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Auditions for our staged reading of “The Boys in the Band”

Western Reserve Playhouse Auditions

“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley

A rehearsed reading directed by Jim Fippin

SYNOPSIS:

The year is 1968. In his upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked Jew fairy,” complete with a surprise gift: Cowboy, a street hustler. As guests arrive and the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved conflicts and resentments come to light when a game of “Truth” goes terribly wrong.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances, and was recently revived on Broadway.

 

Audition Dates: Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 7-9:30PM

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Performances: Sunday July 14, 2019 2PM

Rehearsals will be created after casting and be limited to only six meeting.  There are no equity contracts at this time.

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Rd, Richfield, OH 44286

Audition requirements: Actors auditioning will be asked to read excerpts from the play, sides will be provided by the production staff.

 

The role of Harold has been cast.

Roles available are:

Michael: 30, average face, smartly groomed

Donald: 28, wholesome American good looks

Emory: 33, small, frail

Larry: 29, with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Extremely handsome.

Hank: 32, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.

Bernard: 28, African-American, tall, gaunt, good-looking, dressed in Ivy League clothes.

Cowboy: 22, muscle-bound, “too pretty.”

Alan: 30, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.

Character descriptions are taken from the play and the ages and physical descriptions should NOT be taken as literal guidelines for casting. Bernard, however, will be cast as an African-American. They offer a very broad outline to give a rough idea of character types, or stereotypes, if you will. Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play. There will be very minum rehearsing for this staged reading. No equity contracts offered at this time.

Questions? Email the director Jim directly at jimfippin@gmail.com

Auditions for our Family Theater “Anne of Green Gables”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for

“Anne of Green Gables”

from the novel L.M. Montgomery, adapted by Joseph Robinette

Directed by Brianna Joi

 

Synopsis:

This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery’s enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen’s Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne’s growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether the playgoer is an “old friend” of Anne’s or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature’s most unforgettable characters.

 

Audition Dates : June 10 & 11, 2019 from 6:30-9PM

Callbacks: 6:30-8pm  June 12, 2019

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Rehearsals: August 13, 2019 and continue Sunday thru Thursday 6:30 to 9:30PM Saturday rehearsals TBD by production team if necessary. A few rehearsals might be before August depending on cast availability.

Performances: September 13th -28th 2019 Friday & Saturday 8PM, Sunday matinee on September 22nd at 2PM

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

 

Audition Requirements:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before audition time slot to fill out required information and receive excerpt.
  • When possible, actors will be asked to stay to read scenes with other perspective actors.
  • Total audition time will not exceed 40 minutes.
  • Please bring all known conflicts to the auditions.
  • Please bring, if available,  headshots and resumes. (supplied material may not be returned)
  • Prospective cast, under the age of 18, will need to have a guardian attend the audition.

Casting:

ALL roles are open to all ethnicities. No equity contracts at this time.

Roles Available:

Anne Shirley (13-18): Anne is a spirited red-headed orphan who comes to Green Gables to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She tends to talk too much, but loves deeply. She is passionate with a flare for the dramatic. Anne has a positive attitude, but her temper can get her in trouble. Throughout the course of the play, Anne transforms from a girl to a beautiful, intelligent young woman.

Marilla Cuthbert (40-60): An independent, private, no-nonsense unmarried woman who raises Anne with her brother Matthew at Green Gables in Avonlea. She struggles with Anne’s temper, dramatic tendencies, and wild imagination but over the years begins to care deeply for her.

Matthew Cuthbert (45-60): Marilla’s brother. He is quiet and a man of few words. He is irresistibly drawn to Anne from the moment he meets her. He often helps Anne through some of her toughest moments and helps Marilla see the good in her.

Gilbert Blythe (15-20): Gilbert quickly becomes Anne’s adversary when he calls her “carrots”. Their rivalry extends to their schoolwork as well, but the two have a mutual admiration for each other which blossoms into love.

Diana Barry (13-18): Diana is Anne’s bosom friend. She is sweet and adores Anne’s vitality. She comes from a wealthy home. She has dark hair that Anne envies.

Rachel Lynde (40-55): Long time neighbor of Matthew and Marilla. Rachel wants to know all the business of everyone in Avonlea. She loves to gossip, and offers unsolicited advice freely.

Mrs. Barry (30-45): Diana’s mother. She is wealthy and difficult to please. She is unsure of Anne, but eventually grows to love her just as the others do.

Minnie May Barry (7-11): Diana’s younger sister who gets very ill and Anne comes to her rescue.

Josie Pye (13-18): Anne’s classmate and often times, rival. She is typically snobbish and comes from wealthy family.

Jane Andrews (13-18): One of Anne’s classmates and friends. She is often with Anne for parties and adventures.

Ruby Gillis (13-18): One of Anne’s classmates and friends. She is often with Anne for parties and adventures.

Moody MacPherson (13-18): One of the boys in Anne’s class at the Avonlea school. He plans to be a minister.

Ensemble Parts Available :

  • Stationmaster, Mr. Phillips, Jerry Buote, Reverend Allen (15-30)
  • Charlie Sloane, Mr. Saddler (15-25)
  • Reverend Bentley, Jimmy Glover, President of Queen’s Academy (15-30)
  • Mrs. Blewett, Tillie Boulter, Miss Susan Stacy, Carrie Sloane (15-30)
  • Prissy Andrews, Aunt Josephine Barry (15-35)
  • Miss Rogerson, Bessie Wright, Mary Jo, Mrs. Allan (15-30)

Direct any questions to the Director Brianna Joi, she can be reached via text at 330-461-2906 or email wimseywilde@gmail.com.

Auditions for “Heathers- The Musical”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for

“Heathers- The Musical”

Written by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Kevin Kelly – Musical Direction by Deborah “Ingy” Ingersoll –

Choreography – Kristy Cruz

 

SYNOPSIS:

Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is the story of Veronica Sawyer, a senior at the fictional Westerberg High. Veronica longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers. Unfortunately, in addition to awesome levels of popularity, the Heathers are also cruel, choosing to mock and bully their kingdom into submission. When Veronica uses her skills as a forger to get the Heathers out of detention, she impresses their leader Heather Chandler— so much so that they agree to let her into their exclusive club. At first, Veronica is thrilled—until she finds out that being one of the Heathers means bullying the same kids she used to call friends. Meanwhile, Veronica finds herself attracted to a mysterious newcomer at school named Jason Dean (JD). When an innocent drink mix-up results in the accidental poisoning of Heather Chandler, JD convinces Veronica to stage Heather’s suicide. The results are so successful that Veronica and JD, exhilarated with their newfound power, resolve to rid Westerberg of the cruelly popular elite forever. Featuring a raw, edgy, and culturally relevant score.

 

Audition Dates: April 22 & 23, 2019 from 6:30-9PM

Callbacks: April 24, 2019 from 6:30-9PM as needed

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Rehearsals: Begin Sunday June 16th and continue Sunday thru Thursday 6:30 to 9:30PM Saturday rehearsals TBD by production team if necessary.

Performances: July 26-August 10, 2019 Friday & Saturdays at 8PM with a Sunday matinee on August 4th at 2PM

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse – 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

Audition requirements:

Please prepare two contrasting musical excerpts containing 32 measures or a short musical theatre song that displays contrasting styles. Please make selection that can present a demonstration of a belt. Those auditioning are required to bring sheet music in your appropriate key to the audition. (Bound and double sided would be appreciated). A piano accompanist will be provided. If you have a one-minute monologue to share, please do. Please bring a headshot and resume to auditions. Headshots and resumes are appreciated, but not required. Any headshots of resumes provided may not be returned. Please bring all conflicts for the proposed rehearsal schedule to the audition.

Audition and Callback:

During auditions you will be asked to read and sing provided excerpts from the show. Callbacks will include also include dance, please bring appropriate dance clothes and shoes for movement.

Casting:

ALL roles are open to all ethnicities. No equity contracts at this time.

The age requirement is 18+. While it is a high-energy black comedy, the show opens conversations about dark issues, including bullying, teen suicide, sexual assault and violence in schools. The ages of the “high school” characters will be determined from the audition pool.

Roles:

Veronica Sawyer: F, 18-30 She burns to be both cool and kind but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: high belting required, up to high G, high Ab preferable. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

JD: M, 18-30 He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

Heather Chandler: F, 18-30 Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy. Voice: strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

Heather McNamara: F 18,-30 Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

Heather Duke: F, 18-30 Whipping-girl of the three Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Voice: strong belt to C, D preferred.

Martha Dunstock: F, 18-30 Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck,” the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

Ram Sweeney: M, 18-30 Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: strong baritone, belt to F#, G preferred, some falsetto useful.

Kurt Kelly: M, 18-30 Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some falsetto.

Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean: M, 40-55 Ram’s Dad is a former football player turned suburban dad who has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Actor also plays Big Bud. Voice: baritone/tenor.

Dean: M, 40-55 JD’s single dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Voice: baritone/tenor, power country/gospel belt to Ab.

Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom: F, 40-45 Ms. Fleming is an aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Actor also plays Veronica’s Mom, who is easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: great belt up to C

 

Auditions Announced for Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Adapted by Michael Bloom

 

Western Reserve Playhouse

Announces Auditions for

Michael Bloom’s adaptation of

Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Directed by Keith Stevens

 

Show Dates April 19th through May 4th, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS

A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels. Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.

 

Audition Dates:

January 27th – 6pm-8pm

Jan 29th – 6:30-8:30PM

Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

 

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Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please bring a headshot (if you have one) and theatrical resume.

 

The cast includes the following roles:

EMMA WOODHOUSE (Not auditioning at this time) – Very pretty, accomplished, willful, highly intelligent, sophisticated, and arrogant. Although often wrong, she is always confident of being right. A clever and spoiled young woman with a strong affection for her father

HENRY WOODHOUSE – Emma’s elderly father. An expert worrier whose hypochondria is a source of continual amusement, he basks in Emma’s attentions and resists any kind of change. Although he indulges his whims, he also expresses concern for the health of others

MR GEORGE KNIGHTLEY – A close friend of the Woodhouse family. A handsome, virile, rational gentleman farmer with great judgment and tact, who acts an adviser to—and finally lover of—Emma. A man’s man

MISS TAYLOR – Emma’s former governess and the new wife of Mr. Weston

WESTON – A kindly and cheerful neighbor of the Woodhouses, and the father of Frank Churchill by an earlier marriage. Genial, generous, easy-going, and warm-hearted

PHILIP ELTON – The 26-Year-Old rector of Highberry, who is looking for the right marriage

HARRIET SMITH – A soft, amiable, and adoring orphan, easily swayed, and of a class below Emma’s. Befriended by Emma, she eventually decides to marry the man for whom she was intended

ROBERT MARTIN – A capable young farmer, in love with Harriet Smith

MISS BATES – A middle-aged spinster, kind but terribly talkative. Lives in genteel poverty with her ailing mother

JANE FAIRFAX – A beautiful and talented young woman who is visiting her aunt Miss Bates in Highberry

FRANK CHURCHILL – handsome and well-mannered son of Mr. Weston, who was raised by his aunt, and is visiting Highberry for the first time

AUGUSTA HAWKINS – the vain, and vulgar wife of Mr Elton

 

At this time, we are not auditioning for the role of Emma.

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor.

All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Keith Stevens at keistevens@aol.com

Auditions for “Bridges of Madison County”

Western Reserve Playhouse Announces for

Jason Robert Brown’s

“Bridges of Madison County”

Show Dates March 1-16, 2019

BREAKDOWN
The Bridges of Madison County is based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 best-selling novel, and was developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). This 2014 Broadway musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question” “What if…?” Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.
With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful addition to any theatre’s season. The tour de force roles of Francesca and Robert are a dream come true for any actor, while the ensemble is rich with characters that tell their own individual stories and receive plenty of focus on stage.

Audition Dates:

December 15, 2018 from 1-3PM
December 17, 2018 from 6:30-8PM
Callbacks if necessary after 8PM December 17, 2018
Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44268

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Directed By Sarah Coon

Musical Direction by Bryan Bird and David Stebbins

Please prepare one song in the style of the show but, not from the show. Callbacks (If needed) will consist of singing and cold reading from the show. There will be no dance audition for this show.

There are no equity contracts available for this show at this time.

Rehearsals will start early February 2019. This will be a short rehearsal period.

Roles Available:

  • Richard “Bud” Johnson – 40’s – Francesca’s husband
  • Marian -30’s – Robert’s former wife. A musician, with an artist’s style and soul. 
  • Michael -16+ (needs to play 16-20’s- Francesca and Bud’s son. Headstrong, and finding himself.
  • Carolyn –14+ (needs to play 14-20’s) – Francesca and Bud’s daughter. Sensitive, but strong.
  • Marge –40’s-60’s – Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy, but a caring and loyal friend.
  • Charlie –50’s-60’s – Marge’s husband. A good Iowa man.

***The Roles of Robert and Francesca are not available at this time.***

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor.
All characters will double as ensemble roles, including some featured solos.
All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Sarah Coon at sarahcoon24@gmail.com