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THE GAME’S AFOOT Runs Dec. 3-12

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12/27/21 – Encore performances scheduled Jan. 7-8

12/1/21 – Dec. 3-5 performances of THE GAME’S AFOOT have been cancelled due to a COVID case in the cast. We are still hoping to go ahead with the Dec. 10-12 shows or, if needed, to reschedule the performances to January. Information will be updated once plans are finalized.

THE GAME’S AFOOT (or HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS)
St. Paul Players
Dec. 3-12 | Jan. 7-8
St. Paul Lutheran Church [Reading]

Directed by Sarah Papin
Produced by Nick Huitger

Cast: Neil Geoppinger as William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes, Julie Jordan as Martha Gillette, Owen Kelm as Felix Geisel/Moriarty, Shelby Carter as Aggie Wheeler/Alice, Nate Huitger as Simon Bright/Count Zerlinksy, Katherine Anderson as Madge Geisel/Marian, Cathy Alter as Daria Chase & Molly Simmons as Inspector Harriet Goring

Breathtaking mystery and high hilarity in equal parts, this play tells the story of Broadway star William Gillette, who has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, who just happens to think he’s Sherlock Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and laughter are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Meals will not be served before the performances due to COVID safety precautions.

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 3-4 at 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 5 at 1pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 10-11 at 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 12 at 1pm
  • Fri, Jan. 7 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan. 8 at 2pm & 8pm

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Cast Announced for Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT at St. Paul Players

SPP_logoThe cast includes:

  • Neil Geoppinger as William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes
  • Julie Jordan as Martha Gillette
  • Owen Kelm as Felix Geisel/Moriarty
  • Shelby Carter as Aggie Wheeler/Alice
  • Nate Huitger as Simon Bright/Count Zerlinksy
  • Katherine Anderson as Madge Geisel/Marian
  • Cathy Alter as Daria Chase
  • Molly Simmons as Inspector Harriet Goring

Directed by Sarah Papin and produced by Nick Huitger, performances run Dec. 3-13.

For more information, visit www.stpaulplayers.com.

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Auditions Announced for THE GAME’S AFOOT at St. Paul Players

SPP_logoSt. Paul Players announce auditions for their December 2021 production, THE GAME’S AFOOT by Ken Ludwig.

Directed by Sarah Papin

  • Saturday August 14th 10:30 am to 12:00 pm,
  • Sunday August 15th 2:00 pm to 4 pm
  • Tuesday August 17th 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church 106 Maple St. Reading, Ohio 45215
Parking Lot for the Church is 121 Willow St. Reading, Ohio 45215

Performance dates: December 3-12, 2021
Any questions email at stpaulplayers@gmail.com

Summary:
It is December 1936. And Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

3 males 5 females
Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.
Note: In the show there will be gunshots, on stage fight scenes, and stage kissing.

Characters:

  • William Gillette/Sherlock (30’s–50) Male. A dynamic and charming stage actor. Has made a fortune from his stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes whom he also plays. Transatlantic accent or high British accent a plus, but will not be used continuously-helps to drag and prop a “body”-collapses onstage.
  • Felix Geisel/Moriarty (30’s–45) Felix is histrionic (overly dramatic), a true theatrical who has given his life to the stage. Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Married to Madge. Jumps out a window-gets slapped-drags and props “body” with and without help
  • Simon Bright/Zerlinksy (20’s-30’s) The “mangenue” of the company, Simon is an enthusiastic young man, eager to please and find success. A bit of a naïf, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. Recently married to Aggie. Ability to play an instrument (ukulele in script, but can be changed) a plus, but not required-fights onstage and gets “knocked out”
  • Inspector Harriet Goring (40’s) English and eccentric, completely one of a kind. By turns, witty and incisive, suddenly lost and dim, she is disarming in her inability to be defined. Always off the mark, and yet never far from the truth, somehow, she always gets her man.
  • Martha Gillette (60+) Gillette’s dotty mother, elegant though a bit foggy, Martha never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, Martha is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical misfits.
  • Madge Geisel/Marian (30’s-40’s) Wry and outspoken, Madge, like her husband Felix, is a lifelong theatrical. She is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging.
  • Aggie Wheeler/Alice (20’s-30’s) Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Aggie is the ingénue of the company. Good-natured and kind, Aggie has had tragedy in her past, though she seems to have dealt with it well, and even moved on. Recently married to Simon. Fights onstage
  • Daria Chase (30’s-50’s) Glamorous & gorgeous, Daria is the theatre critic we all love to hate. Biting, bitchy, and utterly charming, you can’t help but like Daria, despite the terrible things she says and writes. Daria Chase gets “killed”, acts as body that gets dragged and propped.

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STEEL MAGNOLIAS Runs March 6-15

SPP_Steel Magnolias promoSTEEL MAGNOLIAS
St. Paul Players
March 6-15
[Reading]

Statement from Nick Huitger, Artistic Director: “Amid the chaos currently unfolding with the COVID-19/Coronavirus this weekend performances of STEEL MAGNOLIAS are still currently going on as planned. We are taking extra precautions to sanitize our space after each performance. If you are feeling 100% and would still like to join us, we welcome your presence . Thank you, St. Paul Players”

Directed by Nate Huitger

Cast: Christie Beckman as Truvy Jones, Mary Mills as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, Cathy Alter as Clairee Belcher, Michelle Cockerham as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, Peggy Allen as M’Lynn Eatenton & Julie Jordan as Ouiser Boudreaux

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a touching, comedy-drama that shows the healing power of laughter and friendship. As the women of Chinquapin, Louisianna gather to get their hair done in Truvy’s hair salon, they gossip and trade opinions about every day life. The women find strength and comfort in one another as they deal with life’s struggles, often through a fair amount of verbal ribbing.

  • Fri-Sat, March 6-7 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 13-14 at 7pm
  • Sun, March 15 at 1pm

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Auditions Announced for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TME at St. Paul Players

SPP_logoSt. Paul Players announce auditions for their June production, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TME, based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Adapted by Simon Stephens.

Directed by Nick Huitger

Audition dates and times:

  • Sunday February 23, 2020 from 2-5pm
  • Monday February 24, 2020 from 7-10pm
  • Tuesday February 25, 2020 from 7-10pm

Location:
St. Paul Lutheran Church 106 Maple St. Reading, Ohio 45215
Parking Lot for the Church is 121 Willow St. Reading, Ohio 45215
Any questions email stpaulplayers@gmail.com.

Performance dates: June 5-14

Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.

SYNOPSIS
15 year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain:  He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers.  Now it is 7 minutes after midnight and Christopher stands beside suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Character:

  • Christopher – Stage age: 15 years old or look the age
  • Siobhan
  • Ed
  • Judy
  • Voice one – Mrs. Shears (and others)
  • Voice two – Roger Shears (and others)
  • Voice three – Policeman (and others)
  • Voice four – Rev. Peters (and others)
  • Voice five – NO. 40 (and others)
  • Voice six – Mrs. Alexander (and others)

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