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BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story Quick Review

BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Feb. 16. I attended the opening night performance. 

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The Cast. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

“Your father would have loved this show.”

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Andy Christopher as Buddy Holly. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

This was one of the first things my Mom said to me following the opening night performance. My parents were slightly younger contemporaries of the bespectacled rock and roller. And I totally blame my father (or more specifically his singles record collection that I played through dozens of time as a child) and the family-watched TV show Sha Na Na (love you Pamela Myers) for my appreciation of ’50s and ’60s music.

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Ryan Jagru as Ritchie Valens.

Buddy Holly is “considered one of the most influential creative forces in early rock and roll.” Playhouse’s program features quotes from rock legends Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen to name a few, about his impact on their music.

With its thin book, BUDDY is more tribute show than traditional jukebox musical. The story follows Holly’s struggle to have his music studio-recorded his way, to his groundbreaking performance at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, to his final Winter Dance Party Tour show in Clear Lake, Iowa before his tragic death at 22.

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Spiff Wiegand as Joe B. Mauldin & Andy Christopher as Buddy Holly. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

The cast consists of seven talented musicians and vocalists. Led by Andy Christopher in the title role (and serving as Music Director for the production) they rock the Marx Theatre, expertly performing more than 20 of Holly’s hits with great energy and showmanship that had the audience bobbing in their seats and clapping along.

A highly entertaining production for any Buddy Holly fan. Mom was right, Dad would have loved it.

There is a half-price special available for Tue-Fri and Sunday evening performances. Use promo code 2020fam at checkout, www.cincyplay.com/productions/buddy-the-buddy-holly-story.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Auditions Announced for HIGHER at American Legacy Theatre

ALT_logoTue Feb. 4 at 6:30pm
Sat. Feb. 8 at 10am

Audition Location TBD.

Five minutes. 16 bars. Short monologue. Original rock musical around the heroin epidemic. ALL TYPES & VOICES.

To guarantee your audition, sign up for a slot at: https://americanlegacytheatre.org/on-stage

HIGHER is an original rock musical around the heroin epidemic.
Music and Lyrics by Mark Levine
Developed by American Legacy Theatre
Musical Arrangement by Eric Knechtges

Production made possible by Ohio Arts Council, Fuel Cincinnati, and other generous supporters.

The director, Jared O’Roark, is seeking actors of all types and all ethnicities to audition for this world premiere of this locally written and developed rock musical. “Tommy meets Spring Awakening”

Each actor will be given 5 minutes within this 30 minute window to do 16 bars and a short monologue. Please bring your headshot, resume, and sheet music. We are still solidifying the exact location of the audition. Once set you will receive an email update.

Callbacks will be the evening of Monday February 10, 2020.

Because this is an original musical we will have a slightly longer rehearsal process.

As of now, rehearsals will begin either the week of April 5 or April 11. HIGHER will open May 15 and run 12 performances over three weekends with a possibility to extend to a fourth weekend. Official dates will be set by time of contracted offer.

This show has six principal characters, six adult ensemble, and two male youths. A.L.T. is seeking to cast an understudy for each role in the show. If successful, the understudies will be guaranteed at least one or two performances.

Characters:

Benjamin (20s, male, tenor) – Benjamin comes from a two-parent home, plays baseball, and goes on to become a marine all while being afraid of talking to girls. After succumbing to drinking and pain killers, Benjamin eventually becomes addicted to heroin and struggles to find his way out.

Mara (20s, female, mezzo) – Mara is addiction personified as the girl next door. While someone the audience falls in love with, she later turns with a mean and vengeful streak.

Mother (40s +/-, female, mezzo) – Benjamin’s mother is a strong woman who sometimes is overshadowed by others, but ends up being a voice of reason and change.

Father (40s +/-, male, baritone) – Benjamin’s father is a loving but dominant personality that struggles with his own drinking problems and desire to see his son aspire to more than he ever did.

Kyle (20s, male, baritone/tenor) – Kyle is Benjamin’s cousin and best friend who is wildly charismatic, the life of the party and becomes a professional baseball player before succumbing to addiction of pain killers and heroin.

Becca (20s, female, soprano) – Becca is Benjamin’s high school crush and becomes the stable force for Benjamin later on in life during his recovery, having been sober herself a number of years. Becca is warm, bright, and has an underestimated strength.

Young Benjamin (10, male, alto/soprano) – Young Benjamin starts the journey of Benjamin before he grows up experiencing his very first sip of beer.

Young Kyle (10, male, alto/soprano) – Young Kyle proves that he has always been the life of the party when he sneaks his father’s beer and seeks to revel in his glory with his cousin Benjamin.

Male Ensemble (x3) – This includes a varying degree of voice types. There is a featured baritone track that will need to have a very good Elvis Presley impression.

Female Ensemble (x3) – This includes a varying degree of voice types.

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Auditions Announced for JEKYLL & HYDE at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoMonday & Tuesday, Feb. 24 & 25 from 6:30-9pm

Dayton Playhouse
1301 E Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45414

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck

Auditions will take place next door to the Playhouse in the Wegerzyn Administrative building. Please follow the signs that will lead you to the audition room.

Callbacks if needed will take place on Wednesday evening. If you are or will be cast in another local performance of Jekyll and Hyde please feel free to contact us as an audition from you will not be necessary. A few of our artistic team will be attending those local performances and will consider that your audition. If you fit into the parameters of our vision you can begin rehearsal upon closing of your show. We will only cast principals from outside our auditions if the roles cannot be adequately cast from what is presented to us during our auditions. All sides and songs for callbacks will be posted to this event at a later date.

For your audition please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show and character in which you are auditioning. Due to time constraints we will not allow ANY audition to go over the 32 bar limit. All music must have sheet music clearly marked and no acapella or digital tracks will be permitted. The audition form will be available online for you to print and fill out ahead of your audition.

Production dates: May 1-17

Character Breakdown (Ages listed are suggestive only)

Gabriel John Utterson: Serves as Jekyll’s lawyer and helpful friend. He advises the troubled doctor on personal and professional affairs.
Male, 30-45 yrs old
Range: B2 – F#4

Sir Danvers Carew: Emma’s loving father and Chairman of the Board of Governors. A charming and gentle man.
Male, 60-70 yrs old
Range: C3 – F#4

Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde: Jekyll is a doctor obsessed with discovering the true nature behind the good and evil in man and Emma’s fiancee. After he uses an experimental formula on himself, his evil side – Edward Hyde – takes control. As Hyde, he is violent, commanding, and a sexual deviant attracted to Lucy.
Male, 30-45 yrs old
Range: Bb2 – A4

Simon Stride: The secretary of the Board of Governors and Jekyll’s rival for Emma’s affections.
Male, 30-40 yrs old
Range: A2 – G4

Bishop Of Basingstoke: A hypocritical, sadistic man of the cloth and a member of the Board of Governors.
Male, 40-60 yrs old
Range: C#3 – G4

General Lord Glossop: A pompous retired army man and member of the Board of Governors.
Male, 50-60 yrs old
Range: G#3 – C4

Emma Carew: The daughter of Chariman Danvers and Jekyll’s beloved finacee who is refined and desired by all of the socialite men.
Female, 20-25 yrs old
Range: A3 – C6

Lucy Harris: The gorgeous ‘main attraction’ at a local gentleman’s club. At the bottom of her luck, she becomes the object of Hyde’s obsession. Lucy is feisty and wild, but also cautious and aware.
Female, 20-30 yrs old
Range: G#3 – F#5

Ensemble: Aristocrats; Citizens; Servants; Party Guests; Prostitutes; Policemen

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Casting Call for Short Film AITNAME

MISC_Casting call2Short film AITNAME

  • Actress around 60s or above, white, skinny. 3 hours + 10 minutes shooting in 2 days. (Need emotional performance)
  • Actor around 8 years old, white, blonde hair, not too tall. 1 hour shooting time, few shots.

Director: Yehong Shi
Pay: $10 dollars for Actor, $50 for Actress.

Call Time: Feb 18th and 19th

Contact Info: yehongshi@yahoo.com

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ANGELS on Feb. 25

CPI_Angels logoANGELS
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative
Feb. 25
Aronoff Center Fifth Third Bank Theatre [Downtown]

The ‘angels’ who are the title characters in Michael Oppenheim’s play are hospital personnel desperately trying to keep focus on patients and their healing in the face of budget-slashing administrators who look upon the bodies of the sick as commodities, matters of profit and loss.  The health heroes come across as kind of latter-day M*A*S*H medics, battling overwork, fatigue and budgetary assault with humor and compassion.

  • Feb. 25 at 7:30pm

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