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Footlighters Inc.
Nov. 7-23
Stained Glass Theatre [Newport]

Directed by Dan Maloney
Music directed by Matthew Nassida
Produced by Michelle Burdett & Peggy Kenney

Cast: Katelyn Reid as Percy Talbot, Cathy Lutts as Hannah Ferguson, Sarah Viola as Shelby Thorpe, Gregory Good, Jr. as Caleb Thorpe, Austin Adams as Sheriff Joe Sutter, Amanda Marasch-Brinkman as Effy Karyneck & Jimmy Jackson as The Visitor

Like a good coffee cake, this feel good musical will leave you wanting a second helping!

  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 7-9 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 10 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Nov. 14-16 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Nov. 17 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Nov. 20-23 at 7:30pm

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Directors Sought for 2020-2021 Season at Footlighters Inc.

fli_logoThe Footlighters, Inc. is accepting submissions for directors for the 2020-2021 season. If you would like to be considered, please send the following information to Cathy Lutts, Chair of the Director/Play Selection Committee, at preciousmoment65@gmail.com. Please include ‘Director Submission’ in the subject line of the email.

  • A one-page letter of interest briefly detailing the shows you’re interested in directing for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. Please consider the list below that was composited from the patron survey, and 2 additional shows of your choosing.
  • A theater resume that includes your contact information.

The deadline to submit materials is Friday October 18, 2019. Interested directors will be contacted the week of October 25th to schedule interviews, which will take place at the Stained Glass Theatre in early November. When you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide more specific information about the shows you are interested in directing, including potential production staff.

Plans are to produce a 3-show season for 2020-2021. Each production will have 16 performances.

Footlighters, Inc. was founded in 1963 and since 1987 has owned its own facility, The Stained Glass Theatre in Newport, KY. It continually attracts outstanding talent for its productions, and has received local, state, and national awards for outstanding production quality, individual and ensemble performances, and technical achievements.

Potential Productions Could Include:
12 Angry Men | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Odd Couple|A Chorus Line | Elf, The Musical | Singin’ in the Rain |Addam’s Family | Fiddler on the Roof | Sound of Music |Arsenic and Old Lace | Legally Blonde | Steel Magnolias | Bonnie & Clyde | Newsies | West Side Story

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THE SPITFIRE GRILL to Open at Footlighters, Inc. November 7, 2019

fli_logoFootlighters, Inc. proudly presents the second show of its 2019-2020 season: The Spitfire Grill.

Based on the 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill is an uplifting, feel-good story about Percy, a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to small-town Wisconsin. She ends up working at an old diner – Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. Hannah wants to sell the place, but without any takers, Percy suggests she raffle it off. Entry fees are $100, and the best essay on the grill wins! Soon, mail’s arriving by the wheelbarrow – and that’s when toes start tappin’ and things start cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.

Featuring a charming, catchy score filled with country, bluegrass, and folk influences, The Spitfire Grill’s tale of redemption and fortitude will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

The Spitfire Grill marks the Footlighters’ debut of director Dan Maloney – but he’s no stranger to the Cincinnati theater scene. In addition to being a founding member of OTRimprov, Dan is on the Board of Mariemont Players, the Ohio Community Theater Association, and is President of ACT-Cincinnati. His two recent award-winning projects Out of Sterno and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot were both chosen to represent SW Ohio at this year’s annual OCTA State Conference in Perrysburg, OH.


  • Thursday-Saturday, November 7-9 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 10 at 2:00pm
  • Thursday-Saturday, November 14-16 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 17 at 2:00pm
  • Wednesday- Saturday, November 20-23 7:30pm

Tickets: $22 each and are available at (859) 652-3849 or FootlightersTickets@gmail.com.

The Footlighters, Inc. has been producing quality community theater shows in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 55 years. The group was established in 1963 by a small group of community theater volunteers who wanted to bring theater opportunities to the west side of Cincinnati.

In 1987, the group bought the Salem United Methodist Church in Newport and transformed it into The Stained Glass Theatre. The theater is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Kentucky landmark. In September of 2018, Footlighters added an ADA ramp to the front of their building to complement the elevator installed in September of 2017, allowing access for all patrons with limited mobility.

For more information, please visit www.footlighters.org or “like” The Footlighters, Inc. on Facebook.


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Auditions Announced for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at Footlighters Inc.

FLI_logoThe Footlighters, Inc. announces auditions for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Directed by Gina Kleesattel
Music Direction by Alan Masters
Produced by Alan Masters and Bill Geraghty


  • Sunday, November 10th 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Monday, November 11th 7:00pm-10:00pm

Tuesday, November 12th 7:00pm-10:00pm

The Stained Glass Theatre, 802 York Street, Newport KY 41071

Please bring 16-32 bars of two contrasting songs that show your vocal range. Please have your music marked with the 16-32 bars that you want to sing for each song in advance. No recordings please. An accompanist will be provided. Please don’t audition with anything from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. A dance combination will be a part of the initial audition after you have sung.

Auditionees are asked to sign up for a slot, but walk-ins will be accepted in the first available opening. A headshot and resume is appreciated but not required. SIGN UP HERE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aeae2babfc1-auditions6

For questions about auditions please contact Alan Masters at 513-328-5097 or aemasters@aol.com.

Performance dates: April 23-May 9

The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860–1926), a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank Butler. The 1946 Broadway production was a hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version, and television versions. Songs that became hits include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” and “Anything You Can Do.” This production will be using the revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone’s revisions ‘are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.’ Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’ love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank’s bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly’s horror) part Native American.


  • Frank Butler (Lead): Male, 30-60
    A suave sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s show–he enjoys his status as a heartbreaker and star of the show, and would like to keep it that way; low A-high F.
  • Annie Oakley (Lead): Female, 18-40
    Backwoods woman, an incredible talent as a markswoman, has no idea about “nuthin’ cept shootin'”; she immediately falls head over heels for Frank, who prefers a more dainty type of woman; a happy, endearing country girl who is an amazing markswoman; illiterate, not very “lady-like”; strong singer-comedian who carries the show; mezzo-belt, low G-high F.
  • Dolly Tate (Lead): Female, 18-40
    Frank Butler’s “lovely” assistant, an over-the-top, bigoted, ambitious, and mean-spirited woman whose principal role is to make everyone else miserable; she does this in a very funny way.
  • Buffalo Bill Cody (Lead): Male, 35-75
    Middle-aged soldier/Indian scout turned showman; runs the “Wild West Show” that features sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, and plenty of musicians, cowboys, cowgirls, Indians and assorted family members; low B–high F.
  • Charlie Davenport (Lead): Male, 30-70
    Middle-aged manager of the Wild West Show, always setting the scene for this show-within-a-show.
  • Chief Sitting Bull (Supporting): Male, 35-80
    Leader of the Sioux Nation, adopts Annie as his daughter and puts his money into show business with the Wild West Show in order to be near her; has keen insight into human nature, which he shares through many one-liners.
  • Pawnee Bill (Supporting): Male, 35-80
    Owner of the Far East Show; Buffalo Bill’s former partner and current rival.
  • Little Jake, Annie’s Little Brother (Supporting): Male, 12+
    Annie’s 8- to-10-year-old brother, her “bird dog” who flushes out game for her to shoot; extra points if he can make “armpit noises”; boy soprano or alto; low B flat-high D.
  • Jessie, Annie’s Little Sister (Supporting): Female, 12+
    Annie’s 10- to-14-year-old sister, also part of the family hunting business; sopranos/altos; low B flat-high D.
  • Nellie, Annie’s Other Little Sister (Supporting): Female, 12+
    Annie’s 10- to-14-year-old sister, also part of the family hunting business; sopranos/altos; low B flat-high D.
  • Adult Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 15+
    Cowboys, Indians, Roustabouts, Cowgirls, Royals of Europe, New York Socialites; special talents for members of the ensemble include rope twirlers, guitar pickers, gymnasts and tumblers, mandolin or fiddle players, tap dancers, Indian hoop dancers, and whistlers; all voice types needed.
  • Tommy Keeler (Lead): Male, 17-26
    A dashing young knife-thrower with the Wild West Show, part Native American, and very much in love with Winnie. Tenor or High Baritone Low B flat – High F. Two duets with Winnie.
  • Winnie Tate (Lead): Female, 15-26
    Dolly’s 17-year-old sister. Tommy throws knives at her and hopes to marry her as soon as she turns 18. Mezzo Soprano or Soprano. Low B flat – High F. Two duets with Tommy.

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MAMMA MIA! Runs Sept. 12-28

FLI_Mamma Mia logoMAMMA MIA!
Footlighters Inc.
Sept. 12-28
Stained Glass Theatre [Newport]

Directed by Robert Weidle
Music & vocal direction by Alan Masters
Choreographed by Arlene Balczo
Produced by Clayton Castle & Cathy Lutts

Cast: Jennifer Keith as Donna Sheridan, Deana Tully as Tanya, Becky Rogers as Rosie, Jon Vater as Sam Carmichael, David Radtke as Bill Austin, Gary Rogers as Harry Bright, Amalia Tollas as Sophie Sheridan, Mary Ingram as Ali, Heidi Olson as Lisa, Christopher Ball as Sky, Corey Meyer as Pepper, Raymond Kammer as Eddie & Chuck Ingram as Father Alexandrios
Ensemble: Kat Glaser, Brenden Horell, Alexia Varney, Adrianna Boris, Molly Sexton, Nick Palazzolo, Anna Hazard, Mary Anne Smith, Chuck Ingram, Lisa Breithaupt, Gary Herman, Lawson Smith & David Barge

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you will never forget!

  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 12-14 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 15 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Sept. 19-21 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 22 at 2pm
  • Wed-Sat, Sept. 25-28 at 7:30pm

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