Auditions Announced for THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS at CenterStage Players

CSPOH_logoCenterStage Players is happy to announce auditions for their February show, THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS by Linda Daughtery, directed by Karen Vanover.


  • Friday Sept 22, 2017  6:30-8:30 pm
  • Wed. Sept 27, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm

The director is looking for 7 young ladies who will be 12-17 as of Jan 1, 2018 and 3 women (stage age: 35-50).

Read through and company meetings will be held in November.

Rehearsals will start January 5, 2018 and run Mondays-Fridays. (no weekend rehearsals).

Performances: February 16-18 and 22-24, 2018.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Lockland Sr. High, 249 W Forrer, Cincinnati 45215.

Complete the audition form by September 20:

“Take every female you know to see this play, then go somewhere and talk. It is a candid, stark, and artistically brutal look at bullying, peer pressure, self-abuse, and finding one’s own value. … shocking and boldly written.” -Better Than

If you have a daughter under 18, you need to see this show. And if she’s over 11, you need to take her with you. Linda Daugherty’s powerful script …[is] what many say the theater should be—a moment for reflection about what’s true and, in this case, dangerously hidden.” -People Newspapers

In this honest and unflinching dramatization, a window is opened into the tumultuous and destructive world of bullying. Abby seeks to gain acceptance as the newest member of the school championship volleyball team. As she and her teammates struggle to find a friend, a place in the group and themselves, their jockeying for position is sometimes humorous and often heartbreaking. Invitations are extended or withheld, individual friendships sacrificed to collective judgments, and alliances formed and changed daily as they careen from exclusion to isolation to acceptance and back again. Bullying in the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, using friendship as a weapon, name-calling, exclusion, spreading rumors, backbiting, clinging to cliques and manipulation become a prelude to dangerous behaviors such as depression, cutting, eating disorders, and premature sexuality. The adults in the girls’ lives are either unable or unwilling to change their behaviors. Though desperately concerned, Abby’s mother is unable to make contact with her daughter, while the volleyball coach and team mom enable rather than work to effect change. When faced with the consequences of their actions, these young women ultimately resolve—one by one—to change their behaviors. Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, the play highlights the impact of “cyberbullying,” the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. The portrayal of the sobering reality of these girls’ lives can start a conversation in homes, schools and communities, providing the opportunity to reveal the secrets and address the complexities which dominate the lives of many young women.

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