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A NEW BRAIN Runs Oct. 17-19

D2d_A New Brain logoA NEW BRAIN
Dare to Defy Productions
Oct. 17-19
PNC Annex [Dayton]

Cast: Bobby Mitchum as Gordon Michael Schwinn, Brent Hoggatt as Roger Delli-Bovi, Danielle Ruddy as Rhoda, Abby Hoggatt as Nancy D/Waitress, Lindsay Sherman as Mimi Schwinn, Vanae Pate as Homeless Lady, Brandon Leatherland as Mr. Bungee, John Woll as Richard, Zach King as Dr. Jafar Berensteiner & Garrett Young as The Minister

By the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos, here is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog – Mr. Bungee – and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal.

  • Thu, Oct. 17 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 18 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 19 at 2pm & 8pm

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Auditions Announced for JEKYLL & HYDE at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoDare 2 Defy Productions is thrilled to announce auditions for our upcoming production of the musical JEKYLL & HYDE, directed by Mackensie King.

The show will run March 19, 2020 – March 22, 2020 at the Brightside Music & Event Venue with a tentative first rehearsal of February 3, 2020.

Auditions/callbacks will be held on October 12, 2019 starting at 2:00 pm.

To receive callback materials, please send your headshot/resume to norgaard@dare2defy.org. Audition location will be emailed back.

Please see our website for more information: https://www.dare2defy.org/jekyllandhyde-auditions

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Cast Announced for A NEW BRAIN at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoThe cast includes:

  • Bobby Mitchum as Gordon Michael Schwinn,
  • Brent Hoggatt as Roger Delli-Bovi,
  • Danielle Ruddy as Rhoda,
  • Abby Hoggatt as Nancy D/Waitress,
  • Lindsay Sherman as Mimi Schwinn,
  • Vanae Pate as Homeless Lady,
  • Brandon Leatherland as Mr. Bungee,
  • John Woll as Richard,
  • Zach King as Dr. Jafar Berensteiner &
  • Garrett Young as The Minister

Performances run Oct. 17-19 in the PNC Arts Annex in Dayton.

For more information visit www.dare2defy.org

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Auditions Announced for NARNIA: The Musical at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoYouth Auditions (Ages 7-21)
Sept. 21 from 6:30-10pm
Sept. 22 from 9am-noon & 6:30-10pm

  • Please prepare 32 bars of a musical song of your choice and a 1-minute monologue. An accompanist will be provided.
  • Bring sheet music! Please no pre-recorded tracks or singing a capella.
  • Sign up for an audition slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094faea72da46-narnia.

Adult Auditions (Ages 22 and up)
If you are 22 or older and are interested in applying for one of our adult roles, please send your headshot and resume to leighanna@dare2defy.orgThose selected will be asked to attend call-backs on Sept. 28th at 6:30pm to read lines and sing numbers from the show with the selected youth actors. If you don’t receive a call-back, that does not mean you won’t be cast in the show.

Auditions and callbacks are held at The Metropolitan Arts Center (Loft Theatre) 126 N Main St., Dayton OH 45402.

REHEARSALS: Tentative rehearsal start date: October 7, 2019.
Rehearsals will be in the evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays. Location will be at the Metropolitan Arts Center and then our D2D rehearsal warehouse. Not every actor will be called to every rehearsal. A rehearsal calendar will be handed out at the cast meeting. 

There is no fee to participate in this production. However, adult cast members and parents of cast members under 17 will be expected to complete a minimum of 5 hours of volunteer service during the production process (volunteer needs will be outlined at the first cast/parent meeting). Or, if preferred, a $50 “buy-out” option will be available in lieu of volunteer service.

Performances run Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Victoria Theatre

NARNIA: The Musical is a dramatization of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first and most famous of acclaimed British author C.S. Lewis’s world-renowned  series, The Chronicles of Narnia. 

It tells of four English schoolchildren – brothers and sisters – sent away from London during World War II to stay in the manor house of their uncle – who stumble upon (and through) a wardrobe into the magical kingdom of Narnia, held in the power of the White Witch, whose evil spell has frozen the land, so that it is “always winter – and never Christmas.” They are embraced by the talking animals, the good Narnians who resist the Witch’s evil and await the return of Aslan – the Great Lion, who is their rightful ruler. Aslan, who has long been absent from his land (so that some have even doubted his existence) has – at last! – returned, to confront the Witch, and the children are soon caught up in a fierce struggle of good versus evil. 

In this spellbound landscape, filled with creatures of myth and fable, the children face temptation and fear, but learn deep lessons of courage, unselfishness, and wisdom that help them grow in spirit and prepare them for life in our world. 

For a character breakdown, audition forms and conflict calendar please visit https://www.dare2defy.org/narnia-auditions.

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D2D_Youre a Good Man Charlie Brown logoYOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Presented by St. Leonard CHI Living Community, the City of Centerville & Dare to Defy Productions
Aug. 16-17
Stubbs Park [Washington Township]

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. This show is considered rated G and is appropriate for all ages.

  • Fri-Sat at 7pm

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