Auditions dates for The Frogs announced

Auditions for MVLCT’s summer musical, The Frogs, will be held on Sunday, May 21 and Monday, May 22 at 7 PM in the Uptown Theatre of the First Street Community Center, 221 1st St. E., Mt. Vernon. There are roles for males and females age sixteen and older. Auditioners will be asked to sing sixteen bars of any song they want, acappella.

Production dates are July 20 – 23. Tickets are $12.

Synopsis:

From Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove, the writers behind A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, comes this hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire. Based on a comedy written in 405 B.C. by Aristophanes, The Frogs playfully explores the great challenges of human existence: confronting our fears, understanding life and death, and recognizing the distractions that prevent us from achieving our goals.

The plot revolves around Dionysus, Greek god of wine and drama, who, despairing of the quality of living dramatists, travels to Hades with his slave, Xanthias, to bring playwright George Bernard Shaw back from the dead. In Hades, William Shakespeare competes with Shaw for the title of best playwright, which he wins. Dionysus chooses to bring Shakespeare back instead, thereby improving the world and its political situation.

Character Breakdown:

Dionysos
The god of theatre and wine. Loves mankind and wants to save them by bringing back his favorite author, George Bernard Shaw. Clever. A bit of a scaredy-cat.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Xanthias
Dionysos’ lush servant, who loves the niceties of life even more than his master. A terrible servant, he begrudgingly goes with Dionysos to Hades.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Herakles
Dionysos’ half-brother and a great hero. He is strong and masculine with a lavish sense of style and self-worth. Genial but beastly in strength, stature, and reputation.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Charon
The ancient navigator of the boat to Hades. The ultimate tour guide. He is corny, excessively happy, almost robotic in his rote touring dialogue. Always offering extra perks for extra money. A sleepy stoner.
Gender: Male
Age: 60 to 75
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Pluto
The flamboyant god of the underworld. He is a pretentious, flirty, pessimist who loves to be entertained and thinks that life only begins in the afterlife of the underworld.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Shaw
A pompous and famed playwright who thinks himself the best there ever was. Believes holding up a harsh mirror to society is the only way to evoke change.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65

Shakespeare
A regal and renowned playwright whose words not only appeal to the intellect, but also to the heart.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Ariadne
Dionysos’ wife, who has tragically died. A beautiful and shy mortal. She loved and supported her husband in life with all of her heart.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Ensemble

Travelers; Frogs; Dionysians; Flame Girls, Shavians

Middletown Cast Announcement

Director Joseph Williams is proud to announce the cast for MVLCT’s production of Middletown!  Without further ado, here it is:

Mrs. Swanson: Nikki Scheel

Female Tourist/Woman on Date/Attendant 2: Eva Giacomo

Aunt/Female Doctor/Intercom: Braden JP Rood

Librarian: Amy White

Public Speaker/Greg/Male Doctor: Bill Croghan

Male Tourist/Freelancer/Radio Host: Silas Young

Tour Guide/Attendant/Music Host: Amanda Bishop

Mechanic: Grant Freeman

Cop: Kim Benesh

John Dodge: Joseph Williams

Landscaper/Ground Control/Man on Date/Janitor: Anton Rood

Sweetheart: Betty McCleary

A HUGE thank you to everyone who auditioned, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to auditions to volunteer for tech and set work!  Joseph will be in touch with everyone very soon with our starting schedule, script information, etc.  Keep an eye on your email inboxes for all the details.  If you have any questions, please email mvlcommunitytheatre (at) gmail (dot) com and we will get back to you right away!

Thank you again to everyone who came to auditions, for helping run auditions, and to our all our new volunteers!  The show is going to be awesome!

1/16 Middletown Auditions POSTPONED!

Monday, January 16th’s, auditions for our production of Middletown have been postponed due to the growing layers of ice and significant potential of the rain on the roads freezing once it gets dark.

If you were planning on auditioning tonight, PLEASE come tomorrow (Tuesday, 1/17) at 7:30pm to the Uptown Theatre at First Street Community Center!

Repeat: tonight’s auditions have been postponed until 7:30pm tomorrow (Tuesday, January 17th) night!

Please send MVLCT a message via Facebook, email to mvlcommunitytheatre (@) gmail (dot) com, or call board member Braden Rood at 319-654-1016 with any immediate questions or concerns you may have.  If tomorrow night’s new audition time doesn’t work for you, let us know and we will see if there is a way to have you audition at another time.

We apologize for the delay, but want to make sure everyone is safe in this weather!

Hope to see everyone that was planning to audition tonight at tomorrow’s new audition time!

Auditions for Middletown January 15 & 16 2017

Middletown Auditions 2016

Middletown ScriptIf you have been waiting for the next opportunity to audition for a role in a MVLCT production, or are looking to join the production team with your awesome skills, our next open auditions are coming up!

We will be having open auditions for our production of Middletown by Will Eno on Sunday January 15th and Monday January 16th at 7pm on both days. Come ready to read sides from the play, maybe play some games, and with any known conflicts throughout the production schedule you can note on your audition form.  The show will run March 9-12, 2017.

We are looking for actors as well as technical crew–so if you are interested, please stop by on either night!

Middletown is a quirky dark comedy that explores the somewhat bizarre universe of small town America, and, of course, existential dread and all the accumulated experiences that make our “lives” what they are.  Folks that have great comedic timing and understand script text that is very conversational and “back-and-forth” will be perfect for any of these roles.

The roles for the show are (in order of appearance, and the ages noted are the recommended age from the playwright):

  • Public Speaker – male, 40s-60s
  • Cop – male, 30s-50s
  • Mrs. Swanson – female, late 30s
  • John Dodge – male, late 30s-40s
  • Mechanic – male, late 20s-30s
  • Librarian – female, 50s-60s
  • Tour Guide – female, 20s-30s
  • Male Tourist – male, 30s-40s
  • Female Tourist – female 30s-40s
  • Greg – male, 40s-60s
  • Aunt – female, 40s-50s
  • Sweetheart – female, teens to early 20s
  • Man – male, 20s-30s
  • Freelancer – male, 30s-40s
  • Woman – female, 20s-30s
  • Landscaper – male, 20s-30s
  • Male Doctor – male, 40s-50s
  • Female Doctor – female, 40s-50s
  • Attendant – female, 20s-30s
  • Attendant 2 – female, 20s-30s
  • Janitor Male – male, 30s-50s

Offstage Voices (very likely will be recordings):

  • Cops Radio – female
  • Ground Control (possibly seen on stage) – male
  • Intercom – female
  • Radio Host, Science Show – male
  • Radio Host, Classical Music Show – female

A small sample of the script is available from the publisher for free if you would like to preview how the show reads.  It is available by clicking here.

MVLCT Presents – Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Promo

Twins separated at sea!  Cross-dressing!  Servants and fools in charge!  No one knows how to stage an Upstairs, Downstairs kind of dramedy like William Shakespeare.   Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s summer production of Twelfth Night will be the first of Shakespeare’s plays staged by the local group.  (Julius Caesar was produced by Open Arenas Theatre in Mt. Vernon in 2012.)  A cast and crew of dedicated artists and actors from throughout the cultural corridor will perform at the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center, 221 1st St., Mt. Vernon on July 21-23 at 7:30 PM and on July 24 at 2 PM.  Tickets are $12 and may be reserved by calling 319-535-2030.