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Cast Announced for FABULATION, or THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE at Footlighters

FLI_logoUndine has it all – success, love, and a fabulous wardrobe. When her life begins to unravel in one hilarious reversal after another, she is forced to return to a life she had long left behind. In this satirical comedy, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage asks Undine – and all of us – whether you can really ever go home again.

The cast includes:

  • Jovanni Candia as Herve/Guy
  • Jasimine Bouldin as Undine
  • Erin Adler Friedman as Stephie
  • Charles McClinon as Father
  • Alfred Glover Jr as Flow
  • Tamara Jackson-McClinon as Grandma
  • Tosha Gibson as Mother
  • Ensemble: Jacqlyn Schott, Phillip Latham, Paige Krei Adkins, Douglas Fries, Amanda Cummings, Colette Flowers, Geoff Simmons & Rachael O’Regilly

Directed by Derek Snow
Produced by Chad Brinkman and George Fee
February 9 – 26, 2023

For more information visit www.footlighters.org/fabulation

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NEXT TO NORMAL to open at The Footlighters, Inc., December 1, 2022

FLI_Next to Normal castNEWPORT, KY — The Footlighters, Inc., proudly presents the second show of its 2022-2023 season, the contemporary musical Next to Normal.

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal takes an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.

With an energetic pop/rock score, Next to Normal is a deeply emotional, moving piece of theater that addresses issues such as grief, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

Next to Normal marks the Footlighters’ debut of local director Kaleigh-Brooke Scheiding and her music director husband Jon Scheiding, but they are no strangers to the Tri-State theater scene. Kaleigh-Brooke has a BA in theatre with a focus on directing and performing from Miami University. She studied primarily under Lewis Magruder and has previously directed numerous plays and children’s musicals. Her most recent credits have been with The Nerve Theatre Company in Dayton. Jon is an accomplished sound and lighting designer as well as music and vocal director, having worked extensively with Beechmont Players, Loveland Stage Company, Mason Community Players, Village Players of Ft. Thomas, and Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative in the past.


  • Thursday – Saturday, December 1 – 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday, December 8 – 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday, December 15 – 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $25 each and are available online at footlighters.org/tickets or by contacting the box office at (859) 652-3849 or FootlightersTickets@gmail.com.

The Footlighters, Inc., has been producing quality community theater shows in Greater Cincinnati 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 footlighters.org or like The Footlighters, Inc., on Facebook.

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Auditions Announced for A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Footlighters

FLI_logoFootlighters Announces Auditions for A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Book and Lyrics By Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Based on the novel, Israel Rank by Roy Horniman

Director: Chad Brinkman
Music Director: Alan Masters
Choreographer: Emily Brinkman
Producers: Cathy Lutts and Jennifer Day


  • Sunday, December 4, 2022, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
  • Monday, December 5, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Callbacks (if needed)

  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 7:00 PM.

This production staff is committed to bringing together a diverse group of people dedicated to bringing this story to life. We encourage performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, body types, and ages to audition. We hope to unite a group of people looking to enhance the arts in our community. No roles have been precast.

April 20, 2023 – May 7, 2023

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

  • What to Prepare
    Please sign-up for an audition time below. Walk-ins are welcomed but will be assigned to the first available audition slot. Video submissions will be accepted before December 5, 2022, at 5:00 PM. Please email video submissions to GentlemansGuide.Footlighters@gmail.com.
  • We are committed to the safety of all members of this production. Please bring proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination. We require the cast, crew, and production team to be fully vaccinated. Masks will be required during rehearsals when not actively engaged on stage.
  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway-style song of your choice that best highlights your vocal abilities. You may also be asked to vocalize with the music director. Your sheet music should be in the proper key with cuts clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided (no recordings or acapella numbers).
  • Please be prepared to tell a humorous story about a personal experience or a story about a time that overcame an obstacle.
  • Please bring shoes and clothing appropriate for a dance audition, as you will be asked to participate in a dance choreography combination. The combination will be taught during the audition, but a video of the combination will also be available before the audition.
  • Please provide a copy of your theatrical resume and headshot if you have one.

PLEASE NOTE: We are committed to making this process as accessible as possible. Audition materials, including the audition packet, the choreography combination video, possible callback sides, and sheet music, will be made available before the audition and/or callback. Additionally, we will have printed copies of the callback materials available at the audition.

Rehearsals begin in early February but will include some meetings in January for table work and early blocking concepts.

A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder. When the low-born Monty Navarro discovers that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight. Monty sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind….


Character Breakdown

  • The D’Ysquith Family
    One actor plays all members of the D’Ysquith family. All D’Ysquith family members are farces of British high society in the early 20th century. The role requires physical solid comedic skills and accent ability to help establish and differentiate multiple characters.

    • Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
    • Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
    • Reverend Lord Ezekiel D’Ysquith, a clergyman
    • Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
    • Henry D’Ysquith, a country squire
    • Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, a benefactress
    • Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, a bodybuilder
    • Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
    • Chauncey D’Ysquith, a janitor
      Age: 20s to 50s
      Vocal range top: G#4
      Vocal range bottom: F#2/Bb3
  • Monty Navarro
    Handsome, clever, charismatic, vulnerable, and endearing. He discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurstand intends to kill off the family that stands in his way. Monty is not upper class but has no trouble blending in with high society.
    Gender: Male Identifying
    Age: 20s to 30s
    Vocal range top: Bb5
    Vocal range bottom: Bb3
  • Sibella Hallward
    The girl Monty loves. A flirtatious social climber, Sibellahas genuine affection for Monty but also true affection for social status. Sibella is smart, funny, and stylish, and, as far as relationships are concerned, she wants to have her cake and eat it too.
    Gender: Female Identifying
    Age: 20s to 30s
    Vocal range top: Gb5
    Vocal range bottom: F#3
  • Phoebe D’Ysquith
    Monty’s cousin. Phoebe comes from the upper class and has romantic fantasies of love. Phoebe serves as a foil to Sibella. She cares more for love than status and espouses a desire to find the true virtue in people. Though she is intelligent and earnest, she can also be naive.
    Gender: Female Identifying
    Age: 20s to 30s
    Vocal range top: high sustained C#6 with an optional Eb
    Vocal range bottom: G#3
  • Miss Shingle
    Monty’s unexpected visitor. Sneaky and mysterious, Miss Shingle has a pronounced sense of justice. She comes to tell Monty the secret of his D’Ysquith heritage.
    Age: 40s to 60s
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: Eb3
  • The Ensemble
    A group of strong and dynamic musical theatre performers plays multiple featured roles. These actors will play 40+ roles, including Lady Eugenia, Miss Barley, Tom Copley, Detective Pinckney, The Magistrate, various clerks, newsboys, ancestors, maids, actors, and many others. All Ensemble members are expected to be comfortable with some movement.
    Age: 16 to 99
    Ensemble Vocal Ranges:

    • Soprano (coloratura) Ab4 Bb6
    • Mezzo Bb4 G5
    • Alto Gb3 Gb5
    • Tenor Ab3 B5
    • Baritone Ab3 G#4
    • Bass C2 G#4

Please send questions or video submissions to the following: GentlemansGuide.Footlighters@gmail.com.

Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448aeae2babfc1-footlighters13

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NEXT TO NORMAL Runs Dec. 1-18

FLI_Next to Normal castNEXT TO NORMAL
The Footlighters Inc.
Dec. 1-18
Stained Glass Theatre [Newport]

Directed by Kaleigh- Brooke Scheiding
Music Directed by Jon Scheiding
Choreographed by Maddy Weinkam

Cast: Jeff Weinkam as Dan, Madelaine Wilkerson as Diana, Stephanie Ridgeway Johnson as Natalie, Will Ellis as Gabe, Jacob Schaub as Henry & Evan Blanton as Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart.

  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 1-3 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 4 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 8-10 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 15-17 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec. 18 at 2pm

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Call for Directors for 2023-2024 Season at The Footlighters, Inc.

FLI_logoThe Footlighters, Inc., is accepting submissions for directors for the 2023-2024 season. Interested directors must submit an application and a theatrical resume. Directors will be allowed to submit up to two productions for consideration. In a recent survey, our patrons have expressed that their favorite types of shows are large comedic musicals, followed by small comedic musicals and comedic plays. However, ALL submissions will be considered equally regardless of whether they are of the previously listed genres or not.

We are seeking directorial candidates who feel they can bring a fresh and inclusive perspective to the shows they’ve submitted, and we encourage directors from diverse backgrounds, whether you’ve directed for Footlighters before or not, to apply.

All submissions must be emailed to the Season/Director Committee Chair, Katie McCarthy, at footlighters.seasonchair@gmail.com or submitted via this Google form. The deadline to submit materials is Sunday, October 30, 2022. Interested directors will be contacted to schedule interviews for the week of November 14. Interviews will take place at the Stained Glass Theatre. For more information, visit our website.

We will produce a four-show season for 2023-2024, so we will be selecting four directors and four productions for our season. Should you have additional questions or need assistance, please email footlighters.seasonchair@gmail.com, and we will be happy to help.

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The Footlighters, Inc., is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Kentucky. For nearly 60 years, Footlighters has been committed to providing Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with a wide variety of high-quality theatrical experiences and has received local, state, and national awards for outstanding production quality, individual and ensemble performances, and technical achievements.

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