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.
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
– 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.
November 8,9,10*,15,16,17*,22,23,24* @8pm
*Sunday Matinees @2pm
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.
- 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.
Open auditions May 12 & 13 from 6:00-9:30pm at our new theater space, 100 High St, Enfield, CT 06082
(Callbacks, if necessary, will be scheduled after auditions have completed)
Performance & Rehearsal Dates:
Performances: September 6-22, 2019
Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm
Sunday performances at 2pm
Rehearsals will begin end of July (around the 22nd).
- Be prepared to sing the following:
16 – 32 bars of a strong musical theater song in the proper key
(no pop songs please). A ballad is best. Country and folk music are strongly encouraged.
- An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music.
No singing a cappella or to a track.
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing
and bring a headshot, if you have one.
Questions? Please contact director John Pike, email@example.com
ROLES TO BE CAST:
8 female, 8 male
Age ranges listed are approximate.
All but Alice sing as ensemble members in addition to their named role.
- Alice Murphy (30 / strong, rich alto with some upper register)
Plays Alice at age 38–an editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. The same actress plays Young Alice at age 16–rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous–looking to break out of small-town life and experience the world. Strong singer comfortable in folk / bluegrass.
- Margo Crawford (early 20s / 2 nd soprano)
A small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect.
- Mama Murphy (40s-50s / Alto)
Alice’s mother. A caretaker to her family and her rural community. A warm, loving, sensible woman. Hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion.
- Lucy Grant (early 20s / Alto) A junior editor at a literary magazine. An ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940’s. Strong, forthright and provocative with a sharp sense of humor.
- Florence – (20s / variable voice range)
an employee at Margo’s bookstore and a childhood friend of both Billy and Margo.
- Edna – (variable age/alto) an employee at Margo’s bookstore.
- Government Clerk – (variable age and voice range)
A clerk at the Office of Records in Raleigh
- Well-Dressed Woman – (mid 30s – mid 40s)
A woman living in Raleigh.
- Billy Cane (Early 20s / High Baritone)
A soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve.
- Jimmy Ray Dobbs (30s / Tenor)
Plays Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks–Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice beau; handsome, boyishly charming, well-built, and intelligent; from a family of wealth and power and is being groomed by his father for a similar future in the family business; an independent thinker who is not afraid to stand up to his father for what he believes in; he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality as well as a deep reserve of passion and emotion. The same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 40.
- Mayor Josiah Dobbs (50’s / Baritone)
A political and financial powerbroker– distinguished, even elegant, an imposing and controlling presence; has a genuine interest in protecting his son’s future and his family name, but in doing so, is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty.
- Daddy Murphy (50 – 60s / Baritone)
Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer.
- Daddy Cane – (late 40s – 50s / Baritone)
Billy’s father. A widower. Spry, good looking. Kind hearted, if a bit lonely.
- Daryl Ames – (30s / Tenor)
An assistant at a literary magazine. Funny, with a dry and officious sense of humor. Insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing and innately likeable.
- Stanford (variable age and voice range)
Loyal assistant to Mayor Josiah Dobbs
- Dr. Norquist (variable age and voice range)
The local family doctor in Zebulon
- Max – (20s / variable voice range)
a customer at Margo’s bookstore, at first, he has a crush on Margo, but later becomes Edna’s beau.
Not paid work
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.
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
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
Producing a Play Workshop
Instructor: Robert Lunde
Saturday, March 8 from 2 – 4 pm
Sign Up for our Producing a Play Workshop!
A great opportunity to see theatre in a new light…
and learn production skills that make the magic happen!
No Experience Necessary!
- … learn what it takes to produce a show
- … tour the Mapleton Hall Theatre space
- … discover different roles involved in play production
- … learn specifics about becoming a Producer or Production Coordinator
(We are looking for people to fill these roles at The Suffield Players for our 2014 – 2015 Season… we will train interested folks, and partner them with veterans from our theatre!)
There is no fee for this workshop! Donations to the Suffield Players will be accepted.
RSVP Robert Lunde by March 1 at email@example.com
Workshop space limited to 30 Participants… you must RSVP to attend!