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Tuesday, May 9th from 6:30-9:00 pm
SUNSET PLAYHOUSE SEARCHING FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGERS AND RISING STARS
Musical MainStage is a series of six concerts requiring four professional singers and one Rising Star per show. Styles needed this season include rock, pop, standards, folk and Motown.  Rehearsals are minimal and performances take place on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Students who will be enrolled in any area high school from September, 2017 – June, 2018 are eligible to be named a Rising Star.  All singers should bring 32 bars of sheet music in their key; an accompanist will be provided.

 

Candidates should fill out either a RISING STAR Audition Sheet or PROFESSIONAL Audition Sheet. Please call the Box Office prior to May 9th to schedule a 5 minute time slot between 6:30 – 9:00pm. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time with a copy of your completed audition sheet.

 

Here is the rehearsal and show lineup for the 2017-18 season:

 

ELVIS! 

Rehearsals: August 28, September 4 (LABOR DAY) and 11

Tech: Sunday, September 17

Performances: September 18 – 19, 2017

 

THE BRITISH INVASION: Beyond the Beatles

Rehearsals: October 2, 9 and 16
Tech: October 22
Performances: October 23-24, 2017

 

HOMEWARD BOUND: The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel 

Rehearsals: November 13, 20 and 27
Tech: December 3
Performances: December 4-5, 2017

 

ELTON JOHN: ROCKET MAN!

Rehearsals: January 8, 15 and 22

Tech: January 28

Performances: January 29-30, 2018

 

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Magic of Motown

 

Rehearsals: February 19 and 26, March 5

Tech: March 11

Performances: March 12-13, 2018

 

BAND ON THE RUN 

(A TRIBUTE TO THE BEST BANDS OF THE ’60S & ’70S-EAGLES; CHICAGO; BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS; EARTH, WIND & FIRE; DOOBIE BROTHERS…)

 

Rehearsals: April 9, 16, and 23
Tech: April 29

Performances: April 30-May 1, 2018

For further questions please contact Ann Mather at 262-782-4431 ext 221 or or check the FAQ on our website.


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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU 
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
Monday, November 14th & 
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU will be directed by Brian Zelinski. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed. Auditions will 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  YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Audition Form.
Auditions: Monday, November 14 – Tuesday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (if necessary)
Rehearsals: Monday November 28, 2016 – Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Performances: Thursday, January 19 – Saturday, February 4, 2017
Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.  Click here to see our other upcoming auditions!
Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 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 pm for auditions.
SYNOPSIS
This classic screwball comedy won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and it’s been entertaining audiences ever since. Set in the large house of a rather batty New York family, sweet-natured Alice falls for banker’s son Tony. When her snooty, prospective in-laws arrive for dinner, the event is a disaster, capped with the arrest of everyone in the household. Madcap, warm, life-affirming…the New York Times calls this the “rare play that will have you beaming from curtain to curtain.”
“Both genuinely funny and truly heart-warming.”  ~The Guardian
 
Male Characters
Martin “Grandpa” Vanderhof  Preferred age: 60 and up
Referred to mostly as Grandpa in the play. Father-in-law to Paul, father of Penny, grandfather of Alice and Essie. He is an eccentric happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he doesn’t believe in it, as he feels that the government wouldn’t know what to do with the money if he paid it. He lives his life by the philosophy ‘don’t do anything that you’re not going to enjoy doing’. He goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps.
Tony Kirby Preferred age: 18 and up
Fiancé of Alice, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. He sees how, even though the Sycamores appear odd, they are really the perfect family because they love and care about each other. His own family is very proper and has many issues none of them will admit. He is vice president of Kirby and Co.

Anthony W. Kirby Preferred age: 45 and up
Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job. His hobby is raising expensive orchids. He is also a member of the Harvard Society, the Union Club, the National Geographic Society, and the Racquet Club.
Boris Kolenkhov Preferred age: 30 and up
A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is very concerned with world politics, and the deterioration of Russia. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, aware that she is untalented at dancing, but knows that she enjoys dancing so he keeps working with her. He likes the Greeks and the Romans, questions society, and is interested in world affairs.
Paul Sycamore Preferred age: 40 and up
Father of Essie and Alice, husband of Penny, Son-in-law of Martin. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets.
 
Mr. De Pinna Preferred age: 30 and up
The ice man who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a
model in Mrs. Sycamore’s paintings.
 
Ed Carmichael Preferred age: 25 and up
Husband of Essie, son-in-law of Paul and Penny. He is a xylophone player, and distributes Essie’s candies. Ed is an amateur printer who prints anything that sounds good to him. He prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie’s candy. He also likes to make masks.
Donald Preferred age: 25 and up
The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, “The two of them are really cute together, something like Porgy and Bess.”
Wilbur C. Henderson Preferred age: 25 and up
An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa, and can’t understand why the latter won’t pay income tax.
G-Man 1 “The Man”
G-Man 2 “Jim”
G-Man 3 “Mac”Preferred age: 21 and up
Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist things he prints up, such as “God is the State – the State is God”.
Female Characters

Penelope “Penny” Sycamore 
Preferred age: 40 and up

Usually goes by Penny, Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She writes plays and paints as hobbies because it makes her happy, but is terrible at both. Penny is a loving mother and wife who is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family. Her main goal is to make sure everyone is happy, particularly her daughter Alice. She is a main character.
Alice Sycamore Preferred age: 18 and up
Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Essie. She is the only “normal” family member. She has an office job, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family when she has Tony and his parents at her house, yet she still loves them. She tends to be a pessimist.
Essie Carmichael Preferred age: 25 and up

Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny and Paul Sycamore, Granddaughter of Martin, sister of Alice. She is childish. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina. She has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.
Gay Wellington Preferred age: 25 and up
An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore’s home.
Rheba Preferred age: 25 and up

The African-American maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She is dating Donald. In the words of Mrs. Sycamore, “The two of them are really cute together, something like Porgy and Bess.”
Miriam Kirby Preferred age: 45 and up
Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household. Her hobby is spiritualism.
The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina Preferred age: 40 and up
She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution, another being her sister, the Grand Duchess Natasha. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. The rest of her family has had a similar fate, such as her Uncle Sergei, the Grand Duke, who is now an elevator man. She loves to cook as a hobby.
*We reserve the right to end auditions after 8:30 if all actors present have already been seen.  If you plan to arrive after 8:30, please call 262-782-4431 prior to the day of auditions to notify the Volunteer Coodinator, Ann Mather.
**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00-10:00 pm.

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Sunset Playhouse – Auditions – THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
 
Adults and children needed Monday, October 10th & Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER will be directed by Michael (Paco) Pocaro. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed. Auditions will 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 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Audition Form. Auditions: Monday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm Callbacks: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (if necessary) Rehearsals: Tuesday, October 25 – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Performances: Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 23, 2016 Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions! Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 deposit. Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm Click here for more information: http://www.sunsetplayhouse.com/volunteer-information/audition/ 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 pm for auditions.

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ACTLETES COACH NEEDED

High School Actletes Coach

Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts, in Elm Grove Wisconsin, offers a unique opportunity for High School aged students, our Actletes program.  This empowering opportunity provides high school students the opportunity to explore theater and create work based on their own ideas, initiative, and perspective.

·         Actletes participate in classes, workshops, rehearsals, and performances.

·         Actletes explore a variety of performing arts topics: acting, singing, dancing, stage combat, improvisation, and more!

·         Actletes engage in every step of the theatrical process:  producing, managing, writing, performing, directing, designing, and so forth.

·         Actletes produce two productions

·         Actletes meet on Mondays October – August with additional rehearsals just prior to performances.

We are hiring a coach for our 2016 – 2017.  This individual will guide the students through their year long program.  The coach will have the skill set to motivate high school ages students and work as a mentor throughout the whole production process.  The coach will have previous experience working with high school aged students in the performing arts.

Applicants please send a resume to Erika Navin, Director of Education at enavin@sunsetplayhouse .com or contact Erika Navin at 262.782.4431 x290


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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Auditions – Sunset Playhouse

A large cast of men and women (age 14 and up) is needed for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, August 22 – Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, August 25, 2016 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Tuesday, September 6 – Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Performances: Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, November 6, 2016

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will be directed by Diana Alioto with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Nancy Visintainer-Armstrong. 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 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Audition Form.

For more information on plot, characters, etc please visit SunsetPlayhouse.com.


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MOON OVER BUFFALO will be directed by Michael (Paco) Pocaro. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed above. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

 

 

Auditions: Monday, July 18th & Tuesday 19th 7:00-10:00 pm*

Callbacks:  Wednesday, July 20th (if necessary)  7:00-10:00 pm

Rehearsals: Monday, August 1st, 2016 – Wednesday, September 7th, 2016**

Performances: September 8th – 25th, 2016

 

 

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 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 pm for auditions.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

A hilarious comedy, MOON OVER BUFFALO centers on a couple of over-the-hill actors trying to keep their marriage and their ragtag touring company afloat.  In Buffalo, New York, there’s suddenly one last shot at stardom — film director Frank Capra is rumored to be arriving for their matinee and might sign them to a Hollywood contract.  But this is fun-filled farce at its finest so everything that can go wrong does go wrong.  It’s the perfect recipe for an evening of madcap, door-slamming, belly-laugh adventures.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

Male Characters

 

George Hay – A middle aged traveling actor with visions of grandeur and a roving eye. Manager and “Star” of a failing company.  40’s-50’s

Howard – A TV weatherman and Rosalind’s fiancé.  An awkward romantic who’s out of his league.  Star-struck with Rosalind’s parents.  20’s-30’s

 

Paul – Stage manager for George’s company, and Rosalind’s ex-fiancé.  Determined, organized and completely pushed around by George.  His torch for Roz still burns.  20’s – 30’s

 

Richard – A love sick lawyer who is courting Charlotte clandestinely.  40’s – 50’s

 

Female Characters

 

Charlotte Hay – George’s wife and actress in his company.  Vivacious and talented “wannabe”, who unfortunately hooked her wagon to George’s star. Fearful of her advancing age and lost opportunities.  40’s – 50’s

 

Rosalind (Roz) – George & Charlotte’s daughter, who left the stage to lead a “normal” life.  Currently engaged to Howard, but still in a love/hate relationship with Paul.  20’s – 30’s

 

Ethel – Charlotte’s nearly-deaf mother.  The “straight man” of this comedy.  Sardonic, sarcastic and senile.  60’s – 80’s

 

Eileen – An actress in George’s company who was George’s “one-night stand”.  Victim of the “casting couch” and general pain in the butt.  20’s – 30’s

 

*We reserve the right to end auditions after 8:30 if all actors present have already been seen.  If you plan to arrive after 8:30, please call 262-782-4431prior to the day of auditions to notify the Volunteer Coodinator, Ann Mather.

 

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

 


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Sunset Playhouse will present the hilarious farce: BOEING BOEING,  June 2 – 19, 2016.

We will offer $10 tickets for the Preview performance on Thursday, June 2 and for the Value Night on Wednesday, June 8th.

BOEING BOEING is set in the 1960s. Swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses, all engaged to him without knowing about each other. Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when a new and speedier when all three stewardesses arrive in town simultaneously, catastrophe looms

For tickets stop by or call the box office at 262-782-4430 or buy online at SunsetPlayhouse.com

Sunset Playhouse is located at 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove, WI 53122


Anything Goes

ANYTHING GOES will be directed by L. Thomas Lueck with music direction by Linda Halverson and choreography by Reggie Kuschner. Please arrive 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 and tap shoes (if available) for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script, which are available to check out at the Box Office with a $10 deposit.

 

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 ANYTHING GOES Audition Form

 

Auditions: Monday, May 23rd & Tuesday 24th 7:00-10:00 pm*

Callbacks:   Wednesday, May 25th (if necessary)  7:00-10:00 pm

Rehearsals: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 – Wednesday, July 13, 2016**

Performances: July 14 – August 7, 2016

 

 

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 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 pm for auditions.

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England aboard the ocean liner S. S. American. Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt. The problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle is Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin.

 

With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

Male Characters

Elisha J. Whitney – Wall Street Executive Lush (age 30-65)

 

Steward – Of the liner “American” (age 30-65)

 

Reporter (Charlie) – For the Globe American (age 18-50)

 

Cameraman – For the Globe American (age 18-50)

 

Sir Evelyn Oakleigh – English gentleman (age 18-50)

 

Bishop (Henry T. Dobson) – Missionary (age 30-65)

 

Billy Crocker – Whitney’s “general manager” in love with Hope (age 25-45)

 

Moonface Martin – Public Enemy #13 (age 30-60)

 

First Chinese (Ching) – Christian convert and gambler (age 18-45)

 

Second Chinese (Ling) – Christian convert and gambler (age 18-45)

 

Purser – Of the liner “American” (age 25-60)

 

Captain – Skipper of the liner “American” (age 30-75)

 

Ensemble – Sailors & Passengers (age 18+)

 

Female Characters

Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt – Mother of Hope, Society matron (age 30-70)

 

Hope Harcourt – Engaged to Sir Evelyn (age 18-30)

 

Reno Sweeny – Nightclub singer, former Evangelist (age 30-60)

 

Bonnie – Moll, traveling with Moon, strong dancer (age 25-35)

 

Chastity (Angel) – A girl in backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act, strong dancer (age 18-40)

 

Purity (Angel) – A girl in backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act, strong dancer (age 18-40)

 

Virtue (Angel) – A girl in backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act, strong dancer (age 18-40)

 

Charity (Angel) – A girl in backup vocal quartet for Reno’s act , strong dancer (age 18-40)

 

Ensemble – Sailors & Passengers. (age 18+)

*We reserve the right to end auditions after 8:30 if all actors present have already been seen.  If you plan to arrive after 8:30, please call 262-782-4431 prior to the day of auditions to notify the Volunteer Coodinator, Ann Mather.

 

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

 


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Sunset Playhouse Mother’s Day Special – Buy One Ticket, Get One FREE!

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE

Sunday, May 8th performance at 2PM

Don’t miss this hilarious musical.

Show Dates:  5/5 & 5/6 at 7:30,  5/7 at 3:00 and 7:30 and 5/8 at 2PM

Use the code:  MOTHER either at the box office or online to take advantage of our BOGO offer.


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MUSICAL MAINSTAGE AT SUNSET PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS AN EVENING OF CLASSIC SINATRA

 

Musical MainStage, the professional concert series at Elm Grove’s Sunset Playhouse, concludes its tenth season with a tribute to many artists from the big band and swing eras, including Frank Sinatra. Half a dozen of the area’s most beloved performers will present standards from the forties, fifties, and sixties in a show called Ring-A-Ding-Ding: Sinatra & Co. Singing hits from folks like Rosemary Clooney, Billy Holiday, and Bobby Darin, will be Bob Hirschi, Tommy Lueck, Peggy Peterson Ryan, and Becky Spice.

 

In addition, the show’s Rising Star will be Grace Becker, a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, where she recently appeared in Into the Woods.  The daughter of Jerry and Karen Becker of Hubertus, Grace is currently featured in the First Stage Children’s Theater production of Ella Enchanted. She also performs regularly with the band Mr. Lucky Syndicate.

 

Kerry Hart Bieneman will be on piano, Tim Karth on drums, while narrators Susan Loveridge and Jonathan Stewart provide a backdrop for the music and the era.

 

Performances are on Monday and Tuesday, April 25th and 26th. For more information about the production or tickets, you can visit sunsetplayhouse.com or call its box office at 262-782-4430.

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Sunset Playhouse – 800 Elm Grove Rd. – Elm Grove, WI 53122  *  For more information please contact:  dslattery@sunsetplayhouse.com or call its box office at 262-782-4430