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Auditions Announced for SCROOGE! at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoAnnouncing auditions for INNOVAtheatre’s holiday production, Scrooge!

Oct. 3 from 6-8pm
Oct. 4 & 5 from 7-9pm

Sorg Opera House Theater
63 S Main St, Middletown

To sign up for an audition slot please, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4badad29a2fa7-scrooge

In 1860, cranky old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, loathes people, and defends the decrease of the surplus of poor population, runs his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of Christmas Past, recalls his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed, the spirit of Christmas Present shows him the poor situation of Bob’s family, and how joyful life may be and the spirit of Christmas Yet To Come shows his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good, and time is too short, and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew, and people in general.

Prepare: 1 verse and 1 chorus of a Broadway song in the style of the show but NOT from the show itself.

No acapella auditions will be accepted. Please provide your song with either a backing track or an accompanist. Also please do not wear clothing for your audition that is representative of the style of clothing worn in the production.

All races, sexualities & identities are welcome.

Performances
December 16th – 19th
8pm on the 16th, 17th & 18th
3pm on the 18th & 19th

Rehearsals and Performances will take place at The Historic Sorg Opera House in Middletown, Ohio.
Questions can be sent to Richard Lee Waldeck at: RichardLeeWaldeck@INNOVAtheatre.com

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

General Cast Description: Large (40+), children through adult. Strong/large chorus.

Dance Requirement: Standard musical staging. Some Roles may be double or triple cast.

ALL OF THE LISTED NAMED CHARACTERS HAVE AT LEAST SOME FEATURED SOLO SINGING AND MUST HAVE STRONG SOLO VOICES. BRITISH ACCENT PREFERRED.

ADULT MALE ROLES

  • Ebenezer Scrooge – Main role. Older man who’s great wealth has turned his heart to stone. Deaf to the needs of his fellow men, he must journey thru past/present/future to regain the spirit of charity and kindness he once had as a young man.
    VOCAL RANGE Baritone
  • Bob Cratchit – Hardworking clerk in Scrooge’s employment. Dedicated to his family, Especially to his young disabled son Tiny Tim. Maintains a kind heart, even in the fact of Scrooge’s evil temper and mean-spiritedness. 20-30s suggested age.
    VOCAL RANGE Tenor-Baritone
  • Harry (Scrooge nephew)/Young Scrooge – Warm, compassionate nephew of Scrooge. Feels sorry for Scrooge and obligated to him, being family. As young Scrooge, will need to be able to dance.
    VOCAL RANGE Tenor-Baritone
  • Mr. Fezziwig/Hugo Heartly Portly, jolly man. – Must be able to dance.
    VOCAL RANGE  Tenor-Baritone
  • Tom Jenkins/School Teacher Cockney accent. Good dancer. As Tom Jenkins – hot soup man who owes money to Scrooge.
    VOCAL RANGE Baritone
  • Jacob Marley Scrooge’s dead partner. Song can be spoken.
  • Ghost of Christmas Present Large, jovial man. A showman!
    VOCAL RANGE Bass
  • Wine merchant/Dick Wilkins/Phantom – Can be a NON-singing role
  • Jocelyn Jollygoode/Phantom – Can be a NON-singing role
  • Bissett/Phantom/Christmas Future – NON-singing role
  • Punch and Judy Man/Phantom/Topper – Puppeteer, single man at party
  • Mr. Pringle/Phantom

YOUNG MALE ROLES:

  • Tiny Tim Young son of Bob Cratchit. Weak/crippled. Full of true goodness and hope.
  • Peter Cratchit Older son of Bob Cratchit.
  • Urchins A collection of various age boys
  • Jack-In-The Box, Boy with Sled

ADULT FEMALE ROLES:

  • Bess Seller in the market
  • Ethel Cratchit Wife of Bob
  • Mrs. Dilber/Mrs Fezziwig Jovial woman. Must be a dancer.
  • Miss Dilber/Mary Seller in market
  • Beggar Woman/Mrs. Pringle
  • Chestnut Seller in the market/Could be young female as well.
  • Ghost of Christmas Past Good singer, actress. Mysterious.
  • Isabel/Helen Love interest of Scrooge. Dancer.
  • Shellfish Seller in the market, could be young female as well.

YOUNG FEMALE ROLES:

  • Possibly Shellfish Seller and Chestnut Seller (see above)
  • Kathy Cratchit Daughter of Bob Cratchit. GOOD SINGER, actress.
  • Belinda Cratchit Daughter of Bob.
  • Martha Cratchit Daughter of Bob.
  • Jenny Scrooge’s sister Could be NON-singing role

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Auditions Announced for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoProduction Team
Director: Nicholas Brown
Assistant Director: Chris Koonce
Stage Manager: Alexandra Lander
Producers: Kathy Brown, Abby James
Choreographer: Anna Brown
Vocal Director: TBD

Auditions dates: October 11th and 12th, 2021 6:00PM to 9:00PM at SORG Opera House, 63 S Main St, Middletown, OH 45044.

Callbacks on October 13th, 2021.

Tech Week: January 9th – 12th, 2022.
Show dates: January 13th – 16th, 2022.
Rehearsal times: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday 6:00PM – 9:00PM.

Please come prepared with a Broadway style song. We may ask you to read an excerpt from the show. A resume and headshot are preferred. There will not be a dance routine at the initial audition. Please review the audition form below and bring one filled out.

Audition Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ynh22f45i87s6ywwEUjXzPuThYeCExep/edit
Additionally, please use the Sign Up Genius link to assign yourself an audition time: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A48AFAA2AA6FB6-innova

For any questions about auditions, please email the director at nicholasanthonybrown1@gmail.com

Callbacks will be to assess dance ability and hear you sing songs from the show. If you cannot attend callbacks, let us know so we can work around it.

Come to auditions with a list of conflicts and the production team will do our best to work with your conflicts. Tech Week and all performances are mandatory attendance.

“An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.” -MTIShows

Character descriptions – All roles will be cast 18+. The child roles are meant to be played by adults.

  • Olive Ostrovsky – Soprano/Mezzo – Shy, quiet girl who’s parents are estranged. She is the lead girl in the show. Primarily vocal character, sings powerfully.
  • William Barfee – Baritone/Tenor – Touchy, weird, and abrasive. Has extensive medical issues and little social skills. He is the lead boy. Actor should have a good sense of shock comedy. Would like to have a strong dancer.
  • Chip Tolentino – Tenor – Last year’s winner, over confident, and girl-crazy. Mix of strong vocals and comedic acting. Actor should be versatile with good comedic timing and improv skills. Doubles as Jesus.
  • Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre – Soprano – Youngest competitor, political, awkward, and has a lisp. She tries to live up to both her dad’s expectations. Belty.
  • Leaf Coneybear – Baritone – Aloof, odd, and often viewed as “stupid”. He was chosen to participate after the winner of his district couldn’t attend. Actor should be goofy with comedic timing. Doubles as Logainne’s dad “Carl-dad” (intense, competitive)
  • Marcy Park – Soprano/Mezzo – Strict upbringing, multi-talented, catholic school girl. She is held to high expectations. Ability to tumble and a high level of dance preferred.
  • Rona Lisa Peretti – Soprano – The moderator. Caring and relates to the students as a previous winner. She loves the spelling bee. Very Strong singer, needs a good sense of improv. Doubles as Olive’s Mom.
  • Douglas Panch – Spoken – A principal, does not care about spelling. He does not like the kids and is more interested in vying for Rona’s love (not relayed). Actor should have a good amount of improv ability, as you will be announcing the bee.
  • Mitch Mahoney – Tenor – “Comfort counselor” for those who are eliminated. He is an ex-convict. Should be rough around the edges. Strong vocalist. Doubles as Logainne’s dad “Dan Dad” (motherly) and Olive’s Dad

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2020-2021 Orchid Awards for INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoCHILDREN OF EDEN

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Poleena Greely
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Richard Lee Waldeck & The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT EXECUTION – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Anna Rae Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Jason S. Lakes
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Jeff Weinkam
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Jillian Mitchell
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Maddy Weinkam
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Nicholas Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Sam Downs
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Tanner Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN OVERALL TECHNICAL QUALITY – Denise A. Schnieders and The Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRE-SHOW – Richard Lee Waldeck
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Denise A. Schnieders
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Josh Gibson and Abby Kinnebrew Smith
  • EXCELLENCE IN VOCAL DIRECTION – Sarah Plaugher

DADDY LONG LEGS

  • EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY – Emily C Brinkman
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Bonnie Emmer & Amanda Borchers
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Jacqlyn Schott
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – J Farley Norman
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Matthew Nassida
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Bonnie Emmer
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – J Farley Norman
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Denise A Schnieders
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTIES – Denise A Schnieders
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Denise A Schnieders
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Jacqlyn Schott & Dave Vest
  • EXCELLENCE IN VOCAL DIRECTION – Matthew Nassida

NEWSIES

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Katie Leeds
  • EXCELLENCE IN HOUSE – INNOVAtheatre
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Lily Newman
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Tanner Brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Tamar Fishbein

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CHILDREN OF EDEN Runs July 9-18

INNOV_Children of Eden logoCHILDREN OF EDEN
INNOVAtheatre
July 9-18
Sorg Opera House [Middletown]

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Music directed by Sarah Plaugher
Choreographed by Maddy Weinkam

From musical theatre greats Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and John Caird (Les Miserables) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children, and faith…plus centuries of unresolved family business!  Adam, Eve, Noah, and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

  • Fri-Sat, July 9-10 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 11 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, July 16-17 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 18 at 3pm

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INNOVATHEATRE Streaming at Broadway on Demand

INNOV_logoINNOVAtheatre’s production of ORDINARY DAYS, by Adam Gwon, is one of only twelve productions selected from dozens around the country to stream alongside the best of Broadway on the website Broadway On Demand. The INNOVAtheatre production was directed by Jacqlyn Schott and the cast includes Jordan Fredericks, Bonnie Emmer, Alex Ross, and Anna Masla.

Broadway On Demand streams filmed versions of Broadway shows as well as select community theatre productions. The recent success of Hamilton on Disney Plus demonstrates that audiences are enthusiastic to watch high-quality theatrical productions at home.

ORDINARY DAYS will be available for home viewing for 24 hours starting on Tuesday, June 15 at 8:15 pm, Eastern Time. To view the broadcast, this link to Broadway On Demand has all the details.

ORDINARY DAYS has released a new behind-the-scenes video trailer to promote its upcoming streaming production of ORDINARY DAYS. View the video trailer here.

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) paid for the professional recording as part of their upcoming Virtual AACTFest 2021. AACT received dozens of applications for its upcoming virtual event celebrating the best in community theatre. However, only twelve productions were selected to be filmed.

“We’re so humbled and honored to receive this recognition–especially for a show that has brought so much joy. I feel blessed to have had the chance to work with all of the artists whose talents have brought us to this point,” said ORDINARY DAYS director Jacqlyn Schott. “ORDINARY DAYS is a show all about the power of connection; and I’m so happy we’re able to share it with so many in a time where we need it most.”

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