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

The Wild Party cast list 

The Wild Party cast list

Queenie - Caity Glover

Burrs - Joey T

Black - Colin Malette

Kate - Carli Hamilton

Madeline - Lo Dillon

Delores - Jess Couture

Eddie - Erik Shaffer

Mae - Julie Harris

Sam - Jared Reynolds

Oscar - Michael DeRosa

Phil - Jacob Duby

Nadine - Danielle Nobles

Max - Andrew Holland

Jackie - Daniel Maskas

Ensemble:

Logan Higgins

Jennifer Ryder

Laura Millar

Lauren Friedman

Meredythe Leonard

Molly Flood

Patrice Doherty

Roxanne Harmon

Sarah Wenrich

 

 

Posted by Cheryl Stocks Wednesday, June 7, 2017 9:49:00 PM Categories: Cast List Fringe Project

The Wild Party Callbacks 

Hello Auditioners:

Thank you all once again for coming out to auditions for The Wild Party! 

The following people are being invited to callbacks.  If your name is not on this list it does not mean you are not cast.  Not all roles are being called back.  Watch your email for info on what roles you are being called back for, what music to prepare, and what time to come on Wed.

If your name is on this list and you do not receive an email by 10 am Tuesday, contact Beth: beth.r.schwartz@gmail.com.

Andrew Holland
Caity Glover
Carli Hamilton
Colin Malette
Daniel Maskas
Eric Skoglund
Eric Shaffer
Jacob Duby
Jessica Dee
Joey T
Julie Harris
Kyle Domek
Laura Millar
Lauren Friedman
Lo Dillon
Meredythe Leonard
Michael DeRosa
Molly Flood
Patrice Doherty
Sarah Wenrich
Victoria Gill
Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, June 5, 2017 6:17:00 PM Categories: Auditions Fringe Project

Nominations Set 2017-2018 Board of Directors 

Vote at the Actorsingers Annual Meeting, June 12, 2017*

 

Nominations for the Slate of Officers of the Board of Directors 2017/2018 *

 

* There will be a vote taken for all Officers and for 3 new 2 year term directors 

Actorsingers' Annual Meeting
 
Mon, June 12th, 2017
7:00pm
Social Hour starts at 6:30pm
BYOB
 
Actorsingers Hall
219 Lake St
Nashua, NH
 
Projected Slate for 2017-18
Board of Directors:
 
* President - Glen Grimard
* Vice President - no candidates
* Recording Secretary - Pam Thornhill
* Corresponding Secretary - Diana Hill
* Treasurer - Cheryl Stocks
* Director Year 1 - Val Levesque
* Director Year 1 - Jacob Duby
* Director Year 1 - Patrice Doherty
 
Continuing Directors in their second year:
Pam Bruckman
Leo Choquette
Phil Laks

   

Thank you to the Nominating Committee chaired by Sarah Desaulniers, with Chuck Emmons and Pam Bruckman serving on the commitee. To those who have finished serving on the Board: Sarah Desaulniers (ex-officio), Chuck Emmons (Vice President), Katie Tocci (Recording Secretary), Craig Brennan (Director), David Kasok (Director), the Actorsingers thank you for your time, dedication and patience.

Voting will take place at the Actorsingers Annual Meeting, June 12, 2017 - 219 Lake St., Nashua

Social 6:30 PM Meeting starts at 7 PM

Nominations to The Board can also be made from the floor for any position with the following stipulations: 1. Anyone who is nominated from the floor and not present at the Annual Meeting must submit a letter stating their willingness to accept a nomination. 2. Anyone nominated for President must have served on The Board within the past 10 years. 3. All who nominate and accept must be voting members: 2 consecutive years of paying dues and actively involved in one Actorsingers sanctioned function per year.

The Next Regular Board Meeting will be Tuesday, July 11 at The Actorsingers Hall.

The Actorsingers hold two business meetings a year, one in January and one in June. We encourage all members to attend these important meetings. This is your chance to be heard and express opinions on matters of relevance to the organization. We need to have as many members as possible attend in order to establish a quorum (25% of the active membership). This is so we can vote on issues brought to the floor as well as the Slate of Officers who will serve on the Board of Directors for 2017/2018. Our theatre group would not exist if not for the dedicated volunteers who give of their time and energy. Please become one of them and plan on attending the meeting…and, of course, socializing! It is also at the Annual meeting that Awards, including Scholarships and Life Membership for distinguished service to the organization, are presented. Come show your support on Monday, June 12! See you there.

Posted by Evelynn Decker Monday, June 5, 2017 10:03:00 AM Categories: Meetings

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
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