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Auditions Announced for SPAMALOT at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoDayton Playhouse announces auditions for
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Book and Lyrics by: Eric Idle
Music: John Du Prez

Director: Jenni Cypher
Music Director: Lorri Johnson-Topping
Choreographer: Emily Hughes

Audition Dates: July 25 and 26, 2022 from 7-9:30pm with callbacks on July 27, 2022.

Performance Dates: Weekends September 16-October 2, 2022

Audition location: Dayton Playhouse 1301 E Siebenthaler Ave Dayton 45414

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

This show contains mature content and as such, you must be at least 16 to audition.
Traditionally, many of the ensemble roles are doubled with the principal actors. We are looking to cast a diverse ensemble of men and women, both dancing and non-dancing. We do reserve the right to double some roles as necessary.

Please prepare 32 bars from a musical in the style of Spamalot but not from the show. An accompanist will be provided and you may use recorded accompaniment as well.

Come prepared to dance and bring your tap shoes if you have them. There will be a general dance audition and a tap combo. Most of all, bring your sense of humor and a willingness to be silly and play. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Cast of characters:

  • King Arthur: The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Round Table and find the Holy Grail. Great humor. Good singer. Baritone (Low G2-High F4)
  • Lady of the Lake: A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Large range, (Low E3 to High B6). Belting a must.
  • Sir Robin: A Knight of the Round Table. Ironically called Sir Robin the Brave though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for singing and dancing. Tenor/Baritone (Low D3 to High G4)
  • Sir Lancelot: A Knight of the Round Table. He is fearless to a bloody fault, but through a twist of fate, does discover his “softer side”. Tenor (Low C3- High E4)
    Patsy: King Arthur’s horse and servant. Under-appreciated but always longing for
  • King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing.
  • Sir Galahad: A Knight of the Round Table. Begins as Dennis, a lower class mud gatherer who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Bari-tenor (Low Bb3 – High Bb5)
  • Sir Bedevere: A Knight of the Round Table. An inept scholar. Baritone (Low D3 – High G4)
  • Prince Herbert: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for this love atop a tower. Tenor (Low A2-High A 5)
  • The Historian: Could be male or female. A tweedy academic (the narrator)
  • As mentioned above, looking for male and female ensemble members, both dancing and nondancing for a variety of additional characters.

For additional information, please contact director Jenni Cypher at jestersqueen@gmail.com.

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Casts Announced for FutureFest 2022 at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoDayton Playhouse is pleased to announce the casts for FutureFest 2022!

THE WILD BOAR by Daniel Damiano
Directed by Jennifer Lockwood

  • Marlotta – Cheryl Mellen
  • Boar – Jonathon North
  • Steve – Saul Caplan
  • Ray – TBDGermaine – Debra Strauss

GRISWOLD by Angela J. Davis
Directed by Shanna Camacho

  • Estelle Griswold – Kerry Simpson
  • Actor One – Tammy Bertsch
  • Actor Two – Matthew Jordan Willis

Directed by Annie Pesch

  • Aakil – TBD
  • Gayle – Megan Cooper
  • Saresh – Neal Patel
  • Deepshikha – Trisha Chatterjee

Directed by Dawn Roth Smith

  • Em- Dee Berdine
  • Frank-Ted Eltzroth
  • Anne- Becky Howard

EVERY LIVIN’ SOUL by William Cameron
Directed by Ray Gambrel

  • Hannah Winship Grey – Mandy Shannon
  • Herk Winship – Andrew Mitakides
  • Dot Winship – Katie Gainey-West
  • Choc – Brandon Shockney

THE DOCENT by Donna Kaz
Directed by Aaron Washington

  • Edna Gregory – Cynthia Karns
  • “Eddie” Gregory – Hayley Penchoff
  • Charles Calder – Jared Mola
  • Raymond (Vinnie, Ted) – Curtis Apwisch

FutureFest 2022 runs the weekend of July 15 through 17, 2022.

Festival Passes (all six plays) and tickets will go on sale in June.

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Auditions Announced for FUTURE FEST 2022 at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoCast Requirements for FutureFest 2022 at Dayton Playhouse running July 15-17

Auditions are May 23 (Fully Staged – The Wild BoarThe Little Sisters of Littleton, and The Docent) and May 24 (Readers – GriswoldLakshmi Counts Her Arms and Legs, and Every Livin’ Soul). Auditions will begin at 7:00 PM both nights.

Dayton Playhouse, located inside Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark at 1301 East Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, OH 45414.

Actors from all ethnic backgrounds encouraged to audition.

THE WILD BOAR (Fully staged) – July 15 at 8pm
Jennifer Lockwood, director
3M, 2F

  • Marlotta – 60s
  • The Boar – teens/early 20s
  • Ray Cordova – late 40s-50s. sheriff.
  • Steve Harmon – late 40s-50s, neighbor
  • Germaine – 70, Marlotta’s older sister.

A newly retired teacher moves to a remote island, seeking nothing but solitude and serenity. However, when a boar arrives at her house one day, an unlikely relationship develops, bringing about unexpected feelings from her past, while placing her at odds with the local authorities and the island’s other inhabitants.

GRISWOLD (Staged reading) – July 16 at 10am
Shanna Camacho, director
1M (African American or African descent), 2F (one woman of color)

  • Estelle Griswold – A one-woman dynamo who will, at the age of 65, do nothing less than change the course of history.
  • Actor 1 (Female) – multiple (10+) roles.
  • Actor 2 (Male) – multiple (10+) roles.

Griswold is inspired by the forgotten history behind the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that established a right to sexual privacy. Fusing magic realism, docudrama, and comedic truth, the play mines the spirit and drive of the overlooked 65-year-old woman whose actions set the Griswold case in motion, the extraordinary events leading to establishment of the right of sexual privacy, and the essential link between sexual privacy and personal dignity.

LAKSHMI COUNTS HER ARMS AND LEGS (Staged reading) – July 16 at 3pm
Annie Pesch, director.
2M (2 South Asian), 2F (1 South Asian) Actors from all ethnic backgrounds encouraged to audition.

  • AAKIL – mid 40s
  • GAYLE – late 30s
  • SARESH – mid 20s
  • DEEPSHIKHA – mid 20s

When a child with four arms and four legs is born in rural India, the villagers see it as blessing. People come from miles around to pray to the reincarnation of the goddess Lakshmi. However, neurosurgeon Aakil Singh knows that the child needs a life-saving operation. Accompanied by his American wife, they go to visit the child and meet her parents. However, just as Aakil starts the hard work of convincing them to remove the child’s limbs, his wife has an unexpected spiritual epiphany. Based on the true story of Lakshmi Tatma.

THE LITTLE SISTERS OF LITTLETON (Fully staged) – July 16 at 8pm
Dawn Roth Smith, director
1M, 2F

  • Em – late 70s. A quick-witted and cantankerous divorcee with a sharp tongue and even sharper hearing.
  • Ann – mid-late 70s. While ANN is the sweeter of the two sisters, she is by no means a pushover. She is a genuine romantic, recently widowed after a 50-year happy marriage.
  • Frank – late 70s. Quick-witted, sarcastic, and a professional womanizer. And yet there is a sincerity about him that makes him lovable.

When a recent widow is caught sneaking a man out of the house in the wee hours of the morning, her man-hating sister is forced to confront the ex-husband she divorced over thirty years ago. The door-slamming comedy, with one sister trying to conceal her antics and the other determined to root them out, turns serious when real feelings are dredged up and unanswered questions demand a response.

EVERY LIVIN’ SOUL (Staged reading) – July 17 at 10am
Ray Gambrel, director
2M, 2F

  • Hannah Winship Grey – mid 40s. Generous to a fault and a bit of a dreamer, Hannah longs for a more prosperous future.
  • Herk Winship – 40, Hannah’s brother. Herk is a farmhand with a taste for adventure and melodrama.
  • Dot Winship – mid to late 30s, Herk’s wife. Heartbreak and bitter disappointment have intensified her religious fervor.
  • Choc – 30, a drifter, haunted by his past and looking for a new start.

In the darkest days of the Depression, a stranger finds refuge in an Ohio farmhouse. He begs a meal from Hannah, the widowed owner, and the two form a kinship. For Hannah, this handsome young man might be the harbinger of a brighter future. As her husband used to say, “There’s a little bit of good in every livin’ soul.” But when the stranger’s perilous secret is revealed, Hannah finds herself in a struggle for her family’s very existence. Loosely based on a true story, Every Livin’ Soul celebrates the triumph of hope in the face of heartbreak and desperation.

THE DOCENT (Fully staged) – July 17 at 3pm
Aaron Washington, director
2M, 2F

  • Edna Gregory – 50s-60s, an expert in urban forestry.
  • “Eddie” Gregory – young Edna in her 20s. An Urban Park Ranger, NYC in 1981.
  • Charles Calder – late 20s-early 30s. Gay travel agent living on Christopher Street, NYC in 1981.
  • Raymond – 30s. Charles’s former lover, 1981. Also plays Vinnie and Ted – both in 1981.

The Docent is grounded in a lecture on the trees of Central Park given by Urban Forestry expert, Edna Gregory. During the course of the lecture we flash back to Edna’s first encounter with her life’s work – her first job as an Urban Park Ranger in New York City in 1981. Just out of High School, she comes to the big city for the first time and rents a room in the West Village with a young man named Charles. All through the play New York City’s trees become a tribute to the astonishingly beautiful and devastatingly tragic history of New York City and the soul mate that Edna has loved.

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Directors Sought for FutureFest 2022 at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoThe Festival Committee is seeking Directors and Assistant Directors for FutureFest 2022

If you would like to express your interest in being considered as a director or assistant director for one of the plays in our 32nd FutureFest new play festival, July 15-17, 2022, please send an email to fpesch3@hotmail.com with your name and contact information: e-mail address and phone number. Interest e-mails are required for consideration and should be submitted by April 24, 2022.

Directors will be selected based on experience and those best suited for each play. If offered a play, you will have the opportunity to review it before committing to the project. FutureFest auditions will be May 23 and 24, 2022, with May 25th available for potential callbacks.

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HELLO, DOLLY! Runs April 29-May 15

DPH_Hello Dolly logo5/12/22- Due to some positive Covid cases in the cast and orchestra and the required period of isolation, Dayton Playhouse is cancelling the HELLO, DOLLY! performances scheduled for Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14. Refunds for these performances will be promptly processed.

Dayton Playhouse
April 29-May 15

Directed by Brian Sharp

Cast: Tina McPhearson as Dolly Levi, Ron Maurer as Horace Vandergelder, Chris Nelson as Cornelius Hackl, Kevin Willardson as Barnaby Tucker, Logan Richardson as Irene Molloy, Hayley Penchoff as Minnie Fay, Bryan Schuck as Ambrose, Alicia Walton as Ermengarde, Tamar Fishbein as Ernestina, Michael Plaugher as Rudy/Maitre’d/Chorus, Donna Bostwick as Mrs. Rose/Chorus, John Wysong as Chef/Chorus & Mark Sharp as Chef/Judge/Chorus
Chorus: Abigail Cafallaro, Shana Fishbein, Marabeth Klejna, Jamie Pavlofsky, Dovie Pettitt, Ella Stevens, Jeffrey Murphy & Krissy McKim O’Mallley

Dolly, the famed New York City matchmaker, receives her toughest challenge yet when rich grump Horace seeks a suitable wife. She successfully matches many others in the city, including Horace’s niece and two clerks, but everything seems to go wrong when it comes to matching Horace. Dolly finally realizes that maybe she’d like to marry Horace herself, but only if her late husband will send her a sign – and if Horace himself will have her.

  • Fri-Sat, April 29-30 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 1 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 6-7 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 8 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 13-14 at 8pm Performances cancelled
  • Sun, May 15 at 2pm

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