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Olney Theatre Center 2015 Season

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Company

Olney Theatre Center
Jason Loewith, artistic dir.; Christopher Youstra & Jason King Jones, assoc. artistic dirs.; Jenna Duncan, casting assoc.

Production Description

Casting the 2015 season for Olney Theatre Center. Season includes: "Godspell" (Stephen Schwartz, music & lyrics; Jason King Jones, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 13, 2015; runs Feb. 5-March 1), "Grounded" (George Brant, writer;
Dir: Derek Goldman, dir. Rehearsals begin Feb. 17, 2015; runs Feb. 26-Marcn 22), "Carousel" (Rodgers and Hammerstein, writers; Jason Loewith, dir. Rehearsals begin March 17; runs April 16-May 10), "The Price" (Arthur Miller, writer; Michael Bloom, dir. Rehearses begin April 21, 2015; runs May 14-June 21), "Footloose" (Dean Pitchford & Walter Bobbie, book; Dean Pitchford, lyrics; Tom Snow, music. Rehearsals begin May 26, 2015; runs June 25-July 26), and "Hay Fever" (Noel Coward, writer. Rehearsals begin Aug. 11, 2015; runs Sept. 3-27).

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Season runs in Olney, MD.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays: $638/wk. for Mainstage productions and $510.40/wk. for Mulitz-Guldelsky Lab productions. Equity COST Contract.

Auditions

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Full Character Breakdown

GODSPELL
Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Dir: Jason King Jones
Perf Space: Mainstage
First Reh: January 13, 2015
Perf Dates: February 5-March 1, 2015

Composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. Toward the end of the second act, the show begins to follow a more linear narrative as Jesus is betrayed by Judas and eventually crucified.

JESUS – High energy, charming, funny, charismatic, gentle but with strength. The sort of person others instinctively follow.

JOHN THE BAPTIST/JUDAS – He has attributes of both Biblical figures: he is Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Charismatic much like Jesus.

ENSEMBLE


GROUNDED
By George Brant
Dir: Derek Goldman
Perf Space: Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
First Reh: February 17, 2015
Perf Dates: February 26-March 22, 2015

Tells the story of an F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the skies over the Middle East. She finds herself instead flying remote-controlled droves half a world away while in a comfortable trailer just outside of Vegas. Her 12-hour shift now consists of staring at a gray-screen monitor targeting terrorists by day and playing dutiful wife and mother by night.

THE PILOT - A hot-rod, almost cocky F16 fighter pilot who gets along best with her male counterparts, but falls for one and in an unexpected pregnancy begins to lose control.


CAROUSEL
By Rodgers and Hammerstein
Dir: Jason Loewith
Perf Space: Mainstage
First Reh: March 17, 2015
Perf Dates: April 16-May 10, 2015

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ''up there.'' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.

BILLY BIGELOW – A barker for the Mullin Carousel. Billy’s success is based in part on his attractiveness to the young women who visit the Carousel. Billy has never learned to deal with anyone he loves with anything other than violence.

JULIE JORDAN – A shy but headstrong young woman. She falls for Billy and recognizes that it will not come to a happy ending, but still would rather be with Billy than someone who would treat her as property.

CARRIE PIPPERIDGE – Julie’s best friend and a much more conventional woman of the time. She marries Mr. Snow.

ENOCH SNOW - Fisherman and future tycoon. Mr. Snow has his whole life planned out including his entire life with betrothed Carrie.

NETTIE FOWLER - Julie’s somewhat older and wiser cousin (maybe even kind of an aunt). She runs the local eating establishment. She takes in Julie and the
unemployed Billy after their wedding.

JIGGER CRAIGIN - A good-for-nothing sailor off of a whaling ship. Every year in port he latches on to some unwitting accomplice for his criminal endeavors. This year it is Billy, and he leads Billy to his ruin.

LOUISE BIGELOW - Billy and Julie’s 15 year old daughter. Louise is tormented by the rest of the kids in the town because of how Billy dies and is thus very unhappy and combative.

ENOCH SNOW, JR. - Young man Louise’s age (15). He likes Louise but thinks of her as being below his station. In short, he is a lot like his father.

THE STARKEEPER/DR. SELDON - A heavenly figure. It is ambiguous as to whether the Starkeeper is God, or one of his angels. Dr. Seldon is the earthy version of the Starkeeper.

MRS. MULLIN - She owns the Carousel in the local amusement park. Upset about Billy’s attraction to Julie, she fires Billy when he marries Julie but later tries to get Billy to leave Julie and come back. Mrs. Mullin is a still attractive middle-aged widow. This is a non singing role.

ENSEMBLE (Townspeople, Amusement Park Carnies, Youngsters, Seafaring Men)

THE PRICE
By Arthur Miller
Dir: Michael Bloom
Perf Space: Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
First Reh: April 21, 2015
Perf Dates: May 14-June 21, 2015

Years after an angry breakup, Victor and Walter Franz are reunited by the death of their father. As they sort through his possessions in an old brownstone attic, the memories evoked by his belongings stir up old hostilities.

VICTOR – Actor who can read 50 yrs. Policeman on the verge of retirement. Blue collar, smart, and perceptive. Down to earth, with a conscience and the insecurity of someone who doesn’t know whether he made the right decisions.

WALTER – Actor who can read 50-55. Victor’s brother. A powerful man of the world. A doctor who has experienced professional success, great wealth, the dissolution of his marriage, and a nervous breakdown. Desperate to reconnect wit hhis brother, he nevertheless believes that a man must take care of himself first.

ESTHER –45. Very attractive, highly emotional, loyal to her husband but fed up with a life without money. She views Victor’s choices regarding the sale of the furniture as a key test of their marriage. She believes in him but is afraid he will never have the ambition to change their status.

GREGORY SOLOMON – 89. Surprisingly energetic for his age. Has all his wits about him and a keen sense of humor. He decides, reluctantly, to come out of retirement to take on the job of selling furniture. At times forceful, at other times fragile. He must read as a ‘father figure’ in relation to Victor and Walter.


FOOTLOOSE
Book: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Lyrics: Dean Pitchford
Music: Tom Snow
Dir: TBA
Perf Space: Mainstage
First Reh: May 26, 2015
Perf Dates: June 25-July 26, 2015

A city kid (REN) attempts to adapt to life in an ultra-conservative backwater Midwestern town. Once there, he ends up leading the repressed teenagers into a rebellion against the town fathers, who have outlawed rock & roll and dancing.

REVEREND SHAW MOORE – The minister of Bomont County, and father of Ariel.
VI MOORE – Shaw’s wife, Ariel’s mother.
ARIEL MOORE – Shaw and Vi’s daughter.
REN MCCORMACK – A teenage boy from Chicago.
ETHEL MCCORMACK – Ren’s mother.
RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend.
WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s best friend. A country boy.
LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt.
WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband.
COACH ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher.
ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife.
URLEEN – Ariel’s friend.
WENDY JO – Ariel’s friend.
CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel’s boyfriend.
LYLE – Chuck’s buddy.
TRAVIS – Chuck’s buddy.
BETTY BLAST – Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.
PRINCIPAL HARRY / HARRIET CLARK – Principle of the high school.
JETER – Ren’s friend.
BICKLE – Ren’s friend.
GARVIN – Ren’s friend.


HAY FEVER
By Noel Coward
Dir: TBA
Perf Space: Mainstage
First Reh: August 11, 2015
Perf Dates: September 3-September 27, 2015

In an English country house in the 1920s, the Bliss family each invites a guest to spend the weekend. The self-centred and outlandish behaviour of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests' furtive departure.

JUDITH BLISS - David Bliss’s wife and Sorel and Simon’s mother, Judith Bliss is a recently retired actress, although she still loves to act and keeps insisting she will return to her craft. She invites Sandy Tyrell as a weekend guest.

DAVID BLISS - Judith Bliss’s husband and Sorel and Simon’s father, David Bliss is a novelist of some acclaim. He invites Jackie Coryton as a weekend guest.

SOREL BLISS - Judith and David’s daughter, Sorel Bliss is nineteen years old and bored with most of life. She invites Richard Greatham as a weekend guest.

SIMON BLISS – Judith and David’s son. He is a would-be artist. He invites Myra Arundel as a weekend guest.

MRYA ARUNDEL - Simon’s invited houseguest

RICHARD GREATHAM - Sorel’s invited houseguest, a proper English diplomat

JACKIE CORYTON - David’s invited houseguest, ''a perfectly sweet flapper''

SANDY TYRELL - Judith’s invited houseguest, a young boxer

CLARA - The housekeeper


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