Once on this Island at Elizabeth Seton High School, Apr 12 & 13

Once on this Island at Elizabeth Seton High School, Apr 12 & 13

Elizabeth Seton High School presents:
Once on this Island
by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
based on The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

April 12 & 13, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Location: Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg.

The Seton Theatre Company is excited to celebrate storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice, “Once on This Island,” on Friday April 12th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm in the Mahler Center for the Performing Arts at Elizabeth Seton High School.

Tickets: $10. Buy tickets here.

Ragtime by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Jun 1-30

Ragtime by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Jun 1-30

June 1-30, 2018
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally

Directed by Nathan Bowen
Produced by Jane Wingard
Music Direction by Emily Taylor
Choreography by Anwar Thomas

2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse

Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant, and a young Harlem musician. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair… and what it means to live in America. Called by TIME Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years,” Ragtime is filled with pageantry, emotion, and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

Tickets for shows at Bowie Playhouse are $22.00 for General Admission, $19.00 for seniors (60 and over) and full time students, and $12 for Children 11 and under. Buy tickets here.

Auditions for Ragtime by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Feb 20-21

Auditions for Ragtime by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse, Feb 20-21

by 2nd Star Productions
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally

Directed by Nathan Bowen
Produced by Jane Wingard
Music Direction by Emily Taylor
Choreography by Anwar Thomas

Come out and audition for the much-acclaimed, award-winning 2nd Star Productions in Bowie, MD for our summer musical Ragtime.

Auditions are Tuesday February 20th and Wednesday February 21st at 7 pm at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, MD (16500 Whitemarsh Park Dr, Bowie, MD 20715). Callbacks will be Thursday February 22nd at 7 pm.

Those who wish to audition may attend either the Tuesday or Wednesday dates. Please keep Thursday night clear in case you are called back. If you are needed for callbacks, you will be notified by phone and/or email by 10 AM Thursday morning. Most actors who are cast will not be called back Thursday night; it is only to test selected actors against each other before final casting is complete.

2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse

Performances are June 1-30, Fridays through Sundays. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, call time of 7 pm, and Sundays are 3 pm with a call time of 2 pm. Our closing performance on Saturday June 30th is a 3 pm matinee with a call time of 2 pm.

Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience: the marches, the cakewalks and – of course, the ragtime.

For for information, including preparations and roles to be cast see: http://www.2ndstarproductions.com/2ndStarAudition.html, or e-mail 2ndStarBowie@gmail.com.

Seussical at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Dec 2-18

Seussical at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Dec 2-18

Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
December 2-18, 2016
Directed by Jon Gardner
Music Directed by Mac Fancher
Choreographed by Rikki Howie Lacewell
Circus coached by Laura Adams

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

A fantastical, magical, musical circus! All your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life and transport you from the jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos, while the Circus McGurkus fills the stage with unicycles, juggling, acrobatics and more!, Join The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, The Grinch and others in a heart-warming musical circus adventure suitable for all ages. Will Horton Hatch the Egg and save the Whos from the Sour Kangaroo? Will Jojo get home safely from the butter battle? There’s no guarantee, so come and see! This holiday season, use the “brains in your head and feet in your shoes” to steer yourself and your family in the direction of Greenbelt Arts Center for songs such as “How Lucky You Are”, “It’s Possible”, “Amazing Mayzie”, and “Alone in the Universe”. “Oh the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!”

Fridays and Saturdays, December 2, 3, 9, 16, 17 at 8PM
Sunday matinees, December 4, 11, 18 at 2PM
Special Saturday matinee, December 10 at 2PM

Ticket prices: $25 General Admission, $22 Students/Seniors/Military, $14 Youth (12 and under with adult). Buy Tickets here.

Auditions for Seussical by Greenbelt Arts Center, Aug 18-21

Auditions for Seussical by Greenbelt Arts Center, Aug 18-21

Auditions for Seussical
August 18, 20 & 21, 2016

Seussical, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Directed by Jon Gardner. Choreographed by Rikki Howie Lacewell. Circus coached by Laura Adams

Please click here for more information.

Auditions for Seussical will be held at the Greenbelt Arts Center on Thursday, August 18 at 7pm, Saturday, August 20 at 2pm and Sunday, August 21 at 2pm. Call-backs will be Thursday, August 25, if necessary.

Rehearsals will begin October 1 and will be 3 or 4 times per week until tech week with the final schedule depending on conflicts. There will be nine performances from December 2 to 18 on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with afternoon matinees on each Sunday and on Saturday December 10, and evening performances on the other days.

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

All the leads, feature roles and ensemble sing in the show. Most roles dance. We will also be including circus performers throughout the show; the circus performers may also sing or dance if they are able. Leads and others could incorporate circus skills if they have them, but prior circus experience is not required.

Please prepare a short song (up to 32 bars) in the style of the show, or from musical theater. Bring sheet music for the piano accompanist or sing a capella; we will not use backing tracks for the auditions. Auditions will include movement or dance, so please dress appropriately; do not wear jeans and bring dance sneakers or jazz shoes if possible. There will be readings from the script. If you wish to audition for the circus roles, please bring any necessary equipment, such as a unicycle, stilts, juggling balls, etc.

Bring a headshot and theatrical resume if you have one, or be prepared to list previous acting, singing, dancing and circus training and experience. Bring a complete list of conflicts for October 1 to December 18, including all days of the week. We will try to accommodate rehearsal conflicts, but performance conflicts will not be allowed for those with lead, speaking or singing parts.

The Story:
The characters of Dr. Seuss are brought to life as The Cat in the Hat tells the stories to Jojo. Horton the Elephant Hears a Who and Hatches the Egg. Gertrude McFuzz bemoans her one-feather tale and falls for Horton while Mayzie La Bird leads Gertrude astray. The Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers tease Horton and don’t believe in the Whos. The Whos are led by the Mayor and his Wife while the Bird Girls back up the singing and join in the fun. Our production will incorporate circus skills throughout the play, which will be featured during the Circus McGurkus scene.

We expect to cast a combination of adults, teens and children; all ages are encouraged to audition and many of the roles are open to a wide range in ages. We welcome a diverse cast and all roles are open to all ethnicities. People of any gender may audition for any role; casting will depend on the ability to sing the vocal range and to portray the role. People with disabilities are encouraged to audition. Although circus skills are required for the Circus Performers, it is not necessary for the lead and ensemble actors to have circus abilities, but any skills that exist may be used in the show. All roles are unpaid.

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