the mental state – Callbacks

The following is the callback list for “The Mental State”.  Callbacks will be Sunday, August 25 from 12-5pm in the Studio Theatre at Palomar College (where you auditioned.  You will be expected to stay for the whole time. (unless noted). If you are running late or have a conflict please call or text Tony at

619-972-3354.  Be prepared to read from sides from the script.  A cast list will be posted Sunday night after 8pm.  First rehearsal will be Monday, August 26 from 6-10:30pm in the Studio Theatre. Thanks to all who auditioned.


Rhiann Glaudini

Casey Corona

Bayani Decastro

Cameron O’hare

Donna Susan Toney

Zachariah Thompson

Milo Edwards

Zoe Daniels

Connor Nolan

Jessi Navarro

Lizzi Pearson

Dylan Winston

Diego Cruz

Matthew Jackson

Osvaldo Rodriguez

Thomas Welsh

Kayli Camille

Susie Burchill

Uriel Najera

Monique Barbour

Heather Fiore

Matthew Javier

Samantha McCain

Isabel Sica

Nathan Mata

Elias Questenberg


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Audition SIGN-UP • the mental state, a play by Josh Adell

Directed by Annie HInton

OPEN CALL: Friday, August 23 • 6PM – 9PM (use the form at the bottom of this post to sign-up for a slot) Scripts Available in the Box Office starting August 20th between 10AM – 4pm.  Please prepare a one minute serious monologue and bring a photo/resume if you have one.

CALLBACKS: Sunday, August 24th, Noon – 5PM

REHEARSALS: Monday, August 26 – Thursday, October 3. Monday – Thursday 6PM – 11PM • Saturday & Sunday 11AM – 5PM. Technical Rehearsals: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29 10AM-10PM. Dress Rehearsals: Monday, September, 30 – Thursday, October 3, 5PM – 11PM


Friday, October 4 • 7PM

Saturday, October 5 • 7PM

Sunday, October 6 • 2PM

Thursday, October 10 • 4PM

Friday, October 11 • 7PM

Saturday, October 12 • 7PM

Sunday, October 13 • 2PM


Andrew Cady: 16, a sophomore in high school. Quietly troubled. Schizophrenic. Believes Bethany is in love with him.

Angela Cady: 34, Andrew’s mother, a bartender. Recovering alcoholic. Committed to getting help for her son.

Michael Cady: 37, Andrew’s father, a factory worker. Hardworking. Addicted to opiates due to a back injury.

Dana Robbins: 37, Angela’s sister, a police officer. Strong. Fond of Andrew.

Dylan Robbins: Andrew’s deceased Uncle. A Decorated Navy SEAL Sniper.  Committed suicide. He appears to Andrew in hallucinations.

Pastor Shelby Saunders: 54, Pentecostal Church of God preacher. Compassionate. Mother/Father/God to Angela.

Brian Ward: 18, a cadet in the JROTC. Boyfriend of Bethany.

Bethany Forrest: 18, Captain of the HHS Varsity Flag Corps. Girlfriend of Brian.Sweet.

Kailey: 17, member of the Flag Corps. Bethany’s friend. Mean girl.

Principal Elizabeth Mullins: 72, Principal of Havenville High School. Tough.

Dr. Melanie Hansen: 30, HHS Director of Counseling. Odd. Tries too hard.

The Batty Lady: 60’s, a regular at the public library. Weird. Eccentric.

Dr. Waggner: 58, a county psychiatrist. Uncaring. Ineffective.

The Ensemble portrays a number of psychologists, parents, advocates, JROTC cadets, flag corps cadets, and news reporters.


The Mental State is a look at the complexities and cruel reality of mental disorders in teenagers and the resulting effects on family and those harmed by mental illness. Set in a small working class town, the action of the play centers around the character of Andy, a boy bullied in school and driven by hallucinations and the voice of his dead uncle.

Can a working class mother save her troubled son when her cries for help go unheard? Angela Cady is determined to get her son Andy through high school and on to community college. But mental illness threatens to destroy his future and tear the family apart. When Andy’s volatility leads to hospitalization, and Angela’s former addictions return to haunt her, she must summon strength to draw out help from a neglectful, poverty-stricken town. As Angela reaches out to an overextended school system, an underfunded community mental health program, and a church community overwhelmed by Andrew’s anti-social behavior, her cries for help fall on deaf ears. Steeped in the center of America’s open-carry gun culture, The Mental State explores the human story behind the newscasts, and asks how we as a national community can address the urgent issue of teenage mental illness

The action takes place in the fictional rural town of Havenville, Kentucky between the months of September and December of 2012.

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month – Women and Sports

Women’s History Month “kick-off” events!
  • Film screening of Battle of the Sexes – the Billie Jean King story (Tuesday March 12 at 2:30pm in MD 319)
  • “ReThink Pink: Feminisms, Femininities and Other Questions” – Coffee Talk discussion of the Performing Arts Department’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. (Thursday March 14 at 4:30pm in the Howard Brubeck Theater)​

Women’s History Month Schedule

  • Athlete Expo – meet women who have competed at the highest levels in soccer, track, surfing and golf (Monday March 18th at 1pm in the Gov Board Room)
  • Equity in Sports: Past, Present and Future – a guest speaker will talk about Title IX and one of our own faculty will discuss current issues of equality in sports (Tuesday March 19at 2:30pm in MD 157)
  • Film screening of Underexposed – a film about the challenges women face in competitive skateboarding and a guest speaker from ExposureSkate (Wednesday March 20 at 230pm in MD 204)
  • Library exhibit on the first floor of the library featuring books and sports items.

The Every 28 Hours Plays – Get Involved


Today, in the United States of America, black people are killed by police at a sharply higher rate than other Americans. We have trouble talking about it, let alone addressing it. We have to NOW.

The Every 28 Hours Plays is a collection of 76 one-minute plays, by a diverse range of playwrights, responding to the crisis of state-sanctioned violence against Black people and all people of color in the United States of America. It is produced nationally by Calling-up Productions and Claudia Alick.

Locally, our goal is to produce these plays throughout the region in as many formats and venues as possible. Using agrass roots model, we are growing this project from the ground up; hoping to inspire more participation with each public engagement. The project is intended to promote dialogue, so we aspire to facilitate a dialogue after the plays whenever possible.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Join our outreach list. Hear about upcoming performances and other opportunities to engage with the plays.
  • Join our acting pool. The larger our pool of actors, the more flexible we are to respond to a call. We invite all people to participate regardless of acting experience.
  • Host an event. Bring us to your group, organization or community. We are very adaptable to all venues and require virtually no set-up. Our standard presentation includes a 25 minute performance of the plays, followed by a facilitated solution-oriented dialogue with a flexible time limit. We invite hosts to read the collection and make requests for a customized playlist.
  • Volunteer to support.

Please use the form below to share your interest with us.

Background on the Project from Claudia Alick, executive producer of Calling Up Productions

In August of 2014, we created a project called The Ferguson Moment in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival(OSF), artists in St. Louis and artists from across the nation. As news of Michael Brown’s death came forward, we connected with theatre artists in Ferguson and across the United States to spark and organize a national artistic response to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO and its relationship to all of our communities and our history. The project took place over three days where we witnessed, served, and collaborated in artistic exchange. This open source project built the bridges for each of us to continue artistic exploration in our own organizations. OSF decided to continue with a national multi-perspective approach, and reached out to short form theater maker Dominic D’Andrea and The One-Minute Play Festival (1MPF) to continue.

Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick,( OSF’s Community Producer) and Dominic D’Andrea (The One-Minute Play Festival, Producing AD), in association with local St. Louis theater makers, we developed The Every 28 Hours Plays, a national project focused on the current Civil Rights movement. The title came from the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The project consists of around 76 short plays and original local content with participation from artists across the nation.

The North County 3-College Theatre and Social Justice Project

Our participation in The Every 28 Hours plays has prompted us to form a this new Theatre and Social Justice Project. We strive to create theatre experiences that provide a complex context and empathetic opening for respectful, solution-oriented dialogue following the plays. With support from the North County Higher Education Alliance, students, staff and faculty from Palomar College, Mira Costa College and CSUSM are collaborating to engage our region in the important issues that shape our times.


Audition Sign-up For Goodnight Desdemona/Good Morning Juliet

Legally Blonde, The Musical. Tickets On Sale Now!

Palomar Performing Arts Community,

This season we are celebrating women’s voices in the theatre and we are thrilled to bring you Legally Blonde, The Musical.  Our fantastic talented cast of singers, dancers, and actors, are working with passion and commitment to bring you a thrilling, uplifting and meaningful experience in the theatre.  We are so looking forward to sharing this show with you.  Hope to see you there.






Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde, The Musical is an action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Directed by Michael Mufson
Music Direction by Suzy Bohling
Choreography by Molly Faulkner and Valerie Clark

Howard Brubeck Theatre

Friday, March 8 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 14 at 2:00 PM
Friday, March 15 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 PM

Special ticket pricing for this musical:  $20 General Admission, $16 for Seniors and Staff; $14 for students and children

We will also have a special panel discussion in collaboration with Women’s Studies to kick off Women’s History Month activities on Thursday, March 14th following our 2PM performance.



The Every 28 Hours Plays & Dialogue – Launch Event

Please join us tonight and throughout this semester in exploring and dialoguing about the persistent, state-sanctioned violence against people of color in our country.  I have organized a diverse group of students from all 3 North County colleges to present a 30-minute selection of amazing and insightful one-minute plays from the collection called The Every 28 Hours Plays.  These plays were commissioned nationwide in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and are now being performed in communities around the county. The presentations will be followed by a respectful, lively and solution-oriented dialogue.


  • We are launching the project with a community event this Friday, January 25 at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista at 7PM. 1600 Buena Vista Drive.  (See attached flyer.)
  • We are in the process of planning an event at the Library on the San Marcos Campus for some time during Black History Month. Also planning events on all three campuses.
  • We are hoping that Palomar faculty, staff and community will invite us to present for classes, meeting or special events.
  • We may just pop-up on campus in various locations.
  • We will continue to present and grow this project beyond Black History Month.


If you are interested in hosting, supporting and/or participating you can

  • Join our Facebook Group – The Every 28 Hours Plays – San Diego
  • Email me at


Legally Blonde Cast

(In alphabetical order by actor’s first name)

Note: The roles of Grand Master Chad and Kyle will be determined via a “run-off “at the organizational meeting on Monday. Omar, Julian & Osvaldo – prepare to bring it.

Very Important – Please arrive on time and ready to start at 6:30 PM for the organizational meeting on Monday December 17 in the Howard Brubeck Theatre.

Please Click Here to send an email to to  acknowledge if you accept your role or not.  Everyone, please do this.


Alana R Horton Enid Hoops, Ensemble
Alex Penner Courtney (Saleswoman), Harvard Law Student, Party Goer, Ensemble
Camille Redman Delta Nu, Featured Dancer, Ensemble
Chance Havins Kiki, Harvard Law Student, Frat Boy, Ensemble
Connor Nolan Elle’s Dad, Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Cory Young Professor Callahan
Danielle Rexilius Delta Nu, Ensemble
Elias Questenberg Warner Huntington III
Erica Kahn Delta Nu, Featured Dancer
Erin Bank Store Manager, Judge, Ensemble
Erin Brunansky Delta Nu, Featured Dancer, TV Reporter
Eva Trujillo Featured Dancer
Gaby LeBaron Delta Nu (Leilani), Ensemble
Grayson Lea Professor Lowell, Dewey, Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Isabel Sica Delta Nu (Becky), Laker Girl (Cashier), Chutney, Featured Dancer
Janelle Thomas Featured Dancer
Jadyn Ponder Sereena
Jolyon Maxilom Sundeep, In the run-off for GM Chad & Kyle
Justin Brown Camera Man, Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Kaitlyn Rogers Featured Dancer, D.A Joyce Riley
Kayla Adorno Paulette Buonofuonte
Lea LeBrun Whitney, Elle’s Mom, Ensemble
Madison Tobin Vivienne Kensington
Mattea Hernandez Assistant Director
Matthew A. Jackson Aaron, Balif, , Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Matthew Javier Emmett Forrest
McKenna Geu Featured Dancer
Noah Parr Winthrop, Nikos, Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Omar Fox Carlos, In the run-off for GM Chad & Kyle, Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Osvaldo Rodriguez Pfortzheimer, In the run-off for GM Chad & Kyle, Frat Boy, Harvard Student, Ensemble
Sarah Mcdowell Pillar
Sydney Parr Kate (Delta Nu), Ensemble
Taylor Brown Elle Woods
Trudi Hjeltness Margot
Vivianna McCormick Brooke Wyndham, Ensemble
Zoe Daniels Court Stenographer, Harvard Law Student, Ensemble


Legally Blonde Cast – Please Stand By . . .

Hey Folks,

I’m just finalizing and typing the cast list now.  It should be up very soon.  Probably around 12:30 PM.  Sorry for dragging out the suspense,