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2011 Audition Dates at Plaza Theatre Company

Dear Plaza fans (particularly actors, musicians and designers),

2011 is Plaza’s 5th full season of producing plays in downtown Cleburne – and it promises to be our best yet. Below is a listing of audition dates and directors for our 2011 season. We encourage actors of all levels of experience to audition (everybody has to start somewhere). So mark these dates on your calendar and we’ll hope to see you soon.

MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES – Director: Stefanie Glenn. Audition: Monday November 8th, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Wednesday November 10th, 7 to 10pm.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – Director: Kyle Macy. Audition: Monday December 6th and Tuesday December 7th from 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday December 11th, 9am to 1pm.

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL – Directors: Jace & Tina Barrus. Audition: Monday January 10th and Tuesday January 11th, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday January 15th, 9am to 1pm.

HARVEY – Director: Aaron Siler. Audition: Monday February 21st, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Wednesday February 23rd, 7 to 10pm.

HELLO DOLLY! – Director: Christine Atwell. Audition: Monday March 28th and Tuesday March 29th, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday April 2nd, 9am to 1pm.

JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – Directors: Jace & Tina Barrus. Audition: Monday April 25th and Tuesday April 26th, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday April 30th, 9am to 1pm.

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN – Directors: Kyle and Megan Adams. Audition: Monday May 30th and Tuesday May 31st, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday June 4th, 9am to 1pm.

TREASURE ISLAND – Director: Aaron Siler. Audition: Monday July 11, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Wednesday July 13th, 7 to 10pm.

CRAZY FOR YOU – Director: Jay Lewis. Audition: Monday August 15th and Tuesday August 16th, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday August 20th, 9am to 1pm.

ANNIE – Director: Taffy Geisel. Audition: Monday September 19th and Tuesday September 20th, 7 to 10pm. Call Backs Saturday September 24th, 9am to 1pm.

CAST LIST for Over the River and Through the Woods at Plaza Theatre

Hello y’all, we at Plaza Theatre are looking forward to our next production – the wonderful and touching OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. And we have an outstanding cast to match the fantastic script. The show is under the direction of Kevin Poole. The amazing cast is as follows (double cast where noted) –

NICK – Andrew Guzman, Aaron Lett
CAITLIN – Jill Etheridge, Annalee Herron
EMMA – Trich Zaitoon,  (U.S. Shauna Lewis)
FRANK – Dick Helmcamp
NUNZIO – Burl Procter
AIDA – Julie Hefner

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS opens at Plaza Theatre Company on Friday, October 29th and plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday afternoons at 3pm through November 20th. Come see what this exceptional cast does with this amazing play.

AUDITIONS! – A Christmas Carol 2010

It’s time to cast Plaza’s bi-annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Information about the show, the audition, what’s required and so on can be found below. If you are looking for a way to make the holiday season even more special, consider auditioning for A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Watching folks leave the show with a greater appreciation for the real meaning of Christmas is a thrill beyond words. Hope to see y’all there.
Oct. 4th & 5th, 2010
7pm – 10pm at the Plaza Theatre Company
111 S. Main St, Cleburne, TX
…Auditions are by appointment only
Audition appointments can be made online at or by calling the Plaza Theatre Box Office at 817-202-0600.

The show will be Directed by JaceSon & Tina Barrus with Musical Direction by Christine Atwell.


Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of music in the style of traditional Christmas Carols that will best display their vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, auditioners will be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition. The directors will spend around 5 to 10 minutes with each individual auditioner at this initial audition.
A call back audition will be held on Saturday October 9th at 9am. Those auditioners who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The guidelines and Credo can be found at


The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on November 26th and playing through December 23rd. Rehearsals will commence on October 11th and take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings till opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.


Our semi-annual production of this timeless Christmas tale is back again for 2010. You’ll thrill to our original adaptation of this majestic story of change and forgiveness as the cantankerous Scrooge sees his life from the past, present and future. A wonderful holiday event for the whole family!


Ebenezer Scrooge – The miserly owner of a nineteenth century London counting-house. (M 45-60)
Charles Dickens / Scrooge’s Nephew Fred – The Narrator who tells the story throughout as well as taking the role of Scrooge’s Nephew Fred, a genial man who loves Christmas. (M 30-45)
Bob Cratchit – Scrooge’s clerk, a kind, mild, and very poor man with a large family.(M 35-50)
Tiny Tim – Bob Cratchit’s young son, crippled from birth. (M 5-7)
Mrs. Cratchit – Bob Cratchit’s wife and the Mother of Bob’s 6 children. (F 30-45)
Jacob Marley – In the living world, Ebenezer Scrooge’s equally greedy partner. Marley died seven years before the narrative opens. He appears to Scrooge as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes to save his old partner from suff ering a similar fate. (M 45-60)
The Ghost of Christmas Past – The first spirit to visit Scrooge. (F – 6-9)
The Ghost of Christmas Present – The second spirit to visit Scrooge. (M 35-60)
The Ghost of Christmas Future – The third and final spirit to visit Scrooge, a silent phantom clad in a hooded black robe. (M)
Mr. & Mrs. Fezziwig – The jovial merchant with whom the young Scrooge apprenticed. (M / W 40-60)
Belle – A beautiful woman who Scrooge loved deeply when he was a young man. (W 20-30)
Peter Cratchit – Bob’s oldest son. (M 11-13)
Martha Cratchit – Bob’s oldest daughter. (F 13-15)
Little Fan – Scrooge’s sister in flashback. (F 10-12)
Charity Men – Two gentlemen who visit Scrooge at the beginning of the tale seeking charitable contributions. (M 30-65)
Old Joe, Laundress, Charwoman – People who steal Scrooge’s belongings when he’s dead. (M / W / W 30-65)
Fred’s Wife – Fred’s very high class but fun-loving wife. (W 25-40)
Topper / Topper’s Girl – Party Guests at Fred’s Christmas party. (M / W 20-35)
Double Quartet – Characters who support narration and sing while playing some of the main characters as well. (4M 4F)

AUDITIONS! – Over the River and Through the Woods – Great Actors Needed!

I know we already put out information about tonight’s audition for OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, however this is a follow-up to emphasize how wonderful these parts are and how quality actors are needed to make this show fly.

Plaza Theatre Company is delighted to announce auditions for Over The River And Through The Woods on Tuesday, August 31st. Auditions will last from 7 to 10pm and are by appointment only. Those auditioning will only need to spend 10 to 15 minutes auditioning for the Director and the Producers. Materials for the audition will be provided at the audition.

The play calls for a tight cast of seasoned performers with exceptional comic timing and appeal. Required are two sets of Italian grandparents, a young man in his middle thirties and an attractive young woman mid to late twenties. All roles are open and Plaza producers as well as the show’s director Kevin Poole, are looking to fill the roles with talented and experiences performers who can bring the wit and charm of the script to life through these wonderful characters.

Audition appointments, as well as more detailed information about the audition, the play, and the open roles are available by visiting

Whether you are a performer who has already graced the Plaza stage or a perfomer new to Plaza, we encourage you to consider auditioning for Over The River And Through The Woods. We know you’ll find the experience rewarding and the time well spent.

AUDITIONS for Over the River and Through the Woods

Directed by Kevin Poole

Call backs are Wed. Sept. 1 at 7-10pm

Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both set of grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for – marketing executive – would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them but the news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle for a job, wonders his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely – and single – Caitlin O’Hare as bait.

Auditioners will be asked to come prepared to read cold from the script. Each auditioner should plan to spend about five to ten minutes auditioning for the Director.  If necessary, a call back audition will be held on Wed. September 1st at 7pm. Those auditioners who the Director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to three hours time. 

The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on October 29th and playing through November 20th. Rehearsals will commence on Monday Sept. 6th and take place 7:00-10:00 pm Mon. – Wed. evenings through opening. No Saturday rehearsals are scheduled at this time.

Rehearsals take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings till opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

(all parts are open, some parts may be double-cast)
Ages are approximate and are NOT cast in stone.

Nick Cristano: (30’s.) Third generation Italian-American. Has lunch every Sunday with his two sets of grandparents.

Frank Gianelli: (Early 80’s.) Nick’s maternal grandfather. Native born Italian sent to America when he was a young boy.

Aida Gianelli: (70’s.) Nick’s maternal grandmother. A genius with tomato, pasta dough and garlic.

Nunzio Cristano: (70’s.) Nick’s paternal grandfather. First generation Italian-American. Good hearted loudmouth who harbors a secret.

Emma Cristano: (70’s.) Nick’s paternal grandmother. First generation Italian-American. Very direct and a little pushy.

Caitlin O’Hare: (Late 20’s.) Attractive and charming Irish-American. The daughter of Emma’s canasta partner who is set up on a blind date with Nick.

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Auditions for “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” set for July 26th

It’s audition time again at Plaza Theatre Company. This time it’s for the third show in the Smoke on the Mountain trilogy – Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. The audition is being held by appointment only on July26th at Plaza Theatre Company located at 111 S. Main in Cleburne, TX.

It’s October, 1945, and the gospel-singing Sanders Family is back together again where it all started, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, where the Reverend Oglethorpe is giving his last service. He’s been called to preach in Texas, and has already bought his ten gallon hat and is ready to ride off into the sunset with his wife, June. Join the Sanders family as they send Mervin and June off in style, with story and song. Lots of that old-timey bluegrass gospel music, and the poignant humorous characters that we have all grown to love.

The show will be directed by Aaron Siler with Musical direction by Cheri Mega.

Only a few roles are available: (all other roles have been pre-cast)

Denise Sanders: (female, early 20s) young mother of two rambuncious children.

Dennis Sanders: (male, early 20s) just got back from serving as a chaplin in World War II.

Vera Sanders: (female) The matriarch of the family. Keeps the show together and is always there to break up a fight.

Maude and Myrtle: (female) The unofficial managers of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Always watching with a judgemental eye, making sure everything is up to their liking. Must be able to act througout the show with very little lines.

Visit here for more information or to make an appointment to audition.