The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

The Drowsy Chaperone - 2017 Auditions  

Audtion Information

Direction Team

Director - Lance Arnold

Music Director - Karina Allayne

Choreographer - Logan Higgins

 

Information Night

Info Night is July 26, 2017 @ 7-9pm 

Held at Actorsingers Hall 219 Lake Street Nashua NH

Auditions

Audition Dates:

Sunday afternoon, August 6th from 2-5pm, Hall opens at 1pm for dance instruction

Monday evening, August 7th, from 7-10pm, Hall opens at 6pm for dance instruction
 
Callbacks if  necessary, Wednesday evening, August 9th - starting as early as 7pm 
 
Auditions are held at Actorsingers Hall 219 Lake Street Nashua NH

Audition form available soon

 

Audition Requirements

MUSIC:
We are looking for 16 bars in the style of the show. There are no restrictions on the song, if you wish to sing a song from The Drowsy Chaperone you may. Please bring a copy of your sheet music to the audition for the accompanist to use. Jed Holland will be the audition accompanist.

 

Character List

Drowsy Chaperone - Character Breakdown

Man in Chair (age 35-60) - Narrator and host. He is a neurotic shut-in and aficionado of Golden-Age musical theater. He listens to his record collection of classic Broadway shows to pick up his mood when he’s feeling down. The character engages directly and earnestly with the audience. He should be funny and charming but also realistic and natural.

Vocal range: baritone  Dance: Limited

 

Janet Van de Graff (20-30) - Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is retiring from show business to marry Robert Martin. She is the classic 1920’s starlet and ingénue.

Vocal range: mezzo  Dance: Advanced (can safely pull of tricks (splits, acrobatics, contortion, juggling, etc.)



Robert Martin (20-30) – Lead role -  The groom who is in love with Janet Van de Graff. He is the classic 1920’s leading man: charming, handsome, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic.

Vocal range: tenor     Dance: Advanced  (Must be able to tap dance and roller skate.)



The Drowsy Chaperone (45-55) - Janet’s acerbic witted and alcoholic confidante. This role is played as The Grand Dame of the Theater: an aging diva that will steal every scene and skillfully chew the scenery. A big comedic role.

Vocal range: alto  Dance: Moderate



Aldolpho (40 - 55) - Latin Lothario. An over-confident buffoon that specializes in over-acting. Fake accent and excellent comic timing required.

Vocal range: baritone   Dance:  Moderate



Mrs. Tottendale (45-60) - The wealthy host of the wedding. She is dizzy and forgetful, but always sweet and charming. She is oblivious to the mayhem that surrounds her in the show.

Vocal range: alto         Dance: Limited



Underling (40-50) - Mrs. Tottendale’s butler. He is a classic English butler with a long suffering attitude, and understated sense of humor. He delivers lines with a dry sense of humor and sarcasm.

Vocal range: tenor  Dance: Moderate



Feldzieg (35-50) - Broadway producer who wants to stop the wedding and get Janet back in show business. He is an insensitive blowhard and a nervous wreck.

Vocal range: baritone  Dance: Moderate



Kitty (25 - 30’s) – 1920’s blonde chorine. She is the companion of Mr. Feldzieg and is trying to get the role of leading lady in his show. Nasal and annoying, but not mean.

Vocal range: mezzo or soprano   Dance: Moderate/Advanced



George (20-40) – The Best Man. He is loyal, affable, sincere, and nervous. He is a good friend to Robert. He works hard to keep the wedding from being derailed.

Vocal range: tenor    Dance:  Moderate – must be able to tap.



Gangsters 1 & 2 (30-40) – Stereotypical happy-go-lucky Broadway gangsters posing as pastry chefs. Complicated wordplay, classic New York accents and good comic timing required.

Vocal range: baritone  Dance: Moderate/Advanced

 

Trix (25-50) – A confident female aviator. She is a strong woman living a life of adventure. May double in ensemble.

Vocal range: mezzo      Dance: Moderate



Ensemble (Ages 20 & up) – A strong ensemble. actors play many characters. (Tottendale’s staff, Monkeys, reporters, photographers, Chinese monks, wedding guests) Opportunities for featured dancers

All vocal ranges.   Dance: Limited to Advanced All ensemble must move well.

 

Rehearsals

Sun 6-10 pm

Mon & Wed 7-10 pm

First rehearsal is Monday August 14th 2017

No rehearsal on Sunday August 27, 2017 [Wild Party final performance] / Monday September 4, 2017 [ Labor Day ]
 
Tech Week for cast begins on Sunday October 29 2017

 

Performances

Friday, November 3 @ TBA

Saturday November 4 @ TBA

Sunday November 5 @ TBA

Performances at Keefe Center For The Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH

 

The Drowsy Chaperone MTI show page

The Drowsy Chaperone Actorsingers Show Page 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, July 6, 2017 9:54:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Mackenzie Ozaroff (2017) 

Ensemble - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”

IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES

MACKENZIE OZAROFF

ENSEMBLE

 

Actorsingers is pleased to present Windham’s own Mackenzie Ozaroff in our IN THE SPOTLIGHT Series.  She will be performing as an Ensemble member in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.

Mackenzie read about the auditions for SITR on the Actorsinger website and thought “Why not? She loves the feeling of the show, the lights, the costumes, the dancing – really everything – it gives her a rush!  She says it’s been a little tricky being one of the younger people as well as being new to Actorsingers.  But everyone has been so helpful and absolutely wonderful!

Mackenzie got her inspiration to perform from a friend of hers.  She had gone to see her in a show when she was only ten, and decided to give it a try. Eight years later, she’s still at it.

When not in a show, she enjoys playing guitar and singing. She also does a lot with photography. She works with third graders during school hours, and loves playing with her foster siblings.

When we asked Mackenzie what she likes best about community theatre, she responded,  “I like the realness of the people I work with. I like that it feels like a family versus a job.”  In this show, she feels the biggest challenge is having actual rain, but she’s excited for that. It’s also the first time she has performed in an adult show. 

What do you get from theater that you don’t get from anything else you do? She says it’s the whole thing. It’s so funny, and the dancing is fantastic. Shout-out to Colin and Marc for holding up during Moses Supposes, Fit as a Fiddle, and Make ‘Em Laugh.

Welcome to Actorsingers, Mackenzie!  We hope this is the first of many shows you do with us!!

Photo credit: Isaac Mishkit

Enjoy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN May 12 - 14, 2017 ! Tickets available here !

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, May 13, 2017 2:32:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Michelle Long (2017) 

Stage Crew - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”

IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES

MICHELLE LONG

STAGE CREW

 

We are pleased to present Michelle Long IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

Michelle will be joining us as a stage crew member for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, along with her partner, Issac Mishkit.  (Isaac has also done a lot of our cast photography for this production.)

Michelle is originally from Detroit, MI and currently lives in Manchester.  She has always wanted to be on the stage but while in college she discovered she loves being behind the scenes even more.  Her college professor/Mentor Michael encouraged her to pursue her love of theatre lighting and it led to her professional career as a Light Board Programmer in Boston.

Michelle chose to be a part of the crew for our show to work with Cheryl Stocks (stage manager) and Isaac.  Isaac was in the show INTO THE WOODS and Cheryl was that show’s stage manager as well. She had also worked on this show at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly MA and is excited to “make it rain” again.

Michelle finds so many pieces of theatre to be interesting: the number of costumes and props, the number of hours creating the sets, lighting effects, new technology, and the months of preparing, designing, learning sometimes difficult music, etc..

After leaving her career in professional technical theatre, Michelle now works at FIRST where her job involves getting kids around the world inspired to pursue science and technology careers through afterschool robotics-based Teams and events.

Michelle states that “theater has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old and was in a Community Theater production of Peter Pan, and I haven't been able to let go since. The best part of working in community theatre is that it’s fun to have people from all walks of life in one place working together to do something they love.”

 

Enjoy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN May 12 - 14, 2017 ! Tickets available here !

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:16:00 AM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Pam Thornhill (2017)  

Wardrobe Mistress/Ensemble - SINGIN IN THE RAIN

“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’

IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES

PAMELA THORNHILL

APPEARING AS WARDROBE MISTRESS/ENSEMBLE

 

Nashua native, Pamela Thornhill auditioned for “Singin’ in the Rain” because she loves the show and the directing and producing team – and she wanted to Tap!!  She was happy and excited when she found out she was cast in this all-time favorite theatre classic.

Pam appears in various parts throughout the show, but she will be seen as the Wardrobe Mistress to Miss Lina Lamont.  She says she got a lot of her inspiration from Actorsingers’ own wardrobe specialists, the late Penny Tamulonis and Raelene Liljeberg, then mixed in her own flair.  As for the other character she portrays, she says she is these things in real life – a fan, a theatre patron, a townsperson, etc.

Pam says the most challenging part of bringing her role to life is the need to make it appear real and effortless.  That comes with hours and hours of rehearsal!!   Pam got her theatrical inspiration from a teacher she had when she was 11 years old and from her wonderful and talented mom, whose love of music, theatre and culture inspires her to this day.

When not involved in theatre, Pam works for a small company in marketing and inside sales (which she loves!) and many other interests that keep her busy and enjoying life.

When Pam was asked what she likes best about being involved in community theatre, her response was:  “Where do I begin? I have met some of the most wonderful, bright, caring, loving, fun and talented people, who all support one another and want to bring joy to those in the community and to one another.  I learn something new with each show I am part of.”

Pam feels theatre gives you a profound sense of fulfillment and joy in being able to share the gifts of singing, acting and dancing with fellow theater people and most importantly, those who attend theater. It gives you a chance make someone smile and be positive every day. “ It is one of my passions and I am blessed that I am able to be part of it.”

 

Photo credit: Isaac Mishkit

Enjoy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN May 12 - 14, 2017 ! Tickets available here !

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, May 6, 2017 12:47:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

In The Spotlight - Don Smith-Weiss (2017)  

R.F. Simpson - SINGIN IN THE RAIN

“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’

IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES

DON SMITH-WEISS

APPEARING AS R.F. SIMPSON, PRODUCER OF MONUMENTAL STUDIOS

 

We are pleased to present Nashua native, Don Smith-Weiss in our In the Spotlight Series!

When asked “Why did you audition for this show?” Don replied he was looking to do another show and someone suggested he’d be good in the part of the movie producer (they were absolutely right!)  Don has connected with his character by recalling people he has worked for who are in-charge and pushy, so he used that to develop his character.

Don says one of the many personal challenges he has faced for this show was deciding to shave off his goatee and reduce his moustache to a 1930’s-style pencil moustache.  He hasn’t shaved his moustache in about 40 years…What some folks won’t do for their art!!

Don says he got his earliest inspiration to perform when he appeared in his second-grade production of “Chicken Little,” and felt he could have done a better job playing some of the lead roles than the kids who got them! He also auditioned for a play when he was in high school.

His favorite thing about being involved in community theatre is the collaboration.  “You work with the other actors to make everyone’s performance better, and sets, costumes, props, lighting – all the technical parts - are coordinated to enhance the actors’ work.”

When Don isn’t doing theatre, he is a kitchen designer and also enjoys gardening, playing several instruments, writing songs, and performing in public on occasion.

When asked what Don gets from theatre that you don’t get from anything else you do…Don replied, "It's the collaborative experience.  The camaraderie that comes from shaping a production with other like-minded people is incredible!  If you love what you’re doing, the audience will see it and feel it.  Talk about sharing joy!”
 

Photo credit: Isaac Mishkit

Enjoy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN May 12 - 14, 2017 ! Tickets available here !

 

Posted by Evelynn Decker Wednesday, May 3, 2017 4:58:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage

2017 Singin' In The Rain Promo Videos  

I have an exclusive story to every paper in town!

Posted by Evelynn Decker Tuesday, May 2, 2017 5:55:00 PM Categories: Main Stage Video

Singin’ in the Rain cast - perform at Nu Muse Festival - Nashua NH 

May 6 12:15 PM on Bicentennial Park Stage

Our amazing Singin’ in the Rain cast will be performing two songs at Bicentennial Park on Main Street (across the street from Peddler’s Daughter), at 12:15 pm, as a kick-off to the Nu Muse Festival – “A celebration of experimentation in music” – on May 6, 2017, 12 pm – 10 pm on Main Street, Nashua (between Factory St and Pearl St).

The festival is free to the public and will also feature performances by Consider the Source, The Grand Slambovians, Bella’s Bartok, Arc Iris, Billy Wylder, I/O, Mammal Dap and over 20 more performances on 3 stages.

The event will also include food trucks, an artisan market, beer gardens, and much more! Please join us for an amazing day of music beginning with our very own Actorsingers at 12:15 pm!

 

 

For Singin’ in the Rain tickets

please visit http://www.actorsingers.org/tickets.aspx or call 603-320-1870

 

More info about the Nu Muse festival 

at http://www.downtownnashua.org/numuse/

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, May 1, 2017 4:34:00 PM Categories: Main Stage

Seeking Directors Fall Show 2017 

To be Staged Nov 3- 5, 2017

Drowsy Chaperone

Actorsingers Seeking Directors for Fall Show 2017

 

The Actorsingers of Nashua, NH is seeking a Director, a Music Director, and a Choreographer for our Fall Show 2017 to be staged Nov 3-5, 2017 at Edmund Keefe Auditorium in Nashua.  We are happy to announce the fall show will be The Drowsy Chaperone, Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

Interviews will take place in the evening on Thursday, March 30th with the first interview slot at 7:00 PM. You may interview individually or as team.

 To set up an interview time please send letter of intent and resume to Diana Hill at secretary@actorsingers.org  by the deadline Friday March 23th 2017.  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM Categories: Main Stage Seeking Directors

Singin' in the Rain cast list 

Congratulations!

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Don Lockwood –Marc Murai

Cosmo Brown – Colin Malette

Kathy Selden –  Mia Berardi

Lina Lamont – Seraphim D'Andrea

R. F. Simpson –Don Smith-Weiss

Roscoe Dexter – Phillip Laks

Dora Bailey – Becca Tarr

Rod – Tim Bomil

Sid Phillips – Jacob Duby

Zelda Zangler – Elise Wulff

Phoebe Dinsmore –   Martha Daniels Holland

Male Vocal Coach – Jed  Holland

Tenor Soloist – Max Mcgrath

 

Specialty Dancers:

Patrice Doherty

Alyssa Gillin

Gabby Lavoie

Olivia Moriarty

Samantha  Morin

Emily Trubey

Sarah Wenrich

Elise Wulff

 

Young Don and Young Cosmo - TBD

 

Ensemble & Bit Parts:

Tim Bomil

Mike Bradbury

Tina Cassidy

Alicia  Chouinard

Gilbert Chouinard

Christie Conticchio

Bill Cote

Barbara Danais

Martha Daniels Holland

Patrice Doherty

Jacob  Duby

Alyssa Gillin

Logan Higgins

Jed  Holland

Rose Marie Joly

Gabby Lavoie

Derek Levesque

Kathleen Meehan Goreham

Olivia Moriarty

Samantha  Morin

Danielle Nobles

Mackenzie Ozaroff

Alice Pascucci

Gail Reilly

Becca Tarr

Pamela Thornhill

Katie Tocci

Emily Trubey

Sarah Wenrich

Elise Wulff

Jo-Ann Zall

 

Posted by Cheryl Stocks Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:06:00 PM Categories: Cast List Main Stage

Singin' In The Rain 2017 Auditions  

Audition Information

Direction Team

Director - Kathy Lovering

Music Director - Judy Hayward

Choreographer - Lara Hyde

 

Auditions

Actorsingers Hall 219 Lake Street Nashua NH

Sun Feb 19, Mon Feb 20 (7-10 pm)  (doors open 1 hour before)

Callbacks Wed Feb 22 (7 pm)  (if needed)

 

Audition forms in word and pdf

 

Audition Requirements

Dance - Unless you only want to be considered for a non-singing/non-dancing part....we will ask you all to learn the dance audition.  Not all parts will need to exhibit great dancing skills, but we'd like to see if you can move - and how you can sell it, even if you don't do the steps correctly!!

The auditions will begin at 7:00 both nights, but the dance routine will be taught both nights, starting at 6:00PM.  You will be taught by dance captains.

Singing - Unless you only want to be considered for a non-singing/non-dancing part....we will ask you to sing.  Please sing about 16 bars (no longer than a minute) of a song that shows your ability/range - please bring sheet music. 

Acting -  As there are so many bit character parts to be cast, we will ask all of you to do a short reading.  There will be parts for you to review prior to your audition.  For ensemble, there will be a few paragraphs for you to read, just so we can hear you talk.

Please print off the audition form prior to coming and attach a resume if you have one.  You will all have a headshot taken (only for the use of the auditioning board) so don't worry about supplying a photo.    Auditions will be closed - which means that you and 4 other folks will come up in a group.  You will sing and read alone - but then dance as a group.

You will be taken up in order of arrival.  Once you arrive, turn your application/resume over to the audition crew - they will assign you a number, and you will be called up in numerical order.

There are a few parts in the show that can be added to the ensemble:  The two vocal instructors and the 'BEAUTIFUL GIRL tenor - but they don't have to be.  If you can't commit to many rehearsals but would like to be considered for these parts only - just let us know.. 

The most important note:  PLEASE have fun!!  Take a deep breath, smile and give it your best shot. 

 

Character List (what directors are looking for)

Character list is on A/S show page here

Rehearsals

Sun 6-10 pm

Mon & Wed 7-10 pm

 

Performances

Friday, May 12 @ 8 pm

Saturday May 13 @ 8 pm

Sunday May 14 @ 2 pm

 

Singin' In The Rain  MTI show page

Singin' In The Rain Actorsingers Show Page

Posted by Evelynn Decker Saturday, January 7, 2017 3:58:00 PM Categories: Auditions Main Stage
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