MILLBROOK PLAYHOUSE 2019 SUMMER SEASON
Main Stage Summer Season:
A Year with Frog and Toad – 9 Performances (reh; Sunday, May 26 – Thursday, June 6; runs; Friday, June 7-Saturday, June 15)
dir/choreo; David E. Leidholdt
Mamma Mia – 14 Performances
(reh; Friday, June 7th –Thursday, June 20; runs; Friday, June 21 Saturday, July 6)
Dir; Shannon Agnew
Newsies – 9 Performances
(reh; Tuesday, June 25 –Thursday, July 11; runs; Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 21)
dir/choreo; Courtney Laine Self
Million Dollar Quartet — 13 Performances (reh; Saturday, July 13–Thursday, July 25; runs; Friday, July 26-Sat, August 10)
dir/md; Chris Blisset
Cabaret Summer Season:
Sexy Laundry – 9 Performances (reh; Sunday, June 2nd –Thursday, June 13; runs; Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 23)
Dir; Morgan Sills
The Fox on the Fairway – 14 Performances
(reh; Sunday, June 16th-Thursday, June 27; runs; Friday, June 28-Sunday, July 14)
Gaslight – 9 Performances
(reh; on or about Friday, July 5th – Thursday, July 18; runs; Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 28)
dir; Amanda Coffin
Every Brilliant Thing — 9 Performances
(reh; Sunday, July 21st – Thursday, August 1; runs; Friday, August 2-Sunday, August 11)
Seeking for Mamma Mia:
DONNA (40s – the mother of a 20 year old girl) Attractive and free-spirited. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel/casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist who also has a zany and vulnerable side.
SOPHIE (18-25) A very special young woman who is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage. Pop soprano.
TANYA (40s) A former singer in the “Dynamos”. Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, funny, and witty.
ROSIE (40s) Also a former singer in the “Dynamos” who now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown. Actress who sings.
SAM (40s) May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. Actor who sings. Baritone.
HARRY (40s) May be Sophie’s father. British financier, wealthy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings. High baritone, tenor.
BILL (40s) May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings.Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man.
SKY (20s) Sophie’s fiance. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s tavern and marry Sophie. Featured Ensemble role.
LISA (18-25) Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky. Open to all ethnicities. Should sing and dance well. Featured Ensemble role.
ALI (18-25) Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Open to all ethnicities. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie. Featured Ensemble role.
PEPPER (20s) Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good mover/dancer. Open to all ethnicities. Acrobatic skills a plus. Baritone/tenor. Featured Ensemble role.
EDDIE (20s) Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Also a mover/dancer role. Open to all ethnicities. Baritone/tenor. Featured Ensemble role.
ENSEMBLE: (18-30s, Male and Female)
Seeking for Newsies:
JACK: (Male, 18 – 25 years old) Caucasian. Handsome, passionate and charismatic leader of the Newsies. A street-smart kid with a dark artistic soul right beneath the bluster. Not a blowhard. This kid’s the real thing. Must have a great pop tenor voice. Vocal Range: B to A-flat
DAVEY: (Male, 18 – 25 years old) Caucasian. A thinker. Raised in a home as opposed to the other Newsies, Davie is the book-smart counterpoint to the other boys. The voice of reason. A nice Jewish boy. Must have a great contemporary tenor voice. Vocal Range: D to A
LES: (Male, 10 -12 years old) Caucasian. The fearless kid brother of Davey. Excited by everything the world has to offer and eager to join in the adventure. Fun is this kid’s middle name. Must sing really well. Vocal Range: D to C-sharp
JOSEPH PULITZER: (Male, 40s) Caucasian. The boisterous forefather of Wm. F. Buckley Jr, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch. An on point, know it all, politician. Impolite and impatient with the world. Must sing well. Vocal Range: C to F-sharp
KATHERINE PLUMBER: (Female, 18 – 25) years old, Caucasian. The strong willed daughter of Pulitzer. This young lady drips smarts, opinions and confidence. A young Katherine Hepburn or Ellen Page. This damsel needs no prince to save her. Must have a great pop/contemporary musical theater voice with a high belt. Vocal Range: A to E
CRUTCHIE: (Male, 18-25 years old) any ethnicity. A slight, sickly boy with a huge heart. He walks with the aid of a crutch due to a bad leg, but that doesn’t hold him back from being right in the middle of any mischief. A real charmer. Vocal Range: A to B-flat
MEDDA: (Female, 40s – 60s) any ethnicity. A vaudeville star of the Bowery variety. Risque, tough, with a big voice and GREAT comic delivery. Vocal Range: F to E
NEWSIES: (Male, Late teens – Mid 20s) All Ethnicities. Strong Dancer/Singers to play various Newsies. There is no Tap in this production. Dancers should have strong ballet, jazz, with an urban edge. Newsies should be tough, street smart exterior with a lovable interior that is reserved for their friends and loved ones. Tumbling a plus.
MALE CHARACTER ENSEMBLE: (Male, 20s-50s) Strong Singer/Actors to play various roles including Bunsen, Stage Manager, Mayor, Governor, Wiesel and various citizens of NYC.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE: (Female, Late teens – Mid 20s) Strong Dancer/Singers to play various Ensemble roles including Showgirl, Nun, Bowery Beauty and Hannah.
Seeking for Million Dollar Quartet:
ELVIS PRESLEY– 20s; male; actor/singer/guitar player to portray Elvis in his 20s at the beginning of his career. Must be familiar with his music and able to play guitar; should sound and look somewhat like Elvis without being an “impersonator”.
DYANNE – Sexy, smart, great rock belt and great singer with a wide range. She was an aspiring singer and Elvis’s girlfriend. 20’s
JERRY LEE LEWIS – 20s; male; actor/singer/pianist; he was rock & roll’s legendary piano prodigy and celebrated “Last Man Standing.” Must be a superb piano player, able to play like Jerry Lee Lewis; fun, energetic; comic skills a plus.
CARL PERKINS – mid 20s; male; actor/singer/guitar player (lead guitar); he was the American pioneer of rockabilly music and best known for his song “Blue Suede Shoes”; Must be an excellent lead guitarist.
JOHNNY CASH– mid 20s; male; actor/singer/guitar player to portray Johnny cash at the dawn of his epic career. Must be familiar with his music and able to play guitar; tall; should sound and look somewhat like Johnny without being an “impersonator”.
SAM PHILLIPS – 33; Excellent actor; “Father of Rock’n’Roll” and founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and many others including Roy Orbison and B.B. King; a towering and charismatic figure in American music
BROTHER JAY – mid 20s; bass player, brother of Carl Perkins
FLUKE – mid 20s; drummer
Seeking for Frog And Toad:
FROG – Male – More zen of both he and Toad. Confident, good-natured, the natural leader of the friendship; able to accept life as it comes to him; strong, charismatic lead role, balancing both jazz numbers and ballads. Voice: light, pleasant baritone; however, one song sits around high G# and A. Must be a very strong actor, singer, and dancer.
TOAD – Male, – The complete opposite of Frog. He is a grumpy sort of character, anxious, neurotic, and a tad awkward, but with a very big heart; meaty comic lead role with a lot of singing. Voice: character voice, but pleasant; mid-range but also needs to be comfortable with high E. Must be a very strong actor, singer, and dancer.
MAN – Must possess the blind determination of a nerdy snail and the “cool kid” attitude of a slick lizard. Appears as MAN BIRD, SNAIL, LIZARD, FATHER FROG, and MOLE.
Gender: Male. Age: 20 to 60. Vocal range top: B5. Vocal range bottom: A3
WOMAN 1 – Must possess the playful and quirky personality of a lady bird and strong frenetic energy of a squirrel. Appears as LADY BIRD 1, MOUSE, SQUIRREL, YOUNG FROG, and MOLE. Gender: Female. Age: 20 to 50. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3
WOMAN 2 – Must possess the playful and quirky personality of a lady bird and strong frenetic energy of a squirrel. Appears as LADY BIRD 2, TURTLE, SQUIRREL, MOTHER FROG, and MOLE. Gender: Female. Age: 20 to 50. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3
Seeking for Fox On The Fairway:
HENRY BINGHAM: (Male, 30- 40s) – director of the Qual Valley Country Club; witty and cynical at times, much like Basil Fawity from Fawity Towers.
PAMELA PEABODY: (Female, 30-49) a member of the Quail Valley Country Club; very attractive and sophisticated, but a bit loose and a bit of a drinker.
JUSTIN HICKS: (Male, 20s-30s) Bingham’s new eager-to-please assistant who volunteers his services as a golfer to help Quail Valley win the golf tournament.
LOUISE HEINBEDDER: (Female, 20s-30s) a waitress at the Quail Valley Country Club; very attractive, and a bit flighty, but studious.
DICKIE BELL: (Male, 30-40s) the director of the rival Crouching Squirrel Country Club, with whom Bingham gets into a high-stakes bet.
MURIEL BINGHAM: (Female, 30s-40s) Bingham’s wife, who runs an antique shop, which becomes part of the bet between Henry and Dickie.
Seeking for Sexy Laundry:
ALICE LANE (late 40s-early 50s) – An energetic, bright, compassionate woman who likes to be in control, Alice has spent a marital lifetime taking charge of her family and picking up the slack from her distracted hubby. Lithe and attractive, over time she has lost confidence in her ability to feel sexy. Alice is willing to explore every fantasy from leather to lace in her campaign to resurrect Henry’s libido and get their once-thriving marriage out of its rut.
HENRY LANE (late 40s-early 50s) A handsome, hardworking, traditionally masculine family man in his middle years with the slightly subdued, emotionally armored demeanor that comes from being at the office. Henry is awash in the perplexed dissatisfaction of mid-life as he processes his feelings of professional resentment and failure and his uncertainty about his life choices. He is careful verging on uptight, and a bit miserly as he worries about the future.
*Please be advised that these roles will require intimate physical contact between the characters, but no nudity
Seeking for Gaslight:
Jack Manningham: 30-40s. Sydney Power, is imposing, good-looking Good-looking, about 45. He is heavily “moustached and bearded” and perhaps a little too well dressed. His manner is suave and authoritative, with a touch of mystery and bitterness. (Proper British dialect)
Bella Manningham: 20’s–mid 30s. She has been good-looking, almost a beauty – but now she has a haggard, wan, frightened air, with rings under her eyes, which tell of sleepless nights and worse. (Proper British dialect)
Detective Rough: “middle-aged – greying, short, wiry, active, brusque, friendly, overbearing. He has a low, warm chuckle and completely dominates the scene from the beginning. (British dialect, working-class)
Elizabeth: is the cook/housekeeper, 50s, amiable and faithful to Bella while feigning loyalty to Jack. (Regional dialect preferred; better spoken than Nancy, could even try Scottish or Irish)
Nancy: 18-20, is a cheeky, sensual, conniving girl who takes liberties, including with the master of the house. She has no respect for Bella. (More of a Cockney accent is desired)
Seeking for Every Brilliant Thing:
Please Note that this role has been cast!