Free Summer CyberTheatre Exploratorium Launches June 22

After two weeks of exploring and planning with a small group, we are ready to launch our Summer Cybertheatre Exploratorium.  Participation is open to anyone who is interested.  Mondays will be theatre games and exercises, with drop-ins welcomed.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be focused on exploring antiracist performance material, and we are hoping for a sustained commitment to that work. Please join us and/or spread the word on social media and email etc. 

The disruption of social systems by Covid-19  has created a global time and space for reimaging and reinventing.  As we enter into the challenge of reinventing the theatre for Zoom and other remote architectures, we also have the opportunity to imagine a path towards anti-racism and systemic justice. Using the tools of theatre, we will create a Brave Space, to facilitate a process that honestly examines and challenges the culture of White-Eurocentric Dominance that entangles us all.

Hope to see you there.

Peace,
Michael
Michael A. Mufson
Professor of Theatre Arts, Palomar College

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It Can’t Happen Here Cast Announcement

It Can’t Happen Here Cast

Thank you to all who auditioned. I had some really difficult choices to make and you were all great. Please note that some of the ensemble roles may change due to costuming limitations or other factors.  Also – there is a lot of narration by the ensemble that is yet to be assigned.

Please reply to me at mmufson@palomar.edu to acknowledge that you accept your role.

Make sure to arrive for first rehearsal at the Studio Theatre on this Monday, March 16, ready to start at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted in your schedule conflicts). We will have printed scripts for you.

 

Actor Character (Act•Scene – for single appearance characters)
Austin Thatcher Doremus Jessup
Dylan Winston Shad Ledue; Townsperson (1•1)
Macy Weinfurter Mary Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Osvaldo Rodriguez Buck Titus;  Townsperson (1•1); Heckler
Philip King Sugui Julian; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Samantha McCain Lorinda
Susie Burchill Sissy Jessup; Townsperson (1•1)
Thomas Welsh Phillip Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Zoe Daniels Emma Jessup; ; Townsperson (1•1)
Eli Questenberg Fowler; Townsperson (1•1); Minute Man (2•2;4•4;4•5);
Connor Nolen Edgeways; Swan; Minite Man (2•2;4•4;4•5); Mob (3•3);
Adrian Munõz Pollikop; Townsperson (1•1);  Man 2 (2•1);Minute Man (3•3;4•4); Border Guard (4•3;); President’s Guard (4•5); Prison Guard (5•1)
Drew Titus Tasbrough; Man 4 (2•1); Minute Man (2•2; 3•3; 4•4; 4•5); Priest (3•1); Border Guard (4•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Seargeant (5•2)
Jovyn Anderson Crowley, Bishop Prang; Man 1 (2•1); Mob (3•3); Minute Man (4•4); Doctor (5•1);
Matthew Jackson Buzz Windrip; Townsperson (1•1); Mob (3•3)
Uriel Najera Pascal; Townsperson (1•1); Man 3 (2•1); Mob (3•3);  President’s Guard (4•5); Minute Man (4•4)
Elizabeth Pearson Crowd Member 2 (1•1); Woman 2 (2•1); Jamie Johnson (2•3); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5); Minute Man (4•4); Driver (5•3)
Judith Pulido Townsperson (1•1); Woman 1 (2•1); William Dooley (2•2); Mob (3•3); President’s Guard (4•5);
Kadijah Pointer Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch; Lee Saranson; Mob (3•3); Farmer (5•3)
Gabriella LeBaron Crowd member 1 (1•1); Woman 3 [formerly Man 5] (2•1); Mob (3•3); Dimick (4•4); Minute Man  Book Burner (4•4)

 

It Can’t Happen Here Casting Timeline

What an amazing and energizing night of callbacks!  Thank you all for you time and passion.  Casting this piece is a big puzzle, and so I am taking a little longer than usual to put it all together.  I plan to have the cast finalized, with all the ensemble parts assigned and schedule conflicts worked out by 5PM on Thursday (tomorrow).  Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at mmufson@palomar.edu.

Callbacks – It Can’t Happen Here

Thank you to all who auditioned.  The following people are called back.  Doors to the Studio Theatre will open at 5:30PM and we will begin at 6:00PM.  Please wear clothes appropriate for movement.

Adrian Munõz
Austin Thatcher
Cameron O’Hare
Connor Nolen
Drew Titus
Dylan Winston
Eli Questenberg
Elizabeth Pearson
Jovyn Anderson
Judith Pulido
Kadijah Pointer
Laura Holzinger
Macy Weinfurter
Matthew Jackson
neha curtiss
Osvaldo Rodriguez
Philip King Sugui
Rhea Mursalin
Sally Dean
Samantha McCain
Susie Burchill
Thomas Welsh
Uriel Najera
Valerie Garza
Zoe Daniels
Gabriella LeBaron

More Audition Slots Added for Mamma Mia Auditions!

If you have not secured an audition time slot, come in between 1pm-4pm and we will do our best to work you in.
Mamma Mia!
Book by Catherine Johnson,
Music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
 
Directed by Kathy Brombacher
Music Direction by Ellen Weller
Choreography by Valerie Clark
 
Seeking a cast of actors, singers and dancers to play age ranges from 17 to 50. All roles are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
 
AUDITIONS: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1-5pm (by appointment- actors sign up for a 5 minute block.To sign up for an time and for future audition notifications, click here)
DANCE CALL: 5-7pm everyone who auditions is called for a Movement/Dance call.
 
CALLBACKS: (by invitation) Sunday, November 24th.
At 12 noon-1pm: Dance Make-up;
From 1-3pm Vocal Callbacks, 3-5pm Readings
 
Here’s what you need to know to prepare for auditions:
 
*Bring two headshots and 2 theatrical/musical/dance resumes to the audition and fill out audition paperwork on site.
 
*Bring a schedule of possible conflicts with the rehearsal schedule (work, classes, etc.): you must list conflicts on the audition paperwork.
 
*Perform a one-minute song selected from “soft rock” hits or rock musicals is required for the audition. (You will be timed).
 
*Bring piano sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist
 
CALLBACKS will be at the invitation of the director, musical director and choreographer team members. You may be asked to sing, dance and/or read from the script and score for these callbacks.
 
Casting will be announced within one week of the callback auditions.
 
 
ORIENTATION MEETING: Saturday, December 7 • 2PM – 4PM
 
REHEARSALS begin in January and will tentatively be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 10:00 AND Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm. During tech week there is a long Sunday rehearsal. A full rehearsal schedule will be available to peruse at the auditions.
 
PERFORMANCES:
 
Friday, March 6 • 7PM
 
Saturday, March 7 • 7PM
 
Sunday, March 8 • 2PM
 
Thursday, March 12 • 4PM
 
Friday, March 13 • 7PM
 
Saturday, March 14 • 7PM
 
Sunday, March 15 • 2PM
 
All actors must attend each rehearsal specified for their character and each performance, including a possible pick-up rehearsal between performance weekends.
 
Actors cast in the musical will be required to register for a 2-unit class in theatre at Palomar College.
 
 
 
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
 
Donna Sheridan: (age around 40)
 
Owner of the Taverna on the Greek Island of Kalokairi, Donna is Sophie’s mother who never married; she is the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos”. A natural beauty, she works hard to keep the Taverna open and to give smart advice to her daughter; A strong rock vocalist/strong mover/actress.
 
Sophie Sheridan: (age around 21)
 
Donna’s strong-minded daughter who wants a traditional wedding (which her mother never had), and a father to walk her down the aisle. Bright and an adventuresome risk-taker, she is emotionally complex but truly loves her fiance, Sky and understands her mother’s sacrifices for her. Belt/soprano and superb dancer.
 
Tanya Cresham-Leigh: (age around 40)
 
Tanya is one of Donna’s best friends and a member of the “Dynamos”; she married into wealth a few times and has a sassy, witty, flirtatious personality. Superb rock singer/dancer/comedian.
 
Rosie Mulligan: (age around 40)
 
The third member of Donna’s Dynamos, Rosie is single, free-spirited and a renowned author. Confident, kooky and sometimes shy, she is a strong inventive comic actress. Must move well and sing confidently.
 
Lisa: (Age 18-25)
 
Sophie’s bridesmaid/ close friend; impish, impulsive; must be strong dancer – featured ensemble.
 
Ali: (age 18-25) Sophie’s other bridesmaid; energetic and kooky. Strong dancer/ featured ensemble.
 
Sam: (age around 45)
 
May be Sophie’s father; he left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman; successful architect; confident but out of his depth returning to Donna’s Taverna at Sophie’s invitation; an actor who sings and moves well.
 
Harry (age around 45) May be Sophie’s father; British financier; conservative now but loved rock and roll in his youth. Must have British accent; an actor who sings/handles comedy/ moves well.
 
Bill (age around 45) May be Sophie’s father: is by profession a travel writer ; has a rough charm and honesty; handles comedy well; an actor who sings/moves well.
 
Sky (age around 25) Sophie’s fiancé; athletic, attractive; left a successful business to help Donna with the Taverna and marry Sophie; thoughtful, sensitive ; moves and sings well. Featured ensemble.
 
Pepper (male, age around 25): Sky’s friend; works at Donna’s hotel; charming, loves to flirt; dances well, ideally has acrobatic skills. Featured ensemble.
 
Eddie (male, age around 25): Another friend to Sky/ worker at the hotel. Relaxed and helpful; strong dancer/singer.
 
Pastor Alexandrios: (age 40-60); a male or female ensemble member who officiates at Sophie’s wedding. Also in the ensemble as a villager/friend of the family.
 
Ensemble: (ages 20-45) Dynamic dancer/singers/actors with acting strengths to play Greek Islanders who are supporting Donna and Sophie as they prepare for Sophie’s wedding day.

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Social Justice Theatre Project – Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Friday, September 13 at 7PM in PAC 127.  Our primary focus will be preparing a few of the short climate plays to take to the streets next week with the goal of building awareness of the GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE from September 20-27.

We will also welcome some new participants from the CSUSM Theatre Program, who are working on The Every 28 Hours Plays.

ALL ARE WELCOME. PLEASE JOIN US. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Questions? Contact mmufson@palomar.edu

 

CAST – the mental state

ANDY CADY Cameron O’Hare

ANGELA CADY Heather Fiore

MICHAEL CADY Connor Nolan

DANA ROBBINS Samantha McCain

DYLAN ROBBINS Elias Questenberg

PASTOR SHELBY SANDERS Monique Barbour

BRIAN WARD Dylan Winston

BETHANY FORREST Isabel Sica

KILEY Rhiann Glaudini

KAILEY Milo Edwards

PRINCIPAL ELIZABETH MULLINS Teresa Crespo Hartendorp

DR. MELANIE HANSEN Elizabeth Pearson

THE BATTY LADY Donna Susan Toney

DR. WAGGNER Bayani DeCastro

Ensemble Actors will play a number of parents, advocates, JROTC cadets, gunman,
and news reporters
Zach Thompson Ensemble. Aru Mistry
Thomas Welsh Ensemble Life Jacket
Osvaldo Rodriguez Ensemble. Daggers
Matthew Javier. Ensemble. Ferret
Diego Cruz Ensemble. Mad Pride
Susie Burchill Ensemble Rhonda Puffman
Kayli Camille Ensemble. Teen Blogger Robin
Casey Corona Ensemble. Dr. Cynthia Chitwertz
Matthew Jackson. Ensemble. Task Force

Still looking for an Assistant Stage Manager and Assistant Director.
Contact Annie if interested in the AD position. annie@olanskey.com