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

James and the Giant Peach (musical) on Wikipedia


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

Auditions for “Almost, Maine”

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Auditions for Almost, Maine

Sunday, December 3 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Monday, December 4 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM

No appointment is needed, but auditioners must arrive within one hour of the end time.  Callbacks, if needed, may be held December 10th from 7pm – 10pm.

AUDITION LOCATION:
Broadview Heights Spotlights
9543 Broadview Road
Broadview Hts, OH 44147

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

SHOW DATES: 
February 9th-24th

SYNOPSIS: 
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

AVAILABLE ROLES: 

This show is a series a vignettes with 2-3 characters in each. The director plans to assign each actor he casts 2 or more roles in the show. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the director at cmb164@zips.uakron.edu

MEN:

  • Pete – teens – 30s. An intelligent young man with who sometimes has trouble with saying the wrong thing.
  • Jimmy – 20s – 40s. Down on his luck, ex-boyfriend of Sandrine.
  • Lendall – 20s -30s. A man-child with some growing up to do.
  • Dave – 20s – 40s. Rhonda’s best friend, but wishes there could more between them
  • Steve – 20s – 40s A child-like man who has been born without the ability to feel pain, and who has been raised by his brother.
  • Daniel – 30s – 60s. A man who was once deeply hurt by his one true love.
  • Randy – 20s – 50s. Randy is best friends with Chad, they try to one up each other with who had the worst date stories.
  • Chad – 20s – 50s. Chad is best friends with Randy, they try to one up each other with who had the worst date stories.
  • Phil – 30s – 50s. A man having marital troubles, he feels more comfortable at work than at home
  • East – 30s – 60s. Down-to-earth handyman falls in love with Glory at first sight.

WOMEN:

  • Ginette – teens – 30s. Desperately in love with Pete and will do anything to prove it.
  • Sandrine – 20s – 40s A woman who runs into her ex-boyfriend while at her bachelorette party
  • Gayle – 20s – 30s. A woman who is ready to move on to the next step in her relationship or end it.
  • Rhonda – 20s – 40s. Fun, quirky, thinks of herself as “just one of the guys,” she is afraid to let her relationship with Dave move to the next level.
  • Suzette – 30s – 60s. Daniel’s Wife.
  • Marvalyn – 20s – 40s. Marvalyn and her boyfriend have fallen on hard times, which has caused a lot of strain in their relationship.
  • Hope – 30s – 60s. Regrets choosing career over love, trying to find the man she left behind.
  • Marci – 30s -50s. A woman having marital troubles, feels as though her husband no longer pays attention to anything, and constantly hides her true feelings.
  • Glory – 30s – 60s. Glory believes that she caused the death of her husband, and is having trouble moving on because of her guilt.

Auditions for “Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Clause Chronicles”

Auditions for
Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Clause Chronicles
by Pat Cook 

Co-Directed by Delia Brennan, Dylan Grosh-Hoy,
Alicia Pedraza, and Ian Stewart

Monday, November 13 from 6:00 – 9:00PM.

This production will be performed twice as part of a special Spotlights’ event during the day on Saturday, December 9.

The cast requires a wide variety of ages, and children and their parents are encouraged to attend together.  The audition will consist of readings from the script.  Rehearsals will occur in the evenings , typically Sunday – Wednesdays but based on cast availability.  Dress rehearsals will occur on Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8.

Those interested but unable to attend Monday night, and those with additional questions may contact education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

A sample of the script (including character breakdown) is available by clicking here.

All roles available.  Roles are likely to be doubled at the discretion of the production staff.

Auditions for Musical, “Footloose”

Auditions

The Broadview Heights Spotlights will hold auditions for Footloose on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM and THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. No appointment needed, but auditioners must arrive one hour before the scheduled end time.  Callbacks will be held the afternoon of Saturday, September 2, 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.

All roles are available.  Auditions are open to those ages 12 and up.  The production team consists of Tim Anderson as director, Ryan Bergeron as music director, and Zac Hudak as choreographer. Rehearsals will begin the week of September 10 and will typically run Sunday – Thursday evenings with some weekends, based on cast availability.  The show runs November 3 – 19, 2017.

Play Synopsis

This 1998 musical is based on the 1984 film.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local laws, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

Audition Preparation

  1. Plan to attend only one night.
  2. Prepare two contrasting songs in the style of the show, it is suggested that one be a pop/rock song (preferably from the 1980’s).  Songs from the show are acceptable.
  3. Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched in a three-ring binder.  Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella.
  4. Dress comfortably for movement.
  5. Bring a list of conflicts between September 10 and November 19.

Characters*

Adult Roles*

REVERAND SHAW MOORE – The minister of Bomont County, and father of a teenage girl (Ariel).  Reverend Moore is charismatic and charming.  Shaw has a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense of humor, all of which endear him to his congregation.  While trying to be strong for so many people, however, he continues to mourn the death of his son – the one person he could not save.

VI MOORE – Shaw’s wife.  Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly.  With her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both passionate and playful.

ETHEL MCCORMACK – Ren’s mother.  Where does Ren get his intelligence, his resilience and his sense of humor?  From his mother, of course!  It’s hard for Ethel to be living in her sister’s home and abiding by her brother-in-law’s rules. However, she never succumbs to the pathos of her situation.  After all, she has to be strong for Ren.  Their mutual loss (the walking-out of her husband / Ren’s father) has brought them closer together.  They share a teasing, good-natured relationship.

A COP

PRINCIPAL HARRY CLARK – Principal of the high school.

BETTY BLAST – Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.

LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt.

WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband.

COACH ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher.

ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife.

COWBOY BOB – Lead vocalist at the Bar-B-Que restaurant and dance club.

Teenage Roles*

REN MCCORMACK – A teenage boy from Chicago.  Ren is a witty a joker who enjoys a good time.  Lately, though, his fun-loving attitude has taken on a tone of desperation, as he tries too hard to convince the world – and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it has.  Ariel is the first character to get Ren to talk about that subject.  Sharing that intimacy early on becomes the basis for Ren’s and Ariel’s relationship.  Ren’s emotional journey starts with his being feisty and flippant in Act 1, continues through his thoughtful argument to the Town Council, and ends with this emotional final confrontation with Reverend Moore.  It’s a journey from boyhood to maturity.  Ren must sing and dance.

ARIEL MOORE – Shaw and Vi’s daughter.  Ariel is smart.  She understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and, in each situation, she plays her part brilliantly.  When she’s in her father’s presence, for instance, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking behavior.  Ariel loves to laugh – with Chuck, here girlfriends and, eventually, with Ren.  However her spirits are, quite often, her attempt to keep a lid on the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the loss of her once loving relationship with her father.

RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend.  Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but, in many ways she is the most deeply romantic character in the story.  She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together.  However, they are so inept about expressing themselves, that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring that about.

URLEEN – Ariel’s friend.

WENDY JO – Ariel’s friend.

WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s friend, a country boy.  Willard is not dumb.  He is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defense against a world that he often has trouble comprehending.  Willard just hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture his macho belligerence – until Ren arrives.  After that, the humor in the character of Willard derives from his gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to him.

JETER – Ren’s friend.

BICKLE – Ren’s friend.

GARVIN – Ren’s friend.

CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel’s boyfriend, tends to be a jerk.

LYLE – Chuck’s buddy.

TRAVIS – Chuck’s buddy.

*This list is provided as a resource of the characters in the play.  The director reserves the right to combine roles and involve cast performers in ensemble numbers as choir members, townspeople, etc.

 

 

For more information, please contact the director, Tim Anderson, at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

 

 

 

 

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Auditions for Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”

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Auditions for Spotlights’ for Agatha Christie’s
And Then There Were None

MONDAY, JULY 10 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM
TUESDAY, JULY 11 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM

No appointment is needed, but auditioners must arrive within one hour of the end time.  Callbacks, if needed, may be held later in the week.

Jenilee Taylor is directing this classic mystery play.  Roles are available for 8 men and 3 women, who are able to convincingly portray ages from 18 to 65 (see character breakdown below).  The auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-July and will typically run Sunday – Thursday evenings with some weekends, based on cast availability.  The show runs September  15 – 30.

Please bring a list of conflicts between July 17 and September 30. 

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

Play Synopsis:

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.

The Nursery Rhyme:

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;

One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;

One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;

One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;

One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;

A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law,

One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;

A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;

A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;

On got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

About the Author:

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than 2 billion copies around the world, and she is only outsold by the Bible and Shakespeare. Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to an American father and English mother, she wrote her first play Black Coffee (the only play in which she chose to feature Poirot) in 1930 having been disappointed by the way The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had been adapted into Alibi in 1928. She adapted her bestselling novel And then there were none for stage in 1943, giving it a different ending, followed by, in quick succession, Appointment with Death (1945), Murder on the Nile (1946) and The Hollow (1951). With The Mousetrap (1952), Witness for the Prosecution (1953), and Spider’s Web (1954), she became the only female playwright to have three plays running in the West End at the same time. Later plays include Towards Zero (1956) co-adapted with Gerald Verner, Verdict (1958) possibly her most unusual play, Go Back for Murder (1960), and Rule of Three (1962) a series of three one act plays. After a hugely successful career and a wonderful life, Ms. Christie died peacefully on 12 January 1976. You can read Agatha Christie’s own account of her life in An Autobiography which was published after her death in 1977.

 

Character Breakdown

Thomas Rogers Male 40s – 50s The butler and caretaker of the house on Soldier Island. Along with his wife, he withheld an important medication from a former employer, which resulted in the employer’s death. Competent manservant, shifty, dishonest.
Mrs. Rogers Female 40s – 50s The house servant and wife of the butler. She is accused by the gramophone recording of taking part in the killing of her former boss. Worried, frightened and guilt-ridden woman.
Anthony Marston Male 22 – 35 A dangerous driver, accused of killing a young couple with his car. A good-looking playboy who has never wanted for anything.
Miss Emily Brent Female 45 – 65 A religious fundamentalist who believes she is morally superior to everyone else on the island. She is accused of killing a young girl by causing her to commit suicide after being kicked out of her house. Deeply religious, sanctimonious, middle aged spinster.
Vera Claythorne Female 20s-30s A former nursemaid who came to the island under the pretense of becoming Mrs. U.N. Owen’s secretary. She caused the drowning death of a young child, which resulted in losing the love of her life, Hugo. “Innocent,” ingenue type, she is surprisingly cunning. Young, self-assured, troubled by guilt.
Phillip Lombard Male 25 – 40s A soldier of fortune who is responsible for the deaths of an entire native African tribe. Leading man type; a mercenary who can wiggle out of a scrape. Adventurous, inappropriately witty.
Detective William Blore Male 30s – 50s A former detective with Scotland yard who committed perjury that resulted in locking up an innocent man.
Judge
Lawrence Wargrave
Male 50s – 60s A recently retired judge who is accused (via a gramophone recording) of having murdered Edward Seton, a man over whose trial he presided. Calm, intelligent, often cold. Authoritative, hard, a trifle mysterious
Dr. Edward Armstrong Male 35+ A surgeon who is accused of having killed a patient after performing an operation on her while intoxicated.
General MacKenzie Male 60+ A surprisingly sentimental military man. Soldierly, overly guilt-ridden, almost welcoming death. A retired World War I general who is accused of sending a man with whom his wife was having an affair, into battle so that he would be killed.
Fred Narracott Male 20s – 40s A captain of the boat that ferries all the guests over to Soldier Island. A walk-on role. Weather worn, gruff, brings supplies and guests from the mainland to the island.

 

Auditions for Summer Youth Production: “Disaster!”

 

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Auditions for Spotlights’ Summer Youth Musical: “Disaster!”
The 2017 Broadview Heights Spotlights’ Summer Youth Production of Disaster! is the Ohio Premiere of the 2016 Broadway musical spoof of the disaster films of the 1970s, featuring well-known pop songs from that era.

Auditions

Sunday, April 9  at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Invited callbacks will be held, if necessary, on the evening of Wednesday, April 12 or by special arrangement.

Rehearsals will begin the week of April 23.

The show runs June 22 – July 2, 2017.

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

Performers, ages 10 to 20, are invited to audition for principle roles and the highly-featured ensemble. The show contains some sexual innuendo and limited profanity.

Those who are auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.

  • Be somewhat familiar with the show, its themes, and music.

  • Prepare two 1-minute selections of contrasting songs (1 ballad, 1 up tempo), at least one of which should be a pop song from the 1970’s. Songs featured in the show (see below) 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 April 23 and July 2 (including school concerts, lessons, practices, family conflicts, and athletic games).

Synopsis

Disaster! is a new musical straight from Broadway, featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s. “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff” are just a few of the scintillating hits in this hilarious musical comedy with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host, Seth Rudetsky, and Jack Plotnick.

It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats.

The full synopsis (Warning: Spoilers!!) can be found at http://www.mtishows.com/disaster.

Character Breakdown

Character Description Vocal Requirements Broadway/
Off-Broadway Performers
Chad A handsome and winning man. Pretends to be a player, but is really still heartbroken over the loss of his first love. Rock/Pop Tenor Adam Pascal
Scott Goofy guy. A nerd who wants to be cool. Sweet Tenor Max Crumm
Professor Ted Scheider A disaster expert. Non-emotional. Dry. A serious, professorial type. High Baritone Seth Rudetsky
Tony A very unscrupulous but attractive and (sometimes) charming middle-aged man.  A schemer.  Baritone Roger Bart
Marianne An attractive and focused journalist. Insecure underneath it all. Pop belt Kerry Butler
Sister Mary Downy Awkward, judgmental nun with a gambling addiction. Pop belt Jennifer Simard
Shirley Lovable and jolly Jewish woman.  Maury’s wife. Dancing a plus. Great comedic actress.   Faith Prince,

Mary Testa,
Judy Gold,
Annie Golden

Maury Lovable and jolly. Shirley’s dedicated husband.   Kevin Chamberlin
Levora A flamboyant and glamorous faded disco diva. Pushy and sassy but in love with her sweet dog. Pop belt Lacretta Nicole
Jackie An aging but still sexy showgirl and now lounge singer. Dumb but honest. Goldie Hawn-esque.   Rachel York
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. High Belt with vibrato Baylee Littrell
Ensemble (Many with featured solos) Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles. Great comedic chops, good dance ability and strong voices needed.
Workmen, Casino Guests, Victims, Staff, Taxi Driver, Cotton Candy Vendor, Chef, Traci, Wealthy Husband, Wealthy Wife, Blinded Woman, etc.


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

1970’s Songs featured in Disaster!
(Linked to Wikipedia)

Additional questions may be directed to education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

 

 

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Auditions for Play, “Boeing Boeing”

Auditions

The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater is seeking 2 men and 4 women for Marc Camoletti’s farce, Boeing Boeing.  

Auditions will be Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00PM, and will be held at the Broadview Heights Cultural Arts Building, Home of the Spotlights Theater, 9543 Broadview Road (on the Broadview Center property, next to the Police Department).  No appointment needed.

The show runs weekends, April 28 – May 13.

Please bring a current headshot, resume, and list of conflicts from February 27 through May 13. Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script.

The show will be directed by Brenton Cochran.  Questions may be directed to him via email at fashionlovestheatre@gmail.com.

Download a flyer from the director here: Boeing Audition Flyer

Play Synopsis

It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.

Winner! 2008 Tony Award®, Best Revival of a Play

Characters

  • Bernard– an architect and lothario
  • Berthe– Bernard’s French Housekeeper
  • Robert– Bernard’s old school chum
  • Jaqueline (or Gabriella)– the French fiancée and air hostess
  • Janet (or Gloria)– the American fiancée and air hostess
  • Judith (or Gretchen)– the German fiancée and air hostess
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