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COME AND AUDITION FOR OUR FINAL 2019 MAIN STAGE SHOW, HAPPY HOLLANDAISE

 

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for Happy Hollandaise!

By Tim Koenig

Directed by Ian Atwood

Synopsis: All Claire Finley wants is the perfect Christmas.  She’s hired the celebrated gourmet chef Vilma Hasenpfeffer to prepare her famous Hasenpfeffer Hollandaise Sauce for her dinner guests — the new vicar and his very pregnant wife, Mary.  Unfortunately, however, the chef is late, the guests are early and there are burglars loose in the neighborhood.  To top it all off, Claire’s father has been hit on the head (with the crèche, no less!) and thinks he’s the leading man in all of the West End theatre productions of the last 30 years!  With the help of her quirky brother George, Claire tries to keep everything together as it continues to unravel in this sidesplitting British farce reminiscent of Arsenic and Old Lace.  But once the mayhem dies down and the mixed-up identities unscramble, the true Christmas spirit shines bright in a surprise ending, which involves transformation, forgiveness, and a beautiful new beginning.

Audition Dates: Sunday, September 15th 7:00pm – 9:00pm & Monday, September 16th 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Callbacks: TBD

Rehearsals: Begin Sunday, October 27th and continue Sunday through Thursday 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Performances: Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinee (December 15, 2019 at 2PM) starting Friday, December 6th – Sunday, December 22nd 

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.
  • Please bring all known conflicts to the auditions.
  • Please bring, if available, headshots and resumes. (supplied material may not be returned)
  • Due to the nature of this production, cast members must be 18 years of age or older.

Audition requirements:

Please prepare a one-minute monologue to share. During auditions you will be asked to read provided excerpts from the show. We will be a variety of accents in our production.

Audition and Callback:

Callbacks if necessary will include also include additional excerpts to be read from the show.  

Casting:

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

Roles Available: 

Claire Finley (25-35/ Female): Impulsive and manipulative, but not malicious. Standard British accent.

George Finley (25-35/ Male): Claire’s brother; charming, but clumsy. Standard British accent.

Philip Finley (55-65/ Male): George and Claire’s eccentric Father. Standard British accent.

Vilma Hasenpfeffer (45-65/ Any): renowned German gourmet chef famous for her sauces; Also plays her twin sister HELGA. German accent.

Larry Finch (40-50/ Male): The Lone Wolf Burglar. A second-story man past his prime. Cockney accent.

Irene Quigley (18-25/ Female): Larry’s young apprentice from America. American accent.

Father William Abbott (30-40/ Male): The new vicar. Nervous about his new parish. Standard British accent.

Mary Abbott (25-35/ Female): Father Abbott’s long-suffering and very pregnant wife. Standard British accent.

Inspector Archie/Alice Abernathy (35-65/ Any): officious and by-the-book cop. Standard British accent.

 

Direct any questions to the Director Ian Atwood. He can be reached by email at ianrobertatwood@gmail.com.

Auditions Sunday and Monday for Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for 

“Assassins”

By Stephen Sondheim and Book by John Weidman

Directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski  – Musical Direction by Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins

Synopsis:

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassin’s combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Auditions: July 28 & 29, 2019 from 6:30PM-9PM; Callbacks if needed July 30, 2019 from 6:30-8:00PM

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

Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-auditions3

Audition Requirements: One song that shows off your story telling. Please do not sing from the show. We will fit you in if all the slots are full!

All parts are available at this time and there are no Equity contracts at this time. All ethnicities will be considered.

Rehearsals will start September 15, 2019 and run Sunday-Thursday from 6:30-9:30PM.

Show dates are October 25-November 9, 2019 with a bonus show November 10, 2019

CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

  • ENSEMBLE: (F & M, 20s – 50s) All vocal ranges.  An Ensemble of 5-6 people that play such characters as Emma Goldman; Presidents Garfield and Ford; Union soldiers and the Secret Service; and have important solo and group parts in the songs “How I Saved Roosevelt”, “The Ballad of Czolgosz”, and “Something Just Broke”.  Must be strong singers and actors.
  • BALLADEER(S) (M & F, 20-70) Tenor/Alto C3 – G4. A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The “good” voice of America.  Part may be split between two actors, a man and a woman. The male actor will also play Lee Harvey Oswald. (Ability to play the guitar a plus, but not required.)
  • JOHN WILKES BOOTH/PROPRIETOR: (M, 25 – 40) Tenor, F2 – G4. Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins. Will also play the part of the Proprietor, the “dark” voice of America. (Requires a Southern Accent.)
  • SARA JANE MOORE (F, 40- 50) Alto, F3 – Eb5. Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.
  • CHARLES GUITEAU (M, 40s-50s) Tenor, A2 – Ab4. Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.
  • LYNETTE “SQUEAKY” FROMME (F, 25 – 35) Soprano, A3 – G5. Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.
  • LEON CZOLGOSZ (M, 25 – 35) Baritone, G#2 – G4. Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical. (Role requires a Polish Accent.)
  • GIUSEPPE ZANGARA (M, 25 – 35) Tenor, B2 – A4. Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented Italian immigrant. (Role requires an Italian Accent and to speak some phrases in Italian.)
  • SAMUEL BYCK (M, 40s-50s) Baritone, D3 – G4. Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.
  • JOHN HINCKLEY (M, 20-35) Tenor, A2 – G4. Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student. (Ability to play the guitar a plus, but not required.)

If you have any questions please feel free to email the director at dawnwrp@gmail.com

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

Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-heather

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