THE WESTERN RESERVE PLAYHOUSE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR…

 

The Spitfire Grill – A Musical 

Music and Book by James Valcq

Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley

Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff

 

Directed by: Daniel Hunsicker

Musical Director:  Patrick Wickliffe

 

Audition Dates: 

February 11, 2023 – 11AM-1PM

February 12, 2023 – 6:30PM-9:30PM

 

Audition Location:

The Western Reserve Playhouse 

3326 Everett Road 

Bath, Ohio 44286

 

Callbacks: As Needed 

 

Performances: Only Seven Shows –  April 14-29, 2023 (Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM and  April 23, 2023, Sunday at 2PM) 

 

Rehearsals: Will begin around February 26, 2023  Rehearsals will run Sunday (afternoons) Monday-Thursday (evenings) based on cast availability. This is a 6 week rehearsal process 

 

Audition Requirements:

 

  • Please prepare 32 bars or 90 seconds of a contemporary (1970s+) musical theater

song (no a cappella singing). 

  • There will be cold readings from the show – Do not need to prepare a monologue at this time. 

Note: There will certainly be movement, but this is not a dance show.

 

How to sign up:

 

If you are unavailable at the prescribed times but would still like to audition, please reach out to our Director Dan Hunsicker at dhuns1515@gmail.com

 

 

  • Video submissions are also accepted, they are due by midnight February 12, 2023. Contact the Director, Dan Hunsicker @ dhuns1515@gmail.com ahead of time for instructions. 

 

No equity contracts available at this time. All positions are volunteer. 

 

Roles are open to all races, ethnicities, gender/gender identities, ages, and abilities, unless directly specified by the playwright as integral to their storytelling. Age ranges listed below are the recommended ages in the script, but are flexible to the interpretation.  None of these parts are precast. 

 

Synopsis:

 

Based on the hit 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill is a heartwarming and inspirational musical tale of redemption, perseverance and family. Set in a small Wisconsin town, the show features a gorgeous, soulful score and several strong roles for women.

 

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. The Grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the Grill wins. Soon, mail arrives by the wheelbarrow and things really start cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.

 

Roles Available: 

The Spitfire Grill – character breakdown

 

Percy Talbot

Gender: Female

Age: 20s

Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence. Strong folk/country belt to ‘D’, some head voice required.

 

Hannah Ferguson

Gender: Female

Age: About 70

A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range.

 

Shelby Thorpe

Gender: Female

Age: Mid 30s

A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk soprano with strong high belt to ‘D’.

 

Caleb Thorpe

Gender: Male

Age: Early 40s

Out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the past. Solid folk/rock voice with an edge (Top ‘G’).

 

Sheriff Joe Sutter

Gender: Male

Age: Mid-Late 20s

A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong folk tenor to a ‘G’ (touches an ‘A’).

 

Effie Krayneck

Gender: Female

Age: 50s 

Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range. Carries close harmony.

 

The Visitor

Gender: Male

Age: Mid 40s

A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body. (Non singing). Due to the nature of this role, the actor will only be required for a very brief rehearsal process closer to the show dates. 

 

** If you have any questions, or would like to audition but are unavailable at the prescribed times, please do not hesitate to contact the director Dan Hunsicker at dhuns1515@gmail.com 

THE WESTERN RESERVE PLAYHOUSE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR…

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery!

By: Ken Ludwig

Directed by: Jim Fippin

Stage Managed by Ashley Dyer  

 

 

Audition Dates: 

Saturday, March 11, 1-4pm

Sunday, March 12, 7-10pm 

Monday, March 13, 6:30-9:30pm

 

Audition Location:

The Western Reserve Playhouse 

3326 Everett Road 

Bath, Ohio 44286

 

Callbacks: As Needed 

 

Performances: Only Seven Shows –  May 26-June 10, 2023 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and  Sunday, June 4, 2023  at 2PM) 

 

Rehearsals: Will begin April 16, 2023  Rehearsals will run Sunday -Thursday (evenings) based on cast availability. This is a 6 week rehearsal process 

 

Audition Requirements:

 

  • Those auditioning will be asked to read from the play. 
  • Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play.
  • Please reach out to the Director, Jim Fippin for information on obtaining a script. 

 

How to sign up:

 

. We want everyone to feel welcomed and not to stress!!! Please sign up for an audition. These are stress free and fun!

 

  • You may sign up here (Add Sign Up Link Here)    for a 15-minute audition slot. Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one. We also are asking for all conflicts at this time.

 

  • Video submissions are also accepted, they are due by midnight March 13, 2023. Contact the Director, Jim Fippin @ jimfippin@gmail.com ahead of time for instructions. 

 

No equity contracts available at this time. All positions are volunteer. 

 

Roles are open to all races, ethnicities, gender/gender identities, ages, and abilities, unless directly specified by the playwright as integral to their storytelling. None of these parts are precast. 

 

Synopsis:

 

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Full of humor, horror, and plenty of stage magic, five actors play nearly 40 roles in this kooky and spooky caper that will have you howling with laughter.

 

Roles Available: 

 

(All ages listed are playing ages and are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting.)

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES –(Male 30s – 40s). Highly intelligent, confident, charismatic, quick-witted, obsessive. Thinks very highly of his close friend Watson. A sophisticated mind who savors adventure and an intriguing mystery, and has a manic gleam of mischief in his eyes. A mind that works overtime.

 

 DOCTOR WATSON – (Male Early to mid 40s). Smart, grounded, full of heart and wonder, lives to have adventures and assist his close friend Holmes. We see the play through his eyes. The heart and soul of the play.

 

ACTOR ONE – (Male 30s – 40s) Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally (including multiple dialects). Plays multiple roles (over 10), including STAPLETON (seemingly geeky butterfly lover who conceals a psychopath within), BARRYMORE (mournful caretaker of Baskerville Hall), MILKER (scrappy Dickensian urchin boy), LUCY (loving wife of WILSON), and DR. MORTIMER (elegant, friendly, passionate).

 

ACTOR TWO – (Male 20s – 30s). Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally (including multiple dialects). Plays multiple roles, including SIR HUGO BASKERVILLE (a brutal, cruel Cavalier), WILSON (exuberant, hearty head of messenger office), SIR HENRY BASKERVILLE (young Texan relation to Baskervilles, open-hearted, earnest, ready for adventure and to fall in love), and INSPECTOR LESTRADE (cocky police inspector).

ACTRESS ONE – (Female 30s). Must show great versatility and nimbleness physically and vocally (including multiple dialects). Plays multiple roles, including MISS STAPLETON (STAPLETON’s initially secretive, scared “sister” who passionately falls in love with SIR HENRY), CARTWRIGHT (scrappy Dickensian urchin boy), MRS. BARRYMORE (severe, humorless Swedish caretaker of Baskerville Hall), MRS. HUDSON (older, maternal housekeeper for HOLMES).

 

** If you have any questions, or would like to audition but are unavailable at the prescribed times, please do not hesitate to contact the director Jim Fippin  at  jimfippin@gmail.com