Auditions for Murder on the Orient Express

The Little Theatre of Manchester announces auditions for a February production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express adapted by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Shane Kegler. Auditions are November 3 and 6 at 7 pm at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. NO RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Please bring a resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Rehearsals will start the end of November/early December for a February open. Any questions please contact auditions@cheneyhall.org

We are seeking an ensemble of comic actors with great facility with accents. Actively seeking all ethnicities for all roles. The roles are as follows:
POIROT – a famous Belgian detective; a “Big” personality; authoritative, witty, charismatic and slightly pompous; driven to find the answers, good or bad, with a strong moral sense;
MACQUEEN – tightly wound, edgy and nervous; he seems to always be on the verge of falling apart or coming unwound.
BOUC – male, 30’s to 50’s. A Belgian man of good humor. Playful, proud, generous. A whirlwind of energy. Must be an excellent comedian.
SAMUEL RATCHETT: Middle-aged American businessman, evil at heart and frightening, brusque, unforgiving, stern demeanor. Pushy, domineering.
COLONEL ARBUTHNOT: Scotsman, 30’s to 40’s, handsome, very matter of fact, occasionally tender.
MICHEL: A good-looking Frenchman, about 40, a quiet, almost grave sense of humor. Unfailingly polite.
MARCEL: A Turkish waiter, snooty, smooth.
MARY DEBENHAM – female, 30’s. An English beauty. A governess, capable yet romantic. A sadness around her eyes and a hardness about her person.
GRETA OHLSSON – female, mid 20’s to 60’s. Inherently odd, and very devout Swedish woman. A frightened, sheep-like quality. Swedish accent.
COUNTESS ANDRENYI – female, 20’s to 30’s. Brilliantly beautiful, like something out of a fairytale. Impeccably put together, with a warmth that wins over everyone she meets. Her delicacy belies a steely edge – she is no wilting flower. Hungarian accent.
MRS. HUBBARD – female, late 40’s to 60’s. An outspoken and flamboyant American from the Midwest. Jovial, obnoxious, domineering, deliciously nosy and brash. Unapologetic.
PRINCESS DRAGOMIROFF – female, 60’s to 70’s. A Russian dowager. Very formal, a sweeping, impressive presence. Imperial, impatient.

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Auditions for MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 19th & Monday, May 20th at 7 pm. (Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Tuesday, May 21st) at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. All roles are open. The show is directed and choreographed by Todd Santa Maria with musical direction by Paul Feyer. Rehearsals begin in September.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of music in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. A capella singing and prerecorded tracks will not be allowed at the audition. Also, please come prepared to do a dance combination and perform cold readings from the script. Questions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

THE STORY:
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Sophie Sheridan (born and raised on the island)
Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: F#3 to Vocal range top: E5

Donna Sheridan (Sophie’s mother)
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: E3 to Vocal range top: A5

Sam Carmichael (might be Sophie’s father)
Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: D3 to Vocal range top: Ab4

Bill Austin (might be Sophie’s father)
Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: Bb2 to Vocal range top: F#4

Harry Bright (might be Sophie’s father)
Gender: Male, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: C#3 to Vocal range top: F#4

Sky (Sophie’s fiancé)
Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range bottom: Eb3 to Vocal range top: D5

Tanya (former Dynamo)
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: E3 to Vocal range top: E5

Rosie (former Dynamo)
Gender: Female, Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range bottom: E3 to Vocal range top: D5

Lisa (Sophie’s friend)
Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: G3 to Vocal range top: Db5

Ali (Sophie’s friend)
Gender: Female, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: G3 to Vocal range top: D5

Pepper (Barman at Taverna)
Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range bottom: A4 to Vocal range top: F5

Eddie (helps Sky with Water-Sports)
Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 25

Chorus (Islanders, Wedding-Guests)
Gender: any

 

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Auditions for Broadway Cabaret

OPEN CALL FOR AUDITIONS

The Little Theatre of Manchester in conjunction with students from the University of Hartford is holding open auditions for an upcoming fundraiser for the organization: A Broadway Cabaret. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester.

  • Performance Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7 pm—ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY
  • Must be 18+ to audition
  • Audition with the songs you want to perform–OPEN TO ALL BROADWAY TUNES
  • Accompaniment will be provided–BRING SHEET MUSIC
  • You may audition with any combination of the three: ONE SOLO, ONE DUET, OR ONE TRIO/GROUP NUMBER

The event: On Thursday, May 2, the Little Theatre of Manchester in conjunction with students from the University of Hartford will present: A Broadway Cabaret. Featuring the best local performers and some of the most popular songs from Broadway, the evening will showcase the abundance of talent in and near Manchester. Audiences will also enjoy a pre-show dinner. This event is a fundraiser for the Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall, a local theatre dedicated to fostering the interest and appreciation of the performing arts.

 

Any questions, please contact (860) 647-9824 or dharris@cheneyhall.org

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Auditions for The Dixie Swim Club

The Little Theatre of Manchester is holding open auditions for a summer production of The Dixie Swim Club. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23 at 7 pm, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. Seeking five women who read ages 35-55 onstage. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition, and all roles are open. The show is directed by Tracy Funke. Questions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

THE STORY: Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The show focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Sheree Hollinger– Perennial team captain, practical, supportive and a fount of boundless energy. Her tendency is to be hyper-organized occasionally drives her friends a bit crazy. She is the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, NC.

Dinah Grayson– The wise-cracking cynic who has fought her way to the top and enjoys the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dina seldom reveals her softer side.

Lexie Richards– A true southern belle from Chapel Hill, NC, Lexi is the vain, youth-obsessed event planner for a chain of 4-star hotels, who has her plastic surgeon on speed dial. Multiple marriages haven’t tamed her appetite for male attention, and she’ll be happy to share all her wild romantic exploits with anyone who will listen.

Vernadette Simms- If you look in the dictionary under “hard luck case” you’ll find Vernadette. A perpetual cloud hangs over this public school teacher with limited financial resources, a son who’s a career criminal and a daughter who drifts from cult to cult, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of her friends.

Jeri Neal McFeeley– The ditzy ray of sunshine in the group, Jeri Neal is perky, naive and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for years, she has been protected from the seamier side of life and while she appears to be predictable on the surface, Jeri Neal makes life choices that surprise and amaze even her closest friends.

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Auditions for The Normal Heart

The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their June 2019 production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. The production is directed by Michael Forgetta and will run June 7 – 23, 2019. Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5 starting promptly at 7 p.m. Sign-in both days will be at 6:30 p.m. We are seeking 8 men and 1 women. A detailed character breakdown can be found on the LTM website (www.cheneyhall.org). Readings will be from the script. Please be familiar with the show. Rehearsals begin Monday, April 15. Please come to auditions with all known conflicts. Any questions regarding the auditions or show should be directed to artisticcommittee@cheneyhall.org.

Character Breakdown:

Ned Weeks – loosely based on the Larry Kramer, Ned is the protagonist of the play. He is deeply committed to fighting for the rights of gay men and doesn’t mind who he pisses off. He is deeply loyal to everyone and is only looking for one outcome – for all gay men to be proud of being gay. Anyone cast in this role must be willing to be onstage in their underwear and to be very intimate with another man.

Felix Turner – a columnist for the New York Times, he agrees to meet with Ned to learn more about this strange disease, but really he finds Ned attractive. Felix and Ned become lovers in this uncertain time. Felix is kind, genuine, and is one of the few people who can go toe to toe with Ned and not get scared away. Anyone cast in this role must be willing to be very intimate with another man.

Bruce Niles – handsome, commanding, intelligent, and oddly enough in the closet. Bruce is Ned’s friend but also his antagonist at times. Bruce wants to help with the fight but isn’t willing to fully commit by being out about it. Bruce is former military and very charismatic – what all the boys in Fire Island want!

Dr. Emma Bruckner – she is one of the few doctors in New York taking the crisis seriously. She has logged more patients than any doctor in the city and wants to get to the word out to the gay community that there is something wrong. She sees in Ned a kindred spirit and she wants to work with him to start saving lives. She spends the entire show in a wheel chair.

Ben Weeks – Ben is Ned’s brother. He is a very wealthy attorney for a large NY law firm. He loves his brother yet tolerates his brother’s sexuality – “it’s fine with me as long as you don’t waive it in my face”. In the end, aside from Felix, Ben is the only person Ned truly loves and trusts.

Tommy Boatwright – young, excited, passionate and a “southern bitch”. Tommy is “the fixer” of the group. He knows how to talk to people, he knows on to mediate issues, and he is very intelligent and understands what needs to be done.

Mickey Marcus – Mickey represents “Everyman”….well…every gay man. He works for the city of New York, pays his taxes, loves his family and loves being gay. He is proud of who he is and has stood up for gay rights starting with Stonewall. But Mickey is afraid of losing his job and his livelihood thanks to Ned’s tirades.

Track 1:

Craig Donner – appears at the start of the show; Bruce Niles’ boyfriend who has just been diagnosed

Grady – a worker for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis; funny, young

Examining Doctor – a doctor putting Dr. Bruckner through her paces

Track 2:

David – appears at the beginning of the show; has just been examined by Bruckner and recognizes Ned

Hiram Keebler – Mayor Koch’s assistant; officious, condescending, and in the closet.

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Auditions for DREAMGIRLS

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The Little Theatre of Manchester is proud to announce open auditions for their April 2019 production of DREAMGIRLS.

The production will run April 12 thru 28. Auditions will take place at Cheney Hall on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 7:00 pm with callbacks on Sunday, January 20th. Sign-in on Wednesday will begin at 6:30 pm.

Seeking 4 female and 4 male principles (all principle roles are African American). We are also seeking a multi-racial ensemble.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical (Motown-like) or something from DREAMGIRLS. An accompanist will be provided. Come dressed to move. Also be prepared to do reading from the script.

Any questions regarding the auditions should be directed to auditions@cheneyhall.org.

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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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