Articles for August, 2011

Always Patsy Cline at Harwich Junior Theatre

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Harwich Junior Theatre (MA) presents Always Patsy Cline (back by overwhelming popular demand!)Friday and Saturday August 26, and 27 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 2, 3 and 4 at 8p.m.. Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley and based on a true story and starring Laura Cappello as Patsy Cline and Suzette Hutchinson as Louise Segar. Directed by Robert Wilder and featuring The Bodacious Bobcat Band. This musical tribute to America’s country legend includes 27 hits suca as “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “She’s Got You”, “I Fall to Pieces”, and “Crazy”. Tickets  are $25.00

BOX OFFICE 508-432-2002. 105 Division St., West Harwich, MA 02671

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre 7th Season Auditions

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will hold open auditions for its upcoming theatre season on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 and Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm at the Nella Grimm Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, Center & Court Streets, Rutland.  The Company is looking for actors from the ages of 18 and up.  All performances will be at the Paramount’ Brick Box. Main Stage and at the Chaffee Art Center

Auditions are for the season’s three main productions.  The first, Art, won the 1998 Tony Award as best play. It will be produced on Nov. 10 to 13, 2011.  There are roles available for three men ages 25 up.   The Company’s second show will be of the Chaffee Art Galleries’ Women in the Arts show.  The Company will do two one-acts about four witty elderly women seen with wisdom and humor.  It will be produced March 2 – 4, 2012.  There are roles for four older women.  The third main stage show will be a staging of work by Vermont writers.  Under the title Vermont Writers… in Play!, this production is part of the Paramount’s education series and will be staged for the public on April 13, 2012 .  As it may be offered for travel in the future, two understudies will be cast.  There are roles open for three men, three women and musician (singing with acoustic guitar).

For questions see the Company website at or write to  You may also call producing director, Peter Marsh, at 802-773-8038.

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre Sixth Annual Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

This is the sixth year of premiered staged readings of three winning one-act plays in showcase at the Brick Box Theatre housed in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont.  Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre is in its seventh season.  The Nor’Eastern Showcase winners will receive an intense day and a half of work on each play and two nights lodging with our sponsor at the Holiday Inn: Rutland/Killington.  The Nor’Eastern Showcase performance dates for this year are May 4 and 5, 2012.  Each script goes through a rigorous screening process of three readers.  The scripts with the highest scores are submitted to a second panel, and then the finalists are read by a single reader who selects the three scripts to be showcased.

Entry information can be requested by writing to:

The Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest

Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre

PO Box 580

Rutland, Vermont 05702

Or by e-mailing us at:

Full information is also on line at:


  • This contest is open to playwrights of all ages and experience who are residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • One-act plays must be able to be read in showcase in 30 to 45 minutes.  Readers are instructed to disqualify plays that are, or appear to be, longer.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished, one-act plays.  Plays that have had staged readings may be submitted, however, plays that have received Vermont productions or readings may not.
  • Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.
  • Individual playwrights may submit a maximum of two (2) entries per year.
  • The author will maintain all literary rights to his or her own material.
  • All submissions are judged blind. We require four (4) copies with four (4) cover pages: All four (4) with the title of the play, BUT ONLY ONE with the author’s name, address, e-mail & phone numbers.
  • If you would like your scripts returned, you MUST include as S.A.S. mailing envelope covering the FULL return mailing costs with your submission.  If no S.A.S.E. is included, your scripts will be recycled.
  • Plays must be processed, page numbered, and securely bound in an ably bound soft cover, in standard professional play format.  Write to Samuel French Inc., 45 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010-2751 for their format guidelines, or copy them from on line.
  • All submissions will be handled with care.  However, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • Submission fees:  Following the guidelines of the Dramatists Guild of America there is no entry fee.
  • Scripts are not accepted on-line due to the costs of printing.
  • Mail four (4) copies of your script(s) to: Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, PO Box 580, Rutland, Vermont 05702-0580.  Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2011, notification of winners will be March 5, 2012 and the staged readings in Showcase will be on May 4 & 5, 2012, with playwrights expected to be there also on May 3, 2012 for rehearsals.

Past Winners are:

(2007) Ray Charles, Stamford, Connecticut, Wellington Café: Susan Shafer, New York, New York, Sadie and Ida: Nick Vigorito, Jr., Brooklyn, New York, The Window

(2008) Richard Goodman, Honolulu, Hawaii (by invitation), The Insanity Trial of Mary Todd Lincoln

(2009) Ben Aleshire, Wallingford, Vermont, Gauvain The Good Knight: Michael Nethercott, Guilford, Vermont, The Best Wine: Ron Radice, Andover, Massachusetts, Bricks

(2010) Constance Humphrey Egan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Bad Habit: Jacqueline T. Lynch, Chicopee, Massachusetts, In Memory of Trixie Gazelle:

Alan L. Steinberg, Potsdam, New York, The Revision

(2011) Burnham Holmes, Poultney, Vermont, The Palm Leaf Dialogues: Lloyd Pace, Larchmont, New York, The Shuttle:  Walt Vail, Pitman, New Jersey, Gerontia

AUDITIONS for PROMISES, PROMISES at Harwich Junior Theatre

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Harwich (MA) Winter Theatre( adult resident company) at HJT will hold auditions for Promises, Promises on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 15 and 16 from 6-8 PM at the HJT ARTS CENTER,265 Sisson Road, Harwich Center. Roles available for males and females ages 17 – 40. Please prepare 16 bars of a song.

Promises, Promises will be directed with musical direction by Robert Wilder, and choreography by Suzette Hutchinson.

Performances are scheduled for October 14 – November 13.

Auditions for Two Shows at Theatre with a Twist

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Theatre with a Twist, Inc.  (Acton, MA)  is looking for adults only to audition for our upcoming production of Bell, Book & Candle, by John Van Druten, the play that inspired the beloved 1970s sitcom “Bewitched”.

Auditions for Bell, Book and Candle will be held August 24 and 25, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 3 Post Office Square in Acton, MA.

Production dates are Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 2011.

Director is Katie Kuhl.

Theatre with a Twist is also auditioning  actors ages 16 and older for the upcoming performance of A Chorus Line.  This compelling musical focuses on the lives of a group of ambitious Broadway dancers with varied backgrounds and personalities who are trying to make it big in the theatre industry. From its first performance on the stage, A Chorus Line was an instant classic! The play is adapted from the book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics written by Edward Kleban, and music composed by Marvin Hamlisch.

Auditions for A Chorus Line will be held on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1 from 7-9 p.m. at 3 Post Office Square in Acton, MA.  Please note that pre-registration is required for both auditions. Contact to pre-register.  A fee of $15 applies to all who audition. If you are cast in our production, there is a membership fee of $15 for individuals and $25 for families.

Please come to your audition prepared with a 16 bar song that shows off your vocal range. Please do not use a song from A Chorus Line, but from another musical theatre piece.

Our performance will be directed by Mary Spinosa-Wilson, and choreographed by Jamie Horban. We hope to see both our veteran “twisters” and some new faces to add to our family!  For more information on this and other Theatre with a Twist productions, please visit

A Chorus Line is being produced with permission by Tams Whitmark Music Library, New York, NY. For more information on this and other Theatre with a Twist events, please visit Theatre with a Twist is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity Community Theatre Program.

Bell, Book and Candle is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Theatre with a Twist is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) Public Charity Community Theatre Program.