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NOISES OFF will be directed by Dustin J. Martin. Auditions will consist of reading 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 – NOISES OFF. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show. In addition, due to the challenging nature of this show, we will not have a great deal of flexibility with conflicts.

Auditions: Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Callbacks: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Rehearsals: Limited rehearsals (table work) begining December 22, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Full Rehearsals begin Monday January 12 – Thursday, February 26, 2020

Performances: Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 15, 2020

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 Tuesday 1 pm – 7pm

Wednesday – Friday 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

As a company of actors attempts to deliver a comedy onstage, we go behind the scenes where the real farce explodes. Everything that can go wrong does, as the actors try desperately to hang onto their lines, their sanity, and their clothes. This stage classic takes a fond look at the follies of theater folk whose out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.

 

Character Descriptions

Female Characters

 

Dotty Otley (age 45-65): Dotty (offstage) is a veteran actress who has put up her life savings to mount Nothing On. She’s forgetful, dating Garry, though she attempts to make him jealous by meeting with Freddy. Mrs. Clackett (onstage) is a cockney housekeeper for the Brent’s home in England, hospitable, though slow.

 

Brooke Ashton (age 20-29): Brooke (offstage) is a young, inexperienced actress who is always losing her contact lenses, one-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle. Vicki (onstage) is an English woman who works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger. This character will spend considerable time in just bra and panties.

 

Belinda Blair (age 30-45): Belinda (offstage) is cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress, may have feelings for Freddy; Flavia Brent (onstage) is Phillip Brent’s English wife, dependable though not one for household duties.

 

Poppy Norton-Taylor (age 25-35): The assistant stage manager, emotional and over-sensitive, envious of Brooke whom she understudies, carrying Lloyd’s child (not physically evident), one-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.

 

Male Characters

 

Lloyd Dallas (age 45-65): British, director of the play Nothing On, a ladies man, temperamental, one third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.

 

Garry Lejeune (age 30–45): Garry (offstage) is an actor who never finishes a sentence, dating Dotty, easily fired up, unjustifiably jealous of Frederick, believing that Dotty was cheating on him with Freddy. Speech affectations disappear onstage but are ever-present offstage. Roger (onstage) is an English Real estate agent who is attempting to rent Flavia’s and Phillip’s home but uses it for his own personal benefit.

 

Frederick (Freddy) Fellowes (age 40-50): Freddy (offstage) is an actor with a serious fear of violence and blood, prone to nose bleeds, often questions the meaning of his lines and moves, must be able to jump up a flight of stairs with his pants around his ankles; Phillip Brent (onstage) is an Englishman who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes, enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue he will lose most of the year’s income. Sheikh (onstage) is Middle-Eastern, interested in renting Flavia’s and Phillip’s home, he is the spitting image of Phillip.

 

Selsdon Mowbray (age 65+): Selsdon (offstage) is an elderly, alcoholic Englishman who hides his bottles all over the theater. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he passes out, is hard of hearing when he wants to be. Burglar (onstage) is an old Cockney man in his seventies breaking into the Brent’s home.

 

Timothy Allgood (age 20+): An over-worked stage manager, carpenter, company manager, understudy, gofer; understudies Selsdon and Freddy


FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE Auditions at Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI, 53122 262-782-4430 / SunsetPlayhouse.com
FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE, part of our After Sunset Series, will be directed by Michael Pocaro “Paco” and be performed in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; this may be done the night of the auditions or ahead of time at SunsetPlayhouse.com – FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE.
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, November 11 – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:00pm Callbacks: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (if necessary) Rehearsals: TBD
Performances: February 6 – 8 at 7:30PM and February 9 at 2PM, 2020
Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a (refundable) $10 cash deposit.
Box Office hours are Tuesday 1 – 7 pm, Wednesday – Friday 1 – 5 pm & Saturday 1 – 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 8:00 pm for auditions.
Synopsis As the curtain rises, Frankie and Johnny are discovered in bed. It is their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas.
Character Descriptions Note: You must be 18 or over to audition for this show and be comfortable with possibly wearing lingerie/under wear on stage
Male Character Johnny – a short order cook
Female Character Frankie – a waitress

                   The critically acclaimed drama, DOUBT, A PARABLE, by John Patrick Shanley will open the After Sunset Series,in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater, at Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall St, Elm Grove, WI. Performances of DOUBT will take place Thursday through Saturday, September 12-14, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, September 15, at 2:00 pm. General admission tickets are $16. To reserve tickets, call 262-782-4430 or visit sunsetplayhouse.com. For group sales, contact Stephanie at 262-782-4431, ex. 291.

(After Sunset is recommended for mature audiences only.)

DOUBT won both the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. It was also turned into an Academy Award-nominated film. The brilliant and powerful drama is set against the backdrop of a Catholic elementary school in the Bronx, as both the Catholic Church and the nation face the major social changes of the 1960s. A progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question when Sister Aloysius, the strict and conservative school principal, suspects the priest of improper relations with a male student. The actions and motivations of each character are scrutinized, and a battle of wills threatens irrevocable consequences for everyone involved.

Directed by Becky Spice, the production features Robin Christiansen as Father Flynn; Karen Maio as Sister Aloysius; Brittany Roux as the young teacher, Sister James; and LaKysha Burns as the mother of Donald Muller, the school’s first African American student.

Other plays in the After Sunset series include: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY AT THE CLARE DE LUNE, February 6-9, 2020, and VAGINA MONOLOGUES, April 2-5, 2020.

Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI  53122  262-782-4430   SunsetPlayhouse.com


Auditions for DOUBT: A Parable at Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 262-782-4430, SunsetPlayhouse.com.

Monday, August 5 – Tuesday, August 6, 2019 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 (if necessary)

DOUBT: A PARABLE will be directed by Becky Spice. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. The format will be a staged reading performed in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater.

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

Rehearsals: Starting: August 19th. Monday – Thursday nights only. Total of about 12 rehearsals. Flexible schedule based on cast conflicts.

Performances: September 12 – 15, 2019

Performances: September 12 – 15, 2019

Click this link for a synopsis and character descriptions: http://sunsetplayhouse.com/volunteer-information/audition/

Everyone welcome. Scripts are available for check out at the box office with a $10 refundable deposit. Contact Ann Mather at 262-782-4431×221 it you have any questions. Thanks


Auditions for A COMEDY OF TENORS at Sunset Playhouse

Everyone welcome

 

Auditions: Monday, July 22 – Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 7 PM

Callbacks: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, July 29 – September 4, 2019

Performances: Thursday, September 5 – 22, 2019

A COMEDY OF TENORS will be directed by Michael Pocaro “Paco” Auditions will consist of reading from the script. We are especially looking for 3 tenors (as the title suggests), however, you do not have to be a trained singer – we can help you.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions;; this may be done the night of the auditions or ahead of time by at 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.

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 cash deposit.

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

One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930’s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century–as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing runaway chaos.

Male Characters

Saunders (age 40-65) High-strung American producer; he’s had success but worked very hard for it and it shows.

Max (age 30-60) Rising American opera singer and former assistant to Saunders, smart, level-headed, and quick with a joke; should also sing.

Tito/Beppo (age 30-65) He is Italian and one of Italy’s most famous opera singers. Regal in appearance, fiery in nature, has a bit of a diva complex, and is a horribly jealous person. Italian accent. The same actor plays Beppo, a bellhop–joyous and full of life–as down to earth as Tito is regal. Tenor.

Carlo (age 20-35) Dashing, young Italian opera impresario who is in love with Mimi but seen as a threat to her father’s career; speaks English very well. No detectable Italian accent and must sing.

Female Characters

Maria (age 30-54) A stunning Italian wife to one of Italy’s most famous opera singers, big personality, and an explosive temper. Italian accent.

Mimi (age 20-35) Bright-eyed Italian-American star hoping to be discovered. She is the daughter of Tito and Maria and, while they still think of her as their little girl, she is definitely coming into her own. American accent.

Racon (age 35-60) Racon is a famous Russian opera singer, former lover to Tito, a very intense and passionate woman. Russian accent, must also sing reasonably well.

 

Hope to see you at auditions!

Nancy Visintainer-Armstrong

Artistic Director

Sunset Playhouse

700 Wall Street
Elm Grove, WI 53122

262-782-4431 Extension 234

 


Audition Reminder: HAIRSPRAY at Sunset Playhouse! 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122 SunsetPlayhouse.com.
HAIRSPRAY – Our blockbuster summer musical!! Large cast needed. Everyone welcome!!
Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, May 13th and Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Callbacks: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 (if necessary)
HAIRSPRAY will be directed by Tommy Lueck with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Reginald T Kurschner.
Please show up on one of the dates listed below 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, jazz and tap shoes (if you have them) 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 at SunsetPlayhouse.com.
Rehearsals: Tuesday, May 28 – Wednesday, July 17, 2019
(You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.)
Performances: Thursday, July 18th – Sunday, August 11th, 2019
Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a
$10 cash deposit. (refunded on return)
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
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!
Visit SunsetPlayhouse.com for character breakdown and more information.
Hope to see you at auditions – Everyone welcome!

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April 22 & 23 at 7 PM / Callbacks: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (if necessary)

 

Rehearsals: Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Performances: Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 23, 2019

 

LEADING LADIES will be directed by Michael “Paco” Pocaro. Auditions may 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 at 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.

 

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 pm for auditions.

 

Synopsis

 

In this hilarious comedy by the author of LEND ME A TENOR and MOON OVER BUFFALO, two English actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge Circuit in Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces!

 

Visit https://sunsetplayhouse.com/volunteer-information/audition/   for more information.   All welcome/encouraged to audition.

 

AUDITIONS:  LEADING LADIES

Sunset Playhouse, 700 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove, WI  53122

262-782-4430

Sunset Playhouse.com


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Auditions: Monday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

Rehearsals: TBA

Performances: Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

 

 

SIDE SHOW will be directed by Becky Spice with music direction by Paula Tillen.

 

Please show up on one of the dates listed below with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.  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 visiting SunsetPlayhouse.com

 

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (May 26 – May 29) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

 

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 pm for auditions.

 

Synopsis

 

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love.

 

For more information and character descriptions please visit SunsetPlayhouse.com

 

Synopsis

 

Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love.

 


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Theater RED Invites Milwaukee to “Be Italian!” with NINE the Musical

Directed by Theater RED’s New Artistic Associate, Eric Welch

 

Che bello! Theater RED proudly announces a new addition to the company! Eric Welch joins Theater RED as Artistic Associate following his collaboration with the company in June of 2018 for the Wisconsin premiere of I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS. Eric Welch directed this one-woman comedic romp as a co-production with his theater company, Untitled Productions.

 

The great secret of NINE is that it took “8½” and became an essay on the power of women by answering the question, ‘What are women to men?’ And NINE tells you: they are our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our temptresses, our judges, our nurses, our wives, our mistresses, our muses.

– Maury Yeston

 

Be Italian! New Theater RED Artistic Associate Eric Welch will direct NINE the musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit, in January of 2019. Reimagined with a cast of nine (9) women and one (1) man, NINE brings Theater RED alumni and newcomers together for a courageous, no-frills production that brings the core of Guido’s crisis to audiences up-close in Sunset Playhouse’s intimate Studio Theater.

 

Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, “8 ½”, Yeston’s sultry musical follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture. Contini is also, after recent box office failures, drifting towards a nervous breakdown. Contini has turned 40 and faces two crises: he has to shoot a film for which he can’t write the script, and his wife of 20 years, film star Luisa del Forno, may leave him if he can’t pay more attention to his marriage. As it turns out, it is the same crisis. Luisa’s efforts to talk to him seem to be drowned out by voices in his head: voices of women in his life, speaking through the walls of his memory: insistent, flirtatious, irresistible, potent. These are the women Guido loved, and from whom he derived the entire vitality of a creative life, now as stalled as his marriage. As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of 9.

 

Dates (three performances only):                Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Order online at https://sunsetplayhouse.com/shows/nine or by calling 262-782-4430

 

Location: Sunset Playhouse Studio Theater, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122

 

Stage Direction: Music Direction: Choreography:
Eric Welch Lydia Rose Eiche Ashley Patin
Featuring:
Timothy J. Barnes as Guido Marcee Doherty-Elst as Serraghina Jennifer Larson as Mama Maddelena
Rae Elizabeth Paré as Luisa SaraLynn Evenson as Lilliane Le Fleur Hannah Esch as Our Lady of the Spa
Samantha Sostarich as Carla Laura McDonald as Guido’s Mother Carrie Gray as Lina Darling
Kara Ernst-Schalk as Claudia Marcee Doherty-Elst as Stephanie  

 

About NINE

NINE is a musical, initially created and written by Maury Yeston as a class-project in Lehman Engel’s BMI

Music Theatre Workshop in 1973. It was later developed with a book by Mario Fratti, and then again with a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The story is based also on Frederico Fellini’s semi- autobiographical film . It focuses on film director Guido Contini, who is dreading his imminent 40th birthday and facing a mid-life crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in early 1960s Venice.

 

The original Broadway production opened in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, and starred Raul Julia. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and has enjoyed a number of revivals. The 2003

Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakwoski and Laura Benanti, and won 2 Tony Awards itself, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Jane Krakowski).

 

The movie [] has a phenomenal impact on me when I saw it as a teenager when it first came out. I was fascinated with Guido who was going through his second adolescence when I was going through my first! As I grew I began to realize that there was room to explore the reacting of the inner workings of the women in Guido’s wake…I think that’s what opened the gateways of creativity for NINE – to hear from these extraordinary women.

– Maury Yeston to the New York Times

 

About the Title

Fellini entitled his film 8 ½ in recognition of his prior body of work, which included six full-length films, two

short films, and one that he co-directed. Yeston’s title for the musical adaptation adds another half-credit to Fellini’s output and refers to Guido’s age during his first hallucination sequence. Yeston called the musical NINE, explaining that if you add music to , “it’s like half a number more.”

 

Getting There

The intimate 88-seat Studio Theater is located at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, WI and is the sister

performance space to their larger 299-seat Furlan Auditorium. Sunset Playhouse is in the heart of the Elm Grove shopping district at 700 Wall Street with ample free parking available in their spacious parking lot. Sunset Playhouse is easily acceptable for patrons coming from all corners of the world (even Italy!). Visit https:// sunsetplayhouse.com/contact/map-directions for detailed, localized directions from the West, North, South, and East of Southeastern WI.

 

About Theater RED: Theater RED produces theater in Southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: Substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and support for new playwrights.

 

For more information: www.theaterred.com and www.sunsetplayhouse.com

For further information, contact: Marcee Doherty-Elst 414-617-0132 marcee@theaterred.com

 

 

Be Italian with Theater RED in January 2019!

 


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Auditions for THE CURIOUS SAVAGE at Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122, 262-782-4430 SunsetPlayhouse.com.

 

Monday, January 7 & Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (if necessary)

 

We hope to see you at the auditions. All roles are open.

 

THE CURIOUS SAVAGE will be directed by Dustin J. Martin. 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 Audition Sheet – THE CURIOUS SAVAGE at SunsetPlayhouse.com.

 

Rehearsals: Monday, January 21 – Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tech Week is Friday, February 22 – Wednesday, February 27, 2019. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

 

Performances: Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 17, 2019

For more information visit SunsetPlayhouse.com