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Arena Dinner Theatre Auditions

All auditions begin at 7:00PM in the Arena Rehearsal Studio.

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Rehearsal for Murder (Mystery)

Adapted for the stage by D. D. Brooke

From the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link

Directed by Reuben Albaugh

Show Dates- September 29, 30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 2017

Audition Dates August 7 & 8, 2017
NOTE- THESE DATES ARE A MONDAY and TUESDAY not the normal Sunday  / Monday/

9 Men, 6 Women

This is a thrilling "theatrical" mystery in which the theatre becomes the set for the play. The playwright turns on the stage work light and prepares for the first reading of his new play. The actors, producer, director and others connected with the show come onto the stage, and under their humorous (and utterly real) theatrical talk, tension grows. We discover that everyone connected with this play was involved with another play by the same playwright. At its opening night, exactly a year ago and in this same theatre, the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright's fiancee, was murdered! As these people start with the new play, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold. The growing tension reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning! The authors of this thriller have all had direct Broadway experience, and their dialogue has a special sting of wit and reality.

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.

Peter and the Starcatcher (Comedy with Music)

A Play by Rick Elice

Music by Wayne Barker

Based on the Novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson

Directed by Gloria Minnich

Show Dates- November 24, 25,
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 2017

(*2:00PM Sunday matinee)

Audition Dates October 1 & 2, 2017

11 Men, 1 Woman

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). This is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.

Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc.

A Life in the Theatre (Comedy)

By David Mamet

Directed by Todd Frymier

Show Dates- January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 2, 3, 2018

Audition Dates November 26 & 27, 2017

3 Men

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Glass Menagerie (Drama)

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Scott Frey

Show Dates- March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2018

Audition Dates January 21 & 22, 2018

3 Men, 2 Women

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

A multiple award winning drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Calendar Girls (Comedy)

By Tim Firth

Directed by Brian H. Wagner

Show Dates- April 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 2018

Audition Dates March 11 & 12, 2018

4 Men, 9 Women

When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc

A Little Night Music (Musical)

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman

Directed by Christopher J. Murphy

Musical Direction by Ben Wedler

Show Dates- June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018

Audition Dates April 15 & 16, 2018

3 Men, 6 Women, Chorus

Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre.

Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

A Little Night Music is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love is perfect to showcase your highly trained singers with its harmonically advanced score and masterful orchestrations, and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."

Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International





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Audition Info and Guidelines

Auditions: All Arena auditions are open call; please arrive at the Theatre in time to begin at 7:00PM (unless otherwise indicated). Except in rare occasions, Arena productions are NOT pre-cast; all actors who participate in auditions will be given equal consideration for the required roles. Particular audition formats may vary depending upon the Director's preference, but general guidelines are as follows.

Plays: Most directors will want to hear you deliver a short monologue or soliloquy for your audition, and will usually ask you to read several passages from the script for the show (in conjunction with other actors).

Musicals: You should come to auditions prepared to sing one song, typically a verse+chorus from a Broadway show that will highlight your vocal strengths (remember to bring music for the accompanist to play on the piano). You should also be prepared to dance in case the choreographer will want to test your abilities (wear comfortable clothes and appropriate shoes).

Ages: Most all roles for productions at Arena are appropriate for actors/actresses ages 18 and up. Many productions, however, require roles for age- and gender-specific actors, so we often need children, young teenagers, and senior citizens. If in doubt about your suitability to perform, we recommend attending an open audition to see how you might fit in.

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