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Auditions Announced for SILENT SKY at Fairfield Footlighters

fflSILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson.
Directed by Burt McCollom.

Aug. 12 & 13 at 7pm
Fairfield Community Arts Center
411 Wessel Dr., Fairfield, OH 45014

Auditions for 4 Female / 1 Male
Consist of cold-readings from the script. Please be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts. A small head-shot and theatre resume are nice, but not required.

CASTING FOR:

  • Henrietta Leavitt (casting for age mid-30s): brilliant, meticulous, excited, wears a period hearing aid.
  • Margaret Leavitt (casting for age mid-30s): Henrietta’s sister, handsome, creative, sweet, sister who plays the piano.
  • Williamina Fleming (casting for age mid-50s): smart and fun, Scottish .
  • Annie Cannon (casting for age mid-40s): the leader of the female group at Harvard, terse, sure, grows into a Suffragette firebrand.
  • Peter Shaw (casting for age mid-30s): the head astronomer’s apprentice…and the man.

Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 9 PM, starting September 30. Cast read-thru on Monday, August 19.

Performance dates: Nov. 15-17

ABOUT THE SHOW:
With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being allowed to touch a telescope, Henrietta and her coworkers at the Harvard Observatory made ground-breaking discoveries about the universe that are still vital today, over a century later. If you liked the movie Hidden Figures, you won’t want to miss this “luminously beautiful play” that will change how you look at both the heavens and the earth.

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900’s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers”, charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

The true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

For more information, contact Burt McCollom at bmccollom@cinci.rr.com

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Auditions Announced for ANDRE’S MOTHER and MOTHER AND SONS at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoAuditions for ANDRE’S MOTHER and MOTHER AND SONS by Terrence McNally

Middletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Avenue
Middletown, Ohio 45044
513-425-7140

Directed by Charley Shafor
cshafor@middletownlyric.org

AUDITIONS
August 5, 6 & 7 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
Cold readings from script

PRODUCTION DATES
November 1, 2, 8 & 9 – there is a matinee on the second Saturday

ANDRE’S MOTHER
At Andre Gerard’s memorial, his lover Cal Porter tries one last time to get through to André’s mother, an imposing figure in Andre’s life. Not realizing her hidden emotions, he tells her everything he can before leaving her alone to deal with her own sense of grief and loneliness. Also attending are Cal’s father Arthur and his sister Penny. This small group of mourners let us see into the AIDS health crisis and how it can affect society’s outlook on acceptance.

MOTHERS AND SONS
It’s now twenty years since Andre Gerard’s funeral and his mother Katherine has decided to pay an unexpected visit to her late son’s partner Cal, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. A multi-generation look at the AIDS crisis, gay marriage, survivor guilt, homophobia and fear are revealed through humor, anxiety, regret and longing and possibly a lesson that any problem can be solved with Oreos and milk.

CHARACTERS: All ethnicities considered. If you feel you look the age than please audition. Two of the characters in ANDRE’S MOTHER, Arthur Ogden and Penny Ogden have been cast

KATHERINE GERARD – This character plays herself at two different ages somewhere between her mid-to late 40’s to her 60’s. She has recently widowed and still angry and bitter over losing her only child to HIV. Katherine needs to show a wide range of emotion from humor to fear to abject sorrow.

CAL OGDAN – This character plays himself at two different ages ranging from his mid to late 20’s to his 40’s. He is a financial advisor. He was Andre’s partner and perhaps like other widows and widowers, still has deep feelings for a deceased partner that they will carry forever. Now married to Will, Cal is only too aware of how they live in a safer more accepting world

WILL PORTER—Will is in his late 20’s early 30’s and carries a physical confidence that gay men are now living in a more inclusive world and can marry the one they love. He is a writer who is very aware of what Andre meant to Cal but has accepted that Cal is in love with him until Katherine’s arrival.

BUD OGDAN-PORTER—Bud, son of Cal and Will, is a precocious 6-year-old boy who brings an innocence and love to an otherwise tense situation. We are looking for a boy between the age of 6 to 10 who can pass for a 6-8-year-old.

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Auditions Announced for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Troy Civic Theatre

TROY_logoDirector Derek Dunavent announces auditions for the musical, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.

Auditions are being held Monday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 24, at 7pm at the Barn in the Park. There will not be any auditions on Tuesday, due to another event that night.

Derek is looking for 6 men and 6 women, of various ages.

Please be prepared to sing up to 32 bars of a song. You may also be asked to sing or read selections from the show.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (by Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller) will be presented September 27-29, October 4-6.

For additional information, please contact Derek Dunavent through their Facebook event.

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Auditions Announced for THE UNEXPECTED GUEST at St. Paul Players

SPP_logoAuditions for St. Paul Players Fall show THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie.

Tue & Thu, July 9 & 11 at 7pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church. Parking lot is at 121 Willow St. Reading, 45215.

Performance dates: October 18-20 and 25-27.

Directed  by Mary Benken

Cast requirements: 3 women, 6 men

Lost in the fog a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun.  But the woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help.  Remarkably the police clues point to a man who died two years previously but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.

For more information contact the director at maryangela1969@aol.com

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Auditions Announced for OF MICE AND MEN at Footlighters, Inc.

fli_logoAuditions for OF MICE AND MEN
Directed by Jim Curtis
Produced by Amanda Emmons-Shumate, Katie McCarthy & Janet Wisner

  • Sunday, August 4 – 1-4pm
  • Monday, August 5 – 7-9pm

CALLBACKS: Wednesday, August 7 – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. (if necessary)

REHEARSALS: Begin in November
SHOWDATES: February 13-29, 2020

Audition signup link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AEAE2BABFC1-auditions5

ADDITIONAL INFO: Contact Jim Curtis at jjt9461@yahoo.com. Please address the subject line with Of Mice and Men Auditions.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Scripts are available through Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

SYNOPSIS:
Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land,” have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about with whom the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss’ promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it’s obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can’t run away anymore; George is faced with a moral question: how he should deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.

GEORGE – A migrant worker who protects and cares for Lennie. George dreams of someday owning his own land, but he realizes the difficulty of making this dream come true. Lennie’s friend, George gives the big man advice and tries to watch out for him, ultimately taking responsibility for not only his life but also his death.

LENNIE- A migrant worker who is mentally handicapped, large, and very strong. He depends on his friend George to give him advice and protect him in situations he does not understand. His enormous strength and his pleasure in petting soft animals are a dangerous combination. He shares the dream of owning a farm with George, but he does not understand the implications of that dream.

CANDY – Sometimes called “the swamper,” he is a old handyman who lost his hand in a ranch accident and is kept on the payroll. Afraid that he will eventually be fired when he can no longer do his chores, he convinces George to let him join their dream of a farm because he can bring the necessary money to the scheme. He owns an old sheep dog that will become a symbol of Lennie before the play ends.

THE BOSS – The stocky, well-dressed man in charge of the ranch, and Curley’s father. He is never named and seems to be a fair-minded man. Candy happily reports that the boss once delivered a gallon of whiskey to the ranch-hands on Christmas Day.

CURLEY – The son of the ranch owner, Curley is a mean little guy who picks fights with bigger guys like Lennie. He is recently married and extremely jealous of any man who looks at or talks with his wife. Lennie crushes his hand, earning Curley’s future enmity.

CURLEY’S WIFE – Please
Note this role has been precast.

SLIM – A highly skilled mule driver and the acknowledged “prince” of the ranch, Slim is the only character who seems to be at peace with himself. The other characters often look to Slim for advice

CARLSON – The insensitive ranch hand who shoots Candy’s dog. He owns a Luger, which George later uses to mercifully kill Lennie.

CROOKS – The African American stable worker who cares for the horses. A symbol of racial injustice, Crooks is isolated from the other hands because of his skin color. He also convinces Lennie to let him join their dream of land, but he must give up that dream.

WHIT – A ranch hand.

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