Performances, auditions scheduled.
Shawnee Little Theatre announces audition dates, role information and production dates for its 2014-2015 season of plays:
All auditions will be at Shawnee Little Theatre, 1829 Airport Rd. Enter through the red door. All dates and times are subject to change.
“On Golden Pond” Directed by Gregory Hopkins
Oct. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 2014
Sunday, Aug.3, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:00PM
“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together.
They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.
Roles: The roles of Ethel and Norman Thayer have been cast.
Chelsea Thayer: The only daughter of Norman and Ethel, she has a difficult relationship with her parents. She has never gotten along with Norman, and she feels that Ethel always takes Norman's side of things.
Bill Ray: The dentist to whom Chelsea is engaged. Bill has a thirteen year old son, Billy. Prior to becoming a teenager, Billy has spent more time with his mother than with Bill. Billy will now be living with his father, who is becoming very satisfied with new-found changes in his life, both on personal and professional fronts.
Billy Ray Jr.: Billy Ray is the 13-year-old son of Bill Ray. Billy is smart, suspicious and guarded, struck by the awkwardness that comes with his age. Like Norman, Billy masks his self-doubt by appearing confident and comfortable with himself. Billy is unusual in that he is not intimidated by Norman, as many people are. At this point in his life, he has not spent a lot of time with his father, or any male role model. He is unhappy that he has been passed back and forth between his parents, and bears a big grudge. His budding friendship with Norman helps both of them come to terms with their own responsibility for their own lives.
Charlie Martin: Charlie is a local man who has known the Thayers most of his life. He is described as big and round with a weathered face from spending so much time on the lake, and he has been the mailman for many years. Only two years older than Chelsea, he has been harboring feelings for her since their youth. Charlie is helpful, sincere, and sociable, but he has never married. Charlie laughs a little too often and does not understand the subtlety of Norman's sarcasm, although he is drawn to Ethel's hospitality.
We will read from the script, so no need to prepare anything in advance.
“A Christmas Story: The Musical”
Directed by Bob Wendland
Dec. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 2014
Saturday, Aug.16, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Cast: 15m., 10w. This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!,” “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye
Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.
The role of Miss Shields the school teacher has been cast.
Roles for Boys and Girls in 4th through 7th Grade:
Jean Shepherd: Radio personality/Narrator. Also plays Red Ryder, Mailman and Deliveryman
Ralphie Parker: Jean at 10 to 12
Mother: his mother
The Old Man: his father
Randy: his younger brother
Schwartz, Flick, Esther Jane, Mary Beth, classmates
Scut Farkus: a bully
Grover Dill: his toady
Please prepare no more than one minute of dialogue (monologue, poem or a speech from your favorite movie). You will also need to be prepared to sing and
learn a few minor dance steps.
“La Cage aux Folles”
Directed by Timothy Stewart
Feb. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2015
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Winner! Best Revival of a Musical - 2010 Tony® Awards!
Winner! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award
Winner! Outstanding Revival of a Musical - 2010 Drama Desk Award
Winner! Best Musical - 1984 Tony® Awards!
Much revived, most recently in a 2010 production transferred to Broadway from London's Menier Chocolate Factory, La Cage Aux Folles remains one of the all time biggest hits, adding new dimension to the boulevard comedy. After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges' son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the 'family business': Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the "star" performer 'Zaza'. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.
"This is Jerry Herman's best musical yet--happier, more assertive, more buoyant than Hello Dolly! or Mame." - The New York Post
The Role of Albin has been cast.
Albin: Male 45-55 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4): A performer of star quality; mature; great powerhouse of a Broadway voice; fine comic actor
Georges: Male, 50’s (Range: G2-F4): A star; mature and attractive; good singer; energetic, loving and caring; must move well
Jean-Michel: Male, 20 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4): Handsome; brunette; masculine, well-mannered, educated; desperately in love with his fiancee, Anne; acts, sings, and moves well
Jacob: Male, Early 20’s (Range: Bb2-Ab4): Male butler/maid; brilliant comedian who sings and moves well
Anne: Female, 18-21 (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible): Jean-Michel's fiancee; lovely to look at; spunky; a superb dancer who acts well
Edoudard Dindon: Male, Early 50’s (Range:Bb2-Eb4): Anne's father; right-wing radical politician; pompous; quirky; must sing, move well, and be a fine comedian
Marie Dindon: Female, Late 40’s (Range: F4-A5): Anne's mother; 48-52, shy, retiring, sexually repressed and sex-starved; good singer and actress who moves well; must look great in a leotard for the finale
Jacqueline: Female, Middle Age (Range: B3-F5): Mature, female friend of Georges and Albin; owns a chic restaurant; attractive, charming; very theatrical; not necessarily a singer
Renaud: Male, Middle Age (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible): Mature, male friend of Georges and Albin; owns a small cafe; understudies both of the 2 leads
Francis: Male, 40’s (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible): Male stage manager in Georges' club; strong actor/dancer
The Les Cagelles: (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible): Male and Female. Chantal, Monique, Dermah, Nicole, Hanna, Mercedes, Bitelle, Lo Singh, Odette, Angelique, Phaedra, Clo-Clo
Townspeople: (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible): Male and Female. Madame Renaud, Paulette, Hercule, Etienne, Babette, Colette, Tabarro, Pepe
Please prepare a song and provide sheet music for the pianist. Also be prepared to read from the script and dance!
“Brighton Beach Memoirs”
Directed by Matt Hopkins
April 24, 25, 26, 30 and May 1, 2, 2015
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Monday, Jan.19, 2015 at 7 p.m.
“Brighton Beach Memoirs” is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.
This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."
Eugene: almost 15
Kate Jerome: 40 year-old, Blanche's sister, Eugene's mother
Nora: her sister, lovely at 16
Stanley Jerome: 18
Jacob "Jack" Jerome: about 40, Eugene's father
We will read from the script, so no need to prepare anything in advance.