Archive for June, 2014

Casting Announcement: SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL at Plaza Theatre Company


Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce the official Cast List for its upcoming production of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. The show will commence rehearsals this evening in preparation for opening on July 25th. The show will then play thru August 9th on Thursday, Friday and Saturday eves at 7:30 with Saturday matinees on July 26th, August 2nd and August 9th at 12 noon and 3pm. SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL is under the direction of Tina Barrus with musical direction by Tabitha Barrus, choreography by Kelly Nickell and stage management by Monica Glenn. The official Cast List is below:

Cat in the Hat Zachary Willis
Horton Brian Lawson
Jojo (doubled) Henry Cawood
Jojo (doubled) Stephen Newton
Gertrude Molly Morgan
Mayzie Jessica Taylor
Bird Girl 1 Tabitha Barrus
Bird Girl 2 Rachel Browning
Bird Girl 3 Rachel Larsen
Wickersham 1 David Midkiff
Wickersham 2 Benjamin Midkiff
Wickersham 3 Josh Cummins
Sour Kangaroo Caroline Rivera
Sour Kangaroo Baby (doubled) Julie Hall
Sour Kangaroo Baby (doubled) Miranda Barrus
Mr. Mayor JaceSon Barrus
Mrs. Mayor Emily Warwick
Gen. Schmitz David Goza
Vlad Vladikoff Jonathan Tovar
Yertle the Turtle Parker Barrus
Jungle of Nool Ensemble Hannah Midkiff
Eden Barrus
Emma Whitehorn
McKenna Meachem
McLaine Meachem
Anna Looney
Cameron Barrus
Levi King
Nolan Moralez
Cessany Ford
Who Ensemble Dora Hunt
Hannah Kashmar
Heather Aikman
Crystal Todd
Lena Moralez
Rachel Ybarra
Micah King
Madison Heaps
Ty Drury
Luke Cariaga
Ruby Cox
Samantha Bond
Allison Bond
Ashlyn Mullins
I.J. Meachem
Jonah Barrus
Kendall Parades
Elephant Bird Emerson Drury
Scarlet Sikora

Audition Notice – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO at Plaza Theatre Company


Audition Notice:

Auditions are: Wednesday, June 11th

Directed by G. Aaron Siler
Musical Direction by Doug Henry

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7pm – 9pm at the Plaza Academy Studio
211 S. Mill St, Cleburne, TX
Auditions are by appointment only

Click here to make an audition appointment!We need strong singers with some dancing. There are 3 leading women, 3 leading men. All ages from late teens to 70s.

Auditioners will be asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of music, preferably a song from the late 50’s, 60’s or early 70’s. An accompanist will be provided. Auditioners should also be prepared to read cold from the script at the audition. Each auditioner should plan to spend about five to ten minutes auditioning for the Directors.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday June 14th starting at 9am and may last for up to three hours. Those auditioners who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition.

Rehearsals will commence Monday June 16 and take place usually on Mon. – Wed. evenings and Saturday mornings with time taken off during 4th of July weekend and depending on performer schedules. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on August 15th and playing through September 13th.

This comic musical was built around 18 hits by 1960s pop star Neil Sedaka, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course, the chart-topping title song. Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills in 1960, on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — until the groom left her at the altar. Lois attempts to console Marge by setting her up with the resort’s handsome, self-obsessed singer Del Delmonaco. Gazing forlornly at Marge from the wings is geekish cabana boy and aspiring songwriter Gabe. Meanwhile, when he isn’t entertaining guests with Borscht Belt shtick, house comic Harvey secretly carries a torch for widowed resort owner Esther.

(some roles may be double cast)

MARGE GELMAN (mid 20’s to 30’s; mezzo soprano, comfortable to an E and possibly beyond): Abandoned at the altar, Marge is an aspiring dentist from Brooklyn who finds herself in the Catskills on what would have been her honeymoon weekend. (Think Jennifer Grey in DIRTY DANCING) Duped into falling for the suave band leader, she ultimately finds self-esteem, learns the value of honesty and friendship and finds love where she least expected it.

LOIS WARNER (mid 20’s to 30’s; alto with some mezzo soprano ability, comfortable to a C and possibly beyond): An aspiring nightclub singer, Lois lives her life as if in a Betty Grable movie. She brings her best friend Marge up from Brooklyn to the Catskills for Labor Day Weekend. In trying to help her friend Marge recover from heartbreak, she inadvertently puts her in the line of fire with Del, the hotel’s suave but manipulative bandleader. With a Marilyn Monroe simplicity, Lois is a sweet young girl with more heart than brainpower.

DEL DELMONACO (mid 20’s to 30’s; tenor, comfortable to an A—the higher the better): An Elvis wannabe, Del is not the brightest bulb on the tree. (Think Conrad Birdie or Joey from FRIENDS). Del will do anything to get ahead, including misleading Marge into thinking he loves her and stealing his cousin Gabe’s songs for his own use.

GABE (mid 20’s to 30’s; tenor, Bb-C range): The clumsy, brainy and terribly shy Guy Friday at the hotel, Gabe is on a fast track to joining his father’s orthodontia practice. Lacking the self-confidence to perform his own music, Gabe he is secretly the songwriting genius behind the music Del claims as his own. When Gabe meets Marge, he is compelled to take action to win her heart and, ultimately, to reveal himself as the true musician, performing his own songs in front of the whole resort.

ESTHER (late 40’s to 70’s; alto, comfortable to a C, or at least a Bb): The owner of the mid-size hotel named after her (Esther’s Paradise), Esther is a survivor. Since the death of her husband, she has single-handedly kept the hotel afloat using crafty solutions, boundless energy and creativity to keep guests happy. She is fiercely independent, refusing help or support from anyone, and she’s always there with a quip or smart remark.

HARVEY (late 40’s to 70’s; baritone, should have range to an F# or a G): The resident “tummler” (comedian/social director) at Esther’s Paradise, Harvey is old-school Catskills. He is all about the punch line (and the set-up). A confirmed bachelor, Harvey spends most of his life cracking wise and avoiding any show if genuine emotion or vulnerability. When he witnesses the extreme lengths to which Marge will go to make love work for her again, he is inspired to take a leap of faith with Esther, the one person who truly appreciates the man behind the jokes.