MASKERADE
Sporadic Productions

Written By: Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
Directed By: Danny Sag

In the Ankh-Morpork Opera House, a mysterious figure in a white mask flits amongst the rafters, sings in the night, and occasionally murders people - leaving notes with maniacal laughter written down.

Agnes "Perdita X" Nitt definitely does not want to be a witch – despite having a natural talent for it – and so she has travelled all the way from Lancre to join the opera. However, her curiosity and tendency for clear-headed thinking means she must get to the bottom of this mystery, even with the madness of the opera going on all around her.

Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are in the city on other business – and not at all because Agnes would make a good third witch. They’re just popping by to say hello and maybe take in an operation – but the Opera Ghost is causing havoc, and they can’t be having with that.

Parodying Gaston Leroux, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the tropes of opera in equal measure, this adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel weaves a fantastical tale about the masks – figurative and literal - that we all wear.

Roles Available:
See https://tinyurl.com/sporadicmaskerade
for information, a list of roles, and a form to apply for auditions.

Rehearsals:
Exact days and times will be negotiated with the cast, but probably: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. You will not be required at every rehearsal, and we will work to accommodate occasional absences.

Performances:
Oct 30-Nov 2, 2024 7.30pm and Nov 2, 2024 2.00pm

Venue:
The Arch, Holden Street Theatres, 32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh

Information Night:
N/A

Auditions:
Sunday July 28, 1.30pm

Venue:
Minor Works Building, 22 Stamford Court, Adelaide

More Information:
Contact Danny Sag on or email danny.sag+maskerade@gmail.com

ALICE IN WONDERLAND MUSICAL THEATRE
Ink Pot Arts Inc

Written By: Vogt & Friedman
Directed By: Jen Edwards

This brand new musical version of the timeless classic takes you down the rabbit hole with zany characters, mad tea parties, flamingo croquet on the lawn, and dancing playing cards, all in a land where nothing is as it seems. The ever-curious Alice, the White Rabbit, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Mock Turtle, the mysterious Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and all your favorites from Lewis Carroll's beloved books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass make this a magical, tuneful, and over-the-top entertaining musical for the whole family!

Roles Available:
Alice
The Queen of Hearts
Alice's Mother
Alice's sister, Loreena
The Mad Hatter
The White Rabbit
The Doormouse
Rose Painters
The Mock Turtle
The Dodo Bird
Two-of-Hearts Card
Seven-of-Hearts Card
The Knave of Hearts, a Jack-of-Hearts Card
The King of Hearts
The Cheshire Cat
Tweedle Dee
Tweedle Dum
The Caterpillar
The March Hare
Caucus Race Animals
Ensemble Role 1: Pop-Up Flower, Caucus Race Animal, Four-of-Hearts Dancing Card
Ensemble Role 2: Pop-Up Flower, Caucus Race Animal, Six-of-Hearts Dancing Card
Ensemble Role 3: Pop-Up Flower, Caucus Race Animal, Three-of-Hearts of Hearts Dancing Card

*NB: Opportunities for additional ensemble chorus and dancers are available

Rehearsals:
Mondays 5.30-7pm 8-11 year olds
5.30pm - 7.30pm teens & adults

Performances:
Saturday 22nd February 2025 4.00pm
Sunday 23rd February 2025 Mad Hatter's Tea Party 3.00pm for 4.00pm Performance

Saturday 1st March 2025 4.00pm
Sunday 2nd March 2025 Mad Hatter's Tea Party 3.00pm for 4.00pm Performance



Venue:
The Living Arts Centre,
Mount Barker Waldorf School
27 Sims Road
Mount Barker SA 5251

Information Night:
COME & TRY
Monday 29th July 2024, 5.30pm-7pm
Cost: $25 +BF

Booking: https://events.humanitix.com/alice-in-wonderland-musical-theatre-come-and-try


Auditions:
Monday 5th August, 5.30pm onwards

Venue:
Ink Pot Arts' Creative Hub
34-38 Gawler Street
Mount Barker
SA 5251

More Information:
Contact Jo-anne Sarre on 0429673327 or email quill@inkpot.com.au

COMIC POTENTIAL
Blackwood Players Inc

Written By: Alan Ayckbourn
Directed By: Greg Elliott

In the near future, former film maker Chandler 'Chance' Tate is directing a banal television soap. Actoids have replaced human actors and one, Jacie, appears to have a glitch as she keeps breaking into laughter.

Filming is interrupted by high powered executive Carla Pepperbloom and the TV magnate Lester Trainsmith's nephew Adam. Adamis a writer, a dying breed, and idolizes the work of Chance. When Adam is left in the studio, he runs an old Busker movie and Jacie begins to laugh. Adam begins to teach her the basics of comedy leading to Jacie doing a double-take when filming on the soap resumes. Initially sceptical, Chance talks to Adam about Jacie and the art of comedy and demonstrates her talent for the job. Clandestinely, the pair agree to work on a comedy film with Jacie. She is given freedom to improvise and under Chance's tutelage begins to learn more.

The mute Leister Trainsmith arrives with Carla and Jacie's comedy scene is shown. Carla tears it apart and Chance loses his temper. Carla continues to insist on changes and finds herself on the receiving end of a custard pie from Jacie. Lester laughs and approves the film but orders Jacie to be scrapped. Carla returns order the studio closed. Jacie initially doesn't mind being scrapped but after she and Adam dance and kiss, she realizes she doesn't want to 'die'.

Adam and Jacie go on the run and check in at the Grand Hotel, go shopping and have a meal - with unforeseen results. Back in their room, Adam uses a Bible to Jacie to read. Unfortunately, Jacie has been tracked and Adam sends her a cheap 'hotel' to hide, although she is becoming increasing unstable and distressed as she begins to feel real emotions. Adam returns but is stabbed by a pimp who believes Jacie is a prostitute. Jacie over-powers him, but distraught that Adam has been injured, she returns to the studio.

At the studio, Carla is revealed to leaked Jacie's story to the press and Lester proves not to be a mute, firing Carla. He offers Jacie Carla's job, but Jacie is still confused and decides to be scrapped. Adam returns from the hospital and is given bad news by Chance. As he mourns his loss, Jacie appears and admits she couldn't go through with being scrapped. The lovers are reunited, but Jacie looks set to be harder taskmaster than Carla in her new role....

Roles Available:
JCF 31333 Jacie Triplethree
20's - 30's. Jacie is an android (actoid) who laughs at one of the errors another actoid makes; she is not meant to be able to do sets her apart from other actoids. Jacie is witty and clever and physically strong. She has unique qualities.

Adam Tainsmith
20's - 30's, is an aspiring writer who becomes attracted to Jacie and begins creating a story that is based around her for a new tv soap opera; he is desperate tom prove himself. When Jacie is in danger, he takes her away and hides with her in hotels in the city.

Chandler
Late 50's was a film director with a good reputation, but now has ended up working with community television and a cast of actoids not human actors, churning out TV Soap Operas. He realizes Jacie's potential in TV entertainment.

Lester Trainsmith
In his 80's, who doesn't speak (until later scenes). He is in a wheelchair. He is the wealthy owner of the television station.

Marmion
30's. Is the speaker for Lester Trainsmith and voices Lester's thoughts and opinions.

Prim Spring, programmer.
30's. Prim is responsible for the actions of the actoids and if there is an issue or problem, she needs to rectify it. Prim can alter the emotional responses of the actoids.

Trudi Floote, technician.
30's. Trudi is like a floor manager and overseas technical aspects of the filming.

Carla Pepperbloom, company director
40's - 50's. Carla is flamboyant, demonstrative, quite theatrical, histrionic and overbearing. She is ambitious and sees herself as the next director of Lester's company. She would be an awful employer.

Doctor Actoid
Gives the young man in the hospital bed the bad news about his operation. The doctor is the actor who mucks up his lines which sets Jacie off.

Son Actoid
Young man, a patient in the hospital bed.

Mother Actoid
40's - 50's. Tearful and emotional, she is sad about her son's condition. She is able to be much more emotional when she is programmed to cry and be much sadder about her son.

Marmion, voice of Lester Trainsmith
Marmion voices Lester's thoughts.

Hotel Desk Clerk
Registers Jacie and Adam in the hotel.

Waiter 1
Serves Jacie and Adam in the hotel restaurant. He whispers to Jacie that his aware she is an actriod and she needs to leave immediately or will blow her cover.

Waiter 2
Serving other customers.

Man in Dress Shop.
Rich, older man who is impatient about having to wait while his young partner tries an outfits.

Girl in Dress Shop.
Rich man's young, slender girlfriend dressed in a skimpy outfit.

Dress Shop Assistant.
Any age. She happy assists Jacie who enthusiastically chooses outfits.

Prostitute
Mature woman. A rough diamond. She jumps to conclusions about why Jacie and Adam are in the hotel room.

Turkey
An older man, a pimp. He also jumps to the conclusions about why Jacie and Adam are in the hotel room and approaches them aggressively

Farmer - Adam's TV Plot
An older man with kindly intensions.

Farmer's wife - Adam's TV Plot
A mature woman who helps Jacie in need

Most small roles can be doubled up for a smaller cast.






Rehearsals:
Tuesday night's 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Sunday afternoon's 2.00pm - 5.00pm (Some Sundays 6.00pm - 9.30pm)

Rehearsals commence mid-February 2025

Performances:
Friday 16th May 2025 - 8.00pm
Saturday 17th May 2025 - 2.00pm
Saturday 17th May 2025 - 8.00pm
Friday 28th May 2025 - 8.00pm
Saturday 29th May 2025 - 2.00pm
Saturday 29th May 2025 - 8.00pm

Venue:
Blackwood Memorial Hall
21 Coromandel Parade, Blackwood

Auditions:
Saturday 7th September 2025 - 12pm - 5.00pm

Venue:
Blackwood Memorial Hall
21 Coromandel Parade, Blackwood

More Information:
Contact Myles David Leon - President / Production Manager on 0421002802 or email blackwood.players@gmail.com