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MURDER ON THE NILE

DATE: Oct 23 & 28, 2016
TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: OYSTER MILL PLAYHOUSE
DIRECTOR: Robert Davis

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill PA is seeking to cast 8 males and 5 females for the first show of our 2017 season, MURDER ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie.

Auditions will be conducted over two nights:  Sunday, October 23 and Friday, October 28, both at 7 pm.  Callbacks will also be Friday, October 28 at 8 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The October 23rd audition will be held at Bethany Towers at 355 Wesley Dr, Mechanicsburg PA in the first floor activity room.  The October 28th audition will be held at the Playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting January 27, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at nile@oystermill.com.

Director’s Note:

As the story involves English people of a certain class (with French servants and a German doctor), in Egypt (with native characters), we will need to hear accents. Assistance will be provided with foreign-language pronunciation and dialect coaching during rehearsals.  The audition will consist of reading from prepared sides.

Synopsis:

Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a rich woman, having thrown over his former lover, Jacqueline. The couple are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile, accompanied by a bevy of memorable characters. Among those present are Canon Pennefather, Kay’s guardian, and Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. Murder and mayhem ensue. By the time the boat reaches its destination, Canon Pennefather has laid bare an audacious conspiracy and has made sure the criminals shall not go free.

Set in the late 1930s.

Character Descriptions:

MISS HELEN FFOLIOT-FFOULKES: Female, a wealthy snob, 40s-60s, humorless, self-centered and demanding; RP

CHRISTINA GRANT: Female, 20s, shy and naïve, Miss ffoliot-ffoulkes’s niece; RP or light Scots

WILLIAM SMITH: Male, 20s-40s, upper-class masquerading as a Bolshevik, charming; RP*

LOUISE: Female, 20s, Kay’s lady’s maid, saucy and worldly; French (must be able to pronounce French)

DOCTOR BESSNER: Male, 50s-60s, a doctor from a country which Kay’s father ruined; Germanic

KAY MOSTYN: Female, 20s, supposedly the richest girl in England; confident/controlling; RP

SIMON MOSTYN: Male, 20s-30s, Kay’s husband; RP

CANON AMBROSE PENNEFATHER:  Kay’s “uncle,” a 50s-60s parson educated at Oxford or Cambridge. Debonair, worldly; archaic RP

JACQUELINE DeSEVERAC: Female, 20s, Kay’s ex-best friend and Simon’s ex-fiancée; RP

McNAUGHT: Male, 40s-60s, the Lotus’s captain; Highland Scots

STEWARD: Native Egyptian but speaks English well; Arabic (must be able to pronounce Arabic passably)

BEADSELLERS: Native Egyptians who pester the Europeans trying to sell them souvenirs; Arabic (must be able to pronounce Arabic passably)

RP – Received Pronunciation (upper-class English) See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Received_Pronunciation for an audio example.

Thank you from the Volunteers of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg! 

THE SPITFIRE GRILL

Dates: December 11 & 12, 2016
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Alice Kirkland
 Musical Director: Ellen Carnahan

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill, PA is seeking to cast 3 males and 4 females for the second show of our 2017 season, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Music and Book by James Valcq, Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley, Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

Auditions will be conducted over two nights:  Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12, both at 7 pm.  Callbacks will also be Monday, December 12 at 8 pm. Auditions will be held at the playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting on March 10, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at spitfire@oystermill.com.

Director’s Note: 
For auditions, please be prepared to:

  • Sing 16-20 bars of a song of your choice.  Please try to choose a song that showcases your voice.  You must sing with our provided accompanist or with a device you provide.
  • You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist.

Synopsis:

A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.

Character Descriptions:

PERCY TALBOTT – early 20s. Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence. Strong folk/country belt to ‘D’, some head voice required.
HANNAH FERGUSON – about 70. A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range.
SHELBY THORPE – mid-30s. A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk sopranco with strong high belt to ‘D’.
CALEB THORPE – early 40s. Out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the past. Solid folk/rock voice with an edge (Top ‘G’).
SHERIFF JOE SUTTER – mid-late 20s. A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong folk tenor to a ‘G’ (touches an ‘A’).
EFFY KRAYNECK – 50s. Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range. Carries close harmony.
THE VISITOR – mid-40s. A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.

Thank you on behalf of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg

SUPERIOR DONUTS

Dates: February 19 & 20, 2017
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Paul Hood
 

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill, PA is seeking to cast 7 males and 2 females for the third show of our 2017 season, SUPERIOR DONUTS by Tracy Letts.

Auditions will be conducted over two nights:  Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20, both at 7 pm.  Callbacks will be on February 20 at 8 pm.  Auditions will be held at the playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting on April 21, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.  Please note that this show contains several instances of profanity in the script which will not be deleted.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at donuts@oystermill.com.

Show Description:

Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.  Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better.  This comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Director’s Note:

This show contains a lengthy choreographed fight sequence between the characters of Arthur and Luther.  Actors interested in those roles should come to auditions prepared for a movement audition with our choreographer.  Please wear clothing that will allow for full range of movement.

Character Descriptions:

Arthur Przybyszewski (late 50’s, white Polish-American male):  Aging hippie, beaten down by despair and hopelessness.  Carries a lot of inner fears and a secret.  This character participates in an extended choreographed fight scene, so endurance is a must.

Franco Wicks (20’s, African-American male):  Young man attempting to escape his past and made good on debts that he owes.  Is full of ideas and tries to prod Arthur into improving the shop and himself.

Randy Osteen (late 40’s, Irish-American female):  Police officer investigating the vandalism at Superior Donuts.  Takes a liking to Arthur, but is waiting for him to make a move.

Max Tarasov (Late 40’s, Russian Immigrant):  Profane and racist, Max owns much of the adjoining property to Superior Donuts and continually implores Arthur to sell him the property to achieve his dreams of owning a massive electronics store.  Russian accent required.

Luther Flynn (mid 40’s, Irish/Italian-American):  Bookie to whom Franco owes several thousand dollars.  Displays an affection for Franco which may actually be genuine, but will not hesitate to do what he must to get his money.  Generally dismissive towards the other characters.  This character participates in an extended choreographed fight scene, so endurance is a must.

Kevin Magee (late 20’s, Irish/Italian-American):  Luther’s muscle.  Likes to intimidate people and is always Itching to fight.

James Bailey (early-mid 40’s, African-American):  Randy’s partner.  Family man and STAR TREK fan.  Has a tendency to speak without thinking.

Kiril Ivakin (mid 30’s, Russian Immigrant):  Max’s nephew.  Soft spoken, but physically intimidating.  Russian accent required.

Lady Boyle (70’s, Irish-American female):  Frequent visitor to the shop.  Alcoholic but taking occasional stabs at sobriety.

Thank you on behalf of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg

SOCIAL SECURITY

Dates: March 19 & 20, 2017
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Patrice Whitson
 

Oyster Mill Playhouse will be casting 3 males and 3 females for the fourth show of our 2017 season, SOCIAL SECURITY by Andrew Bergman.

Auditions will be conducted over two nights, Sunday March 19 & Monday March 20, 2017, both at 7 pm.  Callbacks will be on March 20 at 8 pm. Auditions will be held at the Playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting June 2, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at security@oystermill.com.

SYNOPSIS

Written by one of Hollywood’s top comedy screenwriters, this hilarious Broadway comedy starred Marlo Thomas and Ron Silver as a married couple who are art dealers. Their domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s goody goody nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal Jewish Mother. They are there to try to save their college student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex. The comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist who is the art dealer’s best client!

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Below is a list of roles to be cast in the comedy Social Security. The ages listed are playing ages. The setting for this show is the mid to late 1980’s and will be played in that time period.

• David Kahn (50-60) – A savvy, trying to be hip, East Side art dealer. He is a reasonable successful businessman about to entertain a legend in the art world and he doesn’t need the distraction of family to mess up the deal.

• Barbara Kahn (45-55) – David’s wife and business partner. Chic and smart, she and David have no children, which only adds to the family guilt so effectively wielded by her sister and her Jewish mother.

• Trudy Heyman (40-50) – Barbara’s younger sister and her mother’s full-time caregiver for many years. One half of a Long Island square suburban twosome who drop off mother at the Kahn’s home in order to fly off to Buffalo to save their college freshman daughter from a life of promiscuity. Everything about Trudy (and Martin) screams “sensible and dull.”

• Martin Heyman (45-55) – Trudy’s accountant husband, a be-spectacled bean counter who bows to his wife’s every whim. Jealous of the success of his in-laws who seem to have everything he doesn’t. There are, however, hidden depths to Martin.

• Sophie Greengrass (75-85) – Barbara and Trudy’s aging and cantankerous Jewish mother who has some very interesting idiosyncrasies, such as sucking on sour balls and spitting them randomly around the house (in the toaster, for example). Oh, and she doesn’t like to get dressed. She’s lived with the Heymans for many years and now it is the Kahns turn to experience mother and her ability to spread guilt.

• Maurice Koenig (90-100) – A brilliant European painter the Kahns are wooing into doing business with them. This handsome, wealthy Jewish gentleman, who is not above one more fling in his life, doesn’t look “a day over 90!”

Thank you on behalf of Oyster Mill Playhouse and break a leg!

HOLLYWOOD ARMS

Dates: May 14 & 15, 2017
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Carol McDonough
 

The Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill, PA is seeking to cast 5 males and 6 females including 1 boy and 1 girl for the fifth show of our 2017 season, HOLLYWOOD ARMS by Carrie Hamilton & Carol Burnett.

Auditions will be conducted over two nights:  Sunday, May 14 and Monday, May 15, both at 7 pm.  Callbacks will also be Monday, May 15 at 8 pm. Auditions will be held at the Playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting July 7, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.  

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at hollywood@oystermill.com.

SYNOPSIS:

Set in California in 1941 and 1951, HOLLYWOOD ARMS is the funny and moving story of three generations of women living on welfare in a one-room apartment, one block north of Hollywood Boulevard. The cast of characters include a tough, funny, yet tender pill-popping Christian Scientist grandmother; a beautiful wide-eyed and distant mother who is struggling to be a writer, only to drown her ambitions in a bottle; a loving but absent and alcoholic father; and a young girl whose only escape is up on the roof of their rundown apartment house where she creates her own magical world at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. Finally, it’s a story about shattered hopes and realized dreams.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

Louise: Helen’s mother, starts off a dreamer but slowly begins to hide behind alcohol, late 30s-late 40s

Nanny: Helen’s grandmother, holds the family together, practical yet eccentric, 50s-70s

Young Helen: Louise’s daughter, a quiet dreamer, grows up in the shadow of Hollywood, 10-13

Older Helen: college bound, gets bitten by the entertainment bug, destined for more than her humble beginnings, 18-20s

Jody: absent father, loves his daughter, trying to stay dry, late 30s-50

Bill: loves Louise despite her shortcomings but only has so much patience, late 30s-50

Dixie: owner of the building Louise, Nanny, and Helen live in, befriends Louise, 30s-40s

Malcolm: Dixie’s son, troublemaker but not a bad kid, typical young boy, 10-13

Alice: Louise’s daughter out of wedlock, spoiled but not a brat all the time, 10-13

Cop #1: police officer that busts one of their money-making schemes, 20s-50s

Cop #2: police officer that busts one of their money-making schemes, 20s-50s

Thank you on behalf of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg

TAKING LEAVE

Dates: June 11 & 12, 2017
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Stephanie Via
 

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill PA is seeking to cast 2 males and 4 females for the sixth show of our 2017 season, TAKING LEAVE by Nagle Jackson.

Auditions will be conducted over two nights:  Sunday, June 11 and Monday, June 12, both at 7:00 pm.  Callbacks will also be Monday, June 12 at 8:00 pm.  Auditions will be held at the Playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting August 11, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.  Please note that this show contains several instances of profanity in the script which will not be deleted.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at takingleave@oystermill.com. 

Synopsis:

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature—specialty Shakespeare—is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, he is “taking leave” of the real world and imagining a new one, but the transition is painful. His alter-ego, seen only by the audience, charts this final voyage speaking as Eliot once did when he was the leading authority on Shakespeare’s King Lear. The visitation of Eliot’s three daughters, Alma, Liz and Cordelia, forms the central event of this oddly comic, yet fully sympathetic play. The decision—whether or not to have Father put in a “home”—provides the central conflict among the three very different sisters: the public school counselor, Alma; the TV actress, Liz; and the ne’er-do-well vagabond, Cordelia, who arrives in her black leather motorcycle outfit fresh from a year in Paris and a history of drug abuse. As in Shakespeare’s play, it is the young Cordelia who assumes responsibility for her father and leaves us with the bittersweet realization that, while all will not be well, Eliot’s taking leave will be a gentle one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with “good talk” from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer’s victims keeps growing, this play’s relevance increases daily.

Director’s Note: 
TBD

Character Descriptions:

TBA 

Thank you from the staff of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg!   

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Dates: July 9 & 10, 2017
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Stephen F.J. Martin
Vocal Director:

Orchestra Director:

Ryan Dean Schoening

Lindy Mack

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill, PA is seeking to cast the seventh show of our 2017 season, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, Book by Jeffrey Lane, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Based on the film written by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning.

 Auditions will be conducted over two days:  Sunday, July 9th and Monday, July 10th, starting at 7:00 pm.  Auditions will be held at the playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting on September 22, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at scoundrels@oystermill.com.

Synopsis:

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living in a small but luxurious town on the French Riviera, talking rich ladies out of their jewelry and money by posing as Prince in exile in need of funds to be restored to his throne. Then arrives Freddy Benson, a more humble swindler who bilks women of their money by playing on their compassion with various fabricated hard luck stories, some regarding his grandmother’s failing health. After Lawrence and Freddy meet, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They make a bet that the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

Character Descriptions:

Principal Characters

Lawrence Jameson — An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant.

Gender: male — Age: 45 to 60     Vocal range top: Bb4 — Vocal range bottom: G2

Freddy Benson — A young, clever American aspiring con artist. He is a somewhat disheveled, yet attractive womanizer.

Gender: male — Age: 25 to 35     Vocal range top: B4 — Vocal range bottom: A2

Christine Colgate — A good-natured American heiress vacationing on the French Riviera. Naive and clueless at first, she becomes cunning and mischievous.

Gender: female — Age: 30 to 40 (slightly older than Freddie)     Vocal range top: F#5 — Vocal range bottom: A3

Andre Thibault — Lawrence’s French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor.

Gender: male — Age: 45 to 55     Vocal range top: F4 — Vocal range bottom: F2

Muriel Eubanks — A wealthy and attractive American socialite from Nebraska, she one of Lawrence’s early victims and subsequently becomes Andre’s love interest.

Gender: female — Age: 45 to 60     Vocal range top: C5 — Vocal range bottom: E3

Jolene — An American heiress from Oklahoma and the “Princess of Petroleum,” she is very eager, optimistic, and energetic.

Gender: female — Age: 25 to 35     Vocal range top: D5 — Vocal range bottom: A3

Ensemble and Featured Performers

Women/Girls —

Lenore, Sophia, and 2 other sophisticated & wealthy women (unnamed) and an usherette who join in singing the “What Was a Woman to Do?” number in Act 1 — Ages: various

Additional women to join in the chorus and dance numbers and to play maids, waitresses, a nun, etc., preferably over 16 years of age.

Men/Boys —

Renee — burly jealous husband;

Men of various ages (preferably over 16) to play a Croupier, a hotel manager, a waiter, two sailors, etc.

Director’s Notes: 

For auditions, please be prepared to:

  • Sing 16-20 bars of a song of your choice.  Please try to choose a song that showcases your voice.  You must sing with our provided accompanist or with a device you provide.
  • You may be asked to sing scales by our vocal director.

Auditions will also include a movement evaluation.  There is some dancing, but no ballet or tap is required.

Acting auditions will consist of readings of scenes from the script.

Thank you on behalf of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg!

JEEVES INTERVENES

Dates: August 20 & 21, 2017
Times: 7:00 PM
Location: Oyster Mill Playhouse
Director: Lois Heagy
 

Oyster Mill Playhouse in Camp Hill, PA is seeking to cast 4 males and 2 females for the eighth show of our 2017 season, JEEVES INTERVENES, adapted by Margaret Raether from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse.

Auditions will be conducted over two days:  Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21, both at 7 pm.  Auditions will be held at the playhouse, which is located at 1001 Oyster Mill Rd, Camp Hill, PA.

The show will run for three weekends starting on November 3, 2017, with the potential of some mid-week benefit performances.

If you have any questions, please contact the production staff at jeeves@oystermill.com.

Synopsis:

Adapted by Margaret Raether from the stores of P.G. Wodehouse, 1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves? A delightful romp full of deception and disguise.

Character Descriptions:

Jeeves – Bertie’s valet and the perfect gentleman’s gentleman.  Unflappable, infallible, and never at a loss for a solution to Bertie’s many difficulties.

Bertram Wilberforce Wooster (“Bertie”) – Wealthy, carefree bachelor with a talent for getting himself into pickles.  Fortune favors fools, however, and she has favored Bertie with Jeeves.

Eustace Bassington-Bassington (“Bassy”) – An old school chum of Bertie’s, Bassy is prone to sudden attacks of love.  He scrimps along on an allowance from his crusty uncle.

Agatha Spencer-Gregson – Bertie’s fearsome aunt, a born tyrant and a woman who, says Bertie, “gladly wears barbed wire next to the skin”.  She is determined to see Bertie wed.

Gertrude Winklesworth-Bode – A strong minded young lady with a penchant for Nietsche, she views Bertie as clay to be molded… by her.

Sir Rupert Watlington – Crusty skinflint uncle of Eustace and a former military man who is bent on making a man out of his disappointing nephew.

Thank you on behalf of Oyster Mill Playhouse, and break a leg!