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UPDATED Sept. 22, 2014


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2014 - 2015 Season


A comedy

Private Lives
by Noel Coward

Directed by Maren Sugarmam
Produced by Kay Macrae

Oct. 11, 18, 19m, 24, 25, Nov. 1 2014
A comedy

Almost, Maine
by John Cariani

Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina
Produced Jessica Foerst

Jan. 10, 17, 18m, 23, 24 2015
A comedy

A Thousand Clowns
by Herb Gardner

Directed by Steve Lemenille
Produced by Garry Tamburro

Mar. 7, 14, 21, 22m, 27, 28 2015
A musical

25th Annual Putman Spelling Bee
by Finn, William Arranger: Wagner, Douglas E

Directed by Brian Remo
Produced by Steve Lemenille

May 9, 16, 17m, 22, 23 2015
Dates subject to change
 
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2014-2015 Auditions
Almost, Maine


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AUDITIONS Scheduled.
Auditions: Monday Nov. 10 & Tuesday, Nov. 11
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
                   
Place:
Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West
Westfield, NJ 07090
Office: 908-232-9568


Director: Beatriz Esteban-Messina
Producer: Jessica Foerst

Plot Summary:
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.
ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.

NOTES:
3-5 Men and 3-5 Women ranging in age from 18-70. All sizes and shapes are welcome.

Characters and Descriptions

Pete & Ginette:     who have been dating for a little while
Steve:    an open, kind fellow whose brother protects him.
Gayle & Lendall:    longtime boyfriend and girlfriend
Randy & Chad:    two “country” boys
Glory:    a hiker
Sandrine:    ex-girlfriend of Jimmy; a salty WAITRESS.
East:    a repairman
Jimmy:    a heating and cooling guy; ex-boyfriend of Sandrine
Phil:    a working man
Dave:    a not-so-tough man who loves Rhonda
Marvalyn:    a woman who is very good at protecting herself
Marci:    a hard working wife of Phil
Rhonda:    a tough woman
Hope:    a world traveler
Man:    who has not traveled the world

Note: roles will be doubled

Production dates:
Jan. 10, 17, 23, 24, 2015 @8PM, Jan. 18, 2015 @2PM - Matinee


AUDITION FORM for Almost, Maine
If you would like, you may submit an AUDITION FORM prior to auditioning. Please click on the following link for the AUDITION FORM:   Audition Form for Almost, Maine





 
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2014-2015 Auditions
A Thousand Clowns


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AUDITIONS Scheduled.
Auditions:
Monday Dec. 15 & Wednesday, Dec. 17
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Call-backs: Friday Dec. 19, if necessary
Time: 7:00 - 9:30 PM
                   
Place:
Westfield Community Players, 1000 North Avenue West
Westfield, NJ 07090
Office: 908-232-9568


Director: Steve Lemenille
Producer: Garry Tamburro

Plot Summary:

Despite its title, there are no circus clowns in Gardner's play, but there is a decidedly odd couple at its core - Murray and his nephew, Nick. As the play opens, Nick has plenty to worry about. Two social workers from the Bureau of Child Welfare are about to descend on Murray's cluttered one-room apartment. Their mission: to determine whether the irresponsible Murray has any business raising a child - even if Nick is his nephew and Nick's parents are MIA. Murray is a man struggling with the paradox that he must put away childish things if he hopes to keep the child living with him - and the one alive within him.

What emerges from the ensuing showdown between anarchy and bureaucracy is an ultimatum: Murray either grows up and gets a job, or Child Welfare will ensure that Nick does his growing up elsewhere. Easier said than done, given that the best gig Murray's agent can find would require Murray to once more write mindless copy for the host of a children's comedy show - a man who doesn't have a clue about either kids or humor.

Clowns embodies what Murray says of Nick when he describes his nephew as a genuine "laugher" - capable of moving past "set-up funny stuff" to appreciate the deeper human comedy of people simply "being alive."

"Would be a standout comedy in any season. Filled with laughter and warmth and sweetness and inspired daffiness. One of the quintessential New York comedies." - New York Daily News

"An extraordinarily funny play with some brilliantly offbeat lines." - The New York Post


NOTES:
5 Men and 1 Woman

Characters and Descriptions

Murray - (stage age 30-50) - an unemployed and unconventionally thinking TV script writer, a kid at heart, abhors bureaucracy, free spirited with a touch of the classic Peter Pan syndrome.

Nick - (stage age 12-13) - Murray's nephew and roommate, intense and bright 12-13 year old who Murray describes as a "middle aged kid." Highly intelligent, wise beyond his years and a bit of a wise guy who can be brutally honest.

Sandra - (stage age late 20's – 30's) - an inexperienced yet open-minded young psychologist, and colleague of Albert Amundson; a social worker, idealist, emotional, develops feelings for Murray; she is pretty in an unconventional way. Unhappy with her own life and its present circumstances.

Albert - (stage age 25-35) - Graduate of NYU’s School of Social Work, a bit uptight and stuffy seemingly much older then his years due to an over inflated, parental attitude towards his clients. social worker – middle-aged appearing - by the book kind of guy

Arnold Burns – (stage age 45-60) - Older brother and theatrical agent to Murray. Uncle to Nick. Hardworking man who always tries to do the right thing. Has a great amount of self- knowledge and has found peace with his place in the world, not doing a great job in finding Murray work

Leo - (stage age 45-60) - “Chuckles the Chipmunk” kiddie show actor who is a bit of a neurotic bully, is a bad listener and hates kids, wants Murray to write mindless copy.

Production dates:
Mar. 7, 14, 21, 27, 28 2015 @8PM; Mar. 22, 2015 @3PM - Matinee


AUDITION FORM for A Thousand Clowns
If you would like, you may submit an AUDITION FORM prior to auditioning. Please click on the following link for the AUDITION FORM:   Audition Form for A Thousand Clowns






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