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Bristol Riverside Theatre 2014-15 Season

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Bristol Riverside Theatre
Susan Atkinson, prod.; Keith Baker, artistic dir.-stage dir.

Production Description

Casting Bristol Riverside Theatre 2014-15 season. Season includes: "The 39 Steps" (adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock; Gus Kaikkonen, dir.; Rehearsals begin Sept. 9; runs Sept. 30-Oct. 26); "Lost In Yonkers" (Neil Simon, writer; Keith Baker, dir.; Rehearsals begin Oct. 21; runs Nov. 11-30); "Always... Patsy Cline" (Ted Swindley, writer; Susan Atkinson, dir.; Ryan Touhey, musical dir.; Rehearsals begin Jan. 6; runs Jan. 27-Feb. 22, 2015; "Ragtime the Musical" (Terrence McNally, book; Stephen Flaherty, music; Lynn Ahrens, lyrics; Keith Baker, dir.; Stephen Casey, choreo.; Rehearsals begin Feb. 24; runs March 17-April 12, 2015); "Enemy of the People" (Henrik Ibsen, writer; Brian Johnston & Rick Davis, translator; Susan Atkinson, dir.; Amy Kaissar, co-dir.; Rehearsals begin April 21; runs May 12-31, 2015).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Season runs Sept. 30, 2014-May 31, 2015 in Bristol, PA.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays: $453 min./wk. Equity LOA Contract.


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Role Breakdown

The 39 STEPS

RICHARD HANNAY: Leading Man. 30s – 40s. Dashing and handsome. Must handle drama and comedy equally well.

ANNABELLA SCHMIDT/MARGRET/PAMELA: Leading lady. 30s. Plays three major female roles.

CLOWN #1: Master comedian. Plays a wide variety of roles in the show. Must be a master of physical comedy, voices, dialects and accents.

CLOWN #2: Master comedian. Plays a wide variety of roles in the show. Must be a master of physical comedy, voices, dialects and accents.



JAY KURNITZ: About 16. The play tells his coming of age story. Independent, self-serving jokester.

ARTHUR KURNITZ: About 13 ½. Mostly an observer. A little childish.

BELLA KURNITZ: Mid 30s. Looks neat, sweet and pretty but older than her age. Mentally challenged, yet loving and protective.

LOUIE: Late 30s. Jovial, mercurial and flamboyant but with a certain underlying dark side. He works for ''the mob.''

GRANDMA KURNITZ: 70s. Stern and harsh. Unforgiving of weakness. Blunt, yet often funny.

EDDIE: Early middle age. Down on his luck. Terrified around grandma.

GERT: Grandma’s daughter. Traumatized by grandma, she has the tendency to suck in while speaking.


Patsy Cline: full voiced country Alto (D3-Eb5). Accomplished Country/Western vocalist late 20s-30s who can create a credible physical and vocal impersonation of the late great Patsy Cline.

Louise Seger: Mezzo, with a country flare, (A3-F5). Accomplished actress/singer 40s-50s. Charismatic down-home raconteur with a ribald sense of humor. Should have a zany and a uniquely unforgettable personality.

RAGTIME The Musical

COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. (lead) African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range Ab to G, with a sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.

SARAH: (lead) African-American female. Late teens-early 20s (lyric soprano; range: low G to high Eb on staff)

MOTHER: (lead) Anglo-American female. 30+ (lyric soprano; range: low G# to high Eb on staff) gentle, compassionate, optimistic.

FATHER: (lead) Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious, resistant to change.

MOTHER’S YOUNGER BROTHER: (supporting) Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung.

YOUNG BOY: (supporting) Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on staff) precocious and curious.

TATEH: (lead) Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative.

EMMA GOLDMAN: (cameo - historical) Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female/Anarchist. 40+, slight accent (alto; range: low G# to Db on staff)

HARRY HOUDINI: (cameo-historical) Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/body builder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)

EVELYN NESBIT: (cameo - historical) Anglo-American female. Vaudevillian performer. 18-25 (belter/soprano, range: middle C to Db on the staff) dancer preferred.

YOUNG GIRL: (supporting) Tateh’s daughter: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on the staff) quiet and shy.

SARAH’S FRIEND: (supporting) African-American female. Late teens – 30. (Gospel lyric soprano or alto range: low G to stratospheric scat top note)

GRANDFATHER: (cameo) (Mother’s father) Anglo-American male. 55+ (some ''speak sung'' lyrics, baritone) gruff and outspoken.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: (cameo - historical) African-American male, distinguished. 45+ (some ''speak sung'' lyrics, baritone).

HENRY FORD: (cameo – historical): Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some ''speak sung'' lyrics, baritone)

JP MORGAN: (cameo – historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some ''speak sung'' lyrics, baritone)

LITTLE COALHOUSE: (cameo) Walk-on at end of show. African-American male. Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing)


Doctor Thomas Stockmann - A practicing medical doctor, the medical officer of the town baths, and the brother of the mayor, who got him the job at the baths. Stockmann is idealistic and excitable. For much of his life he was destitute and lived in the countryside; now he is happy to be fairly prosperous and living in a bustling town.

Mrs. Katherine Stockmann - Dr. Stockmann's wife. She is loyal and practical and often encourages her husband to think of his family when he is being rash. Morten Kiil is her adoptive father, or grandfather, depending on translation.

Petra Stockmann - The daughter of Thomas and Katherine, Petra is as idealistic as her father. She is a hard-working teacher, and she is frustrated that the law requires her to teach things she doesn't believe in.

Peter Stockmann - Peter is Dr. Stockmann's brother. He is also chairman of the baths committee. He is a cautious but sometimes ruthless politician.

Hovstad - Hovstad is editor of The People's Herald, the town's leftist newspaper. Although slightly corrupt, he is at heart a political radical.

Aslaksen - Aslaksen is the newspaper's printer. Because he lets the paper print on credit, he has a degree of editorial control. He is also the chairman of the homeowners association, which represents the town's small business class, the majority of voters. He also has great influence with the Temperance Society, and he is a lover of moderation.

Billing - An assistant at the newspaper, he is a radical, like Hovstad, but he is also ambitious and plans to run for office. He is in some way courting Petra.

Captain Horster - A ship captain who has little interest in local politics, Horster provides the hall for Doctor Stockmann's speech, but he is fired from his ship as a result.

Morten Kiil - A rich old man, Kiil owns several of the tanneries that Dr. Stockmann implicates in his water pollution report. He is the adoptive father or grandfather (depending on the translation) of Mrs. Stockmann, and his will assigns a good deal of wealth to her and her children.