Auditions for “Disaster!”

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 – 10:00PM

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 – 10:00PM

Sign up for an audition slot here.

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

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

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

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

Those auditioning should:

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

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

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

Roles
(Ages listed are those of the character.)

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

Links

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

Original 1970’s Songs featured in Disaster!

Sign up for an audition slot here.

Auditions for “Unnecessary Farce”

AUDITIONS

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

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

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

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

PERFORMANCES

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

CALLBACKS

  • TBD (if needed)

PREPARATION

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

CAST REQUIREMENTS

7 Roles: 4 male, 3 female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REHEARSALS

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

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

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

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

Auditions for “Silent Sky”

Wednesday, March 9 from 7:00 – 9:00PM

Thursday, March 10 from 7:00 – 9:00PM

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

Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

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

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Character Breakdown 

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

For More Information

Please click here to sign up for an audition slot.

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

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

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

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

Synopsis:

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

All Roles Available:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

Auditions for Local Lore Ghost Walk 2021

Monday, August 30, 2021

7:00 – 9:30 PM

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

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

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

Auditions for “Into the Woods”

BY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT:

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

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

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

Sign Up!

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

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

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

From mtishows.com:

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

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

Character List

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

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

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

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Virtual, Zoom Auditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to register for Sunday auditions.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Roles

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

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

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

Directed by Tim Anderson

Produced by Ryan Bergeron & Brenton Cochran

Costumed by Katie Simon Atkinson & Jill Kenderes

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Click here to register for Sunday auditions.

Auditions for “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

 

 

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 dahveed2011@gmail.com.

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.

 

 

Auditions for “Ragtime”

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 – 5:00PM
Monday, August 12, 7:00 – 10:00PM

Sign up for an audition slot here.

Auditions will be held by appointment on  Sunday, August 11 from 2:00 PM– 5:00PM and Monday, August 12 from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. Auditioners should sign up for an audition slot at www.broadview-heights-spotlights.org.  Invited callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Wednesday, August 14.    Rehearsals will begin the week of September 22.  The show runs November 8 – 23 and will be the performed in the Spotlights’ new 3200-square-foot flexible theater space!

This musical is set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, weaving together three distinctly American tales – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair… and what it means to live in America.

Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical, and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.

The show will be directed by Tim Anderson and music directed by Ryan Bergeron.  Performers of all ethnicities (ages 15 and up) are invited to audition.

The roles of Tateh and Mother have been cast; all other roles are open. There are a small number of roles available for younger performers, and those interested should contact the director directly at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

Those auditioning should:

  • Sign up for an audition slot here.
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to their audition slot to complete an audition form.
  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.
  • Be familiar with the show and its music and themes.
  • Prepare two brief (up to one-minute) contrasting songs (one up-tempo, one ballad), in the style of the show.
  • Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched in a three-ring binder.  Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella.
  • Bring a list of conflicts between September 22 and November 23.

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

Roles
(Genders and ages listed are those of the character.)

Coalhouse Walker, Jr. Male
African-American
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: G2 – A4
A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build.
Sarah Female
African-American
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range: G#3 – F#5
Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance.
Booker T. Washington Male
African-American
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range: D3 – Eb4
Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives.
Sarah’s Friend Female
African-American
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range: D3 – D5
A friend of Sarah’s who attends her funeral.
Emma Goldman Female
Russian-American.
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range: B3 – D5
Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman.
Father Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range: A2 – F4
Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancying himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner.
Younger Brother Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range: B2 – F#4
Mother’s younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings.
Grandfather Male
Age: 60 to 70
Mother’s very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything.
Harry Houdini Male
Hungarian-American
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: E3 – G4
The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the ‘American Dream.
Evelyn Nesbit Female
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range: B3 – D5
Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high-profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage.
Henry Ford Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range: D4 – F5
an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company
J.P. Morgan Male
Age: 60 to 65
the rich, famous financier
Willie Conklin Male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range: D4 – F5
A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse’s car
Little Girl
(Email Director)
Female
Latvian-American
Age: 7 to 10
Vocal range: C4 – Bb4
Tateh’s daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much.
Little Boy
(Email Director)
Male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range: E4 – D5
Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Ensemble A highly featured, diverse group of Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Harlem Citizens, Immigrants To America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers
Mother This role has been cast. The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others.
Tateh This role has been cast. The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve but remains optimistic.

 

Full Synopsis

Act One

We are introduced to the social and political climate of the United States in the early twentietth century by meeting a parade of characters – famous celebrities and private citizens of the time. First, we visit New Rochelle, New York, to meet a well-to-do white family: Mother, Father, their Little Boy, Mother’s Younger Brother and Grandfather. Next, we go to Harlem to meet Coalhouse Walker, Jr., a ragtime pianist, and his admirers. Immigrants arrive at Ellis Island, where we meet Tateh, an artist who makes silhouettes, and his Little Girl. The lives of these three American families are entwined with Booker T. Washington, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Evelyn Nesbit and Emma Goldman. Whites, African Americans, immigrants and celebrities are set on a collision course from the opening number (“Ragtime”).

Father is accompanying Admiral Peary on a trip to the North Pole. At the dock, he consoles Mother that everything will be the same upon his return, but Mother is not convinced (“Goodbye My Love”). On its way out of the harbor, Father’s ship passes a rag ship filled with immigrants, arriving in New York. Tateh and the Little Girl are on board. Tateh and Father wave to one another; Father admires the immigrants for their naive bravery in coming to a new land, and Tateh questions Father’s reasons for leaving the place that he has worked so hard to find. Simultaneously, Mother wonders what this year without her husband will bring (“Journey On”).

Mother’s Younger Brother is in love with Evelyn Nesbit. He is frustrated and lost, searching for meaning in his life and hoping to find it in her. Her show is a vaudeville act that tells the true story of her lover’s murder by her famous husband (“Crime of the Century”). Younger Brother goes to all of her shows. One day, after the show, Younger Brother approaches her, but she dismisses him.

The scene shifts to Mother and the Little Boy in the garden. The Little Boy wants to see Houdini, as he has a cryptic message for him: “Warn the duke.” While he begins to read her Father’s letter, mother makes a shocking discovery – there is a newborn African-American child buried in the flowerbed. The police arrive on the premises with Sarah, the mother of the child. Rather than let Sarah go to prison, Mother takes Sarah and the child into her own home (“What Kind of Woman”).

With many other immigrants, Tateh and The Little Girl disembark at Ellis Island, full of hope (“America”). Tateh sets up his business on the Lower East Side, selling paper silhouettes of celebrities for a nickel each. Emma Goldman chastises him for selling one of J.P. Morgan, the epitome of capitalism. J.P. Morgan enters the scene and metaphorically crushes the immigrants, but Harry Houdini magically swoops in as an emblem of immigrant triumph. Time passes, Tateh becomes less idealistic – he is still poor and the Little Girl is sick. When a man tries to buy the Little Girl, Tateh has reached rock bottom. He swears to make a better life for himself and his child (“Success”).

Far Uptown, the people of Harlem celebrate the great musician, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (“His Name Was Coalhouse Walker”). He tells his friends the story of how he loved and lost Sarah, but reveals that he’s just found out where she might be living and is determined to win her back (“Getting’ Ready Rag”). Henry Ford appears to tell us of his new method of mass production and his most famous product – the Model T (“Henry Ford”). A new car rolls off of the assembly line, and Coalhouse drives off in search of Sarah.

Back in New Rochelle, Mother and the Little Boy wait at the train station, on their way to New York City to take care of the family business while Father is away. Tateh and the Little Girl wait across the tracks for a train to Boston. Mother and Tateh greet one another, and Tateh is surprised to be treated with respect (“Nothing Like the City”). The Little Boy has a premonition that they will see Tateh and the Little Girl again, but Mother tells him that is absurd.

On his way to New Rochelle, Coalhouse encounters a group of hostile volunteer firemen who threaten him for being cocky by driving past them in his new car. Meanwhile, Sarah, living in Mother’s attic, begs her infant’s forgiveness for her desperation – trying to explain what drove her to such an unimaginable act (“Your Daddy’s Son”). When Coalhouse arrives at Mother’s home, Sarah will not see him.

Coalhouse returns every Sunday for weeks, wooing Sarah with his ragtime tunes and winning over Mother, Grandfather and the Little Boy (“The Courtship”). Father returns from the North Pole to find a very different household from the one he left. He cannot wrap his head around the facts that his wife is independent, his family is accepting of the African-American courtship happening in his living room and there is ragtime music coming from his piano (“New Music”).

Finally, Sarah comes down to see Coalhouse and they reunite. Coalhouse tells Sarah of his admiration for Booker T. Washington’s achievements and, together, he and Sarah imagine a future for their child (“Wheels of a Dream”). Meanwhile, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Tateh has lost sight of the American dream and now works at a mill 64 hours a week. In Union Square, Emma Goldman tries to generate a strike against the oppressive mill owners. Younger Brother happens to hear her speech and is energized to the cause of workers rights – he finally has something in which to believe (“The Night That Goldman Spoke in Union Square”).

A violent labor strike erupts in Lawrence. Tateh intends to put The Little Girl on a train to a safer place, with other children and a chaperone. However, she is so distraught that he jumps on the train with her. He soothes her terror with a flipbook of silhouettes that he has made (“Gliding”). The train conductor notices the book of moving silhouettes and buys it for his own child. Tateh sees this as a wonderful new business idea.

Coalhouse once again encounters the volunteer firemen, and, this time, they do more than threaten him. As Booker T. Washington gives a speech about rising above and holding fast, the men destroy Coalhouse’s car. Coalhouse moves through the legal channels in search of justice for this crime against him, but he is denied at every avenue (“Justice”). He postpones his marriage to Sarah until the matter is resolved. Sarah, out of desperation and naiveté, tries to seek help from a visiting Vice Presidential candidate but is clubbed to death by police, who suspect her of having a gun (“President”). Act One closes with the anger and grief of Sarah’s funeral (“Till We Reach That Day”).

Act Two

Coalhouse mourns the loss of Sarah (“Coalhouse’s Soliloquy”). Seeking vengeance, he shoots three of the firemen who trashed his car, burns their firehouse and demands that the fire chief, Willy Conklin, be brought to justice (“Coalhouse Demands”).

A group of young men joins Coalhouse as he strikes out against the system. Booker T. Washington publicly condemns Coalhouse’s actions. Father goes to the police to tell them what he knows about Coalhouse. Younger Brother, who is moved by the plight of the oppressed and angry about the injustice done to Coalhouse, erupts at Father for working against Coalhouse. He storms out of the house in anger, and Mother, who is still caring for Sarah and Coalhouse’s baby, is deeply upset. In reaction, Father takes the Little Boy to a baseball game. But even this has changed and is now a game, not just for upper class whites, but for immigrants, too (“What a Game”). Meanwhile, Coalhouse’s band of men sets fires around the city. Reporters besiege the family in New Rochelle. Father, thinking that it is time to get away, takes the family to Atlantic City, where Evelyn Nesbit and Houdini both happen to be starring attractions (“Let’s Run Away to Atlantic City”).

In Atlantic City, we discover that Tateh is now a famous film director and has recreated himself as Baron Ashkenazy. His daughter, healthy and beautifully dressed, is by his side. Once again, Tateh meets Mother and tells her the story of his success (“Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.”).

Later, the Little Boy asks Houdini for his autograph and gives him the message: “Warn the duke.” Houdini is confused and intrigued, but the Little Boy runs off. The Little Girl and Little Boy play together as Tateh and Mother watch from the boardwalk (“Our Children”). Tateh reveals his humble origins to Mother, who is moved by his honesty.

In Harlem, Younger Brother searches for Coalhouse and, although the residents are distrustful of him, one of Coalhouse’s men takes him to Coalhouse’s hideout. Meanwhile, drawn by laughter and dancing in a club, Coalhouse thinks of the first time that he met Sarah (“Sarah Brown Eyes”). A blindfolded Younger Brother is brought to Coalhouse’s den. Younger Brother wants to express his sympathy for Coalhouse’s actions but all he can manage to do is offer his knowledge of explosives (“He Wanted to Say”). Coalhouse focuses his rage by taking over J.P. Morgan’s Library. He threatens to blow up the library and all of its treasures, as well as himself and all of his men, one of whom is now Younger Brother. Father tells Mother that he has volunteered to act as a negotiator, and Mother realizes that this experience has irrevocably changed their relationship (“Back to Before”).

Coalhouse and his men barricade themselves inside the library. Emma Goldman applauds this, but Booker T. Washington deplores these actions. Father tells the authorities that Booker T. Washington is the only man to whom Coalhouse will listen. Booker T. is sent into the library to speak with Coalhouse. He chides Coalhouse, both for risking the lives of the young men around him, while leaving his own son to be raised by white men, and for endangering the position of all African Americans by making them seem hot-headed and violent (“Look What You’ve Done”). He assures Coalhouse that, if he surrenders, he will have a fair trial and a forum for his opinions. Coalhouse negotiates the safe passage of his men, including Younger Brother, while Father remains behind in the library. The men protest his decision, but he explains to them that the only way to win the fight is to go out into the world and tell their story (“Make Them Hear You”). When Coalhouse is left alone with Father, he asks about his son. Father promises a safe end to the standoff, but, when Coalhouse exits the building to surrender, he is shot dead by authorities.

The era of ragtime ends. The characters come forward, one by one, to tell us the end of their stories: Younger Brother joins the revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Emma Goldman is deported, Booker T. Washington establishes the Tuskegee Institute, Evelyn Nesbit fades into obscurity, Houdini has the one true mystical experience of his life when he is performing in Sarajevo and the duke is shot, Grandfather dies and Father is killed during wartime. Finally, Mother and Tateh marry and move to California with their children.

As the curtain falls, Little Coalhouse runs into Mother’s arms, and men and women of all nationalities – and races – join Mother on the stage (“Epilogue”).

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