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Equity & Non-Equity Auditions for “The Marvelous Wonderettes” at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton, CT:  The Ivoryton Playhouse will be holding local Equity and non-Equity auditions for the Fall musical production “The Marvelous Wonderettes” by Roger Bean on Tuesday, August 16th from noon – 8pm at the Rehearsal Studio, 24 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409.

Looking for 4 actresses/singers ages 28 – 35 should possess strong voices with a wide vocal range. Must have great sense of comedy, be able to move well with strong sight reading and harmonizing capabilities.

Auditions are by appointment and actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a song in the style of the show and a short comic monologue.

1st rehearsal: September 13th, 2011. Runs: September 28 – October 16, 2011.  Matinees:  Wednesday, Sunday. Evenings: Wednesday through Saturday.

For audition appointments, call 860-767-7318

Theatre’s mailing address:  Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton CT  06442.

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Resident Stage Manager T. Rick Jones writes….

Good Lord! Is that a Cub Scout Bass I see??

Among the many instruments in our upcoming production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is quite a special piece.  It belongs to David Lutken who, apart from being our co-director, is also one of the talented performers in the show.  His older brother, Peter, was a Cub Scout in Dallas, Texas (and his mom was a Den Mother) when he crafted the instrument from a packing crate at the age of 8 (circa 1958).  It was stored in David and Peter’s parents’ garage for years afterward.  In 1998, David was helping his folks clean out the garage in preparation for their move to a new home and he rescued this unique instrument from a trash pile.  He gave the bass some new strings and replaced some of the hardware and it’s good as new! Dubbed the “Cub Scout Bass” or simply the “Box Bass”, Helen Jean Russell will be playing it onstage at the Playhouse for 6 performances a week starting August 10!

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This is one hot summer at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  Having just closed a smash-hit run of The Producers, we are now rehearsing, building and promoting Ring of Fire:  The Music of Johnny Cash – another musical sure to please crowds throughout Connecticut.

Ring of Fire opens August 10

Opening August 10, Ring of Fire is a celebration of the life and music of Johnny Cash.

The musical takes for its marquee the title of one of the hit tunes of American singer-songwriter Cash. But the show, conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby Jr., drawing on a cache of Cash songs, is not a biography of The Man in Black.

The cast of Ring of Fire

In 38 musical numbers, a mosaic of American experience is pieced together in Ring of Fire, the creators say. There’s a scene about keeping the love fires burning in middle age (“While I’ve Got It On My Mind”), there’s a scene with generations of a family sharing a meal (and sharing music) in “Daddy Sang Bass,” there’s the second-act opener about life travels (“I’ve Been Everywhere”), even a section with a chain gang (“Folsom Prison Blues”).

Maltby said, “It’s about home and family and getting together and loving somebody and having a backyard and generations living together, it’s about what holds you together in the face of a hard life, it’s about the really basic family values.”

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

The show’s song list includes Cash’s “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “The Man in Black,” and his final hit, “Hurt.”

David Lutken* , just back from London’s West End where he had a terrific run with his new show Woody Sez, about the legendary Woody Guthrie, directs and appears in this production. David was a member of the original Broadway company of Ring of Fire. Staging and choreography is by Sherry Stregack and musical direction by Eric Anthony*. Cast includes John Rochette*, who was seen last summer at the Playhouse in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Finian’s Rainbow, Scott Sowers*, Helen Russell*, Deb Lyons*, Megan Loomis*, Michael Hicks*, Jon Brown* and Eric Anthony*.

Ring of Fire  opens on August 10th  and runs thru September 4th  for 4 weeks. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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