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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.

 

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.

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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.

Peter and the Starcatcher Cast

To All who auditioned, thank you for your time and commitment.  It’s a blessing to have such an abundance of skilled and talented actors to choose from. This has been one of the hardest casting situations for me.

Cast, first rehearsal will be Monday, January 29th at 6:30 PM on the Howard Brubeck Stage.  Please arrive on time (10 minutes early if possible) dressed for movement and thoroughly prepared for the adventure of this show.  During the break you should read the play several times and begin working the script and memorizing lines.  I will send an email with access to the script.

We have 4 weeks of rehearsal before tech. This is one week shorter than I thought.  Somehow, I miscalculated when I looked at the production schedule.  To ensure that we have the most amazing show possible, I’m considering adding some rehearsal. I’d like to do three sessions during the week of January 22, devoted primarily to physical and vocal training to prepare for the shows.  Because classes are not in session yet, it might be possible to meet in the daytime instead of night.

Please send me an email confirming that you accept your role and detailing your availablilty during the week of January 22.  I’m thrilled and excited for our work on this magical adventure story. mmufson@palomar.edu

Molly                                                 Isabell Oraha

Boy/Peter                                          Jonathan Middleton

Aster                                                 Noah Parr

Black Stache                                     Viviana McCormick

Smee                                                 Sara Kinney

Mrs Bumbrake; Teacher                   Matthew Whetstone

Alf                                                     Erin Brunansky

Ted                                                    Mikala Tolbert

Prentiss                                             Ky  Kinney

Grempkin; Mack; Sanchez                Caden Berry

Bill Slank; Hawking Clam                  James Soto

Captain Scott                                    Elias Questenberg

Fighting Prawn                                 João Vincent Lewis

Ensemble                                          Amira Dia, Iko Starks, Rusty Dimagiba

Peter and the Starcatcher Callbacks

Thank you to all who auditioned.  The following people are called back for Saturday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  Please wear clothes for movement and bring your imaginations.

Caden Berry

Neha  Curtiss

Delaney  Deitrich

Amira Diaz

Rusty Dimagiba

Omar Fox

Ky  Kinney

Sara Kinney

Leah  Lebrun

Grayson Leu

João Vincent Lewis

Jolyon  Maxillion

Jonathan Middleton

Isabel Oraha

Noah Parr

Elias Questenberg

Kelly Saunders

Iko Starks

Mikala Tolbert

Matthew Whetstone

Austin Williams

Rhinoceros Cast Announced!

CAST

  • Berenger                   Omar Fox
  • Jean                           Dori Sanchis
  • Daisy                         Neeta Lachmandas
  • Dudard                     Austin Williams*
  • Botard                       Monique Barbour*
  • The Logician             V. Heather Fiore*
  • The Housewife          Caty Hill*
  • The Old Gentleman  Justin Hoover*
  • The Grocer                 Stephen Tavares*
  • The Grocer’s Wife     Hoda Jafar*

Note:  *These Actors will also play  the following roles:

  • Cafe Proprietor
  • The Waitress
  • Mrs.Boeuf
  • Mr. Papillon
  • The Fireman
  • The Old Man
  • The Old Man’s Wife

Rehearsals begin on Monday October 9,  6-10pm.  Actors,  please read the play before the first rehearsal.    Thanks, and congratulations.  

A big thank you to all who auditioned for “Rhinoceros”.  If you were not cast in a role,  and would like to work on the show in another capacity; please let me know.   We will have crew positions, and shadow puppetry roles as the show draws nearer.

Best to all of you.

Sincerely,

John Polak, Director

Callbacks for Rhinoceros

Here is the list of names for callbacks for Rhinoceros. They will be held on Tuesday, October 3, starting at 6pm in the Studio Theatre. Thank you to all who participated in auditions tonight.

Justin Hoover
Vivianna McCormick
Dori Sanchis
Omar Fox
Neha Curtiss
Austin Williams
Monique Barbour
Caty Hill
Bryse Knowles
Stephen Tavares
Erin Brunansky
Huda Jafar
Oksana Gorban
Neefa Lachmandas
Heather Mowery-Murray

 

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