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Auditions Announced for 2022-2023 Season at CenterStage Players

CSP_logoCenterStage Players will be holding auditions for ALL FOUR SHOWS of our 2022-23 season at once. You may audition for multiple shows if desired. Auditions are scheduled for June 21st and 22nd. Please reserve a timeslot by signing up at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094da8af29a1f85-centerstage
Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible if we have openings in the schedule. Please bring a recent headshot and performance resume with you to auditions.

SHOWS AND ROLES

THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER (Some roles have been pre-cast for returning actors who appeared in the original CSP production of ‘The Laramie Project’ in 2012)
Performance Dates: September 30, October 1-2 & 7-9

Ten years after their initial production of The Laramie Project, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted us in the original play, this time around, the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later is a bold new work, which asks the question, “How does society write its own history?”

This ensemble piece has ~75 characters. We are seeking 5-15 performers to each play 2-5 different characters ranging in age from their late teens to their 70’s. Performers do NOT need to be the suggested ages. All ethnicities, body types and genders are encouraged to audition.


THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (No roles have been pre-cast)
Performance Dates: November 11-13 & 18-20

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary, allowing the audience to experience Anne in a way that breathes life into this passionate, complex young woman, allowing us to share her relatable experience of adolescence as a familiarly modern teenager.

For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, to hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

  • ANNE FRANK (13-15) – Anne is extraordinary in her hope, passion, and belief in the good in the world. At the start of the show she is innocent, precocious and speaks her mind. As she matures she becomes introspective, compassionate, and hopeful for a more accepting future.
  • OTTO FRANK (50-55) – Anne’s father, very much the patriarch of the Annex. He leads with love and strength in all he does. Unlike young Anne, Otto is even tempered and strives for peace in every situation. He has the resilience of a younger man but the experience to recognize the world around him.
  • EDITH FRANK (40-45) – Anne’s mother. Reserved and soft spoken. Constantly worried about her family and their fate. Closer with her older daughter, she longs for a deeper connection with Anne.
  • MARGOT FRANK (16-18) – Anne’s older sister. Quiet like her mother. More mature and intellectual than her sister. Margot feels along and unsure of her place in the Annex. She is reserved.
  • MR. VAN DAAN (40-50) – The head of the Van Daans. Struggling to find his place. He is intelligent and pragmatic if a bit harsh. Wishes to make his wife happy on his terms. Wants to teach his son to be more outgoing and to toughen him up during their time in the Annex.
  • MRS. VAN DAAN (40-50) – Not ready to give up her lifestyle. She tries to view the Annex as simply a new locale, rather than a necessity for survival. She can be a flirt and Anne even goes as far to call her frivolous. She clings to her fur coat like one clings to their identify.
  • PETER VAN DAAN (16-18) – The Van Daan’s only son. At the beginning he is annoyed with Anne, but later confesses to admiring her spirit. They become good friends during their time in hiding. He is trying to find his place, not only in the annex, but in himself.
  • MIEP GIES (30-35) – A kind, Dutch secretary from the office of Otto Frank. She helps hide the Franks, Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel. Miep is their connection to the outside world as she keeps them informed and stocked with food, books, and the occasional treat. She is kind and worried but determined to protect them.
  • MR. KRALER (40-45) – Otto Frank’s business partner. He helps to hide the members of the annex. Like Miep, he never questions his obligations to the Franks and to doing what is right. A dignified man, at a loss for the world around him.
  • MR. DUSSEL (50-55) – A fussy dentist. He is the only one in the annex without family, having left behind his live-in girlfriend who is Christian. More than anyone in the annex, he puts himself first at every turn.

MACBETH (No roles have been pre-cast – some roles may be doubled)
Performance Dates: January 27-29, February 3-5

Heroic Macbeth has just won two victorious battles for Scotland, when he encounters three weird sisters who tell him this is only the beginning of his path to glory. They foresee that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor, and then, ultimately, the King of all Scotland. At first, the honest and upright Macbeth ignores the predictions, but when he is bestowed with the first of those two titles, he starts to yearn for the second. Drunk on his own success, Macbeth feels invincible, and–with the encouragement of his ambitious wife–he takes the realization of his predicted fate into his own hands. After murdering his friend and sovereign, King Duncan, Macbeth disappears further down the path toward destruction and despair, even as he is tortured by questions of conscience. He has always been a masterful warrior, but applying the rules of war to life at home becomes much more complex. Shakespeare’s Macbeth reveals to us the danger of ambition, crafting a terrifying parable in which great people are destroyed by the power of their own success.

  • DUNCAN – The good-natured, honest and trustworthy King of Scotland; he is also politically naive, in part because he trusts Macbeth, who ends up murdering him. Macbeth is his cousin and one of his most trusted generals.
  • MACBETH – One of Duncan’s most courageous generals. His driving ambition to become King of Scotland, and the encouragement of his wife corrupt him and cause him to murder Duncan.
  • LADY MACBETH – As ambitious as her husband, she taunts Macbeth’s courage to ensure that he will murder Duncan and become king. Her power of language is famous.
  • BANQUO – A general in Duncan’s army, he is Macbeth’s closest friend. When Macbeth fears Banquo suspects him of murdering Duncan, he arranges to have Banquo murdered.
  • MACDUFF – A Scottish general who strongly suspects Macbeth of murdering Duncan. Macduff swears vengeance.
  • MALCOM – Duncan’s elder son, named as their heir to the throne of Scotland; he flees to England after his father’s assassination. DONALBAIN – Duncan’s younger son; he flees to Ireland after his father is murdered.
  • LENNOX – One of Duncan’s nobles, he functions largely as an observer in the play. He accompanies Macbeth to the dead king’s chamber and, suspicious of what he sees, he grows increasingly sarcastic and fearful for the fate of Scotland.
  • ROSS – A cousin of Macduff, he acts as a messenger in the play, bringing good news of Macbeth’s victory and bad news about Macduff’s family.
  • OLD SIWARD – Earl of Northumberland; an English ally of Malcolm and Macduff.
  • YOUNG SIWARD – Siward’s son; slain by Macbeth in hand-to-hand combat
  • SEYTON – Macbeth’s lieutenant / assistant late in the play
  • HECATE – Sometimes referred to as the queen of the witches, she presides over all nocturnal horrors; it is who she directs the supernatural happenings and appearances of the mystical apparitions.
  • THE THREE WITCHES – Supernatural agents of fate who prophecy that Macbeth will become the king of Scotland; they also predict his fall.
  • PORTER – The keeper of Macbeth’s castle who drunkenly imagines that he’s gatekeeper to Hell.

MOMUS & APHRODITE (No roles have been pre-cast)
Performance Dates: March 24-26, 31, April 1-2

In this new play written by a local playwright, Momus, God of Satire, Blame and Criticism, travels with Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, Passion and Beauty, to Athens, Ohio in search of a man willing to die out of love for her. Hilarity ensues. Does love conquer all? More importantly, can two Greek gods actually find happiness in Athens, Ohio?

  • APHRODITE –
  • MOMUS –
  • HERC –
  • BARTENDER –
  • JIM –
  • SALLY –
  • ENSEMBLE (GREEK CHORUS) –

NOTE: Character ages are for reference only. We will focus on the talent of the performers to cast this show.

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HEATHERS the Musical Runs April 23-May 1

CSP_Heathers the musical logoHEATHERS the Musical 
CenterStage Players
April 23-May 1
Lockland High School

Directed by Amanda Borschers
Produced by Mark Culp and Fred Hunt

Cast: Liz Koch as Veronica Sawyer, Jake Schaub as JD, Mary Vosseberg as Heather Chandler, Kate Coyne-Chailland as Heather McNamara, Emery Cunningham as Heather Duke, Grant Zentmeyer as Kurt Kelly, Sean Walker-Mize as Ram Sweeney, Allison Kalfas as Martha Dunstock, Michelle Shaffer as Ms. Fleming, Fred Hunt as Kurt’s Dad/JD’s Dad, Mark Culp as Ram’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Coach Ripper & Cathy Alter as Veronica’s Mom
Ensemble: Izz Allison, Elizabeth Travnik, Cassandra Homan, Megan Rademacher, Victoria Marie Garcia, Allie Webber, Chris Brown & Tara Tucker

Put on your shoulder pads, grab your Walkman and peg your jeans! With book, lyrics and music by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, Heathers: the Musical is a bitingly satirical romp through high school during the golden age of MTV. You know… when they played music? Hey, what’s your damage? This dark comedy is based on the 1988 cult classic movie, Heathers and was adapted to the stage in 2013. After playing to sold out crowds in Los Angeles during previews, it moved to Off-Broadway in spring of 2014.

  • Sat, April 23 at 8pm
  • Sun, April 24 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, April 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 1 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for HEATHERS the Musical at CenterStage Players

CSP_logoYO WESTERBURG ! – CenterStage Players is excited to announce the cast of HEATHERS the Musical to open on April 23.

  • Veronica Sawyer – Liz Koch
  • JD – Jake Schaub
  • Heather Chandler – Mary Vosseberg
  • Heather McNamara – Kate Coyne-Chailland
  • Heather Duke – Emery Cunningham
  • Kurt Kelly – Grant Zentmeyer
  • Ram Sweeney – Sean Mize
  • Martha Dunstock – Allison Kalfas
  • Ms. Fleming – Michelle Shaffer
  • Kurt’s Dad/JD’s Dad – Fred Hunt
  • Ram’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Coach Ripper – Mark Culp
  • Veronica’s Mom – Cathy Alter
  • Ensemble – Izz Allison, Elizabeth Travnik, Cassandra Homan, Megan Rademacher, Victoria Marie Garcia, Allie Webber, Chris Brown, and Tara Tucker.

For additional information visit www.centerstageplayersinc.com

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CenterStage Players to Present World Premiere of INCORRIGIBLE

CSP_Incorrigible logo(Cincinnati, OH) – The CenterStage Players are scheduled to stage the world premiere of ‘Incorrigible’ which will open on Friday, February 18 and run for two weekends. INCORRIGIBLE is the second full length play written by local playwright Teri Foltz.  Her first production (The Faculty Lounge) was premiered at Ft. Thomas’ Village Players in 2016 and was subsequently produced by Chicago’s Oil Lamp Theatre in 2017.  The cast and crew of INCORRIGIBLE features individuals from throughout the tri-state area.

INCORRIGIBLE follows the story of a high school senior who deals with his inner grief in a rebellious manner.  As the story progresses, the audience is shown how other characters deal with emotions of grief, shame, and anger.  Sigmund Freud said, “Unexpressed emotions will never die.  They are buried alive and will come forth later in ugly ways.”  Every character in INCORRIGIBLE is dealing with grief, shame, and anger.  And they suffer silently and alone.  Everybody has a past . . . some people still live there.

Performances will be February 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 8:00 PM, and February 20 and 27 at 2:00 PM.  All performances will be at Lockland High School – 249 W. Forrer Avenue – Cincinnati, OH.  There will be a special talkback session with the playwright on Sunday, February 20 immediately following the matinee performance.  Advance tickets are available at www.centerstageplayersinc.com.

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Online Auditions Announced for HEATHERS the Musical at CenterStage Players

CSP_logoCenterstage Players
HEATHERS the Musical Auditions

Step into our candy store! If you missed the original 2020 auditions, here’s your chance to join the reboot. Centerstage Players is now accepting video auditions for our May 2022 production. We are retaining some of our pre-pandemic cast and as a result some roles are already filled. Listed below are the available roles.

About HEATHERS
HEATHERS The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass…but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.
Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man). HEATHERS The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers will be the most heart stopping musical in Cincinnati this season. Are you in or are you out?

Directed by Amanda Borchers
Music Directed by Carolyn Youngquist
Choreographed by Robert Fields
Produced by Mark Culp and Fred Hunt

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Please prepare 32 measures of an up tempo musical theater or contemporary pop piece and submit your recording to ajborchers@gmail.com with Heathers-Centerstage in the subject line.
  • You may be asked to perform a cold read from the script via a zoom callback scheduled with the director, creative team, and members of the existing cast. This will only be done if necessary.
  • Please include your known rehearsal conflicts for Feb-May 2022 and a theatrical resume.
  • Submission Deadline: February 5th, 2022

Casting decisions & notifications will be made by February 7th, 2022
Show dates: April 22-24 & April 29 May 1
Rehearsals will be determined by cast availability, 3 nights per week (likely Monday,Thursday,Sunday from Feb- May) until tech with the possibility of a few optional rehearsals added closer to tech week.

Open Roles

  • JD – 17. He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.
  • HEATHER DUKE – 17. Whipping-girl of the 3 Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Alto for chorus. Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred. Alto for chorus. NOTE: in certain choral songs Heather Duke and Mac can switch vocal parts as needed.
  • MARTHA DUNNSTOCK – 17. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.
  • RAM SWEENEY – 17, Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to G, some Falsetto useful.
  • MS. FLEMING/VERONICA’S MOM – 45 to 50. Ms. Fleming: Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Also plays Veronica’s Mom: easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.
  • BOY 1 – Bitter Geek 16-18. A put-upon, bitter geek. Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).
  • BOY 2 – Blowdried Preppy 16-18. A blowdried 80’s preppy. Voice: Bass (up to E) or Bari (up to G#).
  • BOY 3 – Hipster Dork 16-18. Thinks he’s Ducky from ‘Pretty In Pink.’ Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).
  • GIRL 2 – Stoner Chick 16-18. A fuzzyheaded stoner chick. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
  • GIRL 3 – Young Republicanette 16-18. A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type. Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

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