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THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI Runs Dec. 13-21

MLT_The Gifts of the Magi logoTHE GIFTS OF THE MAGI
Middletown Lyric Theatre
Dec. 13-21
[Middletown]

Directed by Josiah Miller & Charley Shafor
Music Direction by Mary Ellen Clinard
Vocal Direction by Abbie Miller

It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions, in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving. In addition to their story, there are glimpses of various city folk going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy. Enhanced by tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy narrator, named Willy!

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 13-14 at 8pm
  • Fri, Dec. 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Dec. 21 at 4pm & 8pm

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MOTHERS AND SONS with ANDRE’S MOTHER Runs Nov. 1-9

MLT_Mothers and Sons logoMOTHERS AND SONS with ANDRE’S MOTHER
Middletown Lyric Theatre
Nov. 1-9
[Middletown]

Directed by Charley Shafor

Cast of ANDRE’S MOTHER: Robin Baker as Cal Porter, Cathy Roesener as Katharine Gerard, Angie Markham as Penny & David Jenkins as Cal’s Father

Cast of MOTHERS AND SONS: Robin Baker as Cal Porter, Cathy Roesener as Katharine Gerard, Josiah Miller as Will Ogden & Sophia Griffith as Bud Ogden-Poerter

In 1988 Terrence McNally introduced us to Andre’s mother, Katherine Gerard who is mourning the loss of her son Andre also at the funeral is Andre’s lover Cal Porter. In 2014 Mr. McNally brought back these characters but it’s twenty years later and Katherine has arrived at Cal’s home to find that he is now married to another man and they have a young son. A multi-generation look at the AIDS crisis, gay marriage, survivor guilt, homophobia and fears are revealed through humor, anxiety, regret and longing and possibly a lesson that any problem can be solved with Oreos and milk. This production contains adult themes and language.

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 1-2 at 8pm
  • Fri, Nov. 8 at 8pm
  • Sat, Nov. 9 at 4pm & 8pm

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Auditions Announced for THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Avenue
Information: cshafor@middletownlyric.org

Tuesday, September 24th
7pm – 8pm

Audition Requirements: Please prepare ONE song and ONE Holiday Carol. Please choose songs that show your vocal range and ability as well as your personality. You will also be ask to do a small reading.

You would need to be conflict free from December 6 through production.
THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI, a musical
By Randy Courts and Mark St. Germain

Synopsis: It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions, in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving. In addition to their story, there are glimpses of various city folk going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy. Enhanced by tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy narrator, named Willy!

Production Information:
Performances are December 13, 14, 20 & 21
You would need to be conflict free from December 6 through production.

Audition Requirements: Please prepare ONE song and ONE Holiday Carol. Please choose songs that show your vocal range and ability as well as your personality. You will also be ask to do a small reading.

Roles Available: ages are guidelines and shouldn’t discourage you from auditioning if you feel you fit the part.

SOAPY: late 30’s – 60’s – A delightful hobo, with lots of character and wisdom to offer. This role is perfect for the physical and over the top comedy actor. A bonus, would be, knowing basic tap or soft shoe.

WILLY: 15 – early 20’s – A spunky, charismatic and attention grabbing newspaper carrier. He is the narrator of our story. MUST be a strong singer

ADULT TOWNSPEOPLE: 3 – 5 Adults, male and female, ages 18 – ???. Small character bits available. All will sing. The ability to harmonize and or sing acapella would be great.

YOUTH TOWNSPEOPLE: 3 – 5 Young People ages 9 – 17 – Small character bits available. Having choral experience and or the ability to harmonize would be a bonus

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS Runs Sept. 13-21

MLT_The Last Five Years logoTHE LAST FIVE YEARS
Middletown Lyric Theatre
Sept. 13-21
[Middletown]

Directed by Charley Shafor
Music directed by Mary Ellen Clinard

Cast: Abbie Miller as Cathy & Josiah Miller as Jamie

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. With an unconventional structure, we find Jamie telling his part of the story from the beginning with all the optimism of young love, looking to the future. Looking backwards is Cathy with the hurt and disappointment of its end. The two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 13-14 at 8pm
  • Fri, Sept. 20 at 8pm
  • Sat, Sept. 21 at 4pm & 8pm

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Males Needed for MOTHERS AND SONS at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Avenue
Middletown, Ohio 45044
513-425-7140
cshafor@middletownlyric.org

Casting Call for MOTHERS & SONS as part of a two play performance with ANDRE’S MOTHER by Terrence McNally

Directed by Charley Shafor

Contact Charley Shafor for an audition: cshafor@middletownlyric.org

PRODUCTION DATES
November 1, 2, 8 & 9 – there is a matinee on the second Saturday

ANDRE’S MOTHER
At Andre Gerard’s memorial, his lover Cal Porter tries one last time to get through to André’s mother, an imposing figure in Andre’s life. Not realizing her hidden emotions, he tells her everything he can before leaving her alone to deal with her own sense of grief and loneliness. Also attending are Cal’s father Arthur and his sister Penny. This small group of mourners let us see into the AIDS health crisis and how it can affect society’s outlook on acceptance.

MOTHERS AND SONS
It’s now twenty years since Andre Gerard’s funeral and his mother Katherine has decided to pay an unexpected visit to her late son’s partner Cal, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. A multi-generation look at the AIDS crisis, gay marriage, survivor guilt, homophobia and fear are revealed through humor, anxiety, regret and longing and possibly a lesson that any problem can be solved with Oreos and milk.

CAL OGDAN – This character plays himself at two different ages ranging from early 30’s to his early 50’s. He is a financial advisor. He was Andre’s partner and perhaps like other widows and widowers, still has deep feelings for a deceased partner that they will carry forever. Now married to Will, Cal is only too aware of how they live in a safer more accepting world

WILL PORTER—Will is in his late 30’s to early 40’s and carries a physical confidence that gay men are now living in a more inclusive world and can marry the one they love. He is a writer who is very aware of what Andre meant to Cal but has accepted that Cal is in love with him until Katherine’s arrival.

BUD OGDAN-PORTER—Bud, son of Cal and Will, is a precocious 6-year-old boy who brings an innocence and love to an otherwise tense situation. We are looking for a boy between the age of 7 to 10 who can pass for a about an 8 year-old.

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