RUMOURS
Tea Tree Players

Written By: Neil Simon
Directed By: Samuel Creighton

Ken and Chris have found their host Charley, a prominent Government official, in his bedroom, too dazed to speak, with a bullet wound in his ear lobe!
Len and Claire arrive, themselves injured in a car crash, and are soon joined by Ernest and Cookie, Glenn and Cassie, each with their own problems.

A second, accidental, gunshot leaves Ken temporarily deaf, the police arrives and Len has to pretend he is Charley, concocting a touching and fantastic explanation...

Roles Available:
Cast of Characters :
Please NOTE : The ages stated are not set in concrete. Couples will be matched according to age. Feel free to audition if you don’t match the stated stage age.

KEN GORMAN – (40) A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes
charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his
temporary deafness. - 217 Cues

CHRIS GORMAN – (mid-30’s) Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered.
Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which
drives her to drink a bit more. (Does not smoke in the show) - 187 Cues

LENNY GANZ – (Late 30’s, early 40’s) A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent
destruction of his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant
of the gossip. - 243 Cues

CLAIRE GANZ – (Late 30’s) Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and
others'). Starts the play with a swollen lip. a gossiper. 167 Cues

ERNIE CUSACK – (Early 50’s) A psychiatrist. Affable. Loves his wife very
much. Tries to help. cooking the evening’s dinner. - 128 Cues

COOKIE CUSACK – (40’s) Has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms.
Loves her husband. A bit absent-minded at times. 91 Cues

GLENN COOPER – (30-40) State Senate candidate. Worried about his
own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair
(which he may or may not be). 149 Cues

CASSIE COOPER – (late 20’s, early 30’s) Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her
husband's relationships with other women. Quick to anger. obsessed with crystals. 61 Cues

OFFICER WELCH (M) – (30-50) A city police officer having a rough night. Does not
tolerate lying. Sees through the “classy” façade of high-society. 73 Cues

OFFICER PUDNEY (F) – (20-30) Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type. 3 Cues

Rehearsals:
Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons after new years.

Performances:
Performance dates : Proposed for February 23 to March 5, 2022 (Subject to current COVID-SAFE criteria)

Rumours, will be performed from 8pm Wednesday, February 23rd
to Saturday, February 26th and then from 8pm Tuesday, March 1st
to Saturday, March 5th.
Matinee performances will be held from 2:30pm, each Saturday
and on Sunday, February 27th.

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre (Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park) Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads, Surrey Downs.

Information Night:
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2021 7pm at Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park) Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads, Surrey Downs.

Auditions:
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2021 and Thursday, NOVEMBER 4TH from 7:30pm at Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park) Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads, Surrey Downs.

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre
(Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park) Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads, Surrey Downs.

More Information:
Contact Samuel Creighton on 8289 5266 (TTP Box Office - please leave a message with your return contact details number.) or email samueljcreighton@gmail.com

HELLO DOLLY
The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company of SA Inc (aka “The Met”)

Written By: Book by: Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by: Jerry Herman
Directed By: Directed by Barry Hill
Musical Direction Serena Cann
Choreographer Jacinta Vistoli

In 1890 New York, Dolly Levi is the woman to see for just about anything. Need a husband? No problem for Dolly. Can’t dance? In five minutes you’ll be waltzing. Dolly has the world wrapped around her little finger and there isn’t anything, or anyone she can’t conquer, so when she sets her sights on the wealthy and pernickety Horace Vandergelder, it’s only a matter of time.

Dolly convinces Horace and his employees, Cornelius and Barnaby as well as Horace's niece Ermengarde to travel to New York where they meet a Yonkers hat maker named Irene Molloy, and her assistant Minnie Fay. Dolly's romantic scheming does not go completely to plan, but eventually, after an extraordinary evening at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, everyone ends up with the right partner! This award winning musical is based on Thornton Wilder's play 'The Matchmaker'.

Roles Available:
Dolly Levi: A widow in her middle years who has decided to begin her life again. She is a matchmaker, meddler, opportunist and a life-loving woman, commanding, strong stage presence. Stage age: 45 - 55. Vocal range: alto-soprano. (D3 to G4 or G3 to C5) Dance ability: Sound mover with excellent posture and stage presence is required. An ability to be ‘light on your feet’ when transferring weight and travel quickly across the stage.

Horace Vandergelder: The proprietor of a Hay & Feed store and a client of Dolly Levi. A well-known half-a-millionaire, he is a widower, gruff, authoritative, and set in his ways. Stage age: 40-60. Vocal range: baritone (B3 to G5). Dance ability: Good Movement and posture. An ability to be ‘light on your feet’ when transferring weight.

Cornelius Hackl: Vandergelder’s chief clerk who yearns for one exciting day in NYC. Energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous young man who has a sweet innocence about him. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: baritone (Bb3 to G5). Dance ability: He will need to be a strong mover/dancer with a sense of comedic movement. Any acrobatics would be favorable.

Barnaby Tucker: An assistant to Cornelius at Vandergelder’s Hay & Feed store. He is sweet, naïve, energetic, and a follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: baritone (C4 to G5). Dance ability: He needs to be a strong mover/dancer with a strong sense of the physical gag bordering on slap stick but not!

Irene Molloy: A widow and a beautiful, smart, fun-loving milliner with a hat shop in New York. Dolly has introduced her to Horace Vandergelder but she yearns for romance. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: soprano (A3 to F5). Dance ability: strong dancer/mover with classical lines.

Minnie Fay: A young girl who works in Irene’s hat shop. Irene’s assistant, she is a naïve, strait-laced, fresh, and a follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano (C4 to F5). Dance ability: strong dancer with classical/musical theatre lines.

Ambrose Kemper: A young and explosive struggling, good natured artist seeking to marry Ermengarde. Stage age: 19-23. Vocal range: tenor (D4 to G#5). Dance ability: strong dancer/mover with some comedic movement - musical theatre style.

Ermengarde: The young niece of Horace Vandergelder. She cries often and wants her independence and wants to marry Ambrose. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: no solo singing. Dance ability: strong dancer/mover with some comedic movement - musical theatre style.


Ernestina: An eccentric-looking good-time girl in need of Dolly’s matchmaker services. Stage age: 30-45. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: Needs to move well and be light on feet.

Rudy: Maitre’d of the Harmonia Gardens, proper, commanding. Stage age: 40-60. Vocal range: bass. Dance ability: Needs to move well and be light on feet. Requires an accent.

Mrs. Rose: A friend of Dolly’s from years before. Street vendor (will be cast from the chorus). Stage age: 35-50. Vocal Range: any. Dance ability: some.

Female Chorus Members: Vocal range: even split of sopranos and altos.
Dance ability: a mix of some and strong.

Male Chorus Members: Vocal range: split of tenors, baritones and basses
Dance ability: Dance ability: a mix of some and strong

Miscellaneous character parts: will be cast from the chorus.

Waiters: Vocal range: even split of tenors/basses. Dance ability: strong.

Judge: A white-whiskered night court judge. Easily moved to tears by romance. Vocal range: tenor or bass. Stage Age: open Dance Ability: none (with also be part of the chorus in other numbers)

Rehearsals:
Monday and Wednesday nights and some Sundays

Monday at Maylands Church of Christ 7:30 - 10:30pm
Wednesdays at Wesley Uniting Church Kent Town 7:30 - 10:30pm
Sunday rehearsals 2 - 6pm

There will be a number of Sunday day/night rehearsals (2- 10:30pm) as production week approaches.

Performances:
5th - 7th and 10th - 14th of May 2022.
Shows at 7:30pm
Matinees on Sat 7th and 14th at 2pm

Venue:
The Arts Theatre

Information Night:
Monday 8th November at 7:45pm
Maylands Church of Christ hall
Corner of Portrush Road and Nora Street Maylands.

Auditions:
Sunday 14th Nov 2pm to 10pm
Monday 15th November 7.30pm to 10pm


Venue:
Maylands Church of Christ (Corner of Portrush Road and Nora Street Maylands).

More Information:
Contact Met Musicals via email at metmusicals@gmail.com

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR BY NEIL SIMON
Adelaide Repertory Theatre

Directed by David Grybowski

It’s the early years of television in 1953, and the comic writers of The Max Prince Show in New York write Max an hour-and-a-half-long sketch show that is broadcast live every week! Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a roman à clef as Neil Simon was actually such a writer for Sid Caesar, the real-life show host on which Max Prince is based. While we enjoy the witty banter of the comedians, Max is fighting an epic battle with his network bosses. Television is coming of age and will expand broadcasting far beyond New York - the executives don’t think the audience in Ohio and Kentucky will get the Shakespeare jokes, and the writers are anxious about their jobs. The play shows the huge contribution to American humour from European Jewish immigrants and their American-born offspring in the time of McCarthy’s persecutions and the birth of the hydrogen bomb. It’s a very funny play – all the characters are comedians! Max pays well and they are the best in the business.

Roles Available:
CHARACTER OUTLINES - New York American accents with some Jewish affectation unless otherwise noted, must be able to tell a joke.

9 CAST MEMBERS – 4 younger males & 2 younger females, and 3 older males, all except Helen are comic writers.

MAX – Male older, major role, stage-age late 30s early 40s, New York Jew but hides it for the television camera, commanding presence, brooding, agitated, angrily explosive, charismatic, commands attention by his presence.

LUCAS – Male younger, major role, stage-age mid-20s, represents a young Neil Simon new to the writing team, eager novice, intelligent, sensitive, New York Jew, first on-last off stage, also narrator.

VAL – Male older, 40s-50s, maybe younger, Jewish emigrant from Russia, Russian accent, second oldest on set, tries to keep the team writing amongst the chaos but as crazy as the rest.

MILT – Male younger, New York Jew, lost soul, funny (but they are all funny).

BRIAN – Male younger, late 20s stage-age, smoker, trying to get ahead, losing hair would be great (it’s in the script), Irish (not Jewish) – so Irish accent, dreamer.

KENNY – Male younger, late 20s stage-age, New York Jew, sophisticated, cool, intelligent.

IRA – Male older, oldest in cast, hypochondriac, great extravagant supporting character role, “He is all energy with a touch of brilliant madness.”

HELEN – Female, any age, not Jewish, any US accent, MAX’s PA, small role, great for the inexperienced.

Please note the role of Carol has been pre-cast but we add her description for context:
CAROL – Female, late 20s stage-age, New Yorker, not Jewish, only female comedian on staff – faking male behaviour to fit in, tough on outside.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals generally Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10 pm, Sundays 12-4 pm, starting 13 Sept 2022 but be prepared to start a week earlier if a “COVID” break is anticipated.

Performance Thursday-Saturday 17-19 November 2022 and Wednesday-Saturday 23-26 November 2022, with matinee on final day 26 November.

Everybody is on stage most the time, but some parts will be able to skip the first week or so of rehearsals. Great ensemble piece!

Performances:
November 2022

Auditions:
Saturday 20 November 2021 between 9am and 5pm.

Auditioners will schedule a time for a 15 minute audition that will include auditioner performing dialogue with a reader, or a monologue from the play. Please indicate whether you would prefer a morning or afternoon slot.

You don’t need to memorise – just be very familiar with it. The Director will be looking for energy, interpretation of changes in intention, and accent, and understanding of context. The Director is happy to take your phone call for discussion on the audition piece 0400 299 503, and has an accent coaching blurb he can email to you. Digital copy of script will be provided on request.

Also prepare a joke of about 30 seconds length (not a riddle, a proper story joke) and tell it in your audition accent. Any joke, not necessarily one you made up. During rehearsal, we will have access to a bona fide New York Jew for accent.

NOTE: There is some swearing in the play – the f word and the sh*t word. It’s all just boy’s room banter and not nasty or hostile.

More Information:
Email Laura (board member) at playreading@adelaiderep.com and she will allocate you a 15 minute audition slot.

VOICES
Fifth Business Theatre Company

Written By: Janet Fletcher
Directed By: Janet Fletcher

Fringe 2022 will see the launch of a new, exciting, challenging and thought-provoking work of theatre. The writer and director, Janet Fletcher, is seeking a cast of dedicated, team focused actors to bring this tale to the stage.
Voices is a modern re-imagining of Louisa-May Alcott’s Little Women together with an exploration of some of the darker aspects of Alcott’s life. The Alcott’s are famously known as a progressive family committed to the abolition of slavery, the equality of women, the care of refugees, and to the improvement of their spiritual selves. What is less known is that the parent’s marriage was fraught with difficulty and Alcott’s personal struggle with poverty, her health and her voice as a writer.

The characters, love, laughter and belief in family that defines Little Women are still present, but Voices reveals a darker story about the need for courage in facing both the challenges of life and the truths of the past. Voices is also an exploration of how story captures imagination and shapes our understanding of the world.

Roles Available:
Four roles - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the four March sisters, as adults.

Rehearsals:
Monday and Wednesday evenings - rehearsal evenings and start date to be confirmed/negotiated.
Some Sunday rehearsals should be expected.

Performances:
Fringe Performance dates: Proposed for March 4 and March 5, March 11 and March 12, 2022

Venue:
FBTC are seeking a vibrant space to perform Voices.

Information Night:
7pm until 9pm Friday 19 November

Auditions:
7pm until 9pm in the week beginning Monday 22 November to be confirmed/negotiated.

Venue:
Tyndale Christian School, Mask Theatre, 50 Fern Grove Boulevard, Salisbury East

More Information:
Contact Danielle Potter on 0409376878 or email danipotter@tyndale.sa.edu.au

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
South Coast Choral and Arts Society (SCCAS)

Written By: Music by: Alan Menken
Lyrics by: Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by: Linda Wollverton
Directed By: Director: JJ Geelen
Musical Director: Tom Sulda

A wandering enchantress transforms a cruel and vain prince into a hideous Beast, leaving him only one way to reverse the curse - fall in love with another and earn her love in return. Belle, a beautiful booklover, encounters the Beast when she arrives at his castle to plead for her father’s freedom, ultimately trading her own for his. As tension over her imprisonment escalates in the town, spurred by Gaston, the selfish lover who seeks Belle’s hand in marriage, the relationship between Belle and the Beast grows, leading to an emotional, and transformative, conflict.

Roles Available:
BELLE (Stage Age: 18-30) Belle is the original fairy tale heroine–kind, gentle, and beautiful–but with an important 21st Century twist. She is a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman. Belle is the moral conscience of the story, elevated by her thoughts and deeds. The maturity and depth of her character allow her to see the true beauty and spirit within The Beast, and to love him for it. This role requires a very strong singer who portrays innocence with her singing and speaking voice. Mezzo- Soprano: Low A-High F

THE BEAST (Stage Age: 21-35) The Beast’s tortured soul is evident for all to see. He is paying the ultimate price for a moment of mean-spiritedness and wishes beyond wishing that he could rectify his mistake. There is anger and menace in The Beast’s appearance and behaviour, but increasingly we see his soft and endearing side as he interacts with Belle. It becomes clear that he is a loving, feeling, human being trapped within a hideous creature’s body. This role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence. Baritone: A–High F

GASTON (Stage Age: 21-35) Gaston is the absolute antithesis of The Beast. Although he is physically handsome, he is shallow, completely self-centred, not very bright, and thrives on attention. However, when his ego is bruised, he becomes a very dangerous foe for The Beast, Belle and Maurice. This role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well. Baritone: A–High F

LEFOU (Stage Age: 18+) Lefou is Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master. The actor must be comfortable with physical comedy, and the role requires strong character acting. Baritone: B–High F Sharp

MAURICE (Stage Age: 40+) Despite being a bit scatter-brained, there is no mistaking Maurice’s steadfast love for his daughter Belle. Kindly, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he becomes single-minded and determined when Belle faces danger. Maurice and Belle sing the lovely duet No Matter What. Baritone: B flat–High D flat

BABETTE (Stage Age: 20’s-40’s) Babette is a saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections. This role requires good character acting and she should move well, as she dances a tango with Lumiere during Be Our Guest. This character speaks with a French accent. Alto: C–C

LUMIERE (Stage Age: 30+) Lumiere is the French butler who was transformed into a Candelabrum. He is light-hearted, suave, romantic, smooth-talking, and charming. He has a romantic involvement with Babette. This character speaks with a French accent. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well. Baritone: A–High F sharp

COGSWORTH (Stage Age: 30+) Cogsworth is a tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast’s household. He is a stuffy English man who loves perfection. This character speaks with a British accent. This role requires strong character acting. Baritone: A–High E

MRS. POTTS (Stage Age: 30+) Mrs. Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty and the Beast. This character speaks with a British accent. Mezzo-Soprano: Low F sharp– High G

CHIP (Age 8-12 years old) Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts. Boy Soprano: D–High D

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE (Stage Age: 30+) Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. Soprano: C sharp–High G

MONSIEUR D'ARQUE (Stage Age: 25+) D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He doubles as a townsperson. Tenor: D–High A

THREE SILLY GIRLS (Stage Age:16-25) The silly girls are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston. They are featured dancers who double as enchanted objects.

ENSEMBLE (TOWNSPEOPLE, ENCHANTED OBJECTS, ETC) The ensemble is very busy, as they are both townspeople and enchanted objects. There are several solo lines in songs like Belle and The Mob Song, and many great dance numbers (Gaston, Be Our Guest, and Human Again). The Enchantress and Young Prince, the Baker, the Baker’s wife, and the Bookseller are all chorus members. Four chorus members will be wolves who fight the Beast.

Rehearsals:
Wednesday and Friday Evenings (7.15 to 10.00 pm)

Performances:
Friday 13 May 2022 - 7.30 pm
Saturday 14 May 2022 - 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Wednesday 18 May 2022 - 7.30 pm
Friday 20 May 2022 - 7.30 pm
Saturday 21 May 2022 - 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm
Wednesday 25 May 2022 - 7.30 pm
Friday 27 May 2022 - 7.30 pm
Saturday 28 May 2022 - 7.30 pm

Venue:
Victor Harbor Town Hall

Information Night:
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 at 7.30 pm
Victor Harbor Lutheran Church
21A Adelaide Rd, McCracken SA 5211

Auditions:
Saturday 11 December 2021 starting 8.30 am (Audition times booked)
Sunday 12 December 2021 starting 2.00 pm (for call backs if required)

* Possible Alternative time offered (if unable to attend Saturday 11/12/21 audition)
Wednesday 8 December 2021 - 7.30 pm

Venue:
Victor Harbor Lutheran Church
21A Adelaide Rd, McCracken SA 5211

More Information:
Contact JJ Geelen on 0407719338 or email geelja63@gmail.com

I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT!
Tea Tree Players

Written By: a THRILLER by Peter Colley
Directed By: Joumana (Gigi) Jeffers

Jan has recently had a nervous breakdown. Her husband Greg, has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. When George, the hilarious farmer they rent the house from, tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse and the ghost that reputedly stalks the night, Jan's imagination fires up. The situation gets even worse when Laura, Greg's beautiful but manipulative sister arrives. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night, and visions of the vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take an unexpected turn in a night of unimaginable suspense!

Roles Available:
JAN: (F) mid 20’s to mid 30’s
Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jan comes across as delicate and insecure but also has a defensive air to her character. (CUES: 325)

GREG: (M) mid to late 30’s
Jan’s husband who is a charming and attractive but somewhat distant and matter-of-fact geologist. Although apparently concerned about Jan’s state of mind, he is dismissive and insensitive to her fears. (CUES: 270)

LAURA: (F) mid to late 30’s
A very well presented city woman who is Greg’s sister and confidante. She oscillates between sweet/ helpful & conniving/manipulative. (CUES: 82)

GEORGE: (M) anything between mid 50’s & mid 60’s
A country bumpkin farmer who is amused by his own gruesome stories. He appears to be everyone’s friend and always ready to help. (CUES: 152)

Rehearsals:
Monday and Wednesday evenings - start date to be confirmed/negotiated.
Some Sunday rehearsals should be expected.

Performances:
Performance dates : Proposed for April 20 to April 30, 2022 (Subject to current COVID-SAFE criteria)

I'll Be Back Before Midnight! will be performed from 8pm Wed,
April 20th to Sat, April 23rd and then from 8pm Tues, April 26th
to Sat, April 30th, 2022.
Matinee performances will be held from 2:30pm, each Saturday
and on Sunday, April 24th.

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre (Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park) Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads, Surrey Downs.

Information Night:
7pm until 9pm approx MONDAY December 13th and again on WEDNESDAY December 15th, 2021

Auditions:
7pm until 9pm approx MONDAY December 13th and again on WEDNESDAY December 15th, 2021

Venue:
Tea Tree Players Theatre (Gate One, Tilley Recreational Park) Corner of Yatala Vale and Hancock Roads, Surrey Downs.

More Information:
Contact Joumana (Gigi) Jeffers on 0478 014 240 or email jojeffers50@gmail.com