Seeking Experienced Director for DREAMGIRLS

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking an experienced director for their April 2019 Production of DREAMGIRLS. All are invited to apply with a strong preference for directors of color. DREAMGIRLS is expected to audition in December 2018 with rehearsals beginning late January/early February 2019.

Production dates are April 12 thru 28 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday Matinees). A stipend is provided.

Please send an email of interest, resume and availability for an interview on either November 14 or 15 to Michael Forgetta, Artistic Director at artisticboard@cheneyhall.org.

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Auditions for The Games Afoot

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding auditions for a multi-ethnic cast for a February production of Ken Ludwig’s “THE GAMES AFOOT.” Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 4th at 6:00 pm, and Monday, November 5th at 7:00 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, in Manchester.

Show dates are February 1st – 17th at Cheney Hall.

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking a multi-racial cast for a February production of Ken Ludwig’s smash comedy, The Game’s Afoot, directed by Shane Kegler. Auditions are Sunday, November 4th from 6-8 pm, and Monday, November 5th from 7-9 pm. Auditions are held at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. All roles are available. The Game’s Afoot is a hilarious physical comedy; actors should come prepared to move! Please direct all questions to Auditions@cheneyhall.org

Broadway superstar William Gillette, famous the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a dinner party. But when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette will have to summon every ounce of Sherlock he can to solve the mystery!

ROLES:
William Gillette (Male, 35-45) – Dynamic and charming stage actor.
Felix Geisel (Male, 40-45) – The theatre company’s character actor. Gillette’s best friend.
Simon Bright (Male, 23-28) – Enthusiastic young man, eager to please. Recently married to Aggie.
Inspector Harriet Goring – (Female, 40-59) English and eccentric.
Martha Gillette (Female, 65-79) – William’s elegant and dotting mother.
Madge Geisel (Female 40-45) – Wry and outspoken. Married to Felix
Aggie Wheeler (Female, 23-28) – Ingenue. Good-natured and kind. Married to Simon. Has a dark side.
Daria Chase (Female 34-48) – Glamorous theatre critic people love to hate. Biting, yet charming.

Any questions, please contact auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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Auditions for Kiss Me, Kate

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding auditions for a multi-ethnic cast for a November production of Cole Porter’s classic, “KISS ME, KATE.” Auditions will be held on Monday, June 4th at 6:30 pm, and Tuesday, June 5th at 7:30 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, in Manchester.

Show dates are November 2nd – 18th at Cheney Hall.

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of an upbeat song and a ballad in the style of Cole Porter; both songs may not be requested. Songs from “KISS ME, KATE” are acceptable, but not required. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No self-accompanying or acapella. Dress comfortably in order to dance. Scene selections will be provided.

“KISS ME, KATE” is a play within a play featuring a group of actors at a theatre in Baltimore on opening night of “The Shrew,” a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Taming of the Shrew. The basic story is boy has girl, loses girl, so he tries again and gets her back – a happy ending with lots of comedy in between. It pays homage to Shakespeare, operetta and vaudeville, featuring comic players in the form of 1940’s gangsters. It is a musical comedy with tap, jazz and soft-shoe dance opportunities. The cast is as follows:

Fred Graham – 30 to 40’s+, strong baritone, commanding presence. He is actor, director and producer of the play within the play, “The Shrew” and plays Petruchio. He has the most Shakespearean dialogue and is Lilli V’s ex-husband.

Lilli Vanessi – 30 to 40’s+, strong mezzo soprano. She is an actress of stage and screen, proud, haughty, much like her character Katherine in “The Shrew,” but also vulnerable. Ex-wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.

Lois Lane – 20 to 30’s, strong mezzo belter. She is an actress, the quintessential ingénue with lots of charisma and charm. She also plays Bianca in “The Shrew.”

Bill Calhoun – 20 to 30’s, strong tenor/bari-tenor. He is a ne’er-do-well actor who has a bit of a gambling problem. Is a Broadway hoofer, so he should dance well. He also plays Lucentio in “The Shrew.”

General Harrison Howell – 50+. Dignified General, very political. He is stuffy, bit of a chauvinist, likely Southern. He is engaged to Lilli V.

First Man (Gangster) – 30-50+ comic baritone or tenor. He is the archetypical gangster complete with accent. Does some soft shoe in “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” appears unexpectedly in “The Shrew.”

Second Man (Gangster) – similar to the First Man, but a bit more reserved and has dryer wit.

Harry Trevor – 50+, sings in the ensemble. He is an actor who appears mostly in “The Shrew” as Katherine and Bianca’s father, Baptista, he mainly has Shakespearean dialogue.

Hattie – Any age, strong voice. She is Lilli’s dresser and sings in “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” & “Too Darn Hot.” Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.

Ralph – Any age, sings in “Too Darn Hot” and “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” may be featured as soloist. Is the Stage Manager of “The Shrew” (This can be played by a woman).

Paul – Any age, tenor or bari-tenor. He is Fred’s dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in “Too Darn Hot.”

Gremio and Hortensio – Any age, tenor or bari-tenor. Actors who appear in “The Shrew.” Both are featured in several numbers and should sing and dance well.

Nathaniel, Gregory, and Phillip – Any age. Actors who sing/dance in the ensemble throughout and play Petruchio’s man servants in “The Shrew.

Company ensemble – Actors, Dancers, Stagehands, ‘Paduans’ etc. who sing and dance throughout. Opportunities for solos; roles such as ‘Pops’ Stage Doorman, the Haberdasher, Padua Priest, Singing Girls, Wardrobe lady, Musicians, Waitress, Messenger, Driver & Aides (Flynt & Riley) to the General.

Any questions, please contact auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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ADDITIONAL CALL FOR MEN: AUDITIONS FOR LEADER OF THE PACK

ADDITIONAL CALL FOR MEN

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking a multi-ethnic cast who can sing and dance and represent the classic “girl groups” of the 1960s era for its August 2018 production of “LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL.”

The production is directed by Dwayne Harris with music direction by Paul Feyer and choreography by Tracy Funke.

  • Audition Dates: Monday, May 7 after 6 PM BY APPOINTMENT. To schedule an appointment, please contact dharris@cheneyhall.org or call (860) 647-9824.
  • Audition Location: Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT
  • Production Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays August 4th – 19th

Seeking actors who are strong singers, dancers and movers for most roles. Actors should prepare one Broadway-style song, 32 bars total. Accompanist will be provided; no a cappella auditions, please. Be prepared to dance (jazz shoes or sneakers suggested).

Detailed Character/Song Breakdown:

Males: 

Jeff Barry (Principal), Caucasian, Age 20-30

Gus Sharkey (Principal), Age 30-50

2-4 Various Characters/Chorus/Dancers, Ages 21-35

LEADER OF THE PACK: THE ELLIE GREENWICH MUSICAL is the hit Broadway musical retrospective that celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the 60s charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” and, of course, the title song, “Leader of the Pack.”

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Auditions for Love/Sick

The Little Theatre of Manchester is seeking a mulit-racial cast for a June production of John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK on Sunday, February 11th, and Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. Debi Freund is directing. 

Auditions will take place on Sunday and Tuesday, February 11 and 13 at Cheney Hall located at 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT.  Auditions are from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on both evenings.

Seeking 4 men and 4 women from 20’s – 50’s.Please bring a resume

Readings will be from the script. Rehearsals begin April 16th and will be on Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Thursday’s. The show runs June 1-17th.  Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions should be directed to Debi Freund at 860-604-9111.

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Evenings@7 Meet and Greet

Evenings@7 Meet and Greet

Meet the 2018 Evenings@7 Directors!

  • Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Silk Room @ Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • Cost: Free, although donations to support this type of work are gladly accepted

The directors from the upcoming season of Evenings@7 will be on hand to discuss casting and/or production help! The show titles and directors will be announced soon.

Evenings@7 productions typically rehearse only three or four times and are one-night-only, script-in-hand performances in front of audience of 50 to 100.

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 season of Evenings@7, join us on January 16, 2018, at 7 PM in the Silk Room.

This is a FREE event and no reservations are required!

For more information regarding the Evenings@7 series, call the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

About Evenings@7
Evenings@7 offers FREE presentations of intimate script-in-hand play readings. Open to the public, these ONE-NIGHT ONLY performances are part of Little Theatre’s mission to develop art and artists. This series, featuring both established plays and musicals and new works, enables local talent to grow in their craft by performing for live audiences in a casual atmosphere with minimal production elements.

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Auditions for August: Osage County

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their Spring 2018 production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. The production is directed by Michael Forgetta and will run April 13 through 29.

Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Sunday and Monday, January 7 and 8. Sign-in on Sunday will begin at 5:30 p.m. and auditions will start at 6:00 p.m. Sign-in for Monday will begin at 6:30 p.m. and auditions will start at 7:00 p.m.

We are seeking seven women and six men. A detailed character breakdown can be found below.

Readings will be from the script. Please be familiar with the show. Rehearsals begin Monday, February 5. Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions should be directed to artisticcommittee@cheneyhall.org.

Character Breakdown:

Ages are the character ages – the actor must be able to “play” this age, not “be” this age.

  • Violet Weston: 65 years old; the matriarch of the Weston family. She’s dying of oral cancer, is addicted to pills – LOTS of them but her favorite is downers. She is the product of abuse and inflicts the abuse she received as a child on her children and everyone around her. She is also lightening in a bottle. Violet, even when stoned, is full of energy. There is no downtime for Violet. Very complex and should ultimately have sympathetic qualities.
  • Beverly Weston: 69 years old; the patriarch of the Weston family. An award winning poet who is depressive and an alcoholic. He is the leader of the family but is removed from any connection with anyone. He is a true Oklahoman. He never realized the promise of his talent. Intelligent, kind, introverted yet the walls he’s built with his family is ultimately killing him.
  • Barbara Fordham: 46 years old; the eldest of the 3 Weston daughters. Strong, opinionated, loving yet quickly becoming her mother! She escaped her mother by moving out of state long ago and deep down feels badly about leaving her family. On the surface she is the most together of the Weston girls – a career, her own family. She is having issues with her own family and is now thrust back to the home she left to deal with issues she thought she left behind. Though she escaped Osage County, she cannot escape her inner demons.
  • Bill Fordham: 49 years old; Barbara’s husband. A college professor. Well educated, sweet, funny and successful. He can also be pretty pompous. He’s going through a mid-life crisis and that is causing problems in his marriage. But he’s trying to keep it together and tends to be pragmatic but misses the mark.
  • Jean Fordham: 14 years old; Barbara’s and Bill’s daughter. She’s a precocious teenager. She’s been an adult since the day she was born. Jean’s experimenting with drugs, mainly pot. She’s seeking love and attention that she’s not getting from her parents. She’s looking for someone she can finally trust.
  • Ivy Weston: 44 years old; the middle daughter of Weston girls. She is the only daughter who lives in the hometown where she grew up. She is the strongest, quietest and calmest daughter in the family. She’s intelligent, full of love yet has never developed a full sense of self. She so desires to set herself free from the craziness of the Weston family. Although she is strong, she’s been so beaten down she’s fighting to find hope.
  • Karen Weston: 40 years old; the youngest Weston daughter. The invisible daughter. Full of love and is all heart. Full of energy and embraces life. All she wants is the American dream. She can be naïve and tends to make some questionable decisions in the people with whom she falls in love.
  • Mattie Fae Aiken: 57 years old; youngest sister of Violet. She is the bearer and the hider of the family secrets. She’s full of piss and vinegar. She’s a tough bird, unforgiving and a product of the same abuse Violet suffered, however she survived a little better than Violet did. She’s married to Charlie Aiken and is the mother of Little Charles. Very funny and fun to be around.
  • Charlie Aiken: 60 years old; married to Mattie Fae and the father of Little Charles. He is the kindest person in the whole warped family. He’s full of love and connects to the damage in the family. He sees the family for what it is and knows that it isn’t healthy. He tries to stay out of the madness. But most of all he loves his son more than anything.
  • Little Charles Aiken: 37 years old; son of Mattie Fay and Charles. Calm, balanced and sweet natured. He is like a dog who cringes when you reach out to pet him. He’s been so beaten down by his mother that he sinks in on himself. But he knows his father loves him and tries to gain strength from him. He is NOT developmentally challenged. He’s just been beaten into submission. And he’s trying to find a way out.
  • Johnna Monevata: 26 years old; Native American; the housekeeper. Hired by Beverly Weston to be the housekeeper but doesn’t really know what she’s getting into. She handles it with strength and is the only one who can keep some control in the chaos. She’s peaceful and calm and very grounded. Johnna is non-judgmental and very compassionate. She is Cheyenne and is very connected to her background. She is the backbone of the play.
  • Steve Heidebrecht: 50 years old; Karen’s fiancé. A modern day Rhett Butler with a pervy side! He loves his fiancé…when he’s with her! He is an opportunist. He takes any opportunity for his own gain. At the base, Steve is a jerk.
  • Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: 47 years old; county Sheriff. Barbara’s high school beau who hasn’t left Osage County. He is very “Oklahoma”. Salt of the earth. Hasn’t forgotten about Barbara. Might be a bit stuck in time about the Weston family – remembers when they were young. Decent man. The most “normal” person aside from Johnna in the play.
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Auditions for Harvey

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding open auditions for a February production of Harvey by Mary Chase, directed by Shane Kegler.

Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 27 and 28 at 7 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. No appointment is necessary.

There are roles for 6 men and 6 women. A multicultural cast is desired.

Rehearsals begin December 4th.

Questions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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Auditions for THE ADDAMS FAMILY

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AUDITION NOTICE

Little Theatre of Manchester will be holding open auditions for a November production of The Addams Family on Saturday 6/10 from 10:30 – 1 and Sunday 6/11 from 5:30 – 8 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. All roles are open and a multi-cultural cast is welcome. Those auditioning should bring their resume, prepare a short uptempo number, and come prepared to move. Readings will be done from the script. Below are descriptions of the characters. Any additional information, please contact Auditions@cheneyhall.org.

Addams Family Role Descriptions

  • Wednesday Addams, Female Lead, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano; Age Range look: late teens to early 20’s
  • Gomez Addams, Male Lead, Baritone, Bass ;Age Range: early to mid-40’s
  • Morticia Addams, Female Lead, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto; Age Range look: early 40’s
  • Alice Beineke, Female Supporting, Soprano; Age Range look: early 40’s
  • Fester Addams, Male Supporting, Tenor, Baritone; Age Range look: 40’s – 50’s
  • Pugsley Addams, Male Supporting ,Tenor; Age Range look: Mid teens
  • Mal Beineke, Male Supporting, Tenor; Age Range look: Mid to late 40’s
  • Lucas Beineke, Male Supporting, Tenor, Baritone; Age Range Look: late teens to early 20’s
  • Grandma Addams, Female Featured, Soprano: Age Range look: late 50’s to 60;s
  • Lurch, Male Featured, Bass: Age Range look: timeless
  • Ancestors, Either Gender Ensemble, All Vocal Parts – All Age Ranges

Synopsis
In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

All questions should be directed to (860) 604-9111 or auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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Auditions for THE 39 STEPS

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AUDITION NOTICE

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding open auditions for an August production of The 39 Steps on Sunday, June 4th from 6-8 pm, and Monday, June 5th from 7-9. Auditions are at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester.

All roles are open, and a multi-cultural cast is sought.

Rehearsals begin in June.

Those auditioning should come prepared to read from the script and be dressed to move.

The show is performed with a cast of four. One actor plays the hero, one actress plays three female roles, and two other actors play approximately 50 characters of all ages, genders, physical types, races, and even inanimate objects.

All questions should be directed to (860) 604-9111 or auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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