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Cast List for Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour Cast

 

Martha – Patrice Imani Elise-Byrd

Karen – Heather Warren

Mrs. Tilford/Peggy – Colette Colbertson

Mrs. Mortar – Amy Hypnarowski

Agatha/Evelyn/Catherine – Danielle Gulihur-Guinn

Lois/Helen/Janet – Izzy Sica

Mary – Lucy Arvizu

Rosalie – Gabriela LeBaron

Cardin – Omar Fox

Grocery Man – Jolyon Maxilom

Auditions for The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman!

The Children’s Hour

by Lillian Hellman

Directed by Francis Gercke

Performances November 30 – December 9

A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks to her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. One of Lillian Hellman’s greatest successes,
exploring the irreparable damage and devastation one person’s idle gossip can bring upon unsuspecting lives.
AUDITION INFORMATION

Open Call • Monday, October 8 • 6:00 PM • STUDIO THEATRE
Callbacks • Tuesday, October 9 • 6:00 PM • STUDIO THEATRE

Please have a 1-2 minute monologue prepared.

You may be asked to read selected sides from the script.

Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM beginning October 15.

Technical Rehearsals will be Sunday, November 25 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and November 26 – 29 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Performances are November 30 –  December 9, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Thursday at 4 PM.

Participants are required to enroll for 2 units of college credit (TA 191 Rehearsal & Performance)

 

AVAILABLE ROLES:

MARTHA DOBIE (25-30 years old)

Karen Wright’s friend and co-owner of their school, Martha is about the same age, twenty-eight. She is described as “nervous” and “high strung” and is certainly far less composed and self-assured than her friend. It quickly becomes obvious that she greatly depends on Karen’s emotional stability and good sense to provide her with the confidence needed to make a go of their school.

 

KAREN WRIGHT (25-30)

Karen Wright is Martha Dobie’s close friend and partner in the Wright-Dobie School. She is twenty-eight, attractive, warm, and outgoing. She is admired and respected by her students, for whom she has a genuine affection. She is also an emotionally stable woman, at ease with herself and others.

 

JOSEPH CARDIN (26-33 years old)

Cardin, about thirty-five, is a relaxed and amiable doctor and Karen Wright’s fiance. His casual dress reflects his warm, easy-going nature. He is also gracious and humorous and seems ideally suited to Karen.

 

LILY MORTAR (45-55 years old)

Hellman describes Lily Mortar as “a plump, florid woman of forty-five.” She is Martha Dobie’s aunt and teaches at the Wright-Dobie School. A self-centered woman, she lives in romanticized delusions of her past triumphs as an actress. She is also vain and very susceptible to flattery, an easy patsy for a conniving student like Mary Tilford. She refuses to grow old gracefully, dying her hair and dressing too fancifully for her reduced circumstances.

 

AGATHA (55-65 years old)

A no-nonsense, middle-aged maid in the employ of Amelia Tilford. She is stern and straight-laced with Mary, who calls her “stupid,” although Agatha clearly sees through Mary’s deceptions. Agatha’s attempts to make the child into a “lady” are frustrated by Mrs. Tilford, who is deaf to the maid’s common-sense observations. Agatha also attempts to support Martha and Karen in their efforts to convince Mrs. Tilford that Mary concocted her story to destroy the young teachers.

 

MRS. AMELIA TILFORD (60’s)

A wealthy widow, Mrs. Tilford is a large, dignified woman in her sixties. She has been an influential supporter of the Wright-Dobie School, where her granddaughter, Mary, is enrolled. Although she is a fair and generous person, she lacks good judgment when it comes to matters concerning her granddaughter. She recognizes that Mary is both spoiled and manipulative, but she dotes on the child and is utterly blind to the girl’s vicious nature.

 

MARY TILFORD (12-14)

The spoiled granddaughter of Amelia Tilford, Mary is a problem child at the Wright- Dobie School. She appears “undistinguished,” but she is clever and used to having her own way with her doting grandmother. She also attempts to manipulate everyone at the school, resorting to a variety of tricks, including flattery, feigned sickness, blackmail, physical intimidation, and whining complaints.

 

ROSALIE WELLS (12-14)

Rosalie, a student at the Wright-Dobie School, appears first in the hectic scene opening the play, having her hair badly trimmed by Evelyn Munn. Unlike Peggy and Evelyn, she is not cowed by Mary Tilford, whom she does not like.

 

HELEN BURTON (12-14)

One of the girls at Karen and Martha’s school, it is her bracelet that classmate Rosalie Wells “borrows.” This incident allows Mary to blackmail Rosalie into confirming Mary’s lies about Karen and Martha. Helen is one of the first to be pulled out of the school when Mrs. Tilford begins spreading the fiction that Karen and Martha are lovers.

 

CATHERINE (12-14)

Catherine is one of the students at the Wright-Dobie School. She appears only in the first scene, where she attempts to help Lois prepare for a Latin test. The Latin lesson contributes to the chaotic lack of discipline in Mortar’s classroom, revealing Lily’s incompetence as a teacher.

 

LOIS FISHER (12-14)

Another of Karen and Martha’s students, she receives Lain tutoring from Catherine at the play’s opening, conjugating Latin in hectic counterpoint to Peggy Roger’s reading of Portia’s “quality of mercy ” speech from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Lily Mortar’s languid criticism. Like Catherine, she plays no significant role in the rest of the drama.

 

GROCERY BOY

The unnamed grocery boy makes a very brief appearance in the last scene, carrying a box of groceries into the school’s living room. He is almost mute, but his puerile gawking and giggling are indicative of the damage done to the reputations of Karen and Martha as a result of Mary’s accusations.

 

EVELYN MUNN (12-14)

One of the girls at the Wright-Dobie School, Evelyn is first encountered in the opening scene, in which she mangles Rosalie Wells’ hair with a pair of scissors. Evelyn, who lisps, is relatively quiet and timid. With Peggy Rogers, she overhears the conversation between Martha Dobie and Lily Mortar; the overheard conversation becomes the keystone in the malicious arch of lies that Mary Tilford constructs. Like Peggy, Evelyn is a victim of Mary’s intimidation, which, at the end of the first act, turns to physical abuse. When Mary attempts to extort money from Peggy, Evelyn tries to interfere and is slapped in the face for her efforts.

 

PEGGY ROGERS (12-14)

A student at the Wright-Dobie School, Peggy, like Evelyn Munn, is easily intimidated by Mary Tilford. She appears in the opening scene, where, under Lily Mortar’s tutelage, she tries to read Portia’s famous speech on the quality of mercy. Unimaginative, she shows little interest in Shakespeare Her grandest aspiration is to marry a lighthouse keeper. Peggy is with Evelyn when they overhear the fateful conversation between Martha Dobie and her aunt. Thereafter the pair confide in Mary, who immediately puts her malicious scheme into operation by extorting money from Peggy, who was saving it for a bicycle.

‘O Beautiful’ by Theresa Rebeck

This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan
of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonight’s newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our
culture squarely on the stage deck.

Directed by Michael Mufson
Friday, Saturday 7:00pm; Sunday 2:00pm; Thursday 4:00pm
Studio Theatre

Warning: This production contains controversial portrayals of Jesus and the Founding Fathers as well as mature themes, language and gun violence.

BUY TICKETS

Friday, October 5 • 7PM
Saturday, October 6 • 7PM
Sunday, October 7 • 2PM
Thursday, October 11• 4PM
Friday, October 12 • 7PM
Saturday, October 13 • 7PM
Sunday, October 14 • 2PM

“O Beautiful” Cast List

Thank you everyone for a great afternoon of callbacks.  I really enjoyed the work we did today and the focus of the group.  I’m really excited to explore this play with you.

First rehearsal is this coming Monday, August 27th at 6:30 PM in the Studio Theatre.  Please arrive in time to be ready to start promptly at 6:30 PM.

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

Alice Fletcher………………………… Lilah Kennedy
Arlene Fletcher ………………………Elizabeth Barron
Don Fletcher/Thomas Jefferson Landon Jorgensen
Lennie Ryan …………………………..Olivia “Liv’ Lang
Linda Ryan……………………………. Kadisha Pointer
Brian Ryan ……………………………..Elias Questenberg
Luke Simpson …………………………Autin Williams
Joe Simpson …………………………..Adrian Espinoza
Erik Waters ……………………………..Soroush Separ
Brenda Waters/Ben Fanklin ………V. Heather Fiori
Gwen Turner …………………………..Izzy Sica
Marcia Turner ………………………….Erin Brunansky
Ty Janaleris ……………………………Jonnathan Middleton
Sondra Janaleris ……………………..T.B.D.
Jesus…………………………………….. Omar Fox
Simon West…………………………….. Neha Curtiss
Mrs. Loomis …………………………….Kayla Adorno
St.Denis …………………………………..T.B.D
St. Paul/John Adams …………………Peter Bunn
Joan of Arc /Assistant Director……Evan Love
Patrick Henry ……………………………T.B.D.
Alexander Hamilton …………………..Osvaldo Rodriguez
Ben Franklin ……………………………..V.Heather Fiore
Minister……………………………………. Cory Young

Colette Culbertson…………………….Assistant Director

O Beautiful Callbacks

Thank you to all who auditioned.  Callbacks begin promptly at 1 PM. in the Studio Theatre.

Kayla Adorno

Elizabeth Barron

Erin Brunaski

Peter Bunn

Neha Curtis

Adrian Espinoza

Omar Fox

Landon Jorgensen

Lila Kennedy

Olivia ”Liv” Lang

Evan Love

Jonathan Middleton

Kadisha Pointer

Elias Questenberg

Osvaldo Rodriguez

Seroush Separ

Izzy Sica

Austin Williams

Auditions for O Beautiful by Theresa Rebeck

Seeking a Large,  Diverse, Thoughtful, Empathetic and Courageous Cast • Over 20 Characters

O Beautiful

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Michael Mufson
Performances OCT 5-14

Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash-up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh-in and mix it up.

Warning: This production contains controversial portrayals of Jesus and the Founding Fathers as well as mature themes and language.
Perusal Scripts available upon request: mmufson@palomar.edu

Performances are OCT 5-14, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Thursday at 4 PM.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Open Call • Friday, August 24 • 6:30 PM • STUDIO THEATRE
Callbacks • Saturday, August 25 • 1 PM • STUDIO THEATRE

Please prepare  a 1 to 2-minute contemporary monologue – dramatic or comic

Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday 6:30 – 10:30 PM beginning August 27 and some Saturdays.

Technical Rehearsals will be Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30 10AM-10PM and October 1-4 • 5PM-11PM

Casting preference to actors with no schedule conflicts.

Participants are required to enroll for 2 units of college credit (TA 191 Rehearsal & Performance)


Character Breakdown:

General Context: O Beautiful is set within a mostly conservative, Christian community, and we meet characters from four different families struggling with basically all the “trigger issues” present in America today: teen pregnancy and abortion rights, gun control and gun violence, physical and cyber bullying, etc. Add to that controversy about who controls the high school curriculum and basic communication breakdown between the generations. On television, we’re presented with a Glenn Beck/Alex Jones type who (through the miracle of theatre) interviews some of the Founding Fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, trying to delve into their original intent, thereby forwarding his own agenda. Through it all, Jesus is available as a personal savior to all who invite him in, though it mostly seems that what they want is approval rather than counsel. Everything culminates in a town hall meeting that turns ugly with lots of rancor and very little listening. A prime example of what Civil Discourse is not.

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

ALICE FLETCHER: She has become pregnant from a date rape encounter and is struggling to make sense of her life.  She is intelligent, empathetic, outspoken and brave, but also confused and traumatized.

LENNIE RYAN: A sensitive young man who lacks confidence and does not fit in socially. He is an easy target for the Bullies.

LUKE SIMPSON: Bully.  Cool kid. Dating Gwen. Responsible for getting Alice pregnant but does not take responsibility.  Conservative Christian. Shames Alice for wanting an abortion.  Bullies Lennie.

GWEN TURNER: High School student. Cool kid. Dating Luke. Conservative Chrisitan. Bully.

ERIK WATERS: Hangs out with Luke and Gwen and participates with their bullying behavior, although he is generally not the instigator.:

PARENTS:

LINDA RYAN: Mother of Lennie.  Warm, loving and encouraging of Lennie. A bit naïve.  She is very concerned when her husband (Brian) starts to bring guns into their home.

BRIAN RYAN: Father of Lennie. Hangs out with the guys and is very susceptible to their peer pressure.  He is influenced by an “unnamable” fear that is currently pervasive in certain communities. He has recently begun to purchase guns.

ARLENE FLETCHER: Mother of Alice.  Kind and loving. Strictly Christian.

DON FLETCHER: Father of Alice. Tries to be a good father but is typically insensitive.

MARCIA TURNER: Mother of Gwen.  Conservative Christian.  Sees no flaws in her daughter.  Somewhat militant in her conservatism.

BRENDA WATERS: Mother of Erik.  Warm, loving and caring.  Fierce defender of her son.

JOE SIMPSON: Father of Luke.  Really into guns. Aggressive.

OTHER ADULTS:

TY JANALERIS: African American. In his first year of teaching History at the local High School.  His teaching becomes controversial because he insists on providing handouts to augment the prescribed text book.  He is a kind and stands up for the justice of his students.

SONDRA JANALERIS: Sister of Ty.  Wise and earthy.

SIMON WEST: Conservative talking-head on television.  Modeled after Glen Beck and quite simiar to Alex Jones of InfoWars.

MRS. LOOMIS: School Principal.  Caught between pressure from School Board, Parents and Faculty Union.

HISTORICAL FIGURES:

JESUS: Jesus relates and communicates as if he is another member of the community.  It is revealed later in the play that all the characters see and hear the “Jesus” that they wish to see and hear.  The actor playing Jesus must be a great listener, exude compassion and have some ability to mimic vocal rhythms and characteristics. Casting is open to all races, ethnicities, genders and ages.

PATRICK HENRY

ALEXANDER HAMILTON

THOMAS JEFFERSON

JOHN ADAMS

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

ST.  PAUL

ST. DENIS

JOAN OF ARC

OTHER PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS etc

 

for more information email mmufson@palomar.edu

Theatre Arts 2018-19 | A Season of Works By Women

The great singer and composer Nina Simone is noted for saying “It is the artist’s responsibility to reflect the times.” Our choice to present a season of works by women is a response to the times and we will shine a light on the stories, characters, and concerns of female theatre artists.

Performances for all shows (except Legally Blonde) will be Fridays and Saturdays @ 7PM; Sundays @2PM and Thursday at 4PM (Followed by a Coffee Talk) • For Legally Blonde the Thursday performance will be at 2PM.

Fall 2018

0 Beautiful (2011) by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Michael Mufson | OCT 5-14

Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash-up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh-in and mix it up. Warning:This production contains controversial portrayals of Jesus and the Founding Fathers as well as mature themes and language.

The Children’s Hour (1934) by Lilian Hellman
Directed by Francis Gercke | NOV 30 – DEC 9

What do you do when everything you say is made to mean something else? Lillian Hellman, one of our country’s most significant playwrights, tackled this question long before fake news, spin,  and political correctness overwhelmed our popular culture. In 1934 Massachusetts, two teachers, Martha and Karen, establish a successful private school for young women only to be confronted by a community that punishes the innocent with rumor and innuendo. As Mark Twain observed more than a century ago, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its  shoes.”

 

Spring 2019

Legally Blonde, The Musical (2007) • Book by Heather Hach • Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin •  Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture  • Directed by Michael Mufson | MARCH 8-17

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie. Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (1988) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Directed by Dana Case | MAY 3-12

This lively comedy cleverly captures an undistinguished academic who takes a Shakesperian topple down a rowdy rabbit hole. When our leading lady lands, she inadvertently upends the worlds of Othello, Desdemona, Romeo, and Juliet; turning tragedy into comedy, while leaving lust and lunacy in her wake. An adventure of sharp-witted self-discovery with a wicked twist.

Campus Engagement Staged Reading Series

Times and Locations to be announced

Throughout the academic year, we will present Staged Readings of plays and projects by women to enlarge the awareness and discussions that highlight women’s stories and points of view. This project will include readings from The Every 28 Hours Plays, A National Project Focused on the Current Civil Rights Moment, originally developed in Ferguson, MO and produced by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with artistic leadership by Dominic D’Andrea and Claudia Aick. The title came from the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The project consists of around 76 one-minute plays.

 

 

 

 

Your Suggestions for A Season of Plays by Women

For the 2018-19 Theatre Season, we are planning to produce all works written by women or with significant contributions by women.  The goal is to highlight, represent and celebrate the voices of women and the stories they want to tell.  We also intend to showcase a diverse array of women’s backgrounds and perspectives. We also acknowledge that gender is fluid and exists on a spectrum. Therefore we will consider “women” in the most open sense possible.

WE WANT YOUR SUGGESTIONS

Some Considerations:

  • Casting:  Due to demands of enrollment and efficiency, the cast must have roles for at least 10 actors.
  • Technical demands of the set and other special effects must be achievable on a limited budget.
  • Although we have not determined if we have the resources to produce a musical next season, we would love to hear your suggestions.

Please use the form below to submit your thoughts.  Feel free to include any or all of the following Information in your message:

  • Playwright’s Name
  • Specific plays by the playwright.
  • Thoughts on why this playwright or play is compelling for you and or our community.

Register for Academic Pathways in Performing Arts!

Auditions for ” You Can’t Take it with You”

You Can’t Take It With You

 

You Can’t Take It With You, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, was written by the famous comedic team of Kaufman and Hart.

Taking place in the large house of a slightly batty New York City family in 1937, You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.

AUDITIONS:  Saturday, February 10th.  12:00 – 4:00 pm.

Palomar Black Box Theatre.

Please prepare a monologue of one and a half minutes, you can access the play free online.

CALLBACKS: Sunday, February 11th.  12:00 – 4:00 pm.

You will be asked to prepare sides from the show.

REHEASALS: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 – 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 – 7:00,

Saturday/Sunday 12 – 5 , TBA.  Rehearsal begins Tuesday, March 13th.

TECH: Sat 4/21 and Sun 4/22 from 11am-10pm both days.

DRESS REHEARSALS: will begin 4/23, 24, 25 & 26.

OPENS: Friday, April 27, 2018

PERFORMANCES: Performances are April 27 – May 6. Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM and Thursday at 4 PM

* Actors required to enroll for 2 units of college credit (TA 191 Rehearsal & Performance).

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Penelope Sycamore

Penelope is the mother of Essie and Alice, wife of Paul, and daughter of Martin. She decided to become a playwright when a typewriter was delivered to their house by mistake. She writes plays and paints as hobbies but is terrible at both.

Essie Carmichael

Wife of Ed, daughter of Penny. She is childish. As a hobby she makes candy that Ed sells. Essie dreams of being a ballerina and has spent 8 years studying with Boris Kolenkhov, but is a terrible dancer.

Rheba

The maid and cook to the Sycamore family. She is treated almost like a part of the family. She probably understands this unusual family better than anyone.

Paul Sycamore

Father of Essie and Alice. He is a tinkerer who manufactures fireworks in the basement with the help of his assistant Mr. De Pinna. His hobby is playing with erector sets.

Mr. De Pinna

The ice man who came inside to speak to Paul eight years before, and never left. He helps Mr. Sycamore build fireworks, and moonlights as a model in Mrs. Sycamore’s paintings.

Ed Carmichael

Husband of Essie. He is a xylophone player, likes to make masks and distributes Essie’s candies.  He is an amateur printer who prints up dinner menus for his family and little quotes that he places in the boxes of Essie’s candy.

Donald

The boyfriend of Rheba, who seems to serve as volunteer handyman for the Sycamores.

Martin Vanderhof

Referred to mostly as Grandpa in the play. He is an eccentric, happy old man who has never paid his income tax because he doesn’t believe in it. Once a very successful businessman, he left his job 35 years ago and now goes to circuses, commencements, throws darts, and collects stamps.

Alice Sycamore

Fiancée of Tony Kirby, daughter of Paul and Penny, she is the only “normal” family member. She has an office job, and is rather embarrassed by the eccentricities of her family yet she still loves them. She tends to be a pessimist.

Wilbur C. Henderson

An employee of the IRS. He comes to collect the tax money owed by Grandpa.

Tony Kirby

Fiancé of Alice, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. His family is very proper and has many issues. He is vice president of Kirby and Co.

Boris Kolenkhov

A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. He is the ballet instructor of Essie, and is aware that she is untalented at dancing.

Gay Wellington

An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving at the Sycamore’s home.

Anthony W. Kirby

Husband of Mrs. Kirby, father of Tony. He is a very proper man who is president of Kirby and Co. and secretly despises his job. His hobby is raising expensive orchids.

Miriam Kirby

Wife of Mr. Kirby, mother of Tony. She is an extremely prim and proper woman and is horrified by the goings-on in the Sycamore household. Her hobby is spiritualism.

G-Man 1 (The Man), G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac)

Three agents who come to investigate Ed because of the communist quotes he prints up and places in Essie’s candy boxes, such as “God is the State – the State is God”.

The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina

She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution,

Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant.

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