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The Kelsey Theatre has 10 different Theatre Companies that use our stage and their needs vary.  Please read ALL audition notices through to see what is required and how to sign up for the audition. 

All auditions for Kelsey Theatre productions will be held on the Mercer County Community College unless stated otherwise in the announcement.  Auditions are usually held in the College's Communications Building please check the Kelsey Theatre sign boards for specific room locations.

If you would like to receive audition notifications via email please send an email including your name and email address to Amy Bessellieu at bessella@mccc.edu .   We will soon be changing over email servers and want to make sure you get on the right list.

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Pierrot Productions will hold non-union auditions for

Fun Home

(through special arrangement with Samuel French)

  

About the Show: 

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing awareness of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires. The five-time Tony Award-winning Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about candidly examining who you have become and understanding who your parents have always been.

  

Audition Dates:

Tuesday, July 10th, 7-10pm

Friday, July 13th, 7-10pm

Saturday, July 14th, 10am-1pm

Call Backs (by invitation only): Sunday, July 15th, 12-10pm

  

Audition Location:

Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

Communication (CM) Building

  

*Special note for child actors: Please submit resume, headshot and video (YouTube/Vimeo link preferred but attachments also accepted) of 16-32 bars of any song directly to funhomeatkelsey2018@gmail.com. Further auditions will be scheduled as necessary by invitation only.

Production Team

Director: Kat Ross Kline

Music Director: Peter de Mets

Stage Manager: Jaci D'Ulisse

 

Show Dates

Fridays: September 21st & 28th at 8pm

Saturdays: September 22nd & 29th at 8pm

Sundays: September 23rd & 30th at 2pm

  

How to Sign Up

Please sign up for an audition using Sign Up Genius at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0545ADAB22A7F58-nonaea

 

If you do not schedule an audition appointment, you will be seen as availability permits.

 

Audition Details and Requirements

** Full song in the style of the show with sheet music in the appropriate key - an accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or CDs/iPods will be permitted.

** Cold readings from the script are possible

** Provide current resume and headshot if available 

** List of all known conflicts between July 16th and September 30th (rehearsals are built around actors' schedules and consideration is made for vacations)

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact funhomeatkelsey2018@gmail.com

  

Available Roles

ALISON BECHDEL Lesbian cartoonist; wry, pragmatic, super intelligent; Alison is stuck artistically, and goes in search of the pieces of the story of her father's demise in an effort to heal herself. Age: 35-45 years

Vocal: Alto - low E to light belt C#

 

BRUCE BECHDEL Alison's father, a closeted gay man. A high-school English teacher, small-town funeral home director, and historic home restoration fanatic, he is charming on the surface, with deep layers of shame and anger right underneath. Age: 35-50 years

Vocal: Tenor - B to G

 

HELEN BECHDEL Alison's mother. Intelligent, composed, with a quiet coiled intensity. Formerly a promising actress, now an English teacher, she is frustrated and exhausted by her tumultuous, emotionally abusive marriage. Age: 35-45 years

Range: Mezzo - Ab to strong mixed E

 

MEDIUM ALISON Alison Bechdel as a freshman at Oberlin College, discovering her sexuality. Incredibly well-read, hyper-intelligent, socially awkward, and overjoyed by sex. Age: 18-20 years

Vocal: Alto - strong mix-belt to C and effortless mix to E

JOAN A student at Oberlin. She exudes a confident, sexual energy, with a dry sense of humor. Unlike Alison, Joan is very comfortable in her skin and openly identifies as a lesbian. Age: 18-22 years

Vocal: Alto - must handle harmonies.

 

ROY / PETE / MARK / BOBBY JEREMY (to be played by one actor) Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work; Pete, a mourner who visits the funeral home; Mark, a high school junior; Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer of a band in Alison's imagination. Good-looking singer with a strong clean 70s pop sound. Age: 16-30 years

Vocal: High tenor to a B

 

CHILDREN

SMALL ALISON Alison Bechdel as a child. Precocious and opinionated, yet because of the era she's growing up in, she doesn't have the vocabulary to fully define herself. Age: 9-11 years

Vocal: B to B

 

CHRISTIAN BECHDEL Alison's brother, he tries to be the leader but is overshadowed by Alison's strong personality. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well.  Age: 9-11 years

 

JOHN BECHDEL Alison's younger brother. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. Must be able to sing harmonies and move well.  Age: 7-9 years

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN

By Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Ruth Markoe

 

THEATER TO GO will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, by Lorraine Hansberry to be produced at Kelsey Theatre October 19-28 2018 at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor NJ Seeking 8 African American actors and 1 Caucasian actor All roles are Non-Equity, unpaid

AUDITION & PERFORMANCE LOCATION:

 

  *   Kelsey Theatre (at MCCC) room TBD, 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

AUDITION DATES & TIMES 

  *   Monday July 30: 6:30-9:30 pm

  *   Tuesday July 31: 6:30-9:30 pm

  *   Other times by Appointment

PERFORMANCE DATES

  *   Fridays, October 19 & 26, 2018 at 8pm

  *   Saturdays, October 20 & 27, 2018 at 8pm

  *   Sundays, October 21 & 28, 2018 at 2pm

  *   Thursday October 25 at 10 am DAYTIME SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

APPOINTMENTS SUGGESTED

PREPARE

Please prepare a dramatic monologue. You may be asked to cold read from the script Please bring a photo and resume, or email to Info@TheaterToGo.com in advance of the audition

 

ONLINE sign up for audition time

https://tinyurl.com/Raisin-in-the-Sun-Audition

EMAIL info@TheaterToGo.com

TELEPHONE: 609 895 9661

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals will begin in late August/ early September and will be determined after reviewing cast conflicts For questions or comments or to get some suggested readings from the play, please contact Ruth@TheaterToGo.com

SYNOPSIS

Set on Chicago's South Side in the late 1950's, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger Family: son Walter Lee, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and Matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena has dreams of moving into a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The family tensions, and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family's heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is s searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.  (Samuel French description)

CHARACTERS: All roles are African American except for Karl Lindner

*         Walter Lee Younger: (Male, 30-40) - the protagonist, energetic dreamer, full of hope and despair, wants to raise his family out of poverty, frustrated by his lack of know-how. Wants to open his own business.

*         Lena Younger: (Female, 55-65) - Family matriarch, wise, strong, caring, fiercely loyal to her beliefs and dreams, uneducated but has worked hard to provide and care for her family; does not always understand some of the "new" ways of doing things.

  *   Ruth Younger: (Female, 30-35) - Walter's wife, loving mother and wife, but very weary from the burden that poverty adds to their daily life. She is resigned to their situation. She worries that Walter's dreams are unrealistic.

  *   Beneatha Younger: (Female, 18-22) - Walter Lee's younger sister. She prides herself on being an intellectual, as she is the most educated member of the family. Wants to be a doctor She is constantly questions Mama's traditional values. Exploring her personal identity as an African-American woman while dating both George, a wealthy African American man, and Asagai, a Nigerian student.

  *   Travis Younger: (Male, 8-14) - son of Walter Lee and Ruth. Sleeps on the couch since there is no bedroom for him. Curious and playful but often sad because of all the family's problems; hopeful; looks up to his father; loves his mother but often clashes with her.

  *   Joseph Asagai: (Male, 18-22) - Nigerian college student, friend and suitor of Beneatha. The most travelled character and therefore brings a vastly different perspective for Beneatha to consider. Actor must be able to speak with African accent.

  *   George Murchison: (Male, 19-21) - wealthy college student, suitor of Beneatha with conservative traditional values. Takes pride in his social standing, not interested in her intellect or radical views.

  *   Bobo: (Male, 28-40) - Walter Lee's friend from the neighborhood and would-be business partner. A wheeler dealer but gullible.

  *   Karl Lindner: (Male, 45-60) - The only white character in the play. Represents a neighborhood association concerned about blacks moving in to "their" neighborhood. Probably a nice enough man in his own environment; honestly believes he is serving a greater good.

ABOUT THEATER TO GO

Theater To Go, under the leadership of Ruth Markoe, began in 1992 and has been providing quality entertainment in NJ and regionally since then.  It is best known for audience participation murder mysteries and other interactive comedy theater however has expanded to include full length plays and staged readings.  T2G produced the award winning production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mark Violi's historical drama ROEBLING: THE STORY OF THE BROOKLYN  BRIDGE,<http://www.roeblingplay.com> which tells the remarkable story of the dedication and adversities of the Roebling family, with roots in NJ, that brought this magnificent national icon to New York. Under the direction of Ruth Markoe, this full-length play was recently performed to sold out audiences at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor NJ.  Other recent productions include RIDING THE COMET at the NY Theater Festival Summerfest and TWENTIETH CENTURY at Kelsey Theatre


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AMERICAN IDIOT

 

The Pennington Players are thrilled to bring The Kelsey Theatre premiere of GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT, a show written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

 

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown. The production features explicit content and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

 

If you have any questions, please email the Pennington Players anytime at AmericanIdiotPennington@gmail.com

 

This is a non-union, non-paid production. Due to explicit lyrics and adult content, only performers aged 18 and over will be considered.

 

Show Synopsis

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

 

Audition Dates

  • Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Invited Callbacks: Monday, August 6, 2018

 

Audition Location

  • Mercer County Community College – West Windsor Campus – CM Building

 

Production Company & Creative Team

  • Presented by The Pennington Players
  • Producer/Stage Manager –  Vicki Kaiser
  • Director – Kyrus Keenan Westcott
  • Choreographer – Rachel Tovar
  • Music Director – Ashley DeAntonio

 

Performance Dates & Location

  • All performances will take place inside The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • Performance Dates:
    • Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8pm
    • Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8pm
    • Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2pm
    • Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8pm
    • Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8pm
    • Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2pm

 

Rehearsal Information

  • The first rehearsal will take place Thursday, August 9th at 7pm.
  • The rehearsal schedule will be created after the show is cast. However, you can take note that we will be rehearsing 3-4 nights per week beginning August 9th.
  • While you may not be called to every rehearsal, please note that this will be an extensive rehearsal process that will require a strong commitment of time and energy.
  • While rehearsals will be scheduled around cast conflicts, we will not be casting anyone with a significant amount of conflicts between August 9th and October 14th.

How To Sign-up

  • If you are interested in auditioning, please visit www.penningtonplayers.org and follow the instructions.
  • Audition appointments are required. Walk-ins are welcome, but they will be seen after the scheduled appointments. Please sign-up for an appointment.

What You Need for the Audition

  • Please bring your headshot and resume with you to the audition.
  • Prepare 16-32 bars of any song in the style of the show: rock/pop/punk. An accompanist will be provided.
  • If you can play guitar, bring it, and prepare a verse of a Green Day song in addition to your 16-32 bar song selection. This is not required.
  • After everyone in your group sings, there will be a dance call. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for movement.

 

What We’re Casting

All roles are open. There are no pre-cast roles. We are casting ALL ETHNICITIES.

  • Johnny
    • Male – 20s to 30s – The self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia”. Bored of his do-nothing, go-nowhere existence, he takes off for the city to get a new lease on life. He wages an inner war between a budding love for Whatsername and growing dependency on St. Jimmy and drugs.
  • Tunny
    • Male – 20s to 30s – Johnny’s friend who follows him to the city and eventually enlists in the army. He travels to the Middle East. A dreamer who is easily swayed, first by Johnny’s ideas and then by patriotism and the American Dream.
  • Will
    • Male – 20s to 30s – Johnny’s friend. He ends up staying in Suburbia to take care of his pregnant girlfriend Heather. The more he stays on the couch, the more he becomes slowly disconnected from the world and his own relationships.
  • St. Jimmy
    • Male or Female – 20s to 40s – Johnny’s alter ego. Known as the “city badass”. An enigmatic and charismatic enabler who gets Johnny addicted to drugs and grows jealous of his relationship with Whatsername.
  • Heather
    • Female – 20s to 30s – A girl in suburbia and Will’s girlfriend. She discovers she is pregnant but has difficulty telling her boyfriend of the news. Once she settles down with him, she struggles to maintain their relationship with his despondency and eventually leaves him.
  • Whatsername
    • Female – 20s to 30s – A girl in the city who falls for Johnny. A rebellious activist who is willing to follow Johnny to the ends of the earth but fights to have him embrace their authentic relationship rather than pursue his addiction.
  • Extraordinary Girl
    • Female – 20s to 30s – A girl in the Middle East who appears as a sexual hallucination to injured Tunny. Attractive and mysterious, she later appears as his nurse and accompanies him home after the war.
  • Ensemble
    • Male and Female – A strong group of singers and dancers above the age of 18. Very active ensemble involved in the entire show, barely leaving the stage. Featured solos/songs throughout.

 

To sign-up for an audition slot, visit www.penningtonplayers.org.

 

 

 

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A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL

P R E S E N T E D   B Y :   M&M STAGE PRODUCTIONS

DIRECTOR: Carolyn Anzuini                  CHOREOGRAPHER: Laura Ghaffoor

 

AUDITION DATES:

Wed, Aug 22, Thurs, Aug 23 (7-9)

Sat, Aug 25 (10-3)

Mercer County Community College, 1200 OLD TRENTON RD,  W. WINDSOR, N.J. 08550

  

 

SHOW DATES: Friday, 11/16 & 11/30 (8:00), Sat, 11/17, 11/24 & 12/1 (2:00 & 8:00), Sun, 11/18, 25 & 12/2 (2:00)

 

The audition will consist of singing (audition songs listed below), a reading (if needed) and dance. 

Readings are from the script.

Please bring the audition form, an updated picture and resumé with you.

Please bring jazz and tap shoes. (If you do not have tap shoes, bring well-fitting shoes with hard soles)

Everyone will be taught some dance movements so please wear comfortable clothes. There will be a tap audition for children and Miss Shields.     

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT: 

www.mandmstage.com/auditions

QUESTIONS:

email auditions@mandmstage.com

S H O W   S Y N O P S I S

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many

 

 

C H A R A C T E R S ,  S T A G E   A G E S  &  A U D I T I O N   S O N G S  :

JEAN SHEPHERD/NARRATOR: (Male, late 40s to early 50s) (LEAD) Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw the audience in. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye. Has presence and spark. A good-natured curmudgeon. Sings one line at the end of the show.  Does not need to dance. SONG: “A Major Award” or “Up on Santa’s Lap”

THE OLD MAN: (Male, late 30s-40’s) (LEAD) Has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He usually expects the worst,

but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it.  Must be comfortable working with kids. High baritone or tenor to high H. A song and dance man. SONG: “A Major Award”                       

MOTHER: (Female 30s-40s) (LEAD) More in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough. Strong willed, straight forward, no nonsense, midwestern. Mezzo-soprano low G to high Db.     SONG: “What A Mother Does”

RALPHIE: (Male 9-12) (LEAD) A regular cute kid. The boy next door. Bright, but not precocious. Above all, a dreamer. Must be an excellent singer and carry a show. Tap dance a big plus. High belter, low F to high D     SONG:  “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

RANDY: (Male 8-10) (LEAD) Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward; admires Ralphie, but won’t admit it. Cuddly and whiny but

not a brat. Must be comfortable on stage and be able to tap. High belter, low F to high C.   SONG:  “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

MISS SHIELDS: (Mid 20’s-40’s) (SUPPORTING) Ralphie’s elementary teacher. Character woman who’s great with comedy. Flexible voice who is comfortable singing both legit and contemporary Broadway. Great mover and strong tapper. Alto belter. SONG: “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

SCUT FARKUS: (10-13)(FEATURED) Classic bully, who should be taller than the other kids. There’s nothing that you like about him. The type you avoid in school. Gruff character voice. Must be able to tap.                                         SONG:  “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

GROVER DILL: (8-10)(FEATURED) Farcus’ toady, smaller. SONG:  “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

SCHWARTZ & FLICK: (9-12) (FEATURED) Classmates of Ralphie         SONG:  “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

SANTA: (Male, 30-60)(FEATURED) Ill-tempered, inebriated, unhappy with his job. Tenor    SONG: “Up on Santa’s Lap”

CHILD TAP SPECIALIST: (Male, 8-12) Performs a featured tap solo. Strong tap dancer.

ADDITIONAL ROLES FOR ADULTS:  Elves, Delivery men, Villain, Bank robbers, Prisoner, Mrs. Schwartz, Flick’s Mom, Nancy’s Mother, Policeman, Fireman, Doctor Nurse, Waiter, Townspeople.   Must be able to sing and comfortable with some dancing. Strong dancers are also needed.    MEN: “A Major Award” or “Up on Santa’s Lap”      LADIES: “What A Mother Does” or “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

ADDITIONAL ROLES FOR CHILDREN :  : (8-12) Esther Jane, Mary Beth, Nancy, Goggles Kid, Can-Can Girls, Can-Can Girlfriend, Waiter’s Daughter and ensemble. ALL kids need to be able to sing and dance (tapping experience preferred).     SONG:  “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana”

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