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AUDITIONS – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1/19 & 1/20

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by David Ringwood

Auditions: January 19th & 20th at 7pm

Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a story of shenanigans, hijinks, and tomfoolery as a lowly servant endeavors to scheme his way to freedom in this antic romp through Rome with desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and scandalous secrets behind every toga. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This big Roman musical will have you dancing in the aisles with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville!

Sponsored by Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow, & Mayle, LLP

Casting the Musical Comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Seeking talent ages 18 and up.

Directed by David J. Ringwood, Musical Direction by Joel Flowers, Choreography by Denise Wornell.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the plays by Plautus. Originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince.

A fast-paced, musical comedy takes situations from 2000-year-old stories, adds the energy of vaudeville, and the plot twists and mistaken identity of farce to create one classic show.  The clever slave, Pseudolus, plots to earn his freedom by winning the hand of a lovely courtesan for his young master and ends up in quite a few tangled schemes in the process.

Performance Dates and Times: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8pm, Sunday May 10 & 17 matinees at 2pm.

Rehearsals are expected to be Sunday, Monday, & Wednesday starting January 26th depending upon availability. Mandatory: Dress Rehearsal Thursday, April 30, and Tech Week Sunday-Wednesday, April 26-29.

Audition Requirements: Prepare 32 measures of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is encouraged, but not required. Consider the range of the role you wish to be considered for. Please keep it strictly 32 measures or less. Bring your own sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided.

Actors and Actresses of ALL ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Please bring a resume and headshot, if you have one. Please be prepared to provide all potential conflicts from January through May. Actors should be prepared to read from the script, readings will be given at auditions. Please bring appropriate clothing/shoes for a dance/movement audition. Ages are suggestions, we encourage anyone 18 years of age or older to audition!

ROLES:

Pseudolus: A Roman slave, owned by Hero.  Quick-witted and scheming. Male, age 30 to 50. Vocal range: A2-A4.

Senex: An old man and father to Hero and hen-pecked husband to Domina. Male, age 45-60. Vocal range: B2-G4.

Domina:  Senex’s wife. A shrewish woman: controlling, demanding, and manipulative. Female, age 40 -60. Vocal range: B3-F5.

Hero:  The young son of Senex and Domina. Practical, privileged, romantic. Male, age 20-30. Vocal range: B2-G4.

Hysterium: The chief slave in the House of Senex.  Anxious and loyal; the order he so desperately wants for everything eludes him. Male, age 40 to 55. Vocal range: D4-G5.

Erronius: An old man, searching for his lost children. Male, age 45-70. Vocal range: B2-G4.

Miles Gloriosus: A captain in the Roman army. Commanding, boastful, manly and strong. Male, age 25-35. Vocal range: B3-F5.

Lycus:  The buyer and seller of the flesh of beautiful women. Male, age 40 to 50. Vocal range: A3-F5.

Philia: One of Lycus? courtesans, still a virgin. Young, pretty, devoted ingenue. Female, age 18 to 25. Vocal range: B3-G5

ENSEMBLE:

Courtesans (6): Female ensemble from the house of Lycus.

Gymnasia: (Greek for “Athletic”)

Tintinabula: (Latin for “Bells”)

Vibrata: (Latin for “Vibrant”)

Geminae (2): (Latin for “Twins”)

Panacea: (Greek for “Cure All”)

Proteans (3):  Plays multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs).

Any questions please contact director David Ringwood at david.ringwood@countyplayers.org

AUDITIONS – IN A WORD – 1/5/20 at 7pm

In A Word
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Christine Crawfis
Audition Date: January 5, 2020 at 2pm

Grief and comedy collide in this lyrical, absurdist journey on how to get over, get around and get through what haunts you. Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona’s son’s disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.

IN A WORD is part of our CP2 Readers Theatre Series

 

Casting

2m, 1f

FIONA – female, 30s-40s
GUY – male, 30s-40s, Fiona’s husband
MAN – male, multiple people:*
KIDNAPPER* – a guy you’d otherwise hang out with
DETECTIVE* – missing persons detective
TRISTAN* – seven years old, smart, different, maybe has Asperger’s
PRINCIPAL* – Ted, Fiona’s boss
ANDY* – Guy’s friend, a real nice f***er
PHOTOGRAPHER*
OFFICER* – police officer on the day of the kidnapping

* all roles played by Actor #2

A mash-up of “Thelma & Louise” meets “The Odd Couple”! – 12/7 and 12/8

A mash-up of “Thelma & Louise” meets “The Odd Couple”, Jen Silverman’s “The Roommate” for two performances only!

12/7 at 8pm & 12/8 at 2pm
General Admission $10
TICKETS

Sharon is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely.

Season Sponsor: HVCU
Gold Sponsor: Arts Mid Hudson
and Dutchess Tourism
Silver Sponsor: Powerhouse Theatre

“Almost, Maine” Cast List

Presenting the cast of our February, 2020 production of ALMOST, MAINE!
Christian Williams…….Pete, Chad
Joanna Battersby…….Ginette
Paul Coleman…….East, Daniel
Anna Marie Paolercio…….Glory, Hope
Scott Woolley…….Jimmy, Dave
Amy Schaeffer…….Sandrine, Rhonda
Tessa DeBella…….Villian, Deena
Nick Scott…….Steve, Randy
Lisa Delia…….Marvalyn, Shelly
Thomas G. Byrne…….Lendall, Phil
Peggy Ringwood…….Gayle, Marci

 

AUDITIONS for ALMOST, MAINE – 11/17 & 11/18 at 7pm

Almost Maine
by John Cariani
Directed by Kit Colbourn
Audition Date: Sunday November 17 & Monday November 18 at 7pm

It’s midwinter in the not-really-organized town of Almost, Maine, and the average temperature is minus 3° but we find warmth in the cold, under the glow of the northern lights. This very human play takes a look at love, connection, and disconnection in a genuine, funny, and sometimes awkward way. And isn’t that just like love in all its forms?

 

Audition Info:

A short contemporary monologue is encouraged and will be heard, but not required.

Callbacks, if necessary, will take place on Monday the 18th. Everyone will be informed of results afterwards individually.

Please direct any questions to the director at kitcolbourn@gmail.com.

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Character Breakdown:

6 – 8 actors needed to play 19 roles. Roles are wide open with regard to age, gender, ethnicity. Let’s see who shows up!

PETE and GINETTE who have been dating a little while.

EAST, a repairman, and GLORY, a hiker.

JIMMY, an HVAC guy, SANDRINE, his ex-girlfriend, and a salty WAITRESS.

MARVALYN, a woman who is very good at protecting herself, and STEVE, an open, kind fellow whose brother protects him.

GAYLE and LENDALL, longtime girlfriend and boyfriend.

RANDY and CHAD, two “County” boys.

or

DEENA and SHELLY, two “County” girls.

PHIL, a hard-working husband, and MARCI, his hard-working wife.

HOPE, who has traveled the world, and a MAN, who has not.

RHONDA, a tough woman, and DAVE, the not-so tough man who loves her.