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A CHRISTMAS STORY 
by Jean Sheperd. Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian.
Director: Leanna Oliveira

Synopsis:
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd. Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"


Audition Dates:
September 18th and 19th at 7pm, possible callbacks September 20th at 7pm
Performance Dates:
November 16th - December 3rd, 2017 on the main stage

Please prepare a one minute comedic monologue and be prepared to read from the
script if necessary.

Characters:

Ralph Parker: Ralphie’s older, wiser alter ego, functions as the story’s narrator and assumes the roles of the various townspeople who populate the landscape of the play. Must be able to memorize a significant amount of lines.


Ralphie Parker: Equal parts dreamer and schemer, Ralphie doesn’t just covet an air rifle, he also knows (or thinks he knows) exactly how to persuade the adults around him that his cause is a righteous one.


Mother: A patient parent with firm convictions – in particular, the conviction that her son should not own an air rifle. It takes a lot to ruffle her feathers, but the provocative leg lamp that Ralphie’s father wins in a send-away contest does seem to do the trick.


The Old Man: The Parker family’s beleaguered patriarch, is a grumpy, good-hearted father with a penchant for highly original (and to the audience’s ears profanity-free) invective and a deeply held desire to be a winner.


Randy: Ralphie’s little brother, sure is cute, but getting him to eat his breakfast or don his snowsuit can be a serious headache.


Flick & Schwartz: Ralphie’s best friends. Flick is the unfortunate guinea pig in the infamous frozen-flagpolelicking experiment. Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie accidentally utters an unspeakable word.


Scut Farkas: The schoolyard bully who routinely torments Ralphie and his friends.


Esther Jane Alberry & Helen Weathers: Ralphie’s classmates. Esther Jane seems to have a particular interest in Ralphie while Helen is something of a child prodigy.


Miss Shields: Ralphie’s teacher. She’s also an integral component of his campaign for the perfect Christmas gift.


PAINT YOUR WAGON
Director: Daniel Eilola
Music Director: Roger Blankenship
Choreographer: Katie Petronio  

Synopsis:
In California in May 1853, Ben Rumson strikes gold and establishes a community in his own name. The show follows the progress of the town as hundreds of men come to dig for gold. But there's a problem, the town has no women! That is soon remedied and the town competes for the affections of too few women. Filled with gorgeous standards such as "They Call the Wind Maria," "I Talk to the Trees," and "Wand'rin' Star," Paint Your Wagon is Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's sweepingly ambitious and surprisingly realistic take on freedom and family, in the Gold Rush-happy America of 1853.


Audition Dates:
November 6th & 7th, possible callbacks on November 8th. No appointment necessary
Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly. No acappella auditions. Please also wear or bring comfortable attire, as all auditioners will be required to move.


Performance Dates:
January 18th - February 4th, 2018 on the main stage

Roles available:

Ben Rumson (Baritone) An affable, middle aged man, he is Mayor of Rumson Town, Judge, Land Commissioner, and County Clerk of Rumson Town. A Gold miner of long experience, also the father of Jennifer.


Jennifer Rumson (Alto, 18 - 25) The young daughter of Ben. Quite a tomboy at first, she develops into a sophisticated young woman. She is in love with Julio.


Julio Valveras (Tenor, mid-twenties) an ambitious miner of Mexican heritage. He is a kind and sensitive  dreamer who is in love with Jennifer.


Steve Bullnack (Baritone) Rough and rugged gold miner.


Jake Whippany (Baritone) A miner, about 30 with a touch of boyishness about him. He plays the banjo. Jake becomes the proprietor of “Jakes Palace”, a gaudy music hall.


Elizabeth Woodling (Mezzo-Soprano) A wife of Jacob, about 30. She’s not very bright.


Sarah Woodling (Mezzo-Soprano) Another wife of Jacob, about 30. Smug and patronizing.


Jacob Woodling (Baritone) A large monotonous fellow in his mid-30’s.


Sandy Twist (Baritone) A miner in his early 40’s, he appears pinched and bespectacled.


Edgar Crocker  (Baritone) A miner, a Cockney in his late 30’s. A “dandy” who makes an effort to appear a fastidious gent.


Reuben Sloan – A miner, shaggy and grimy. He is the town crook.

Samuel Trumbull – A miner, he becomes the owner/operator of the Rumson Town General Store.

Cherry Jourdel – French organizer of the Fandango Girls. She is Jake’s friend.

Mike Mooney – A miner, he is a young Irishman with a very thick Brogue.

Ensemble members – 6 females, eight males to play town inhabitants, miners and Fandango girls

Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

 

 

Bachlorette 
by Leslye Headland (Black Box Series Production)
Director: Suzanne Dunne

Synopsis:
Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena, and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend, Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires, and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they'll never forget. A wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess.

Audition Dates: 
December 4th, 5th at 7pm, possible callbacks on December 7th at the Stonzek Studio Theatre. No appointment necessary.
Actors are asked to prepare two contemporary monologues/stories - one comedic, one dramatic. Each monologue /story should be approximately one minute in length. Actors may also be asked to read from the script. 


Performance Dates
February 1st-11th, 2018 in the Stonzek Studio Theatre

Needed: Four female actors and two male actors who can play late 20’s to mid-30s’. We strongly encourage all ethnicities and types to audition. Please be advised that the play contains strong language and adult situations and will be presented for mature audiences.


Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

 

LEND ME A TENOR 
by Ken Ludwig
Director: Brian Edgecomb

Synopsis:
Lend Me A Tenor is a door-slamming, dress-dropping farce with mistaken identities, mischievous misunderstandings and compromising positions. It is the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, and world-famous Italian tenor Signor Tito Merelli will be their guest artist in Otello, the highlight of the company's most important fundraiser for the 1934 season. But Tito's troubled life, his hot-headed wife, and a "Dear John" letter mistaken as Tito's suicide note sends everybody's head swimming. No Tito, no $50,000 in ticket sales. Meanwhile, Max, an opera singer wanna-be, is coerced into impersonating the Italian great to save the show. In costume, wig and make-up, he's is a dead ringer for the dead singer. But can Max find the courage to go on with the show? The surprises have just begun in this superbly crafted, eye-watering farce.


Audition Dates:
January 8th and 9th at 7pm at the Lake Worth Playhouse. No appointment necessary.
Please prepare a 2 minute comic monologue. All those auditioning for the roles of Max, Tito and the Bellhop should prepare a short selection from an Italian opera.


Performance Dates: 
March 1st-18th, 2018 on the main stage

Roles:

Max: (20s to mid-30's) Assistant to Saunders - An aspiring singer. His worst enemy is his own lack of self-confidence. He spends his time as a doormat to his future father-in-law and trying to convince Maggie that he is marriage material. NOTE: This role requires the actor to sing Italian Arias and, at times, speak in an Italian accent.

Maggie: (20s to 30’s) Max's Girlfriend - pretty, quirky; a young woman who doesn’t want to settle for the seemingly mundane life she has with Max. She longs for an adventurous fling, one which will allow her to "hear bells."

Saunders: (mid 50’s) Maggie's father and the general Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company - authoritarian; an uptight man with a short fuse, most of which he takes out on Max. He owns the pressure of the Opera Company.

Tito: (30’s to 40’s) A World Famous Tenor known also to his fans as Il Stupendo - imposing; a womanizing Italian who loves Maria, but finds difficulty resisting the advances of the opposite sex, who seem to advance frequently and with considerable momentum. NOTE: This role requires the actor to sing Italian Arias and speak in an Italian accent.

Maria: (30’s) Tito’s wife - Sophia Loren-type: busty, proud, and excitable; a passionate and temperamental Italian woman who is growing weary of her husband’s wandering eye (and body) for the opposite sex. NOTE: This role requires the actor to speak in an Italian accent.

Bellhop: (age open) A bellhop - a highly energetic fan of Tito’s, who uses his occupation to get close to the international star. NOTE: This role requires the actor to sing.

Diana: (20-30’s) a soprano with the Cleveland Grand Opera Company - beautiful, sexy; a member of the opera company who has been "flinging her way through the whole cast." Playing Desdemona opposite Tito, she thinks that he might be her ticket out of Cleveland into the big time.

Julia: (60’s) Chairman of the Opera Guild - over the hill, ex-diva, for whom the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is the center of her small pretentious world.

Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

Bent 
by Martin Sherman (Black Box Series Production)
Director: Marc Carmen

Synopsis:
Bent revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word "bent" used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. The play Bent highlights the reason why - a largely ignored German law, Paragraph 175, making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and strengthened during his rise to power.

Audition Dates: 
February 19th, 20th, possible callbacks February 21st at the Stonzek Studio Theatre
Please prepare a one minute contemporary monologue. Please be advised that the production will include adult language and situations.

Performance Dates: 
April 26th - May 6th, 2018 in the Stonzek Studio Theatre

MAX - Masculine gay man.  Disowned from his wealthy family due to his "escapism" with drugs, liquor and the fact that he is a Homosexual. He lives a directionless life but his main concern is survival. Max is considered a user of people, usually uses sex to get what he wants.

RUDY - Max's lover and a dancer at Greta's club. He loves Max so much he tolerates the other men in Max's life.  He takes care of Max more than Max takes care of him. Very naive about the world and never really has an understanding of the threatening wave that is approaching. 

HORST - He is incarcerated in the death camp of Dachau because he is homosexual.  His sarcastic sense of humor shows his resilience. He is prison-savvy. He teaches Max during their time together in the Camp.

WOLFGANG - A Nightclub Regular, he is a part of Hitler's Storm Detachment or Storm Trooper (Sturmabteilung) who is going to be arrested due to Hitler's next wave of persecution of Storm Detachments and Homosexuals. 

GRETA - A Drag Queen who performs and owns a nightclub. Strong character with opinions, advice and help but conforms to closing his club and returns to his wife and kids as Hitler's regimen grows in power. Has the strong survival capabilities.

UNCLE FREDDIE - Max's closeted Homosexual Uncle who does not want to disrupt his relationship with his wealthy family by living openly. His marriage to a woman is his safety net. He is very pragmatic in knowing that acting straight means staying alive and wealthy.

CAPTAIN, Concentration Camp Captain who barters with Max. Feels betrayed when he realizes he is being misled by Max.

OFFICER,  SS officer on the train.

(2) PRISONERS/SOLDIERS

Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

Oliver!
Director: Shonna Rash
Music Director: Roger Blankenship

Synopsis:
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.  The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver's chances of discovering the true love of a family.


Audition Dates: 
February 12th, 13th & 14th at 7pm
Performance Dates: April 12th - 29th, 2018 on the main stage
Auditions will consist of:
Vocal/Music: Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show which shows off your vocal range.  Children may sing Happy Birthday or prepare song. An accompanist will be provided.  If you bring sheet music please sing in the key that’s written.
Choreography: You will learn a simple dance combination (Wear comfortable clothes/shoes, bring jazz shoes of you have them).
Readings: cold readings from the script
Actors of all ages are urged to audition for this production.  This production requires a large cast spanning many age ranges.  We will be casting a large ensemble of children and adults in addition to the “named” roles.  We will be casting both singers and/or dancers in the ensemble.  While the ability to both sing and dance would be great, please consider auditioning if just singing OR dancing is your strength. Please prepare to try a standard British and Cockney accent.


Roles available:
Oliver Twist – A sweet, innocent orphan boy who manages to be a trusting romantic though he has dealt with many hardships in his young life. –Soprano – age range 9-13

Fagin – Conniving career criminal, who takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Male -  Baritone – age range – 45-75


The Artful Dodger– troubled youth; the cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver. Tenor – age range-11-16


Nancy – Bill Sikes’ lover. A cockney girl with a warm heart who takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child, but is eventually murdered for the steps she takes on his behalf. Female. Alto – age range – (a world weary) 19 - 26

Bill Sikes – Nancy’s brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and her eventual murderer. Baritone – age range 26 - 40


Mr. Bumble – pompous man who runs the workhouse in which Oliver was born. Tenor – age range -38-50


Widow Corney – domineering workhouse mistress where Oliver was born, later marries

Mr. Bumble. Soprano – age range 30-50

Mr. Brownlow – Oliver’s grandfather, a kind man of wealth and breeding – age range 50-80


Mr. Sowerberry – the undertaker the insensitive man who takes in Oliver and uses him in his funeral business. Baritone – age range 40 -50


Mrs. Sowerberry – Mr. Sowerberry’s wife, a nag and prone to hysterics – Soprano – age range 38-55


Charlotte Sowerberry – the rude but flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys age range 15 -20


Mrs. Bedwin – housekeeper of Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver. Soprano – age range 40-65


Noah Claypole – the Sowerberrys’ apprentice, he bullies Oliver and has a flirtatious relationship with Charlotte. Age range – 15-20.


Dr. Grimwig – foppish doctor a bit pompous and friend of Mr. Brownlow age range 40-50


Charley Bates – one of Fagin’s pickpockets. He is Dodger’s sidekick. Age range 8-14


Bet – Nancy’s loyal friend - Alto – age range 16-26


Old Sally – Mrs. Thingummy; an old, dying con woman pauper who acts as nurse during Oliver’s delivery. Age range 50-70


Rose Seller – alto or soprano – age range 14 – 40


Milk Maid- soprano – age range – 14 -40


Strawberry Seller – alto or soprano – age range 14 – 40


Knife Grinder – Baritone –age range 18 -50


Workhouse boys – Soprano – age range 8-14

Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

 

 

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