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Auditions Announced for THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoThis stage classic is full of colorful character roles for actors of every age.

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, January 20-21 beginning at 7 PM both nights.

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

  • Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
  • No prepared monologues are required.
  • Resumes and headshots are also not required, but are appreciated particularly for actors new to Dayton Playhouse.

Performances are March 6-15.

All roles are available and open to any ethnicity.

Director Jennifer Lockwood is looking for actors to fill the following roles:

  • Sheridan Whiteside, 50+ – beloved by radio audiences across the country and tolerated by those who really know him. Friend of the important and famous around the world. Self-centered in the extreme.
  • Maggie Cutler, late 20’s+ – his devoted assistant. She is used to his bluster but is blindsided to find herself on the receiving end of his shenanigans.
  • Bert Jefferson, 30s – local reporter trying to interview Whiteside. He falls hard for Maggie.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Stanley, 50s- small town well-to-do owners of the house, initially awestruck but quickly fed up with the constant inconvenience
  • Richard, 20s – their son, ready for a bigger life than their small town can offer
  • June, 18-22 – their daughter, also ready to rebel by marrying a union man
  • Harriet Stanley, 50+ – sister to Mr. Stanley, she seems not quite of this world
  • John and Sarah – live in servants at the Stanley house who Whiteside commandeers as his personal cook and butler
  • Miss Preen – nurse hired to tend to Whiteside, initially terrified of him, she eventually finds her voice
  • Dr. Bradley – small town doctor and a secret novelist
  • Professor Metz – famous European scientist friend of Whiteside
  • Lorraine Sheldon, 25-35, Broadway starlet who sees all men as fair game
  • Beverly Carlton, 40+ – English actor and writer a la Noel Coward
  • Banjo – comedian with no boundaries a la Groucho Marx (with a touch of Harpo’s physical comedy)
  • There are several other characters that will be likely be double-cast: neighbors, convicts, police, delivery men, etc.

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MAN OF LA MANCHA Runs Jan. 17-Feb. 2

DPH_Man of La Mancha logoMAN OF LA MANCHA
Dayton Playhouse
Jan. 17-Feb. 2

Directed by Dawn Roth Smith
Musical direction by Andrew Hackworth
Choreography by Jeffrey Payne

Cast: John Wysong as Captain, Ted Eltzroth as Sancho, Kevin Rankin as Governor/Innkeeper, Tim Rezash as Cervantes/Quixote, Danny Klingler as The Duke, Richard Lee Waldeck as Jose, Stephen Gogol as Tenorio, Jamison Meyer as Paco, Jamie McQuinn as Juan, Michael Plaugher as Anselmo, Brad Bishop as Pedro, Sarah Viola as Aldonza, Lindsey Cardoza as Maria, Karoline Royse as Fermina, Bryn Corbett as Antonia, Kate Young as Housekeeper, Kip Moore as Padre, Chuck Larkowski as Barber, Kiersten Farmer and Darian Black as Moorish Girls

This is a play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” A poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. It’s All the SameDulcineaI’m Only Thinking of HimThe Impossible DreamI Really Like Him and Little Bird remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show. His dream is Everyman’s dream. His tilting at windmills is Everyman’s great adventure.

  • Fri-Sat. Jan. 17-18 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 19 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat. Jan. 24-25 at 8pm
  • Sun, Jan. 26 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 2 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for MAN OF LA MANCHA at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoIntroducing the cast of our next Production, MAN OF LA MANCHA.

The cast includes:

  • Captain- John Wysong
  • Sancho- Ted Eltzroth
  • Governor/Innkeeper- Kevin Rankin
  • Cervantes/Quixote- Tim Rezash
  • The Duke-Danny Klingler
  • Jose- Richard Lee Waldeck
  • Tenorio- Stephen Gogol
  • Paco- Jamison Meyer
  • Juan- Jamie McQuinn
  • Anselmo- Michael Plaugher
  • Pedro- Brad Bishop
  • Aldonza-Sarah Viola
  • Maria- Lindsey Cardoza
  • Fermina- Karoline Royse
  • Antonia- Bryn Corbett
  • Housekeeper- Kate Young
  • Padre- Kip Moore
  • Barber- Chuck Larkowski
  • Moorish Girls- Kiersten Farmer and Darian Black

Directed by Dawn Roth Smith. Musical direction by Andrew Hackworth. Choreographed by Jeffrey Payne.

Performances run Jan. 17-Feb. 2

For more information visit www.thedaytonplayhouse.com.

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Dayton Playhouse
Nov. 1-17

Directed by Tim Rezash

Cast: Matt Lindsay as Atticus Finch, Stephanie Radford as Calpurnia, Sahe West as Tom Robinson, Keith Moore as Jem Finch, Lindsey Cardoza as Scout Finch, Samuel Hamilton as Dill, Adonis Lemke as Horace Gilmer, Lolli Mitchell as Three Ladies, Charles Larkowski as Link Deas, Sean Mayo as Bob Ewell, Brian Sharp as Judge Taylor, Hayley Penchoff as Mayella Ewell, James Karr as Heck Tate, Mark Diffenderfer as Mr. Cunningham, John Wysong Jr. as Boo Radley, Richard Young as Dr. Reynolds & Vaughn Foreit as Baliff/Guard

The new stage adaptation of Lee’s classic novel. Come see the first community theatre production of this script anywhere in the world.

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 1-2 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 3 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 8-9 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 10 at 2pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 15-16 at 8pm
  • Sun, Nov. 17 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for MAN OF LA MANCHA at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoDirected by Dawn Roth-Smith
Musical direction by Andrew Hackworth
Choreographed by Jeffrey Payne

Where: Dayton Playhouse, 1301 Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH

When: November 4 and 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM

The Dayton Playhouse will hold auditions for the musical MAN OF LA MANCHA on two nights, Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2019 at the Playhouse beginning at 7:00 PM. No reservations are necessary, but the vocal audition will be closed…only the Director, staff and an accompanist will be with you during your vocal audition.

If you absolutely cannot make this time frame, contact the director at dawns1210@gmail.com.

Performance dates: Jan. 17-Feb. 2


  • Vocal: Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre style song, bring your sheet music with cuts clearly marked. No Pop music, rock or country. Acapella auditions will not be considered.
  • Dance: Wear clothes appropriate for a light choreography audition including closed toed shoes. You will be taught and then perform a short movement routine.
  • Actors: We will also be asking some of you to stay and read from the script after vocal auditions. No monologues are necessary.

About the show:
The musical takes place in a Spanish prison, filled with characters who have all been accused of crimes against The Church. During the Spanish Inquisition people from many different walks of life, countries, religions (Jews, Muslims, Gypsies, Non Catholic Christians), and anyone who spoke ill of The Church were arrested and had to face a trial –and often times torture.

The writer Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant make their living as tax collectors, but soon find themselves imprisoned after being accused of “crimes against The Church.” Now facing the wrath of their fellow inmates, Cervantes must persuade the unruly bunch not to burn his prized manuscript — by performing it for them. With the help of their reluctant fellow captives, they begin the tale of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

We will cast the best performers, there are no pre-set notions regarding race, size, mobility, or gender.

Characters/Vocal Ranges noted for soloist- almost everyone sings in this show

  • Cervantes/Don Quixote Tenor/High Baritone
    Miquel de Cervantes is the director of the play within this play, and the lead actor.
  • Sancho Panza Tenor
    Sancho is very much the stage manager and supporting actor of the manuscript, it is very important to him to get everything just right for Cervantes.
  • Aldonza/Dulcinea Mezzo-Soprano
    Female prisoner, reluctant to participate, but has a change of heart.
  • Antonia Soprano Female prisoner, eager to help out
  • Fermina Female prisoner
  • Maria Female prisoner
  • Housekeeper Alto (high range) Female prisoner
  • Barber Tenor Prisoner, featured
  • Padre Tenor/High Baritone Prisoner, featured
  • Dr. Carrasco/ Duke Baritone/Tenor Male prisoner, educated, Featured
  • Innkeeper/Governor Baritone Male prisoner, Featured
  • Captain of the Inquisition Non-Singing role, Cameo


  • Jose Male prisoner, Chorus
  • Tenorio Male prisoner, Chorus
  • Paco Male prisoner, Chorus
  • Juan Male prisoner, Chorus
  • Anselmo (Tenor +Falsetto) Male Prisoner, Chorus, Featured
  • Pedro Male prisoner, Head Muleteer
  • Gypsies (Moors) Prisoners, Dancers

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