Auditions for “A Killer Party” – Spotlights’ Virtual 2021 Summer Youth Production

Accepting Virtual Video Auditions
Now through April 9, 2021

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

The Broadview Heights Spotlights 2021 virtual youth production is A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical. 

A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical premiered digitally on August 5, 2020, as a fully-produced (from home!) 9-episode Broadway star-studded musical in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This hilarious and irreverent send-up of the classic Murder Mystery features music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and a book by Kait Kerrigan and Rachel Axler.  The Spotlights Production will be co-directed by Tim Anderson & Ryan Bergeron and co-produced by Karen Johnston & Peggy Newton.

Interested actors, ages 13 – 21, may submit a video audition through April 9, 2021.  Rehearsals will begin mid-April via Zoom.  Cast members will be asked to pick up props and costumes at the Broadview Heights Spotlights building.  Some filming and recording may be conducted in-person, adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines. The show will be available for streaming from June 18 – July 18 on Showtix4u.com. 

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

Audition Video Requirements:

  • Provide a 2- to 3- minute video that showcases your vocal ability.  (i.e. Bring. It!)
  • The song should be in the style of the show (pop/rock/modern musical theater.) (The album is streamable on Spotify and Amazon Music, as well as at the MTI website.)
  • Sing with an accompaniment (Karaoke) track. It is strongly suggested that the track be played through a second speaker positioned behind you. A cappella auditions will not provide us with the information we are looking for about your vocal ability.
  • Position the camera so that it shows you from your waist to approximately 4 inches above your head.
  • Make sure you are well-lit without any weird shadows.
  • The video should be submitted as an upload or an accessible web link (i.e. YouTube) on the audition form.

What We’re Looking For in Your Video Audition:

  • We want to see you! The real you. Show us who you are and what you can do. We are not looking for you be a character.
  • Interpret the importance that the song has to you. Make personal connections to the lyrics and use your whole self to communicate meaning.
  • Be confident. Your preparation should prepare you to present the best possible version of you in the audition.
  • Please do not use costumes or props to “enhance” your audition. (Ever. For any reason.)

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

Roles

DETECTIVE CASE
(pronouns: she/her): A latter day version of Justine, now a grand dame of policework who is alternately procrastinating and writing her memoirs.
FEATURED FEATURED SONGS: Sleuth In Duluth, Boom! Shout! (Reprise), Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)

VARTHUR MCARTHUR—ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
(pronouns: he/him): Once a Gavroche on Broadway (and not seen on Broadway since), this director is now in Middle America bringing culture to Philistines. Pompous, arrogant, loves being a big fish in a little town.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Ringmaster
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, A Killer Party (Reprise)

JUSTINE CASE—DETECTIVE
(pronouns: she/her): Lowly metermaid promoted to detective when everyone else on the force is unavailable. This is her big break and she’s determined and quirky. The suspects have disdain for her because she has ticketed them all. Knows nothing about theatre.
FEATURED SONGS: Today’s Detective, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!, Boom! Shout! (Reprise), Hands Out, Process of Elimination, Sleuth In Duluth (Reprise)

CLARKE STAPLES—STAGE MANAGER
(pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Has been working as a stage manager, assistant director, assistant to the director, box office manager, concessions, barback, and typist for Varthur for ten years. Beleaguered and loyal, could he have finally snapped?
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Stowaway
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Boom! Shout! The Lights Went Out!

SHEA CRESCENDO—DESIGNER
(pronouns: he/him, she/her, they/them): Works at theater full-time—costumes, sets; a visionary with too few resources. Shea goes all the way with everything they do, whether they’re designing a show or playing a role in the murder mystery dinner party. It’s all or nothing for Shea.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Trapeze Artist
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Circus On the Sea, Shipload Of Fools

VIVIKA ORSONWELLES—LEADING LADY
(pronouns: she/her): Pharmacist by day, star by night. When she finds out that Varthur cast Lily, an ambitious upstart, as the lead in the murder mystery dinner party instead of her, she is fuming. Is she mad enough to take revenge?
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Clown
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Wait for My Cue, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You

GEORGE MURDERER—LEADING MAN
(pronouns: he/him): A trust-fund kid who fancies himself a musical theater writer. In fact, he believes he has written the next Hamilton. The AD has been stringing him along, taking his family’s money, making him think that they would be doing his musical next. When the cast list went out and it wasn’t for his musical, he was livid.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Ship Captain
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Never Miss My Mark, I Did It For You

LILY WRIGHT—INGENUE
(pronouns: she/her): Real Estate Broker by day and aspiring leading lady by night. She’s tired of playing second fiddle to Vivika. She wants her own spotlight and tonight she’s finally gotten it.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Sexy Lion Tamer
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Songus Interruptus, Hands Out

CAMERON MITCHELLJOHN—ALWAYS IN THE CHORUS
(pronouns: he/him): Cameron took off work tonight—as a cater/waiter—because Varthur promised him a role in the Murder Mystery. Only, lo and behold, he’s playing the mute Steward —so he’s still taking coats, serving canapes, and waiting for his moment to shine.
MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME: Steward
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Stuck, Breathe, Big Cat

JOAN MCARTHUR—DIRECTOR’S WIFE
(pronouns: she/her): An estate lawyer, who prefers to work with dead people, Joan has bankrolled this entire theater venture and she’s fed up. She’s been trying to sell the building and everything they own goes to her in Varthur’s will.
NO MURDER MYSTERY COSTUME—she would rather die.
FEATURED SONGS: A Killer Party, Live Out Loud

JEREMY JORDAN—A fantasy version of himself
(pronouns: he/him)
FEATURED SONG: Big Cat

This production will include an Off-Screen Chorus that provides background vocals for A Killer Party, Today’s Detective, Stuck, Circus on the Sea, Hands Out, Shipload of Fools, Process of Elimination.

Links

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

Additional questions not answered here may be mailed to Tim Anderson at education@broadview-heights-spotlights.org.

Spotlights Nominated for 14 BroadwayWorld.com Cleveland Awards

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The Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater has been nominated for 14 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards (Cleveland).  In addition to our recent, productions of  Ragtime and The Secret Life of Girls, the Spotlights Theater also been nominated in several “Of the Decade” categories.  Local BroadwayWorld editors set the categories and readers of the website nominated their favorites in October.

Voting is open through December 31, 2020.  It takes about 10 minutes, and you need to confirm your vote by clicking on a link sent to you email for it to count.

Click here to visit the site.

The Spotlights Nominations Include:

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – BEST ENSEMBLE

  • RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – COMMUNITY THEATRE OF THE DECADE

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BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL OF THE DECADE

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

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – FIRST THEATRE YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO

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BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – PERFORMER OF THE DECADE

  • Ryan Bergeron – RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • Tim Anderson MAN OF LAMANCHA (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2018)
  • Peggy Newton – QUEEN OF THE MIST (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2016)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL OF THE DECADE

  • RAGTIME (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • THE WHO’S TOMMY (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2019)
  • DISASTER THE MUSICAL (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2017)
  • QUEEN OF THE MIST (Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater – 2016)

BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – THEATRE COMPANY OF THE DECADE

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BROADWAYWORLD CLEVELAND AWARDS – TOP STREAMING PRODUCTION/PERFORMANCE

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

Best of luck to all nominees!

Auditions for “The Secret Life of Girls” – Virtual Performance


Virtual, Zoom Auditions:

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 – 10:00PM
Thursday, August 13, 7:00 – 10:00PM

The Broadview Heights Spotlights is holding auditions for “The Secret Life of Girls”, a virtual performance being streamed in October 2020. This show will be directed by Brenton Cochran and Kayleigh Joyce.
The Secret Life of Girls has an all-female cast, so we are seeking 10 women ages 13 and up.
Auditioners will be reading selections from the script via Zoom. Selections and Zoom meeting information will be emailed to you prior to your audition time.
Important Note: All rehearsals and production components will be held 100% digitally, so a device with a webcam and microphone and reliable internet access is necessary.
Please sign up for an audition slot HERE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4da9ac2fa3f9c25-auditions
For additional information, please email the directors.

About the Show

“I’m going to tell you a secret… and I don’t want you to tell.
The secret is about me… about my life… how it will

never be the same again.”

In this honest and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl angst, a window is opened into the tumultuous and
destructive world of girls’ bullying. Abby seeks to gain acceptance as the newest member of the school
championship volleyball team. As she and her teammates struggle to find a friend, a place in the group and
themselves, their jockeying for position is sometimes humorous and often heartbreaking. Invitations are
extended or withheld, individual friendships sacrificed to collective judgments, and alliances formed and
changed daily as they careen from exclusion to isolation to acceptance and back again.

Bullying in the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, using friendship as a weapon, name-calling, exclusion,
spreading rumors, backbiting, clinging to cliques and manipulation are prevalent. The adults in the girls’ lives
are either unable or unwilling to change their behaviors. Though desperately concerned, Abby’s mother is
unable to make contact with her daughter, while the volleyball coach and team mom enable rather than work to
effect change. When faced with the consequences of their actions, the girls ultimately resolve… one by one… to
change their behaviors.

Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, the play highlights the impact of
“cyberbullying,” the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, text and instant
messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. The portrayal of the sobering reality of these girls’ lives can start a
conversation in homes, schools and communities, providing the opportunity to reveal the secrets and address the
complexities which dominate the lives of many young women.

 

Character Breakdown

ABBY, an adolescent girl
ABBY’S MOM
REBECCA, an adolescent girl
KAYLA, an adolescent girl
SUTTON, an adolescent girl
ANNA MARIE, an adolescent girl
STEPHANIE, an adolescent girl
COACH
SUTTON’S MOM
CHANDLER, the new girl

Soup, Sandwich, & Show with Santa

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Sunday, April 7
2:00 – 6:00PM

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

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

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

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

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

Those auditioning should:

  • Plan to attend only one night of auditions.
  • Be familiar with the show and its music, language, and themes.
  • Prepare two one-minute, contrasting songs (one up-tempo, one ballad), at least one of these should be a rock song in the style of the show.
  • Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched in a three-ring binder.  Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella.
  • Bring a list of conflicts between April 22 and June 30 (including all school concerts, lessons, practices, games, family obligations, etc.).

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

 Synopsis

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

Links

Character List

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

Name Description Vocal Range
Mrs. Walker

 

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

G3 – D6

Captain Walker

 

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

F3 – C#5

Uncle Ernie

 

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

G2 – Bb4

Tommy/Narrator

 

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

Db3 – B4

Cousin Kevin

 

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

Ab2 – B4

Gypsy

 

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

G3 – F5

The Specialist

 

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

G#3 – F4

Sally Simpson

 

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

F3 – D5

Highly Featured Ensemble Roles Including:

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

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

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

Auditions for “Dancing at Lughnasa”

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

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

Spotlight on Spotlights 2016

Spotlight on Spotlights
OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, June 25, 2016
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Broadview Heights Spotlights Theater
9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH  44147
(next to the police station)

Please come and join us for an afternoon of fun and learning more about our hidden gem!

  • Bi-Annual Membership Meeting
  • Musical preview from our upcoming musical, Queen of the Myst.
  • Help choose our 2017 season! Bring $5 and suggest a show or drop 25 cents in to vote for one that has already been suggested.
  • Sing along to your favorite songs with Deborah “Ingy” Ingersoll.
  • Learn how you can be involved at the Spotlights Theater.
  • Observe theatrical demonstrations.
  • Participate in a raffle.
  • Enjoy some great complimentary food with great company!

12:45PM – Sound and Light Demonstration

1:00PM – Annual General Membership Meeting

1:45PM – Makeup Demonstration

2:15PM – Sound and Light Demonstration 

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