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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.

http://www.operahouseplayers.org/bright-star-auditions

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).

Audition Requirements:

  • 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, johnpike1@gmail.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.

Female Roles

  • 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.

Male Roles

  • 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.

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Miracle Collage 2

December 5 and 6 at 8 pm; December 7 at 2 pm.

Mapleton Hall

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

 

 Auditions Upcoming for:
Audition Dates: August 10 at 6 pm  August 11 at 7 pm
in Mapleton Hall
~Roles for 3 women, 4 men~
Please Note: This play is PG 13 due to strong language and adult situations.
Different Accents may be required; several characters may be double cast.
Also: The roles of “She Devil” and “Rob Bob” perform
one scene in a state of semi-undress.
 
*** Perusal Copy of the script for “Flaming Guns” is available
 at Kent Memorial Library!  Please stop by and have a look!***
Rehearsals begin August 17, and will run 3 evenings per week
based on actor availability.
Audition Specifics:
Auditioners will be doing cold readings from the script,
and doing some improvisation and movement;
 comfortable clothing is recommended.
For more information, or to arrange an individual audition due to scheduling conflicts, contact Robert Lunde:
The Suffield Players  1305 Mapleton Avenue  Suffield CT 06078

The Suffield Players Proudly Announce:

 

New Faces 2014 

an exciting educational

and theatrical opportunity!

July 12- August 16, 2014

Performance at Mapleton Hall

on August 16 at 7:30 pm

The Suffield Players are looking for actors to participate in their Third Annual New Faces Educational Program!

  • Open to anyone 16 years and up who has never, or only briefly, appeared on our stage, New Faces is designed to teach, inspire and develop the talents of all participants.
  • New Faces is an opportunity to work with experienced Directors in scene study and actor’s craft.
  • The performance will consist of a series of approximately 10 minute scenes, selected by the Directors, worked on during the program.
  • Everyone who qualifies will be accepted into New Faces… there are no auditions.

Guest Directors: Kelly Seip, Robert Lunde, Dorrie Mitchell, 

 Becky Schoenfeld, Roger A. Ochs and Mary Fernandez-Sierra… and More!

  • Rehearsal times to be scheduled by the Cast and the Directors; possible three to five hours weekly; to be arranged with each unique cast and Director.
  • There will be an afternoon of scheduled cold script readings for all New Faces Actors on Saturday, July 12 from 1 – 4 pm.
  • Please be aware that space is limited; places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline for contacting Mary Fernandez-Sierra to indicate interest: July 2.

 

* Any Participants from New Faces 2013 who would like to re-qualify for a role will be placed on a standby list. Remaining openings for New Faces 2014 will be offered on an individual basis to returning actors.*

 

Interested? Please contact Mary at the link below:

maryfernandezsierra@gmail.com

  Drawing of Mapleton Hall

The Suffield Players  1305 Mapleton Avenue   Suffield CT 06078

thesuffieldplayers@gmail.com

Suffield Players Logo  Producing a Play Workshop

Instructor: Robert Lunde

Saturday, March 8 from 2 – 4 pm

Mapleton Hall

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!

 Participants Will…

  • … 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 rclwrites@aol.com

Workshop space limited to 30 Participants… you must RSVP to attend!

  Milady Mapleton, 2013
The Suffield Players 1305 Mapleton Avenue Suffield CT 06078
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