Monthly Archives: April 2015

Washington Township’s Town Hall Theatre Presents Disney’s MULAN JR

THT_Disneys Mulan Jr promoWASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Disney’s animated heroine comes to life and battles for the empire as Town Hall Theatre presents MULAN JR, May 1-17, 2015!

THE STORY: Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor…and her country!

Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $10 for kids 12 & under. All tickets purchased at the door are $15. Patrons may reserve tickets in advance online at or in person or over the phone at the box office, which is open M-TH from 4-7pm at 937-433-8957. The show runs just over an hour with intermission and is recommended for children ages 4 and up.

Centerville middle school students Katie Kress, (Watts) and Lizzy Sundstrom, (Tower Heights) share the role of Mulan, alternating performances. When one is playing Mulan, the other plays the character of Chi Fu.

Since third grade, Katie Kress has been a part of shows at Town Hall, Epiphany Lutheran Church, and Muse Machine. Most recently she appeared as Nancy in Fancy Nancy. Some of her favorite roles include; Scuttle in the Little Mermaid, narrator, in Aladdin, Sugar Plum Fairy in Shrek and Little Girl in Once on This Island. When not on stage Katie enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling with her family and playing with her sister Sarah.

This is Lizzy’s Sundstrom’s 21st production at Town Hall Theatre since taking her first acting class four seasons ago. Some her favorite roles include her role as Sidney in Frosty, Lilly in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical Jr, Dragon In Shrek the Musical, and Wendy in Peter Pan Jr. You may have seen her most recently cast as The Prince in Snow White and the Prince. When she is not at the theatre, Lizzy enjoys vocal ensemble, band, and hanging out with the great friends she has made at the theatre. She thanks audiences for supporting the arts in her community.

Disney’s MULAN JR is presented by the Landmark Children’s Theatre Company, the theatre’s premiere series featuring professional and volunteer adult actors performing with young people. It is directed by Chris Harmon and music directed by Greg Dastillung with choreography by Stacy Gear.

For more information on this production and to find out more about the 2014-2015 Little People…Big Characters season offerings, please contact the Box Office at (937) 433-8957 or log on to our website at Find us on Facebook at!


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Auditions Announced for 2015-2016 Season at Human Race Theatre Company

HRTC_black logoGeneral Auditions – Adults (Ages 18+)

Dayton, Ohio — Plays and Musicals
Saturday, May 30 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) – Musicals or Musicals and Plays (Accompanist provided)
Sunday, May 31 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) – Plays only
Appointment calls accepted starting Wednesday, May 20. (Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm EST)
Phone: Preston McCarthy, Company Manager at 937-461-3823 x3116 (No emails please.)
AEA and Non-Equity actors are welcome.

Unable to attend our Dayton general auditions?
If you cannot attend our Dayton or Chicago General Auditions and wish to be considered, submit your updated resume and headshot to with a letter explaining the show(s) and role(s) of interest to you (please be specific).

Adults will be auditioning for:

  • The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics David Yazbek (Note: This production contains full male nudity.)
  • Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris
  • One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black
  • Master Class by Terrence McNally
  • Poetry in Motion In-School Touring production in the fall (Non-Equity only. Daytime commitment.)

Click here to read the short descriptions about the plays.

Click here for the character breakdowns.

The Human Race Theatre Company is a professional theatre that works under a Small Professional Theatre Contract (SPT 6) and performs in The Loft Theatre, a 212-seat thrust stage.

Rehearsals are primarily Monday – Friday evenings, and daytime on weekends.

Auditions are open to Non-Equity and Equity actors (unless otherwise noted), with Non-Equity actors having the opportunity to join the Equity Membership Candidacy Program.

Procedures for Dayton adult auditions:
Plays only: Come prepared with 2 one-minute contrasting monologues in the style of the show(s) or from the show(s) you are interested in OR 1 two-minute monologue tailored toward the specific show you are interested in.

Musicals only: Come prepared with 1 song of up to 32 bars of music in the style of the show(s) or from the show you are interested in. Be prepared with a 2nd song in the event the producer asks to see more. Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or recorded music.

Both: Come prepared with 1 one-minute monologue and 1 song (up to 32 bars) in the style of the show(s) or from the show you are interested in. Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or recorded music.

Actors will be auditioning for Kevin Moore, Producing Artistic Director, and Tara Lail, Managing Director.

2015-2016 Season Dates
The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical (M)
1st rehearsal: Aug. 14, 2015
Production: Sep. 10 – Oct. 4, 2015

In-School Tour: Poetry in Motion
Non-Equity only
1st rehearsal: Sep. 21, 2015
Production: Oct. 5 – 30, 2015

Steel Magnolias
1st rehearsal: Oct. 12, 2015
Production: Nov. 5 – 29, 2015

The Santaland Diaries
(This production has been cast.)
1st rehearsal: Nov. 30, 2015
Production: Dec. 10 – 19, 2015

The Glass Menagerie
1st rehearsal: Jan. 11, 2016
Production: Feb. 4 – 21, 2016

One Slight Hitch
1st rehearsal: Mar. 14, 2016
Production: Apr. 7 – 24, 2016

Master Class
1st rehearsal: May 16, 2016
Production: Jun. 9 – 26, 2016

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NOVEMBER Runs May 29-June 6

MLT_November logoNOVEMBER
Presented by Middletown Lyric Theatre
May 29-June 6

Directed by Claire LaNicca

Cast: David Jenkins, Melodie La Nicca, Dan Nieman, Julie Poux & Michael Schlotterbeck

A beleaguered, American commander-in-chief. It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. This play does contain strong adult language

  • Fri-Sat, May 29-30 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, June 5-6 at 8pm

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HEARTBREAK HOUSE Runs May 29-June 14

DTG_Heartbreak House logoHEARTBREAK HOUSE
Presented by Dayton Theatre Guild
May 29-June 14

Directed by Patrick Hayes
Produced by Kathy Mola

Cast: Wendi Michael as Nurse Guinness,
Chuck Larkowski as Captain Shotover, Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp as Lady Utterwood, Cassidy Rowley as Ellie, Cassandra Engber as Mrs Hushabye, John Spitler as Mazzini,  Geoff Burkman as Alfred, Jeff Sams as Hector, Isaac Hollister as Randall & Dakota Duclo as Billy Dunn

Shaw’s famous comedy about Romance vs. Commerce in WWI is led by Captain Shotover who can only produce destructive inventions – and lives in a house where no conventions or traditions are observed. This play is peopled by characters that twist each of these points-of-view into comic consideration. A play particularly suited to our time?

  • Fri (Gala)-Sat, May 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 31 at 3pm
  • Fri, June 5 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 6 at 5pm
  • Sun, June 7 at 3pm
  • Fri, June 12 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 13 at 5pm
  • Sun, June 14 at 3pm

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Finalists Announced for 25th Anniversary FutureFest at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_Future Feset 2015 logoThe 25th Anniversary FutureFest!
July 17 – 19, 2015

The Dayton Playhouse and theFutureFest 2015 Committees are pleased to announce the six finalist plays for FutureFest 2015:

BLUE OVER YOU – by Dan Noonan
Where’s Mitzi? What happened to Mitzi?! Francis, an enchanting high school drama teacher, comes home to discover that his wife, Mitzi, is missing. Did she leave because of his infantile behavior, has she run off with the hunky maintenance man, or is something much darker at work here? Join this song-and-dance man as he tries to find Mitzi and woo her back.

BOOK OF HOURS – Thomas Klocke
Margins, decorative marginalia, marginalized people.  Every connotation of the word is broached when one 14th century Manuscript Illuminator stands his ground for artistic integrity against the heavy handed censorship of the Church which commissioned the handmade BOOK OF HOURS devotional.  To tell the story, the play crosses centuries and oceans, from the Biblical times of Abraham and his sons to contemporary gay street hustlers just trying to survive in the margins of an uncaring city.

Tom Azuric is a radio humorist who has toiled for years in various stations around the country until he has finally made it to the biggest U.S. radio market of them all – New York City. However, judging from his demeanor, his family can sense that something is terribly wrong. Despite his professional success, Tom, it seems, has failed to fulfill a promise to his deceased mother, leaving him feeling terribly inadequate. That feeling, coupled with the pressure his
boss is putting on him to engage in some sleazy politics, is pushing Tom to the breaking point.

RETURN TO GOODNIGHT – Jared Robert Strange
Irene Deckard has lost her father, but she may also lose her mind fulfilling his final wishes, which involve bringing his remains from Montana all the way down to Goodnight, Texas, and in the company of her gay ex-husband Casper, no less. It’s all part of a promise they made to her father a long time ago, a promise that will bring them together for the first time in thirty years to face old demons, discover new truths, and maybe – just maybe – rekindle their long-dead friendship.

SMOKE – Gloria Bond Clunie
In the drama SMOKE, country store owner Ora Rakestraw wants no parts of the mysterious Wallace Johnson when he descends upon her tiny southern town to organize tobacco workers.  It’s the 1960’s— and though Kennedy orders the Surgeon General to investigate smoking— tobacco is king in Carolina.   The Marlboro Man, Lucky Strikes, and Camels are Kool because they put food on the table for her customers.  As promises are made and secrets revealed, love collides with small town politics in one hot, tumultuous summer!

On the eve of World War II, Georg Gyssling, the nazi consul to Hollywood, confronts Mary Pickford, the silent film star and co-founder of United Artists, to stop production on Charlie Chaplin’s controversial first talkie, The Great Dictator. Gyssling succeeds until war is declared and the movie is needed to buck up the allies.

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