Articles for April, 2010

Gassner Winner at Boston Playwrights Theatre

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The 2009 winner of the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, James McLendon’s Faith, will receive its first public reading in Boston at the Boston Playwrights Theatre at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 1. In this dark comedy, all that young Simon wants for Christmas is to receive the stigmata and become God’s prophet. If religious fervor has anything to do with it, he’s a shoo-in. So when the mysterious Harbinger appears to him in the Walmart parking lot, God seems to have answered Simon’s prayers with an angel. Or has He?

This reading is part of a daylong series of new play readings at the Boston Playwrights Theatre. David Frieze will direct; the cast includes Julian Hornik, Liz Hayes, Michael Forden Walker and Carolyn Gilliam. Admission is free. The Boston Playwrights Theatre is located at 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.


Friday, April 30th, 2010

Beverly, MA– The award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is auditioning young performers between the ages of 5 & 15 for various speaking and non-speaking roles for its upcoming productions of GYPSY starring Vicki Lewis (“News Radio”) and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT staring Anthony Fedorov (“American Idol”).

Auditions will be held for both GYPSY and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT on Saturday May 15 from 10 am – 2 pm. Dancing callbacks for GYPSY will follow at 3 pm. Everyone auditioning MUST be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. No exceptions will be made.


Rehearsals: June 23 – July 5, 2010.

Performances: July 6–25, 2010.

Exact schedule will be available at the audition


BABY JUNE: Must look 5-7 years old. No taller than 55 inches. Dynamite performer. Excellent dancer, tap dancer, singer and actress. Must be able to twirl batons, and do a cartwheel and spilt. Pointe-work also a plus. Effervescent, personable and shrewd.

BABY LOUISE: Must look 7-9 years old. No taller than 57 inches. Must dance and sing. Quiet, shy, confused and extremely naive.

NEWSBOYS: Must look no older than 10 years. No taller than 57 inches. Must sing and dance EXTREMELY well. Each boy must have a “specialty” such as exceptional tap dancing or gymnastics or tumbling. Lots of personality and charm a plus.

BALLOON GIRL: Must look no older than 12 years. No taller than 57 inches. Extremely pretty, demure and cunning. No singing or dancing experience necessary.

UNCLE JOCKO CONTESTANTS: Seeking boys and girls who play instruments or have novelty talents. Must look no older than 14 years and no taller than 5 feet. EACH MUST HAVE a special vaudeville style talent such as playing the accordion, clarinet, toe dancing, juggling etc. No singing necessary.


A DOG TO PLAY CHOWSIE: Extremely small breed dogs only. No larger than 10lbs. Each candidate must be able to be picked up and carried with ease. Must be docile, cute and people/child friendly.

A LAMB: The smaller the better. A runt of the litter would be perfect. Lamb will be carried (or walked) on-stage as well as being handed off to various actors throughout the show. Must be docile, cute and people friendly.

Pet owners can bring their dogs and lambs to the auditions anytime between 10 am and 2pm on Saturday May 15, 2010.



Rehearsals: July 20 – August 2, 2010.

Performances : August 3–22, 2010.

Exact schedule will be available at the audition.


‘JOSEPH’ KIDS CHORUS: Seeking 15 – 20 super talented kids ages 7 – 12 who are under 4′6″ tall. Those auditioning must sing well and have exceptional stage presence. No dancing is required, but must move well and be able to take directions. All ethnicities are highly encouraged to audition.

All those auditioning for singing roles in GYPSY and JOSPEH should bring a non-returnable recent photo. Also, please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song of their choice (please bring sheet music), or be prepared to sing a simple song such as “Happy Birthday.” A pianist will be provided. All those auditioning for GYPSY should also bring appropriate dancewear and footwear.

There are no fees involved to be in either production. All auditions will be held in NSMT’s Theatre Arts and Education Building behind the theatre at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. For specific directions, please visit our website: For more information email or call (978) 232-7200.

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage presents “Doubt” in Westport

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage presents “Doubt” a Parable by John Patrick Shanley. This production marks the Fairfield County professional debut of one of the most celebrated plays of our generation. Performances are April 16-25, 2010 and take place at the Music Theatre of Connecticut Studio Theatre in Westport, CT.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” has been hailed as the most compelling and magnificently crafted drama in years. Set against the backdrop of a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, “Doubt” is the story of a strong-minded woman faced with a difficult decision. Should she voice concerns about one of her male colleagues … even if she’s not entirely certain of the truth? “Doubt” ran on Broadway for two years and was made into a motion picture, starring Meryl Streep, which was nominated for five Academy Awards.

Marty Bongfeldt of Bethel plays Sister James. Marty has worked in theatre, film and television with directors including Susan Stroman, Ron Howard and Brian DePalma. She played Tiger Lily opposite Cathy Rigby in the national tour of “Peter Pan,” and appeared as Bonnie in “Anything Goes” opposite Van Johnson. Marty has originated roles in many new works produced Off-Broadway, including “A Nervous Splendor,” “Madly in Love” directed by Baayork Lee, “A Murder is Foretold,” “Hell’s Belles” and “The Major and the Minor.” Marty was a member of the original Dallas cast of the award-winning musical “Six Women with Brain Death,” later performing in the New York premiere production. New York and Regional credits include Ronnie in “Comanche Café & Domino Courts,” Doreen in “Gillette” for the American Theatre Festival, Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” at The Plaza Theatre, Amalia in “She Loves Me” at Lyric Stage, Lily St. Regis in “Annie,” Pam in “Baby” for MTC MainStage and Carrie in “Carousel” at Casa Mañana Theatre. A long time member of the Theatre Artists Workshop, Marty was seen as Marie in “Come Back, Little Sheba” and as Lydia Languish in “The Rivals.”

Lynnette R. Freeman plays Mrs. Muller. She hails from of Ohio, where she grew up doing theatre, dance, and performance from a young age. She graduated with her B.A. from Brown University in Africana Studies with a Focus in Creative Writing and Performance, and received her M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University/ Trinity Rep Conservatory in 2009. Some previous roles include Ruth in “A Raisin In The Sun,” Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” Dionyza in “Pericles,” Gloria in “Inked Baby” and Mrs. Thompson in “The Strangler.” She currently is a member of the Jamal Jackson Dance Company.

Jim Schilling of Norwalk plays Father Brendan Flynn. He co-founded MTC in 1987 and has served as teaching artist, Artist in Residence, director, general manager, actor, producer and currently as Director of the School of Performing Arts. Acting credits include John Guare’s “A Day For Surprises,” “Upper Broadway” at Westport Country Playhouse, “Hamlet” with Tony Roberts, “South Pacific” with Jamie Farr, “The Fantasticks” at the Rich Forum and on MTC’s MainStage in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…,” “Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down,” “Yours, Anne” and “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Film credits include “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Cadillac Man,” “Soapdish” and “Dead Man Walking.” He has directed MTC MainStage productions including “Something’s Afoot,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I Do, I Do.” Jim is a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the Daytime Emmy Awards and a member of “Who’s Who in the American Theatre” from 1991-present.

Katie Sparer of Stratford plays Sister Aloysius Beauvier. On Broadway, Katie stood by for Frances McDormand in the Circle in the Square revival of “Awake and Sing!” Some of her Off-Broadway credits include “A Shayna Maidle” at the Westside Arts, “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket” at Playwrights’ Horizons, “Beside the Seaside” at the Hudson Guild. Katie has performed in Regional Theatres across the country including: ACT, Studio Arena, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Boston Post Road Stage Company, Rich Forum, Playhouse on the Green, Shakespeare on the Sound, Stratford Festival Theatre, Fairfield Theatre Company. Television credits: “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” “American Playhouse,” “The Bronx is Burning,” “Candid Camera” and numerous daytime dramas. She just completed an independent film entitled “The Beginning.” Katie is a member of the Theatre Artists Workshop and teaches at the Regional Center for the Arts.

“Doubt” is directed by Kevin Connors, MTC MainStage Executive Artistic Director and co-founder of Music Theatre of Connecticut. Scenic design and stage management by David Heuvelman, lighting design by Graham Kindred and costume design by Diane Vanderkroef. The production is generously sponsored by Shoff Darby Insurance and TD Bank.

Performances take place April 16-25, 2010, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and reservations are suggested. For reservations or more information, call Music Theatre of Connecticut at 203.454.3883 or visit

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The Un-Common Theatre Company Proudly Presents “13 – A New Musical”

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The Un-Common Theatre continues their 30th season by presenting “13 – A New Musical” at the Orpheum Theatre, Foxboro, April 16th through April 18th. This hilarious, high-energy musical by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown opened on Broadway in 2008 and was the first show ever to feature an all teen cast.

The show revolves around Evan (Alex Fullerton, Mansfield MA ), who resents being uprooted from his home in New York City to move to Appleton , Indiana following his parent’s divorce. Soon to turn 13 and be Bar Mitzvahed, Evan is desperate to be accepted by the cool kids at his new school so that the guest list for his party will include more than just his family.

Those “cool kids” include the beautiful, multi-talented cheerleader Kendra (Michal Clayton, Lexington MA ), her best friend, gossipy Lucy (Rosie Meyer, Watertown MA ), and self-confident star athlete Brett (Soyer Wilson, Westwood MA). Not included in the cool constellation are Evan’s only real friend, Patrice (Mikayla Sabatino, Mansfield MA ), who is a resolutely independent spirit, and the nerdy Archie (Matthew Hawley, Norwood MA ), an automatic outcast due to his crutches.

Evan faces an internal struggle when he decides not to invite Patrice to his party in favor of the cool kids and then begins to do whatever it takes to be accepted by them. The modern musical score and dialogue showcase the adolescent struggles of today with a comical and engaging touch.

The Un-Common Theatre production will be held at the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro on Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th at 7:30 p.m., and two matinees, Saturday and Sunday, April 17th and 18th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket Prices are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students.

To order tickets 24/7 please call Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or order online at and search for “Orpheum”. For Un-Common Theatre members, handicapped or group sales tickets please call The Un-Common Theatre Co. at (508) 698-3098.

The Un-Common Theatre Co. is currently in its 30th season of providing a safe, exciting and creative place for children and adolescents to develop life skills through exposure to the professional theatrical experience. For more information on the Un-Common Theatre Co. and “13” please visit our website at .

This program is supported in part by grants from the Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield and Westwood Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.13 Rehearsal Photo