By John Cariani
Directed by Susan Hinshaw
Performance Dates: Friday & Saturay , MARCH 23, 24, 30 & 31 @ 8 P.M. ~ SUNDAY, MARCH 25 & 31@ 2 P.M. ~ In the Black Box Theatre
Rehearsal Schedule: Monday- Friday: 6:30 – 10pm Saturday 9 am – Noon
Tech Week Begins Sunday March 18th and runs through the opening of the show
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost -- not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of magic.
A note on the characters from the playwright: “The people of Almost, Maine are not simpletons. They are not hicks or rednecks. They are not quaint, quirky eccentrics. They don't wear funny clothes and funny hats. They don't have funny Maine accents. They are not "Down Easters." They are not fishermen or lobstermen. They don't wear galoshes and rain hats. They don't say, "Ayuh." The people of Almost, Maine are ordinary people. They work hard for a living. They are extremely dignified. They are honest and true. They are not cynical. They are not sarcastic. They are not glib. But this does not mean that they are dumb. They're very smart. They just take time to wonder about things. They speak simply, honestly, truly, and from the heart. They are never precious about what they say or do.”
“ALMOST, MAINE is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental. A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).” —The New York Times. “Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect. AMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. [It] packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” —New York Daily News. “Mega-hit ALMOST, MAINE lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Our Town. Unabashedly unhip. There is no pretense of an edge here—the show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater. At this point, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.” —New York Post.
MARTHA (22-42) Strong, self-composed, aura of self-discipline, military bearing. Strong face, American, almost pioneer in feeling.
MARYJO (17-37) Blond, pretty, outgoing, bubbly personality. Texas accent. Sexy; a funny comedienne
quality: but sad inside. Must be skillful guitarist and singer. *See special audition notes.
SISSY (20-40) Sweet, feminine, outgoing. Sense of fun. Also sense of harmony and warmth to personality.
WHITNEY (21-41) Tall, slender, withdrawn, contained. Very aristocratic in bearing and quality. A Vassar graduate.
LEEANN (20-40) Asian or Biracial. Attractive. Strong, tough, determined in nature. An urban, hip quality to her personality.
STEELE (35-55) Black. Extremely strong, military bearing. Very intelligent, outgoing, great sense of humor. A pragmatist. Southern.
THE AMERICAN MEN (18-60) Tall, very American looking. Versatile actor needed for variety of roles.
Potentially up to 4 additional ensemble members, any age, gender, or ethnicity.
For auditions: Please perform a contemporary monologue. If you don't have a monologue prepared, you may cold read a monologue which will be given to you at the auditions. Ideally, your monologue should show some capacity for warmth, sincerity, hope and/or love.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
By Howard Ashman
Directed by Matt McCray
Dates: Friday & SATURDAY, APRIL 27 & 28, MAY 4 & 5 @ 8 P.M., SUNDAY, APRIL 29 & MAY 6 @ 2 P.M. On the PAC Mainstage
Tech Week Begins Sunday April 22 and runs through the opening of the show
Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh
Seymour Krelborn: Male, 25-35. Any ethnicity. An insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero. He is a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills. Vocal range A2 to G4.
Audrey: Female, 25-35. Any ethnicity. Bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like, secret love of Seymour's life. She has poor self-worth and education, but incredibly good looks and a sweet and vulnerable demeanor. Vocal range G#3 to D5.
Mr. Mushnik: Male, 50s or older. Any ethnicity. Jewish. The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. He is profit-driven, greedy, and manipulative. Vocal range G2 to F4.
Orin Scrivello: Male, 30-40. Any ethnicity. An egotistical dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour. Also doubles as Bernstein, Snip, Luce and others. Vocal range G2 to G4.
The Plant Voice (Audrey II): Male or Female, any age or ethnicity. An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart 'villain.' A funky rhythm and blues voice, a plus. Highly expressive. Vocal range G4 to G2.
Crystal: Female, 20-35. Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon are skid row residents and street urchins who act occasional as a Greek Chorus. Must have a great ability to harmonize. Young, hip, and smart. These girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality. Vocal range F5 to Ab3.
Ronnette: Female, 20-35. Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon are skid row residents and street urchins who act occasional as a Greek Chorus. Must have a great ability to harmonize. Young, hip, and smart. These girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality. Vocal range F5 to Ab3.
Chiffon: Female, 20-35. Crystal, Ronnette and Chiffon are skid row residents and street urchins who act occasional as a Greek Chorus. Must have a great ability to harmonize. Young, hip, and smart. These girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality. Vocal range F5 to Ab3.
Ensemble: Male and female performers of various ages, races and types to portray Skid Row residents including Wino 1, Wino 2, Customer, and others. Some of these actors will also double as puppeteers for The Plant.
Do I have to be a student, or can anyone audition? Each of our productions are a class. Anyone can audition for our productions. If you are cast, you MUST registar for the course in order to participate?
Is there a prerequisite, or do I need any expereince? No there is no experience nessceary.
Some actors will be asked to sing at the general
audition and the call back. Again, it is not a requirement that you
sing to be cast. But if you can, show your stuff!
This is your time to shine. Prepare your
material to show your brilliance. Take a chance! Live in
the moment! That’s what we want to see at a general audition.
Please note that there are many wonderful supporting roles. If you will only accept certain roles in a play, please be clear on your audition form and in person concerning this. It saves time everyone time.