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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.

 

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Sunset Playhouse announces auditions for its professional Musical MainStage series on Monday, May 7th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Playhouse, 700 Wall Street in Elm Grove. 

Reserve your 5 minute audition time slot by visiting our website, SunsetPlayhouse.com and clicking on our SignUp link.

 

Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time with a copy of your completed audition sheet and a head shot if you have one.

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 soul.  Rehearsals are minimal and performances take place on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Students who will be enrolled in any area high school from September, 2018 – June, 2019 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 PROFESSIONAL Audition Sheet or RISING STAR Audition Sheet.

For further questions please contact our box office at 262-782-4430 or check the FAQ for 2018-19.

Here is the rehearsal and show lineup for the 2018-19 season:

 

All rehearsals on Monday nights unless noted

All tech rehearsals Sunday nights

All shows Monday and Tuesday

 

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WALT (Disney)

Rehearsals: August 27, TUESDAY September 4 and 10

Tech: Sunday, September 16

Performances: September 17 – 18, 2018

 

FRANK & ELLA & FRIENDS (Jazz Legends)

Rehearsals: October 1, 8 and 15

Tech: October 21

Performances: October 22 – 23, 2018

 

A JOHN DENVER CHRISTMAS

Rehearsals: November 12, 19 and 26

Tech: December 2

Performances: December 3 – 4, 2018

 

BILLBOARD’S BEST

Rehearsals: January 7, 14 and 21

Tech: January 27

Performances: January 28 – 29, 2019

 

SOUNDS OF SOUL

Rehearsals: February 11, 18 and 25

Tech: March 3

Performances: March 4 – 5, 2019

 

BEAT IT! BACK TO THE 80s

Rehearsals: April 8, 15, and 22

Tech: April 28

Performances: April 29 – 30, 2019

 


 

Resident Technical Director

 

Job Description

 

Employment:

 

The Resident Technical Director is a member of Sunset Playhouse’s full-time professional staff. This is a salaried, full-time position with comprehensive benefits.  Status “exempt”

 

 

General Responsibilities:

 

The Resident Technical Director is responsible for the technical aspects of productions produced by Sunset Playhouse, the premiere community theater in south eastern Wisconsin. Working within the established policies and procedures of the organization, with the assistance of staff and volunteers and with oversight by the Artistic Director, duties include, but are not limited to:  set design of 6 – 8 main stage productions per season, set build for 8 main stage productions, assist guest set and light designers as needed; maintain the technical shop area and equipment; recruit, train and utilize technical volunteers, provide general support of the overall production quality of the Sunset Playhouse; and assist in general maintenance of the facility. The Resident Technical Director will attend staff meetings

 

Qualifications

 

Education:        BA in Technical Theater with emphasis on design and construction or equivalent experience

 

Experience:   1-2 years’ experience in design/construction of sets.

                        Basic Understanding of light and sound board programs

 

Availability:   Varied hours based on theater calendar, including nights and weekends during tech weeks.

 

Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

 

 

  • Ability to recruit, train, and retain technical staff and volunteers
  • Ability to multi-task/ strong organizational skills
  • Ability to adhere to schedules and meet all production deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Google docs and Microsoft Office.

 

Physical Demands

 

Manual Dexterity:        Ability to use a computer, write instructions, complete forms.

 

Physical Effort:             Walking, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching, lifting.  Ability to lift 50lbs.

 

Working Conditions: Must be comfortable working in an open office environment.

 

Hazards:                        None.

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About The Sunset Playhouse: Sunset Playhouse was established in 1960 as Southeastern Wisconsin’s premiere community theater.  The Playhouse has evolved since those early days into a community arts complex presenting a mix of community theater and professional theater/music events.  Additionally, the Playhouse is an important player in theater arts education through its School for The Arts and bug in a rug Children’s Theater Series.  The Playhouse produces approximately 26 live productions each season, as well as a number of special concerts and fundraising events.  Sunset offers opportunities to guest directors and designers and counts over 600 volunteers in the Sunset Playhouse family.

For more information, please contact:   Nancy Visintainer-Armstrong, Artistic Director nvarmstrong@sunsetplayhouse.com

 

To apply for the Resident Designer/Technical Director position:

Submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references by February 16, 2018 to: Nancy Visintainer-Armstrong, Artistic Director nvarmstrong@sunsetplayhouse.com


Auditions for THE GRADUATE – Sunset Playhouse – After Sunset Studio Series

 

THE GRADUATE will be directed by Brian Zelinski. 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 GRADUATE  All roles are open.

 

Auditions: Tuesday, November 7th or Thursday November 9th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Rehearsals: TBD

Performances: Thursday, January 11th – Sunday, January 14th, 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 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

A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the ’60s, Benjamin’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in the After Sunset Studio production.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

BENJAMIN (ages 20 – 28): Once the ideal student and son, and now a recent college graduate, he keeps hearing he has his whole life ahead of him.  Disillusioned with the idea that everything he’s worked for is without meaning or purpose, he desperately seeks a future that is different from the “American Dream” he grew up in.  This is a largely dramatic role with biting, understated, dry humor.

MR. ROBINSON (ages 40 – 60): Mrs. Robinson’s husband, Elaine’s father, and long-time business partner of Mr. Braddock.  He considers Benjamin the son he never had.  He wants Benjamin to take a romantic interest in Elaine to solidify the business relationship and friendship between the two families; both comedic and dramatic chops needed.

MR. BRADDOCK (ages 40 – 60): Benjamin’s father and long-time business partner of Mr. Robinson; immensely proud of his wealth and family, he has big dreams and aspirations for Ben; he tries to support and understand his son despite his bizarre behavior, only to push Ben further away.  Both comedic and dramatic chops needed.

HOTEL CLERK (ages 25+): Male or Female

PSYCHIATRIST (ages 35+): Male or Female

PRIEST (ages 35+): Male or Female

Female Characters

MRS. ROBINSON (ages 40 – 50): Seductive, manipulative, sexy, and destructive; she finds an emotionally vulnerable Benjamin and manipulates and seduces him into an affair.  She does not seem to have any other interest or concern for Benjamin until the notion of his dating her daughter reaches her.

ELAINE (ages 20 – 28): Daughter of Mrs. and Mr. Robinson.  Her bright, seemingly naive and optimistic charm casts a stark contrast to Benjamin’s somber tone.  She wishes to lead a normal and responsible life despite her emotionally fragile disposition caused by the long-past-deteriorated marriage between her parents and destructive nature of her mother.

MRS. BRADDOCK (ages 40 – 50): Benjamin’s mother; almost entirely out-of-the-loop, she desperately tries to understand her son, often by asking the most direct and awkward questions; this is a largely comedic role.

STRIPPER (ages 25 – 40): Speaking role that may also be doubled.

HOTEL CLERK (ages 25+): Male or Female

PSYCHIATRIST (ages 35+): Male or Female

PRIEST (ages 35+): Male or Female

 

Sunset Playhouse
800 Elm Grove Road
Elm Grove, WI 53122


Sunset Playhouse is excited to announce:

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Auditions.

Singers, dancers, and actors needed for this exciting musical!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be directed and choreographed by Karl Miller with music direction by Mark Mrozek.

Please read all information below.

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Vocal/Dance Auditions:


Sunday, October 15th
6 PM – 10 PM: Audition for singers and dancers aged 15 and up only

Please show up at 5:45 PM and be ready to audition at 6:00 PM. The dance audition will be taught beginning at 6PM – all will be taught in one group – latecomers will not have additional time to learn the dance combination so please be on time. Bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition. You will have time to change before the singing audition if desired.

Bring a 32 bar cut of a song in your key in the style of the show. Provide 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 and downloading the Audition Sheet – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Callbacks: Tuesday, October 17th 6 pm – 10 pm

Rehearsals: October 19, 2017 – November 29, 2017
(Read Through October 19th 6:30 pm and
1st Music Rehearsal October 21st 10 am)

Performances: Thursday, November 30th – Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

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.

Synopsis

Adapted from the Walt Disney animated musical film of the same name – which in turn had been based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont – Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-hearted prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert back into his true human form, the Beast must first earn the love of a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

THE BEAST/PRINCE (ages 20 – 30): The Beast’s tortured soul is evident for all to see. He is paying the ultimate price for a moment of mean-spiritedness, and wishes beyond wishing that he could rectify his mistake. There is anger and menace in The Beast’s appearance and behavior, but increasingly we see his soft and endearing side as he interacts with Belle. It becomes clear that he is a loving, feeling, human being trapped within a hideous creature’s body. This role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence. The Beast will transform into the Prince at the end of the show – One actor will portray both the Beast and Belle’s Prince. Baritone: A-High F

MAURICE (ages 40 – 60): Despite being a bit scatter-brained, there is no mistaking Maurice’s steadfast love for his daughter Belle. Kindly, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he becomes single-minded and determined when Belle faces danger. Baritone: B flat-High D flat

GASTON (ages 20 – 30): Gaston is the absolute antithesis of The Beast. Although he is physically handsome, he is shallow, completely self-centered, not very bright, and thrives on attention. However, when his ego is bruised he becomes a very dangerous foe for The Beast, Belle and Maurice. This role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well. Baritone: A-High F

LEFOU (ages 17 – 30): Lefou is Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master. The actor must be comfortable with physical comedy, and the role requires strong character acting. Baritone: B-High F Sharp

MONSIEUR D’ ARQUE (ages 25 – 40): D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. Tenor: D-High A

COGSWORTH (ages 25 – 40): Cogsworth is a tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast’s household. He is a stuffy Englishman who loves perfection. This role requires strong character acting. Baritone: A-High E

LUMIERE (ages 20 – 30): Lumiere is the French butler who was transformed into a Candelabrum. He is light-hearted, suave, romantic, smooth-talking, and charming. He has a romantic involvement with Babette. This character speaks with a French accent. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well. Baritone: A-High F sharp

CHIP (ages 10 – 15 depending on size and unchanged voice): Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts. Boy Soprano: D-High D

STRONG DANCERS, SINGERS (ages 15 & up)

Female Characters

BELLE (ages 17 – 25, looking): Belle is the original fairy tale heroine-kind, gentle, and beautiful. She is a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman. Belle is the moral conscience of the story, elevated by her thoughts and deeds. The maturity and depth of her character allow her to see the true beauty and spirit within The Beast, and to love him for it. This role requires a very strong singer who portrays innocence with her singing and speaking voice. MezzoSoprano: Low A-High F

BABETTE (ages 20 – 30): Babette is a saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere’s affections. This role requires good character acting and she should move well. This character speaks with a French accent. Alto: C-C

MRS. POTTS (ages 30 – 40): Mrs. Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty and the Beast. Mezzo-Soprano: Low F sharp- High G

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE: Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. Soprano: C sharp-High G

STRONG DANCERS, SINGERS (ages 15 & up)

Hope to see you at the auditions!


Sunset Playhouse – BOX OFFICE REPRESENTATIVES / HOUSE MANAGER
Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Sunset Playhouse seeks Box Office Representatives / House Managers immediately. The ideal candidate will be hired and trained as both a Box Office Representative and House Manager.
In the role of Box Office Rep you will be the primary contact for Sunset’s patrons. As the House Manager you will be Sunset’s representative to its patrons and volunteers.
This is a fast-paced job in a fun and rewarding creative work environment. Working primarily afternoons, evenings and/or weekends, the position requires a high level of customer service.
We are interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. Theater experience not required.
Email your resume or Sunset Employment Application (available on our website) to Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com. Please include the words ‘Box Office Rep / House Manager’ in the subject line of your e-mail.
Accepting applications until positions are filled. For questions please call Ann Mather: (262)-782-4431 x221.

SISTER ACT AUDTIONS

Nuns, Priests, Disco Divas, and Thugs needed for the Milwaukee Comunity Theater Premier of this joyous musical at Sunset Playhouse!

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, August 21st – Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Callbacks (if needed): Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Rehearsals: Monday, September 4th – Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Performances: Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, November 5th, 2017

SISTER ACT 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

Synopsis

 When disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier sees her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank commit a murder at the grungy club where she’s performing, she reports the crime to the police and is placed in the witness protection program. Disguised as a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, she is placed in the convent of the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith, where she finds herself up against the rigid Mother Superior. Deloris uses her singing talent to inspire the other nuns to create a more contemporary choir, and they become the hit of the community. Word of their success reaches Curtis and his mob, who arrive on the scene to settle their score with Deloris and find themselves battling not only her, but a gang of feisty nuns and the Mother Superior as well.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

MONSIGNOR O’HARA: One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: E3 (Age 30 – 70)

 

CURTIS: A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence. Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: A2 (Age 25 – 65)

 

EDDIE: The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: Ab2 (Age 22 – 40)

 

TJ: Curtis’s nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Db3 (Age 18 – 40)

 

JOEY: One of Curtis’s thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb2 (Age 18 – 40)

 

PABLO: One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: C4 (Age 18 – 40)

 

ERNIE: One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant. (Age 18 – 40)

 

Female Characters

 

DELORIS VAN CARTIER: An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to accept it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring. Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: E3 Age 20 – 50)

 

MOTHER SUPERIOR: The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: D3 (Age 35 – 70)

 

SISTER MARY ROBERT: A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower personality has made her live a shell of a life. Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: F#3 (Age 18 – 25)

 

SISTER MARY PATRICK: A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable. (Age 20 – 60)

 

SISTER MARY LAZARUS: A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music. Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: F3 (Age 30 – 70)

 

SISTER MARY MARTIN-OF-TOURS: A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity. (Age 20 – 60)

 

SISTER MARY THERESA: A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.(Age 50 – 75)

MICHELLE: One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3 (Age 18 – 30)

 

TINA: One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick and naive. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Ab3 (Age 18 – 30)

 

NUNS/ENSEMBLE – large group of singing and dancing nuns/ensemble will be needed for this show. Lots of great chorus music and fun, group dance. (Age 16 – 100)

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.


OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS Audition Tuesday, July 25th

Auditions: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Rehearsals: Monday, July 31st – Wednesday, September 6th, 2017/Monday – Thursday

Performances: Thursday, September 7th – Sunday, September 24th, 2017

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS will be directed by Brian Zelinski. Auditions may consist of readings from the script.

Auditionees will be asked to fill out an Audition Information.  You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Synopsis

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his beloved (but annoying) grandparents every Sunday for dinner. When he announces that he’s been offered a dream job that will take him away, the news doesn’t sit so well. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best to stop him, and that includes inviting to dinner the lovely–and single–Caitlin O’Hare.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

Nick – age 20-40 years old. Nice-looking, “next door” kind of young man. A bit sarcastic, funny, hardworking, which gets in the way of his happiness. Loves his grandparents deeply but communicates with them through benign (never mean) bickering.

Frank – age 40-80 years old. A former carpenter, Frank is very proud of where he has come from. He is fighting getting older and does not want to give up his independence. Frank loves his family but does not know why they have moved so far away.

Nunzio – age 40-80 years old. Emma’s husband. Nunzio is deeply in love with his wife and is a great storyteller.

Female Characters

Aida – age 40-80 years old. Aida is Frank’s rock. A very simple, loving woman whose life has been about husband and family. She is a homemaker/housewife and a bit of a worrier.

Emma – age 40-80 years old. Emma is Nunzio’s wife and loves him deeply. She’s a bit more modern than Aida, with a sense of herself. Emma can be a bit of a spitfire and is not afraid to share her opinion.

Caitlin – age 20-40 years old. Attractive and charming, Caitlin is not one to settle for less. She is a bit old-fashioned and stands up for what she believes.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.


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.