Auditions for An Evening of One Acts!

Announcing auditions for Springhouse Theatre Blackbox One-Acts!

The show dates are October 26, 27, 28, and 29.

Audition Information: Audition dates will be September 24 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. and September 25, from 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Headshot and resume is recommended but not required. Please come prepared with a one minute monologue. There will also be cold readings from the script.

SHOWS

“The Happy Journey from Trenton to Camden”

  • By: Thornton Wilder
  • A comedy
  • 3 men, 3 women
  • Directed by: Teri Beck

A father, mother and two of their three surviving children drive from Newark, New Jersey to Camden to visit their married daughter, who has recently lost her baby in childbirth. Their journey is punctuated by talk, laughter, memories (some mundane, some happy, some painful), and appreciation of the Now – ham and eggs, flowers, family, sunsets and the joy of being alive. In this family drama, nothing much happens-and yet everything important happens. As Ma Kirby says, “There’s nothin’ like bein’ liked by your family.”

CHARACTERS

  • THE STAGE MANAGER
  • MA – Mrs. Kate Kirby
  • ARTHUR – 13, her son
  • CAROLINE – 15, her daughter
  • PA
  • BEULAH – 22, the Kirbys' married daughter who lives in Camden, New Jersey

“Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone”

  • By: Louis E. Catron
  • Dramatic Comedy
  • 1 male, 1 female (both high school/college age)
  • Directed by: Hunter Thaw

Written by a college playwriting instructor, this nostalgic play captures the almost unspeakably poignant wonder of love. It is popular with high school, college and community theatres. A boy and girl meet and fall in love by discovering how to touch as people, not as sexual beings. The refreshingly innovative style makes it an ideal actors' challenge.

CHARACTERS – Boy, Girl

Auditions for Smoke on the Mountain

Springhouse Theatre Company is holding open call auditions for Smoke on the Mountain on September 17 & 18.

The production will run November 10, 11, 17, 18, and December 1, 2, and 3 (the theatre will be dark for Thanksgiving weekend). The open call auditions will be held September 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and September 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Please email will.sevier@springhousesmyrna.com to reserve an audition appointment.

To audition for all roles except June, be prepared to sing part of a traditional gospel song, memorized (those auditioning for June and Mervin will be asked to cold read a short monologue). One headshot and resume is recommended, but not required. This cast requires a combination of bluegrass musicians who have some theatrical experience, and/or actors who can play bluegrass instruments. The cast consist of 4 men and 3 women.

Smoke on the Mountain is a bluegrass gospel musical set in the late 1930s. After a 5 year hiatus, the Sanders family has decided to play the gospel circuit once again. First stop, Mount Pleasant Baptist church, which is not far from the pickle plant! Despite efforts to appear otherwise, the hilariously imperfect natures of the family and Pastor Oglethorpe unravel throughout the evening. What ends up being endearing to the congregation is their genuine weaknesses and stregnths which are revealed through songs and stories.

Character breakdowns:

MERVIN OGLETHORPE – Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, mid 20s to late 30s. Sings either tenor or Baritone. Piano experience a plus.

BURL SANDERS – father, 40s Outgoing father, frontman, and spokesman for the family. Still adjusting to leading the family after the loss of his own mother. Plays either guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, or any combination of these. Can sing either Tenor or Baritone, depending on casting.

VERA SANDERS – mother, 40s The true leader of the family. Feisty and hilarious – knows the scriptures inside and out, and can use them to win any argument. Plays piano, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, bass, fiddle, banjo, or any combination of these. Can sing either soprano or Alto, depending on who is cast as Denise and her vocal range.

STANLEY SANDERS – uncle, late 40s Stanley is quiet and does not agree with much of the antics from the family and the pastor. He is a real, down-to-earth man, who is not real certain about his faith in general, and thinks the old rules of church are silly. He has been away from the family for a long while, and is trying to decide if playing with the family in church is worth it now that mamma is gone. Plays either guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, or any combination of these.

DENNIS and DENISE SANDERS – twins, 17 Extremely talented gospel musicians and singers. Both are full of naiveté and wonder. Denise is loud and completely oblivious that she is attractive. Dennis is outgoing as long as a song is playing. He is terrified of speaking publicly – which causes some concern to his mother, Vera, who is convinced he is called to be a preacher. Both roles require expert comic timing and a high level of musicianship.

JUNE SANDERS – sister, 23 Soft-spoken and gentle, she is the outsider of the family and a true comedienne. She does not sing or play an instrument, but is invaluable to the story. Her love and devotion to her faith and her family are to the detriment of her own potential; she is truly selfless and unknowingly funny!

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