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Rock of Ages Teen Edition Audition Info

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That’s right, my babies! Welcome to Rock of Ages! Below are the Character Descriptions and Show Summary for Rock of Ages: Teen Edition along with links to the Original Cast Album. Yeeeoooowwww!!!

 

Character Descriptions:

LONNY BARNETT – the dual role of omnipotent narrator and being the secondary male lead character within the story, with a storyline that includes a bro-mance with Dennis. He is a charming and funny guy who gets along with everyone. Should be an unflappable, magnetic performer with a strong tenor voice who can sing, act and has a great sense of humor.

JUSTICE CHARLIER – the owner of the Venus-A-Go-Go Dance Club. She’s a smart woman who looks out for her girls. Should be a strong young lady with a warm, nurturing nature and a rockin’ singing voice.

DENNIS DUPREE – the owner of The Bourbon Room. He’s a bit older than the others and a little burnt out on the party scene. Should have a big presence, strong acting skills and a good voice. Dennis must pair flawlessly with Lonny as the other half of their bro-mance.

DREW BOLEY – “just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit” who moved to L.A. to rock. Unfortunately, every rocker has to do his time, so Drew barbacks just to make rent. While the music and setting of the show is pre-1980s, Drew is a classic musical theatre archetype – the nice guy with big dreams. Should be an experienced performer with a solid tenor voice who can convey both a sweet, charming quality and fit the bill as a rocker.

SHERRIE CHRISTIAN – the female romantic lead and, like Drew, is a musical theatre archetype – a sweet, small-town girl moves to the city to pursue a brighter future.  She hopes to get her break in the acting business despite her parents’ obvious disapproval. This is a perfect role for a performer with a strong voice and solid acting skills. She should also pair well with Drew.

SHERRIE’S FATHER – the classic disapproving dad. Should be an actor who can play stern and imposing and someone who is comfortable singing a few solos.

SHERRIE’S MOTHER – more nurturing and sympathetic. Should be someone with maturity, warmth and a nice singing voice.

JOEY PRIMO – a secondary character with several great stage moments. Cast an actor who is fearlessly willing to make a total fool of themselves and then sit back and enjoy their performance.

ANITA BATH – the Mayor’s assistant who refuses to compromise on what she thinks is right. She leads a protest to save The Bourbon Room and, in the process, falls in love with Franz. Should be an actor with a strong voice and who can convey a real sense of protest and conviction.

MAYOR – chooses the money over the music and is more than willing to sell himself and his city out to the highest bidder. This role can be played by a guy or a girl.

HILDA KLINEMAN – a German real estate developer who has her eyes on turning the Sunset Strip into a strip mall. With her son Franz by her side, Hilda won’t take no for an answer. Should be an actor with a strong speaking and singing voice who can make bold acting choices and has a great sense of comedic timing.

FRANZ KLINEMAN – the son of the overbearing Hilda who dreams of running a confectionary shop back in Hamburg, Germany. Should be an actor with a sweet demeanor, a good singing voice and solid acting skills.

STACEE JAXX – the comedic villain of the show. A bona fide rock star who doesn’t quite realize through his selfish and wild antics that he’s reached the peak of his career. Should be a charismatic performer with an excellent voice who can command the stage and make a self-absorbed rock star both villainous and hilarious.

WAITRESS #1, #2 and #3 – work at The Bourbon Room and exemplify the era of 1980s rock with style and flair. Should be three young women who sing and act well as a unit.

PROTESTOR #1, #2 and #3 – a group of die-hard rockers helping Anita save the Sunset Strip. These ensemble parts are the bedrock of the show. They must capture the need and desire to keep rock alive and kicking! Should be dynamic speakers.

CONSTANCE SACK – an inquisitive reporter who interviews Stacee Jaxx just as he’s about to part ways with his band. Should be a performer who can infuse this curious reporter with energy and poise.

JA’KEITH GILL – becomes Drew’s agent and in the process, destroys Drew’s rock star dreams by forcing Drew to join a boy band. This is a nice featured role that can be played by a male or female and requires reasonable acting and singing skills.

THE LADIES OF THE VENUS-A-GO-GO CLUB – should be cast as an ensemble who can carve out their own individual personalities within a fun, unified company. Should have nice singing voices and solid movement skills.

SLEAZY RECORD PRODUCER and a SLEAZIER RECORD PRODUCER – These roles require a bit of singing but are mainly a sight gag and can be played by anyone.

PRODUCER (Orion Pictures) – sees Sherrie as the next Molly Ringwald and offers her his card (which is a picture of his beach house in Malibu). This is a non-singing role.

ROCKER – a featured role who hangs at The Bourbon Room with Joey Primo.

RIOT POLICE, WOMAN IN A SEQUIN GOWN, GIRL and BARTENDER – cameo roles, some with few speaking lines, and all feed into the vivid world of the Sunset Strip of the 1980s. Woman in a Sequin Gown is a sight gag to punctuate Dennis’s impromptu Academy Award acceptance speech—no singing or speaking is required. The Riot Police break up the protestors physically at the top of Act 2.

SUMMARY

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra and Heavy Metal flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary venues, a place where legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and groupies line up for their chance at an autograph. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more can hold the answer.

Rock of Ages: Teen Edition takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and others.

You wanna rock?

Link to the soundtrack (Original Cast Album):
(warning: The Original Cast Album contains some adult language that is not included in the Teen Edition.)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1m04KVklyHSkYGqtKxSihEr_PFnQs6D3

The Producers Audition Notice

When: Sunday, June 30th at 7pm and Monday, July 1st at 7pm (auditioners only need to come to one audition date).
Callbacks: Tuesday, July 2nd, time tbd. Callbacks are invitation only.
Where: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom

What to prepare: If you are auditioning for a singing role, prepare 18-32 bars of a musical theatre song that best demonstrates your abilities with an accompaniment on a phone/CD. No sheet music and no a capella auditions please. Those auditioning for non-singing roles do not need to prepare an audition song.

What to bring: A headshot and theatrical resume if you have them and a list of any potential conflicts with rehearsal/show dates. Conflicts with show dates will not be cast.

Rehearsal Schedule: July 8th-August 15th, 2024
Monday-Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tech Week: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Performance Schedule: August 16th-September 15th, 2024
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4:30pm

Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Directed by Kenny Brian Gagni
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt
Choreography by Devin LePage

Rated: PG-13

Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”

Roles:
There are singing and non-sing roles in The Producers. All roles are available.

MAX BIALYSTOCK: (playing age 50s). A failed Broadway producer. Good singer with excellent physical and verbal comedy skills. Ruthless, unprincipled and quick witted with verbal banter. He will stop at absolutely nothing to succeed. A likeable rogue who despite his egotistical persona and indefensible antics has the audience secretly rooting for him. Singing required.

LEO BLOOM: (playing age 20s). A meek-mannered accountant. Good singer with excellent physical and verbal comedy skills. Movement/dance ability advantageous (including tap). Leo is neurotic, unassertive and utterly lovable. He discovers his inner confidence, follows his dream of becoming a Producer, and ‘gets the girl’ by running off to Rio with the leading lady. Singing required.

FRANZ LIEBKIND: (playing age 20s) A wild-eyed German immigrant and Nazi fanatic. Excellent comedy skills with ability to sing. A strong physical presence, he is hot-tempered, intensely obsessive Nazi supporter (with a soft spot for his pet pigeons). More than slightly nuts, he eventually looses the plot and attempts to shoot our main characters in a comic fit of rage. Singing required.

ROGER DE BRIS: (playing age 30s) A cross-dressing renowned (in his own eyes) Broadway director. Excellent comedy skills and good singing and dance ability. Tap skills advantageous. Beneath a (somewhat) convincing straight-acting persona lies a full-blown Judy Garland waiting to burst out. When opportunity gives him the leading role in ‘Springtime For Hitler’ he becomes a ‘gay as a daisy’, all singing all dancing showbiz Hitler. Singing required.

CARMEN GHIA: (playing age 20s) Roger’s possessive live-in lover. Excellent comedy skills and good singer. Thin, ‘strange looking’ and intense queen. He overreacts to every eventuality and is mortally wounded by any of Roger’s thoughtless remarks. Comically sibilant beyond all measure. Singing required.

ULLA: (playing age 20s) The knock-out Swedish secretary. Excellent comedienne with great song and dance skills. Gorgeous, young, blond and leggy. Enthusiastic, innocent and adorable but with a very loose grasp of the English language she is generally utterly inept in her work. Singing required.

ENSEMBLE: (ages 16+ preferred) A strong ensemble is needed who can sing, act, and dance and who posses excellent comedic timing. Small feature roles and solos will be assigned to ensemble members once casting is finalized. The following roles will be cast from the ensemble:

MR. MARKS: Short-tempered, cigar chomping, little tyrant of an office manager.

Roger’s creative team: (SCOTT) choreographer, BRYAN (set designer), KEVIN (costume designer) all as camp as Christmas apart from SHIRLEY MARKOWITZ (the lesbian lighting designer) who out-butches them all.

LITTLE OLD LADIES: ‘Hold-me-touch-me” “Lick-me-bite-me” etc. They’re little old ladies. They’re sex crazed. What else can you say

Auditionees: JASON (mousy singer from “No No Nietzsche”), DONALD (“Little Wooden Boy”), JACK (a G&S devotee)

USHERETTES

STORM TROOPER (tenor soloist in “Springtime for Hitler”)

Police (all with thick New York Irish accents): SERGENT; O’ROURKE; O’RILEY; O’HOULLIHAN

JUDGE

PRISON TRUSTEE

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Audition Notice

When: Sunday, April 14th, 2024 at 7pm
***If you were unable to make the April 14th audition date, make-up auditions will be held at Callbacks on Sunday, April 21st at 7:30pm.***
Callbacks:
Sunday, April 21st, 2024 at 7:30pm
Where: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. This is a non-musical. Auditions will not be done in accents unless you would like to try them. Accent decisions will be made after the show is cast.

What to bring: A headshot and theatrical resume if you have them and a list of any potential conflicts with rehearsal/show dates. Actors with performance date conflicts cannot be cast.

Rehearsal Schedule: April 22nd-May 23rd, 2024
Monday-Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tech Week: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Performance Schedule: May 24th-June 23rd, 2024
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4:30pm

Book by John Bishop
Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt & Mike Jimena

Synopsis: The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions!

Roles:
Helsa Wenzel –
Helsa is the maid of the Grossenknueten estate. She is killed in the first scene of the play, only to be impersonated by her homicidal twin brother, Dieter. The actress who plays Helsa also appears at the end of the play as “Katrina, the cook from Koblenz.”

Elsa Von Grossenknueten – Elsa is the eccentric owner of the mansion and is the financial backer of many musicals. Elsa summons the group together in an attempt to find out who murdered her “friend” Bebe McAllister. She is extremely eccentric, and thinks that the idea of chasing after a killer is great fun. Her grandfather was a spy, and she claims that espionage runs in her blood.

Michael Kelly – Kelly is an undercover cop. Elsa appeals to him to help solve the mystery of the Stage Door Slasher, and Kelly at first pretends to be her butler. Kelly’s tough, no-nonsense attitude puts him at odds with Elsa and the dramatic types that visit. He eventually reveals his identity as a New York police officer, much to Elsa’s dismay.

Patrick O’Reilly – O’Reilly claims to be an Irish tenor, but he is very suspicious, especially in regards to the mysterious Helsa. The two engage in a physical brawl. Eventually, O’Reilly claims to be “Tony Garibaldi”, an undercover cop with a Bronx accent-only to reveal himself as a Gestapo Agent named Klaus Stansdorff, sent to find German defectors. Nikki confronts him, but before he can reveal the truth, Helsa stabs him through a copy of Moby-Dick in the second act.

Ken De La Maize – Ken is a “typical” director, speaking of theater as a “pure art.” He also has an annoying habit of name-dropping, constantly citing the various celebrities he has worked with over the years. Everyone always claims to have seen the films he makes, only for him to reveal that they have not yet been released. Ken is eventually revealed as the Stage Door Slasher, and explains that his hatred of ballet dancers stems from his father, who ran off with one and abandoned his mother. He attempts to kill Nikki, along with Elsa, Roger and Bernice. Eddie ends up thwarting him, and he is taken away to prison, rambling about how he knows Louella Parsons.

Nikki Crandall – Nikki is considered a typical chorus girl-but she is eventually revealed to be Ensign Nicole Crandall, of United States Naval Intelligence. Her secret mission was to find the Germans who were sent over to sabotage the American war efforts. She is also interested in solving the mystery of the Stage Door Slasher, and helps to break the code in Bebe’s notebook. Ken almost kills her, followed quickly by Dieter Wenzel. Eddie saves her twice, prompting the two to fall in love at the end.

Eddie McCuen – Directly based on Bob Hope, Eddie is the out of work comedian that ties the different story lines together, and goes from being cowardly at the beginning of the play to heroic at the end. He is attracted to Nikki, but fumbles when he tries to talk to her. He was a replacement for an actor, and thus has no connection to Manhattan Holiday. He is the one who realizes the connection between the Slasher case and the party, and later helps to defeat Ken and Dieter, both by knocking them out with a cognac bottle. These brave actions unite him with Nikki. He has an obvious attraction to Nikki throughout the whole play, and ultimately ends up saving the day and getting the girl.

Marjorie Baverstock – Marjorie is a Broadway producer. She constantly flatters everyone around her, and speaks in elevated language; her “new word” is “divoon.” She is accidentally killed by Dieter at the end of the first act; strangely, no one seems to notice, despite the fact that there is an enormous sword through her back. Eddie, Ken and Kelly bury her dead body in a snowdrift in the beginning of the second act.

Roger Hopewell – Roger is the composer for “White House Merry-Go-Round”, and Bernice’s partner; the two have had a string of Broadway hits. Roger enjoys teasing Ken about his artistic ways, and makes snide remarks throughout the play, but flares up whenever someone insults his musical style. He also knows how to deal with Bernice’s many quirks. Towards the end of the play, Roger reveals a surprising knowledge of ciphers, and helps Nikki and Bernice break the code in Bebe’s notebook.

Bernice Roth – The perpetually thirsty lyricist, she is Roger’s partner. Bernice is very odd and emotional, frequently losing her composure and screaming. When Marjorie fails to respond to the second act opening number of “White House Merry-Go-Round”, Bernice is hugely offended, despite the fact that Marjorie was dead at the time. She spends the entire second act attempting to “fix” the play, even when she is held hostage by Ken, O’Reilly, and Dieter. In the finale, she is struck with inspiration toward a new work that takes place in the heartland of America – a cowboy play called Nebraska. This is a spoof on the play Oklahoma!.

The Secret Garden Audition Notice

 

When: Sunday, July 7th, 2024 at 7pm
Where: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. This is a non-musical. Auditions will not be done in accents unless you would like to try them. The show may use accents particularly Martha’s and Dickon’s roles with a Yorkshire/Cockney accent. That will be decided after the show is cast.

What to bring: A headshot and theatrical resume if you have them and a list of any potential conflicts with rehearsal/show dates. Conflicts with show dates will not be cast.

Rehearsal Schedule: July 15th-August 8th, 2024
Sunday-Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Tech Week: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Performance Schedule: August 10th-September 8th, 2024
Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm

Adapted by Jerry Montoya
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Allen Schmeltz

Synopsis: After Mary Lennox is orphaned, she becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she adjusts to her new life at secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers a secret garden. If she can uncover the mysterious circumstances behind the garden, she might be able to save her sickly young cousin and melt the heart of her emotionally distant uncle. A touching coming-of-age story, based on the classic novel.

Roles:
All roles are available.

Mary Lennox – Female, age 9-13 (plays 10-year-old).

Mrs. Medlock – Female, age 50+, head of servants at Misselthwaite Manor.

Station Master/Dr. Neville Craven – Male, age 30s-50s, Archibald’s brother.

Ben Weatherstaff – Male, age 50-100, he is the gardener at the Manor.

Martha – Female, age mid to late teen, Dickon’s sister, a servant at the manor who befriends Mary. 

Colin Craven – Male, age 9-13 (plays a 10 year old boy).

Dickon – Male, age 11-15 (plays a 12-year-old), Martha’s brother.

The Robin – Male or Female, age child to teen, operated by an actor/puppeteer.

Archibald Craven – Male, age 30-50, Father of Colin.

The Best Man

November 8th – December 1st
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays & Sundays at 4:30 PM
Saturday, November 9th at 7:30 PM

Book by Gore Vidal

Directed by Janelle Kauffman

Rated: PG

William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. And Arthur Hockstader is an ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party’s candidate…The ruthless young man has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. Then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. The scruples don’t appeal to the ex-President, who enjoys seeing the boys fight. All of this provides the framework for some vivid and interesting scenes in which Mr. Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of the two candidates…”

Produced in partnership with Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions

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Cotton Patch Gospel Audition Notice

When: Sunday, January 21st at 4pm
Callbacks: Monday, January 22nd at 7pm

Where: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom

The audition will consist of a prepared song (16-32 bars) and cold readings from the script. There will be some dancing, so dress appropriately for movement if you are auditioning for a dancing role. If you have tap shoes, bring them!

What to bring: A headshot and theatrical resume if you have them plus a 16-32 bar cut of a song that demonstrates your vocal abilities. Bring an accompaniment on a phone/CD. 

Rehearsal Schedule: January 23 – February 29
Monday-Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm

Performance Schedule: March 1 – March 30
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4:30pm

Book by Tom Key & Russell Treyz
Music & Lyrics by Harry Chapin
Directed & Choreographed by Sam Williams
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt & Johnny Wilder

Synopsis: With music & lyrics by Harry Chapin, and based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan, this bluegrass musical is a southern reinterpretation of the gospel story – retelling the life of Jesus in modern day rural Georgia. Produced by Gary Musick Productions and Troupe America Inc.,the “Greatest Story Ever Retold” is the only Off-Broadway play to be praised by both Rolling Stone and Christianity Today, and hailed as “A Joyous Triumph” by the New York Times.

Anything Goes Audition Notice

When: Sunday, February 18th at 7:00 PM
Callbacks: Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM
Where: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom

***If you are unable to attend the February 18th Audition, contact the Director at kennygagni@yahoo.com to schedule an alternate audition date/time or to submit an audition video.***

The audition will consist of a singing audition and a dance audition. Dress appropriately for movement as a dance combination will be taught. If you have tap shoes, bring them. If time allows there may be cold readings from the script.

What to bring: A headshot and theatrical resume if you have them. Prepare 18-32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show and bring an accompaniment on a phone/CD. Do not bring sheet music. No a cappella auditions please. Appropriate dance attire and tap shoes if you have them.

Rehearsal Schedule: February 23-April 11
Friday, February 23 at 6:00pm
Saturday, February 24 at 5pm
Monday, Feb 26-Wednesday, Feb 28 at 6:30pm (LEADS ONLY)
Starting Monday, March 4 regular rehearsals of Monday-Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00 PM will begin.

Performance Schedule: April 12-May 12
Friday & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Directed by Kenny Brian Gagni
Music Direction by Heather Clark
Choreography by Connie Mockenhaupt & Devin LePage

Synopsis: The S.S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate con man named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.

Roles:
All roles are available.

Reno Sweeney – An evangelist turned nightclub headliner. Confident, clever, and glamorous. Looking for a strong singer and actress who can dance well. A triple threat that commands the stage.

Billy Crocker – Elisha Whitney’s assistant. Friends with Reno and determined to win Hope’s affections. Charming, earnest, and lovesick. Looking for a strong singer with great comedic timing and can move well.

Hope Harcourt – A wealthy and beautiful heiress. Torn between her engagement to Lord Evelyn and love for Billy. Poised, sweet, but with a strong sense of moral duty. Looking for a strong singer who can move well.

Lord Evelyn Oakleigh – Hope’s aristocratic English fiancé. Quirky, good-natured, and gullible. Looking for an actor with great comedic timing who can sing and move well.

Moonface Martin – Public Enemy #13, disguised as a Reverend. An uncomplicated and lovable gangster. Looking for a strong comedic actor who can sing and move well.

Erma Latour – A traffic-stopping dame and Moonface’s partner in crime. Flirty, resourceful, brazen, but a little clueless. Looking for an actress with great comedic timing who can sing and move well.

Elisha Whitney – An Ivy League business tycoon. Bossy, outlandish, and a little bit drunk. Looking for an actor with great comedic timing.

Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt – Hope’s widowed mother. An elitist who is concerned with money and social status. Refined but easily panicked. Looking for an actress with great comedic timing.

Captain – The man in charge of the S.S. American. Intelligent, strong, but a little too concerned with prestige.

Purser – Reliable, alert, by the book.

Minister Henry T. Dobson – A missionary returning from China, certain he can reform Luke and John.

Luke – A presumably reformed gangster. A streetwise Brooklyn-ite.

John – Luke’s cousin. Has a conscience but is easily manipulated.

The Angels (Chastity, Charity, Purity, Virtue) – Reno’s backup posse for her nightclub act. Magnetic, attractive, and own any room they walk into. Looking for good dancers with great individual personalities. Tap is a plus.

Strong ensemble of performers who play Sailors, Passengers, Reporters, Tappers and the like! Looking for high energy singers and dancers that will be involved in multiple song and dance numbers with solos throughout.

Sleeping Beauty Audition Notice

When: Sunday, February 25th at 7pm
Where: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script. If you are auditioning for a singing role, prepare 16-32 bars of a song that demonstrates your abilities.

What to bring: A headshot and theatrical resume if you have them. If you are auditioning for a singing role, please also bring an accompaniment on a phone/CD. There will not be an accompanist, so do not bring sheet music. No a cappella songs please.

Rehearsal Schedule: March 18th-April 18th
Monday-Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tech Week: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Performance Schedule: April 20-May 19
Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm

Book & Lyrics by R. Eugene Jackson
Music by 
Patsy Pollard
Directed by Allen Schmeltz
Music Direction by Hannah Hurst

Synopsis: The emphasis is on comedy in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale! Young audiences will find a delightful group of characters as enchanting as the magic in the story itself.  There’s Chester the Jester, Typsy the Gypsy, and the Royal Magician, who is so inept he transforms himself into a frog!  And there’s the evil Thornberry, who puts the curse on Princess Elaine (the ’sleeping beauty’), and the brave Prince Dauntless, who battles the fire-breathing dragon to break the magic spell. Rich with music underscoring, themes, and five tuneful songs, Sleeping Beauty is a delight for audiences of all ages!

Roles:
Ages from teens through adults/seniors will be considered for roles.

Chester the Jester – Any gender, singing role. Has numerous songs. This is a key role. Chester is part storyteller, part jester, part servant to the Royal Court, part stagehand. The actor should be very limber, move easily, and have good comedic timing. Dance experience is a plus. This character will be on-stage the entire show.

King Gaylord – Adult male, non-singing role.

Queen Jollianna – Adult female, non-singing role.

Tipsy the Gypsy / The Dragon – Any gender, older teen or adult, non-singing, comedic role. Should be able to move easily on stage.

The Royal Magician / Frog: Male, non-singing role

Rosemary the Good Fairy – Female, non-singing, comedic role.

Thornberry the Evil Fairy – Female, singing role (one song).

Princess Elaine: Female, singing role.

Prince Dauntless – Male, singing role.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

May 24th – June 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM
Saturday, June 8th at 2 PM

Book by John Bishop

Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt

Rated: PG

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel.” The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors, and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions!

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Twelve Dancing Princesses Audition Notice

WHEN: Saturday, December 30th at 7:00pm
WHERE: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom, CA 95630

***If you are unable to attend the December 30th Audition, you may submit an audition video via email to the Director for consideration. Your video should include your name, what role you are interested in, if any what you will be singing, and your prepared 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre song. Your email should include your contact info and your resume and headshot (if you have them) as well as any conflicts you may have for rehearsal/performance dates. Video submissions should be sent to haleymcd02@icloud.com no later than the evening of Saturday, December 30th.***

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: January 3rd-February 1st, 2024
Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, January 7th from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
TECH WEEK: January 29th – February 1st, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 3rd-25th
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby
Music by Shirley Mier
Directed by Haley McDaniel
Music Direction & Choreography by Heather Clark

All ages and experience levels from children to seniors are invited to audition!

The audition will consist of a prepared song and cold readings from the script plus some dancing. Dress appropriately for movement if you are auditioning for a dancing role. There are non-singing and non-dancing roles available.

What to bring: A head shot and resume if you have them plus a prepared 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre song of your choice. Make sure you bring a backing track on a phone or CD. No a cappella renditions or sheet music please.

Synopsis: Enter the magical world of twelve princesses who love to dance. Each night, they sing the song that allows them secret passage into the enchanted forest. Once they arrive, the trees sparkle and chime with silver and gold leaves, beautiful music plays and the spirit of their mother watches over them. In the meantime, their father, the king, is perplexed, and the shoemaker and his apprentices are exasperated, but the princesses must dance. Then one day, the king (tired of finding twelve pairs of worn shoes outside his daughters’ room each morning) issues a proclamation. The first person to discover the secret of where the princesses go each night shall receive his or her heart’s desire and eight bags of gold! After an entertaining visit from the Prince of Arrogance (“Talking about me is my favorite thing to do!”), Matthew the commoner comes to visit. And when the Spirit Mother gives Matthew an invisibility cloak, events rapidly begin to change.

CHARACTERS:
The Dancing Princesses (should be good dancers)
Annabella
Anya
Celestia
Genevieve
Giselle
Hazel
Louisa
Rosalina
Scarlet
Suzanna
Violetta
Zelda

Spirit Mother

King Phillip

Matthew the Commoner – Ability to play guitar or lute is a plus!

Head Shoemaker

Prince of Arrogance (doubles as a Townsperson)

Handmaidens (double as Shoemaker’s Apprentices and Townpeople)

Two Royal Guards

Hearld

 

For further information call the theatre at 916-353-1001.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

December 7th – December 29th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book by Laurie Brooks

Directed by Allen Schmeltz

Rated: G

In their poorest winter ever, when the crops have been devastated by locusts and the family must deal with the death of baby Freddie, Charles Ingalls backtracks his family to Burr Oak, Iowa, to take over the running of a hotel. And if things weren’t bad enough, Ma tells Laura she must be nice to Johnny Steadman, “the worst boy in Iowa.” When wealthy Mrs. Starr asks for Laura as a companion to read to her in the afternoons, Laura is overjoyed to be invited into such a fine house, but when she overhears Mrs. Starr offer to adopt Laura as her own daughter to ease the burden of so many children, Laura is certain that Ma and Pa will give her up. As Christmas morning approaches, Laura is faced with a decision: Will she choose what she believes is best for the family or will she find a way to stay with Pa, Ma, Mary and Carrie? This original play presents the poignant story of the “missing” two years in the life of the Ingalls family—the only substantial period that Laura chose not to write about in her Little House books. Told with period songs, humor and depth of character, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas tells a story of healing that celebrates the importance of enduring family bonds.

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Goosebumps The Musical

October 5th – November 3rd
Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book by John Maclay
Music & Lyrics by Danny Abosch & John Maclay
Based on the books by R.L. Stine

Directed by Lindy Mallonee & Heather Chapin
Music Direction by 

Rated: PG

Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to be starring in a mysterious show called The Phantom, and not the least bit frightened by the old legend that the play is cursed. But when strange, spooky messages start appearing, and a masked menace starts disrupting rehearsals, they begin to wonder: what if there really is a ghost haunting their school, determined to stop the show?! Prepare to get goosebumps as they race to solve the mystery in this thrilling—and chilling—new musical, based on the classic series by R.L. Stine.

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The Secret Garden

August 10th – September 8th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book by Jerry R. Montoya
Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Directed by Allen Schmeltz

Rated: G

Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge.

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Finding Nemo Kids

July 20th – August 4th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book adapted by Lindsay Anderson
Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

Directed by Sarah Williams

Workshop age: 6-12yrs

Rated: G

Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves. Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo KIDS brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friendship, and adventure.

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Rock of Ages: Teen Edition

June 15th – July 14th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1 PM

Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp

Directed by Kate Rolls
Music Direction by 
Christine Irish
Choreography by Keira LePage & Devin LePage

Workshop age: 12-18yrs

Rated: PG

It is 1987, and the fabled West Hollywood club the Bourbon Room is the seedy, sordid, vibrant heart of the Sunset Strip. The music venue has seen better days, but as run by chilled-out former rock impresario Dennis Dupree, and tended to by Dennis’s mischievous assistant Lonny, it is the essence of rock and roll. When bright-eyed young hopeful Sherrie Christian, a small-town girl who wants to make it as an actress, arrives in town, she bumps into Drew, a Bourbon Room busboy with dreams of rock and roll stardom. Love-struck Drew convinces Dennis to hire Sherrie, and the stage seems set for their romance. But when the Mayor of West Hollywood, persuaded by a couple of scheming German real estate developers, announces his intention to demolish the Bourbon Room and the entire gritty Sunset Strip, the stakes are raised. Rock of Ages is a big, brash, energetic tribute to classic rock, to over-the-top ballads and fierce guitar, to the gritty glamor and rough energy of the Sunset Strip. This jukebox musical features ‘80s hits such as “We Built this City”, “I Wanna Rock”, and “Don’t Stop Believin’”.

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The Sleeping Beauty

April 20th – May 19th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book & Lyrics by R. Eugene Jackson
Music by Patsy Pollard

Directed by Allen Schmeltz
Music Direction by Hannah Hurst

Rated: G

The emphasis is on comedy in this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale! Young audiences will find a delightful group of characters as enchanting as the magic in the story itself.  There’s Chester the Jester, Typsy the Gypsy, and the Royal Magician, who is so inept he transforms himself into a frog!  And there’s the evil Thornberry, who puts the curse on Princess Elaine (the ’sleeping beauty’), and the brave Prince Dauntless, who battles the fire-breathing dragon to break the magic spell. Rich with music underscoring, themes, and five tuneful songs, The Sleeping Beauty is a delight for audiences of all ages!

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The Lightning Thief

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March 9th – April 7th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1 PM
(no show Sunday, March 31st)

Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki

Directed by Mark Cornfield
Music Direction by Heather Clark
Choreography by Dian Hoel

Workshop age: 13-20
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Rated: PG

 

As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure “worthy of the gods” (Time Out New York).

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Twelve Dancing Princesses

February 3rd – February 25th
Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 PM

Book & Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby
Music by Shirley Mier
Adapted from the fairytale by The Brothers Grimm

Directed by Haley McDaniel
Music Direction & Choreography by Heather Clark

Rated: G

Enter the magical world of twelve princesses who love to dance. Each night, they sing the song that allows them secret passage into the enchanted forest. Once they arrive, the trees sparkle and chime with silver and gold leaves, beautiful music plays and the spirit of their mother watches over them. In the meantime, their father, the king, is perplexed, and the shoemaker and his apprentices are exasperated, but the princesses must dance. When the king issues a proclamation promising a reward for who can discover the secret of where the princesses go each night events rapidly begin to change!

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Holiday in the Hills

December 7th – December 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 4:30 PM
plus special weekday performances!

Original work by Connie Mockenhaupt & Mike Jimena

Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt
Music Direction by Johnny Wilder

Rated: G

Holiday In The Hills is Sutter Street Theatre’s love letter to the Holiday Season; It takes place in the late 1800’s (give or take a year or two) right here on Sutter Street where the residents of the town and surrounding areas have gotten together for a party to celebrate the season. A lot of research went into the people and places that preceded us in the late 1800’s, and everyone you see onstage was an actual resident or visitor to Folsom at that time of year. Seeing a performance of Holiday In The Hills will put you and your family in the holiday spirit or we’ll give your money back, guaranteed!

Produced in partnership with Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions

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Evil Dead The Musical 2024

September 27th – November 3rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 31st at 7:00 PM

Book by George Reinblatt
Music & Lyrics by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt

Directed by Mike Jimena
Music Direction by Connie Mockenhaupt

Rated: Mature

“It’s an old tale. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Boy and his friends go on a week-long vacation in the woods. Three friends turn into Candarian demons. One friend is killed by a forest of evil trees. Two demons are killed by their boyfriends, respectively, while one stays in the cellar trying to kill everything in sight. Like I said… pretty standard stuff.”

Evil Dead: The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest, and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Did we mention the blood?!

Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a houseware-aisle employee turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun… this show is for you.  Plus it’s the only show with a ‘Splatter Zone’ – a section of the audience that gets covered in fake blood.  And with this combination of blood, jokes, cheesy effects, and really awesome musical numbers, Evil Dead The Musical is unlike any show you’ve ever seen.  JOIN US!!!!!

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