Auditions for “The Who’s Tommy” – Summer Youth Production

Sunday, April 7
2:00 – 6:00PM

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

The 2019 Broadview Heights Spotlights Summer Youth Production is The Who’s Tommy.  Based on the band’s iconic 1969 rock concept album, this rock opera is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences.  The show celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019!

Auditions will be held by appointment on Sunday, April 7 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Auditioners should sign up for an audition slot at www.broadview-heights-spotlights.org.  Invited callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Thursday, April 11.  Rehearsals will begin at the end of April.  The show runs June 20 – 30, and will be the premiere production the Spotlights’ new 3200-square-foot performance space!

The show will be directed by Tim Anderson, music directed by Ryan Bergeron, and choreographed by Maggie Majercik.  Performers (ages 12 to 20) are invited to audition. There are a small number of roles available for younger performers, and those interested should contact the director directly at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

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

Those auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.
  • Be familiar with the show and its music, language, and themes.
  • Prepare two one-minute, contrasting songs (one up-tempo, one ballad), at least one of these should be a rock song in the style of the show.
  • 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 April 22 and June 30 (including all school concerts, lessons, practices, games, family obligations, etc.).

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

 Synopsis

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

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Character List

The production team reserves the right to make non-traditional casting decisions/doubling of roles.  Vocal ranges are given as a guide, but are flexible.

Name Description Vocal Range
Mrs. Walker

 

A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife.

G3 – D6

Captain Walker

 

A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife’s lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy’s trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker.

F3 – C#5

Uncle Ernie

 

A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children’s camp seeking to profit from Tommy’s popularity. Mrs. Walker’s brother and Tommy’s uncle.

G2 – Bb4

Tommy/Narrator

 

An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker’s son.

Db3 – B4

Cousin Kevin

 

A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy’s success.

Ab2 – B4

Gypsy

 

A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures.

G3 – F5

The Specialist

 

A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy’s parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son.

G#3 – F4

Sally Simpson

 

A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him.

F3 – D5

Highly Featured Ensemble Roles Including:

Harlots
Harmonica Player
Kevin’s Father
Kevin’s Mother
Lads and Lasses
Minister
Minister’s Wife
Mrs. Simpson
Nurses
Soldiers
The Hawker
Guards
Reporters

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

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

 Auditions for “The Velveteen Rabbit”

Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit

Sunday, February 24,  7:00 PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights will be holding auditions for its upcoming Theater for Young Audiences production of The Velveteen Rabbit, adapted by James Still from the classic story by Margery Williams. Director Brenton Cochran is seeking a  large cast consisting of kids (10 and up), teens, and adults.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Rehearsals will begin March 3; the show runs May 4 – 12.

If you are interested in auditioning, but unable to attend the scheduled time, please contact the director at fashionlovestheatre@gmail.com.

This enchanting version of the classic children’s story is a winner of The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award.  Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life.  Actors represent the ’spirit’ of each toy-chattering, bickering and sharing their feelings in hilarious and touching interactions.  With narration by the tender and grandfatherly Skin Horse Spirit, you’ll laugh and cry along with the characters as they endure the trials and tribulations of their unique experiences-especially the Rabbit Spirit, who learns about love when he gains the affection of the young boy.  The raggedy stuffed bunny is with him every moment until Andrew comes down with scarlet fever and the doctor orders all bedding, including the much-loved toy, to be burned.  Rabbit Spirit escapes that terrible fate by a ‘hare,’ finding himself among the wild rabbits and the beautiful nursery magic fairy.  With a late-Victorian flavor in the dialogue and costuming, this adaptation creatively and beautifully renders for the stage the miraculous story of a stuffed animal made real by a child’s love and a little magic.

Roles

Andrew, a young boy (can be played by a girl as Andrea)

Nana, an elderly nursemaid

Uncle Brad, his uncle; late twenties

Mother, Andrew’s mother

Doctor, attends to Andrew

Peavey, servant

Timothy Spirit, a wood-jointed toy lion

Train Engine Spirit

Skin Horse Spirit

Model Boat Spirit

Rabbit Spirit

Nursery Magic Fairy

Wild Rabbit One

Wild Rabbit Two

Wild Rabbit Chorus

Brown Rabbit, female; wise about the world

Auditions for “Dancing at Lughnasa”

Auditions will be held at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater for Dancing at Lughnasa on Sunday, January 13 and Monday, January 14 from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M.   The show runs March 8 – 23, 2019.
The role of “Father Jack Mundy” has been cast.  All other roles are open.  This show is directed by Rose Leininger.  Auditions will be selected scenes from the script.  If you have an Irish song you know, we will hear a few bars a capella.  Resumes and headshots are not necessary, but appreciated.
About the Play:
It’s the Summer of 1936 and Europe is on the verge of terrible change.  The Mundy family are sheltered in their close-knit home in Ballybeg, Donegal.  Michael,  the illegitimate son of the youngest sister of a family of 5 sisters and one Brother, feels the joy and security of his family and narrates us through this tale of family and trials.
When Michaels his father comes home, the cracks begin to show.  Secrets and sorrows break through the happiness and repressed passion is unleashed.  Uncle Jack comes back from 25 years serving in Africa, and anxieties which can tear the world apart for Ballybed come to the surface. Amid all this, the joyous music of Ireland and the purity of family will pull us through.
The role of Father Jack Mundy has been cast.
All other roles are available:
  • Kate Mundy, 40+, Spinster, afraid of what everyone thinks.
  • Maggie Mundy, 40’s, Smoker, rough, and rowdy, full-on joker.
  • Rose Mundy, 30’s, A little slow-believes and trusts everyone to a fault
  • Agnes Mundy, 35-40, Quiet, introvert, Rose’s protector.
  • Christina Mundy, 30’s, Full of spirit and adventure, loves dancing.
  • Gerry Evans, 30-35, Very adventurous, loves music and dancing.
  • Michael Evans, Late 20’s, Son of Christina – young, very serious and thoughtful.

 Auditions for “Man of La Mancha” and “A Grand Night for Singing”

 Auditions for Man of La Mancha and A Grand Night for Singing

Sunday, August 12,  7:00 – 10:00PM
Monday, August 13, 7:00 – 10:00PM

No appointment needed, but auditioners must arrive one hour before the scheduled end time.

 

Auditions for Man of La Mancha are open to ages 13 and up.  The role of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha has been cast.  All other roles are available.  Two roles may exist for children ages 8 – 13, contact the director regarding these roles at rbergeron@broadview-heights-spotlights.org. Man of La Mancha runs November 2 – 17, 2018. See below for more information.

 

A Grand Night for Singing requires strong singers able to hold complex harmonies: three women and two men, ages 18 and up.  This production runs February 1 – 16, 2019. See below for more information.

 

Those auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night.
  • Prepare two contrasting songs (1 ballad, 1 up tempo) from the classic/golden age of musical theater, no more than one minute in length each. Songs from either show are acceptable.  Those auditioning for A Grand Night for Singing, are strongly encouraged to prepare at least one Rodgers and Hammerstein piece.
  • 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 applicable to the rehearsal schedule for the show(s) you are auditioning for. (LaMancha: September 16 – November 16; Grand Night: December – February)

All auditions will occur at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater, located in Building #22 on the Broadview Center Property at 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH  44147.  Our facility is located to the left of the Police Station in the rear of the of property.  Follow the blue “Theater” signs once turning into the main driveway.

Man of La Mancha

Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion

The Spotlights’ production runs November 2 – 17, 2018.

Rehearsals start the week of September 16.

Roles

Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quixote) – THIS ROLE HAS BEEN PRECAST
Sancho Panza — manservant
Aldonza (Dulcinea)
Antonia — Alonso’s niece
Fermina — Moorish Girl dancer
Innkeeper
Maria — innkeeper’s wife
Housekeeper — employee of Alonso
Barber
Padre
Dr. Sanson Carrasco — Antonia’s fiancé and Knight of the Mirrors

Ensemble
Captain of the Inquisition
Governor
Duke
Four Attendants to the Knight
Seven Muleteers: Jose, Tenorio, Paco, Juan, Anselmo, Pedro and a Guitar Player
Soldiers
Prisoners
Prison Guards
Gypsies (Moors)
Men of the Inquisition

Two roles may exist for children ages 8 – 13, contact the director regarding these roles at rbergeron@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

Synopsis

A full synopsis can be found on Tams-Witmark’s website:  http://www.tamswitmark.com/shows/man-of-la-mancha/

 

 

A Grand Night for Singing

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music Arrangements by Fred Wells
Conceived by Walter Bobbie

The Spotlights’ production runs February 1 – 16, 2019.

Limited rehearsals in December, full rehearsals starting nightly in January.

Roles:

Martin – Leading Man, Baritone
Lynne – Leading Lady, Soprano
Victoria – Comic Ingenue, Second soprano
Jason – Comic Juvenile, Tenor
Alyson – Soubrette, Alto, Dancer

A Grand Night for Singing requires strong singers able to hold complex harmonies: three women and two men, ages 18 and up

Synopsis:

Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo’s final collaboration, The Sound of Music, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined “Shall We Dance?” as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” But that’s precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,” a swingin’ “Honeybun” worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy “Kansas City”which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.

 

 

 

 

 Auditions for Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays

Auditions for Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays

Sunday, August 12 at 5:00 PM

Auditions for Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays by Alan Ayckbourn will be held on Sunday, August 12th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The play relies heavily on audience interaction to help the actors navigate a huge, 24-room mansion.  Because of the non-sequential nature of the script, strong actors of all ages are encouraged to audition.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Additional questions may be sent to Director Jocelyn Laracuente at Jodell278@gmail.com.

This play will be our second Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) production of the year, aimed at providing opportunities for children and their families to experience high-quality theater while learning and practicing good audience etiquette. Performances will be held October 6 – 14; two performances (afternoon and evening) on each Saturday and one afternoon performance each Sunday.  Broadview Heights Spotlights’ Theater for Young Audiences Series is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

All auditions will occur at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater, located in Building #22 on the Broadview Center Property at 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH  44147.  Our facility is located to the left of the Police Station in the rear of the of property.  Follow the blue “Theater” signs once turning into the main driveway.

Play Synopsis:

Suzy lives in a small cottage with her mother and her dog Neville – her father went up in a hot air balloon one day and never came back down. Except for missing Suzy’s father, they are all quite happy until the suave Mr. Accousticus moves into the mysterious old house across from their cottage and sweeps Mother off her feet. Suddenly Neville loses his bark, the birds stop singing, and Mr. Passerby insists his operatic  tenor voice has been stolen.  Suzy and Neville bravely decide to search through Mr. Accousticus’s mansion for the missing voices: at this point it’s up to the audience to choose which course to take (among 80 possible permutations!) through the maze of rooms, trap doors, and secret passageways, and also to remember the path to help the heroes safely out again afterwards.

About the Author:

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. The National Theatre recently revived his 1980 play Season’s Greetings to great acclaim and the past year alone has seen West End productions of Absent Friends and A Chorus Of Disapproval. In 2009, he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. Holding the post for 37 years, he still feels that perhaps his greatest achievement was the establishment of this company’s first permanent home when the two auditoria complex fashioned from a former Odeon Cinema opened in 1996. In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

Characters:

SUZY
NEVILLE – her dog
MOTHER
FATHER
MR. ACOUSTICUS
MR. PASSERBY
1ST NARRATOR
2ND NARRATOR

 

Auditions for “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.

The Broadview Heights Spotlights will hold auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.  Auditions will take place at the Broadview Heights Cultural Arts Building, located on the Broadview Center Property, next to the Police Station, 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147.

This production will be directed by Tyson Douglas Rand, and co-produced by Tara Corkery and Sarah Price.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

The show runs August 24 – September 8, 2018.

For additional information, contact tcorkery@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

Play Synopsis:

John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Ernest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. Algernon has a cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, with whom John is deeply in love. During his London sojourns, John, under the name Ernest, has won Gwendolen’s love, for she strongly desires to marry someone with the confidence-inspiring name of Ernest. But when he asks for Gwendolen’s hand from the formidable Lady Bracknell, John finds he must reveal he is a foundling who was left in a handbag at Victoria Station. This is very disturbing to Lady Bracknell, who insists that he produce at least one parent before she consents to the marriage.  Returning to the country home where he lives with his ward Cecily Cardew and her governess Miss Prism, John finds that Algernon has also arrived under the identity of the nonexistent brother Ernest. Algernon falls madly in love with the beautiful Cecily, who has long been enamored of the mysterious, fascinating brother Ernest.  With the arrival of Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen, chaos erupts.

About the Author:

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L’art pour l’art (“Art for Art’s Sake”), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chelsea in London to establish a literary career. Upon graduating in 1879, he moved to London to review art, write poetry and lecture in the UK, the United States and Canada. In 1884, Mr. Wilde married Constance Lloyd and, in the course of their turbulent marriage, had two sons. His first and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was published in 1891 and has been adapted for the stage. Mr. Wilde’s first successful theatrical endeavor, Lady Windermere’s Fan, opened in 1892. He went on to create the wonderfully popular comedies A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and the classic The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). Not long afterward, Mr. Wilde was publicly accused of homosexuality and arrested for gross indecency. During his time in prison he wrote De Profundis, a dramatic monologue and autobiography, which was addressed to his lover Bosie. Three years after his release in 1897, he died of cerebral meningitis in a rundown Paris hotel. Known for his philosophical wit and irreverent charm, Mr. Wilde is famously quoted as saying “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

Characters:

John Worthing, J.P.
Algernon Moncrieff
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D. D.
Merriman, butler
Lane, manservant
Lady Bracknell
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Cecily Cardew
Miss Prism, governess

 

Auditions for “Be More Chill” – Summer Youth Musical

Auditions for Be More Chill

Summer Youth Production

Monday, April 23 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

The 2018 Broadview Heights Spotlights Summer Youth Production, Be More Chill, is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. The show’s music and lyrics are by Joe Iconis, and the book is by Joe Tracz.  The main character is Jeremy, an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school.

Auditions will be held on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 from 7:00 p.m – 9:30 p.m.  No appointment is necessary, but those auditioning should arrive at least an hour before the scheduled end time.  Invited callbacks, if necessary, will be held by special arrangement later that week.  Rehearsals will begin the week of April 29.

The show runs June 21 – July 1.

The show will be directed by Tim Anderson and music directed by Ryan Bergeron.

Performers (ages 13 to 20) are invited to audition. The show contains adult language and themes, and those auditioning and their parents should be familiar with the material before auditioning.

Those auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.
  • Be familiar with the show and its music, language, and themes.
  • Prepare two one-minute, contrasting songs (one up-tempo, one ballad), at least one of which should demonstrate a contemporary vocal style.
  • 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 April 29 and July 1 (including all school concerts, lessons, practices, games, family obligations, etc.).

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

 

Synopsis

Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? This musical is based on the novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini.

Character List*:

Jeremy Heere, awkward high school junior
Christine Canigula, high school theatre girl, sweetly dorky
Michael Mell, Jeremy’s music-obsessed best friend
Jake Dillinger, high school awesomeness personified
Rich, five-feet, five-inches of teenage bully
Chloe, the hottest girl in school, crass and confident
Brooke, the second hottest girl in school, insecure
Jenna Rolan, that girl who knows everyone’s business
Jeremy’s dad, never wears pants.
Mr. Reyes
Scary Stockboy
The Squip, the supercomputer in Jeremy’s head.

*The production team may choose to cast a small, featured ensemble.

Auditions for “Dividing the Estate”

Auditions for Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote

Sunday, February 11 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, February 12 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The Broadview Heights Spotlights will hold auditions for Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote on Sunday, February 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Monday, February 12 from 7:30PM – 9:00 p.m. No appointment is needed, but auditioners must arrive by 8:00 p.m. and plan on being in attendance for the full length of auditions. Auditions will take place at the Broadview Heights Cultural Arts Building, located on the Broadview Center Property, next to the Police Station, 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147.

This production will be directed by Brenton Cochran, and co-produced by Adam Bowers and Jean Brennan.

Rehearsals will begin near the end of the February and typically run Sunday – Thursday based on cast availability. The show runs April 27, 2018 – May 12, 2018.

Please bring a list of conflicts between February 26 and May 12.

For additional information please visit www.broadview-heights-spotlights.org. Additional questions may be emailed to the director at fashionlovestheatre@gmail.com.

Play Synopsis:

Dividing the Estate is the story of the Gordon clan, a Texas family who has been hard hit by the precipitous drop in oil prices in 1987. Family matriarch Stella rules over the family, but she is 85 years old, and her family smells their inheritance coming. Her younger daughter, Mary Jo, comes to visit for the day along with her husband, and their two daughters, prompting a family get-together. Mary Jo is deeply in debt and wants to divide the estate before her mother dies. Various members of the family, including the servants, take sides in the debate, and wonder how much, if anything, there actually is to inherit. The family bickers as only a Southern family can, mentioning every slight and insult that has occurred over the past 80 years.

About the Author:

Horton Foote, in full Albert Horton Foote, (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009, Hartford), American playwright and screenwriter who evoked American life in beautifully observed minimal stories and was perhaps best known for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. His first two plays, Wharton Dance (1940) and Texas Town (1941), were staged by the American Actors’ Company in New York City. Foote’s best-known original work, The Trip to Bountiful, was written as a television play and broadcast in 1953; later that year it was staged on Broadway, and in 1985 it was produced as a film, for which Foote also wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay. His low-key but insightful play The Young Man from Atlanta(1994) won the Pulitzer Prize. Foote won Academy Awards for his screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), which was adapted from the novel by Harper Lee, and Tender Mercies (1983). His other notable scripts include Of Mice and Men (1992), an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, and Old Man (1997), a made-for-television movie based on The Wild Palms by William Faulkner.

Character Summary:

STELLA

Female
60-80 Stella is the octogenarian matriarch of the clan, ruling over the family with an iron fist. Bold, brash, and not afraid to speak her mind.

MARY JO

Female
25-40 Stella’s younger daughter. She has come to visit from Houston with her husband, Bob. She has very strong feelings about dividing the estate.

LUCILLE

Female
40-50 Stella’s older daughter who lives with Stella on the farm. Very reserved and caters to Stella’s every word.

LEWIS

Male
40-50 Stella’s only son. An alcoholic. He is in favor of dividing the estate because he wastes all of his monthly income. Very loud and opinionated.

SON

Male
20-30 Lucille’s son. He left college to run the family farm/estate when his father died. Very loyal and responsible. A typical farm boy.

BOB

Male
25-40 Mary Jo’s husband. A loud, bombastic oilman who has lost a fortune with the drop in oil. He is out of money and has nowhere to turn.

DOUG

Male
60-80 African-American family retainer who has lived on the farm since Stella was five years old. He does not get along with the guests.

MILDRED

Female
20-30 African-American housekeeper who is slowly taking over control of the household. Doug feels threatened by her.

CATHLEEN

Female
40-50 African American long-suffering servant of the family. Cathleen often wonders about the estate. She and Mildred are working together.

IRENE

Female
20-30 Lewis’ secret girlfriend. She makes an appearance toward the end of the play. She is known as a “floosy”.

PAULINE

Female
20-30 She is the know-it-all schoolteacher engaged to Son. She is an outsider to the family who gains a lot of admiration for her education and good looks.

SISSY

Female
13-19 One of Mary Joe and Bob’s teenage daughters. They are spoiled rotten and show it through every word that comes out of their mouths.

EMILY

Female
13-19 One of Mary Joe and Bob’s teenage daughters. They are spoiled rotten and show it through every word that comes out of their mouths.

Auditions for “James and the Giant Peach – TYA”

 

Auditions for
Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach

Sunday, January 28 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Monday, January 29 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights will hold auditions for Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – Theatre for Young Audiences Version on Sunday, January 28 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM and Monday, January 29 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM. No appointment is needed, but auditioners must arrive one hour before the scheduled end time.  Callbacks will be held the evening of Thursday, February 1, if needed.   Auditions will take place at the Broadview Heights Cultural Arts Building, located on the Broadview Center Property, next to the Police Station, 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH  44147.

This production is the first show in the Spotlights’ new Theater for Young Audiences Series.  This show is a one-hour adapted, child-audience-friendly version of the musical Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach by Timothy Allen McDonald with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Dogfight, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman).  The show will run on weekends (Saturday afternoons and evenings; Sunday afternoons) from March 17 – March 25.

The director, Tim Anderson, is seeking nine performers, eight teens/adults to play multiple roles (see breakdown below) and one talented child (boy or girl) for the title role.

Rehearsals will begin the week of February 5 and will typically run Sunday – Thursday evenings with some weekends, based on cast availability.

Those auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night.
  • Prepare two musical theater songs (1 ballad, 1 up tempo), no more than one minute in length each. 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.  Songs from the show are acceptable.
  • Dress comfortably for movement.
  • Bring a list of conflicts between February 5 and March 25.

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


References

A studio reference recording is available on YouTube.

Studio Recording Cast
Luca Padovan, James
Marc Kudisch, Ladahord
Jackie Hoffman, Spiker
Mary Testa, Sponge
Christian Borle, Grasshopper
Megan Hilty, Ladybug
Sarah Stiles, Spider
Daniel Breaker, Earthworm
Brian d’Arcy James, Centipede

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Roles

*Note:  Genders/Ages listed below refer to the characters, not necessarily the performers.

Ladahlord
A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.
Gender: Male
Age: Any
Vocal range: A2 – A4

James
A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.
Gender: Male
Age: 7 to 15
Vocal range: C4 – G5

Spiker
James’ mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 60
Vocal range: F3 – D5

Sponge
James’ other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. She often has her mind on food.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 60
Vocal range: F3- D5

Spider
A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James. This actor also plays Woman with Purse and Reporter 1.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range: E3 – Eb5

Green Grasshopper
A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug. This actor also plays Mr. Trotter, Man with Wallet, and Garden Guild.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range: B2 – Gb4

Centipede
An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest. This actor also plays Buzz, the Hollywood agent.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range: B2 – G4

Ladybug
A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper. This actor also plays Matron Nurse and Reporter.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 60
Vocal range: E3 – F5

Earthworm
An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon. This actor also plays Bobby Cop and Bitzi Botana.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 50
Voca

Call for Directors – 2018 Season

Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater is pleased to accept applications for directors for our 2018 season for the following main-stage performances:

Dividing The Estate by Horton Foote, April 27 – May 12, 2018

Produced by Adam Bowers and Jean Brennan

Dividing the Estate is the story of the Gordon clan, a Texas family who has been hard hit by the precipitous drop in oil prices in 1987. Family matriarch Stella rules over the family, but she is 85 years old and her family smells their inheritance coming. The family bickers as only a Southern family can, mentioning every slight and insult that has occurred over the past 80 years.


The Importance of Being Earnest 
by Oscar Wilde, August 24-September 8, 2018

Produced by Tara Corkery and Sarah Price

In The Importance of Being Earnest, dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities — not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays by Alan Ayckbourn, October 6-14, 2018

Produced by Ryan Bergeron and Stephanie Malfara

Note: This production is part of our Theater for Young Audiences Series

Suzy lives in a cottage with her mother and her dog, Neville. Suave but sinister Mr. Acousticus moves into the big house across the street and Neville suddenly loses his bark. Suzy is certain the new neighbor is responsible so she and Neville search his house. What happens next? It’s up to the audience in this imaginative tale.

If interested in directing one of these pieces, please submit a letter of interest and your theatrical resume, including past projects you have directed. Your letter of interest should indicate which piece(s) you are interested in directing, your concept for each piece, and how your concept will best align with the Broadview Heights Spotlights identity, space, and audience. You are welcome to provide any supplemental material(s). Please email your materials to president@broadview-heights-spotlights.org by November 30, 2017.

Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview with the play-reading committee and additional trustees during the month of December.

Adam Bowers, President
Broadview Heights Spotlights

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