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For Equity members, Ivoryton Playhouse auditions for ON GOLDEN POND and the LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE will take place at Pearl Studios in NYC on Monday January 23rd and Tuesday January 24th.  Please email nathan@ivorytonplayhouse.org confirming your Equity status and he will respond with an appointment time.

If you would prefer to send a video submission for either of those shows, please send to Casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org

The Legend of Georgia McBride
Ivoryton Playhouse    Ivoryton, CT

Contract
SPT
$650 minimum/week

Personnel:
Executive/Artistic Director: Jacqueline Hubbard*
Associate AD/Director: Todd Underwood*

* present

First Rehearsal: March 21,2023; First Performance: April 6; Close: April 30, 2023, 

Schedule of performances: Wednesday and Sundays – 2pm; Wednesday and Thursday – 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday – 8pm

Audition date:
Monday, January 23, 2023
9:30am – 5:30pm
Lunch 1pm – 2pm

Location:
Pearl Studios, NYC
500 Eighth Ave, Studio 405
New York, NY

Character breakdowns with sides

CASEY: Male Identifying, 20’s, white.
A charismatic and good-looking small-town high school football star turned Elvis impersonator, with the biggest of hearts. He loves his wife ferociously; dreams big, if not always practically; but his charm and optimism are infectious. Married to Jo. He becomes Georgia McBride, his new drag queen persona with Elvis/country/rock and roll roots; a force of nature; sexy, flirtatious, athletic, joyous, and fierce. NOTE: The role requires dancing in heels, lip-syncing, and singing. Playing guitar is a plus.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-CASEY-pg-43.pdf

JO: Female Identifying, African American. She is Casey’s wife.
A hardheaded realist who is prone to being fatalistic, insecure about her appearance, but still a striking young woman. Determined, quick-witted, tough without being bitchy. Loves Casey wholeheartedly; she is his grounding force. Supportive of Casey’s dreams, but aware of their financial hardships, and her newly discovered pregnancy.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-JO-pg-8-9.pdf

MISS TRACY MILLS: Male Identifying or non-binary, 40s-59s, any ethnicity.
A well-seasoned and very gifted Drag Queen, Professional, Confident, and very funny, with a heart of gold. Tracy’s bitchiness is of the harmless variety. Intelligent, kind, protective, resourceful, and nurturing. A natural mentor and drag mother to Casey. She combats strife with a razor wit and a steely determination. Equal parts inspiration and desperation. When she’s not embracing her drag persona, she is Bobby, Eddie’s cousin. NOTE: The role requires dancing in heels and lip-syncing.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-TRACY-pg-13-14.pdf

REXY/JASON: Male Identifying or non-binary, 20s-30s, any ethnicity.

Rexy: Fiery, Combative, Emotional, she’s a sharp-tongued drag queen with a dark past and destructive behavior; a trashy girl who fancies herself the most sophisticated lady in the room. A fellow drag performer of Miss Tracy Mills.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-REXY-pg-57.pdf

Jason: Casey and Jo’s sweet-natured best friend and neighbor. Casey’s high school buddy and now Landlord. A young father, henpecked at home, surprises you with warmth and insight. NOTE: The role requires dancing in heels and lip-syncing.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-JASON-pg-18-top-of-19.pdf

EDDIE: Male Identifying, 50s-60s, any ethnicity.
The no-frills owner of Cleo’s Bar on the beach in Panama City, Florida, and Bobby’s (aka/Miss Tracy) older cousin. Easily flustered, rough around the edges, a walking ulcer, but a huge heart. His curmudgeon exterior shields his open-hearted generosity and empathy. He starts off as the world’s worst emcee but transforms into an amateur showman who secretly loves the spotlight.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-EDDIE-pg-7.pdf


On Golden Pond
Ivoryton Playhouse    Ivoryton, CT

Contract
SPT
$650 minimum/week

Personnel:
Executive/Artistic Director: Jacqueline Hubbard*
Director: Brian Feehan*

* present

First Rehearsal: May 2,2023; First Performance: May 18; Close: June 11, 2023, 

Schedule of performances: Wednesday and Sundays – 2pm; Wednesday and Thursday – 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday – 8pm

Audition date:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
9:30am – 5:30pm
Lunch 1pm -2pm

Location:
Pearl Studios, NYC
500 Eighth Ave, Studio 405
New York, NY

Character breakdown:

Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually with sarcastic humor. A former professor of English, he is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea. CAST

Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is a caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman.  Decisive, loving, and sociable. CAST

Charlie Martin: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents.

Billy Ray: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.  He masks his self-doubt with overconfidence.

Bill Ray: A dentist, Chelsea’s fiancé, and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.  Honest and straightforward, he stands up to Norman.

SIDES:

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Charlie-and-Ethel.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Chelsea-and-Ethel.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Norman-and-Bill.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Norman-and-Billy.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Norman-and-Ethel.pdf

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Actors may send a video submission to: casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org


For Equity members, Ivoryton Playhouse auditions for LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE and ON GOLDEN POND will take place at Pearl Studios in NYC on Monday January 23rd and Tuesday January 24th.  Please email nathan@ivorytonplayhouse.org confirming your Equity status and he will respond with an appointment time. If you would prefer to send a video submission for either of those shows, please send to: Casting@ivorytonplayhouse.org


Ivoryton Playhouse 2023 Season – Plays & Musicals

Schedule for all shows: Wednesday, Sunday matinees; evening performances Wednesday – Saturday (except first week which has Thursday instead of Wednesday matinee and no Wednesday evening,).

Auditions for musicals – prepare 32 bars in the style of the show.

Auditions for plays – sides are available within this posting

There are no auditions currently planned after 01/24/23 – in the event of additional audition dates in future, please bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Our 2023 Season productions are:

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
by Matthew Lopez
Director: Todd Underwood

First rehearsal – 3/21/2023
First performance – 4/6/2023
Close – 4/30/2023

Character breakdowns with sides

CASEY: Male Identifying, 20’s, white.
A charismatic and good-looking small-town high school football star turned Elvis impersonator, with the biggest of hearts. He loves his wife ferociously; dreams big, if not always practically; but his charm and optimism are infectious. Married to Jo. He becomes Georgia McBride, his new drag queen persona with Elvis/country/rock and roll roots; a force of nature; sexy, flirtatious, athletic, joyous, and fierce. NOTE: The role requires dancing in heels, lip-syncing, and singing. Playing guitar is a plus.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-CASEY-pg-43.pdf

JO: Female Identifying, African American. She is Casey’s wife.
A hardheaded realist who is prone to being fatalistic, insecure about her appearance, but still a striking young woman. Determined, quick-witted, tough without being bitchy. Loves Casey wholeheartedly; she is his grounding force. Supportive of Casey’s dreams, but aware of their financial hardships, and her newly discovered pregnancy.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-JO-pg-8-9.pdf

MISS TRACY MILLS: Male Identifying or non-binary, 40s-59s, any ethnicity.
A well-seasoned and very gifted Drag Queen, Professional, Confident, and very funny, with a heart of gold. Tracy’s bitchiness is of the harmless variety. Intelligent, kind, protective, resourceful, and nurturing. A natural mentor and drag mother to Casey. She combats strife with a razor wit and a steely determination. Equal parts inspiration and desperation. When she’s not embracing her drag persona, she is Bobby, Eddie’s cousin. NOTE: The role requires dancing in heels and lip-syncing.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-TRACY-pg-13-14.pdf

REXY/JASON: Male Identifying or non-binary, 20s-30s, any ethnicity.

Rexy: Fiery, Combative, Emotional, she’s a sharp-tongued drag queen with a dark past and destructive behavior; a trashy girl who fancies herself the most sophisticated lady in the room. A fellow drag performer of Miss Tracy Mills.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-REXY-pg-57.pdf

Jason: Casey and Jo’s sweet-natured best friend and neighbor. Casey’s high school buddy and now Landlord. A young father, henpecked at home, surprises you with warmth and insight. NOTE: The role requires dancing in heels and lip-syncing.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-JASON-pg-18-top-of-19.pdf

EDDIE: Male Identifying, 50s-60s, any ethnicity.
The no-frills owner of Cleo’s Bar on the beach in Panama City, Florida, and Bobby’s (aka/Miss Tracy) older cousin. Easily flustered, rough around the edges, a walking ulcer, but a huge heart. His curmudgeon exterior shields his open-hearted generosity and empathy. He starts off as the world’s worst emcee but transforms into an amateur showman who secretly loves the spotlight.

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Georgia-McBride-EDDIE-pg-7.pdf


ON GOLDEN POND
by Ernest Thompson
Director: Brian Feehan

First rehearsal – 5/2/2023
First performance – 5/18/2023
Close – 6/11/2023

Character breakdown:

Norman Thayer, Jr.:  Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually with sarcastic humor. A former professor of English, he is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea. CAST

Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is a caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman.  Decisive, loving, and sociable. CAST

Charlie Martin: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents.

Billy Ray: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.  He masks his self-doubt with overconfidence.

Bill Ray: A dentist, Chelsea’s fiancé, and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.  Honest and straightforward, he stands up to Norman.

SIDES:

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/Charlie-and-Ethel.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Chelsea-and-Ethel.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Norman-and-Bill.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Norman-and-Billy.pdf

https://www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/On-Golden-Pond-Norman-and-Ethel.pdf


THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Director: Jacqueline Hubbard;
Choreographer: Francesca Webster; Musical Director: Mark Ceppetelli

First rehearsal- 6/13/2023
First performance- 6/29/2023
Close – 7/30/2023

Character breakdown
Prepare song in the style of the show

Maria Rainer (Lead): Female, Adult – SopranoCAST
A postulant at Nonnberg Abbey – Maria is a headstrong, free-spirited young woman. She is spunky, opinionated, warm, resourceful, youthful, gentle and kind with much determination. CAST

Captain Georg von Trapp (Lead): Male, Adult – Bass BaritoneCAST
A retired Austrian naval captain. He is a widower. He’s polished, yet very military in the way he runs his life; underneath, he is warm, understanding and determined. Regimented, dignified, commanding, manly, polished, noble, intelligent. CAST

Max Detweiler (Lead): Male, Adult – TenorCAST
A theatrical agent and First Secretary of Education and Culture – a personal friend of Von Trapp and a sort of uncle to his children. He is clever at his job, charming, witty, and quite pushy to get what he wants. He has a humorous personality. He enjoys the good life and those that live the good life. CAST

The Mother Abbess (Lead): Female, Mature Adult – SopranoCAST
The Mother Abbess is an inspirational leader for all the nuns at the Abby. She is a true big-hearted mother figure, loved, adored and respected. She has a bit of hidden spunk. CAST

Baroness Elsa Schraeder (Lead): Female, Adult – Mezzo Soprano
A very wealthy widow, who is president of her late husband’s corporation. Elegant, sophisticated city person. Clever and canny, she has begun a flirtation with Captain Von Trapp. She is very much into making a good social arrangement.
Age to be played as: 30-45; Vocal range: F5 to D4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Good dancing skills

Liesl Von Trapp (Lead): Female, Late Teen – Mezzo Soprano
At age 16, Liesl is the eldest of the Von Trapp siblings. She is innocent, naïve, coy, flirtatious, headstrong and infatuated with Rolf. She is pretty but unsophisticated and tends to think everything is wonderful. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply and lovingly for her younger siblings.
Age to be played as: 16; Vocal range: E5 to B3; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Good dancing skills

Friedrich Von Trapp (Supporting): Male, Early Teen – Tenor
Frederich is 14 and is proud to be a boy. He has a tough exterior and is very much trying to be “the man” of the family; desperately needs his father.
Age to be played as: 14; Vocal range: G5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Louisa Von Trapp (Supporting): Female, Early Teen – Mezzo Soprano
Louisa is 13, clever, and full of mischief. She is the master of pranks and enjoys pulling them on others. She is quite a tomboy, has a rebellious attitude, and misses her mother a great deal.
Age to be played as: 13; Vocal range: G5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Kurt Von Trapp (Supporting): Male, Child – Countertenor/falsetto
Kurt is 10. He wants to be 11 and introduces himself as “11-almost”. He is the second boy and the middle of the children. He often tries to act manly and is outspoken against the previous governesses. He is gentle and a peacemaker.
Age to be played as: 10; Vocal range: G5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Falsetto, Yodeling, Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Brigitta Von Trapp (Supporting): Female, Child – Mezzo Soprano
Brigitta is 9. She is smart as a whip, very perceptive and always tells the truth whether you like it or not. She’s an avid reader and suspicious of “Uncle Max”.
Age to be played as: 9; Vocal range: G5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Marta Von Trapp (Supporting): Female, Child – Mezzo Soprano
Marta is 7. She is one of the quietest Von Trapps. She loves the color pink, is very inquisitive, smart,gentle. Age to be played as: 7; Vocal range: G5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Gretl Von Trapp (Supporting): Female, Child – Mezzo Soprano
Gretl is 5. She is the youngest Von Trapp. She is very quiet when first introduced by her father. She is sweet, loving and wants attention. She must have the cute, adorable and endearing factor.
Age to be played as: 5; Vocal range: G5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Rolf Gruber (Supporting): Male, Late Teen – Baritone
Rolf is 17 and is the telegram delivery boy friend of Liesl. He is self important, boasting, a very pleasant young man, and somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way. Rolf has Hitler as his paternal role model and the Nazi regime as a future goal. He seems to know an enormous amount of what is going on because of his job and seems to relish his spying tactics.
Age to be played as: 17; Vocal range: E5 to C4; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Good dancing skills

Sister Berthe (Supporting): Female, Adult/Mature – Mezzo Soprano
A nun who is the Mistress of Novices. She does not think that headstrong, freespirited postulants belong at the Abby. She is a no nonsense type, officious and very strict. She is not a supporter of Maria. She is a killjoy, self-righteous,straight-laced, prim and a bit of a prude.
Age to be played as: 30+; Vocal range: E5 to C4; Dancing: Must be able to move

Sister Margaretta (Supporting): Female, Young Adult/Adult – Mezzo Soprano
A nun who is the Mistress of Postulants. She is kind and understanding. A supporter of Maria. She is positive, encouraging, concerned and has a sense of humor.
Age to be played as: 20+; Vocal range: E5 to B3; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Sister Sophia (Featured): Female, Adult – Mezzo Soprano
Sister Sophia is a nun who always stays in line. She is very dutiful and kind. She would rather take the middle road to avoid controversy.
Age to be played: 30+; Vocal range: E5 to B3; Vocal Technique: Legit; Dancing: Must be able to move

Franz (Featured): Male, Adult/Mature Adult – Non-singing
Originally a sort of protector to Captain Von Trapp in the Navy, he is now retired into his position as valet, which he carries out with somber efficiency. He is humorless and appears harmless but underneath we discover he is secretly plotting with the Nazi party Anschluss.
Age to be played: 30+; Voice: Spoken; Dancing: Non dancer

Frau Schmidt (Featured): Female, Mature Adult – Non-singing
The Von Trapp family housekeeper, Frau Schmidt does her job efficiently but without affection. She is strong and somewhat dominating. She has been around a long time and hates the way she is treated with whistles by the Baron. It affects her dignity. She appears to be a thoroughly reliable member of the staff and respected by all.
Age to be played: 40+; Voice: Spoken; Dancing: Non dancer

Herr Zeller (Featured): Male, Adult – Non-singing
A sort of district governor appointed by the Nazi Regime to prepare the Anschluss. He is overbearing, arrogant and autocratic, self-important and pompous. Stern and unsmiling, a typical Nazi official whose primary concern is to see that everyone toes the line.
Age to be played: 40; Voice: Spoken; Dancing: Non dancer

Baron Elberfeld (Featured): Male, Adult – Non-singing
A neighbor of the Von Trapps and one of the “Old Guards” of Austria – violently opposed to the takeover of his beloved country by Nazi Germany. Can double with other roles in the ensemble. The baron attends the ball thrown by Captain Von Trapp in Elsa’s honor.
Age to be played: 30+; Voice: Spoken; Dancing: Must be able to move

Baroness Elberfeld (Featured): Female, Adult – Non-singing
A neighbor of Captain Von Trapp and wife to the Baron Elberfeld.
Age to be played: 30+;Voice: Spoken;Dancing: Must be able to move

Admiral Von Schreiber (Featured): Male, Adult – Non-singing
An important figure in the Austrian Navy and appears to be much respected by Captain Von Trapp. He has obviously agreed to be part of the new regime with Germany. He arrives to collect Captain Von Trapp and bring him to Berlin.
Age to be played: 30+; Voice: Spoken; Dancing: Non dancer


JERSEY BOYS
by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music by Bob Gaudio. Lyrics by Bob Crewe

Director/Choreographer – Todd Underwood. Musical Director – Michael Morris

First rehearsal- 7/25/2023
First performance- 8/10/2023
Close – 9/10/2023

Character Breakdown
Prepare song in the style of the show

Frankie Valli– a strong tenor with sweet and strong falsetto and be able to sing in the style of Frankie Valli; strong tenor to high A or Bb plus strong falsetto up to treble G; charismatic and charming; must be a very strong actor (comfortable with narrative text) and have a gritty side as well as a polished veneer;must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies.

Nick Massi- a strong bass/baritone voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; a quiet dreamer who longs for life after The Four Seasons.

Bob Gaudio- a strong tenor/baritone voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; an intelligent, sensitive, and introspective musical prodigy.

Tommy DeVito- a strong tenor/baritenor voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; ability to play guitar a very strong plus; a natural-born leader with an appealing, bad-boy quality.

Joe Pesci- young, energetic; must be a good actor and a strong singer.

Bob Crewe- intelligent and flamboyant; genius music producer and lyricist; an integral part of creating the magic of The Four Seasons.

Gyp DeCarlo- tough, mafioso type; must be a good actor and strong singer.

Mary Delgado- a strong singer, actor, and dancer; Frankie’s wife; tough, “seen it all,” Italian, Jersey girl; she’s got a killer sense of humor; actor also plays a variety of other roles, including member of a 60s style girl group; strong belt useful; high straight tone soprano also useful but not required.

Lorraine and Francie- versatile actress, singer, and dancer with flexible vocal registers to play a variety of roles (the many girlfriends of The Four Seasons, etc); should fit well together a la 60s band Shangri-las and be believable as “tough-as-nails” Jersey girls; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must have strong belt.


THE COLOR PURPLE
by Marsha Norman. Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray

Director/Choreographer – Todd Underwood. Musical Director  – Nygel D. Robinson

First rehearsal – 9/12/2023
First performance – 9/28/2023
Close – 10/22/2023

Character Breakdown
Prepare song in the style of the show

Celie: (African-American, 20s-early 30s): Drives the story. Vulnerable, spirited, introverted, mischievous, seemingly passive but really not, has a deep, hard soul, believes that she is ugly, has a sense of humor which is sometimes wicked. She is an observer. Needs a great belt singing voice with lots of soul.

Shug: (African-American, 30s-40s): A popular singer, we meet her at death’s door. Attractive, confident, dynamic, powerful, irresistible, but has a frailty, like a wounded animal. Her vulnerability is shocking later on. She is loved by both Celie and Mister. Needs a knockout, Bessie Smith-style, bluesy singing voice.

Mister: (African-American, 30s-40s. Also known as ALBERT): Like Celie, a deep well. Handsome, big, masculine, strong presence, dominating, capable of brutal behavior but also a victim in his own way. Gets his power for free. Married to Celie, he abuses her. He is in love with Shug. He transforms into a kind man by the end of the story. Needs a great singing voice.

Sofia: (African-American, 30s): Powerful warrior woman. Physically bigger but beautiful. Comfortable being large, great sense of humor, touching, vulnerable. Married to Harpo, she does not let anyone mistreat her. Needs comic chops. Needs a great belt singing voice.

Harpo: (African-American, 20s): Mister’s vulnerable, confused, good-hearted son. Represents the new generation. He marries the independent Sofia. He spends much time trying to get Sofia to obey him the way Celie obeys his father, but he is unsuccessful, as Sofia is considerably stronger than he is. Harpo eventually establishes a juke joint in his first house and becomes Squeak’s lover. Later, he and Sofia reconcile. Through his love of Sofia, he learns how to love a woman. Needs a great tenor singing voice.

Nettie: (African-American, 20s): Celie’s younger sister. Attractive, adventuresome, feisty spirit, maternal, more educated and knowledgeable than Celie. She has a powerful bond with Celie. Forced by Mister to leave Celie, she starts a new life in Africa. Needs a great belt singing voice with African influence.

Squeak: (African-American, 20s): Harpo’s lover after Sofia leaves him. Although she is mistreated, she eventually undergoes a transformation, demanding to be called by her actual name, Mary Agnes, and starting a new life. She is of mixed ancestry. Attractive, sassy, fiery, strong-willed, unafraid to take anybody on, has a caring heart. Needs comic chops. Needs a great singing voice with belt and soprano capability.

Ensemble Adult Singers: Males and females, 20s – 50s, African-American. All types and singing ranges. Need fantastic singing voices and dynamic personalities to play various roles in the ensemble. The ensemble includes a trio known as Church Ladies, busybody types who are featured throughout the show.

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Announcing our 2023 Season!

On April 6, 2023, Ivoryton Playhouse opens its doors for a stellar new season – a year full of exciting, uplifting and affordable professional theatre. Musicals for families and romantics, stories of challenges overcome and evenings that are just plain fun, our 2023 Season has a little bit of everything and something extra!  A great melting pot of a season in a theatre that feels like home.

The season opens on April 6, 2023 with a big hearted, music-filled comedy. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE by Matthew Lopez is a wildly entertaining story filled with drag queens and an Elvis impersonator, snappy zingers and dance worthy numbers. A show that will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.  

Ernest Thompsons’s charming and nostalgic play, ON GOLDEN POND will open on May 18, 2023. The movie was a big hit for one of the Playhouse’s most famous alums – Katharine Hepburn – and the play is a beautifully crafted love story about generations of a family struggling to show affection for each other. Heartwarming and hilarious, this is a play filled magic and memorable moments. 

The summer opens on June 29, 2023 with one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC. The glorious melodies and timeless tale of Maria and the Von Trapps makes this the perfect musical for the whole family. Featuring Ivoryton favorites, last seen together in SOUTH PACIFIC, David Pittsinger, Patricia Schuman, Adrianne Hick and Bruce Connelly. You don’t need to “Climb Every Mountain” to see this show, but you better get your tickets early! 

JERSEY BOYS, the international musical phenomenon, opens in Ivoryton on August 10, 2023.  Come peek behind the scenes – and behind the music – of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Filled with all of their greatest hits, “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and so many more. No wonder that, for over 15 years, America’s favorite musical is the one about the boys from Jersey. 

THE COLOR PURPLE, which opens on September 28, 2023, is an inspiring saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds strength to triumph over adversity and discover her voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. 

The Playhouse Holiday Show  will round off the season, opening on November 16, 2023. At this time, the title is still a secret but we are hoping to be able to announce it by the end of this year. We will be taking a long winter’s nap to get ready for this sensational season but you can purchase gift certificates and subscriptions now. Subscriptions are a great way to save money as single ticket prices will be going up for our three summer musicals. Six and three play subscriptions are available. Single tickets will go on sale March 1, 2023.   

Visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org or call (860) 767 7318 for the latest ticket information.

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Women Playwrights Festival 2022

DATE:  Saturday, October 29, 2022

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 

2:00pm Two Play Performance and Talk Backs
RECONSTRUCTION by Barbara Kimmel
AT THE HOTEL TEXAS by Laurie Graff

4:00pm League of Professional Theatre Women Discussion and Conversation “Rebuilding Theatre with Greater Relevance”

5:00pm Boxed dinners prepared by Ani’s Table delivered – please place orders in advance. Details below. Menu here

6:00pm Social hour in the Playhouse tent – cash bar open serving red and white wine, prosecco, beer and soft drinks

7:00pm Two Play Performance and Talk Backs
HOW TO TIE A TIE by Brittney S. Harris
SCRAMBLED EGGS by Karly Thomas

EACH TICKET INCLUDES BOTH PERFORMANCE TIMES (FOR ALL PLAYS):

$30 adult / $25 senior / $20 LPTW / $10 student. Call 860.767.7318 to book tickets
or follow this link to purchase online

Boxed dinners are available to order (click here) in advance only.  Please call Sue McCann 860.767.7318 to discuss, confirm and pay for your order.

PLAY AND PLAYWRIGHT INFORMATION

2:00PM:  AT THE HOTEL TEXAS by Laurie Graff
Laurie Graff is writer and actor from NYC. Best known for the chick-lit hit, You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs, Laurie has also written the novels Looking for Mr. Goodfrog and The Shiksa Syndrome.   A produced and published OOB playwright, Laurie’s work is included in New Monologues for Women by Women and Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 1999.  Having worked for years as an actress, Laurie’s favorite theatrical role was Frenchy in the Broadway hit Grease.

This play takes place late morning on Friday, November 22, 1963 and follows two sisters, Opal, a chambermaid, and Lottie, a waitress, working and scheming and sharing their plans as they work at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth.

RECONSTRUCTION by Barbara Kimmel
Barbara Kimmel is an Atlanta-based playwright and children’s author. Her plays are humorous takes on women’s struggles to find their voices and be heard. They have been produced in New York, London, Chicago, and Atlanta. She is a member of Working Title Playwrights and lives in Atlanta with her husband, playwright Hank Kimmel.

A woman faces breast cancer while her house is falling apart. Both require immediate attention. She struggles with anxiety and a dizzying amount of information as the decision-making processes become absurdly intertwined.

7:00PM HOW TO TIE A TIE by Brittney S. Harris
Brittney S. Harris, a native of Norfolk, VA, has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia and is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise and interests are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, and performative community-engaged programming.  Brittney’s work is included in Best Women’s Monologues 2021 Anthology.

The play is set in present day and takes place in the sanctuary of a church. Charles Walker, a black man in his 40s and his wife, Grace, are getting ready for their daughter’s wedding. The play addresses the themes of non-traditional marriage in the past and present.

SCRAMBLED EGGS by Karly Thomas
Karly Thomas is a New York based playwright, originally from San Juan Capistrano, CA. Her work has been produced by the University of Michigan, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and the OC-Centric New Play Festival, as well as developed by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Awards include the Kasdan Scholarship for Creative Writing, the Kennedy Center’s National Undergraduate Playwriting Award, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Richard Benvenuto Playwriting Award.  Member of the Playwrights’ Center and the Dramatists Guild

A brunch-time gathering in a chic, Manhattan hotspot; an eclectic mix of characters including maybe Sarah Jessica Parker; a celebration or a commiseration? This play deals with our complicated relationships with families and abortion

Call 860.767.7318 to book tickets or follow this link to purchase online

Please call Sue McCann (860.767.7318) if you would like to book a boxed dinner to be delivered at 5pm.  The menu for the boxed dinners:

THANK YOU:  Funded in part by a grant from Community Foundation of Middlesex County / Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls and the League of Professional Theatre Women Connecticut Chapter.Plus individual donations from:  Anonymous, Jacqueline Hubbard, Al and Kathleen Jaffe, David and Linda May

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The Great American Novel on Stage at Ivoryton Playhouse

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

No book has captured the essence of America in the 1920s with such damning insight as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, opening on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Thursday, September 29th. An American classic and a brilliantly evocative work, THE GREAT GATSBY is often referred to as “The Great American Novel”. First published in 1925, this quintessential story of the Jazz Age sold no more than 25,000 copies in Fitzgerald’s lifetime. It has now sold over 25 million copies and is treasured by generations of readers.

The story tells of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan; of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. Simon Levy’s beautifully crafted play captures the disillusionment as well as the decadent excess of the 1920s.

The play was originally scheduled to be produced in May of 2020 and most of the cast have been patiently waiting in the wings since then. The play is directed Playhouse Associate Artistic Director, Todd Underwood. Gatsby has long been a favorite of his and he is delighted finally to be able to put it up on stage in Ivoryton. “This is the story of the American Dream and the lengths we will go to attain it. Love is at the crux of that dream and so, of course, we are blind to the consequences of our actions.” The cast includes Carlyn Connolly* (Cabaret) as Jordan, Joseph Cordaro (Brighton Beach Memoirs)as Nickand Siobhan Fitzgerald* (I Ought To Be In Pictures; Shear Madness) as Myrtle. Making their Ivoryton debut are Gabe Belyeu* as Wolfscheim/Ens., Greg Brostrum* as Tom, Rebecca Ellis as Mrs. McKee/Ens, Erik Kochenberger as Jay Gatsby, Daniel Rios, Jr.* as George Wilson and Katharina Schmidt as Daisy.

THE GREAT GATSBY runs through Sunday, October 23rd, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm. Sunday, October 23rd is a special performance and Gala at 3pm.

Our patio bar will now be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a relaxing drink before the show.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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COVID Protocol as of September 19, 2022:  It is no longer necessary to present evidence of vaccination prior to admittance into Ivoryton Playhouse. Masks are not required, but are encouraged. The Playhouse will consider any future guidance from the CDC and the State of Connecticut to determine if changes to our Covid protocol are necessary.

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AUGUST CABARETS!

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Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

This Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

“Wildly infectious!” – New York Daily News

“To the baby-boom generation, the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are as sacrosanct as George Gershwin is to their parents.” – The New York Times

Ticket prices:  $55 adult; $50 senior; $25 student of all ages

Our patio bar will be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a drink before the show.

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

June 30th – July 31st, 2022

The music is hot and the jive is jumpin’ all summer long at the Ivoryton Playhouse! Our doors are now open to the glorious sounds of the 50s and 60s with SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. This Grammy Award-winning and Tony nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue.

Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including show-stopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Coasters, and the Drifters.

In the 1950s, the rhythm and blues of the black entertainment world, up to then restricted to black clubs, was increasing its audience-share in areas previously reserved for traditional pop music, and the phenomenon now known as “crossover” became apparent. Leiber and Stoller were trailblazers in this genre when, in 1957, they wrote and produced the hit by The Coasters, “Young Blood”/”Searchin'”. In all, Leiber and Stoller wrote or co-wrote over 70 chart hits. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller  is directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director, Todd Underwood and  the creative team includes musical direction by Michael Morris; costume design by Elizabeth Saylor; set design by Cully Long and lighting design by Marcus Abbott.

This stellar cast comes to Ivoryton from as far away as Texas and as close as New York City and includes Joseph Castro, Elvie Ellis, Debra Thais Evans*, Tiffany Frances*, Cameron Loyal, Sandra Marante*,  Warren Nolan*, Gabriella Saramago, and Cartreze Tucker*            

Join the neighborhood gang as they recall love won, lost, and imagined. Whether it is your first time hearing these glorious songs, or whether it takes you on a trip down memory lane, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE will have you shimmying in the aisle.

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller runs through Sunday, July 31st, 2022. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm; evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

This season, the Playhouse is back to full capacity for the first time in two years, yet the safety of our audience remains our primary concern. Masks are optional with proof of vaccination and required for those without a vaccination card.

Our patio bar will now be open from 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights before the show where we will be serving red and white wine, rose, prosecco and beer. Cash and credit cards accepted. Come early to the Playhouse and enjoy a relaxing drink before the show.

SixTix on Thursdays returns this season – half price tickets at the door after 6pm. Call ahead to check availability.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at ivorytonplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 860.767.7318. (For information on group rates, please call the box office.) For more information on the entire 2022 season, visit ivorytonplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*Denotes a member of Actors Equity

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Visit Ivoryton Playhouse tomorrow from 10am – 1pm for Connecticut Open House Day. There will be tours, a display of memorabilia and a chance to win a 2022 season t-shirt. Stop by and see Jim or Steve and make yourself a part of our history.

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