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ANNIE Runs May 3-4

D2D_Annie logoANNIE
Dare to Defy Productions
May 3-4
Victoria Theatre [Dayton]

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

  • Fri, May 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 4 at 2pm & 8pm

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VIOLET Runs March 15-23

D2D_Violet logoVIOLET
Dare to Defy Productions
March 15-23
PNC Arts Annext [Dayton]

Directed by Philip Drennen
Music directed by Judy Mansky
Produced by Becki Norgaard

Cast: Rachel Hertenstein as Violet, Jennifer Barnaba as Young Violet, Norman Moxley II as Flick, Garrett Young as Monty, Joshua Stucky as Preacher, Skyler McNeely as Father, Samantha Wright as Gospel Singer/Landlady Almeta & Samantha Seeberg as Prostitute/Old Lady
Ensemble: Naman Clark, Mike Embree, Abigail Land, Angie Thacker,

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward ax blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful.

  • Fri, March 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 16 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Fri, March 22 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 23 at 2pm & 8pm

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THE WIZARD OF OZ Runs March 8-9

d2D_wizard of Oz logoTHE WIZARD OF OZ
Dare to Defy Productions
March 8-9
Victoria Theatre [Dayton]

After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of Oz, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz, who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister… but are now on Dorothy’s feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.

  • Fri, March 8 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, March 9 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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Auditions for VIOLET at Dare to Defy Productions

JANUARY 5, 2019

The audition location will be provided with your audition packet. For materials contact norgaard@dare2defy.org.


  • We will be working with materials from the show. You will not need to prepare your own music.​
  • To receive callback materials, please send your headshot/resume to norgaard@dare2defy.org.

The PNC Arts Annex
March 13 – 23, 2019

Tentative rehearsal start date January 28, 2019
Rehearsals will be Mon – Thurs evenings | Some Saturdays.


  • Please provide a list of all known conflicts at your audition.
  • Everyone will not be called to all rehearsals.
  • All roles are paid non-union.

All roles are available and we are seeking one female to play early teens and 10 adults of any age and ethnicity. Please see casting breakdown below.

  • VIOLET – Female, 20s-early 30s, mezzo
    A young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful.
  • FLICK – Male, 20-early 30s, bari-tenor
    African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.
  • MONTY – Male, early-mid 20s, tenor
    A paratrooper and Flick’s friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed, but not necessarily purposefully so. Likes being the center of attention.
  • FATHER – Male, 20s-40s, baritone
    A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet’s face while he is chopping wood.
  • YOUNG VI – Female, to play convincingly 11-15, mezzo
    Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father.
  • GOSPEL SOLOIST – Female, any age, mezzo
    A member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher’s telecast. Sings for God with passion and power. African-American. Actor doubles as Landlady and Woman Knitting.
  • OLD LADY – Female, any age, alto/mezzo
    A former beauty in her heyday. Staunch, tired and frustrated with life. Actor doubles as Hotel Hooker and Old Lady 2.
  • PREACHER – Male, 30-40 yrs old, bari-tenor
    An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. Actor doublings include Bus Drive, Rufus, Radio Singer, and Bus Driver 4.
  • ADDITIONAL ROLES – Male/Female – any age
    All types, gender, ages, and ethnicities. Roles include Radio Hall Singer, Billy Dean, Virgil, bus drivers, a waiter, members of the gospel choir, passengers on the bus, etc. ​​

To receive callback materials, please send your headshot/resume to norgaard@dare2defy.org

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ASSASSINS Runs Jan. 18-26

D2D_Assassins logoASSASSINS
Dare to Defy Productions
Jan. 18-26
PNC Arts Annex [Dayton]

Assassins lay bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim, and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

  • Fri, Jan. 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 19 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Fri, Jan. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 26 at 2pm & 8pm

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