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Directors Needed for STAY AT HOME THEATER at Equality Productions

MISC_Casting callEquality Productions announces STAY AT HOME THEATER, a recorded broadcast of some of the best comedies from the New Play Exchange. The New Play Exchange ® (NPX) is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers. NPX plays are featured often at the Know Theater.

We will record 6 or more brief plays for about an hour-long production. The recording will be placed on the Equality Production’s YouTube page.

Are you interested in directing one of the plays, which runs from one to ten minutes each?

Read the plays at the link below.  Additional plays may be added through April 4th.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QBEEPb7xWFquiZVyflk103FIz6VR1gMC?usp=sharing

Send Richard Zenk (richardjoseph@gmail.com) your top 3 play choices ranked in order of the plays you would like to direct along with your director resume by April 8th.

If chosen to direct, you will use your network to choose your actors, set your rehearsal schedule and rehearse virtually. All actors are expected to attend a tech rehearsal the last week of April and a recording session on Saturday, May 4 in the afternoon via zoom.us.

Directors and actors are asked to make a $5 donation to compensate the playwrights for the rights. Richard will also donate funds.  All excess funds will go to the community theaters voted on by the directors and actors.

Synopses of two of the chosen plays:

/art/ – Emotions run high in the judges’ room during an art competition. Two judges implore the third judge to vote in favor of their favorites, and when the artists are invited for interviews chaos erupts. “Hilariously funny short play about judges bickering over the submissions to a third-grade art competition. Great piece for an intergenerational cast.”

RECESS: Two children (played by adults) enact on the playground how they imagine life would be like as adults. But perhaps they are merely practicing for the future, and they are destined to spend their lives together. “It’s two whole lifetimes packed into a brief yet epic story. Absolutely a must for two actors looking to feel what it’s like to be a child again, and yet there is a love here that is absolutely daunting. A very beautiful play.”  

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Auditions Announced for Livecast of PYGMALION

MISC_Auditions2Richard Zenk is excited to announce auditions for PYGMALION Livecast. PYGMALION “inspired” the musical – My Fair Lady. The production will be live cast and made available on YouTube.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmalion_(play)

As easy as 3, 2, 1:
3 rehearsals (or less)
2 recordings (or one)
1 live performance

All auditions, rehearsals and the performance will be done from your home. To participate in auditions, rehearsals and performances, you must have a device (PC, Mac, cell phone) that fits the audio and video requirements of Zoom (www.zoom.us) and a room that is well-lit without glare from windows and quiet. Finally, you must audition and perform in one or more of the British accents referenced in the play.

The script is available to read (and reference during rehearsals and the performance) at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/3825/3825-h/3825-h.htm

Have tech skills and/or sound effects skills? Contact me. 🙂

Patrons who view the show will be encouraged to donate to their favorite community theater.

Live Video Auditions: Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 from 4-5pm. Acting talent of any race, ethnicity, disability, size, sexual identity, age, and gender/gender identity are encouraged to audition.

Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea4ae29abfb6-pygmalion

Rehearsals are to be scheduled weekday evenings and weekends between April 8 to 17th. Live performance will be on April 18 or 19.

PYGMALION
George Bernard Shaw

Roles:

  • Eliza Doolittle – a common flower girl, feral and feisty, all instinct, determined to better herself and not get kicked in the process. She is a strong-willed street urchin whose journey to a more refined young woman has many stops along the way, from the patina of elegance that hasn’t become inherent, to an educated, far-seeing young woman who suddenly discovers both longing, other ambitions, and appetite, along with a new understanding that far from being elevated and set free she has simply exchanged one kind of box for another.
  • Professor Henry Higgins– He is a bachelor who specializes in phonetics and who is an acclaimed authority on the subject of dialects, accents, and phonetics.
  • Colonel Pickering– A distinguished retired officer and the author of Spoken Sanskrit. He has come to England to meet the famous Professor Henry Higgins. He is courteous and polite to Eliza, and he shares in Higgins’ experiments in phonetics in teaching Eliza to speak as a duchess.
  • Mrs. Pearce – the long-suffering housekeeper for Henry Higgins. Tart, can be intimidating, keeps his house running amid the chaos, but can also be charmed by her irascible, unpredictable boss. She waivers between horror and wild pity for the waif of a young woman who has been thrust under her roof.
  • Alfred Doolittle – Eliza’s father, a dustman, a cockney rogue, cocky, brilliant in his own understanding of his own morality and code of ethics, exceedingly clever with language and the cat who always lights on his feet, proud of being one of the undeserving poor, and as a result, finds himself elevated to middle-class respectability with, to him, horrifying consequences..
  • Mrs. Higgins – Henry’s mother, wise, intelligent, with a wry, dry sense of humor, she is herself broad- minded in her thinking, but likes to observe societal conventions and is constantly challenged by her son’s unconventional, occasionally boorish ways. Not above going against her son when his blind arrogance deserves it.
  • Mrs. Eynsford Hill – financially of the middle-class, but perhaps used to belong to the upper class, and still behaving as though that’s her milieu. She longs to still be part of good society, and her financial strictures very much get in her way. The mother of Freddy and Clara, she is trying to do her best for her children, with great compassion for their youth and situation.
  • Freddy Eynsford Hill – somewhat bumbling, ineffectual, but charming in an earnest, young gentlemanly British sort of way, henpecked a bit by his sister, eager to please, well-meaning, eventually bowled over and utterly charmed by the vision that is the new Eliza Doolittle.
  • Clara Eynsford Hill – the daughter of Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, she feels the financial restrictions keenly and this constant need to grasp for what they can’t quite reach makes her shrill, occasionally unkind, and preoccupied with fitting in with the latest trends in both society and fashion. By turns petulant, yearning, snobbish, and gullibly charmed.
  • Ensemble – two men and two women to play bystanders, servants, and others of various classes, ages – so facilities with accents and characters a plus.

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Actor Needed for Jack Worthing in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Middletown Lyric Theatre

MLT_logoMiddletown Lyric Theatre is in search of male actor for the role of Jack Worthing for their spring production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.

John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing, J.P. (mid 20s – early 30s) – The play’s protagonist. Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life.

CONTACT: Charley at cshafor@middletownlyric.org for an audition

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Cast Announced for HONK! the Musical at Beechmont Players Inc.

BPI_logoBeechmont Players, Inc is proud to announce the cast for their production of Honk! the Musical.

Cast:

  • Ugly: PJ Karpew
  • Cat: Mark Waldfogle
  • Ida: Amellia Adkins
  • Drake: Jeff Carter
  • Bullfrog: Chuck Ingram
  • Greylag: Wayne Kirsch
  • Dot: Cheryl Eresman
  • Maureen/Queenie: Karen Hendershot
  • Grace/Lowbutt: Sophia Veshapidze
  • Penny/Snowy: Emma Dalton
  • Turkey/Barnacles: Bert Bathiany
  • Henrietta/Mother Swan: Amber Lutes
  • Maggie Pie/Pinkfoot: Kiya Fix
  • Ducklings: Hana Auttonberry, Adelaide Linser, Thomas Stricker & Trent Stricker
  • Ensemble: Catie Harris, Katie Waldfogle & Addison Lutes

Director: Liz Ingram

Producer: Maggie Ingram King
Music Director: Charlie Wilhelm
Choreographer: Karen Hendershot
Honk! will be performed February 14-16 & 21-22, 2020. Tickets are available at www.beechmontplayers.org or by calling 513-233-2468

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Content Specialist and Salesforce/Email Marketing Manager Sought by Educational Theatre Association

EdTA_logoCONTENT SPECIALIST

Educational Theatre Association, home of the International Thespian Society and Educational Theatre Foundation, seeks a passionate, versatile Content Specialist to support the development of shareable content for use on EdTA and ETF websites, in email, print and other communications, and on social media. In addition, the Content Specialist will support the development of print and digital marketing campaigns, and public relations efforts.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop Educational Theatre Association and Educational Theatre Foundation content, creating stories about adult and student members, program participants, and award, scholarship, and grant winners for use on various print and online platforms including email and social media.
  • Edit content supplied by other departments to fit the association’s voice and style, and to optimize the message for each channel and target audience.
  • Write press releases for association events, programs, awards, and news following PR best practices.
  • Adapt and publish content for email communications and social media.
  • Write marketing copy for events, membership recruitment and retention, and EdTA programs that follows copywriting best practices and brand guidelines.
  • Develop copy for online landing pages and lead-generation forms that adheres to SEO best practices. Optimize copy for email and social publishing.
  • Write and edit SEO-friendly editorial content for EdTA websites, including dramatics.orgschooltheatre.org, and educationaltheatrefoundation.org to increase organic traffic.
  • Collaborate with Content team members on content planning and execution.

Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing communications, public relations or related field
  • Minimum two years of professional experience
  • Portfolio of professional writing samples

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in marketing copywriting, editorial writing, and public relations writing
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency in AP style preferred
  • Basic graphic design and photo editing skills
  • Working knowledge of HTML
  • Proficient with web content management systems such as WordPress and SEO
  • Advanced understanding of social media platforms and management tools
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign. Photoshop and Illustrator are a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Adept at learning new software programs and tech tools
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Deadline driven with keen attention to detail and accuracy in all work
  • Ability to prioritize and work independently within one’s authority
  • Ability to demonstrate a positive, team-oriented attitude

To apply, please submit cover letter and résumé by email (Subject Line: Content Specialist 2019-123) to:  HRManager@schooltheatre.org.

First consideration will be given to applications received by 11/15/19.


 

SALESFORCE/EMAIL MARKETING MANAGER

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) seeks a dynamic Salesforce/Email Marketing Manager to build and manage marketing journeys through automation focused on member engagement and retention.  You will partner with Content team and across other departments to drive day-to-day execution of our email communication and engagement strategies.

Job Responsibilities:

Marketing Automation

  • Create and develop content-rich loyalty and nurturing programs using consumer insights data and marketing automation tools including Salesforce Marketing Cloud & Pardot.
  • Execute email marketing strategies to retain current members and convert non-member leads into new members.
  • Build email messages, templates and multi-step campaigns using marketing automation tools.
  • Evaluate email campaign data to optimize performance and results.
  • Build landing pages and forms for lead capture and progressive customer profiling.
  • Lead and assist Content team in the utilization of Salesforce and Pardot to maintain accuracy of the databases.
  • Analyze and report on email marketing efforts and performance metrics.
  • Manage schedules, resources and delivery dates to ensure projects meet deadlines.
  • Ensure compliance with branding guidelines and content across all channels, as well as applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure all email campaigns leverage current best practices.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, Business or Technology.
  • 3 – 5 years of professional experience in managing customer journeys and campaigns through marketing automation tools such as Pardot and Salesforce CRM.
  • Experience working with a membership association or a non-profit organization is preferred.
  • Theatre or arts interest or background is a plus.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit/orientation.
  • Proven experience in using marketing automation tools and technologies to facilitate engagement and conversion.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and Pardot or Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
  • Experience with an email service provider system.
  • Deadline driven with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with Content team members and coworkers in other departments
  • Ability to effectively plan, be flexible, and be resourceful in managing workflow to meet deadlines.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to take initiative, multi-task and prioritize multiple projects
  • Calm, patient, diplomatic, and confident demeanor in working with staff, management, and vendors
  • Positive, team-oriented attitude
  • Ability to think and act independently, within one’s authority

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume by email (Subject line: Salesforce/Email Marketing Manager 2019-133 to:  HRManager@schooltheatre.org

First consideration will be given to applications received by 11/15/19.

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