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.


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:

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Improvisational skills a plus. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal danger. Any ethnicity/cultural background. 

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: 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: 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.

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. 


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 –

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

Auditions for “Into the Woods”


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


“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
*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

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 

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.


(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)

(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.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, A Killer Party (Reprise)

(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)

(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?
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!

(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.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Circus On the Sea, Shipload Of Fools

(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?
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Wait for My Cue, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You

(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.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You

(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.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Songus Interruptus, Hands Out

(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.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Breathe, Big Cat

(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)

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.


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

Additional questions not answered here may be mailed to Tim Anderson at

Spotlights Nominated for 14 Cleveland Awards

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:


  • RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)


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


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  • 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)


  • 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)


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

Best of luck to all nominees!

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

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



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.

Directed by Tim Anderson

Produced by Ryan Bergeron & Brenton Cochran

Costumed by Katie Simon Atkinson & Jill Kenderes


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:
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
REBECCA, an adolescent girl
KAYLA, an adolescent girl
SUTTON, an adolescent girl
ANNA MARIE, an adolescent girl
STEPHANIE, an adolescent girl
CHANDLER, the new girl

Auditions for “Dearly Departed”

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 – 6:00PM
Monday, February 24, 6:00 – 9:00PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater will hold auditions for Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.

Auditions will occur on Sunday, February 23 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM and Monday, February 24 from 6:00 – 9:00PM at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater, located on the Broadview Center Property next to the Police Station, 9543 Broadview Road.

The show will be directed by Tyson Douglas Rand and will run April 24th – May 9th. Rehearsals will begin in the week of March 8.  Auditioners are asked to bring a list of conflicts from March 8 through February 24 to list on the audition form.  All roles are unpaid/volunteer.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Resumes and headshots are welcomed, but not required.

About the Show

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Character Breakdown
(The director is likely to double several roles.)

Bud Turpin: Family patriarch who dies in the 1st scene.

Raynelle Turpin: Bud’s widow – Christian family woman who tells it like it is in a quiet unassuming manner.

Ray-Bud Turpin: Raynelle and Bud’s Eeder son – recovering alcoholic terribly afraid of death and none too happy to foot funeral bill.

Lucille Turpin: Ray-Bud’s wife – desperately wants to have a baby but cannot carry to full term. Motherly type who takes care of everyone.

Junior Turpin: Raynelle and Bud’s younger son – completely broke because of poor business decision. Recently had an affair that his wife finds out about.

Suzanne Turpin: Junior’s wife – completely broke because of Junior’s bad business decision. A bit passive/aggressive personality. Sings hymn at funeral.

Marguerite: Bud’s sister – devoutly and aggressively Christian, very loud and controlling of her offspring and any situation.

Royce: Marguerite’s son – out of work with no future plans, which his mother never lets him forget. More of an observer than a doer.

Delightful: Bud and Raynelle’s daughter – the youngest who was never really allowed to grow up. Eats constantly and only speaks when spoken to.

Reverend Hooker: Parish minister – a minister tired of ministering. Becomes “Ill” at funeral.

Veda: Elderly friend of the family – caregiver to her sickly husband and doesn’t let anyone forget it.

Norval: Veda’s husband – hard of hearing and hard to understand. Kept alive by oxygen masks and meds.

Nadine A younger friend of the family – seems to get pregnant just by looking at a man. All of her children named after famous actors.

Clyde: Ray-Bud’s boss – knows exactly how he wants to die. First priority is to “take care of our own.”

Juanita: Cousin by marriage – very wealthy and proper. Bit of a gossip.

The Joy of Life Singers: At least 3 actors who will be required to sing- they will be doubled from the other characters



Soup, Sandwich, & Show with Santa

This special holiday event at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater will be held Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th at 12:30 PM. The theater is located on the Broadview Center property, 9543 Broadview Road (next to the police station).

Santa’s elves will serve a hot lunch consisting of soup, sandwich or hot dog, potato chips, veggies, and beverage prepared by none other than Mrs. Claus. After lunch, all will be ushered into the theater for the Christmas play, “Can Mrs. Claus Save Christmas?” by Ruth Ann Pattee. Keleigh Bowling is the director with assistance from Amy McSweeney, Donna Simec, and Alex Knudsen. The show features a cast of all ages, including Isabella Boccuzzi, Elle Dralle, Karen Johnston, Julia Kuczynski, Hannah Leffler, Aiden Mills, Kennedy Naypauer, Jaclyn Phelps, Caitlin Sweeney, Michael Sweeney, Abbey Tamer, Victor Vegera, Alexis Zelinsky, and Rachel Zelinsky. Annette Phelps and Karen Johnston are co-producers.

The production will be followed by dessert as Santa greets the children. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children (toddlers on parents’ lap are free). Reservation deadline is Wednesday, December 11th.

Note: Parties that would like to sit together should make reservations together.

Click here to make your reservation for SATURDAY, December 14 at 1:ooPM

Click here to make your reservation for SUNDAY, December 15 at 1:00PM


Auditions for “Nonsense, Nonsense, Intermission, More Nonsense”

Monday, November 25, 6:00 – 9:00PM
Tuesday, November 26, 6:00 – 9:00PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater will hold auditions for Nonsense, Nonsense, Intermission, More Nonsense, a series of original one-act, theatre-themed plays by local playwright Greg Mandryk. 

Auditions will occur on Monday, November 25 & Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00 – 9:00PM at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater, located on the Broadview Center Property next to the Police Station, 9543 Broadview Road.

The show will be directed by David L. Munnell and will run January 31 – February 9, 2020 as our annual coffeehouse production. Rehearsals will begin in January.  Auditioners are asked to bring a list of conflicts from January 5 through February 9.  All roles are unpaid/volunteer.

Auditions will consist of readings from the scripts and improv activities. Auditioners will be asked to sing a silly song acapella (this show is not a musical, but some roles may require onstage singing).   The show also requires an actor to play a guitar live on stage.  If applicable, auditioners should bring a prepared song to play on their own guitar.   

Additional questions may be emailed to the director at

Nonsense, Nonsense, Intermission, Other Nonsense
consists of the following one-act plays
by Cleveland-Area Playwright Greg Mandryk

  • September in Biddeford
  • Venus Needs Men
  • Sorrows of the Sandman
  • If at First…
  • Special Extra Treatment
  • Disciplinary Measures
  • Foul Bouquet
  • Famous Last Words

Roles exist for men and women.  Doubling possible at the discretion of the director.