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Auditions Announced for ANDRE’S MOTHER and MOTHER AND SONS at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoAuditions for ANDRE’S MOTHER and MOTHER AND SONS by Terrence McNally

Middletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Avenue
Middletown, Ohio 45044
513-425-7140

Directed by Charley Shafor
cshafor@middletownlyric.org

AUDITIONS
August 5, 6 & 7 @ 7pm – 8:30pm
Cold readings from script

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.

CHARACTERS: All ethnicities considered. If you feel you look the age than please audition. Two of the characters in ANDRE’S MOTHER, Arthur Ogden and Penny Ogden have been cast

KATHERINE GERARD – This character plays herself at two different ages somewhere between her mid-to late 40’s to her 60’s. She has recently widowed and still angry and bitter over losing her only child to HIV. Katherine needs to show a wide range of emotion from humor to fear to abject sorrow.

CAL OGDAN – This character plays himself at two different ages ranging from his mid to late 20’s to his 40’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 20’s early 30’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 6 to 10 who can pass for a 6-8-year-old.

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Auditions Announced for I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoTue, July 9th from 7-8:30pm

Middletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Ave, Middletown, Ohio 45044

Based on Jane Austen’s novel of love and heartache, Pride and Prejudice, this tune filled, modern day musical follows the path of four lovelorn and love-lost young professionals, friends and siblings in New York City. Along with a couple other eccentric characters find out what it is to fall in love with someone not in spite of their faults but because of them.

AUDITION REQUESTS:

  • Please prepare an up-tempo and a ballad – (please keep your songs under 5 minutes.)
  • Please have your music cut for our accompanist
  • Please choose music that shows a wide range of your vocal abilities
  • You will be ask to do cold-readings from the script

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:

  • First Rehearsal: SUNDAY August 4th. We will rehearse 3 – 4 times a week. Days may include Saturday and Sundays. Full rehearsal schedule determined when show is cast.
  • IMPORTANT DATES – Outside of the rehearsal schedule you MUST be conflict free the following dates. If you are not please do not audition.
    September 3 – 14 & September 19 – 21 – evenings
    September 7 – All day tech rehearsal
  • Actual Performances: September 13, 14, 20 & 21 – (There will be a matinee on one of the Saturday’s)

CHARACTERS – If you look under 40 please feel free to audition. ALL ethnicities

  • Austin (Lead): Male, 25-35
    straight-laced, romantic, conservative, methodical, greeting card writer who is very devoted to his ex-girlfriend and desperately wants her back (tenor to A).
  • Marcy (Lead): Female, 25-35
    free-spirited, evolving, fun-loving, and eccentric photographer who is more than willing to help Austin get his ex-girlfriend back as he is her perfect Mr. Wrong (soprano, strong mix to F, belt to D).
  • Jeff (Lead): Male, 25-35
    quirky, not always the best with words, no-strings-attached, older brother to Austin; wants to help him rebound quickly from the breakup and in the meantime, he is perfectly content to have a friendship with benefits (baritone to G).
  • Diana (Lead): Female, 25-35
    intelligent, no-nonsense, by-the-numbers, best friend and roommate to Marcy, she encourages Marcy to find her Mr. Wrong so that she can then be with her Mr. Right; she will happily have a friendship with benefits with Jeff (alto to D).
  • NYC Woman (Supporting): 25-40
    plays multiple characters and must be comfortable with improvisation, movement, and have excellent comedic timing (mezzo soprano).
  • NYC Man: Male, 25-40
    plays multiple characters and must be comfortable with improvisation, movement, and have excellent comedic timing (bari-tenor).

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2019-2020 Season Announced by Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre announces its 41st Season: The Season of Love.

September
I LOVE YOU BECAUSE – A New Musical

November
ANDRE’S MOTHER & MOTHERS & SONS

December
THE GIFT’S OF THE MAGI

March
TWELFTH NIGHT

May
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

June
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU

For more information visit www.middletownlyric.org.

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THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC Runs June 7-15

MLT_Loman Family Picnic logoTHE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC
Middletown Lyric Theatre
June 7-15
[Middletown]

Directed by Charley Shafor

Cast: Claire LaNicca, Sally Fint, Avi Gilbert, Michael Schlotterbeck & Jack Sweeten

The setting is a new “luxury” high-rise apartment with Spanish décor in Coney Island, the home of a middle-class Jewish family struggling to put up a good front even though continually short of cash. The father, Herbie, who sells lighting fixtures, is chronically overworked and underpaid; his wife, Doris, tells herself (and whomever may be listening) that she loves her life—even though, as the play begins, she is shredding her wedding dress to make a Halloween costume; their older son, Stewie, eagerly awaits his bar mitzvah with an eye less on its religious aspects than on the potential loot to be gained in gifts; and the youngest son, Mitchell, is absorbed in writing a musical version of Death of a Salesman (entitled Willy!)

  • Fri-Sat, June 7-8 at 8pm
  • Fri, June 14 at 8pm
  • Sat, June 15 at 3pm & 8pm

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Actor Needed for THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre is in need of two male actors for THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC by Donald Margulies.

Herbie Loman (mid to upper 30s or at least look like you can pull that age off) – a lighting fixtures salesman who is chronically overworked and underpaid.

Rehearsals begin May 6th.  Production is June 7, 8, 14 & 15

Contact Charley at cshafor@middletownlyric.org  or 513-425-7140 to schedule an audition

Synopsis: The home of a middle-class Jewish family struggling to put up a good front even though continually short of cash. The father, Herbie, who sells lighting fixtures, is chronically overworked and underpaid; his wife, Doris, tells herself (and whomever may be listening) that she loves her life—even though, as the play begins, she is shredding her wedding dress to make a Halloween costume; their older son, Stewie, eagerly awaits his bar mitzvah with an eye less on its religious aspects than on the potential loot to be gained in gifts; and the youngest son, Mitchell, is absorbed in writing a musical version of Death of a Salesman (entitled Willy!) for his class at school. While they all strive to present an appearance of contentment and closeness, the family is beset by underlying tensions which burst forth when Herbie seizes his son’s bar mitzvah money and, after an unseemly confrontation with everyone about how the bills for the celebration should be paid.

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