Monday, August 13, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre's Season of Comic Relief Continues with “Blithe Spirit”

WHEN: Performances begin August 15*
WHERE
: The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison
TICKETS: $29 for preview performances and begin at $49 for regular performances. Prices range from $29 to $69. The Theatre is proud to bring back its successful 30 UNDER 30 program for the 2018 season. Patrons aged 30 and under can purchase tickets for only $30 with a valid ID, subject to availability.
Patrons can purchase tickets at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by going online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

When an eccentric medium is asked to conduct a séance as an evening’s entertainment at the country home of Charles and Ruth Condomine, their pristine English country house is turned upside down when Elvira, the stylish ghost of Charles’s past wife is conjured up. Hilarious mayhem ensues as the wife from the afterlife and the wife from this life battle over Charles’ affections. One of Coward’s most popular plays, it has not been presented at The Shakespeare Theatre in over 20 years.

The Cast:

After receiving much critical acclaim for his performance as the title character in this season’s opener, Tartuffe, Brent Harris returns to play Charles Condomine. Mr. Harris’ company credits include The Merchant of Venice, Exit the King, The Alchemist, and To Kill a Mockingbird, amongst others. Mr. Harris has appeared in the national tours of The Lion King as Scar and The Screwtape Letters as Screwtape.

Kate MacCluggage makes her STNJ debut as Ruth. She was most recently in the Broadway production of The Farnsworth Invention and was in the entire Off-Broadway run of The 39 Steps. Her regional credits include McCarter Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Center Stage and Theatre for a New Audience.

Last seen on the STNJ stage as Mary Hatch in the holiday favorite It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Susan Maris returns for her seventh season as the spirit Elvira. Her company credits include Much Ado About Nothing, A Christmas Carol, Othello, and The Grapes of Wrath, amongst others. Her film and television credits include Limitless, The Blood Painting, and College Humor.

Tina Stafford returns for her eighth season as the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati. She was last seen opposite Ms. Maris in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and her other company credits include A Christmas Carol, Carnival!, and Oliver Twist. Ms. Stafford recently toured for two years in the first national tour of the Broadway musical Once.

In the role of Dr. Bradman, Ames Adamson returns for his 16th season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Blithe Spirit marks his 20th production with STNJ. He was most recently seen in last season’s Shakespeare in Love.

Margot White will play Mrs. Bradman for her second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Ms. White was most recently seen in Broadway’s Farinelli and the King, and has also performed in Love, Love, Love at Roundabout Theatre and the national tour of Dirty Dancing. Her film and television credits include Unforgettable, Blue Bloods, and The Leftovers.

Rounding out the cast as Edith, the maid with ESP, and making her STNJ Main Stage debut is Bethany Kay. She can currently be seen on the hit show Dietland. She has appeared in Sleep No More in New York, and her additional television credits include Gotham, Boardwalk Empire, and Difficult People.

The Director:

Victoria Mack is in her 10th season with The Shakespeare Theatre and makes her directing debut at STNJ with Blithe Spirit. Her company credits as an actor include Red Velvet, The Guardsman, As You Like It, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Pride and Prejudice, Pygmalion, and many others. She has performed on Broadway in Venus in Fur and Off-Broadway in A Fatal Weakness, A Little Journey, Flight, and Happy Birthday, among others.

The Creative Team:

Blithe Spirit’s design team includes the creative talents of Scenic Designer Charles Calvert, Lighting Designer Michael Giannitti, Costume Designer Hugh Hanson, and Sound Designer Käri Berntson The Production Stage Manager is Alison

Special Performances:

For the same price as a regular ticket, the Symposium Series performances offer a post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For Blithe Spirit, the symposia will be held following the Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 p.m. performances.

The Know the Show pre-show talks are offered free-of-cost. Prior to the show, an artist from The Shakespeare Theatre presents a pre-performance talk providing background information and an inside perspective on the production. This program is free with the purchase of a performance ticket, and for Blithe Spirit will be held on Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m., with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The Shakespeare Theatre now offers Captioned performances and Audio Described performances. Captioned performances will take place the first Sunday performance of every Main Stage production. The captioned performance for Blithe Spirit will be on Sunday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Box Office. The Audio Described performance for Blithe Spirit will be on Sunday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m.

*Performance Times:

  • Tuesdays (7:30 p.m.): August 21 and 28
  • Wednesdays (7:30 p.m.): August 15, 22, and 29
  • Thursdays (8:00 p.m.): August 16, 23, and 30
  • Fridays (8:00 p.m.): August 17, 24, and 31
  • Saturdays (2:00 p.m.): August 18, 25, and September 1
  • Saturday (7:30 p.m.): August 18
  • Saturdays (8:00 p.m.): August 25 and September 1
  • Sundays (2:00 p.m.): August 19, 26, and September 2
  • Sundays (7:30 p.m.): August 19, 26, and September 2

Singers: Audition for the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Chorus to Perform in NORMA

OPEN AUDITION NOTICE:

norma_2_graphicVerismo Opera Chorus to Perform in Bellini's Norma

WHEN: August 22 and 29 and September 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For all auditions, singers must make an appointment in advance by contacting (201) 886-0561 or info@verismopera.org.
WHERE: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 840 Soldier Hill Road in Emerson, New Jersey

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces the Verismo Opera Chorus will holds open auditions for singers in August and September. Professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may apply.

Applicants complete and submit an application HERE.

The Verismo Opera Chorus performs in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's new production of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma on October 28, 2018. The company presents this dramatic work at 3 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Under the direction of Associate Conductor/Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg, the Verismo Opera Chorus performs live singing in Italian. Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning and memorizing the words and music and following detailed staging. The opera is fully staged, and the cast performs in costume accompanied by an orchestra led by Principal Conductor/Music Director Maestra Lucy Arner.

Audition Process

Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants require a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, may also audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus and must read music and have some prior vocal experience singing with a school, choir, or another performing group or organization. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but are not a necessity. Preference is given to applicants with these skills and experiences.

During the audition process, a pitch matching and range exercise assesses each singer's appropriate placement within the chorus. Applicants may bring a short song to perform for the audition. Vocalists accepted to the Verismo Opera Chorus stay for the rehearsal that evening as a trial basis. Singers invited to join the chorus pay a nominal fee of $60 to cover costs for the production's musical score, costumes, and related expenses. 

Accessible Site

The audition site is handicapped accessible and designated handicapped parking is available in the parking lot. Restrooms are available for wheelchair access. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is committed to ensuring its programs and services are accessible. Vocalists requiring a special accommodation or with specific questions about the physical features of a facility where Verismo Opera performs may call (201) 886-0561 at least two weeks prior to the audition.

About New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Fort Lee, New Jersey, has been an integral part of the region’s classical music culture. Led by Metropolitan Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Verismo Opera is the Bergen Performing Arts Center's house opera company. Verismo Opera provides performing opportunities for artists through semi-annual productions and concerts, directs an international vocal competition drawing artists worldwide, and organizes opera workshops and master classes.

For information, visit Verismo Opera's web site, www.verismopera.org; follow the company on Facebook, http://bit.ly/9JXTP8, or Twitter @NJVerismoOpera; or call (201) 886-0561.

Official Jersey City Pride Festival Event: “In Living 90's” @ White Eagle Hall

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, doors open 9 PM, show starts 11 PM
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City
TICKETS: $10 entry before 10, and $15 dollar entry after 10. Come in your best 90's fashion for reduced admission.
It's 21 to enter, but 31 to remember!

Hudson Pride Center and Argentilly, in partnership with Jersey City Theater Center, bring you an official Jersey City Pride Festival Event: In Living 90's, featuring 90's RnB cover group Mixtape.

JCTC Wave Fest Performing Arts Festival

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, doors open 7 PM; show starts 7:30 PM
WHERE: White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City
TICKETS: $15

Sunday, August 12, 2018

SWG/dancetheatre and Jacobs Dance Collective present he Sarah and Whitney Show in Hoboken

MST: Mile Square Theatre

The Sarah and Whitney Show! Fun! Excess! Risk! Live Dancing at MST!

WHEN: August 16th, 17th, & 18th ONLY
WHERE:
Mile Square Theatre, 1400 Clinton St., Hoboken—accessible by car, PATH, New Jersey Transit Trains, NY Waterway Ferry, and New York City bus via the Port Authority (eight minutes door-to-door!). Directions are available at: www.milesquaretheatre.org/visit/)
Tickets

FUN HEAD Brings the fun!Choreographers Sarah Weber Gallo and Whitney Jacobs join forces for this evening-length devotion to all things FUN. As the dancers careen through layers of excess, effort, risk, messiness, laughter, extreme embarrassment, and the inevitable morning after, The Sarah and Whitney Show makes space for our collective need to seek pleasure, companionship, and debauchery. Because WE WANT YOU TO HAVE MORE FUN!

Celebrating effort, excess, risk, and gigantic messes, The Sarah & Whitney Show is devoted to all things FUN! Choreographers Sarah Weber Gallo and Whitney Jacobs invite audiences to Mile Square Theatre for three evenings of free-range dance in celebration of our collective need to seek pleasure, companionship, debauchery, and laughter!

Sarah Weber Gallo is the Artistic Director of SWG/dancetheatre, and the Dance Director for Mile Square Theatre, where her 2016 production The Magic Hour had its world premiere (“Stunning!” - Dance Enthusiast). She is the senior dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center.

Whitney Jacobs is a choreographer, performer, and educator based in New York City. Her choreography has been produced by the 14th Street Y, Joyce Soho, Triskelion Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, Brooklyn Lyceum and the Aronoff Center for the Arts (Cincinnati, OH), among others. Most recently she performed in Ghana with the acclaimed University of Ohio-based West African dance and drum ensemble Azaguno

Featuring SWG/dancetheatre and Jacobs Dance Collective

Estimated run time: 60 minutes
Recommended for all ages

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Summer Meet the Artist reading Wednesday, August 15

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by David Lee White 
directed by Josh Schnetzer

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15th, @ 7 pm
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
ADMISSION: General Admission $10.00 at the door

What would you sacrifice for the people you love?

Ronnie doesn't want help. Valerie and Daryl don't want to reunite. But high school vows bind pretty tightly. Broken promises and dark humor fill David Lee White's new play about friendship, mental illness, and facing the truth.

About the playwright: 

David Lee White

David Lee White is a New Jersey based playwright and educator that has worked with Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, PlayPenn, Rider University and Drexel University as well as many other theatres and theatre programs in the NJ/NY/PA area. He was recently commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Passage Theatre to create the play SANISM, which will premiere in 2017. In the summer of 2015, David creat-ed the show FIVE MINUTES TO PLACES for the McCarter Theatre Education Program's Comedy Conservatory. His play BLOOD: A COMEDY was been produced at Passage Theatre (2009) and Dreamcatcher Rep (2012). David also worked with Passage's Artistic Director June Ballinger to create the mainstage shows TRENTON LIGHTS and PRO-FILES, which made use of interviews with Trenton residents on the topics of race, identity and history in Trenton, NJ. His play SLIPPERY AS SIN also received its world premiere at Passage in 2011. The one-act play WHITE BABY was originally produced at Passage Theatre, then at Emerging Artists Theatre in NY. His newest play REAL TRUE CRIME received a reading in the Hive Exposed series in NY in March of 2015, and his solo show PANTHER HOLLOW will be seen at Dreamcatcher Rep, Drexel University and the United Solo Festival in the NY in the Fall of 2015. 

Since 2005, he has been creating oral-history based plays with Trenton area teens based on social and cultural issues. IF I COULD IN MY HOOD I WOULD... was about inner-city gangs, FIRE GIRLS took on the issue of girl-bullying and URBAN CENTRAL examined the 1967 race riots that took place a Trenton Central High. Subsequent shows in this vein include GET OFF THE BUS and BOBASHELA. He created "Stoop Theatre" with the Trenton High drama club and created the show THIS TRENTON LIFE which was the subject an Emmy-Award nominated broadcast on PCK Media's STATE OF THE ARTS.

David Lee White is the Associate Artistic Director and Resident Playwright at Passage Theatre in Trenton. He also runs the Passage Play Lab which has aided in the development of plays by New Jersey-based playwrights. David is also the curator of the Rider University New Play Festival , an instructor at PlayPenn in Philadelphia and teaches Dramatic Analysis at Drexel University. He is currently working on the play THE FESTIAL QUARTET and the musical LIVE STREAM with singer/songwriter Sarah Donner and director/co-creator Adam Immerwahr. The piece has been workshopped twice at Bristol-Riverside Theatre as part of their "America Rising" series.

What is the Meet the Artist Series?

The new play reading series is a chance for the audience to participate in the development of new works, both to hear the play read by professional actors and also to discuss the project with the playwright, director and actors afterward.  Feedback from these evenings helps the playwrights to further refine their scripts and also gives them a first-hand experience of how the audience will respond to the finished work. These evenings provide a fun and lively way to interact with the creative process, and to receive a preview of plays that may be performed on Dreamcatcher's mainstage in the future.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Dreamcatcher Offers “Meet the Artist” New Play Reading on August 15

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WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm
WHERE
: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
TICKETS: $10, and tickets can be purchased at the door.
The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre.
For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654, www.DreamcatcherRep.org.

The new play reading series is a chance for the audience to participate in the development of new works, both to hear the play read by professional actors and also to discuss the project with the playwright, director and actors afterward.  Feedback from these evenings helps the playwrights to further refine their scripts and also gives them a first-hand experience of how the audience will respond to the finished work. These evenings provide a fun and lively way to interact with the creative process, and to receive a preview of plays that may be performed on Dreamcatcher’s mainstage in the future.

On August 15, Dreamcatcher will present David Lee White’s play Fixed, which was originally commissioned by the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center – John Schreiber, President & CEO. It was presented at Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, and has been revised for this reading. The play asks the question, what would you sacrifice for the people you love? Ronnie doesn’t want help. Valerie and Daryl don’t want to reunite. But high school vows bind pretty tightly. Broken promises and dark humor fill David Lee White’s new play about friendship, mental illness, and facing the truth. The reading, directed by Laura Ekstrand, will feature Gary-Kayi Fletcher, Maria Konstantinidis, Jessica O’Hara-Baker, Amanda Salazar and Harriett Trangucci.

David Lee White is a New Jersey-based playwright and educator that has worked with Passage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Dreamcatcher Rep, PlayPenn, Rider University and Drexel University as well as many other theatres and theatre programs in the NJ/NY/PA area. His work runs the gamut from crowd-pleasing comedy, political satire, oral history-based docudrama, musical theatre, and educational theatre to mental health advocacy. He has also worked to promote NJ area playwrights by organizing developmental opportunities through The Passage Play Lab and The Witherspoon Circle.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Carrie Jackson August Performances

Carrie Jackson & Jazzin' All Stars

WHEN: Saturday, August 11,  8pm-10:30pm; Doors open at 7:30 pm
WHERE:
Salem Road House Café @ Townley Presbyterian Church, 829 Salem Road, Union, NJ
ADMISSION: $20, Includes light refreshments, snacks, beverages, tea, coffee & desserts
908-686-1028
www.roadhousecafe.org 

Dave Braham, piano; Thaddeus Expose, bass; Gordon Lane, drums

Carrie Jackson Quartet

WHEN: Tuesday, August 14, and 28, 8pm-11pm Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover; Food or Beverage Purchase Required
WHERE:
16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
www.16prospect.com
908-232-7820

Carrie Jackson All Star Quartet … Outdoor Concert

WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 7 pm - 9 pm Westfield, NJ
WHERE: First Baptist Church, 170 Elm Street on front lawn, Westfield, NJ
ADMISSION: Free to the Public

Sweet Sounds of Downtown Westfield After Dark...

Dave Braham, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bs Gordon Lane, drums

CARRIE JACKSON’S ANNUAL BIRTHDAY JAM CELEBRATION

WHEN: FRIDAY AUGUST 24, 7 pm-11 pm; Food or Drink Purchase … Required Full Lounge & Bar
WHERE:
St. Josephs Plaza / Priory Restaurant, 233 West Market Street, Newark, NJ. Secure Parking Lot on Premises .. Food plus YOU great combination!
ADMISSION: Free to Public First Come Seating
973-242-8012

Radam Schwartz, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bass, Les Mc Kee, drums

Plus DJ Cecile & Company—Bring Your Dancin’ Shoes & Let's Party

Carrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: August 28, NJ 8pm-11pm. Food or Beverage Purchase Required
WHERE:
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
www.16prospect.com
908-232-7820

Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover

Carrie Jackson…Jazz Vocal Stylist rekindles thoughts of America's great jazz history.

Ms. Jackson has performed at Top Jazz Venues in the metropolitan area also touring in the USA and abroad. Carrie attributes her vocal style of singing to her mentors, the Great Ladies of Jazz, Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Carmen Mc Rae. She has taken all of her mentors and made them a part of her bringing new horizons to this classical art form called Jazz. She is a vocalist and performer who spreads, shares her joy and well-honed expertise on the stage. Ms. Jackson with her multifaceted singing style she can harmonize swing, scat, swings classic jazz standards with sweet soul, wail the blues, ballads, or Gospel, all complimented by her engaging stage presence and graceful moves.

BONJ 2018 SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCLUDES AUGUST 19

Fresh Breezes
Orchestra Concert Music of Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Mendelssohn

World Premiere: John Alexander - Piano Concerto #2

WHEN: Sunday, August 19 - 3:00 PM
WHERE:
Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey
Orchestra Concert - tickets

Pianist John Pivarnik will perform two exciting concerti. First will be Concerto in G minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by the World Premiere of Piano Concerto #2 by John Alexander. Alexander's style is modeled on the dynamic contrapuntal flow of the music of Bach.

Soprano Dominika Zamara returns to BONJ following performances in Italy as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni and and as Fanny in Rossini's La Cambiale di matrimonio. She will sing arias from these two operas.

Pianist Sherwin Pan, a winner in the 2018 Pearl & Julius Young Music Competition, will perform the allegro movement from Mozart's Piano Concerto #24.

The concert concludes with Felix Mendelssohn's moving Symphony #5 - The Reformation Symphony.

HAIR in Concert: A Collaboration with Remember Jones Tony-Nominated Stars Join Cast

HAIR in Concert

WHEN: August 15 and 16 at 8 pm, August 18 at 10 pm and August 19 at 3 pm
WHERE:
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of HAIR on Broadway, the Axelrod PAC presents HAIR in Concert

The concert will star two Tony-nominated performers, Constantine Maroulis as Berger and Mary Bridget Davies as Sheila in addition to Remember Jones singing the role of Claude.

A Brooklyn-born New Jersey transplant, Constantine gained national attention as a finalist on American Idol and then went on to star on Broadway in Rock of Ages, a performance that led to his first Tony nomination. The New York Times praised him for possessing “a soulful, pure and intense voice.” He played the lead in Jekyll and Hyde on Broadway opposite Deborah Cox. As a producer he received a Tony nomination for the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening.

Mary Bridget Davies was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of rock legend Janis Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin on Broadway in 2014. A true rocker, Mary Bridget has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Issak, Stevie Nicks, The Waifs and many more.

Remember Jones considers HAIR one of his favorite musical-theater pieces, having directed it twice in the past. “Now more than ever these songs and themes speak to us all. My band and I are psyched to put our spin on these iconic tunes. And I’m thrilled to be sharing the stage with two amazing rock singers, Constantine and Mary Bridget, two friends who the band and I have collaborated with in the past.”

Don't Miss UCPAC’s Annual Mayor's Concert Series Sale

DON'T FORGET... TRENTON PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET SUMMER MARKET HAPPENS THIS SATURDAY AT NESHAMINY CREEK BREWING COMPAY IN CROYDON, PA!

WHEN: Saturday August 11, 2018, noon – 7 PM
WHERE:
Neshaminy Creek Brewery. 909 Ray Ave., Croydon PA

Join us for this highly-curated Summer Shopping Extravaganza featuring vendors selling Handmade, One-Of-A-Kind Items, Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Vinyl and Cassettes, Silkscreen Posters and T-shirts, Taxidermy, Vintage Toys, Antiques
and Curio, Handmade Jewelry, Oddities and more!

FOOD TRUCKS INCLUDE: House of Cupcakes / Papermill - Home of the Spurrito / Mom Mom's Polish Food Cart / Rita's Water Ice / Dr. Wuzit's Wonderballs

AFTER PARTY WITH: Krhissy (Reunion!) / Don't Sleep (Dave Smalley!), Sick Panda / Only On Weekends

DIRECTIONS FROM YOUR LOCATION: Click here for Exact Directions from Your Location!

Stay tuned to our website at www.trentonprfm.com for all our upcoming 2018 events and dates!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

THE BARN THEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR “URINETOWN”

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WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM; Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Drive, Montville
www.barntheatre.org

Set in the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets (owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company). The poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom they all pray for. A brilliant musical satire modeled off the plays of Weill and Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

Please prepare a short song, and bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. Director and musical director may not need to hear the entire song.

CAST BREAKDOWN

  • Officer Lockstock: The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways. Gender: Male Age: 35 to 55 Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Penelope Pennywise: The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell's one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper. Gender: Female Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: C6 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Bobby Strong: The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 35 Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Little Sally: A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play's logic. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Dr. Billeaux: Head of Research and Development at UGC. Optional Doubling as TINY TOM. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 50 Vocal range top: A3
    Vocal range bottom: E3
  • Mr. Mcqueen: Cladwell's sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 45 Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Senator Fipp: A greedy politician in Cladwell's pocket. A bumbling coward. Gender: Male Age: 40 to 55 Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: C#3
  • Officer Barrel: Lockstock's patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: G2
  • Hope Cladwell: Cladwell's ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father's evil. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Joseph "Old Man" Strong: Bobby's rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution. Optional Doubling as HOT BLADES HARRY. Gender: Male Age: 40 to 65
  • Tiny Tom: One of the Poor, he is an idiotic man-child. Optional Doubling as DR. BILLEAUX. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Soupy Sue: One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked. Optional Doubling as CALDWELL'S SECRETARY. Gender: Female Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
  • Little Becky Two-shoes: One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory. Optional Doubling as MRS. MILLENIUM. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 40 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
  • Caldwell B. Cladwell: The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor. Gender: Male Age: 50 to 65 Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Josephine "Ma" Strong: Bobby's mother and Joseph's wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. Optional Doubling as OLD WOMAN. Gender: Female Age: 55 to 65 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
  • Hot Blades Harry: One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon. Optional Doubling as JOSEPH "OLD MAN" STRONG. Gender: Male Age: 45 to 60 Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org

The Barn does not charge a participation fee.

***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.

The Barn is an all-volunteer organization, we are unable to provide housing or offer remuneration.