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

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

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.

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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.

 

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