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Open Auditions

The Kelsey Theatre invites you to . . .

Anyone can audition, you do not have to be a student at MCCC.

NOTE: Auditions will be held on the Mercer County Community College Campus unless otherwise stated. Check the Kelsey Theatre for room location signs.

All performances will be held at Kelsey Theatre, located on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550 unless otherwise stated.

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Presented by The Yardley Players



FROM 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M.









REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDITIONS:  All women will be reading for all parts unless only wanting one of the card players. Men will read for both male parts.                                                      .

Please bring a resume and recent picture (doesn’t have to be a head shot)

To avoid having people wait for a long time to audition-






OLIVE MADISON – (25-55) Television Producer-wise cracking - complete slob- loves sports- Good comic timing.
FLORENCE UNGER – (25-55) Well Groomed - Loves to clean and cook- Well meaning but a  nag - Takes things very seriously . 
SYLVIE – (25-55) Trying to stop smoking - Gets irritated easily - Good sense of humor

RENEE – (25 -55 ) Sylvie best friend- Quick wit - Points out all Olive’s and Flo’s flaws - Somewhat sarcastic.

VERA – (25-55) Sweet - Spacey - Always two steps behind friends- Good comic timing. 
MICKY (25-55) Police Officer - Most understanding - Tries to control the situation but sometimes gets unnerved. 

MONOLO CONSTAZUELA – (25-55) Needs to be able to do a Spanish Accent - Thinks he is quite smooth- Likes Olive- Good comic timing
JESUS CONSTAZUELA – (25-55)  Manolo’s younger brother- Romantic gets very emotional - Likes Florence - Good comic timing - Must have Spanish Accent




These auditions are open to the public.  The Theatre and Dance Programs Company award roles based on auditions.  Leading roles do not automatically go to Mercer students.  In the past, leading roles in Hairspray and Cabaret have gone to members of the community not attending MCCC.  These auditions are open to everyone and everyone is treated equally.


The auditions are being held in CM122/Studio Theatre


Tuesday, September 6th and 7th from 7pm to 10pm Callbacks for Both Plays are on Thursday, September 8th 7pm to finish


Please prepare one monologue for your audition.  Wear clothes you can move in for the dance portion of the audition. Choreography will be taught to you to perform in a small group.  There are three ways you can sign up for an audition.  You can sign up for a ten minute audition slot on the door of CM122 starting August 29th at 12noon or you can email gazenbej@mccc.edu<mailto:gazenbej@mccc.edu. Lastly, you can just show up on one of the audition days and sign up for a ten minute slot at that time.  Dance auditions are held on the same day you audition.  The dance audition occurs in the middle of the audition time period for each of the two days.


Rehearsals are Monday & Wednesdays for Never the Sinner and Tuesday & Thursdays for The Secretaries.  All rehearsals start at 6:30pm and go to 10:30pm starting September 12, 2016 and going through first performance on November 18th for Never the Sinner and December 9th for The Secretaries. There will be more rehearsals added during tech week leading up to the opening of the show.


Performances for Never the Sinner are November 18th & 19th at 8pm and November 20th at 2pm.

Performances for The Secretaries are December 9th & 10th at 8pm and December 11th at 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kelsey Box office or online.


You must be 16 or older to audition for these two shows.


If you have any questions, please write Jody Gazenbeek-Person at gazenbej@mccc.edu<mailto:gazenbej@mccc.edu.  If you have any questions about the auditioning process itself, you can do a Google search for "auditioning tips."  Google lists many great websites with wonderful tips about auditioning.  Thank you for your time; we look forward to seeing your work and talent.


About the Plays:


Never the Sinner by John Logan:


"Remarkable." - The New York Times

"Great theatre. One of the year's best! An excellent and compelling play!" - New York Post


Chicago, May 21, 1924. Nathan Leopold Jr., age 18, and Robert Loeb, age 19, killed 14 year old Bobby Franks and were quickly apprehended when Leopold's glasses were found near the corpse.  Why would wealthy young men murder an innocent boy? What demons lurked behind Loeb's flashing good looks? Behind Leopold's saturnine intellect? This exquisite Off Broadway hit explores the complex relationship between these two who longed to create a private world of fevered intellect and romantic passion. The author suggests that, given twists of fate and character, Leopold or Loeb could be anyone who has loved too much, had a broken heart, wanted to prove everlasting devotion, or looked at a loved one and thought "I'd die for you ... I'd kill for you." This is a love story set to themes of crime and punishment, the press, the times, humanism, Nietzsche's philosophy and the end of the jazz age.

The Secretaries by The Five Lesbian Brothers:


"The Secretaries is a sustained, amusing look at the fine line between aggression and assertiveness." - The New Yorker "The Five Lesbian Brothers render their satirical portraits with a deft but merciless eye." -The Los Angeles Times


Something's rotten in Big Bone! Pretty Patty Johnson is thrilled to join the secretarial pool at the Cooney Lumber Mill under the iron-fisted leadership of sultry office manager Susan Curtis. But she soon begins to feel that all is not right-the enforced diet of Slim-Fast shakes, the strange clicking language between the girls, the monthly disappearance of a lumberjack. By the time Patty discovers murder is part of these office killers' skill set, it's too late to turn back! In the guise of satiric exploitation-horror, The Secretaries takes an unflinching look at the warping cultural expectations of femininity. - Description from Samuel French.




Unnecessary Farce

By Paul Slade Smith 

Non-union, Unpaid


The Pennington Players are pleased to announce open auditions for its January 2017 production of Unnecessary Farce.   The show will be performed at the Kelsey Theatre, on the campus at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.   Performance dates are:  January 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2017, with Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 pm.    


About The Play:  Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith is a hilarious farce in the vein of Lend Me A Tenor.  Taking place in a cheap motel during a bumbling police sting, this funny show is a high paced chaotic whirlwind that will leave the audience breathless with laughter.  It becomes especially chaotic when the bagpipe wielding hit man shows up with his increasingly unintelligible Scottish accent and no one knows where to go, what to do, or when to do it. 


Audition Dates

Monday, September 12, 2016                      7 PM to 9:30 PM

Tuesday, September 13, 2016                     7 PM to 9:30 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2016                    7 PM to 9:30 PM Callbacks Only (as needed; by invitation only) 


Audition Appointment Options:

  • Audition forms, monologues, information and the link to the online sign-up form are available on the Pennington Players’ website:  www.penningtonplayers.org      
  • Questions: e-mail us at  unnecessaryfarce2017@gmail.com   or call 609-429-0005
  • Appointments are strongly encouraged.  Walk-ins will be seen on a time-available basis.   
  • Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit www.kelseytheatre.net   


About The Auditions:   All those auditioning are asked to prepare the monologue(s) provided for the character(s) for which you are auditioning.  Memorization is not required but is strongly recommended.   Other readings from the play may be provided at the time of your audition or call back, if needed.    The audition monologues are available via the Pennington Players’ website:     www.penningtonplayers.org


About Rehearsals:  The first read thru will be scheduled during the week of September 19, at which time scripts will be handed out and all actors will be measured for costumes.   Rehearsals will begin in earnest after October 24 and will primarily be scheduled for at least two evenings per week and one weekend afternoon per week, based on actor availability.   It is very important that all those auditioning be as thorough and honest about all known and potential conflicts between October 29, 2016 and January 29, 2017, as the rehearsal schedule will be determined based on those conflicts.


Roles:  We will cast 7 actors:  4 adult males, and 3 adult females. All roles are open. A description of the characters is provided below.


Eric Sheridan:  Male, 30s.  A bookish, even-keeled police officer who’s thrown into some difficult situations--while not wearing any pants.


Billie Dwyer:  Female, 20s/30s.  A police officer. Eric's partner. Although she seems to lack every skill needed for police work, she is enthusiastic and eager to succeed.


Karen Brown:  Female, 30s.  An accountant who usually has a very professional demeanor, but seems unable to keep herself in control today.


Mayor Meekly:  Male, 40s to 60s.  A sweet, gentle fellow, who seems very Innocent (with a capital I)

Agent Frank:  Male, 20s to 50s.  Town Hall head of Security. Although he can seem confident and even gruff, in moments of crisis he is easily reduced to a very frightened man


Todd:  Male, 20s to 50s.  Speaks with a VERY pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man whose accent gets thicker the angrier he gets, until he's completely indecipherable.   You must audition with the Scottish accent!


Mary Meekly:  Female, 40s to 60s. The Mayor's wife, small statured, she seems very sweet natured, and a good match for her husband the mayor.


Production staff

Company:                          Pennington Players

Producer:                          Judi Parrish

Director:                            Peter Bisgaier

Stage Manager:                 Vicki Kaiser

Set Design:                        Judi Parrish, Bryan Schendlinger, Peter Bisgaier

Sound Design:                   Judi Parrish

Lighting:                            Kitty Getlik

Props:                                Dottie Farina

Costumes:                          Kelley Pestritto Tharp

Scenic Artist:                     Emily Russoniello



Big Fish

by Andrew Lippa and John August

Playful Theatre Productions

September 24 & 25, 2015


Playful Theatre Productions is excited to announce open auditions for a unique production of the Andrew Lippa/John August musical Big Fish.

In this staging of Big Fish, the bulk of the instrumental accompaniment will be provided by the onstage cast.  Accordingly, Playful is seeking especially actors with instrumental ability – brass and woodwinds, percussion, guitar, keyboard/piano, and strings in particular – who are willing to lend their talents in this area along with acting, singing, and dancing.  Importantly, instrumental ability is not required for all roles or any particular roles, but is advantageous for any role.


About the Audition


Preliminary auditions will be held on Saturday, September 24 (11:00AM – 4:00PM) and Sunday, September 25 (12:30PM – 4:00PM); callbacks, as required, are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 29. In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended. 


To make an appointment, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f49aca62ea7f85-bigfish  (recommended) or call 609-785-5274.


All auditioners are asked to prepare one complete song from musical theatre, and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.  All auditioners should be prepared to dance at the initial audition.  Anyone wishing to include a musical instrument is asked to additionally prepare a 16-32 measure piece (any style) on their instrument of choice that demonstrates their ability and range; this piece need not be memorized and music stands will be provided.


All roles are open. A summary of available roles is provided below.


Big Fish will be produced by Playful Theatre Productions (producers: Suzanne Smith, Hilary Leboff, Nancy Russell, Ruth Kresge), with direction by Frank Ferrara and musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and Michael Gilch.  Because of the unusual requirements of the staging, the rehearsal process will be somewhat extended.  Rehearsals are expected to begin in early November, and run 3-4 times per week until the show’s opening at the end of March.



About the Roles


The cast of Big Fish will consist of approximately 25-30 actors; performers of all ages will be considered.  In addition to the principal and supporting roles outlined below, the show will include a fairly large ensemble.  Ensemble players will play multiple roles throughout the show, and performers with special skills - juggling, tumbling, acrobats, etc – are of particular interest.


Young Edward Bloom (male baritone, range up to a high G-natural): The hero of our story, a traveling salesman by trade and a storyteller by avocation.  He is plain-spoken and modestly educated but passionate, imaginative, romantic, and generous to a fault.  Must be an outstanding and extremely energetic singer who moves well.  Ages from his early twenties to his mid-forties during the course of the narrative.


Edward Bloom (male, only ensemble singing): Now old enough to be a grandfather, Edward has lost a step but none of his youthful spark or optimism.  As he faces his own mortality, he struggles to connect with his more practical and grounded adult son Will.


Will Bloom (male baritone, range up to a high G-natural): Edward Bloom’s son, in his early 30s, a reporter and world traveler who is firmly fixed in the real world.  After enduring them for three decades, he has little patience left for his father’s impulsiveness and wild stories.  He is not, however, inflexible or lifeless – he’s actually quite thoughtful and open to new ideas, he just demands evidence for them.


Young Will Bloom (male tenor): A child of around ten, studious and observant, but still fascinated by his father’s energy and stories.


Sandra Bloom (female mezzo soprano, range up to an E-natural): Edward’s wife, a woman in her late 50s or early 60s.  She has spent her life bridging the gap between her husband’s unpredictable romanticism and her son’s practicality, and thus has one foot planted in each world.  She is deeply and genuinely happy with the way her life has turned out so far.


Young Sandra Bloom (female mezzo soprano, range up to an E-natural): Sandra as a young woman in her early 20s, an enthusiastic and decent Southern girl straight out of a modern fairy tale.  Should sing and dance extremely well.


Karl (male bass, range from a low A-natural to D-natural): Karl is a literal, straight-up giant who lives in a cave and wears animal skins.  He is also a scholar and a genius – he is, in fact, the sharpest tack in the metaphorical drawer.  He is also withdrawn and antisocial, as both his size and his intellectual ambition make him an outcast from the provincial town where he lives.


Amos Calloway (male baritone, range up to a high G-natural): The boisterous ringmaster of a traveling circus, Amos is greedy, unethical, cynical… but has a soft heart buried somewhere deep, deep below.  Amos hides a fairly remarkable secret, so a certain degree of secretiveness is an essential part of his character.


The Witch (female belter, range up to an F-natural): I mean, she’s a witch.  She sees the future, she lives in a swamp, she’s got a magic wand.  She is not an evil witch, though; she’s just a little wild and a lot crazy and she really likes to belt. 


Jenny Hill (female belter, range up to an E-natural): Edward Bloom’s high school sweetheart, she is “the blondest girl in Ashton.”  We will also meet her again much later, in her late 30s, still kind and optimistic but somewhat dimmed by life.

Older Jenny Hill (female, ensemble singing only): We next meet Jenny many years later, when she is in her late 50s or early 60s.  Has one extremely pivotal dialogue scene; the actor will otherwise be a part of the ensemble.


Don Price (male, baritone, range up to an F#): Edward Bloom’s rival throughout his life and adventures, he is simple-minded, physically-inclined, and quick-tempered.  Since we see him only through Edward’s stories, he is essentially a storybook cliché of the arrogant, moustache-twirling fool.



March 31 to April 2 and April 7-9

(Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00PM; Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00PM). 



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