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1309 W. PARKWOOD    FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS

AUDITIONS



"THE BAD SEED"

DECEMBER 18  7:30
Show Runs FEB 22-MARCH3
There will be a cold reading from the script
REHEARSALS STAT JANUARY 10


Bad Seed takes place in a small southern town in the late spring of 1955. Christine Penmark seems to have it all: a lovely home, a loving husband and the most "perfect" daughter in the world. However, this charming life is darkened by a cloud of worry and suspicion. 

Rhoda Penmark is a sweet, tidy, well-mannered girl aged eight, and the pride and joy of her mother Christine. She seems absolutely perfect and full of charm which she can turn on at any time to get what she wants. At the same time she is apparently unable to make friends, and some people think there is something odd, even sinister, about her. In order to give her a new start, her anxious parents have just relocated to a new town where nobody knows them, and enrolled her in the best school they can find.

An outing at the school sends the family’s house of cards tumbling down. One of Rhoda’s classmates, Claude Daigle, has just won a prize which she believed was hers by right, and on a picnic he is “accidentally” drowned. She seems strangely unaffected by the tragedy, and everyone thinks there is something very disturbing about her reactions. 

The building janitor, Leroy, suspects he knows the answer, and threatens to tell them. Gradually Christine realizes that she might have had something to do with other unexplained deaths of people around her.

Then the truth becomes chillingly clear. Christine’s dear little child is no angel, but an ice-cold, calculating serial killer. Although adopted, she traces the identity of her biological mother, and in doing so stumbles across a dark secret.




Rhoda Penmark: 
The character is 8, but the actor can be older, up to a petite 12 or 13 year old. She should look innocent and act very polite, but it is important that she be mature enough to understand the role. A very large role for a young actress, Rhoda is the title role—the “Bad Seed” who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.


Christine Penmark: 
Rhoda’s mother and the leading role of the show. She is a gracious, pretty woman who adores her child and her husband, but she is torn when she realizes the truth about Rhoda. 


Col. Kenneth Penmark: 
Rhoda’s father, straight arrow military officer. He adores his wife and child. 


Monica Breedlove: 
imposing-looking,  no-nonsense, can-do type, but she is also kind and friendly—perhaps too friendly—and offers humor without being a clown. She is a widow who owns the house, which she has converted into apartments and where she and the Penmarks reside.


Emery Wages: 
He is younger than his sister, Monica, with whom he resides. He is friendly, conversational, tolerant, and stable and is calmer compared to his sister.


Leroy: 
Janitor of the building and grounds. He is sly, but he is an embittered man who feels like he’s been victimized by the whole world. He dislikes and admires Rhoda at the same time. There is tension between them, but the audience gains the greatest insight of these two characters through their relationship


Miss Fern: 
A spinster who runs a tight ship as head of one of the most aristocratic schools in the state. She expects others to cooperate and to contribute. 


Reginald Tasker: 
A crime writer with an air of mystery who has become somewhat of an expert in the history of crime. He is a friend of Christine and Monica. Should have an air of mystery. (


Mrs. Hortense Daigle
A later-in-life mother,  who has suffered the murder of her only son whom she adored. She is grief-stricken and very confused and self-conscious around Christine. She drinks. 

Mr. Daigle
Quiet, but apologetic for his wife’s obsessive grief and embarrassed by her drinking and assertions about the murder.


Richard Bravo
Christine’s father, once a well-known homicide detective who became an author. He is also a well-known radio journalist, but he hides the secret of his daughter’s past. He adores his daughter and granddaughter. 




"NEXT TO NORMAL"

AUDITIONS  JANUARY 15
SHOW DATES APRIL 4-14
REHEARSALS START JANUARY 27
Rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions

Please prepare a song no longer than 2 minutes
you will sing acapella

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Character Breakdown

Diana
Delusional, bipolar, and depressed. The sexiness of her yesterdays has only recently begun to soften. She is determined to make her family perfect but is tortured by a death in the family.
Gender: Female
Age Range: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3


Gabe
Diana & Dan's son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine.
Gender: Male
Age Range: 18 to 22
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B2


Dan
Diana's husband. He is handsome and genuine. Though a constant in Diana's tumultuous life, he has grown tired and weary of her antics.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2


Natalie
Diana & Dan's troubled daughter. An accomplished pianist and hardworking student, her struggles are exacerbated by her mother's behavior. She greatly admires Henry.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 17
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3


Henry
Natalie's classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 17
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: G#2


Dr. Madden
Diana's handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A2




"OTHER DESERT CITIES"
AUDITIONS FEBRUARY 12
SHOW DATES APRIL 26-MAY 5
REHEARSALS START FEBRUARY 26
There will be a cold reading from the script

DIRECTED BY CHRISTINE JONES

When Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas in 2004, she is unable to relax into the prickly, yet loving, embrace of her wealthy California family. Brooke has been in continuous rebellion against her conservative parents -- father Lyman, a former Republican ambassador, and mother Polly, a brittle perfectionist-- for a long time, moving to the East Coast and adopting liberal political beliefs, but she still craves their approval. She is anxious about revealing her publishing plans for her new memoir, about the suicide of her beloved older brother, Henry, who was involved in the anti-war bombing of a draft board during the Vietnam War and brought disgrace to his unforgiving mother and father. Over the course of Christmas Eve, Brooke spars with her parents, reminisces with her charming younger brother Trip, and receives the dubious emotional support of her alcoholic aunt, Silda. When the news of Brooke’s memoir is revealed, Polly and Lyman are faced with a choice -- either reveal a shocking secret that they have kept for decades, or risk exposure when the world reads their story. Spanning the international disasters of war, the bitter feuds of American politics, and the intricate and equally bitter dynamics of one family’s love and grief, Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities is a scintillating and sharply observed dark comedy, with themes of depression, addiction, family and memory.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Brooke Wyeth: Intelligent, tortured, dry-witted. (Mid-30’s to early 40’s)

Polly Wyeth: Tough, elegant, forthright and whip-smart. (60’s)

Trip Wyeth: Bright, funny, TV producer. (Mid-20’s-early 30’s)

Lyman Wyeth: A former actor. He’s sturdy and gentle yet very firm in his beliefs. (Late 50'S-early 70’s)


Silda Grauman: A wise-cracking, just-out-of-rehab mess with a lot of savvy and wisdom. (late 50's-60’s).








"BAREFOOT IN THE PARK"
AUDITION MAY 14
SHOW DATES JULY 12-21
REHEARSALS START MAY 28
There will be a cold reading from the script

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

CORIE BRATTER - a free spirit, newlywed to Paul


PAUL BRATTER - a lawyer, newlywed to Corie


MRS. BANKS - Corie's mother

VICTOR VELASCO - the neighbor in the attic


TELEPHONE REPAIR MAN


DELIVERY MAN





"LITTLE MERMAID"
AUDITION MAY 21
SHOW DATES JULY 26-AUGUST 11
REHEARSALS START JUNE 4

Prepare a Song no longer than 2 minutes
You will Sing Acapella

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"DIXIE SWIM CLUB"
AUDITIONS JULY 25
SHOW DATES SEPT 27-OCT 6
REHEARSALS START AUGUST 13

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

SHEREE HOLLINGER, 
the perennial team captain, is practical, supportive and a fount of boundless energy. Never without her to-do lists or Pocket Scheduler, her tendency to be hyper-organized occasionally drives her friends a bit crazy. She’s the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family.

DINAH GRAYSON,
 the wise-cracking cynic of the group, has fought her way to the top and relished the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything...except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dinah seldom reveals her softer side as she tackles life head-on.

LEXIE RICHARDS
a true Southern belle who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the vain, youth- obsessed event planner for a chain of four-star hotels. She has never shied away from the occasional nip or tuck and keeps her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial. Always one to revel in her status as a man- magnet, Lexie can be counted on to share wild and hilarious tales of her romantic exploits.

JERI NEAL MCFEELEY
 is the ditzy ray of sunshine of the group. She’s perky and naïve and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for many years, Jeri Neal has been protected from life’s seamier side. Even though she appears to be predictable on the surface, Jeri Neal, recently relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, continually makes life choices that surprise and amaze her friends.

VERNADETTE SIMMS 
is a hard luck case if there ever was one. Marriage and motherhood came shortly after college, a dark cloud has hovered above her ever since. A public school teacher, with limited finances and a problematic home life in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of these lifelong friends.




"DEATH TRAP"
AUDITIONS AUGUST 20
SHOW DATES OCTOBER 18-27
REHEARSALS START SEPT 10
DIRECTED BY JEFF COLETTA

​Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment. "It is a classic thriller, a genre with a style, a manner and an audience of its own.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Sidney Bruhl: Male
Once a celebrated playwright on Broadway, his recent flops and concurrent writer’s block have caused him to become desperate for a hit. Witty, dashing and clever yet manical enough to murder in order to get what he wants.
*Moderate stage combat

Myra Bruhl: Female
A match to Sidney, she is sophisticated and upper class. She is incredibly supportive of Sidney’s career and altering moods. Sweet, caring, emotional, nervous, even skittish, she suffers from a heart condition.
*Minor stage combat

Clifford Anderson: Male
A mannerly, enthusiastic young man who is star struck by the famous, older playwright and is eagerly intent on making a name for himself with his own successful thriller. Charming and innocent, he is also quite cunning.
*Moderate stage combat

Helga Ten Dorp: Female
A Dutch psychic from next door. She is a comedic character and quite eccentric but her magical powers are very real and potent. Knows she’s a celebrity and buys into the show of her gift. Comical yet credible.

Porter Milgrim: Male
Professional and personal long-time friend to Sidney. A pragmatic lawyer, who also has a dirty little secret.


















Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.