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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER will be directed by Brian Zelinski.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by visiting SunsetPlayhouse.com. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

 

Auditions: Monday, July 23 – Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, July 30 – Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Performances: Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 23, 2018

 

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a

$10 cash deposit.

Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm

Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pmfor auditions.

 

Synopsis

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley are thrilled when Sheridan Whiteside, a brilliant, witty, and widely beloved radio celebrity, accepts their invitation to dinner on his tour through their little town of Mesalia, Ohio. As he leaves their home, he slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip, and a tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the quick-tempered invalid, ex-convicts are invited to meals, and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility.

 

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

 


RICHARD STANLEY (ages 18-25)
 Grown son of Earnest and Daisy, photographer, wishes he could travel and take pictures.

 

JOHN (age 40+) Butler who has been around awhile

 

MR ERNEST W STANLEY(ages 40-60) Rich factory owner, uptight, and put out by the audacity of his guest.

 

DR BRADLEY (age 50+) Whiteside’s local doctor, who diagnoses his injuries by looking at the wrong x rays. He is also a late-blooming author who tries to get Whiteside to read his book, Forty Years an Ohio Doctor.

 

SHERIDAN WHITESIDE (age 40+) A middle-aged, Falstaffian-girthed celebrity. He is a critic, lecturer, and radio personality, the intimate friend of anyone worth knowing. He is an egomaniac who “would see his mother burned at the stake if that was the only way he could light his cigarette.” His cruel wit and penchant for aggressive repartee make him a great comic character, insofar as humor often depends on other people’s misery or discomfort. That he is obviously impossible to live with is amply demonstrated when he disrupts, through his presence, a conservative upper-middle-class household in a small town in Ohio. Most of the time, he acts the consummate tyrant, but a few isolated acts of genuine kindness make him human, although not redeemable. For all of his sins, he remains disdainfully unrepentant.

BERT JEFFERSON (ages 20s-40s) The owner and editor of the Mesalia Journal. He is “an interesting looking young man” who has written a producible play. He naïvely and ambitiously allows himself to be lured by the chance of making it to the big time, even if it means the sacrifice of personal happiness.

 

PROFESSOR METZ (age 30+) “A strange-looking little man,” an entomologist who once lived for two years in a cave with nothing but plant lice. The first of three eccentrics to visit Whiteside during his convalescence, he arrives bearing a gift–a colony of ten thousand roaches.

 

BANJO (ages 30s-50s) A famous Hollywood comedian, a grown-up adolescent. He is as loony off-screen as on (the Marx brothers all wrapped into one) but he good-heartedly allows himself to be the means by which Maggie can retrieve her happiness.

 

SANDY (age 20s) a labor-organizer in Mr. Stanley’s factory, big strong lad.

 

BEVERLY CARLTON (ages 30s-50s) English thespian, songwriter, musician. A Noël Cowardish character who dashes around the world composing and writing plays and being devastatingly charming. His latest comedy, he says, is the best since Molière. He breezes in to visit Whiteside and wish him a “Merry Christmas. He stays about a quarter of an hour, using part of the time to regale him with a number from his new revue. Maggie enlists him in an attempt to lure Jefferson away from Lorraine Sheldon, trying to counter Whiteside’s attempt to break up her romance. (pianist preferred, not required)

 

4 Men, ages 20s-40s, to play multiple smaller & non-speaking roles, including:

Westcott (the head radioman)
Luncheon Guests (prisoners)
Mr. Baker (guard)
Expressman
Radio Technicians
Deputies
A plainclothesman
4 – 6 boys, ages 9-12 

Female Characters

 

MRS DAISY STANLEY (ages 40-60) Always trying to play the hostess and keep her husband from flying off the handle.

 

MISS PREEN (ages 30+) Frantic Nurse attending to Whiteside, not enjoying the task. A spinsterish, humorless prude, she becomes the constant butt of his insults and name-calling, to which she reacts with routine indignation.

 

JUNE STANLEY (ages 18-25) Grown daughter of Earnest and Daisy, wants to get married to Sandy who is starting union trouble at the factory.

SARAH (age 40+) Housekeeper who has been around awhile

 

MRS DEXTER (age 30+) Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley

 

MRS McCUTCHEON (age 30+) Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley

 

MAGGIE CUTLER (ages 20s-40s) Whiteside’s executive assistant, very businesslike most of the time, but also a romantic who falls in love with Bert Jefferson. Whiteside’s private secretary and chief interference runner for the past ten years. In her thirties, she is sarcastic and cynical, and she knows where the bodies are buried. After she meets Bert Jefferson and goes ice skating with him, she decides that the fast lane with Whiteside is infinitely less preferable than conventional delights of domesticity. The fear of losing a good secretary prompts Whiteside to try to destroy the relationship, but her seriousness about her love induces him to help her achieve her goal.

 

HARRIET STANLEY (age 50+) Earnest Stanley’s eerie sister, floats in and out when Whiteside is alone.

 

LORRAINE SHELDON (ages 30s-40s) a snobby actress, young and beautiful, the vicious epitome of the glamorous, brainless, superficial superstar. Whiteside lures her to Ohio by telling her that Jefferson’s play has a marvelous part for her. She thus unwittingly lets herself be used to break up the romance between Jefferson and Maggie. Seducing a man for benefit is, for her, all in a day’s work.

 

**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm.

 

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Milwaukee-based independent filmmaker casting for triptych of short films about meat. These films are intended as three standalone stories, each with a different creative direction. Actors selected for roles will play different characters for each piece. Principal photography is scheduled for summer 2018. Actors must be willing to eat meat on camera.

 

1 male, 20s/30s

1 female, 20s/30s

Actor couples with established chemistry are highly encouraged to submit materials.

 

Please send your headshot and resume to casting@bartolifilm.com for consideration.


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Hey everyone.

 

Tony Wood here, the Combat Theatre veteran and author of A Cudahy Caroler Christmas and Holiday Hell, as well as numerous short films and one-act plays. I’m seeking to collaborate with a composer to try and turn my new, full length play into a musical.

 

Martha and the Dark is a new, two-act fantasy written for young audiences. Inspired by Roald Dahl, The Wizard of Oz and The Phantom Tollbooth, it’s the story of a heroic girl setting out into the world to find her lost brother.  Accompanied by a handful of odd and outlandish characters, Martha has to save her brother before he becomes prisoner of the evil Administrator, a vile woman whose goal is to cover the entire Universe in The Dark.

 

Although light-hearted, funny and fatastical, at the heart of Martha and the Dark is a tale of loss, depression and addiction. And how we all need to turn to those we love to guide us through.

 

If interested, a sysnopsis can be supplied as well as the finished play. We can collaborate face-to-face, through the internet, or a little of both.

 

And of course, with any personal project—no money. Although I do have a relationship and three plays published with playscriptsinc.com, the online play publishing company.

 

I would certainly split any future rights and residuals with the composer.

 

Interested? Email me at: tony@smokingmonkey.net

 

Thanks!

 


psyche

The next exciting original play written and directed by JJ Gatesman, The Beauty of Psyche, is a modern re-imagining of the myth of Cupid’s abduction of Psyche. A cast of 4 actors will use puppetry, stage illusions, and physicality to tell this epic story. Features original music by Amanda Hull and Cole Heinreich.

Rehearsals will run August 21st through September 1st

The first act of the play will be presented at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival on August 26th

The Arcade theater (in the UC) will host the show on weekends September 6th through 22nd

Sign up for a time slot @:
https://signupgenius.com/go/20f084aafa62ba1f58-thebeauty

Characters:

Actor 1-
Psyche: A fiery young woman of intelligence and drive.
-must have basic singing ability

Actor 2-
Boy/Eros: A god who finds himself feeling human emotions and rebelling from the norms of his people
-must have basic singing ability

Actor 3-
Pan: A puckish god of the earth who helps Psyche find her way
-Puppetry

Father: Psyche’s father, a worried, superstitious man manipulated by the gods

Actor 4-
Rose- The goddess of Love, she views Psyche as a rival to her beauty, extremely jealous, loves her son Eros desperately
-Puppetry

Unseen-God of the underworld, a formal mortal turned god against her will


Much

West Bend Theatre Company is currently looking for an actor (age 35+) to fill the role of Leonato for their 1980s version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. This role is open to both men and women. Rehearsals begin 7/2 and performances are 8/23-8/26. If you or someone you know may be interested in the role, please contact the director, Adam Czaplewski, via Facebook messenger, or send an email to adamcza3@gmail.com


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General Auditions for Cabaret Milwaukee’s 2018-19 Season

 

Cabaret Milwaukee Presents our Fourth Full Season of originally written & produced cabaret entertainment blending theatre, live music, vintage news, comedy, and old time radio drama. Structured as a live radio variety show, a long form radio play is presented as a straight play with scenes interspersed between performances by the shows comedians, jingle singers, tap dancers, and crooners all steeped in the era which the show is set.

Our 2018-19 Season will be a re-imagined mounting of our very first trilogy, “The Jealous Revolver,” written by Jackie Benka. “The Jealous Revolver,” is a noir detective drama set in the a sleazy speakeasy in the seedy streets of prohibition era Milwaukee. Love, vengeance, bullets, and booze stimulate this stories intrigue.

We are thrilled to be presenting all three shows this season in The Astor Bar & Grille at The Astor Hotel 901 W. Juneau. Also new to production this year: Cabaret MKE will be recording one show from each episode for later radio broadcast.

PERFORMANCE DATES

The Jealous Revolver, Episode 1
August 31, September 1, 7, 8, 14,15

The Jealous Revolver, Episode 2
November 2, 3, 9,10, 11,16,17

The Jealous Revolver, Episode 3
February 14,15,16, 22, 23, March 1, 2

General Season Auditions for our 2018-19 season will be this coming July 7th and 8th. We are looking for stage actors of all types as well as performers talented in singing, dancing, imitations, or perhaps some other surprising talent!

Depending on the character’s through line, actors for the Play portion may be asked to participate in one, two, or all three productions throughout the season in the same role. Rehearsals will commence one month prior to opening and scripts will be made available as soon as casting is announced.

Non Traditional Casting Will be Considered
Hired Performers will receive a Rehearsal Stipend & Profit Sharing.

AUDITIONS
July 7th from 12pm-6pm
July 8th from 1pm-7pm

Sides will be provided at auditions for cold readings.

Singers, please prepare 2 songs that show off your vocal range, including at least one jazz standard from the 30’s-40’s. Songs may be sung a capella or you may bring a device to play recorded accompaniment on.

To Set up an audition please email Amanda at: cabmkeproduction@gmail.com
Please include your headshot, resume and availability on the audition dates and times in the email.

CAST OF CHARACTERS, EPISODE I
Vivian (20-40)
Joey (20-40)
Stella Kartaley (30-50)
Tony Kartaley (30-50)
Vick (30-50)
Anna (20-40)
Jean (20-40)
Marco (30-50)

CAST OF CHARACTERS, EPISODE II
Vivian (20-40)
Joey (20-40)
Stella Kartaley (30-50)
Tony Kartaley (30-50)
Anna (20-40)
Elliot (30-50)

CAST OF CHARACTERS, EPISODE III
Joey (20-40)
Stella Kartaley (30-50)
Deluca (30-50)
Anna (20-40)
Elliot (30-50)
O’mally (20-40)

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!
Josh Bryan- Artistic Director
Amanda J Hull- Managing Director


CTM ANNOUNCES

ADULT AUDITIONS for 2018-19 Season

Sunday June 10 – 5-8pm

Monday June 11 – 6-9pm

Auditions held at Madison Opera, 335 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703

Sign Up for an Audition Slot on one of the dates via this LINK

CTM recognizes the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience and community on stage and actively recruits and seeks performers of color for all casting

As of May 1, 2018 most adult roles still available

Please bring a current headshot and resume to your audition

Charlotte’s Web
Directed by Mike Lawler; runs October 5 – 21, 2018; rehearsals begin September 4, 2018
(4M, 3F, 2 either) Some adults play multiple roles. The role of Charlotte has been cast.

A Christmas Carol
Directed by James Ridge; runs December 8 – 23, 2018; rehearsals begin approx. November 5, 2018
Large cast of principal, support and ensemble roles. Most roles are available as of May 1, 2018.

How I Became A Pirate (musical)
Guest Director; runs February 15 – March 3, 2019; rehearsals begin approx. January 8, 2019
(2M, 3 either) Strong singers and comedic actors. Should be comfortable with dance/movement.

Tibet Through The Red Box
Directed by Roseann Sheridan; runs March 9 – 18, 2019; rehearsals begin approx. February 5, 2019
(2-3M, 2-3F) Also actively seeking percussionists/drummers (Tibetan, Taiko, et cetera).

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (musical)
Guest Director; runs April 26 – May 12, 2019; rehearsals begin March 27, 2019
(5m, 5F) Varying ages and vocal ranges. Adults will play more than one role; all except Willy Wonka and Grandpa Joe will also be part of the ensemble.

Please note: all shows include a number of daytime school matinees.

Musical Audition Preparation: please come prepared with two contrasting 16-bar pieces from classical or contemporary musical theater. Bring sheet music in a 3-ring binder, clearly marked. A piano accompanist will be provided. Be prepared and dressed appropriately for a dance call at the end of the hour in which you are auditioning.

Non-Musical Audition Preparation: please come prepared with one modern or contemporary monologue under two minutes long.

Adult actors (over 21 and/or out of college) are paid. A limited number of out of town actors can be hired and housed for each production. All productions perform in Overture Center and rehearse in downtown Madison (except A Christmas Carol).

Complete casting breakdown and more detailed information about rehearsals, performance schedule, etc. will be posted at http://ctmtheater.org/get-involved/audition-for-shows and available at auditions.


Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) seeks a part-time marketing intern to assist with day-to-day tasks and promote the Company’s productions and special events. This position reports to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s marketing director.

 

Position is 10-12 hours per week, largely within business hours. The internship is designed to last through the conclusion of MCT’s first show of the season, at the end of August, but could be extended or adjusted depending on candidates’ availability and MCT staff discretion.

 

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

 

  • Assist in writing, editing, and designing of MCT print materials including, but not limited to: advertisements and other promotional materials, e-newsletters, MCT Friends and special event communications, press releases, and audience guides.
  • Work with the marketing director on social media campaigns, participate in writing and posting to MCT blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • Assist managing director and marketing director in planning and marketing special events for MCT subscribers and donors.
  • Researching and generating group sales leads
  • Database and archive maintenance
  • Assisting with mailings and general office duties as assigned

 

Candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and writing skills, attention to detail, and proficiency in MS Office. Experience with databases, email marketing, In Design/Adobe Creative Suite and social media preferred.

 

Internships are unpaid but can be used for school credit. Interns will also be given complimentary tickets to our productions and invitations to attend other MCT special events. Dates and hours are flexible.

 

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to Matthew Reddin, Marketing Director:

matthew@milwaukeechambertheatre.com

 

 

Founded in 1975, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre produces high-quality, professional theatrical works of literary merit in intimate, audience-engaging settings, while principally employing and nurturing local theatre artists. MCT produces five plays each season at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.  For more information, visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com.


Seeking Designers

& Production Team Members

for the 2018-2019 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL Showcase, to be produced in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center.  This festival includes three fully produced one acts performed in repertory and a staged reading of three Honorable Mention scripts.

 

Design Conference: August 2018

Rehearsals: December 2018

Tech: January 7-9, 2019

Performance: January 10-13, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current students and recent graduates/young professionals are encouraged to apply.

MCT is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse pool of applicants.

 

  • Costume Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Scenic Designer
  • Prop Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Technical Director
  • Scenic Charge
  • Production Stage Manager: Rehearsal Stage Manager/Calling Stage Manager
  • Rehearsal Stage Manager/Deck Chief
  • Rehearsal Stage Manager/Wardrobe Supervisor

 

Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have at least one design that has been built and used for a previous production.
  • Reference from a design professor, technical director, production manager or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with other design areas is a plus.

 

These positions are paid.

 

Check out http://www.milwaukeechambertheatre.com/about-us/opportunities/young-playwrights-festival-production-and-design-team.aspx for details.

 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Brandy Kline, Production Manager, by June 30, 2018, to the address below or brandy@milwaukeechambertheatre.com.


THE PRODUCERS

Auditions for THE PRODUCERS! A large cast of singers, dancers, and actors is needed for this summer blockbuster!

 

THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners, as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”

 

At the 2001 Tony Awards, The Producers won 12 out of its 15 nominations, setting the record for most wins in history and becoming one of the few musicals to win in every category for which it was nominated

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomal Meehan

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, May 14th – Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Performances: Thursday, July 12th – Sunday, August 5th, 2018

THE PRODUCERS will be directed by Tommy Lueck with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Reggie Kurschner. Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – THE PRODUCERS. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Ensemble singer/dancers under the age of 18 must complete complete a parental consent form to be considered for the show.  Please click here to print the needed minor audition form THE PRODUCERS AUDITION consent form.

Synopsis

Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

MAX BIALYSTOCK (ages 45 – 60): The consummate con man. Naturally animated and bombastic, he is never at a loss for charm and manners. Typically conspires with Leo. Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: A2

LEOPOLD BLOOM (ages 30 – 50): An accountant. Boring and mousy, he is a hesitant optimist who longs for something more. Dragged into a scheme by Max. Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2

ROGER DE BRIS (ages 45 – 65): New York’s most famous and flamboyant stage director. Surrounds himself with deliciously beautiful clothing, people, and possessions. In a crowd, it would be impossible to miss him. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: G#2

CARMEN GHIA (ages 30 – 45): Roger Debris’ faithful assistant. Carmen is severe in looks and passion for Roger. He may appear younger than he actually is thanks to skilled surgeons. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

FRANZ LIEBKIND (ages 40 – 60): German loyalist playwright. From his lederhosen to his pigeon, Adolph, his love for the motherland is unmistakable. He is imposing yet tender. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: F2

Male Dancer/Singers (ages 16+) A large ensemble of singer/dancer talent will be used as well as an ensemble of actors age 30 – seniors will be needed.

Ensemble singer/dancers under the age of 18 must complete complete a parental consent form to be considered for the show.  Please print form by clicking HERE – THE PRODUCERS AUDITION consent form.

Female Character

ULLA (ages 25 – 35): A young and hopeful actress. Though her beauty might eclipse her talent, Ulla is passionate about life and art. Quite a clueless seductress in some ways. Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Female Dancers – (ages 16+) A large ensemble of singer/dancer talent needed as well as an ensemble of actors age 30 – seniors will be needed.

Ensemble singer/dancers under the age of 18 must completea parental consent form to be considered for the show.  Please print form by clicking HERE – THE PRODUCERS AUDITION consent form.

Call the box office at 262-782-4430 or hpulkowski@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.