Auditions for “Disaster!”

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 – 10:00PM

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 – 10:00PM

Sign up for an audition slot here.

Auditions will be held by appointment on Wednesday, July 27 from 7:00 PM – 10:00PM and Thursday, July 28 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM. Auditioners should sign up for an audition slot here.  Invited callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Saturday, July 30.    Rehearsals will begin the week of September 11.  The show runs November 4 – 26.

Reminiscent of 1970s disaster cult films such as The Poseidon Adventure and Airport 1975, Disaster! takes place in 1979 Manhattan during opening night of the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discothèque in New York. The characters gather unaware of impending natural disasters, and the building’s lack of safety measures compounds these catastrophes.  This highly-comedic parody was conceptualized and written by Seth Rudetsky (SiriusXM Broadway host) and Jack Plotnick (Film and Television actor).

The show will be directed by Tim Anderson and music directed by Ryan Bergeron.  Performers of all ethnicities (ages 16 and up) are invited to audition.

As of November 1st, 2021, the Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production.

Those auditioning should:

  • Sign up for an audition slot here.
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to their audition slot to complete an audition form.
  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.
  • Be familiar with the show and its music and themes.
  • Prepare two brief (up to one-minute) contrasting songs (one up-tempo, one ballad), in the style of the show (1970’s era). Songs from the show are acceptable.
  • Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched in a three-ring binder.  Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella.
  • Bring a list of conflicts between September 11 and November 26.
  • Bring proof of Covid vaccination. 

No Equity contracts are available for this production; all performers participate on a volunteer basis. 

Additional questions may be sent to the director at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

Roles
(Ages listed are those of the character.)

  • Chad, A handsome and winning man. Pretends to be a player, but is really still heartbroken over the loss of his first love.  Age 20 to 35.     Rock/Pop Tenor (Top note: B4)  
  • Scott, Goofy guy. A nerd who wants to be cool. Age 30 to 40.               Sweet Tenor (Top note: B4)
  • Professor Ted Scheider, A disaster expert. Non-emotional. Dry. A serious, professorial type. Age 35 – 50. Tenor (Top note: G4)
  • Tony, A very unscrupulous but attractive and (sometimes) charming middle-aged man.  A schemer. Age 30 to 50. Tenor/Baritone (Top note: Ab4)
  • Marianne, An attractive and focused journalist. Insecure underneath it all. Age 20 to 35. Pop belt (Top note: F#5)
  • Sister Mary Downy, Awkward, judgmental nun with a gambling addiction. Age 30 to 50. Pop belt. (Top note: comedically impressive B5)  
  • Shirley, Lovable and jolly Jewish woman.  Maury’s wife. Dancing a plus. Great comedic actress. Age 50 and up. Alto (Top note: B4)
  • Maury, Lovable and jolly. Shirley’s dedicated husband.  Age 50 and up.  Tenor/Baritone (Top note: G4)  
  • Levora, A flamboyant and glamorous faded disco diva. Pushy and sassy but in love with her sweet dog. African American. Age 30 and up.  Pop belt (Top note: E5)
  • Jackie, An aging but still sexy showgirl and now lounge singer. Dumb but honest. Goldie Hawn-esque. Age 32 and up. Mezzo Pop belt (Top Note: D5)
  • Ben/Lisa, Smart boy and girl twins played by the same actor. Honest and direct. Jackie’s son and daughter. Amazing pop voice.! A young Michael Jackson/Andrea McArdle.  One performer plays both roles with the aid of a life-sized doll.  Should read age 10 to 13. Young Belter with vibrato. (Top Note: D5)
  • Wealthy man,   Mourns the death of his wife.  Any age. Baritone (Top Note: Eb4)              
  • Ensemble (Many with featured solos), Great comedic chops, good dance ability and strong voices needed. Any age (16+). Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles: Workmen, Casino Guests, Victims, Staff, Taxi Driver, Cotton Candy Vendor, Chef, Traci, Wealthy Husband, Wealthy Wife, Blinded Woman, etc.

Links

1970s Disaster Movie References
(Linked to IMBD, the Internet Movie Database)

Original 1970’s Songs featured in Disaster!

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Auditions for “Unnecessary Farce”

AUDITIONS

  • Monday, July 11 – 7:00PM – 10:00PM
  • Tuesday, July 12 – 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Broadview Heights Spotlights
Building 22
(Located next to the Police Station at the rear of the Broadview Center Property)
9543 Broadview Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater is excited to announce auditions for UNNECESSARY FARCE by Paul Slade Smith, directed by Chris Bizub.

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

PERFORMANCES

  • September 2 – 17, 2022, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30PM
  • Sunday, September 11 at 3:00PM

CALLBACKS

  • TBD (if needed)

PREPARATION

  • Please bring a current resume and headshot, if available.
  • Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
  • Bring a list of conflicts from July 25 – September 17.

CAST REQUIREMENTS

7 Roles: 4 male, 3 female

Seeking actors of any age 18+, gender, race, and/or ethnicity.

Eric Sheridan: Male, 20s to 40s. A bookish, even-keeled police officer who’s thrown into some difficult situations — while not wearing any pants.

Billie Dwyer: Female, 20s to 40s. A police officer. Eric’s partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.

Karen Brown: Female, 20s to 40s. An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanor, but seems unable to keep herself in control today.
Note: the actress cast would likely be on stage in her underwear and/or a slip.

Mayor Meekly: Male, 50s to 70s. A sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I)

Agent Frank: Male, 20s to 50s. Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man.

Todd: Male, 20s to 50s. Speaks with a pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man who’s accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he’s completely indecipherable.

Mary Meekly: Female, 50s to 70s. The Mayor’s wife. Small statured, she seems very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.

REHEARSALS

Begin August 6 at Broadview Heights Spotlights Theate.  Rehearsals will generally be Sunday – Thursday from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

*All actors are volunteers, no equity contracts are available for this production*

PLEASE NOTE
As of November 1, 2021, Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production. Please bring proof of vaccination to auditions along with a headshot and resume if you have them.

For more information contact director Chris Bizub at cmb164@1870.uakron.edu.

Auditions for “Silent Sky”

Wednesday, March 9 from 7:00 – 9:00PM

Thursday, March 10 from 7:00 – 9:00PM

All roles are open. Please sign up for an audition slot by clicking the link below. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. You may prepare a brief monologue if you like. Call backs, if necessary, will be on Saturday, March 12. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 14.  The show runs May 6 – 21, 2022.  Auditioners are asked to bring a list of conflicts from March 14 through May 21. The show will be directed by Ryan Bergeron.  No equity contracts are available for this production.

Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

This historical drama by Lauren Gunderson is based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt.  The play is set in the early 1900s at the Harvard Observatory.  As a woman, Leavitt is not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. 

PLEASE NOTE:

As of November 1st, 2021, Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production. Please bring proof of vaccination to auditions along with a headshot and resume if you have them.

Please also note that it is Spotlights policy to wear a face mask while in the building unless you are actively performing or auditioning. Removal of your mask while auditioning is at the discretion of the director.

Additional questions may be emailed to the director at rbergeronvoice@gmail.com.

Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Character Breakdown 

  • Henrietta Leavitt: 30s, brilliant, meticulous, excited — almost always wearing a hearing-aid.
  • Margaret Leavitt: 30s, homebody, creative, sweet, sister.
  • Peter Shaw: 30s, the head astronomer’s apprentice . . . and the man.
  • Annie Cannon: 40s, the leader, terse and sure, grows into a firebrand.
  • Williamina Fleming: 50s, smart as a whip and fun, Scottish.

For More Information

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Auditions for “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic”

Tuesday, November 30
from 7:00PM to 9:30PM

Wednesday, December 1
from 7:00PM to 9:30PM

 The Broadview Heights Spotlights is pleased to announce open auditions for Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic.  This show will be directed by Daniel Hunsicker and produced by Stephanie Malfara.This production will run January 28- February 6, 2022.  After a sold out one weekend run in 2019, we just weren’t ready to put this one away!
Auditions will consist of reading from the script.

Synopsis:

Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. “PUFFS” is the story of the people who sit in class next to those people. And badgers.  In this strangely familiar tale, we follow a story we think we know and learn how all of us are truly heroes in our own adventure. 

All Roles Available:

WAYNE HOPKINS
The hero. Totally uncool, but full of charm and heart. Loyal to a tee. Likes comic books and video games, knows nothing about magic or this weird magic world he is now a part of. Best friends with Oliver and Megan. 

OLIVER RIVERS
One of the main trio. Incredibly smart and cerebral, he is a math wiz, and proud of it; lovingly a nerd from New Jersey. After ending up at wizarding school, he finds out he isn’t the top of his class, and instead begins a fantastical journey of friendship and even some love, better than any algebra class could ever promise.

MEGAN JONES
One of the main trio; begins the show by only desiring to live up to her mother’s reputation: a dark wizard currently in Wiz Priz for being such a bad-ass Death Buddy in her youth. Favorite store: Hot Topic. Favorite color: black. Defiant and headstrong on the surface, the audience begins to see that what she truly desires is be loved and accepted. 

NARRATOR
The narrator of the story. They guide us through our entire show of Puffy-ness. British accent. Must be a great storyteller, as they must keep the audience engaged and updated on all the goings-on. Can be a bit of a know-it-all, but still relatable and appealing. Comedy skills a must, improv background is a plus. 

ERNIE MAC / A VERY TALL MAN / SEAMUS / A CERTAIN POTIONS TEACHER / PROFESSOR TURBAN / GHOST HISTORY TEACH / PROFESSOR LOCKY / MR. NICK / SAL / SECOND HEADMASTER / REAL MR. MOODY
Requires an actor capable of doing strong impressions. Ernie Mac: Proud. Loud. Pretty sure he’s the best. Male Teachers: Potions Teacher/ Locky/ Professor Turban/ Mr. Moody. All impressions. Strong comedic ability. 

HANNAH / FIRST HEADMASTER / PROFESSOR McG / PROFESSOR SPROUTTY / XAVIA JONES / PROFESSOR LANNY / RUNES TEACH / MS. BABBLE
Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of character types a plus. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Female Teachers: Professor McG, Professor Plants, Professor T, Bath Babbles. Adults of all kinds of different personalities. 

J. FINCH FLETCHLEY / UNCLE DAVE / GOYLE / A FAT FRIAR / CLUMSY LONGBOTTOM / HERMEOONE #3 / VIKTOR / MR. BAGMAN / ZACH SMITH
Improvisational skills a plus. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal danger. Any ethnicity/cultural background. 

LEANNE / GINNY / HELGA / FRENCHY
A little distant. A little random. Is possibly a genius or really, really stupid. But has a really strong heart. The Puffiest of the Puffs. 

SALLY PERKS / HERMEOONE / BLONDO MALFOY / ROWENA / RITA SCOOTER / BIPPY
Sally: Nice. In year 3, goes through a bit of a growth spurt that attracts the other student’s attention, if you know what I mean. Bippy: A house elf. Devoted. Loyal. Kind of annoying. 

SUSIE BONES / HARRY / COLIN / HERMEOONE #2 / RIC GRYFF / MYRTLE
Susie: Sad. Gloomy. Think Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.” Constantly in fear of her or her family dying. Harry: Young, plucky, and famous. Struts around school like he owns it. Gets into a few wacky situations, but it’s nothing the bonds of friendship can’t overcome.

CEDRIC / MR. VOLDY
An appealing comic actor to play the pivotal roles of Cedric in Act I and Mr. Voldy in Act II. Cedric: A champion. Athletic, winning, popular, and charming. Everyone’s favorite, but still loyal, patient, and kind. A leading example of a Puff. Mr. Voldy: Evil. Like, reeeaaally evil. Wants to rule the world in shadows and darkness and terror. 

PLEASE NOTE:

As of November 1st, 2021, Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production. Please bring proof of vaccination to auditions along with a headshot and resume if you have them.

Please also note that it is Spotlights policy to wear a face mask while in the building unless you are actively performing or auditioning. Removal of your mask while auditioning is at the discretion of the director. Please direct any questions to the director, Daniel Hunsicker – dhuns1515@gmail.com

Auditions for Local Lore Ghost Walk 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021

7:00 – 9:30 PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights is seeking actors and actresses to portray local “spirits” and guides at its 4th Annual Local Lore Ghost Walk – an immersive, historical outdoor theater event on the Broadview Heights city campus.  This unique seasonal experience will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, October 22-24, 2021. It is held rain or shine.

Auditions will be Monday, August 30th from 7:00PM – 9:30PM at the Broadview Heights Spotlights building, 9543 Broadview Road (on the Broadview Heights city campus, next to the police department).  

Auditioners (ages 14 and up) will read from materials provided. Rehearsals are held once per week for 4 weeks, or as necessary. Those wishing to audition but are unable to come that day should contact director, Keleigh Bowling, at raekat@msn.com.

Auditions for “Into the Woods”

BY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT:

WEDNESDAY, July 14th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

THURSDAY, JULY 15th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Saturday Afternoon, July 17, by invitation only.

Sign Up!

Auditions for Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods are open to those ages 14 and up. Rehearsals will begin the week of July 25 and will typically run Sunday – Thursday however, please be aware that there WILL be some Friday evening rehearsals as well. A complete rehearsal schedule will be provided in the first week of rehearsal. The show will be performed LIVE from September 24 – October 9, 2021. The show is directed and musically directed by Ryan Bergeron with technical design by  Tim Anderson and musical staging by Trish Hostetler. The role of Cinderella has been cast. All other roles are open. Those auditioning should:

  • SIGN UP for an audition appointment here.
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to their audition slot to complete an audition form.
  • Bring a resume and headshot, if available.
  • Plan to attend only one night, unless invited to callbacks.
  • Prepare two contrasting song cuttings, preferably in the style of the show (1 ballad, 1 up tempo), no more than one minute in length each. It is recommended (but not required) that at least one selection be a piece by Stephen Sondheim.
  • Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched and in a three-ring binder, and appropriately marked with your audition cutting. Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella (without sheet music). For this audition, songs from the show ARE acceptable.
  • Bring a list of conflicts between July 25 and October 9.
  • Share your availability for Saturday, July 17, should you be invited to participate in callbacks.

Additional questions may be emailed to the director at rbergeronvoice@gmail.com.

From mtishows.com:

“James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.”

Character List

Note:  Doubling/expansion of roles is at the discretion of the director. Gender and ages listed are those of the character.

Narrator An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Cinderella* 
*Already cast
A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3
JackThe feckless Giant killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Jack’s MotherBrowbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
The BakerA harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
The Baker’s WifeDetermined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Cinderella’s StepmotherThe mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Florinda And LucindaCinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of abusing Cinderella.Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Little Red RidinghoodA spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive.Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
The WitchSarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Cinderella’s MotherDeceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: E4
Mysterious ManA mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: G2
WolfHungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 35
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
RapunzelA loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Cinderella’s PrinceVain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Rapunzel’s PrinceJust as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C#3
GiantVoiceover. The Giant’s wife is an angry and vengeful ‘monster.’ She is seeking restitution for her loss.Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 60
Ensemble

Auditions for “A Killer Party” – Spotlights’ Virtual 2021 Summer Youth Production

Accepting Virtual Video Auditions
Now through April 9, 2021

Click here to complete the audition form and submit your video audition.

The Broadview Heights Spotlights 2021 virtual youth production is A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical. 

A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical premiered digitally on August 5, 2020, as a fully-produced (from home!) 9-episode Broadway star-studded musical in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This hilarious and irreverent send-up of the classic Murder Mystery features music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and a book by Kait Kerrigan and Rachel Axler.  The Spotlights Production will be co-directed by Tim Anderson & Ryan Bergeron and co-produced by Karen Johnston & Peggy Newton.

Interested actors, ages 13 – 21, may submit a video audition through April 9, 2021.  Rehearsals will begin mid-April via Zoom.  Cast members will be asked to pick up props and costumes at the Broadview Heights Spotlights building.  Some filming and recording may be conducted in-person, adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines. The show will be available for streaming from June 18 – July 18 on Showtix4u.com. 

The show contains mature themes and language, and those auditioning and their parents should be familiar with the material before auditioning.

Audition Video Requirements:

  • Provide a 2- to 3- minute video that showcases your vocal ability.  (i.e. Bring. It!)
  • The song should be in the style of the show (pop/rock/modern musical theater.) (The album is streamable on Spotify and Amazon Music, as well as at the MTI website.)
  • Sing with an accompaniment (Karaoke) track. It is strongly suggested that the track be played through a second speaker positioned behind you. A cappella auditions will not provide us with the information we are looking for about your vocal ability.
  • Position the camera so that it shows you from your waist to approximately 4 inches above your head.
  • Make sure you are well-lit without any weird shadows.
  • The video should be submitted as an upload or an accessible web link (i.e. YouTube) on the audition form.

What We’re Looking For in Your Video Audition:

  • We want to see you! The real you. Show us who you are and what you can do. We are not looking for you be a character.
  • Interpret the importance that the song has to you. Make personal connections to the lyrics and use your whole self to communicate meaning.
  • Be confident. Your preparation should prepare you to present the best possible version of you in the audition.
  • Please do not use costumes or props to “enhance” your audition. (Ever. For any reason.)

Click here to complete the audition form and submit your video audition.

Roles

DETECTIVE CASE
(pronouns: she/her): A latter day version of Justine, now a grand dame of policework who is alternately procrastinating and writing her memoirs.
FEATURED FEATURED SONGS: Sleuth In Duluth, Boom! Shout! (Reprise), Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)

VARTHUR MCARTHUR—ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
(pronouns: he/him): Once a Gavroche on Broadway (and not seen on Broadway since), this director is now in Middle America bringing culture to Philistines. Pompous, arrogant, loves being a big fish in a little town.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Ringmaster
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, A Killer Party (Reprise)

JUSTINE CASE—DETECTIVE
(pronouns: she/her): Lowly metermaid promoted to detective when everyone else on the force is unavailable. This is her big break and she’s determined and quirky. The suspects have disdain for her because she has ticketed them all. Knows nothing about theatre.
FEATURED SONGS: Today’s Detective, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!, Boom! Shout! (Reprise), Hands Out, Process of Elimination, Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)

CLARKE STAPLES—STAGE MANAGER
(pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Has been working as a stage manager, assistant director, assistant to the director, box office manager, concessions, barback, and typist for Varthur for ten years. Beleaguered and loyal, could he have finally snapped?
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Stowaway
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!

SHEA CRESCENDO—DESIGNER
(pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Works at theater full-time—costumes, sets; a visionary with too few resources. Shea goes all the way with everything they do, whether they’re designing a show or playing a role in the murder mystery dinner party. It’s all or nothing for Shea.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Trapeze Artist
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Circus On the Sea, Shipload Of Fools

VIVIKA ORSONWELLES—LEADING LADY
(pronouns: she/her): Pharmacist by day, star by night. When she finds out that Varthur cast Lily, an ambitious upstart, as the lead in the murder mystery dinner party instead of her, she is fuming. Is she mad enough to take revenge?
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Clown
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Wait for My Cue, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You

GEORGE MURDERER—LEADING MAN
(pronouns: he/him): A trust-fund kid who fancies himself a musical theater writer. In fact, he believes he has written the next Hamilton. The AD has been stringing him along, taking his family’s money, making him think that they would be doing his musical next. When the cast list went out and it wasn’t for his musical, he was livid.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Ship Captain
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You

LILY WRIGHT—INGENUE
(pronouns: she/her): Real Estate Broker by day and aspiring leading lady by night. She’s tired of playing second fiddle to Vivika. She wants her own spotlight and tonight she’s finally gotten it.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Sexy Lion Tamer
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Songus Interruptus, Hands Out

CAMERON MITCHELLJOHN—ALWAYS IN THE CHORUS
(pronouns: he/him): Cameron took off work tonight—as a cater/waiter—because Varthur promised him a role in the Murder Mystery. Only, lo and behold, he’s playing the mute Steward —so he’s still taking coats, serving canapes, and waiting for his moment to shine.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Steward
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Breathe, Big Cat

JOAN MCARTHUR—DIRECTOR’S WIFE
(pronouns: she/her): An estate lawyer, who prefers to work with dead people, Joan has bankrolled this entire theater venture and she’s fed up. She’s been trying to sell the building and everything they own goes to her in Varthur’s will.
NO MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME—she would rather die.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Live Out Loud

JEREMY JORDAN—A fantasy version of himself
(pronouns: he/him)
FEATURED SONG: Big Cat

This production will include an Off-Screen Chorus that provides background vocals for A Killer Party, Today’s Detective, Stuck, Circus on the Sea, Hands Out, Shipload of Fools, Process of Elimination.

Links

Click here to complete the audition form and submit your video audition.

Additional questions not answered here may be mailed to Tim Anderson at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

Spotlights Nominated for 14 BroadwayWorld.com Cleveland Awards

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The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater has been nominated for 14 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards (Cleveland).  In addition to our recent, productions of  Ragtime and The Secret Life of Girls, the Spotlights Theater also been nominated in several “Of the Decade” categories.  Local BroadwayWorld editors set the categories and readers of the website nominated their favorites in October.

Voting is open through December 31, 2020.  It takes about 10 minutes, and you need to confirm your vote by clicking on a link sent to you email for it to count.

Click here to visit the site.

The Spotlights Nominations Include:

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – BEST ENSEMBLE

  • RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – COMMUNITY THEATRE OF THE DECADE

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BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL OF THE DECADE

  • Tim Anderson – RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • Ryan Bergeron – MAN OF LAMANCHA (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2018)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – FIRST THEATRE YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO

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BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – PERFORMER OF THE DECADE

  • Ryan Bergeron – RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • Tim Anderson MAN OF LAMANCHA (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2018)
  • Peggy Newton – QUEEN OF THE MIST (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2016)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL OF THE DECADE

  • RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • THE WHO’S TOMMY (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • DISASTER THE MUSICAL (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2017)
  • QUEEN OF THE MIST (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2016)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – THEATRE COMPANY OF THE DECADE

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BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – TOP STREAMING PRODUCTION/PERFORMANCE

  • THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2020)

Best of luck to all nominees!

Auditions for “Clue: Stay-At-Home Version”

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Virtual, Zoom Auditions

Sunday, December 6, 2:00 – 4:00PM
Monday, December 7, 7:00 – 9:00PM  – Filled to Capacity.

The Broadview Heights Spotlights is holding auditions for Clue: Stay-At-Home Version, a virtual performance which will stream live from February 5 – 13, 2021. This show will be directed by Tim Anderson, produced by Ryan Bergeron & Brenton Cochran, and costumed by Katie Simon Atkinson & Jill Kenderes.

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the butler Wadsworth, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. The characters and the audience must try to figure out who, where, and with what.

“With the uncertainty of our ability to provide a live, in-person, we felt it necessary to plan something exciting to start our 2021 season,” says Tim Anderson, Education Director for the Spotlights and the director for this production.  “This show is based on a movie with sort of a cult following among theater types.  Our production will still have a very theatrical feel, including full costumes, a scale model of a set, and sound effects.”  The Spotlights produced a successful run of a virtual production of The Secret Life of Girls in October.

Auditions for Clue will be held virtually on Sunday, December 6, from 2:00 – 4:00PM and Monday, December 7, from 7:00 PM to 9:00PM.  All Monday evening audition slots are filled.

Those auditioning should be able to provide a list of conflicts between December 13 and February 13.

Click here to register for Sunday auditions.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held by invitation only on a to-be-determined date later in the week.

After signing up, you will receive scenes to review and a link to the Zoom meeting.

All rehearsals, which will begin minimally in December, and performances will be held virtually.  Participants must have a device with a web camera and reliable internet access.  Cast members also will need to pick up costumes and props at the Spotlights Theater in Broadview Heights in mid-January.

Important Note: All rehearsals and production components will be held 100% digitally, so a device with a webcam and microphone and reliable internet access is necessary.

For additional information, please email the director at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

 

Roles

NARRATOR This adapted “Stay-At-Home” version of the play includes a narrator who provides context and scene descriptions throughout.
WADSWORTH a traditional British butler in every sense: uptight, formal, and “by the book.” He is the driving force in the play.
YVETTE a loyal and sexy French maid.
MISS SCARLET a dry, sardonic DC Madam, more interested in secrets than sex.
MRS. PEACOCK the wealthy wife of a Senator, a bit batty, neurotic, and quick to hysteria.
MRS. WHITE a pale, morbid, and tragic woman. Mrs. White may or may not be the murderer of her five ex-husbands.
COLONEL MUSTARD a puffy, pompous, dense, blow-hard of a military man.
PROFESSOR PLUM an arrogant academic, easily impressed by himself.
MR. GREEN a timid, yet officious, rule follower. He’s awfully anxious.
 
Ensemble Roles (Some may be combined at the director’s discretion).
TV NEWSCASTER reports on McCarthyism.
THE COOK a gruff woman with a threatening presence (alive and dead).
MR. BODDY a slick Frank Sinatra/film noir-esque type fella (alive and dead).
THE MOTORIST a professional driver (alive and dead).
THE UNEXPECTED COP a regular Joe (alive and dead).
SINGING-TELEGRAM GIRL a tap dancer with a heart of gold (alive and dead).
CHIEF OF POLICE a cop who helps to save the day.
BACKUP COP Backup for the Chief in the final “cops” entrance.
BACKUP COP backup for the Chief.

Clue: Stay-At-Home Edition
Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
Additional Material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price
Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture
Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE
Original Music by David Abbinanti

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.
(www.broadwaylicensing.com)

Directed by Tim Anderson

Produced by Ryan Bergeron & Brenton Cochran

Costumed by Katie Simon Atkinson & Jill Kenderes

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Click here to register for Sunday auditions.

Auditions for “The Secret Life of Girls” – Virtual Performance


Virtual, Zoom Auditions:

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 – 10:00PM
Thursday, August 13, 7:00 – 10:00PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights is holding auditions for “The Secret Life of Girls”, a virtual performance being streamed in October 2020. This show will be directed by Brenton Cochran and Kayleigh Joyce.
The Secret Life of Girls has an all-female cast, so we are seeking 10 women ages 13 and up.
Auditioners will be reading selections from the script via Zoom. Selections and Zoom meeting information will be emailed to you prior to your audition time.
Important Note: All rehearsals and production components will be held 100% digitally, so a device with a webcam and microphone and reliable internet access is necessary.
Please sign up for an audition slot HERE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4da9ac2fa3f9c25-auditions
For additional information, please email the directors.

About the Show

“I’m going to tell you a secret… and I don’t want you to tell.
The secret is about me… about my life… how it will

never be the same again.”

In this honest and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl angst, a window is opened into the tumultuous and
destructive world of girls’ bullying. Abby seeks to gain acceptance as the newest member of the school
championship volleyball team. As she and her teammates struggle to find a friend, a place in the group and
themselves, their jockeying for position is sometimes humorous and often heartbreaking. Invitations are
extended or withheld, individual friendships sacrificed to collective judgments, and alliances formed and
changed daily as they careen from exclusion to isolation to acceptance and back again.

Bullying in the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, using friendship as a weapon, name-calling, exclusion,
spreading rumors, backbiting, clinging to cliques and manipulation are prevalent. The adults in the girls’ lives
are either unable or unwilling to change their behaviors. Though desperately concerned, Abby’s mother is
unable to make contact with her daughter, while the volleyball coach and team mom enable rather than work to
effect change. When faced with the consequences of their actions, the girls ultimately resolve… one by one… to
change their behaviors.

Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, the play highlights the impact of
“cyberbullying,” the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, text and instant
messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. The portrayal of the sobering reality of these girls’ lives can start a
conversation in homes, schools and communities, providing the opportunity to reveal the secrets and address the
complexities which dominate the lives of many young women.

 

Character Breakdown

ABBY, an adolescent girl
ABBY’S MOM
REBECCA, an adolescent girl
KAYLA, an adolescent girl
SUTTON, an adolescent girl
ANNA MARIE, an adolescent girl
STEPHANIE, an adolescent girl
COACH
SUTTON’S MOM
CHANDLER, the new girl

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