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Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY Runs July 21-24

INNOVA_Freaky Friday logoDisney’s FREAKY FRIDAY
INNOVAtheatre
July 21-24
Sorg Opera House [Middletown]

Directed by Denise A Schnieders
Music direction by Jovonné Lewis

The new musical, Freaky Friday, is based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. It is developed by Disney Theatrical Productions expressly for licensing to theatres, and features a book by Bridget Carpenter – the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.” Music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey – the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of “Next to Normal” and “If/Then.”

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

  • Thu-Fri, July 21-22 at 8pm
  • Sat, July 23 at 3pm & 8pm
  • Sun, July 24 at 3pm

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2021-2022 Orchid Awards for INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoINTO THE WOODS

  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Aaron Washington
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Brooke Partin
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Sophie Caton
  • EXCELLENCE IN OTHER – Nelson Riley For Milky White Design & Construction
  • EXCELLENCE IN SOUND DESIGN – Zeke Plymesser

LITTLE WOMEN

  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Anna Rae Brown & Michaela Cramer
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Anna Rae Brown & Michaela Cramer and the Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Abriella Ruby
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Angela Allen
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Linnzie Hays
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Max Fox
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Nicholas Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Robert Rhodes

SCROOGE the Musical

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Poleena Greely
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN LOBBY DISPLAY – Denise A. Schnieders
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Nick Dunker
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – TJ Montgomery
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTIES – Denise Schneiders, Richard Lee Waldeck, and Michael Greely
  • EXCELLENCE IN SOUND DESIGN – Richard Lee Waldeck

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Anna Rae Brown & Jeanne Schindler
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Nicholas Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Nicholas Brown & The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Abby Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Clare Hingsbergen
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Jacob Nichols
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Liz Lindon
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Samuel Horton
  • EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE – Judy Mansky & The Orchestra
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Abby James & Kat Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN SOUND DESIGN – Zeke Plymesser
  • EXCELLENCE IN VOCAL DIRECTION – Adelyn Rae Helms

TUCK EVERLASTING

  • EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY – Aaron Washington, Tomi Newman & Featured Dancers
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Poleena Greely
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Aaron Washington
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Aaron Washington & Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Abriella Ruby
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Griffin Greear
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Max Fox
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Denise A. Schnieders & Michaela Cramer

 

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Cast Announced for JEKYLL & HYDE at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoINNOVAtheatre is excited to announce our cast of JEKYLL & HYDE the musical.

Congratulations to all those that showed us what was behind their facade!

Running Aug. 18-21, tickets are on sale now at www.SorgOperaHouse.org.

The cast includes:

  • Jekyll/Hyde……Tanner Brown
  • Lucy…….Liz Lindon
  • Emma……..Laura Bay
  • Sir Danvers……Brian Laughlin
  • Utterson……Jacob Nichols
  • Bishop of Basingstoke…Forrest Fairley
  • Lady Glossop………Terry Neack
  • Sir Archibald Proops.Matthew Ebersbach
  • Spider & Stride…..Davis Byrd
  • Lady Beaconsfield…..Jeannine Parson
  • Bissett/Ensemble….Spencer Jones
  • Poole/Ensemble….. Robert White
  • Featured Engagement Party Dancer/Ensemble…Joey Mason
  • Nellie/Featured Red Rat Dancer/Ensemble…Bri Landrum
  • Dance Captain/Featured Red Rat Dancer/Featured Engagement Party Dancer & Ensemble…Michaela Pandorf
  • Featured Red Rat Dancer/Featured Engagement Party Dancer &
  • Ensemble…Christyn New
  • Featured Red Rat Dancer/Featured Engagement Party Dancer &
  • Ensemble…Krista Schaeffer
  • Ensemble…Bridget Sciartelli
  • Ensemble….Jamie Pavlofsky
  • Ensemble….Tamar Fishbein
  • Ensemble…Joanie Marie Kienlen
  • Ensemble….Michelle Bellamy
  • Ensemble….Melanie Brown
  • Ensemble….Thomas R. Coop

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INNOVAtheatre Presents CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD

INNOVA_Considering Matthew Shepard logoINNOVAtheatre presents Craig Hella Johnson’s CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD in five performances:

  • Thursday through Saturday, June 2nd -4th, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday June 4th & 5th, 3:00 PM

CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD explores the life, death and legacy of Matthew Shepard. With the Musical Direction of Sarah Plaugher, INNOVA will be joined by a diverse ensemble of musicians to bring this work to the Sorg Opera House.

A three-part fusion oratorio, CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Johnson sets a wide range of poetic and soulful texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi. Passages from Matt’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents Judy and Dennis Shepard, newspaper reports, and additional texts by Johnson and Browne are poignantly appointed throughout the work.

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, and tied to a fence. He died five days later. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson responded with his composition, Considering Matthew Shepard.

“Matt Shepard and his story have led me on an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey that I continue to this day. In composing Considering Matthew Shepard I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.” — Craig Hella Johnson, composer

Tickets available in advance or at the door: $25.00.

Visit www.SorgOperaHouse.org.

Parking for The Sorg Opera House is free and located on either side of the theatre as well as in the public parking lot behind the theatre.

INNOVAtheatre and The Sorg Opera House is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 [c](3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Auditions Announced for JEKYLL & HYDE The Musical at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoMon & Tue, June 6 & 7 from 7-9:30pm at Sorg Opera House
To reserve an audition slot, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4badad29a2fa7-jekyll

Auditions will be open. Call backs may or may not be necessary. If they are necessary they will be held on Wednesday June 8th at 7pm. Anyone needed to be seen for a callback will be told before they leave the audition room on the day of their original audition. Casting will be done immediately after the final audition and roles will be offered within 24 hours.

  • Please prepare 16 bars of a song, in the style of the show with cuts clearly marked. Acapella and digital auditions will not be permitted.
  • Wear clothes appropriate for a light choreography audition.
  • If you absolutely cannot make this time frame, contact the director ASAP at Richard.Lee.Waldeck@gmail.com

Performances run Aug. 18-21

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Ages are suggested but may not necessarily be cast as such.

  • Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
    Jekyll is a doctor obsessed with discovering the true nature behind the good and evil in man and Emma’s fiancee. After he uses an experimental formula on himself, his evil side – Edward Hyde – takes control. As Hyde, he is violent, commanding, and a sexual deviant attracted to Lucy.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 45
    Baritone/Tenor
    Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Emma Carew
    The daughter of Chariman Danvers Carew and Jekyll’s beloved finacee who is refined and desired by all of the socialite men.
    Gender: Female Age: 20 to 25
    Soprano
    Vocal range top: C6 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Lucy Harris
    The gorgeous ‘main attraction’ at a local gentleman’s club. At the bottom of her luck, she becomes the object of Hyde’s obsession. Lucy is feisty and wild, but also cautious and aware.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 20 to 30
    Mezzo-soprano
    Vocal range top: F#5 . Vocal range bottom: G#3
  • Gabriel John Utterson
    Serves as Jekyll’s lawyer and helpful friend. He advises the troubled doctor on personal and professional affairs.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 45
    Baritone/Tenor
    Vocal range top: F#4 . Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Sir Danvers Carew
    Emma’s loving father and Chairman of the Board of Governors. A charming and gentle man.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 60 to 70
    Baritone
    Vocal range top: F#4 . Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Simon Stride
    The secretary of the Board of Governors and Jekyll’s rival for Emma’s affections.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 40
    Baritone
    Vocal range top: G4 . Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Bishop Of Basingstoke
    A hypocritical, sadistic man of the cloth and a member of the Board of Governors.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 60
    Baritone/Tenor
    Vocal range top: G4 . Vocal range bottom: C#3
  • General Lord Glossop
    A pompous retired army man and member of the Board of Governors.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 50 to 60
    Baritone/Bass
    Vocal range top: C4 . Vocal range bottom: G#3
  • Lady Beaconsfield
    A Haughty socialite and the only woman on the Board of Governors.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 30 to 70
    Mezzo-soprano
  • Sir Archibald Proops -30-60
    QC (Queen’s Counsel), nicknamed “Archie”, is a lawyer on the Board of Governors at St. Jude’s Hospital.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 60
    Baritone
  • Lord Savage
    Lord Savage is a member of the Board of Governors of St. Jude’s Hospital and a peer of the realm.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 60
  • Nellie
    An older prostitute at the place Lucy works. Flirty, and street smart
    Gender: Female
    Age: 25 to 35
    Mezzo-soprano
  • Spider
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 50
    The Spider is the proprietor, pimp, and manager of ‘The Red Rat’, Nasty, seedy and weaselly could describe The Spider.
    Baritone
  • Poole
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 65
    Henry Jekyll’s Butler
  • Bisset
    Gender: Male
    Age: 25 +
    Apothecary
  • People of London:
    Aristocrats; Street People, Servants, Party Guests, Prostitutes, Policemen, Newsboys

**We are looking for all age ranges. Please note that there is Adult Content in this production. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent. Some actors and actresses may also be scantily but tastefully clad.

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