Director's Note

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. It has always held a special place in my heart since I was a child. Memories of being surrounded by family and friends celebrating the season, eating homemade Christmas cookies, and decorating the house with my mom are just a few of the ones I try to keep making throughout my life. One of the most special memories though is when as a child my grandfather would dress up as Santa Claus for all the grandkids and our grandmother would read "The night before Christmas" to all of us. This is the first Christmas where they both are gone, which makes it even more bittersweet that I get this opportunity to bring back such a wonderful holiday tradition to Community Players. I know they both would be in the front row singing and clapping along to the amazing production you are seeing today. I hope this show brings you as much joy as I know it would have brought them. I hope you all honor the holiday memories you have by making new wonderful memories. Thank you for allowing Community Players to be a part of making memories with you this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Newsies (2023)

Auditions

May 22-24, 2023 @ 7pm

Preview

July 13, 2023

Performances

July 14-16, 20-23 & 27-30, 2023

Preview, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm • Sundays @ 2:30pm

Venue

Community Players Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Synopsis

Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Puffs

Auditions

March 13 & 14, 2023 @ 7pm

Preview

May 11, 2023

Performances

May 12-14 & 19-21, 2023

Preview, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm • Sundays @ 2:30pm

Venue

Community Players Theatre

By Matt Cox

Synopsis

Praised for its comedy and staging, Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic is a hilarious and magical play by New York-based playwright Matt Cox.

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. Wayne Hopkins is a regular boy who finds out he’s a wizard and goes to the same certain Wizard School where he makes two best friends and has adventures. This perhaps sounds familiar. But, Wayne is sorted as a Puff, and he and the other Puffs simply want to learn how to be wizards and how to get through seven increasingly dangerous years of school.

The lovable characters in this story are “Funny, intelligent, silly, heartwarming, a little worn and slightly ignored.” Ultimately, Puffs is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Go Badgers!

Cinderella

Auditions

January 16-18, 2023 @ 7pm

Preview

March 9, 2023

Performances

March 10-12, 17-19 & 24-26, 2023

Preview, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm • Sundays @ 2:30pm

Venue

Community Players Theatre

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Douglas Carter Beane

Synopsis

The story revolves around a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. Ella dreams of a better life; and with the help of her Fairy Godmother, Marie, she is transformed into a strikingly beautiful lady and attends the ball to meet her prince. Not only does she get her happy ending, she also opens the Prince’s eyes to the injustice in the kingdom.

While there have been many mountings of this story both on screen and on stage, the 2013 adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the first version with the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein score mounted on Broadway. Notable songs include “In My Own Little Corner,” “The Prince is Giving A Ball,” and “Impossible/It’s Possible.” The new book by Douglas Carter Beane introduces several new characters and features several additions from Rodgers & Hammerstein collection.

Audition Information

In order to bring this fairytale to life, we are seeking actors to be at least 14 years of age at the time of auditions. Anyone under 18 must have a parent/guardian present to fill out forms and waivers.

All actors and staff members must provide proof of COVID vaccination to audition. You can read about our current COVID policy here.

We are open to non-traditional casting of all roles and want to include actors of different ages, gender, body-types, and ethnicities. We will likely be casting a group of 20 talented individuals who will commit to learning their onstage tracks and assisting offstage. If you are cast, there will also be a set building requirement, media opportunities, and a talkback after a performance.

Auditions will be held in-person at Community Players Theatre on Monday, January 16th and Tuesday, January 17th from 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. The first hour on Wednesday, January 18th will be reserved for auditionees who cannot make it the first two days. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, January 18th for named roles only. If you cannot attend auditions, we are open to having video submissions prior to the audition dates.

At auditions, you will be asked to sing, learn some choreography, and participate in some readings from the script. You’ll find character descriptions listed below. Audition slides will be available for review on our website two weeks prior to auditions.

For your vocal audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar cutting (approximately 1 minute) of a song of your choice from the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog or from the golden era of musical theatre. You are also welcome to sing a song in the style of the show, but not from Cinderella itself. A piano accompanist will be provided; please no backing tracks. Vocal auditions will be closed and you will perform only for members of the production staff.
For the short dance audition, please wear appropriate clothing you can move in and wear closed-toe shoes. No one will be allowed to dance barefoot or in socks. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, January 19th. We plan on rehearsing from 6:30-9:30 P.M. on Monday through Friday throughout the rehearsal process. Tech rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, March 1.

If you are unable to attend any audition night or have any other questions, please reach out to one of our producers, Britni Williams at [email protected] or Darlene Lloyd at
[email protected]

Character Descriptions

Ella (Cinderella)
Traditional Age: 20s
Traditional Voice Type: Soprano (C4 - D5)
Traditional Gender: Female
Dance: Yes
Though no one notices beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful, and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom - and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father's daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman.

Topher (Prince)
Traditional Age: 20s - early 30s
Traditional Voice Type: Baritone (C#3 - A4)
Traditional Gender: Male
Dance: Yes
A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Charming but NOT a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing, and innocent - with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine, and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future.

Madame (Stepmother)
Traditional Age: late 40s - 50s
Traditional Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano [character voice] (D5 - D4)
Traditional Gender: Female
Dance: No
Ella's selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status, and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder.

Gabrielle (Stepsister)
Traditional Age: 20s - 30s
Traditional Voice Type: Soprano [character voice] (C4 - G5)
Traditional Gender: Female
Dance: Yes
Ella's stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic, and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn't fit in.

Charlotte (Stepsister)
Traditional Age: late 20s - 30s
Traditional Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano [character belt] (B3 - F5)
Traditional Gender: Female
Dance: Yes
Ella's stepsister and daughter of Madam. Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy, and bratty, she has a ridiculously high, but unfounded opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention.

Marie (Fairy Godmother)
Traditional Age: 40s - 60s
Traditional Voice: Soprano (A3 - Ab5)
Traditional Gender: Female
Dance: No - but needs to move well.
A friend to Ella and the town's resident crazy lady and beggar woman, Marie is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly, and charming. Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility.

Jean-Michel
Traditional Age: 20s - 30s
Traditional Voice: Tenor (C3 - G4)
Traditional Gender: Male
Dance: No
A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn't taken seriously as a revolutionary. Has a crush on Gabrielle, though their courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes.

Sebastian
Traditional Age: 40s - 60s
Traditional Voice: Baritone [character voice] (C3 - F4)
Traditional Gender: Male
Dance: No
The kingdom's Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher's trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself -- and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom.

Lord Pinkleton
Traditional Age: 30s - 50s
Traditional Voice: Tenor (D3 - A4)
Traditional Gender: Male
Dance: Yes
The Lord Chancellor's right-hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets, and even the weather to the villagers.
Ensemble (Townspeople, Knights, Dancing Couples, Puppets, Footman/Driver, etc.)
Age: Teens - 60s
Voice: Sopranos (C4-Bb5) Altos (Bb3-F5) Tenors (D3-Bb4) Basses (Bb3-F4)
Dance: Yes, some members will have more demands physically for choreography while others will have more opportunities for movement.