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Auditions Announced for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoAudition: September 16 & 17, 2019 at 7pm

Auditioners are encouraged to arrive at the Dayton Playhouse in advance of the auditions to fill out the Audition Form. Theatre resumes are encouraged, but not required; auditioners need to be prepared to list all conflicts between the audition date and the final performance of the production.

Dayton Playhouse – 1301 E Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45414

Performances: November 1 – 17. 2019

Directed by Tim Rezash

The Dayton Playhouse is excited to announce auditions for an upcoming production of Aaron Sorkin’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. PLEASE NOTE: This is the 2018 version (currently running on Broadway), and is a re-imagining of the original Harper Lee novel. Though based on the same source material as the earlier version of the play, this version is very different in tone and setting. It is, in fact, a memory play, and occurs in the minds of Scout, Jem, and Dill about 20 years after the Tom Robinson trial. These three characters serve as both the narrators and actors, moving in and out of the action as it unfolds, and performing either as adults or children, as needed. As such, there are no child performers in this production. In addition, most roles are slightly (if not largely) different from those in the original production, including some roles that are either expanded or condensed, and no role is the same when it comes to overall character and/or dialogue.

ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE
The character breakouts for this production are below (including some potential multiple casting situations under consideration):

  • Scout—30+ female, an attorney, who also plays herself as a child
  • Jem—30+ male, her brother, who also plays himself as a child
  • Dill—30+, male, their friend, who also plays himself as a child
  • Tom Robinson—18+ male, African American, the accused
  • Bailiff/Prison Guard—21+ male
  • Horace Gilmer—“young man,” prosecuting attorney
  • Heck Tate—40+ male, sheriff
  • Mayella Ewell—19 female, Tom’s accuser
  • Bob Ewell—35+ male, Mayella’s father
  • Calpurnia—40+ female, African American, housekeeper for the Finch family
  • Atticus Finch—45+ male, defense attorney, Scot and Jem’s father
  • Judge Taylor—50+ male, trial judge
  • Mr. Cunningham—male, townsperson and client of Atticus
  • Miss Stephanie—female, town gossip/Mrs. DuBose—elderly neighbor/Dill’s Mother—30+ female
  • Link Deas—middle aged male, townsperson/Mob Member #1
  • Dr. Reynolds—male, town physician/Mob Member #2
  • Boo Radley—30’s male/Mob Member #3
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THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Runs Sept. 13-29

DPH_logoTHE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
Dayton Playhouse
Sept. 13-29
[Dayton]

Directed by Brian Sharp

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and a Theatre World Award, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a barrel of laughs featuring memorable songs and tap-dancing cowboys. It is the late 1970s, and a brothel run by Miss Mona Stangley who happens to be on good terms with local sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas for more than a century. When crusading television reporter, Melvin P. Thorpe, decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed. This glorious salute to Texas is a barrel of laughs!

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 13-14 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 15 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 20-21 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 22 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 27-28 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 29 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoAuditions July 8 and 9, 2019 8pm at The Playhouse
Directed by Brian Sharp
Musical Direction – Ron Kindell
Choreography – Sandra Hyde

Production Dates – September 13-29, 2019

All roles are open to audition. We are seeking a large ensemble cast of 13 men and 14 women for this production.

Auditioners must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing up to 32 bars, but no more than one minute, of a fully memorized broadway style song that showcases their vocal range and in a style that is consistent with the character you are auditioning for. An accompanist will be provided. A cappella singing or recorded accompaniment will not be allowed.

Auditioners will also be asked to perform a brief dance combination taught at the audition. Some characters will also perform cold readings from the script.

The final rehearsal schedule has not been set yet. Rehearsals will be held four nights per week on Monday thru Thursday – beginning July 15, 2019.

ABOUT THE SHOW
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

It is the late 1970s, and a brothel has been operating outside of fictional Gilbert, Texas, for more than a century. It is under the proprietorship of Miss Mona Stangley, who is on good terms with the local sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd. When crusading television reporter, Melvin P. Thorpe, decides to make the illegal activity an issue, political ramifications cause the place to be closed down.

Based on a story by Larry L. King that was inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas.

Ages below are suggested character ages

FEMALE ROLES
Miss Mona Stangley (Age: 36-¬-40) Owner and operator of “The Chicken Ranch.” No-¬-nonsense, but also very warm,motherly, energetic and personable. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “No Lies,” “Bus from Amarillo”

Jewel Mosley (Age: 50-¬-55) African American maid and cook at The Chicken Ranch for more than twenty-¬-five years. She is a true golden girl – sassy, sexy and self-¬-assured. Songs: “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies”

Doatsey Mae Grimes (Age: 40-¬-45) Waitress at the Texas Twinkle Café. She’s a trusting, reliable ear, treated by the men of the town more like a man than a woman. Songs: “Doatsey Mae”

Imogene Charlene Greene* (Age: 20-¬-22) Texas A&M university student, double-¬-majoring in Home Economics and Religion. She’s a big-¬-haired pageant girl and cheerleader. Energetic, but not very bright. Songs: “The Angelette March”

“Angel” – aka, Nancy Jean Drury (Age: 21-¬-24) Former teen mom who left home after giving birth to her son Billy, now six years old, when her father beat her up. She’s tough, scrappy and street-¬-smart. Songs: “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Shy” – aka, Annamerle Seltzer (Age: 17-¬-18) Country, farm girl; young, fresh-¬-faced, sheltered and gawky. Naïve and shy, but headstrong and capable. Songs: “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty–Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Linda Lou” (Age: 29-¬-34) Has a “been there, done that” attitude, sarcastic and mouthy. The inappropriate clown of the group. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Ginger” (Age: 26-¬-28) Divorcee; nice, welcoming and the most well-¬-adjusted of the “girls.” Redhead. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Dawn” (Age: 22-¬-25) A “Rose Nylund” type: innocent, positive, peppy down-¬-home girl-¬-next-¬-door. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Ruby Rae” (Age: 25-¬-29) Homely and dim-¬-witted. Tries everything she can think of to improve her stock at the ranch, but always seems to be the last chosen. Not at all negative about it, though. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Eloise” * (Age: 25-¬-29) A native New Yorker, named by Mona after the precocious and dramatic six-¬-year old character in some of her favorite children’s books. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Beatrice” * (Age: 30-¬-34) The tallest and leanest of the “girls”; royal, regal, prim and proper. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Taddy Jo” * (Age: 22-¬-27) Athletic and bird-¬-like, she’s the tomboy of the group. Speaks softly and quickly. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Durla” * (Age: 19-¬-21) Economical, chameleon-¬-like and not prone to socializing. Known for turning around clients the quickest. Songs: “A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place,” “Girl You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-¬Four Hours of Lovin’,” “No Lies,” “Hard Candy Christmas”

MALE ROLES

“Bandleader” – aka, John Fitzgerald Stangley (Age: 40) A good old boy, full of charm and good feeling. He is the narrator of the story. Songs: “Prologue,” “20 Fans”

Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Age: 43-¬-48) Sheriff of La Grange, Texas. He’s a down-¬-home, cowboy type, lovingly curmudgeonly more than a little rough around the edges. He’s a “live and let live” type, though, surprisingly liberal in his thinking and his language. Songs: “Good Old Girl”

Melvin P. Thorpe (Age: 50-¬-55) Television personality and part-¬-time revivalist preacher – more huckster than holy. If Rush Limbaugh and Marcus Bachmann created a child, it would be Melvin. He’s brash, bigger than life and a complete blowhard. Obsessed by sanctity and morality in overcompensation for a rather effeminate manner.
Songs: “Watch Dog Theme,” “Texas Has a Whorehouse In It,” “The Sidestep”

Governor Briscoe * (Age: 50-¬-55) A former rancher and businessman from Uvalde, TX; now a first-¬-term Governor in his first year in office. He’s the quintessential politician: Saying a lot of nothing. Amiable and full of charm, he’s dumb about everything but politics. Songs: “The Sidestep”

Edsel Mackey (Age: 28-¬-35) A big city Houston boy who landed his first newspaper job out of high school with the town paper: The Gilbert Gospel. He’s now Editor in Chief and is, without question, the smartest man in town. Witty, dry and shrewd. Think a young MSNBC talking head. Songs: “Texas Has a Whorehouse In It”

Mayor Rufus Poindexter (Age: 45-¬-50) Local automobile dealer and youngest son of the town’s richest and most well-¬- known family. Like George W. Bush, he was the son least expected to succeed – but now he’s the only one in town, running the dealership and the town. He doesn’t like, and is overwhelmed by, his job and he’s not shy about everyone knowing it. Songs: “Texas Has a Whorehouse In It”

C.J. Scruggs (Age: 40-¬-45) A good, deeply religious insurance salesman. In contrast to his personality, he’s the loudest, worst dresser in town. Songs: “Texas Has a Whorehouse In It”

Senator J.T. Wingwoah (Age: 46) Young, short, Napoleonic good ole boy with the personality of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones. Songs: “The Sidestep”

“Aggie 1” – aka, Shane Miller * (Age: 19-¬-21) Quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies. An alpha-¬-male, full of bravado and teeming with star power. Knows how to pour on the charm and used to getting what he wants. Songs: “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl”

“Aggie 2” – aka, Lonnie Johnson * (Age: 19-¬-21) Star running-¬-back of the Texas A&M Aggies. Sensitive to having a “girl’s name,” and always trying to prove his masculinity as a result. Songs: “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl”

“Aggie 3” – Eugene Williams * (Age: 18-¬-20) Freshman benchwarmer for the Texas A&M Aggies. Scrawny and small, but full of enthusiasm and energy. Songs: “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl”

“Aggie 4” – Clifford Becker * (Age: 21-¬-25) Third-¬-year senior at Texas A&M and defensive end for the Aggies. Dumb as a box of rocks. Loud and big. Songs: “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl”

“Scandinavian Place Kicker” – Alvar Askelson * (Age: 21-¬-25) International recruit and place kicker for the Texas A&M Aggies. Has male-¬-model looks, and a sweet, confused disposition. Speaks with a very thick Scandinavian accent. Songs: “The Aggie Song,” “Good Old Girl”

ENSEMBLE ROLES
Girl 1
Farmer
Announcer
Dogettes (TV girls)
Cameraman
TV Colorman
Reporter 1

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Actor Needed for Staged Reading of FALL WITH ME at FutureFest 2019

DPH_logoAfrican American actor needed for a staged reading of the new play FALL WITH ME for FutureFest 2019 at Dayton Playhouse.

One performance July 21 at 10:00 AM – light rehearsal schedule.

Jasper (J.J.) Johnston (mid-30s. Male. African-American.) the once charismatic captain of the 369th Infantry Regiment (a.k.a. the Harlem Hellfighters, known for their distinct bravery) during World War I; over time has become more routine and knows it; an employed steelworker who struggles with the mundanity of civilian life; continually sleepless over his seemingly singular success during a depression; loves learning and his family.

If interested, please email dawns1210@gmail.com

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Casts Announced for FUTUREFEST 2019 at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoSix plays presented in one amazing weekend of theatre. Many thanks to these troupers for helping stand these finalist plays up on their feet for the first time. FutureFest 2019 comes to the Dayton Playhouse stage on the weekend of July 19 – 21. Break-a-leg, everyone!

THE PRINCESS AT MIDNIGHT

  • Jacob: Jamison Meyer
  • Rachel: Tamar Fishbein
  • Benjamin: Spencer Berta
  • Michael: Paul Dunn
  • William: Treonte King
  • Princess: Carrin Ragland

DRONE

  • Farishta Kahn: Fran Pesch
  • Arman Kahn: Brenden Mulligan
  • Diwa Kahn: Shanna Camacho
  • Salar Kahn: Karan Singh
  • Lieutenant Mike Powell: Ray Geiger
  • Sargent Tonya Powell: Lynn Vanderpool
  • Voice of Colonel Troy Andrews: Mike Taint
  • Robbie Powell: Jefferson Smith
  • Kristen Powell: Elise Laskowski

WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

  • Capt. Marty O’Neill: Charles Larkowski
  • Thalia Whetstone: Krissy McKim-Barker
  • Carol O’Neill: Cynthia Karns
  • Gerald Freeman: Michael Markus
  • Peggy O’Neill: Jennifer Lockwood
  • Paul Travis (18 year old): Spencer Berta
  • Marty O’Neill: Chavin Medina
  • Paul Travis (11 year old): TBA

ON THE HORIZON

  • Captain Stanley Lord: Matthew Lindsay
  • George Stewart: Brian Buttrey
  • Herbert Stone: Brandon Shockney
  • Charles Groves: Will Taylor
  • Cyril “Sparks” Evans: Jefferson Smith
  • Jimmy Gibson: Samuel Hamilton

FALL WITH ME

  • Delia Reddy/Nurse 1: Tia Seay/Nurse 1:
  • Bithiah Johnston /Nurse 2: Bryana Bentley
  • Jasper (JJ) Johnston: Michael Groomes
  • Harry Thompkins: Franklin Johnson
  • Lenny Leventhal: Sean Mayo
  • Bessie Johnston (Voice only): Sadie Hornick

MEN OVERBOARD

  • Ernie Silver: David Nickel
  • Doug Silver: Michael Schumacher
  • Jay Silver: Thomas Schoen
  • Robert Silver: Sean Mayo
  • Eva Fuzesi: Anah Ryan Kennedy
  • Abraham Silver: TBA

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