• Audition Information for Secret Garden!

    Announcing open auditions for The Secret Garden.

    When: March 7th and 8th at 7pm, callbacks on March 9th

    Where: Playhouse South, 3750 Far Hills Avenue

    Please prepare 32 bars of a classical musical theatre piece, and be prepared to do cold reads from the script. Also please be sure to bring your best British accent as well as all conflicts from March 14th through May 15th.

    The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The musical’s script and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. It premiered on Broadway in 1991 and ran for 709 performances.

    The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is eleven years old. She is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.

    Playhouse South’s production is directed by Matt Kuntzman, with Assistant Director Donna Cason and Musical Direction by Elliot Hetzer.

    Available roles include:
    LILY – Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-D6) Mary’s aunt and Archibald Craven’s wife. Died of a tragic accident within her garden and metaphorically haunts the walls of Misselthwaite Manor.
    MARY LENNOX – Female, 10 (Range: Young Voice, Ab3-D5) A ten year-old girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald, when her parents die from cholera in India. Quite the curious explorer, and often finding herself in trouble. Stubborn and always fighting for what she believes in.
    MRS. MEDLOCK – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Archibald’s housekeeper. As cold as the Misselthwaite Manor.
    DR. NEVILLE CRAVEN – Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4) Archibald’s brother. Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the caretaking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite.
    MARTHA – Female, 18-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano Belt, G3-D5) A faithful housemaid. Grew up near Yorkshire and has the accent to prove it. Although she is from a lower class family, her wisdom is often far beyond her age.
    ARCHIBALD CRAVEN – Male, 35-45 (Range: Baritone, C3-A4) Mary’s uncle and lord of Misselthwaite Manor. He has a hunch-back. Haunted by the past and afraid of the future, he locks himself away both physically and mentally. Mary painfully reminds him too much of his wife, Lily, who died ten years ago.
    BEN WEATHERSTAFF – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible, E3-D#4) Head gardener. Secretly entrusted to take care of the garden after Lily’s death. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He calls himself “an old man.”
    DICKON – Male, 16-25 (Range: Tenor, D3-G4) Martha’s younger brother. Looks after the sick plants and animals within the Misselthwaite grounds—including Mary. He is a young man who is between the world of child imagination and adult reasoning. Befriends Mary and convinces her to take care of the Garden.
    COLIN CRAVEN – Male, 10 (Range: Young Voice, A3-E5) Archibald’s ten year-old son. Spent his life in bed due to a heart condition. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death.
    MRS. WINTHROP – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Headmistress of a private school. Prides herself on nurturing girls with tempers. Mary seems to be more than she can handle.
    ROSE LENNOX – Female, 28-38 (Range: Soprano, A3-D6) Mary’s mother. A “dreamer” from the past who doesn’t understand how her sister Lily could truly love Archibald. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that takes her life.
    CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX – Male, 30-40 (Range: Tenor, D3-A5) Mary’s father. Tries to send Rose out of India during the cholera outbreak.
    ALICE – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Rose’s friend.
    LIEUTENANT WRIGHT – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer in Mary’s father’s unit.
    LIEUTENANT SHAW – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Fellow officer.
    MAJOR SHELLEY – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.
    MRS. SHELLEY – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Shelley’s wife.
    MAJOR HOLMES – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Officer.
    CLAIRE HOLMES – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Major Holmes’ wife.
    FAKIR – Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, C3-B4) Itinerant Hindu ascetic.
    AYAH – Female, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible) Mary’s Indian nanny.

    Show dates will be May 6-8, and 13-15. Contact Matt Kuntzman with any questions at mckuntzman@gmail.com



  • Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

    Open Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

    Monday January 11 and Tuesday January 12 at 7:00pm – Playhouse South located in the Clark Haines Theatre in the Barnes Board of Education building at 3750 Far Hill Ave. Possible callbacks on Wednesday January 13 at 7:00pm.

    Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Some characters speak with a New York or German accent, so please be prepared to speak with the appropriate accent, if asked. Headshots and resumes are encouraged. See below for synopsis and character breakdown.

    SYNOPSIS
    Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by the American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant.

    The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the “Mayflower,” but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

    His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home; and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

    CHARACTERS
    Abby Brewster: A darling lady in her sixties or early seventies who poisons elderly men, Abby is the sister of Martha and
    aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

    Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby
    and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

    Elaine Harper: An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper.
    She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.

    Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. A good-hearted cynic
    who is about to have his world turned upside down.

    Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore
    Roosevelt.

    Officer O’Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

    Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. A bit oversensitive to his “new” appearance.

    Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times,
    with his most recent work resulting in a Boris Karloff resemblance.

    The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine. A bit pompous and protective, very ministerial in his manner.

    Officer Brophy: A flatfoot Brooklyn cop with the usual charm of a police officer.

    Officer Klein: A Brooklyn cop.

    Lieutenant Rooney: A tough and dominating police officer.

    Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.

    Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale
    Sanitarium.

    Performances are March 4th and 5th at 8pm, March 6th at 2pm, March 11th and 12th at 8pm, and March 13th at 2pm. Arsenic and Old Lace is directed by Jim Spencer, with assistant director Sara Bortz.