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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.

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

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”


“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”

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Dogettes (TV girls)
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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!


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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Auditions Announced for FUTUREFEST 2019 at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoFutureFest 2019 auditions begin at 7pm each evening on May 20 & 21. 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.

FutureFest 2019 will hold open auditions for all six finalist plays on Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21, starting both nights at 7:00 PM. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Three plays will be auditioned each night. This year’s finalists present an enticing range of roles. In total 39 actors are needed (27 male, 12 female). See the synopses below for play descriptions and casting requirements.

Monday, May 20, 2019 – Staged reading plays

Directed by Craig Smith
Performance: Saturday July 20 @ 10:00 AM
Former fighter pilot, Mike Powell, gives up his wings to be with his family. He becomes a drone pilot near Las Vegas. He never imagined the toll this would take on him, his wife, a physician’s assistant, and his 16-year-old soccer-playing son. His first assignment is to surveil Salar Khan, who’s suspected of being a Taliban insurgent, and his family-which includes a similar soccer-playing son-in northern Pakistan. In the process, Mike watches members of the family having tea, dancing, praying, and even making love. The daily observation leads to a voyeuristic identification and admiration of the Khans, despite the warnings of his trigger-happy, gung-ho co-pilot, Tonya. The daily surveillance and Mike’s participation in bombing a school and a hospital have devastating moral and psychological effects on both families. The eventual order to strike down Salar leads to an unprecedented crisis.

[Accents needed for Khan Family roles.]

Farishta Khan. The grandmother and revered family matriarch.
Arman Khan. A 16-year-old soccer-playing grandson.
Diwa Khan. Arman’s mother. Late 30s. A constant worrier.
Salar Khan. Arman’s father. A mine worker. Late 30s.
Lt. Mike Powell. Late 30s. A drone pilot. A man of integrity. A true patriot.
Sgt. Tonya Spanger. Mid-20s. Tough-talking drone sensor who revels in her work.
Voice of Colonel Troy Andrews. Commander. Does not appear.
Robbie Powell. Mike’s 16-year old son. Star soccer player.
Kristin Powell. Mike’s wife. Late 30s physician’s assistant.

Which Way the Wind Blows
Directed by Abe Bassett
Performance: Saturday July 20 @ 3:00 PM
Marty O’Neill is a good cop with an ordinary life. A captain with some thirty years on the force, he is content in his job and his marriage. But, O’Neill’s contentment is shattered when he is faced with a decision that challenges everything he has always believed.

Marty O’Neill, late fifties
Thalia Whetstone, late twenties/early thirties
Gerald Freeman, late fifties
Carol O’Neill, fifties
*Paul Travis, age 11
Young Marty, age 11
Paul Travis, age 18
Peggy O’Neill, forties and eighties
*Peter Freeman, age 11
*these roles should be played by the same actor

Fall With Me
Directed by Dawn Roth Smith
Performance: Sunday July 21 @ 10:00 AM
J.J. and Bithiah Johnston are quietly surviving the Great Depression, while doing what they can for their neighbors. When J.J.’s brothers—other veterans from The Great War—arrive in search of a leader for their latest fight, one that hold the U.S. government accountable to for what’s owed them after their sacrifice, the smell of former glory intoxicates J.J and threatens to derail what little his family actually has. Bithiah pleads with J.J. to stay home and continue to work at the mill; a luxury few can claim. J.J. insists his service to his country and his commitment to those he fought alongside is incomplete, if he doesn’t join the frontlines again. In the end, he must decide what fight is truly his to win and which one is worth the risk, should he lose.

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.

Bithiah Johnston (mid-30s. Female. African-American.) J.J.’s wife; the primary caretaker of their only daughter Bessie (8); keeper of the household finances. Bithiah is a brilliant woman and the backbone of the family; still madly in love with her husband after many years.

Delia Reddy (mid-30s. Female. African-American.) the best friend of Bithiah; a former singer; grateful recipient of the Johnston’s financial support; J.J. and Bithiah’s upstairs neighbor; as friends, Delia has long been the adventurous foil to Bithiah’s more pragmatic life choices.

Lenny Leventhal (mid-30s. Male. White.) a soft-spoken, very nervous veteran of World War I; Jewish; progressive-minded; influenced by and empathetic toward a variety of worldviews; willing to follow; indebted to Harry for his actions at the camp.

Harry Thompkins (early-40s. Male. African-American.) J.J.’s most boisterous “war buddy”; a bachelor who very distinctly only needs to be concerned with himself; lives with many regrets from throughout his life. Wants change but is also excited to relive his “glory days.”

Nurse #1 & Nurse #2 (mid-30s. Female. African-American.)* fast-acting caretakers of the Bonus Marchers.

Voices of Vivian (any) & Bessie (8 years-old) **

*Nurses should be doubled by the actors playing “Bithiah” and “Delia.” **May be a pre-recorded or off-stage voices or a well-staged doubling.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Fully staged plays

The Princess at Midnight
Directed by Dorothy Michalski
Performance: Friday, July 19 @ 8:00 PM
Jacob Simon, a tailor in Detroit in 1851, is about to open a factory when he and his wife Rachel are approached by abolitionist friends to help in a dangerous rescue. They are asked to help a mute runaway slave—known as the Princess—across the Detroit river to Canada. Because of a misjudgment by Jacob’s brother, the well-meaning tailor is put in an ethical dilemma as he considers the choice between helping a slave or turning her in. Based on a true story.

Jacob Simon: A dressmaker. Late 20’s-early 30’s.
Rachel Simon: Jacob’s wife, obviously pregnant, 20’s.
Benjamin Simon: Jacob’s younger brother, 20’s.
Michael Sullivan: A merchant from Charleston, 20’s-30’s.
William Caldecott: An activist, African American, 30’s.
The Princess: A fugitive slave, mute, 20’s.

On the Horizon
Directed by Annie Pesch
Performance: Saturday, July 20 @ 8:00 PM
In 1912 the British steamship the SS Californian set out from London to cross the Atlantic Ocean toward Boston. In the midst of their journey they encountered a loose ice field and stopped for the night, thinking it would be a quiet evening. But then in the not so far distance, the crew saw eight distress rockets fire from a ship within ten miles from them. The crew tried to rouse Captain Stanley Lord from sleep to heed the call, but he refused to believe there was imminent danger. Even after the crew watched the lights of the ship flicker and then go black, Captain Lord refused to engage. It was in the early moments of dawn when the wireless operator started his shift that they realized they were the ship that watched Titanic sink.

[All roles require a British dialect.]

Captain Stanley Lord, M 30-40s
George Stewart, Chief Officer, M 30-40s
Herbert Stone, 2nd Officer, M 30-40s
Charles Groves, 3rd Officer, M 20-30s
Cyril “Sparks” Evans, Wireless Operator, M 20s
Jimmy Gibson, Crewman Apprentice, M 20s

Men Overboard
Directed by Janet Powell
Performance: Sunday July 21 @ 3:00 PM
A Bar Mitzvah in New York City brings together three Jewish brothers (a politician, a therapist, and a Buddhist monk), their fading but forceful father, the politician’s 13-year-old son (who doubts he’s ready to become a man), and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor (a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles). As the boy is torn between obedience and defiance of his father, tensions grow and affect everyone in the family, until anger becomes abuse and it becomes clear that the family’s status quo is no longer an option.

ERNIE SILVER, an old man, father of three, 70’s or older
DOUG SILVER, Ernie’s middle son, a psychotherapist, mid-40’s
JAY SILVER, Ernie’s youngest son, a Buddhist monk, early 40’s
ROBERT SILVER, Ernie’s oldest son, a Congressional candidate, late 40’s
ABRAHAM SILVER, Robert’s son and Ernie’s only grandchild, 13
EVA FUZESI, Abraham’s Bar Mitzvah tutor, from Hungary, mid-30’s

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MAMMA MIA! Runs May 3-19

DPH_Mamma Mia logoMAMMA MIA!
Dayton Playhouse
May 3-19

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Produced by Tim Rezash

Cast: Denise A. Schnieders as Donna, Lilly Robillard as Sophie, Lindsey Cardoza as Rosie, Amy Askins as Tanya, Naman Clark as Sky, Brad Bishop as Bill, Ron Mauer as Harry, Ted Eltzroth as Sam, Paul Dunn as Pepper, Ryan Petrie as Eddie, Kailey Yeakley as Lisa, Shana Fishbein as Ali, Mart Wirtz as Father Alexandrios/Ensemble Male, Juangabriel Encarnacion  as Ensemble Male 1, Casey Dillon as Ensemble Male 2, Nate Strawser as Ensemble Male 3, Treonte King as Ensemble Male 4, Bryan Schuck as Ensemble Male 5, Shanna Camacho as Ensemble Female 1, Anna Ryan Kolb as Ensemble Female 2, Kaylee Maple as Ensemble Female 3, Rachael Kindred as Ensemble Female 4 &
Amber Pfeifer as Dance Captain/Ensemble Female 5

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

  • Fri-Sat, May 3-4 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 5 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 10-11 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 12 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, May 17-18 at 8pm
  • Sun, May 19 at 2pm

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