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Auditions Announced for THE GODS OF COMEDY at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players is proud to announce upcoming auditions for THE GODS OF COMEDY by Ken Ludwig.

Directed by Jennifer Keith Day and Assistant Director Megan Horton. Produced by Debbi Berlon and Assistant Producer Douglas Berlon. Stage Managed by Janet Wisner.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 PM and Sunday, July 10th at 6:00 PM. at Mariemont Players 4101 Walton Creek Rd Cincinnati, OH 45227

Interested individuals can sign up for an audition slot here.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Headshot and résumé are appreciated.

Performance dates will be November 3-20 2022. Rehearsals will begin in September 2022.

Synopsis: Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars. But something goes disastrously wrong, and Daphne cries out in a panic, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!”…and the gods actually appear! The Ivy League will never be the same as a pair of screwball deities encounters the carnal complexity of college coeds, campus capers, and conspicuous consumption.

Link to sign up genius – click here.

Auditions begin at the time noted. We are simply using Sign-Up Genius to know how many auditioners to expect. Please add your name if you plan to be there.

The audition will consist of reading sides from the script. You may be asked to stay and read with others.

If you have any questions, you can contact Debbi Berlon at dberlon@gmail.com

Character Descriptions

  • ARISTIDE* (Male, any age)
    A local Greek salesman of colorfully embellished trinkets on the island of Naxos where he lives with his family. He knows everyone and everything that happens on his island, and serves as an omniscient introductory narrator to the story.
    *this actor will also portray the role of Ares
  • DAPHNE RAIN** (Female, 20s-30s)
    A young and esteemed American Classics professor from a liberal arts university. She is a passionate Hellenic scholar, currently working to mount a production of Euripides’ Medea as part of her Tenure Folio. Hiding behind her bookishness, hesitation, and self-imposed isolation, Daphne has a fiercely independent spirit and is on the verge of the adventure of her lifetime.
    **this role may include implied (not actual) nudity, please contact the director for more information if needed.
  • DEAN TRICKETT (Female, 40+)
    The Dean of the Classics Department at the university where Daphne teaches is a lusty “force of nature.” Hailing from England, her hearty gusto and “full throated laugh” simply can’t be tamed. She is staunchly passionate about her work and will do whatever it takes to see that the study of Classics is preserved and appreciated by the next generation.
  • RALPH SARGENT (Male, 20s-30s)
    Hellenistic studies rising-star who has just been hired as the new head of the Classics Department with Daphne and the Dean. He is work-obsessed, bursting with energy, and on the hunt for a ‘lost’ Euripides play, a find which could make his career and change the course of theater history.
  • ALEKSI (Male, any age)
    Loveable university custodian with a deep appreciation for ancient culture and art. He is a jovial Russian émigré with Homeric dreams of learning Greek himself and one day being a Classics professor.
  • DIONYSUS – This role has been cast
    Celebrated Greek god of wine, fertility, revelry, and misrule incarnated here as a God of Comedy on a mission from his father Zeus. Lover of all things boisterous, anarchic and ecstatic, Dionysus is particularly thrilled to discover all the indulgences a twenty-first century college campus has to offer him.
  • THALIA (Female, any age)
    Ancient Greek muse of comedy and idyllic poetry, now Dionysus’s partner in comedic crime from Mt. Olympus. Thalia is a positivist who doesn’t get caught up in the details. Although she is not exactly “the sharpest sword in the armory” she makes up for it with self-confidence. She has a happy-go-lucky spirit and an “Achilles heel” of crushing hard and fast on attractive male mortals.
  • ARES* (Male, any age) The Greek God of War who is loud, intimidating, quick to be aggressive, and physically no match for opposing mortals. Brutish and demanding, he does not play around when it comes to satiating himself with whatever his momentary desire might be.
    *this actor will also portray the role of Aristide
  • BROOKLYN DE WOLFE (Female, 20s-30s)
    Former Grade-A student scholar turned world-class movie star; she is a big deal at her alma mater. Charming and alluring with a smile that “makes you believe in God,” she knows how to smooth-talk herself into the next big movie without missing a beat.

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Auditions Announced for DEARLY DEPARTED at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players is proud to announce upcoming auditions for DEARLY DEPARTED by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, directed by Aaron Whitehead and produced by Doug Berlon and Dee Anne Bryll.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, July 30th at 2:00 PM and Sunday, July 31st at 7:00 PM.

Interested individuals can sign up for an audition slot here.

Performance dates will be January 12-29, 2023. Rehearsals will begin in November 2022.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No roles have been pre-cast. Headshot and résumé are appreciated.

Those interested in auditioning for the role of Suzanne will be required to prepare 16-32 measures of a gospel song or hymn of their choice. Vocal auditions will be a cappella; no accompanist will be provided.

Synopsis: In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion.

Character Breakdown:

  • Raynelle (50s+) – Wife of Bud (the dead fellow) and matriarch of the family. A strong woman, but not one to tolerate any nonsense. She tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat it; when the preacher asks her to describe her dead husband, she says: “Mean and surly.”
  • Ray-Bud (30s-40s) – Bud and Raynelle’s older son. Husband of Lucille. Ray-Bud has a more complex, love/hate relationship with his father (and other family members). Easily frustrated, but loves his wife and family greatly. Doubles as
  • Lucille (30s-40s) – Ray-Bud’s wife. Has been through a lot, but puts a brave face on and keeps moving forward. Dreams of raising a child after a series of miscarriages.
  • Junior (30s) – Bud and Raynelle’s younger son and Ray-Bud’s brother. Not as successful nor as stable as his older brother. His big business idea – a machine that cleans parking lots – didn’t work out so well. Loves his wife and children but is nearing the end of his rope.
  • Suzanne (30s) – Junior’s wife. Unlike Lucille, Suzanne doesn’t try to put a brave face on anything. When she is upset, everyone around her is well aware. Frustrated with her position in life. Must be a good singer. See note above about additional audition requirements.
  • Marguerite (50s+) – Bud’s sister and Raynelle’s sister-in-law. A busybody. Very much aware of who is and is not on the right side of Jesus and is not shy about letting them know.
  • Royce (20s) – Marguerite’s son. Far more laid-back and chill than his mother. Chronically between jobs.
  • Delightful (Teens-20s) – Bud and Raynelle’s only daughter, much younger than Ray-Bud and Junior. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Has little to say. Often found sitting and munching on potato chips, dilly bars, etc. Doubles as Nadine.
  • Preacher (40s+) – The Preacher has a lot of experience in a small-town church and knows what to say in almost any situation – except the very unusual situations that he faces during the show. Thinks his congregation is prone to “bellyaching.” Doubles as Clyde and
  • Juanita (30s-40s) – A former beauty pageant winner (Ms. Yam Queen) who married well and ended up wealthy. Everything seems to go right for her. Doubles as Veda, an older lady who communicates with her husband ENTIRELY THROUGH YELLING (he’s a bit deaf).

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2021-2022 Orchid Awards for Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020ADA AND THE ENGINE

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Aimée Ward
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Corey Meyer
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Keith Cassidy
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Susan E. Smith
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Caren Brady
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIALECT COACHING – Ann Nixon
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Darren Lee
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Darren Lee & The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Vicki Rafferty
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Vicki Rafferty
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Darren Lee
  • EXCELLENCE IN VIDEO PRODUCTION DESIGN – Nathan Courtney

INTIMATE APPAREL

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Cynthia Nesbit
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Elizabeth L. Taylor
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Jasimine Bouldin
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Phineas J. Clark
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Ryan-Chavez Richmond
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Caren Brady
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIALECT COACHING – Kate Glasheen Dentino
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Derek Snow
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Zachery Riggins
  • EXCELLENCE IN LOBBY DISPLAY – Tom Peters
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTIES – Vicki Rafferty
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Bill Pauly, Art Kibby, Aaron Courtland
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dan Dermody
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Tom Peters assisted by Danny Davies

RIPCORD

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Chessie Vigran
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Jake Hart
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Sue Breving
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Sophie Grant
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Becky Collins
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – jef brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT EXECUTION – Sara Briggs and Katie Jensen
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Patrick Kramer and Elizabeth Molloy
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Bill Pauly, Tim Carney, Art Kibby & Fred Murrell
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Betsy Obermeyer
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Betsy Bossart

THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Andrew Leonard
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Linda Callahan
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Lisa Hall Breithaupt
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Natasha Boeckmann
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Elaine Michael
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Aaron Whitehead
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Aaron Whitehead & The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Dee Anne Bryll & Steve Winslow
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM – Vicki Rafferty
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Bill Pauly, Tim Carney, and Art Kibby
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Vicki Rafferty
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dan Dermody

THE OUTSIDER

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Chuck Ingram
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Debbi Moss Berlon
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Eric Day
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Ryan Bowron
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Douglas Berlon
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Douglas Berlon and the Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Bill Pauly and Tim Carney
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Wes Ledyard, Cheryl Lambert, Scott Ledyard & Mary Shearer

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HARVEY Runs July 8-24

MPI_Harvey logoHARVEY
Mariemont Players
July 8-24
Walton Creek Theatre

Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn

Cast: Eric Thomas as Elwood P. Dowd, Peggy Allen as Veta Louise Simmons, Aimée Ward as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Pat Kramer as Dr. Lyman Sanderson, Katie Jensen  as Ruth Kelly, David L. Abbott as Dr. William B. Chumley, Christie Bishop as Duane Wilson, Fred Murrell as Judge Omar Gaffney, Dava Lynn as Betty Chumley, Jay Dallas Benson as E.J. Lofgren & Amy Sullivan as Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet

Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey – a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, are determined to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka.

  • Fri-Sat, July 8-9 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 10 at 2pm
  • Thu-Sat, July 14-16 a 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 17 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, July 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, July 23 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 24 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for THIS RANDOM WORLD at Mariemont Players

MPI_logo 2020Mariemont Players and director Laura Berkemeier are excited to announce the cast of our September production, This Random World, by Steven Dietz:

The cast incudes:

  • Beth: Brieanne Sheehan
  • Tim: Jay Gossett
  • Scottie: Liz Ingram
  • Gary: Dan Maloney
  • Rhonda: Megan Carr
  • Claire: Caitlin Ingram
  • Bernadette: Candace Grissom
  • The Man: Mark Metzner

Performance dates: September 8 – 25, 2022

Synopsis: We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

For more information visit https://www.mariemontplayers.com/

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