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Auditions Announced for INTO THE WOODS at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoThe Dayton Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for it’s first musical of the 63rd
season, the Sondheim classic, INTO THE WOODS, directed by Tina McPhearson.

Auditions Dates are November 8th and 9th at 7pm at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301
Siebenthaler Ave.

All who audition should prepare the following:

  • One song showing your vocal range
  • Dress comfortable for some easy movement
  • Show proof of Covid-19 vaccination
  • List of all conflicts between Nov. 15-Dec. 30
  • Wear mask when not auditioning
  • Practice social distancing

Performance Dates are Jan. 14-30, 2022. Please note that rehearsals will take place over
several holidays.

Director Tina McPhearson will be looking to fill the following roles:
Into The Woods Character Descriptions
Please note: some of the character parts may be doubled.

  • Narrator: age 25-70. Intelligent and pleasant storyteller, who leads the audience through
    the entire show.
  • Mysterious Man: Male, age 50-75. Vocal Range: G2-EFlat 4. A mischievous vagrant with
    a secret.
  • Cinderella: Female, age 20 to 30. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: G3. A young,
    earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
  • Jack: Male, age 20 to 30. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: B2. The feckless giant
    killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.
  • Jack’s Mother: Female, age 50 to 65. Vocal range top: Gb5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3.
    Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-
    willed.
  • The Baker: Male, age 35 to 55. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: Ab2. A harried
    and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife
    to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others
    fight his battles.
  • The Baker’s Wife: Female, age: 35 to 45. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3.
    Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple yet satisfying
    life and is very low maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.
  • Cinderella’s Stepmother: Female, age 40 to 65. Vocal range top: F#5. Vocal range
    bottom: A3. The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.
  • Florinda And Lucinda: Female, 25 to 35. Vocal range top: Ab5. Vocal range bottom: C4.
    Cinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of
    abusing Cinderella.
  • Little Red Riding Hood: Female, age 15 to 20. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom:
    Bb3. A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive.
  • The Witch: Female, age 40 to 55. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3. Sarcastic,
    ugly then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.
  • Cinderella’s Mother: Female, age 40 to 55. Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: E4.
    Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.
  • Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince: Male, age 25-45. Vocal range top: Gb4. Vocal range bottom:
    Bb2. Wolf: Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading
    and captivating his prey. Prince: Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently
    searching for the next new, exciting thing.
  • Rapunzel: Female, age 20 to 30. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: B3. A loopy-but
    lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience
    the world.
  • Rapunzel’s Prince: Male, age 25-45. Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: C#3. Just
    as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting
    endeavor.
  • The Steward: Male, age 30 to 50. Vocal range: Ensemble singer. A manservant who is
    used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or
    the strongest personality in the room. Conniving, callous and cowardly.
  • Cinderella’s Father: Male, age 50+. Vocal range: Ensemble singer. Out of touch with his
    family but harmless and well-meaning. No solo singing
  • GIANT (Voice over Only)
  • GRANNY: Female, 40-75. (Only in one small scene and can double as Cinderella’s Mother)
  • SNOW WHITE: Female, 20-30, Princess who diverts the attention of Rapunzel’s Prince
    (only on at end of show)
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY: Female, 20-30 Princess who divert the attention of Rapunzel’s Prince
    (only on at end of show)

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THE GREAT GATSBY Runs Nov. 5-14

DPH_The Great Gatsby logoTHE GREAT GATSBY
Dayton Playhouse
Nov. 5-14
[Dayton]

Cast: Dustin Schwab as Jay Gatsby, Olivia Ekler as Daisy Buchanan, Brandon Shockney as Nick Carraway, Michael Schumacher as Tom Buchanan, Kathryn Gainey West as Jordan Baker, Janet Wasson as Myrtle Wilson, John Wysong as George Wilson, Sean Mayo as Meyer Wolfsheim, Elizabeth Furst as Mrs. McKee, Steve Mongelli as Mr. McKee, Keith Moore as Policeman & Shana Fishbein as Mrs. Michaelis

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 5-6 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 7 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 12-13 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 14 at 2pm

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Directors Sought for 2022-2023 Season at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoWe are now accepting Director Submissions for our 2022-2023 Season.

Procedure: Interested directors must submit a Director Submissions Form including up to six plays/musicals, which they believe the Dayton Playhouse should consider for our 64th (2022-2023) season. Please include the name of the show, version (if there is more than one available), author, publisher that controls the rights, synopsis, cast requirements, and any information that you believe will aid the evaluation.

Process: Submissions will be reviewed by the all-volunteer Dayton Playhouse Artistic Committee. The committee will also consider other shows that are appropriate for our season separate from submissions. Please indicate if you might be interested in directing a show other than those you have submitted.
Selection: The Artistic Committee will submit a proposed season, along with possible alternatives, to the Dayton Playhouse Board of Directors. The Board makes the final season selection, based on audience appeal, artistic challenge, resources required and available. Since the Dayton Playhouse is an all-volunteer group, without outside support, focus will be on shows that will spark both patron and artist excitement.

The Dayton Playhouse Board appreciates the time, willingness and effort of all directors who offer submissions. Submissions are open now, and will close on November 5, 2021. It will be the goal of those involved to select a season by January 21, 2022. All directors who have submitted will be notified of the status of their submission by that date. For additional information, you may email: dpiartisticcommittee@gmail.com.

Visit our Website for the submission form and additional information.

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Cast Announced for THE GREAT GATSBY at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoThank you to everyone who participated in the auditions for this production. Under th Direction of Matthew Smith, THE GREAT GATSBY runs Nov. 5-14.

  • Jay Gatsby: Dustin Schwab
  • Daisy Buchanan: Olivia Ekler
  • Nick Carraway: Brandon Shockney
  • Tom Buchanan: Michael Shumaker
  • Jordan Baker: Kathryn Gainey West
  • Myrtle Wilson: Janet Wasson
  • George Wilson: John Wysong
  • Meyer Wolfsheim: Sean Mayo
  • Mrs McKee: Elizabeth Furst
  • Mr McKee: Steve Mongelli
  • Policeman: Keith Moore
  • Mrs Michaelis: Shana Fishbein

For more information visit www.thedaytonplayhouse.com.

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The Passing of Jim Lockwood

MISC_Jim LockwoodFrom Russell Florence

Jim Lockwood. Just hearing his name, thinking of his name, immediately brings a smile. He adored theatre and theatre people. His performances and directorial assignments are numerous and memorable, but I must admit he had a special fondness for Stephen Sondheim and was particularly proud of his productions of ‘”Assassins” at Beavercreek Community Theatre and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Dayton Playhouse.

Our mutual admiration of Sondheim sparked many fun and insightful conversations during many intermissions through the years. And how wonderful it was to always count on seeing him every July at the Playhouse for FutureFest, supporting the development of new plays with energy and excitement, especially in 2017 when his grandson Jack starred in a special presentation of Peter Filichia’s “Adam’s Gifts.”

The local arts community has truly a lost a titan of the stage but Jim’s indelible legacy will linger in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him and witness his artistry.

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