This is My Brave - NIETF Event

When & Where

Auditions for This is My Brave will be held February 25 at the Memorial Opera House. To schedule your audition/interview, see https://calendly.com/nietf/timb.

Performance Dates

May 21, 2017

Memorial Opera House

About the Event

The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation is proud to bring back THIS IS MY BRAVE CHICAGOLAND May 21, 2017. This is My Brave is a live storytelling event where real people tell real stories about their real life mental health issues. Billed as #StorytellingSavesLives, This is My Brave seeks to remove the stigma of mental illness, open a dialog, and create opportunities for people to thoughtfully engage around the topic of mental health. Held previously in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Greenville, SC and Iowa City, it is now returning to the Chicagoland area. The event will be held May 21, 2017 at 3 pm.

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Auditions for This is My Brave will be held February 25 at the Memorial Opera House. To schedule your audition/interview, see https://calendly.com/nietf/timb. Persons who struggle with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, bi-polar disorder, suicide attempts, autism spectrum, schizophrenia, and others are encouraged to tell their story in essay, poetry, song, or other artistic medium. Caregivers are also encouraged to tell their side of the story. Mental health knows no bounds of age and neither does this event. All ages are welcome to express their story. Due to the nature of some stories, the show often carries a PG rating.

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“May is Mental Health Awareness month and this event we hope will be a signature event for our community bringing together members of the public, healthcare, support agencies, community leaders, and those that engage regularly with these issues: psychologists, psychiatrists, law enforcement, school counselors, therapists, special education professionals, pastors, chaplains, and emergency medical providers. We want to spark a conversation that needs a spotlight,” said Becky Jascoviak, NIETF President.
Sponsorships of this important community event are being sought. For more information contact Becky Jascoviak at president@nietf.org.

This event is made possible by Porter County Community Foundation, Ideas in Motion Media, and Indiana Dunes Tourism.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Memorial Opera House

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice
Presented through special arrangements with R&H Theatricals

Director: Kurt Gillins
Music & Vocal Director: Andrew Flasch
Choreographer: Trisha Sabocik

When & Where

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Children age 7 – 12

Monday, May 1 & Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Individuals 13 years and older

Everyone should audition in their age group. For those who look older or younger than their age, we will make sure you are considered for the group you fit in the best for this production.

 

Memorial Opera House

104 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso, IN

Performance Dates

Fridays: July 14, 21, 28, 2017
Saturdays: July 15, 22, 29, 2017
Sundays: July 16. 23. 30, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm Sundays at 2:00pm

 

Synopsis

The saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. This production will be high energy and bright with innovative projections, costuming and staging.

 

Casting requirements

Casting for up to 32 singers/actors/dancers to fill all the roles in this show, including up to 10 for the children’s chorus. All roles are open to everyone.

Narrator: Soprano with extended mix/belt range. Vibrant, energetic, charming performer with a superior voice. Movement/dance will be required, but the focus will be on vocal ability. The narrator must be adept to both being the focal point and then blending into the scene. The narrator is onstage almost the entire show. Vocal Range: B3 – G5.

Joseph: Jacob’s favorite son. Joseph early on shows a talent for interpreting dreams and telling the future. Singer/actor. Honest and likable with good intent. Humble but proud and able to transition to the leader of a nation. Must believe in himself and his convictions. Vocal Range: B2 – G4.

Jacob: Aged patriarch. He overly dotes on Joseph, to the exclusion of his other sons. Vocal Range: D2 – B3

Joseph’s 11 Brothers: High energy & very active. Singers/dancers/actors/ Need to be able to develop strong unique characters and sing harmony. Able to portray wide range of performance styles. Although acting usually as a group, they each have their own different personalities, talents, and flaws. They sing and dance their way through many situations and places. Conniving, self-centered, and jealous of Joseph’s high aspirations and their father’s favoritism toward Joseph, they change their ways in the end. Vocal Ranges vary.

Pharaoh (may double as brother): The most powerful man in Egypt. Should be an outgoing, engaging entertainer, able to take the stage and connect with an audience. Singer/actor with good comic timing. Typically done in an Elvis Presley style. Vocal Range: B2 – G4.

Potiphar (may double as brother): A powerful and rich Egyptian and Joseph’s employer. Comedic timing is a must. Vocal Range: B2 – G4.

Bulter & Baker (may double as brothers): Prisoners with Joseph. These two characters have solos parts and must have comedic timing. Vocal Range: F2 – G4.

Ensemble: High energy singers/dancers/actors will be needed to fill the chorus. The chorus will be on stage most of the show. A strong ensemble is the backbone of this show. Must be able to learn and sing harmonies and learn and perform different dance styles. These performers will have a great time with costumes that will double as screens for projections. Vocal Ranges vary.

Children’s Chorus: A group of fun kids that will be able to learn and sing harmonies and be on stage for the entire show. Vocal Ranges vary.

Materials to Prepare

Please bring your best song to sing, with sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Due to time restraints, you may not get to sing the entire song, so choose your best 16 – 32 bars. Please dress comfortably for these auditions, as you will be dancing as well. There is no need to dress up for the singing and then change for the dance. Be comfortable and relaxed for the entire audition process.

 

Director’s Notes

Rehearsals will begin Monday, May 15.

Contact – for more information

http://www.memorialoperahouse.com/auditions

The Drowsy Chaperone - Memorial Opera House


Directed by: John and Colleen Peluso

When & Where

February 20 & 21st at 7pm

Memorial Opera House

104 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso, IN

Performance Dates

Fridays, April 28th, May 5th & 12th, 2017

Saturdays, April 29th, May 6th & 13th, 2017

Sundays, April 30th, May 12th & 14th, 2017

Friday & Saturday performances at 8:00 PM Sunday performances at 2:00 PM

 

Synopsis

Come be a part of this delightful show within a show that is sure to have audiences tapping their toes along to all the snazzy jazz numbers and classic 1920’s musical type songs we all know and love. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical that revolves around a lonely, melancholy man in his apartment as he tries to cheer himself up by listening to a recording of his favorite 20’s musical. Watch as his apartment magically transforms into the set of this vivacious musical and the characters come to life. Lying, scandal and deception ensue as the plot of the show within our show thickens. This five time Tony award winner is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar The Drowsy Chaperone is presented through Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

 

Casting requirements

Seeking men and women to fill the following roles:
Man In Chair:
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 50

Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
Gender: female
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Underling
Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: C3

George
Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Feldzieg
Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Kitty
Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Gangsters
Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo Tall Brothers.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Aldolpho
European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A#2

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.
Gender: female
Strong movement and special skills (acrobatics, juggling, etc.) a plus.
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
Gender: female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Trix
The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Ensemble
Staff; Reporters

More Information

Please visit: http://www.memorialoperahouse.com/auditions

 

Sunset Bouvelard - 4th Street Theater


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Books and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Based on the Billy Wilder Film
Directed by Glenn Hering
Music Direction by Jeff Otto
Vocal direction by Linda Pauli

When & Where

February 20 and 21 at 7 pm

4th Street Theater, 125 N 4th Street, Chesterton, IN 46304

Performance Dates

May 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, June 1, 2, 3 & 4th

All performances are at 8 pm except Sundays, which begin at 3 pm.

Synopsis

SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent film movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of ‘talkies.’ Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion

 

Casting requirements

CHARACTERS
Norma Desmond
Joe Gillis
Max Von Mayerling
Betty Schaefer
Cecil B. DeMille
Artie Green
Sheldrake
Manfred

ENSEMBLE CHARACTERS – some actors may play multiple roles
Myron
Mary
Joanna
First And Second Finance Men
Sammy
Morino
Wunderkind
Myron
Secretary
Cliff
Katherine
Lisa
John
Anita
Adam
Waitress
Actor
Sandy
Larissa
Jane
Glenn
Danielle
Dawn
Barman
First through Seventh Salesmen
Richard
Jean
Actor #4
Guard
Jones
Heather
Hog-Eye
Victor Mature Stand-In (Non-Speaking)
Hedy Lamarr Stand-In (Non-Speaking)
Victor Mature (Non-Speaking)
Hedy Lamarr (Non-Speaking)
Astrologer
Masseuse #1 And #2
Beautician #1, #2, #3
Analyst
Doctor
Journalist
Policeman (Non-Speaking)

Materials to Prepare

Please have prepared 16-32 bars of music. Monologues (up to 3 minutes) welcome.

Bring resume and headshot if possible.

There will also be readings from the script will be provided at the auditions.

Contact – for more information

ncca4thstreet@comcast.net

Superior Donuts - Hammond Community Theatre



Directed by Andy Leahy

When & Where

Sunday February 12th 2017 5-7 PM
Monday February 13th 2017 7-9 PM

Beatniks On Conkey
418/420  Conkey Street
Hammond IN 46324

 

Performance Dates

6 performances  March 31, April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9  8 PM Fridays and Saturdays  2 PM Sundays

performed at
Beatniks On Conkey
418/420  Conkey Street
Hammond IN 46324

Synopsis

The play focuses on the relationship between despondent Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Uptown, Chicago, and Franco, his energetic but troubled young African American assistant who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu option

Casting requirements

Characters:, 2 women, 7 men
Max Tarasov, 49 years old, Russian
Officer Randy Osteen, , 49 year old female Irish-American
Officer James Bailey, 43 year old African-American
Lady Boyle, 72 year old Irish-American
Arthur Przybyszewski, 59 year old Polish-American
Franco Wicks, 21 year old African-American
Luther Flynn, 45 year old Irish/Italian-American
Kevin Magee, 28 year old Irish-American
Kiril Ivakin, 35 year old Russian

Materials to Prepare

None, script sides for cold readings at the audition

Contact – for more information

Andy Leahy
andyleahy47@aol.com

The Sleeper - Beatniks on Conkey



Directed by Rip and Bonnie Johnson

When & Where

April 2, 2017  5:00 – 6:30 pm
April 3, 2017  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Beatniks On Conkey
418/420  Conkey Street
Hammond IN 46324

Performance Dates

June 2nd at 8:00 pm
June 3rd at 8:00 pm
June 4th at 2:00 pm
June 9th at 8:00 pm
June 10th at 8:00 pm
June 11th at 2:00 pm

performed at
Beatniks On Conkey
418/420  Conkey Street
Hammond IN 46324

Synopsis

A suburban housewife, shell-shocked by the post 9/11 reality, finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son’ tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. A bizarre series of events blows the lid off her previously sheltered existence. A slightly zany comedy that peals back the layers of these unique individuals. You may find yourself later thinking, if I had just paid attention closer would I have seen the surprise ending coming?

Casting requirements

Characters: 4M 3W

Gretchen……………middle age woman (40 – 50)
Bill…………………….middle age man (40-50)
Vivian………………..Middle age woman (40-50)
Matthew…………….Man (mid 30 – late 30, early 40’s)
multi roles………….1 – woman  (age?)
Multi roles…………. 2 – men  (age?)

Materials to Prepare

None, script sides for cold readings at the audition

Director’s Notes

We will start rehearsing Mon, April 10th
Rehearsals will be Mon – Wed, until two weeks before show dates
So Starting Mon, May 22 – Thurs, May 25  (mandatory)
TECH week is Tues, May 30th – Thurs, June 1 (mandatory)

No rehearsal on Memorial Day
This will be a NIETF view-able show

Contact – for more information

Contact information – 219-852-0848  goes to Bonnie’s cell
or email us at beatniksonconkey@sbcglobal.net

Section


by Michael Hollinger
directed by Jason Utesch
May 19- June 3, 2017

When & Where

Saturday, March 11, 10 am – 1 pm

Chicago Street Theatre

154 Chicago St, Valparaiso, IN

Performance Dates

May 19- June 3, 2017

 

Casting requirements

CAST REQUIREMENTS: 5M/3W

  • Charles, Abbot of Priseaux (Age 50 and up) Straight laced and by the book with moments of ambivalent madness.
  • Brother Martin, his second in command (40ish and up) Schemer.  Sarcastic wit with questionable morals.
  • Brother Olf (18+ ) All brawn and little brains.  Oafish.
  • Brother Felix, a novice (Under 30) Innocent and idealistic.
  • Peasant Woman (40ish and up) Desperate and poor.  Mother to Marie.
  • Jack, a one-eyed minstrel (20-40) Charming conniver.  Ability to play a stringed instrument a plus.
  • Marie, his wife of sorts (20-40) Sweet with moments of flashy anger.
  • Agatha, Abbess of Bernay (Age 50 and up) Nasty.

 

More Information

For audition sides and more information, please visit: http://www.chicagostreet.org/auditions/

Section

by William Shakespeare
directed by Kari-Anne Innes

When & Where

Saturday, March 11, 10 am – 1 pm

Chicago Street Theatre

154 Chicago St, Valparaiso, IN

Performance Dates

 >July 7 – 8, 2017 | Free or VIP RESERVED TICKETS
Park performances Downtown Valparaiso
Central Park Plaza, Porter Health Amphitheater

>July 14 – 22, 2017 | PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

 

Casting requirements

CAST REQUIREMENTS: 6-15M/3-10F

Setting: Modern-Day Casino such as Atlantic City or Vegas

Indunction (optional depending on number of people that audition):

  • Christopher Sly
  • Hostess of casino
  • Lord, high roller
  • Bartholomew, lord’s page, possibly a drag queen
  • Servers, male and female

Taming of the Shrew:

  • Katherina, the Shrew, (female, age 30+, female boxer)
  • Bianca, her younger sister (female, age 20+, beauty contestant)
  • Baptista Minola, her father (male, age 50+, casino owner)
  • Petruchio. Katherina’s suitor (male, age 30+)
  • Lucentio (Cambio) (male, age 20+, student-tutor)
  • Hortensio (Litio) (male, age 20+, musician)
  • Gremio, old man (male or female, commedia masked character)
  • Grumio, Petruchio’s servant (male or female, commedia masked character)
  • Tranio, Lucentio’s servant (male or female, commedia masked character)
  • Biondello, Lucentio’s second servant (male or female, commedia masked character)
  • Vincentio, Lucentio’s father (male, age 40+)
  • Merchant (Lucentio) (and Petruchio’s servant, male)
  • Widow, in love with Hortensio (female)
  • Haberdasher (and Petruchio’s servant, male or female)
  • Tailor (and Petruchio’s servant, male or female)

More Information

For audition sides and more information, please visit: http://www.chicagostreet.org/auditions/