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MILWAUKEE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

2018-19 SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS

 

The Milwaukee Entertainment Group will be holding Auditions for it’s 2018-19 Season on Saturday June 2nd from 10am-4pm and Sunday June 3rd from 5pm-9pm at the Brumder Mansion 3046 W Wisconsin Ave. Descriptions of our scheduled plays are posted below.

To set up an audition, please email Amanda at: production@milwaukeeentertainmentgroup.com
In the email please include a headshot and resume and the times you are available on the audition dates.

Please prepare a monologue under 3 minutes long and be ready for possible cold readings. If you are interested in singing in one of our shows with music, please also prepare a song of your choice that shows off your full vocal range to be sung a capella. Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume to your audition and have conflicts available to share. Callbacks will be scheduled separately as needed for each production.

OUTSKIRTS THEATRE PRESENTS
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR

By Lillian Hellman
In the Subterranean Theatre at the Brumder Mansion

Directed by Dylan Sladky

Follow this link for Outskirts Audition Details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/369493936793034/
For More Information about MEG please visit:
www.milwaukeeentertainmentgroup.com


MEG’S 2018-2019 SEASON
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JAKE REVOLVER VCR REPAIRMAN
By Matthew Konkel
September 7TH-22ND, 2018
Directed by Tom Marks


ABOUT THE SHOW

Eons ago (actually about 3 years) when the world was younger and some of us were shorter, MEG produced a hilarious radio-style show titled Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent by local playwright Matthew Konkel. He has now written a sequel to the show curiously titled: Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman. Employing the same silly noir-parody tone and live radio show format as the original, Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman is more amusing and more “radioing” than the first! In the new episode, Jake Revolver has left his investigative roots to open a successful, albeit obsolete, video repair business and is charged with finding the ominous and infamous Berlese VCR. It’s a seriously funny foray into the dark and hysterical world of a once secret agent turned small electronics mechanic. Don’t miss Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman!
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ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
By Joseph Kesselring
October 12TH-27TH, 2018
Directed by Zach Thomas Woods

ABOUT THE SHOW
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life, he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity as well. Join us for this uproariously farce on plays involving murder.
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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A LIVE MUSICAL RADIO PLAY
December 7TH-22ND, 2018
Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast
by Lance Arthur Smith
Original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz

ABOUT THE SHOW
When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts.
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LITTLE WARS
By Steven Carl Mccasland
March 22ND-April 6th, 2019
Directed by Bryce Lord

ABOUT THE SHOW
In 1980, Mary McCarthy told Dick Cavett that “everything Lillian Hellman says is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” She also claimed to know a woman who could prove it. And with those words, a legendary literary feud began. In Little Wars, it’s France, 1940. Tensions are high. The booze is flowing. War is coming. Inspired by one of the literary world’s most famous scandals, Steven Carl McCasland’s LITTLE WARS features Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Agatha Christie, Alice B. Toklas and Muriel Gardiner having the best what-if dinner party imaginable. Together they’ll drink, scoff and face their demons. Everyone has a confession. Someone has a secret.

“Have you ever dreamed of attending one of Gertrude Stein’s infamous salons?… Little Wars…is about as close as you can get. I can’t recall the last time I saw so many incredible personalities portrayed on stage, let alone in a cast entirely of women.” – After Ellen
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NOT DEAD YET
By Andrew Peterson
June 7th– 22nd, 2019
Directed by Robert A Zimmerman

ABOUT THE SHOW
Join us in witnessing the disastrously unsuccessful efforts of a buffoonish, egocentric director to stage a murder-mystery play at the Brumder Mansion. It is quirky, dark and absurd. We’d tell you ahead of time the name of the famous director who’s coming to The Brumder Mansion – but we’d have to kill you. Trust us – you’ve heard of him. You’ve stood in line to see his movies. You’ve seen them on Netflix… Some of you have probably even pirated them on the torrents (don’t worry – we won’t tell). And now he’s coming here. To Milwaukee. To take you behind the scenes of his next artistic sensation: Not Dead Yet. Don’t miss it.

 

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THE CHILDREN’S HOUR

Written by Lillian Hellman

Directed by by Dylan Sladky
AUDITION LOCATION & DATES 

Auditions will be held at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
1110 N Market St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Auditions for adult roles will be Monday May 7th, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Call backs for adult roles will be Tuesday May 8th, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Auditions for child roles will be Wednesday May 9th, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm & Saturday May 12th, 2018 from 11:00am – 2:00pm
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Please have a 1 minute monologue prepared.
You may also be asked to read from the script.
SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT HERE
Walks-ins will also be welcome!
Performance Dates

Performance dates will be July 19th, 2018 – July 22nd, 2018 & July 27th, 2018 – July 29th, 2018

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Set in a fictional New England town in the 1930s, The Children’s Hour tells the story of two women who are unjustly accused of homosexual activity by one of their students: one Mary Tilford. The outraged community (prompted by the influential Amelia Tilford, an upstanding member of Lancet–who also happens to be the indulgent grandmother of Mary) quickly withdraws all of their students, causing a witch hunt that ultimately forces the school to close. Their lives quickly unravel as they become social pariahs. At its premiere, Hellman’s The Children’s Hour was a controversial piece that caused the author to be blacklisted. Today, it remains a haunting reminder of the horrors of intolerance.

 

AVAILABLE ROLES

 

PRIMARY CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)
AGATHA (35-65 years old)
A no-nonsense, middle-aged maid in the employ of Amelia Tilford. She is stern and straight-laced with Mary, who calls her “stupid,” although Agatha clearly sees through Mary’s deceptions. Agatha’s attempts to make the child into a “lady” are frustrated by Mrs. Tilford, who is deaf to the maid’s common-sense observations. Agatha also attempts to support Martha and Karen in their efforts to convince Mrs. Tilford that Mary concocted her story to destroy the young teachers.
DR. JOSEPH CARDIN (26-33 years old)
Cardin is a relaxed and amiable doctor and Karen Wright’s fiance. His casual dress reflects his warm, easy-going nature. He is also gracious and humorous and seems ideally suited to Karen.
MRS. AMELIA TILFORD (60’s)
A wealthy widow, Mrs. Tilford is a large, dignified woman in her sixties. She has been an influential supporter of the Wright-Dobie School, where her granddaughter, Mary, is enrolled. Although she is a fair and generous person, she lacks good judgment when it comes to matters concerning her granddaughter. She recognizes that Mary is both spoiled and manipulative, but she dotes on the child and is utterly blind to the girl’s vicious nature.
MARY TILFORD (11-15)
The spoiled granddaughter of Amelia Tilford, Mary is a problem child at the Wright- Dobie School. She appears “undistinguished,” but she is clever and used to having her own way with her doting grandmother. She also attempts to manipulate everyone at the school, resorting to a variety of tricks, including flattery, feigned sickness, blackmail, physical intimidation, and whining complaints.
ROSALIE WELLS (11-15)
Rosalie, a student at the Wright-Dobie School, appears first in the hectic scene opening the play, having her hair badly trimmed by Evelyn Munn. Unlike Peggy and Evelyn, she is not cowed by Mary Tilford, whom she does not like.

MINOR CHARACTERS
HELEN BURTON (11-15)
One of the girls at Karen and Martha’s school, she plays a limited role. It is her bracelet that classmate Rosalie Wells “borrows.” an act which allows Mary to blackmail Rosalie into confirming Mary’s lies about Karen and Martha. Helen is one of the first to be pulled out of the school when Mrs. Tilford begins spreading the fiction that Karen and Martha are lesbian lovers.
CATHERINE (11-15)
Catherine is one of the students at the Wright-Dobie School. She appears only in the first scene, where she attempts to help Lois prepare for a Latin test. The Latin lesson contributes to the chaotic lack of discipline in Mortar’s classroom, revealing Lily’s incompetence as a teacher.
LOIS FISHER (11-15)
Another of Karen and Martha’s students, she receives Lain tutoring from Catherine at the play’s opening, conjugating Latin in hectic counterpoint to Peggy Roger’s reading of Portia’s “quality of mercy ” speech from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Lily Mortar’s languid criticism. Like Catherine, she plays no significant role in the rest of the drama.
GROCERY BOY
The unnamed grocery boy makes a very brief appearance in the last scene, carrying a box of groceries into the school’s living room. He is almost mute, but his puerile gawking and giggling are indicative of the damage done to the reputations of Karen and Martha as a result of Mary’s accusations.
EVELYN MUNN (11-15)
One of the girls at the Wright-Dobie School, Evelyn is first encountered in the opening scene, in which she mangles Rosalie Wells’ hair with a pair of scissors. Evelyn, who lisps, is relatively quiet and timid. With Peggy Rogers, she overhears the conversation between Martha Dobie and Lily Mortar; the overheard conversation becomes the keystone in the malicious arch of lies that Mary Tilford constructs. Like Peggy, Evelyn is a victim of Mary’s intimidation, which, at the end of the first act, turns to physical abuse. When Mary attempts to extort money from Peggy, Evelyn tries to interfere and is slapped in the face for her efforts.
PEGGY ROGERS (11-15)
A student at the Wright-Dobie School, Peggy, like Evelyn Munn, is easily intimidated by Mary Tilford. She appears in the opening scene, where, under Lily Mortar’s tutelage, she tries to read Portia’s famous speech on the quality of mercy. Unimaginative, she shows little interest in Shakespeare Her grandest aspiration is to marry a lighthouse keeper. Peggy is with Evelyn when they overhear the fateful conversation between Martha Dobie and her aunt. Thereafter the pair confide in Mary, who immediately puts her malicious scheme into operation by extorting money from Peggy, who was saving it for a bicycle.
SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT HERE
Walks-ins will also be welcome!