methacton community theater

2018 Auditions

The Battle of Shallowford by Ed Simpson

Directed by Geoff Randall
Produced by Loretta Rurode and Lauren Franz

On a quiet Sunday night in October of 1938 at Burton Mock's general store in Shallowford, NC. Burton and his teenage daughter, Ruthie, are discussing her future. She's convinced she can handle life outside the rural Shallowford, her father would like her to stay close. As the night progresses, a host of colorful locals arrive at the store, including science obsessed, 17 year old Lonny. The rest of the world is on the brink of war, but these folks are only interested in local gossip until they turn on the radio and learn that the Martians have invaded! It is the night of Orson Welles' history War of the Worlds radio drama! They fall hook, line and sinker for the broadcast and run out to do battle.

Audition Dates: 

DECEMBER 1, 2017  7-9 PM

DECEMBER 2, 2017  2-4 PM

Show Dates: March 16, 17, 18,  24, 25, 2018

Location:
Producer's Home
117 Summit Avenue
Eagleville, PA 19403

All auditions will include a cold read. The director is looking for the following characters:

Burton Mock: Age: late 30's to early 40's
He is the proprietor of Mock's General Store and Shallowford's postmaster.Calm and good natured.

Ruthie Mock: Age: 17
Burtons daughter. Pretty and romantic, she helps out in the store but longs for excitement and adventure.

Lonny Hutchins: Age: 17
A shy intelligent dreamer and an avid reader of science fiction magazines.

Clunette Campbell: Age late 30's
A regular at Mocks. He is opinionated ,excitable ,a gossip, and a complainer.

Roy Sprinkle: Age: 70's
Called Mr. Roy by everyone, he is a veteran raconteur with a sly sense of humor. He lost an arm during the Spanish-American war.

Dewey Sowers: Age:17
Tall, strapping, and handsome. He is the local football hero and brags to hide his awkwardness.

Newsome Jarvis: Age: 50's
A silent, mysterious, and reclusive farmer. He is the kind of man that town gossips love.

Doodad Jarvis: Age: 20's
Newsome's son. Extremely slow-witted.

Fred Martin: Age: 30's
Well-dressed, refined, and a trifle effeminate. He is the organist and choir director at the local Methodist Church.


Crazy For You

 Book by Ken Ludwig
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Music by George Gershwin

Directed by Elizabeth Butler
Produced by Heather McElhiney & Dustin Yenser

 

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU® tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Audition Dates: 

JANUARY  7, 2018  7-10 PM

JANUARY  8, 2018  2-5 PM

Callbacks: JANUARY 10, 2018 7-10 PM

Show Dates:

APRIL 27, 28, 29, MAY 4, 5, 6, 2018

       Location:
Shannondell Performing Arts Theater
10000 Shannondell Dr.
Audubon, PA 19403

Sign up here.

 
~Auditions will consist of a group dance, followed by individual singing. Dance from 7- 8:45, singing from 8:45-10 PM.

 

~Please plan to attend the full 3 hours.

~Performers will sign up for either January 7 or 9 and will attend until dismissed after singing.

~Upon arrival at auditions, performers will sign in and that list will be used for the singing portion order. 

~Once a performer has signed up using SignUp Genius, audition materials will be shared via email/Dropbox.

The director is looking for the following:

BOBBY CHILD

Leading Man, baritone, aged 25-35

Bobby is a New Yorker in love with musical theatre but is forced to work in a bank by his controlling mother. He has been engaged to Irene Roth for 5 years but doesn’t want to marry her. When he goes to Deadrock

to escape Irene, he meets Polly, falls instantly in love with her and decides to put on a show to pay off the mortgage on her father’s theatre . In order to receive respect, he entices the Zangler folly girls to come to Deadrock and disguises himself as Bella Zangler, the established producer. Bobby is involved in 12 songs so he needs to be a strong singer, actor, tapper and ballroom dancer for his “Fred and Ginger” type numbers with Polly.

 

POLLY BAKER

Leading Lady, mezzo, aged 20–30

Polly is the only female living in Deadrock where she is the postmistress and “all American girl”. The men adore her but Lank Hawkins is always asking her to marry him. She tries not to show her love

for Bobby when she discovers that he is from the bank which wants to foreclose on her father’s theatre. Then she falls for Bobby disguised as Zangler but naturally true love prevails and the pair finally end up together.

Polly is involved in 9 musical numbers and needs to be a good tapper, soft shoe and ballroom dancer with a

strong voice.

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BELA ZANGLER

Male supporting role, baritone, aged 35 –55 with a Hungarian accent.

Zangler is an established New York musical producer and theatre owner. He follows Tess, his dance director,

to Deadrock despite being already married.  Zangler enjoys a very funny drunk scene and duet with Bobby so needs to be a good character actor.

 

LOTTIE CHILD

Non singing female role aged 45–60

Lottie is Bobby’s business orientated and controlling motherwho gives him an allowance. She wants him to

forego his ideas of being in musical theatre and make a career in the bank . She is a very bossy and overbearing woman.

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IRENE ROTH

Supporting mezzo role,aged 25 –33

Bobby’s domineering fiancée.

They have been engaged for 5 years. She follows Bobby to Deadrock and finally accepts the

fact that Bobby won’t marry her because he loves Polly. Irene falls madly for Lank Hawkins whom she seduces with her only song “Naughty Baby.” She needs to move well.

 

LANK HAWKINS

Supporting male role, aged 30–45

Lank is the owner of the Deadrock Saloon. No solos but sings in many of the chorus numbers. Lank wants to buy the Deadrock theatre from Polly’s father and has some very funny lines of dialogue. He wants Polly to marry him until Irene throws herself in his direction.

 

TESS

Female follies dance director aged 22 –32

Tess is pursued by Zangler even though he is married. Tess sings and dances with the other follies girls so must be a good tapper.

 

PATSY

Female follies girl aged 18 –32

This is a “dumb” blonde role . Patsy has a high pitched speaking role and sings and dances with the other follies girls. She needs to be a good tapper.

 

EVERETT BAKER

Male baritone, Polly’s father, aged 48–60

Everett is always reminiscing about how lovely Polly’s mother was when she performed in the Gaiety

Theatre, Deadrock. Finally, he falls instantly in love with Lottie Child when she arrives in Deadrock.

 

EUGENE FODOR

Male baritone, cameo role, aged 40 –55

He is an English tourist who with his sister is writing a guide book to the American West.

He needs to be able to dance.

 

PATRICIA FODOR

Eugene’s English sister, cameo role, soprano, aged 32 –50

A fellow tourist who also needs to be able to dance.

 

MOOSE, MINGO, SAM

All aged 18–35

All these characters have small dialogue and form the Cowboy Trio who have solo pieces and sing with the male chorus. Ideally, they  need to be tappers and dancers to partner with the follies girls.

 

HARRY, PETE, CUSTUS, JIMMY, BILLY, WYATT, JUNIOR

All aged 18 – 35

Harry is the bartender, Billy, Wyatt and Junior are the card players. All these men have lines of dialogue and need to be tappers and dancers to partner the follies girls.  All these men are involved in staged gun fights for the tourists.

 

FOLLIES GIRLS

8 or 10 singing and tapping girls including Tess and Patsy.

All must be good singers and dancers.

 

ENSEMBLE

Ideally 8 people, 4 males, 4 females, who will be the street crowds for New York and Deadrock when the follies there, are a success. You will be onstage at different times throughout the show.





Auditions
 
 Crazy For You
January 7 & 8, 2018  


Auditions

 
 Crazy For You
March 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2018  




 
 







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