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Auditions Announced for SEUSSICAL JR. at Acting Up

ACTUP-logoActing Up, young performers community theater, is holding open auditions for our fall musical, SEUSSICAL JR., Aug. 9 and 10. Participants must be ages 6-18 years old and still in high school. To secure an opportunity to audition, you must sign up for a date/time via SignUpGenius.

Show Info: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

What to prepare and bring:
Song: Be prepared to perform 32 measures (no longer than 1 minute) of any song that highlights your voice. This should be a Broadway-type song. You should sing with karaoke-type music (no vocals) downloaded on your phone, iPod, or CD. There will not be an accompanist. (Please note, no WiFi is available in our building and cell service is spotty, so please have any music pre-downloaded.)
Monologue: You should perform a monologue no longer than 1 minute that demonstrates your acting ability (you may be cut off).
Dress to dance. A short piece of choreography will be taught and performed as part of the audition process.
Audition Form: Found on our database at  Please create an account and enter all your information, including conflicts.  If you already have an account, DO NOT create a new one, but make sure to update your information before printing. Bring a printed copy of the audition form, including your conflicts list, with you to your audition. Please make sure that ALL of your CONFLICTS are listed in the database and printed with your form.  ALL conflicts must be reported at auditions.
Photo: Bring a recent photo that looks like you, that you do not need returned. No need at all for professional photos, a selfie is fine. It is merely to help the casting board recall who is who.
Schedule: Rehearsals will begin the week of August 23, and are expected to be Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:00pm and Sundays 2:00-5:00pm. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal.

Performances will be Nov. 5-7 at the Mason High School Theater.

Who’s Directing?: Acting Up’s Fall Musical will be directed by Brent Peebles, with assistant director Rachelle Penilla. Music Direction by Jeanne Bilyeu.

Acting Up COVID protocols: If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks since final dose of vaccine), masks are optional.  If you have not been vaccinated, masks are required. Current protocols do allow for masks to be removed when actively performing (not during rehearsal). We will continue to watch the recommendations of the Warren County Department of Health as well as Mason City Schools throughout rehearsals and will adjust protocols accordingly. If any changes are made, we will notify parents.

For auditions – The above protocols are in place. During the monologue and song portion of the audition, we will ask that actors remove their mask. The actors will be in small groups and will be socially distanced. Everyone on the casting team has been vaccinated.

Performances of Seussical Jr. will be Nov. 5-7, at Mason High School.

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THE LION KING JR Runs July 15-18

Rise Up Performing Arts
July 15-18
Fairfield Freshman School Theatre 

THE LION KING JR tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar. The Lion King JR. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

  • Thu, July 15 at 7pm (Simba Cast)
  • Fri, July 16 at 7pm (Mufasa Cast)
  • Sat, July 17 at 3pm (Simba Cast) & 7pm (Mufasa Cast)
  • Sun, July 18 at 1pm (Simba Cast) & 4pm (Mufasa Cast)

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA Runs Aug. 6-15

SCT_Cinderella logoRodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA
Springboro Community Theatre
Aug. 6-15
North Park Amphitheatre [Springboro]

Cast: Karolyn Rose Biddinger as Cinderella, Aaron Joseph Brewer as Prince, Ted Eltzroth as King, Mary Nunnery as Queen, Amy Brady as Stepmother, Alexia Daniels as Portia, Lillian Robillard as Joy, Cynthia Schindler as Godmother, Nick Bellmyer as Herold, Timothy Fingerle as Chey, Jim Rademacher as Steward, TBD as Coachman & TBD as Minister
Guests at the Ball/Townspeople/Children: Adlee Albright, Celia Blankenship, Jaime Brunham, Rhi Brimaila, Alli Brown, Tricia Crippin, Lu Violet Curry, Olivia Darmanie, Audrey Drake, Jessica Fair, Emi Ford, Johnna Ford, Lloyd Ford, Mikuya Ford, Shawn Furl, Kim Guzman, Addyson Hackworth, Sophie Hamm, Alyssa Hoskins, Samuel Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Iris Karrick, Isadore Karrick, Ella Kittel, Summer Lehman, Colson Littrel, Katie McCoy, Shelby McCoy, Katie McNiel, Madilyn McNiel, Marissa Miller, Shelby Mitchell, Greta Moore, McKenna Newby, Christopher Petree, Hannah Pittenger, Tabitha Powell, Grace Rademacher, Mark Reuter, Sophia Schafer, Sophia Shenk, James Spencer, Audrey Stein, Katelyn Tamme & Ella Widau 

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

  • Fri-Sun, Aug. 6-8 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sun, Aug. 13-15 at 7:30pm

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About the Show:
Dealing with the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus from a fresh and richly creative point of view, the author combines traditional Christmas music, and often antic characterizations. Following the Biblical recounting, the story is enhanced by a tree, a sheep and a donkey, who talk! Add a beguiling Mary who has decided that men and marriage were not for her; and a suddenly cautious Joseph who now contends that he is too old for his intended and a flustered boy-angel who directs the action from a promptbook and manages to get only the most strangled, bleating sounds from his trumpet. But, the true significance of the occasion is never lost, and the underlying mood and spirit of reverence is, if anything; enhanced and made new by the distinctive approach of this joyful and unique retelling.
Audition Dates:

  • Sunday, August 8, 2021 – 2pm – 5pm
  • Monday, August 9. 2021 – 7pm – 8:30pm
  • Tuesday. August 10. 2021 – 7pm – 8:30pm 

Cold readings from the script
You will be asked to sing a Christmas Carol (no sheet music is required, singing may be A cappella. Everyone sings in this show,  but you don’t need to be a great singer. Able to sing harmony is a plus.

The on-line audition form is available here.

Rehearsals will begin at the end of October.
You must be available December 3rd & 4th

Performance Dates:
December 10, 11 & 12 (4 performances)
Roles Available:

  • Male Angel, Age13 – 18: confident, a character unto himself, witty and in command
  • Mary: able to play in your early 20’s: her own woman not like you think Mary might be
  • Joseph: a carpenter – able to play in your 40’s: unsure, aged, a bit wishy-washy
  • The Tree (Female): 18 – 40’s: Narcissistic, funny, exhausting. The role is somewhat physical
  • King Herod, Man in Grey and Courier: able to play in your 50’s: A character actor for sure, a little insane
  • 3 female roles – age 13 & above:  To play Women of Nazareth, Women of Herod’s court, & Chorus
  • 3 male roles – age 13 & above: To play Mary’s brothers, the three kings, soldiers & Chorus
  • 4 children roles – ages 8 to 12: To play children of Nazareth, farm animals, and Chorus

THE BUTTERFINGERS ANGEL MARY AND JOESPH, HAROD THE NUT AND THE SLAUGHTER OF 12 HIT CAROLS ON A PEAR TREE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Auditions Announced for FOOTLOOSE the Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theatre

LAC_logoLa Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro, Ohio, is holding auditions for its upcoming production of FOOTLOOSE on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 10:00 A.M., at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio.


  • REN McCORMACK – (18-24) Athletic city boy, pop/rock voice, good dancer.
  • REVEREND SHAW MOORE – (40-50) Powerful, iron-clad minister, strong voice.
  • WILLARD HEWITT – (18-24) Ren’s friend, country boy, sings and moves well.
  • CHUCK CRANSTON – (20s) Ariel’s boyfriend, pop/rock voice, moves well, good-looking bad boy.
  • ARIEL MOORE – (18-24) Beautiful minister’s daughter with a wild side, pop/rock voice, good dancer.
  • ETHEL McCORMACK – (30-45) Ren’s Mother, single, attractive, good singer.
  • VI MOORE – (30-45) Minister’s wife, good singer.
  • ENSEMBLE: Seeking an ensemble that sings and dances well.
  • TEENAGERS: (13-18) Ensemble teens

Teenagers (13 years old and older) will be auditioning for ensemble roles ONLY.

All adults and teens should prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show.
Also be prepared to dance.

Please provide a current headshot and resume.

Director/Choreographer is Chris Beiser.
Rehearsals begin Sept 7, 2021 (Mon-Sat 9-6).
Performances Sept 23-Oct 31, 2021. Thurs-Sun matinees and evenings.
Questions call Kris Byerly (937) 746-4554 ext 241
Non-Equity. See Less

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