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Auditions for The Addams Family

Contact: Deb Bly

Seneca Community Players

E-mail: blydeb@icloud.com

Phone: 516-330- 8916

Seneca Falls, NY – May 16, 2017 – Auditions for The Addams Family Musical

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Seneca Community Players announce auditions for The Addams Family Musical to be held on June 12th & 13th (Monday and Tuesday), at the Partridge Building, 115 Fall Street, lower level, Seneca Falls, NY, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Production dates of The Addams Family, are Thursday, August 10 through Sunday August 13 with both a matinee and evening show on Saturday. The Addams Family direction team includes Director Deb Bly, Musical Director Eric Koepke and Choreographer Pam Bryan.

The Addams Family, with music and lyrics by Adam Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is based on The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Numerous film and television adaptations of Addams cartoons exist, but the musical, which is the first stage show based on the characters, is based upon the cartoons rather than the television and film characters. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2010. The original cast featured Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.

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Roles sought for The Addams Family are:

Gomez Addams (Lead): Male Actor to play 45-55 years old, strong baritone base vocals, good comedic timing, should be able to move well.

A man of Spanish descent, who adores his wife, takes great pride in his children, and is immensely proud to be an Addams. He finds himself caught between his daughter and his wife he feels completely trapped and unable to make either happy, which is his greatest joy.

Morticia Addams (Lead): Female Actress to play 40-50 years old, strong mezzo-soprano alto vocals, strong dancer or moves very well, easy comedic actress.

Attractive, sexy and leggy, the real head of the family and the moving force behind it. She feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out.

Wednesday Addams (Lead): Female Actress to play 18-20 years old, strong soprano mezzo-soprano pop belt vocals, should be able to move well.

Wednesday is an attractive girl, gothic in a sexy way, witty with a terrifically dry sense of humor. She just wants her family to be “normal” for one night to meet the parents of the boy she’s fallen in love with.

Puglsey Addams (Supporting): Male Actor to play 13-15 years old, strong unchanged voice tenor vocals, height requirement under 5’5”.

A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands.

Uncle Fester (Supporting): Male Actor to play 40-60 old, tenor baritone vocals, vaudeville style comedian.

The androgynous family member who serves as the musical’s narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence and totally incorrigible.

Grandma (Supporting): Female Actress to play 102 years old, soprano alto vocals, character actress.

She is ancient, good-natured, easily led, fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma.

Lurch (Supporting): Male Actor to play undetermined age, low bass vocals, VERY TALL (could wear lifts).

The Addams’ butler who knows all. He speaks in half speed and only in moans and groans, he moves very slowly. He sings solo in an ensemble song.

Lucas Beineke (Supporting): Male Actor who can play 19-21 years old, tenor baritone contemporary pop vocals.

Attractive, in shape young man. In love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love.

Mal Beineke (Supporting): Male Actor to play 45-55 years old, baritone tenor vocals.

Lucas’ straight laced father from Ohio, “normal” and set in his ways, he wants nothing to do with the Addams Family.

Alice Beineki (Supporting): Female Actress to play 40-50 years old, strong high soprano vocals, strong comedic actress.

Lucas’ mother, sweet and innocent with a friendly, though nervous demeanor, she is trying to make the best of the situation.

The Addams Ancestors (Ensemble): 6-8 total, Male and female Strong contemporary dancers or can move very well who also sing, able to hold tight harmonies.

Very important to the cast, the ancestors are seen often, have lines and some vocal solo lines. They have a fun, quirky sensibility. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus.

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For Auditions:

Be prepared to sing a song of your choosing (an accompanist will be available).

You will also be asked to perform, in a group, a simple dance step which you will learn at auditions. You will also read from the script.

A commitment of eight weeks is asked by those cast in the show. Prior commitments will be asked for at the time of auditions. Directors will try to accommodate prior commitments to the best of their ability.

If you are unable to make either day of the auditions, contact Deb Bly to make other arrangements.

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE GOOD DOCTOR

Cast Announced for The Good Doctor

Seneca Falls, NY: Seneca Community Players is proud to announce casting for The Good Doctor, directed by Seneca Community Player’s Director, Eric J, Jansen. The cast features Chris Boulter (Seneca Falls), John King (Waterloo), Joanne Saracino (Phelps), Maria Coleman (Auburn), Dawn Jansen (Clifton Springs), Pam Bryan (Waterloo), Peter Saracino (Phelps) and Jim Porto (Seneca Falls). The Good Doctor begins performances on Saturday, June 3, 2017, and runs at the 115 Fall Street “Partridge Building” (Lower level), Seneca Falls theater through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

“The Good Doctor” is Neil Simon’s heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into laugh-out- loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun. The show is set in Russia and Simon transformed the short stories into comedies. He wrote this show after his first wife, Joan died suddenly. One of the scenes in the show is very touching and is called, “Too Late for Happiness,” with Joanne Saracino and Chris Boulter capturing the pathos Simon felt at this point in his life. The title of the play refers to Chekhov who was a doctor in real life. The cast of characters includes a writer, a blustering general, a lady of the night, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a man who earns money by “drowning,” a novice dentist, and an overeager actress. “The Good Doctor” opened on Broadway’s Eugene O’Neil Theatre in November 1973 with Christopher Plummer heading the cast and ran for 208 performances. The show has 12 scenes and 8 performers.

Performed as a “Staged Reading” the play relies on the voices of the cast to tell the various stories and create the pictures in the minds of the audience. Director Eric Jansen has assembled a talented cast of veteran actors to take on this, perhaps most challenging form of theatre. Rooted in ancient times, oral storytelling is an intimate tradition between the storyteller and their audience. So, it is that the cast with only the power and skill of their voices takes the humor and wit of 19 th Century Author Anton Chekhov and sprinkles it with Neil Simon’s laughter and sarcasm in order to serve up a wonderful night of theatre.

SENECA COMMUNITY PLAYERS AUDITIONS DATE CHANGED

Auditions Date Changed

SENECA FALLS, NY, April 24, 2017 ———— Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for the upcoming staged reading of Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor.  This hilarious play is set to be presented at 115 Fall Street (Lower Level) with performances late May/early June.  

The Good Doctor is a Broadway hit offering a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a feisty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. Let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.  

The play will be presented as a staged reading.  A stage reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, use the tone and inflection of their voices to convey the work.  This allows the audience to see the action in all of its beauty in their mind’s eye unconstrained by the vision of the director.  Staged reading is often felt to be the type of theater truest to the sense intended by the plays author.

The cast includes roles for five actors, three men and two women with the ability to play ages 19-80.  Auditions will include selected readings from the script and short improv. There will be limited rehearsals and time commitment.   Auditions will be held at 115 Fall Street, Lower Level on April 30, and May 1 at 7pm.  

To learn more about this production, please contact Eric Jansen, Director. (585) 202-9143 ejjansen@msn.com.

Seneca Community Players Announce Auditions For Readers Theatre

Seneca Community Players Announce Auditions For Readers Theatre

Seneca Falls, NY, April 1, 2017 On Saturday April 8 at 6pm,  Seneca Community Players will hold auditions for a Staged Reading of Neil Simon’s play, The Good Doctor,

The Good Doctor is a play consisting of several “short plays” inspired by the short stories of writer Anton Chekhov.  It follows the trials and tribulations of an un-named writer who is suffering a bout of writer’s block, as he narrates his series of short stories to the audience.

No memorization is required, as actors will read from the script during the performance.  Parts are available for both men & women of all ages. Staged readings are a unique opportunity for actors and directors to experience interpreting new and old plays in a story-telling atmosphere.

There will be no charge for performances of The Good Doctor which will be on May 6th at 7:30PM, and May 7th at 2PM, at 115 Fall Street, lower level.  Each performance will be followed by a Q&A talkback session with the actors and director.   Craig Simmons, who has previously been seen as Boolie in SCP’s Driving Miss Daisy, and Doctor Prentice in What The Butler Saw, will be directing.

Auditions will begin promptly at 6pm, April 8 at 115 Fall Street, lower level, in Seneca Falls.

Please feel free to contact the director with questions or further details about this production at 585-402-5093, or by email at spazmansimmons@yahoo.com.

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