The Cast of STARMITES!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the cast for our upcoming production of STARMITES!

In order of appearance:

S’up S’up Sensaboi:  Jasper Rood

Diggety Razzledazzle:  Melissa Caminneci

Ack Ack Hackerax:  Willa Martin

Starmite Ensemble:  Irish Valentine

Spacepunk:  Mia Huxley

Eleanor Fairchild / Bizarbara:  Nikki Scheel

Eleanor’s Mother / Diva:  Kami Zbanek Hill

Shak Graa / Trinkulus:  John Zbanek Hill

Shotzi:  Kelli Massey

Balbraka:  Jenna Woodwick

Canibelle:  Lisa Smith

Hollaback:  Mimi Vukelich

Banshee Ensemble:  Sydney Myers

Thank you to everyone who auditioned!  We cannot wait to begin production on this over the top show!

 

Writers Needed for MVLCT New Play Festival

Mt. Vernon Lisbon Community Theatre is announcing a new play festival as part of its 2019 season. Eight to ten new, unpublished short plays by area writers will be selected for production in March. Preference for selection will be given to writers living in, near, or with ties to the Mt. Vernon/Lisbon area. The requirements for the plays themselves are:

1. They must be brand new and unpublished.

2. They must be written on a theme to be announced in late September.

3. They must be 5 – 10 minutes in length and adhere to the production guidelines announced with the theme.

4. They must be submitted by November 30.

Please contact us by September 1 if you are interested in writing for the festival. Include your contact information and a brief summary of your theatre or writing work. We will announce the theme in late September and let you know if you have been selected as a writer for the festival. Writers will be given more specific information at that time.

Thank you!

Amy White

amyloope@gmail.com

MVLCT New Play Festival Committee
MVLCT Board of Directors

STARMITES Auditions August 5 & 6 at 7pm

Auditions will be August 5 and 6 at 7pm at the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre stage in wonderful Mt. Vernon, IA!

Starmites
Written By: Barry Keating and Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid)
Directed By: Joseph Williams
Music Director: Rebecca Fields-Moffitt
Show dates: Oct. 5 – 7th, 12th – 14th

Prepare a minute of any song, to be sang acapella or bring a karaoke track if you want! This show is silly and over the top (think comic book come to life), so be ready to have fun! All casting is extremely flexible. See a part you’d like to play? Show us what you got! Can’t make it to auditions? Email the director at gruesomejoe@gmail.com to set something up!

About the show:
Starmites, a delightfully over the top sci-fi 80’s rock musical, uses a fantasy world to drive home sweet and poignant lessons about the awkwardness of growing up when you don’t quite fit in. Outsider, Eleanor Fairchild has built an imaginary world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. On the same day her Mom convinces her to give up her fantasy of becoming a superhero, Eleanor instead finds herself mysteriously thrust into the world of her favorite comic book, Starmites. She lands in the middle of the battle between evil villain Shak Graa, and the Starmites, guardians of Inner Space. She and the Starmites team up on a quest to keep power out of Shak Graa’s greedy hands. Along the way they meet a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the flamboyant Diva, Queen of Inner Space and her Banshee warriors – Destiny’s Childish sirens.

Character Breakdown:
On Earth
Eleanor Fairchild: An outsider who escapes the cruelty of high school by losing herself in the world of her favorite comic book heroes, the Starmites. She dreams of one day becoming a super hero herself. (Also plays Milady and Bizarabra – Must be able to distinguish between all three characters.) Think: Sarah from The Labyrinth mixed with Max from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35
Scripted Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

Eleanor’s Mother: An unassuming woman who loves her daughter and awaits the day when she will grow out of her comic book craze. (Also plays Diva.)
Gender: Female or Male (plays female)
Age: 30+

In Inner Space:
Milady: Eleanor’s confident, self possessed alter ego and superhero of Innerspace. This girl could rule the universe, she just doesn’t know it yet. (Also plays Eleanor and Bizarabra). Think: Eleven from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35

The Starmites: The over the top main characters of Eleanor’s favorite comic books. A band of space youths dedicated to fighting the deadly forces of the Universe. They include:

Space Punk: The hero, captain of the Starmites, and the heart throb of the Universe. He’s an 80’s heart throb, but totally a feminist. (Think: A cross between Steve Harrington from Stranger Things and David Bowie).
Gender: Male
Age: 18 – 35

S’up S’up Sensaboi: The organized and methodical member of the group. He/she plays by the rules.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Digetty Razzledazzle: The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his/her feelings. Raps Hamilton style.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Ack Ack Hackerax: The tough one. He/she is second in command.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Shak Graa: Flamboyantly fabulous High Priest Of Chaos, determined to destroy both Earth and Innerspace. (Also plays Trinkulus)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Trinkulus: A reptilian minstrel, once slave to Shak Graa now serving as guide to the Starmites. (Also plays Shak Graa)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Diva: Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace (the name says it all), but also a loving and worried mother of Bizarbra. Think: Tina Turner combined with Winnie from ‘Hocus Pocus.’ (Also plays Eleanor’s Mother.)
Gender: Male or Female (will play female)
Age: 30+

Bizarbara: Awkward and shy daughter of Diva and the mirror opposite of Eleanor, she spends her days getting lost in comic books about earth and day dreaming of leading an ordinary life. (Also plays Eleanor and Milady).
Gender: Female
Age: 18+

The Banshees: These ladies are the Destiny’s Child of Inner Space and henchmen to Diva. Together they rock one of the most epic songs of the show, Ravenous. All Banshees will have lines/solo if the choose. (Think: The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus).

Gender: Any
Age: Any

Shotzi: Diva’s sergeant of arms.
Balbraka: She delights in terrorizing the Starmites.
Canibelle: She delights in devouring the Starmites.
Maligna: She delights in torturing the Starmites.

Black Doggers are Casting

This is not an MVLCT event–but a couple of our board members are part of this!  From the Black Doggers:

AUDITIONS ARE BOTH SATURDAY JULY 28 and SUNDAY JULY 29 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm both days! Actors need not attend both days to be considered.

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION OR TO ASK QUESTIONS CONTACT: TheDinerPlays@gmail.com
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The Black Doggers are seeking actors for an environmental show featuring 10 plays set in and staged in a diner with the audience as fellow diner patrons. Performances will be Labor Day weekend, 2018. Possibility for future performances in other venues.

Rehearsals will be according to actor and director availability during August 2018.

Produced by The Black Doggers Writing Group in association with C and P Productions.

No preparation necessary. Cold readings of sections from the plays.

Seeking up to 12 actors:

Many roles for male and female actors age 25 – 40.

Many roles for male and female actors age 45 – 75.

Several roles for male and female actors age 17 – 25.

Some characters are wide open as far as gender and age requirements, but no actors under the age of 17 are needed.

Featuring plays by Tony Craine, Patrick Du Laney, Grant Freeman, Monica Leo, Christopher Okiishi, Kelly Shriver Kolln, Barbara Lau, David Martino, Mary Sullivan, Brian Tanner, and Amy White.

Julius Caesar Opens Tonight!

Julius Caesar opens tonight at the Uptown Theatre in Mt Vernon’s First Street Community Center!  Tickets for tonight’s show are still available in-person tonight in the lobby, so just stop on by.  If you purchased tickets in advance, we will have a list with your name on it and how many tickets you ordered in advance.  If you are wanting tickets for a future date–you can still order then in advance online (we take the online ordering down the morning of the show date in order to put together the list) or you can stop by the lobby before the show starts and purchase tickets in person.

Hope to see you there!

Auditions for STARMITES!!!

Auditions will be August 5 and 6 at 7pm at the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre stage!

Starmites
Written By: Barry Keating and Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid)
Directed By: Joseph Williams
Music Director: Rebecca Fields-Moffitt
Show dates: Oct. 5 – 7th, 12th – 14th

Prepare a minute of any song, to be sang acapella or bring a karaoke track if you want! This show is silly and over the top (think comic book come to life), so be ready to have fun! All casting is extremely flexible. See a part you’d like to play? Show us what you got! Can’t make it to auditions? Email the director at gruesomejoe@gmail.com to set something up!

About the show:
Starmites, a delightfully over the top sci-fi 80’s rock musical, uses a fantasy world to drive home sweet and poignant lessons about the awkwardness of growing up when you don’t quite fit in. Outsider, Eleanor Fairchild has built a an imaginary world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. On the same day her Mom convinces her to give up her fantasy of becoming a superhero, Eleanor instead finds herself mysteriously thrust into the world of her favorite comic book, Starmites. She lands in the middle of the battle between evil villain Shak Graa, and the Starmites, guardians of Inner Space. She and the Starmites team up on a quest to keep power out of Shak Graa’s greedy hands. Along the way they meet a colorful assortment of Bowie-esque villains including the flamboyant Diva, Queen of Inner Space and her Banshee warriors – Destiny’s Childish sirens.

Character Breakdown:
On Earth
Eleanor Fairchild: An outsider who escapes the cruelty of high school by losing herself in the world of her favorite comic book heroes, the Starmites. She dreams of one day becoming a super hero herself. (Also plays Milady and Bizarabra – Must be able to distinguish between all three characters.) Think: Sarah from The Labyrinth mixed with Max from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35
Scripted Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano

Eleanor’s Mother: An unassuming woman who loves her daughter and awaits the day when she will grow out of her comic book craze. (Also plays Diva.)
Gender: Female or Male (plays female)
Age: 30+

In Inner Space:
Milady: Eleanor’s confident, self possessed alter ego and superhero of Innerspace. This girl could rule the universe, she just doesn’t know it yet. (Also plays Eleanor and Bizarabra). Think: Eleven from Stranger Things
Gender: Female
Age: 18 – 35

The Starmites: The over the top main characters of Eleanor’s favorite comic books. A band of space youths dedicated to fighting the deadly forces of the Universe. They include:

Space Punk: The hero, captain of the Starmites, and the heart throb of the Universe. He’s an 80’s heart throb, but totally a feminist. (Think: A cross between Steve Harrington from Stranger Things and David Bowie).
Gender: Male
Age: 18 – 35

S’up S’up Sensaboi: The organized and methodical member of the group. He/she plays by the rules.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Digetty Razzledazzle: The bumbling show-off of the group. Openly expresses his/her feelings. Raps Hamilton style.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Ack Ack Hackerax: The tough one. He/she is second in command.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any age

Shak Graa: Flamboyantly fabulous High Priest Of Chaos, determined to destroy both Earth and Innerspace. (Also plays Trinkulus)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Trinkulus: A reptilian minstrel, once slave to Shak Graa now serving as guide to the Starmites. (Also plays Shak Graa)
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Any Age

Diva: Imposing and powerful Queen of Innerspace (the name says it all), but also a loving and worried mother of Bizarbra. Think: Tina Turner combined with Winnie from ‘Hocus Pocus.’ (Also plays Eleanor’s Mother.)
Gender: Male or Female (will play female)
Age: 30+

Bizarbara: Awkward and shy daughter of Diva and the mirror opposite of Eleanor, she spends her days getting lost in comic books about earth and day dreaming of leading an ordinary life. (Also plays Eleanor and Milady).
Gender: Female
Age: 18+

The Banshees: These ladies are the Destiny’s Child of Inner Space and henchmen to Diva. Together they rock one of the most epic songs of the show, Ravenous. All Banshees will have lines/solo if the choose. (Think: The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus).

Gender: Any
Age: Any

Shotzi: Diva’s sergeant of arms.
Balbraka: She delights in terrorizing the Starmites.
Canibelle: She delights in devouring the Starmites.
Maligna: She delights in torturing the Starmites.

The Cast of Julius Caesar

We’re excited to announce the cast of our 2018 production of Julius Caesar:

Brutus – Nicole Klostermann
Cassius – Taylor Sedlecek
Antony – Stacey Jaegar
Casca – John Hill
Caesar – Scott Humeston
Octavius – Jasper Rood
Lucius – Sophia Andrews
Soothsayer – Quinnie Rodman
Decius/Messala – Logan Natvig
Cinna/Titinius & Others – Zach Vig
Portia/Pindarus & Others – Eva Giacomo
Calpurnia & Others – Lisa Smith
Metellus/Lucilius & Others – Mary Blacharski
Trebonius/Clitus & Others – Garrett Herring
Artemidorus/Servant & Others – Lynaea Kiefer
Cicero/Cinna the Poet & Others – Steve Weiss

Thank you to EVERYONE who auditioned! If you were not cast but would still like to participate in the production of the show, please let us know and we will let you know how you can help.

Auditions for Julius Caesar have been announced!

Audition dates: May 20 & 21 2018 at 7pm

Show Dates: July 20-22 and 27-29 2018

Auditions will be held at the Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center

Here is some more information on our upcoming production!

What do voodooism, prohibition, boxing, and plenty of blues music have in common? Come on down to Mount Vernon and find out with this summer’s production of Julius Caesar. Set in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1931, this new take on an old classic blends Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Queen’s spiritualism with the Chicago Mob’s mentality to create a production unlike any you’ve seen before. William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar tells the tale of power and corruption at the hands of supposed leaders. As Julius Caesar prepares to take the throne, a group of conspirators plot to overthrow this potential dictator in order to preserve the Republic. As the show progresses the limits of power, the strength of brotherhood, and the quest for vengeance are all tested.

Character Breakdown

Marcus Brutus – A soldier and statesman of Rome. Brutus is widely regarded as a man of honesty and virtue. He is the smartest man in the room and chooses what he feels is best for the citizens of Rome over his own love of Caesar.
Age: 17 – 30
Gender: Male

Cassius – A passionate learned leader. She is the leader of the rebellion against Caesar. She works to convince Brutus to act against Caesar and for Rome. She has a deep love and affection of Brutus
Age: 17 – 30
Gender: Female

Mark Antony – A politician and playboy, Antony understands the power of words and wields them with the same accuracy as a sword. Antony is acts as the right hand of Caesar with fast sweeping vengeance.
Age: 20s – Early 30s
Gender: All

Julius Caesar – An ambition driven leader who seeks death over cowardice. He is driven by ego, grandeur, and arrogance.
Age: 30 – 60
Gender: Male

Casca – A member of the inner circle of Conspirators. An outspoken and sometimes sour man.
Age: All
Gender: All

Cinna – A member of the inner circle of Conspirators. Doubles as the Military leader Titinius. Smart and devilish.
Age: All
Gender: All

Calpurnia – Wife of Caesar; a woman consumed by amulets and potions. Extremely superstitious.
Age: Same age as Caesar
Gender: Female

Portia – The honorable wife of Brutus. She capable of toughness and courage. Movement and vocal Experience Needed.
Age: 17 – 30
Gender: Female

Soothsayer: A voodoo witch in the style of Marie Laveau or Papa Midnight. Movement experience and vocal experience needed. Dance experience welcomed.
Age: All
Gender: All

Lucius: Brutus’ loyal servant. Must be able to sing and possibly play a stringed instrument
Age: High School
Gender: All

Ensemble: Conspirators, Tribunes, Citizens, Senators, Singers, Dancers
Age: All
Gender: All

All actors other than Brutus, Cassius, Mark Antony, and Julius Caesar will play multiple roles.