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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.

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

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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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The Show Runs for Eight Performances

…. but Closing Night is going to be

REALLY Special !!! 

 

For ONE NIGHT ONLY 

Meet the author, T. Gregory Argall,

as he joins our Cast and Director 

 for a Conversation/ Q and A Session 

Saturday, February 22, After the Performance 

Mr. Argall will  answer questions about 

the ideas behind the script, history of the play, 

 and his inspiration for writing “Eddie Jester”

Order Your Tickets NOW !!

Performances: February 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16*, 21, 22 

 at 8 pm (*2 pm Matinee) in Mapleton Hall

Doors Open at 7:30 pm for evening performances, 1:30 for Sunday Matinee.

PLEASE NOTE: “Eddie Jester” contains adult themes. 

  

Tickets: $17 ($12 Opening Night)  

Discounts Available for Students, Seniors, Groups, and Season Subscribers 

Reservations: 800-289-6148 or 860-668-0837

…or order online at www.suffieldplayers.org

 

The Suffield Players  1305 Mapleton Avenue  Suffield, Connecticut 06078

thesuffieldplayers@gmail.com

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