Ferndale Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for our 2018-2019 season. Auditions will be held May 20 from 4:00-8:00 pm, and May 21 – 22 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in The SPACE at 92 Sunny Brae Center. Please be prepared to sing a number of your choosing. An accompanist will be available. The 2018-19 season will consist of: Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Story, (in partnership with Humboldt Light Opera Company), Taking Steps, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and Mamma Mia!.
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Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.
Directed by: TBD; rehearses July- Sept. 2018; Performances Sept. 28- Oct 28, 2018
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor , and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
CAST DETAILS FOR YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN:
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, brilliant brain surgeon, professor and grandson of mad scientist Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. Age: 25 to 35. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2
The Monster, the misunderstood creation of Dr. Frankenstein. Vocal range top: Bb4, Vocal range bottom: Db2
Igor,Frederick’s faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant and friend with a hunchback. Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Inga, Frederick’s young assistant. Attractive and a resident of Transylvania. Age: 20 to 30; Vocal range top: A5; Vocal range bottom: G3
Elizabeth Benning, Frederick’s boisterous fiancé. Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: F#3
Frau Blücher, stern housekeeper of the Frankenstein estate and former lover of Victor Frankenstein. Age: 40 to 60;Vocal range top: C5;Vocal range bottom: E3
Inspector Hans Kemp, the head of police in Transylvania. Driven by justice, with a wooden arm and leg. Age: 40 to 50; Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: A2
The Hermit, a lonely, blind town hermit, hoping for a friend. Age: 30 to 60; Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein , the infamous Dr. Frankenstein and Frederick’s grandfather. Age: 45 to 65; Vocal range top: F4; Vocal range bottom: C#2
Ziggy, the village idiot. Age: 18 to 30; Vocal range top: Eb4; Vocal range bottom: D3
Ensemble, Gravediggers, Villagers, Medical Students, Passengers, Mad Scientists; Gender: Both
A Christmas Story, The Musical, Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros.
Directed by Carol Ryder; produced in partnership with Humboldt Light Opera Company; rehearses Aug.-Nov. 2018; performs Nov. 21 – Dec. 16, 2018
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!,” “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.
CAST DETAILS FOR A CHIRSTMAS STORY:
Ralphie: A little boy who wants a Red Ryder Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time.
Jean Sheperd: Old Ralphie who tells the story.
The Old Man: The gruff father of Ralphie.
Mother: The glue who holds the family together.
Randy: Ralphie’s kid brother. Sweet and annoying.
Miss Shields: Ralphie’s teacher.
Schwartz: Ralphie’s foul mouthed friend.
Flick: Ralphie’s dim friend who sticks his tongue on a flag pole.
Scut Farkus: The class bully who gets beaten up by Ralphie.
Grover Dill: Scut’s right hand man.
Esther Jane: Ralphie’s love interest.
Mary Beth: Esther Jane’s best friend.
Santa: A mean old mall Santa
Ensemble: roles for men, women, and children
Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Cindy Shepard; rehearses Nov. 2018-January 2019; performs Jan. 25- Feb. 17, 2019
Roland, a hard drinking tycoon, is considering buying an old Victorian house, once a brothel. His solicitor and the vendor, a builder, arrive to complete the deal. Also in the house are his wife, a frustrated dancer who is always considering leaving him, her brother and later the brother’s fiancee, who is uncertain whether or not to run away. In the course of one hectic night and morning, with continual running up and downstairs and in and out of rooms, these characters, each immersed in a personal problem, try to sort themselves out. The first act curtain finds the solicitor in bed with the wife thinking her to be a ghost and the fiancee inadvertently shut in the attic cupboard by the distraught tycoon who has taken refuge there in the spare bed. All this takes place in a highly ingenious and original setting in which all the rooms, passages and stairs are on a single level.
CAST DETAILS FOR TAKING STEPS:
Elizabeth: Former dancer, retired as a result of her marriage; now in perpetual indecision about whether to leave her husband; her effort to do so sets off much of the action in the play
Roland: Elizabeth’s unappreciative husband; a businessman who is a major presence in the bucket industry; alcoholic
Mark: Elizabeth’s brother, attempting to save his one-sided relationship to Kitty and fulfil his dream of opening a fishing tackle shop
Kitty: Arm-twisted into engagement with Mark; having left him at the altar once, she has been persuaded to come back to him after her arrest for suspected solicitation; feels trapped into always being part of other people’s dreams (including Mark’s fishing tackle shop
Leslie: Dodgy builder, on the brink financially; desperate to sell the house (currently rented) to Roland
Tristram: Roland’s solicitor; inarticulate and unassertive; unwittingly causes absolute havoc. For all of Tristram’s apparent ineffectuality, his is the central role in the play
Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a musical review
Directed by: TBD; rehearses Jan-March 2019; performs March 15 – April 7, 2019
The songs of legendary hitmakers Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber come to life in the Rock and Roll musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Packed with memorable tunes like, “Hound Dog”, “Love Potion #9”, “On Broadway” and “Stand By Me”, it is the longest-running revue in Broadway History.
CAST DETAILS FOR SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE:
Ken – (Baritone) the smoothie who, along with Victor, Adrian, and Fred, makes up a quartet modeled on The Drifters
Adrian – (Tenor) the slow one of the quartet
Frederick – (Bass) the implacable bass of the quartet
Victor – (Tenor) the preening bad-boy who gets most of the comedy
Michael – (Tenor) genuinely suave and impressive, evokes the memory of Elvis
Brenda – (Mezzo-Soprano) a combination of savvy, wit, brains and beauty
B.J. -(Alto) inspired by the titanic rhythm and blues shouter Big Mama Thornton
Pattie – (Alto) the throaty voice of experience
DeLee – (Soprano) suggests the innocence of teenage girls, but with a wild streak
Mamma Mia! Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson; Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Molly Severdia; rehearses Feb-May 2019; performs May 3 – June 2, 2019
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a teen’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Writer, Catherine Johnson’s, sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
CAST DETAILS FOR MAMMA MIA:
Sophie Sheridan, born and raised on the island. Age: 20 to 25
Donna Sheridan, Sophie’s mother. Female, Age: 40 to 50
Sam Carmichael, might be Sophie’s father. Age: 40 to 50
Bill Austin, might be Sophie’s father. Age: 40 to 50
Harry Bright, might be Sophie’s father. Age: 40 to 50
Sky,Sophie’s fiancé. Age: 20 to 30
Tanya, Former Dynamo. Age: 40 to 50
Rosie, Former Dynamo. Age: 40 to 50
Lisa, Sophie’s friend. Age: 20 to 25
Ali, Sophie’s friend. Age: 20 to 25
Pepper, barman at Taverna. Age: 20 to 25
Eddie, helps Sky with Water-Sports. Age: 20 to 25
Chorus, consists of the Islanders, who work at Donna’s, Wedding-Guests. Men and Women ages 20-50.
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