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Auditions Announced for IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre
1530 Central Ave Middletown, Ohio 45044
Additional Information: cshafor@middletownlyric.org

DATES:

  • Sunday, February 23 – 3pm – 4:30pm
  • Monday, February 24 – 7pm – 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 25 – 7pm – 8:30pm

Production Dates: June 19, 20, 26 & 27 for five performances
Rehearsals will begin end of April first of May

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Please prepare 1 upbeat and 1 ballad. You will do cold readings from the script. Accompanist will be provided.

SYNOPSIS: A world where nothing is what it seems, religions collide, Machiavellian plots are revealed, promises are broken, secrets are exposed and hope springs from the most unlikely of places. This charming, funny and original new musical, It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day that you’ll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does, and love pops up in mysterious places.

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And, when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel. It’s up to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. This is a true ensemble show, featuring a dozen standout roles from old to young. Every character has their moment to shine.

  • Albert: Wedding planner: Pushy, brash, accommodating and full of sass. Your stereotypical wedding aficionado who has panache and flair
    Gender: Male – Age: 30’s to 55
  • Annie Sheps: African-American, co-maid of honor Kind, fun, lively and would do anything for her friend
    Gender: Female – Age: 20’s to 30’s
  • Brian Howard: groom: Good hearted, good looking and ready for love
    Gender: Male – Age: 20’s to 30’s
  • George Howard: Father of the groom.
    Gender: Male – Age: 50’s to 60’s
  • Georgette Howard: Mother of the groom.
    Gender: Female – Age: 50’s to 60’s
  • Greg Madison: Best man.
    Gender: Male – Age: 20’s to 30’s
  • Jenny Steinberg: Co-maid of honor and bride’s older sister.
    Gender: Female – Age: 30 to late 30’s – She should have a big brassy belt
  • Judy Steinberg: Mother of the bride.
    Gender: Female – Age: 50’s to 60’s
  • Marty Kaufman: Bride’s ex-boyfriend.
    Gender: Male – Age: late 20’s to mid 30’s
  • Mimsy/Aunt Sheila: Waiter & bride’s aunt.
    Gender: Female – Age: 40’s to early 50’s
  • Murray Steinberg: Father of the bride.
    Gender: Male – Age: 50’s to 60’s
  • Rebecca Steinberg: The bride.
    Gender: Female – Age: 20’s to 30’s
  • Walt/Uncle Morty: Waiter & bride’s uncle.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40’s to early 50’s

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Auditions Announced for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoTHE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde

Directed by: Charley Shafor

AUDITION DATES

  • Sunday, January 12 – 2pm – 4:30pm
  • Monday, January 13 – 7pm – 8:15pm
  • Tuesday, January 14 – 7pm – 8:15pm

Cold Readings from script
Rehearsals begin: Mid-March
Production Dates: May 1, 2, 8 & 9 – 5 performances
Questions: cshafor@middletownlyric.org

John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing, J.P. (20’s – 30’s) – The play’s protagonist. Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. As a baby, Jack was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and subsequently made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. The initials after his name indicate that he is a Justice of the Peace.

Algernon Moncrieff -(20’s – 30’s) The play’s secondary hero. Algernon is a charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid whose frequent sudden relapses allow Algernon to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations.

Gwendolen Fairfax -(20’s – 30’s) Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious. Gwendolen is fixated on the name Ernest and says she will not marry a man without that name.

Cecily Cardew -(20’s – 30’s) Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play. Like Gwendolen, she is obsessed with the name Ernest, but she is even more intrigued by the idea of wickedness. This idea, rather than the virtuous-sounding name, has prompted her to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them.

Lady Bracknell – (50’s and above) Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married well, and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She has a list of “eligible young men” and a prepared interview she gives to potential suitors. Like her nephew, Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian, and possibly the most quotable character in the play.

Miss Prism – (50’s and above) Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. She highly approves of Jack’s presumed respectability and harshly criticizes his “unfortunate” brother. Puritan though she is, Miss Prism’s severe pronouncements have a way of going so far over the top that they inspire laughter. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. She speaks of having once written a novel whose manuscript was “lost” or “abandoned.” Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.

Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D. – (50’s and above) (50’s and above) The rector on Jack’s estate. Both Jack and Algernon approach Dr. Chasuble to request that they be christened “Ernest.” Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism. The initials after his name stand for “Doctor of Divinity.”

Lane – (50’s and above) Algernon’s manservant. When the play opens, Lane is the only person who knows about Algernon’s practice of “Bunburying.” Lane appears only in Act I.

Merriman – (50’s and above) The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country. Merriman appears only in Acts II and III.

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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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