking a large ensemble cast for on-going productions. There are 3 principal roles with 10 supporting roles. Auditioners seeking principal or supporting roles must be at least 18 years old and have good transportation. Auditions will consist of acting out improv scenarios and reading a script.

ASPENDREAM PRODUCTIONS™ has the standard for an original all-inclusive event where audience members take on the roles of family and friends of the notorious “Uncle Franco”, head of the mob family. Each of the five shows begins with a sidesplitting ceremony and continuous excitement throughout the night with singing, dancing and music. AspenDream Production™ comedies and murder mysteries have appeared in 72 cities throughout New England, performed for over 20,000 guests, and raised a million dollars for charities.

GUIDELINES: AspenDream Productions™ is seeking actors with strong dramatic and comedic skills.

‘ADP’ is casting for its traveling dinner theatre shows for the summer and fall season throughout CT. The first rehearsal begins June 3rd and the first show is July 7, 2018 and July 28, 2018. These productions are regularly sold out. ADP IMMERSIVE SHOWS are a series of fast-paced musical murder mystery farces and a comedy Italian Wedding. Shows are scripted but there is some improv. Artists comfortable with audience interaction preferred. Singing not necessary but a plus.

COMPENSATION: Non-union, professional compensated

ASPENDREAM PRODUCTIONS™ is seeking a diverse company of actors and is committed to equal opportunity and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy. Non-traditional casting is defined as the casting of ethnic minorities, senior actors, female actors or actors with disabilities in roles where race, ethnicity, age, gender or ability is not germane.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS can be found at this link: http://www.aspendreamproductions.com/Auditions.html

AUDITION DATES: Sunday, May 20 at 4:30PM and Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:30pm Auditions are in Thomaston.

To request an audition appointment time, please email ADPDinnertheater@gmail.com

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS can be found at this link: http://www.aspendreamproductions.com/Auditions.html

‘ADP’ is casting for its traveling dinner theatre shows for the summer and fall season throughout CT. The first rehearsal begins June 3rd and the first show is July 7, 2018. Future shows continue until the fall. These productions are regularly sold out. These are a series of fast-paced musical murder mystery farces and a comedy Italian Wedding. Shows are scripted but there is some improv. Artists comfortable with audience interaction preferred. Singing not necessary but a plus.

PREPARATION: Actors will be asked to read from a script and do fun improv games.

REHEARSALS: will be held on Sunday evenings (4-7pm). There are generally 3 intensive rehearsal sessions prior to a show. Rehearsal location is Harwinton or Thomaston. Shows can be anywhere in CT. Current cast members are from all over CT.

Can’t make these dates? Email your information to the above address. For more information, please call 860-309-1341 between 10AM and 3PM. Review our website: www.AspenDreamProductions.com

The Exit 7 Players Theater of Ludlow, MA is proud to announce auditions for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

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:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0548aca828aaf49-audition

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 bird_rmb@hotmail.com if you have any questions. For information about our theater, please visit us at exit7players.org .

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
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.

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.

EMAIL: WISTUDIOPRODUCTIONS@GMAIL.COM

WEBSITE: WWW.WISPRODUCTIONS.COM

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.

Questions? 

 

Contact Wagner Iovanna Studio Productions!

We’re bringing you back to the sock hoppin’ doo whoop 50’s and 60’s with all your favorite songs. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre will be holding auditions for its upcoming musical THE CARDIGANS. Seeking male singers/actor ages 18-35. Auditions will be held by appointment starting November 10, 2015. To schedule an audition time please call the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre at 860-829-1248. Please prepare 2 songs, in the style of the 50’s and 60’s, that should vocal range. Call or visit our website www.ctcabaret.com for more details. The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located at 31 Webster Square Rd. Berlin CT.

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.

 

PEACEMAKER.CALL FOR DIRECTORS

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

Heats audition CC

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.

Roles:

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 sherifftruman@charter.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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