Ivoryton Playhouse 2024 Season Local Auditions

IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE Local Audition Notice

2024 Season – Plays and Musicals – Casting Breakdown

Local Season Auditions by appointment in CT
Ivoryton Playhouse – Ivoryton, CT
SPT 6 – Minimum Salary – $650

Executive Director: Jacqueline Hubbard
Executive Producer: Ben Hope
Managing Director: Krista May

All Shows performance schedule: Wednesdays 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm, and Sundays 2 pm

Local auditions:

Sunday, January 21, 2024
11 am – 7 pm
(break 2 – 3)

Monday, January 22, 2024
11 am – 7 pm
(Break 2 – 3)

Location: Ivoryton Playhouse – 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442

ivorytonplayhouse.org

Scheduling an appointment:

  • Links to sign up online:

Click here to sign up for an audition time for: Sunday, January 21st

Click here to sign up for an audition time for: Monday, January 22nd

  • For additional information, email Ben at ben@ivorytonplayhouse.org
  • Call 860.767.9520 ext. 207, Monday to Friday, 9 am – 4 pm

For Musicals:

  • Prepare 32 bars in the style of the show; accompanist provided

For Plays:

  • Sides for each character for ALABAMA STORY are available in the character breakdown below. All sides for ALABAMA STORY are available here: ALABAMA STORY SIDES

*Please bring a picture and resume stapled together

**Ivoryton Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Ivoryton Playhouse’s goal is to ensure that our productions and production teams reflect a multi-racial society that includes actors and stage managers with disabilities. Our casting process includes a flexible and imaginative casting policy for the purpose of increasing employment for actors and stage managers of color, women, seniors, and actors and stage managers with disabilities.


2024 SEASON:

Everly: The Music of the Everly Brothers
by Eric Anthony and Ben Hope

Director: Ben Hope
Music Director: Eric Anthony

First Rehearsal – March 26th, 2024
Opening date – April 4th, 2024
Closing – April 21st, 2024

Character Breakdown:

PERFORMER 1 (A – G#): Male identifying, any age, any ethnicity.
A charismatic, charming storyteller with a keen sense of vocal harmony and baritone/tenor range. Advanced guitar skills are required.

PERFORMER 2 (A-Bb): Male identifying, any age, any ethnicity.
A warm presence and a good sense of humor with a keen sense of harmony and a tenor range. Advanced guitar skills are required.

(All roles have been cast)


Swingtime Canteen
by Linda Thorsen Bond, William Repicci, and Charles Busch

Director/MD – Amy Jones

First Rehearsal – April 30th, 2024
Opening date – May 16th, 2024
Closing – June 9th, 2024

Character Breakdown:

MARIANAMES (Eb3-Eb5) – A lovely, classic leading lady of the silver screen who is slightly past her prime. Elegant, gracious, and maternal, Marian is a strong leader with a healthy dose of wry humor.

JO STERLING (F3-C4) – A good-natured gal and everyone’s best friend. She’s warm, sensitive, brainy, and ready with a snappy wisecrack on every occasion. (Drums)

KATIE GAMMERSFLUGEL (G3-Eb5) – A young, small-town girl. Enthusiastic and highly emotional. 

TOPEKA ABOTELLI (F3-Eb5) – A rough-edged housewife and mom. A super-patriot who works as a riveter in a war plant. A zany, warmhearted woman with an antic energy. (Piano)

LILLY MCBAIN (G3-C#5) – Gorgeous, ambitious, and tough as nails. A survivor who masks her vulnerability with a cynical veneer. (Alto Sax, Banjo & Guitar)

THREE WOMEN SIDE MUSICIANS

ELEANOR FUCHS: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone & Tenor Saxophone

MURIEL KRAVIS: Trumpet

JEANNIE PIELMEIER: Bass


Mystic Pizza
by Sandy Ruskin

Director/Choreographer – Brian Feehan
Music Director – Michael M. Morris

First Rehearsal – June 11th, 2024
Opening Date – June 27th, 2024
Closing – July 28th, 2024

Character Breakdown:

JOSEPHINA BARBOZA (JO/JOJO) – Female Identifying, 19, Any Ethnicity. The daughter of immigrants. She is vibrant, fast-talking, emotional, curious, ambitious, always up for a laugh, and loyal.

DAISY ARUJO – Female Identifying, 19, Any Ethnicity. The daughter of immigrants. A perfect combination of insecurity and arrogance: the seductive life of the party when she needs to be, an introspective dreamer when she doesn’t. A pain in her mother’s ass.

KATHERINE (KAT) ARUJO – Female Identifying, 18, Any Ethnicity. The daughter of immigrants. Daisy’s kid sister. The apple of her mother’s eye. A goofy, playful, desperate romantic, and aspiring astronomer on the cusp of the rest of her life.

LEONA SILVA – Female Identifying, 50+ (nearing retirement), Any Ethnicity. The immigrant owner of Mystic Pizza and guardian of the “Mystic Pizza” special sauce. A sarcastic, wry, yet loving mother figure for Jo, Daisy, and Kat.

BILL MONTIJO – Male Identifying, 20, Any Ethnicity. The son of immigrants. A burly yet warm, sensitive lobsterman and lead singer/guitarist in The Lobster Rolls – the local town band, who wants nothing more than to marry Jo and raise a family in Mystic, CT. Acoustic or electric guitar playing is a plus.

CHARLES GORDON WINDSOR JR. – Male Identifying, Early 20s, White. A country club, sweater-vest-wearing, Porsche-driving, law-school-drop-out cad with a surprising capacity for true love.

TIM TRAVERS – Male Identifying, late 20s, Any Ethnicity. An easy-going, Yale graduate architect with a secret.

The ensemble functions as the townies of Mystic, CT. They’re responsible for the shifting of set pieces/establishing new locations. They serve as an omnipresence of locals in this small town and appear in featured roles throughout.

WOMAN 1 – Female Identifying, 20s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including LORNA, a snobby college girl; SERENA WINDSOR, Charlie’s sister, a vapid country-club goer; and others.

WOMAN 2 – Female Identifying, 20s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including DEBBIE, a snobby college girl; MARIANA, an immigrant oyster shucker; TERESA, an immigrant housekeeper; NIKKI TRAVERS, Tim’s wife; and others.

WOMAN 3 – Female Identifying, 40s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including MRS. ARUJO, Daisy and Kat’s immigrant mother, and others.

WOMAN 4 – Female Identifying, 40s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including AUNT BONNIE, an immigrant oyster shucker, MRS. POLLY WINDSOR, Charlie’s mother, and others.

MAN 1 – Male Identifying, 30s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including a PRIEST; NICK, a Planetarium employee; MICKEY, a pizza shop regular; and others.

MAN 2 – Male Identifying, 20s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including FRANK, a warm, friendly guitarist in the local band by night and an oyster shucker at the docks by day;

STEAMER WINDSOR, Charlie’s younger brother, and others.

MAN 3 – Male Identifying, 40s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including THE FIRESIDE GOURMET; MR. CHUCK WINDSOR, Charlie’s demanding father, and others.

MAN 4 – Male Identifying, 40s, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including MR. BARBOZA, Jo’s immigrant father; LIONEL, a cheerful real estate agent; LOU, Bill’s friend, and others.

MAN 5 – Male Identifying, 18+, Any Ethnicity. To play various roles, including GEORGE, a snobby graduate student; ALFIE, a townie doofus; a WAITER; and others.


Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Buffet, book by Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley

Director/Choreographer – Clint Hromsco
Music Director – TBD

First rehearsal – July 23rd, 2024
Opening date – August 8th, 2024
Closing – September 8th, 2024

Character Breakdown:

TULLY – Male – 27-39
Smooth-talking, self-deprecating playboy. He’s completely content with the life he’s chosen as the singer/bartender at a tropical resort until he meets Rachel, a vacationer who upends his heart. Guitar skills required.

RACHEL – Female – 27-35
Fully committed to her job and helping the world. Willing to put in as many hours of hard work as it takes and expects everyone else to do the same. Suspicious of fools and operators, Rachel is not easily distracted from her life plan.

TAMMY – Female – 27-39
Loyal friend to Rachel. Sees the best in people and has a zest for life that is often squelched by her fiance, Chad. Her low self-esteem manifests itself as denial in her own life.

BRICK – Male – 27-39
The Island bartender. Has a big heart and is a good friend to Tully. Not the brightest bulb, but sensitive and thoughtful.

MARLEY – Female – 40-50
No-nonsense and assertive with an island accent. She runs the resort and keeps everyone in check but clearly cares about her employees, her customers, and J.D., an older island denizen. Great singer.

J.D. – Male – 60-79
A funny, endearing older man who always has a parrot on his shoulder. He’s losing his vision and his hearing but won’t acknowledge it. A good-natured drunkard, he’s always writing his memoirs on bar napkins, and, as it turns out, he’s lived a full life.

ENSEMBLE
Strong singers and movers for a variety of roles


Alabama Story
by Kenneth Jones

Director – Todd L. Underwood

First rehearsal – September 17th, 2024
Opening date – October 3rd, 2024
Closing – October 20th, 2024

All sides for ALABAMA STORY are available here: ALABAMA STORY SIDES

Characters Breakdown:

GARTH WILLIAMS and OTHERS—50ish or older, a white writer and illustrator from the East Coast. Frisky, sardonic, dry, funny, deadly serious, and omnipresent when practical. He also assumes the roles of aged, sickly Alabama State Representative BOBBY CRONE; sincere Montgomery newspaper reporter HERSCHEL WEBB; fiery segregationist columnist HENRY BRANCH; a folky RADIO ANNOUNCER; and two silent WHITE PASSERSBY. Requires a charismatic chameleon actor with range and gravitas. GARTH SIDES HERE

LILY WHITFIELD—32, a white woman from small-town Alabama privilege. Genteel Alabama accent. Politically unversed, she is the product of (and enjoys the benefits of) a racist system and has not questioned it. Sheltered, ashamed, loyal, religious, garrulous, charming, unhappily married, sentimental, all façade, ready to blossom. LILY AND JOSHUA SIDES HERE

JOSHUA MOORE—32, an upwardly mobile middle-class African American man who left Alabama years ago, settling in the north after serving in the Army. Purposely subtle and suppressed Alabama accent, which becomes pronounced when agitated. He is politically active, aspirational, loyal, kind, worldly, happily married, slow to boil, susceptible to nostalgia without getting lost in it, a disciple of Dr. King. JOSHUA AND LILY SIDES HERE

SENATOR E.W. HIGGINS—50ish or more, a white Alabama State Senator. Pronounced Alabama accent. He is an active racist, a charmer, a bully, a bull, a poisoner, and a politician. Most of what he says is rhetorical or performative. He’s not as smart as he thinks he is, but he’s influential. He is never sorry—an extrovert. HIGGINS AND EMILY SIDES HERE

EMILY WHEELOCK REED—50ish or more, a white female librarian, the State Librarian of Alabama, born in North Carolina and raised in Indiana. No Southern accent. She has no sense of humor, she does not suffer fools, and she is all business. When cornered, fallible. When her vulnerability is accessed and her heart unlocked, a person of good character is revealed—an introvert. EMILY AND HIGGINS SIDES HERE

THOMAS FRANKLIN—28, a white male reference librarian, Emily’s assistant. Pronounced Alabama accent. Buttoned-up, genteel, educated, officious, efficient, slightly uncomfortable in his own skin. Neutral and objective when conveying information. The kind of man you want as your colleague or your son. THOMAS FRANKLIN SIDES HERE


God Bless Us, Everyone!  
By Jacqueline Hubbard

Directed by – Jacqueline Hubbard
Music Director – Mark Ceppetelli

First rehearsal – October 29th, 2024
Opening – November 14th, 2024
Closing – December 15th, 2024

Prepare 32 bars of a Christmas song or approximately 1-minute humorous monologue.

GEORGE/SCROOGE (50-70)
A warm, friendly, funny character who breaks the fourth wall to speak with the audience. Just a touch of Santa about him. Must have strong comedic sensibility, good mover, and ability to carry a song. (This role is cast)

MICAHEL/UNDERSTUDY/ENSEMBLE (30-45)
A family man who can’t wait to get back home for Christmas, Michael is kind and gentle, a little distracted and full of nervous energy. Strong singer (bari/tenor)

HOLLY – STAGE MANAGER (30-45)
Down to earth and practical, Holly is a problem solver, whether moving sets or dealing with Liam’s tantrums. Strong singer (alto/mezzo)

ROXY – ASM (25-35)
Quirky and a little bit of a dreamer, Roxy has an otherworldly quality. She spends much time playing video games and seems to inhabit her strange universe. (Mezzo/sop)

CATHY – Cleaning lady (40-55)
Laid back dry sense of humor, Cathy has had her share of problems but is a survivor.
Non-singing role.

LIAM/TINY TIM (8-12)
A spoilt, precocious child actor who obviously needs to be taught some manners! Strong singer and mover.

JULIA – Box Office Staff (20-30)
Julia dreams of being a writer and spends her time in the box office when the phone is quiet, penning short stories and sonnets. Strong mover and singer (Mezzo/sop)

AARON- (20-30)
Aaron works for the town and is out with the snow plow as the storm hits. Tall, strong, and very handsome, Aaron is painfully shy, especially around Julia. Strong mover.

Prepare 32 bars of a Christmas song or approximately 1-minute humorous monologue.

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