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CP2 – Molly Sweeney and Mary’s Wedding – Dec 3 – 5

MOLLY SWEENEY
By Brian Freil
Directed by Cindy Topps
Saturday December 4 (8pm) and Sunday December 5 (2pm)

Three points of view about a poignant drama are related by three characters addressing the audience directly. First there is Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight. Her husband, Frank, who pushed Molly into this operation, relates his view of his wife’s journey into sightedness and his dealings with her doctor. Molly’s once-famous eye surgeon, Mr. Rice, watches both Molly and Frank and reveals his opinion of them along with his own fears in handling the operation. Through it all we see each character’s painful and happy histories, their memories and the events that led them to meet. Their stories interweave on stage, threading in and around each other’s lives, until the unexpected and touching conclusion to this striking tale.

MARY’S WEDDING
By Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Christine Crawfis
Friday December 3 (8pm) and Saturday December 4 (2pm)

A love story set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival, a moving memorial to both the Great War and great love.

 

 

 

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“Every empty theatre seat is a missed opportunity to change a life.”

THE PRICE opens on Nov 5!

THE PRICE
By Arthur Miller
Directed by James Steinmeyer

Friday, November 5, 12, 19 (8pm)
Saturday, November 6, 13, 20 (8pm)
Sunday, November 14 (2pm)
Saturday, November 20 (2pm)

A play about the price of furniture. In the attic of a Manhattan brownstone, filled with sheet-draped furniture, piles of books, rolled up carpets, and an old Victrola, the lives of four people converge on one late afternoon and all are changed by the encounter. One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller’s The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.

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Seven Keys to Baldpate – Auditions Nov 7 & 8 at 7pm

COVID AUDITION PROTOCOL: At this time, all actors must be Fully Vaccinated for Covid OR prepared to provide recent (72 hours) negative Covid tests on a regular basis. When you arrive for the audition, please be masked and prepared to show proof of vaccination OR a recent (72 hours) negative Covid test. The stage manager will provide the audition form (or you may download it from this page, print, fill it out, and bring it with you to the audition.)

SCHEDULE: Be prepared to list all possible conflicts. Rehearsal schedule will be respectful of performers’ time and conflicts. Please note, due to Covid restrictions, fully vaccinated actors planning to audition are asked to carefully consider travel out of state during rehearsals or performances.  County Players will follow current CDC guidelines for domestic and international travel restrictions for Fully Vaccinated individuals. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.  Note: There are separate sections for both domestic and international travel which are updated as Covid-19 levels fluctuate.

Once inside the theatre, you may be unmasked (if fully vaccinated) and/or to read for the audition.

SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE
By George M. Cohan
Based on the novel by Earl Derr Biggers
Directed by Kit Colbourn

Auditions: Sunday November 7 (7pm) & Monday November 8 (7pm)

One of the most successful plays of the early 20th century, George M. Cohan created a new style of play which baffled and delighted audiences when Seven Keys to Baldpate opened in 1913: a melodrama crossed with a farce tied up in a mystery. The play tells the story of a novelist, William Magee, who locks himself away in a snowbound hotel for 24 hours in an effort to win a bet with the hotel’s owner that he cannot write an entire novel during his short stay. The owner assures Magee that he has the only key, but Magee will discover over the course of the evening that there are several other keys, all in the possession of a collection of quirky, crazed characters involved in an increasingly bizarre scheme to steal millions.

Audition Information:

Age ranges are not rigid, and subject to “who looks right with whom” at auditions.

COMPLETELY OPEN to non-traditional casting. Within parameters, all ages and ethnicities encouraged to audition! (see age ranges for each character)

11M, 4W

The play was written in 1913 so the language and jargon may seem unfamiliar.
It’s about a bet, a friendly wager between well-to-do friends:  write a novel in 24 hours in a remote setting, without any interruptions. And of course there are MANY interruptions and hilarity ensues. Some have called this play a precursor to the modern “sitcom.” A situation in which likeable characters must navigate many obstacles and surprises to achieve the desired outcome.

Elijah Quimby, the caretaker of Baldpate Inn (a “local character, classic New Englander”) – 40s-60s

Mrs. Quimby, the caretaker’s wife (a “local character,” classic New Englander) – 40”s-60s

William Hallowell Magee, the novelist, (romantic interest, quick witted, quick speaker, intelligent, a bit cynical of his own work, falls for Mary Norton) – older 20s-40s

John Bland, the millionaire’s right-hand man (blustery, insecure, quick tempered) – 30s-60s

Mary Norton, the newspaper reporter, (romantic interest, smart, not particularly looking for love, career-first, but falls for Magee) – 20s-40s

Mrs. Rhodes, the charming widow (high strung, friend of Mary’s) – 30s-young 50s

Peters, the Hermit of Baldpate – 50s-70s

Myra Thornhill, the blackmailer, (attractive, ambitious, says she’s wife of Railroad President) – upper 20-30s

Lou Max, the mayor’s man “Friday” (ambitious, paranoid) – 30s-50s

Jim Cargan, the crooked mayor of Reuton (about to marry Mrs Rhodes) – 40s-50s

Thomas Hayden, the president of the R. and E. Suburban R.R. (a bit slimy and grasping) – 40s-60s

Jiggs Kennedy, Chief of Police of Asquewan Falls, (blustery, efficient) – 40s-60s

Hal Bentley, the Owner of the Baldpate Inn, Magee’s friend – 30-50s

Two Cops

Audition Sheet Fillable:

Audition_Form_Seven_Keys

Audition Sides:

Bentley-Owner

Cargan-Max-Hayden

Hayden-Magee

Kennedy-Cargan-Magee

Magee-Bland

Magee-Mary-Mrs Rhodes

Magee-Peters

Mary-Magee

Myra-Magee

The Quimbys

 

CP2 Mini Festival #1 Opens This Weekend!

THE CHILDREN
By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Jeffery Battersby
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8pm
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2pm

In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.

 

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A NUMBER
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Louisa Vilardi
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8pm
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2pm

Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.

 

 

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