Valley Performing Arts
251 West Swanson
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Season 42 Audition Schedule
By Sean Grennan
Directed by Karl Kopperud
Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sunday May 21, 2017 5:00 – 7:00PM
Valley Performing Arts
September 8 – October 1, 2017
The Tin Woman is the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack’s death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and tragedy to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.
This will be an enjoyable and relaxed audition experience. Come prepared to share a funny story, a joke, a poem, an interesting anecdote or something else that will give you an opportunity to show us some of your character. You’ll also be asked to do some improvisation and/or a pantomime on a given subject and you may be asked to read a few lines from the script. These informal activities will help the director get to know you…how well you can emote, how comfortable you are using the stage, and how effective you are at telling a story both with your voice and your body. Every effort will be made to make your audition as enjoyable as possible. Want to have even MORE fun? Bring a friend (or two!) with you!
We will begin rehearsing in June a few evenings a week and by mid-August, plan on rehearsing steadily up to four evenings each week. As we get closer to opening, there will be a trend toward five evenings a week as well as the possibility of rehearsals on the weekend. A complete rehearsal schedule will be given to the cast at the first rehearsal. Please come to the audition knowing when you will not be available for rehearsal. Think about vacation plans, school functions, church activities, etc. This show will run for four weekends with a minimum of 12 performances. Thursday evening shows and Saturday matinees are possible additions to the play schedule.
Character List and Descriptions
JOY – female, mid-20s to late 30s, a freelance graphic artist. At the outset, Joy has received a life-saving heart transplant but is conflicted about what to do now. Smart, sometimes sarcastic, attractive but rudderless with her new lease on life.
HANK – male, appears to be early 60s. He is nearing retirement as head of a small building supplies company. Husband to Alice and father to Sammy and the now-deceased heart donor, Jack, Hank is pushing forward, trying very hard not to wallow in, or even barely acknowledge, his grief and guilt. He can be snappish, abrupt and lately has been drinking more than he ought. He believes he’s handling things just fine.
JACK – male, appears 36, an accountant with aspirations of being a professional photographer. He dresses fashionably, hipster-ish. Jack is dead at the outset but nonetheless appears throughout the show. He’s not a ghost exactly, more of a memory that lingers.
ALICE – female, appears to be early 60s, mother to the deceased Jack and to Sammy. She’s a solid, loving, enduring presence. She knows her husband and is aware of what he’s going through. She accepts his scorn until she can’t take it anymore. She has a big heart that is dealing with its own pain while trying to hold the family together and do the right thing.
SAMMY – female, 20s-30s, a preschool teacher and Jack’s younger sister. She’s somewhat “new age-y” but with an enormous heart. She really wants to help in any way she can. She writes a blog where she tends to over-share her life, to Hank’s consternation. She can give in too easily to her emotions but of everyone, she is the most in touch with them.
NURSE & DARLA (dual role) – female, 30s-60s. Nurse is very competent if a bit annoying in her approach. She’s by the book in all things but, probably because she is so busy. Can sometimes condescend. A functionary but a positive person with a small religious streak. Darla is somewhat flamboyant, artsy, very caring for Joy. A singular soul in habit and dress. She worries about and wants the best for her friend.
By Joseph Kesserling
Directed by Steve O’Brien
Saturday July 29, 2017 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sunday July 30, 2017 5:00 – 7:00PM
Valley Performing Arts
October 20 – November 5, 2017
This comedy revolves around the Brewster family, descendants from the “Mayflower,” that are now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. Mortimer Brewster, a local drama critic, must deal with his crazy family, and the police, while he debates whether to go through with marrying the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt digging locks for the Panama Canal in the basement, and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice to transform him into a double for Boris Karloff. All families have skeletons in the closet – some are just more funny to expose!
This is a hilarious and FUN play so come prepared to have FUN at the auditions! Auditions will have several parts and you should prepare for which ever role(s) you are auditioning for. Have no fear! This will be your opportunity to show the director how relaxed and comfortable you are on stage, how well you work with and connect with others, and just how awesome you are!
You will be given a well-known written piece and will be asked to recite the first paragraph or two – selection options will include “The New Colossus,” the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, “The Gettysburg Address,” or “If.” You will be asked to employ different accents or emotions (German accent-males only, pretentious, happy, angry, inspirational, loving, etc.).
Each person will be asked to walk across the stage, confront another person that’s made you angry, and walk back and to do the same with thanking another person for a kind gesture. You will also be asked to tell a short story about yourself or somebody else for 30 seconds to two minutes. Finally, each person will be required to count from soft “1” to loud “10,” then reverse the process with a loud “10” to a soft “1”. There could also be some “cold-read” scene match-ups.
We will begin rehearsing in early August and a schedule will be provided at the initial meeting. Initially, plan to be working steadily up to at least four evenings each week, and more should the need arise. Saturday rehearsals are a possibility as we get closer to opening. Please be prepared to note on the audition form any and all times that you will not be available for rehearsal, including but not limited to vacation plans, evening classes, church functions, children’s birthdays, etc. Also be sure to note that we will have three weekend’s worth of performances and Thursday performances and/or Saturday matinees are always a possibility.
Character List and Descriptions
ABBY BREWSTER – Female, appears to be 60 – 75 years old. A darling lady who poisons elderly men at their Brooklyn boarding house. Abby is the sister of Martha and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
MARTHA BREWSTER – Female, appears to be 60 – 75 years old. A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men at their boarding house in Brooklyn. Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
ELAINE HARPER – Female, appears to be in her twenties. An attractive young woman who is Mortimer’s fiancée and the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.
MORTIMER BREWSTER – Male, appears to be mid-twenties to early thirties. Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. A good-hearted cynic who is about to have his world turned upside down.
TEDDY BREWSTER – Male, appears 35 – 50 years old. Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt. Ability to blow a bugle desired. (Think “over the top”)
JONATHAN BREWSTER – Male, appears 35 – 50 years old. Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. He’s a bit oversensitive to his “new” appearance.
DR. EINSTEIN – Male, appears 45 – 55 years old. A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times, with his most recent work resulting in a “Boris Karloff” resemblance.
THE REV. DR. HARPER – Male, appears 45 – 60 years old. Minister and father of Elaine. He’s a bit pompous and protective, very ministerial in his manner.
MR. GIBBS – Male, appears 60 – 75 years old. An older man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.
MR. WITHERSPOON – Male, appears 55 – 75 years old. The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium
OFFICER O’HARA – Male or female, appears 30 – 45 years old. A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his/her play.
OFFICER BROPHY – Male or female, appears 30 – 50 years old. A flatfoot Brooklyn cop with the usual charm of a police officer.
LIUETENANT ROONEY – Male or female, 40 – 55 years old. A tough and dominating police officer
Adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic by John Jakes
Directed by Cory Rausa
Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sunday, August 27, 2017 5:00 – 7:00PM
Valley Performing Arts
November 24 – December 17, 2017
John Jake’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, stays true to this traditional holiday classic as written by Dickens while adding a unique feature. Charles Dickens is introduced as narrator, stage hand, and actor moving seamlessly through the action on the stage. This feature adds a welcome quality to the production and reproduces an element of Dickens’s productions that he actually incorporated while he was “giving a reading”. These readings were actually performances and he often went beyond narration when presenting his work.
This will be an enjoyable and relaxed audition experience. Come prepared to share a funny story, a joke, a poem, an interesting anecdote or something else that will give you an opportunity to show us some of your character. You’ll also be asked to do some improvisation and/or a pantomime on a given subject and you may be asked to read a few lines from the script. These informal activities will help the director get to know you…how well you can emote, how comfortable you are using the stage, and how effective you are at telling a story both with your voice and your body. Every effort will be made to make your audition as enjoyable as possible. Want to have even MORE fun? Bring a friend (or two!) with you.
Rehearsals will begin in early September, at least four nights a week, and plan on rehearsing five nights a week closer to the opening of the show. Weekend rehearsals will be scheduled as needed. A rehearsal schedule will be provided to cast members at the first meeting. Prospective actors should be prepared to provide potential scheduling conflicts to the director during auditions (think about school activities, church functions, vacations, etc.). This production will have a four-week run with the potential of having Thursday evening shows and Saturday matinees in addition to the regular Friday, Saturday, and Sunday show times.
General Manager of the Theatre Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge Flower Woman
Girl Little Brother
Mother Blind Beggar
Shopkeeper London Bobby
Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s Clerk Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew
Gentleman (2) Street Boy
Woman in Black Young Husband
Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s partner, a ghost Schoolmaster
The Ghost of Christmas Past The Ghost of Christmas Present
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Scrooge – young, age 10
Fan, Ebenezer’s sister, age 11 – 12 Fezziwig
Mrs. Fezziwig The Misses Fezziwig (3)
Dick Wilkins, an apprentice Cook
Cook’s Friend Miss Belle, Scrooge’s fiancé
Fiddler Scrooge – older, 20’s
Tom, Fan’s Husband Belle’s Daughter, little girl
Belle’s Husband Sara, Fred’s wife
Topper, party guest Tiny Tim
Cratchit Children, ages about 13, 15, & 17
By Neil Simon
Directed by Dave Nufer
Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sunday, October 22, 2017 5:00 – 7:009PM
Valley Performing Arts
January 12 – February 3, 2018
Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Costazuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
This will be a FUN audition….make up your mind NOW that you are going to have fun and enjoy the time spent with all of us at the theatre! We’ll keep it simple. You’ll be asked to participate in some engaging activities. Come prepared to share a story, a joke, a poem, an interesting anecdote or some dirt on your best friend or sibling – your choice, just make it interesting and original. You’ll also be asked to do some improvisation and/or a pantomime on a given subject. Ever do an info-mercial? These informal activities will help the director get to know you…how well you can emote, how comfortable you are using the stage, and how effective you are at telling a story both with your voice and your body. Every effort will be made to make your audition as enjoyable as possible. We’re always looking for new people and VPA is a great place to make new friends. Make it even more enjoyable and bring a couple of friends along. Come join the FUN at VPA!
Rehearsals will begin October 30th and most cast members will rehearse 3 to 4 times per week to start, from 6:30-9 PM. As opening night approaches, plan on rehearsing up to 5 nights a week. Weekend rehearsals may be scheduled as needed. A rehearsal schedule will be provided to all cast members at the first meeting. Please be prepared to note on the audition form any and all times that you will not be available for rehearsal, including but not limited to, vacation plans, evening classes, church functions, children’s birthdays, etc. Please note that we will have three weekend’s worth of performances at the theatre and an additional three dinner theatre performances at Evangelo’s Restaurant. Plus, Thursday performances and/or Saturday matinees are always a possibility. I will make every effort not to waste the time of the cast and crew.
Character List and Descriptions
Roles – 6 Females and 2 Males needed
Ages – Late 20’s to Early 60’s
OLIVE MADISON – is a successful television producer. She is intelligent, attractive, and wisecracking, with a good sense of humor – and she’s a complete slob when it comes to her surroundings. She has an encyclopedic understanding of sports, is a complete pushover for her ex-husband, and a good friend.
FLORENCE (FLO) UNGER – is attractive, very well groomed, neat and has just broken up with her husband. She takes herself very seriously, likes to clean, decorate and cook and is very good at all three. Flo is also intelligent warm-hearted (in her own way), and has no sense of humor (at least about herself) – she does NOT make jokes. She can also, without meaning to, make Olive feel guilty.
SYLVIE – is desperately trying to stop smoking, and so sucks on lollipops or chews gum. She can get irritated with her friends, but has a good sense of humor, especially about her husband. Oh, yes, she is pregnant in the last scene.
RENEE – Sylvie’s best friend, can be very plain-spoken, especially when she points out Olive’s failings as a hostess – and then Flo’s. She is single and dating a doctor.
VERA – is very sweet, very nice, somewhat spacey, and, although quite smart, is often a step or two behind her friends. She’s very funny, but doesn’t realize it. Vera is married to Harry.
MICKEY – is a police officer, who is down-to-earth, plain talking, and has a good understanding of people. Sometimes she can take the “police bit” too far and she tries very hard to be in control of all situations.
MANOLO COSTAZUELA – is handsome, very well groomed, and Spanish with a Castilian accent. He is every woman’s “dream date” and showers both Olive and Flo with attention. He must have good comic timing, as he gets VERY emotional. He is sensitive and appreciates Florence’s sensitivity.
JESUS COSTAZUELA – is Manolo’s younger brother – also very handsome, well-groomed, excellent posture, very romantic – and he also gets very emotional, and truly appreciates Florence.
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Wendy Golter
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sunday, November 12, 2017 5:00 – 7:00PM
Valley Performing Arts
February 16 – March 4, 2018
Described by playwright Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the Pulitzer prize winning story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through the lives of two families. We follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually, in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre, die. Author Thornton Wilder’s final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage. This is an American classic that the whole family can enjoy.
Come and audition, even if you are just a little bit interested. There are both large and small roles – something for everyone. The time will be divided into three parts.
We’ll warm up with some pantomime. Our Town has very minimal sets and props so it is important that the actors have the ability to pantomime everyday movements believably. This type of pantomime will be part of the audition process. You don’t have to prepare anything – we’ll give you a fun scenario. We’re not looking for anything fancy, just precise movements.
During the audition we’ll ask you to recite something short. You may bring a memorized monologue or you may recite anything you already know such as a short poem, Bible verses, the words to a song, etc. We want to see how you do with memorized material. Please keep your recitation to not more than 2 minutes long. If you are auditioning for the part of “Emily” this would be a good time to show us how well you portray deep emotions.
Everyone will also get the chance to read lines from the play itself. This helps us see different possibilities of character combinations and gives you a chance to show your character interpretation.
Thank you for your interest in auditioning. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
We will begin rehearsing in November shortly after auditions and a schedule will be provided at the first meeting. Initially, plan to be working steadily up to at least four evenings each week, and five nights a week later in the schedule. Saturday rehearsals are a possibility as we get closer to opening. Please be prepared to note on the audition form any and all times that you will not be available for rehearsal, including but not limited to, vacation plans, evening classes, church functions, children’s birthdays, etc. Appropriate breaks in the rehearsal schedule will be made for the holiday season. Please note that we will have three weekend’s worth of performances and Thursday performances and/or Saturday matinees are always a possibility.
Character List and Descriptions
STAGE MANAGER – The host of the play and the dramatic equivalent of an omniscient narrator. Although referred to only as “Stage Manager” and not by a name, he occasionally assumes other roles, such as an old woman, a druggist, and a minister. Interacting with both the world of the audience and the world of the play’s characters, he occupies a godlike position of authority.
GEORGE GIBBS – Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs’s son. A decent, upstanding young man, George is a high school baseball star who wants to be a farmer after high school. His courtship of Emily Webb and eventual marriage to her is central to the play.
EMILY WEBB – Mr. and Mrs. Webb’s daughter. Emily is George’s schoolmate and next-door neighbor, then his fiancée, and later his wife. She is an excellent student and a conscientious daughter. Her realization that human life is precious because it is fleeting is perhaps the central message of the play.
DR. GIBBS – George’s father and the town doctor. He is set in his ways, but knows you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Dr. Gibbs is also a Civil War expert.
MRS. GIBBS – George’s mother and Dr. Gibbs’s wife. Mrs. Gibbs is a determined homemaker with a desire to visit Paris. Mrs. Gibbs has 2 scenes of pantomiming morning kitchen chores.
MR. WEBB – Emily’s father and the publisher and editor of the town newspaper. He has a special spot in his heart for his daughter.
MRS. WEBB – Emily’s mother and Mr. Webb’s wife. A no-nonsense, practical yet loving woman. Mrs. Webb has 2 scenes of pantomiming morning kitchen chores.
MRS. SOAMES – A gossipy woman who sings in the choir along with Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Gibbs.
SIMON STIMSON – The choirmaster, whose alcoholism and undisclosed “troubles” have been the subject of gossip in Grover’s Corners for quite some time. Simon pantomimes playing the organ.
REBECCA GIBBS – George’s younger sister
WALLY WEBB – Emily’s younger brother.
HOWIE NEWSOME – The local milkman. Howie pantomimes his milk deliveries
CONSTABLE WARREN – A local policeman who keeps a watchful eye over the community.
JOE CROWELL, JR. – The paperboy. Joe pantomimes newspaper deliveries
SI CROWELL – Joe’s younger brother, also a paperboy. Si pantomimes newspaper deliveries.
PROFESSOR WILLARD – A talkative professor from the State University who gives the audience a very detailed and scholarly report on the history of Grover’s Corners
SAM CRAIG – Emily Webb’s cousin, who returns to Grover’s Corners after traveling in the west. Sam has the air of an outsider.
JOE STODDARD – The town undertaker
A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Larry Bottjen
Friday, December 1, 2017 6:30PM- Adult Auditions
Saturday, December 2, 2017 2:00PM – Child Auditions, 5:00PM – Adult Auditions
Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:00PM – Child Auditions, 5:00PM – Adult Auditions
Location: Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School – 2315 North Seward Meridian Parkway in Wasilla
Performance Dates: March 30 – April 22, 2018
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
First of all, let me guarantee you that when you audition for Mary Poppins, you will be with an entire group of folks just as nervous as you! But you shouldn’t be! We make every attempt to make our auditions as fun as we can. So let not your heart be troubled! Come to auditions, even if only to watch. You can always change your mind later!
Mary Poppins is a musical and requires that we have chorus members that can blend with others and solo-quality vocalists for the lead parts. You need not prepare anything, just come! You will be asked to sing a cappella, but if you like, you may bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.
We can’t all dance like Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire, however this is a musical that also has choreography so be prepared to spend a little time with our choreographer. Nothing at all difficult, but you should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If you have any special skills, make sure you let our choreographer know.
Lastly, you’ll be performing a small set of easy pantomimes and skits. All the content will be provided, and is always lots of fun! Every effort will be made to make your audition as enjoyable and as painless as possible.
This production is all about having a great experience and providing a quality musical for those that will come see our show. My team has produced Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, Babes in Toyland, and many others. We intend to make this production number one!
If you would like, you may audition with a friend. It’s always easier if you have a friend to audition with you. And, family groups are always encouraged! We love brother/sister, husband/wife, parent/child auditions. If you have any questions at all, call the director, Larry Bottjen, at 745-6466. He is always willing to chat with you!
Come join the FUN at VPA!!
A full rehearsal schedule will be provided to the cast during the first cast meeting. The rehearsal period for this production will be from early-December to late-March (with a Christmas break). Week day rehearsals begin at 6:30PM promptly and end at 9:00PM. Saturday morning rehearsals will be scheduled later on. Rehearsals are never canceled. We will run closed rehearsals: No parents, no friends, no children, no photography. No exceptions. Show opening is on March 30th and will run for 4 weeks, 18 shows (or more!) at the Glenn Massay Theater – a very long run. There are plans to add pre-sold Thursday evening and/or Saturday matinees to the show schedule. Please review the audition form for more information regarding rehearsals. You can download the audition form below.
Character List and Descriptions
MICHAEL BANKS – Male Lead, Young boy, must appear to be approximately 8-10. The younger of the two Banks children. Treble/Boy Soprano
JANE BANKS – Female Lead. Young girl, must appear to be approximately 10-12. The older of the two Banks children. Soprano
BERT – Male Lead. Adult male, must appear to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s. Age commensurate with Mary Poppins. A jack-of-all-trades, Bert shows up all over London. Baritone
MARY POPPINS – Female Lead. Adult female, must appear to be in her late 20’s or early 30’s. Age commensurate with Bert. Swept in on the wind, magical Mary Poppins is — as she says herself — “practically perfect in every way.” Mezzo-Soprano
GEORGE BANKS – Male Lead. Adult male, must appear to be in his early 40’s. He is a banker who has become entirely consumed by work. Father to Michael and Jane, husband to Winifred Banks. Baritone
MRS. WINIFRED BANKS – Female Supporting. Adult female, must appear to be in her mid-late 30’s. She is a banker wife who has no identity of her own. Mother to Michael and Jane, wife to George Banks. Mezzo-Soprano
ADMIRAL BOOM / BANK CHAIRMAN – Male Featured. Older adult male. Retired admiral, neighbor to the Banks family. Doubles as the bank chairman. Baritone
KATIE NANNA – Female Featured. Adult female. Katie Nanna is the Banks’ children’s nanny at the top of the show. Alto
MISS ANDREW – Female Featured. Adult female. Miss Andrew is Mr. Banks’ childhood nanny. Soprano
MISS LARK – Female Featured. Adult female. The snobby, dog-loving neighbor of the Banks family. Doubles as a member of the ensemble. Alto
MRS. BRILL – Female Featured. Adult female. Mrs. Brill is the Banks family’s over-extended housekeeper. Alto
MRS. CORRY – Female Featured. Adult female. She runs the magical “Talking Shop,” where people buy conversations and gingerbread. Soprano
NELEUS – Male Featured. Young adult male. A statue in the Park who comes to life, Neleus has lost his father, Poseidon, god of the ocean. Tenor
ROBERTSON AY – Male Featured. Late teen, or young adult male. Robertson Ay is the Banks family’s hapless young servant boy, who does odd-jobs around the house. Tenor
THE BIRD WOMAN – Female Featured. Older adult female. The bird woman is a very poor, very old woman, covered in old shawls. Sells bags of feed for birds to passersby. Alto
Ensemble: park strollers, chimney sweeps, bankers
By A.R. Gurney
Directed by Grant Olson
Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:00 – 4:00PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 5:00 – 7:009PM
Valley Performing Arts
May 4 – 20, 2018
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives. You will laugh from start to finish!
This will be a FUN audition….make up your mind NOW that you are going to have fun and enjoy the time spent with all of us at the theatre! We’ll keep it simple. You’ll be asked to participate in some engaging activities. Come prepared to share a story, a joke, a poem, an interesting anecdote or some dirt on your best friend or sibling – your choice, just make it interesting and original. You may be asked to do some improvisation and/or a pantomime on a given subject and you may be asked to read some lines from the script or other material (which will be provided to you). These informal activities will help the director get to know you…how well you can emote, how comfortable you are using the stage, and how effective you are at telling a story both with your voice and your body. The comedic timing of the production will be critical so all of these exercises will be very helpful in showing us what you’ve got. Every effort will be made to make your audition as enjoyable as possible. We’re always looking for new people and VPA is a great place to make new friends. Make it even more enjoyable and bring two or three friends or family members with you! Come join the FUN at VPA!
We will begin rehearsing in early March and a schedule will be provided at the initial meeting. Initially, plan to be working steadily up to at least four evenings each week, and more should the need arise. Saturday rehearsals are a possibility as we get closer to opening. Please be prepared to note on the audition form any and all times that you will not be available for rehearsal, including but not limited to vacation plans, evening classes, church functions, children’s birthdays, etc. Also be sure to note that we will have three weekend’s worth of performances and Thursday performances and/or Saturday matinees are always a possibility.
Character List and Descriptions
GREG – male, appears to be early 40s, a businessman, suffering a mid-life crisis
SYLVIA – female, a smart and seemingly young, lovable dog (a Labradoodle) who needs to be flexible and energetic
KATE – female, appears to be early 40s, a teacher, and a pragmatist
TOM – male, appears to be in his 30s, blue-collar, middle class, somewhat erudite, salt of the earth
PHYLLIS – female, appears to be in her 40s, a New York socialite, very judgmental
LESLIE – female of an indeterminate age, a marriage counselor, sympathetic