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Welcome! We hope you will audition for a Sunset show!

Every season, we hold auditions for our eight Furlan Auditorium Productions and EVERYONE is welcome to try-out for all shows!

Our DAZZLING 2021-22 SEASON! 

For further information or if you have any questions, contact Brooke Olson by calling (262) 782-4431×233 or emailing boxoffice@sunsetplayhouse.com.

Please Note:

Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption signed by a physician, is required for adults and teens at the time of audition in order to be cast.

Auditions for our Sunday’s at Sunset Cabaret: Broadway’s Best. 

Auditions available for students entering 9 – 12 grade for the 2022-23 academic year.

Auditions: June 13, 2022

5:00 – 7:30 pm

Sign up for a 10 minute individual auditions slot using this link: https://signup.com/go/xTKzixt

Please prepare 32 bars of a “Broadway’s Best” song that you would like to perform in the Cabaret.  Please consider upeat songs (if you are cast and we do not receive enough upbeat submissions, we may ask you to change your selection).  Bring a copy of your audition music for our music director to use for piano accompaniment during your audition. 

By choosing to audition you acknowledge that you are available for all listed rehearsals and performances.

June 20 rehearsal  4:30 – 7:30

each performer will sign up for a 30 minute time slot on one of the rehearsal days

June 27 rehearsal  4:30 – 7:30

each performer will sign up for a 30 minute time slot on one of the rehearsal days

July 5  4:30 – 7:30

group rehearsal – all attend

July 9  10:00 – 1:00

tech rehearsal – all attend

July 10

1:00 call time

2:00 & 4:00 performance

 

 

 

Announcing our NEW JR Musical Audition Series. 

Auditions are available for students entering grades 7 – 12 for the 2022-23 academic school year.

ALL STUDENTS interested in being cast in NEWSIES JR must audition.  Actors must be available for ALL tech rehearsals and performances to be cast.

Tuition of $205 will be assessed upon the acceptance of a role – There is NO FEE to audition.

For more details visit our JR Musical page

Audition Date:

June 28, 2022

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Actors are asked to stay for the whole audition time.

Rehearsals:

Monday – Thursday

July 11 – August 4

4:30 – 6:00

Tech Rehearsals (no conflicts):

August 7 @ 5:30 – 9:00

August 8, 9, 10, 11 @ 6:00 – 9:00

Performances (no conflicts):

August 12 @ 7:30

August 13 @ 7:30

August 14 @ 2:00

Sunset Playhouse bug in a rug Children’s Theater is looking for actors for our 2021-22 season.

AUDITIONS: TBD

Our bug in a rug Children’s Theater series is an interactive experience for the whole audience (performances are targeted for children ages 3-8.) bug in a rug is a casual, fun introduction to the performing arts where laughter and audience participation are strongly encouraged.  Sunset’s bug in a rug Children’s Theater performs locally at schools, libraries, and community centers.  We also host one weekend of public performances at the Playhouse.

Actors must have:

  • Their own transportation
  • A flexible schedule
  • Daytime and weekend availability
  • A passion and desire to work with kids
  • A fantastic sense of humor

This is a paid opportunity–a stipend for rehearsal time (approximately 20 hours) and payment for each performance.

Actors, please come to the audition with a 30-60 second song prepared to sing acappella (upbeat songs are preferred). There is no need to prepare a monologue. The audition will be a group audition with open scenes, improvisation, and then song presentation.

There is one musical that we will be casting for:

 

Hey Diddle Diddle

Rehearsals: March – April 2022

Travelling performance availability: April 16 – June 12, 2022 (summer dates available upon request)

Public performances at Sunset: May 11 – 14, 2022

                Cat – sing and dance

                Dog – sing and dance

                Cow – sing and dance

If you have any questions or need additional information contact Erika Navin, Director of Education at enavin@sunsetplayhouse.com.is one

 

THE SPITFIRE GRILL – September 8 – 25, 2022 

Auditions: July 17-18, 2022 
Call backs:  July 19, 2022
First Rehearsal: July 25, 2022
Tech: September 3-7, 2022
Performances: September 8-25, 2022                    

  • Director – Michael Pocaro
  • Music Director – Mark Mrozek
  • Stage Manager – Christine White

                  

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE (link provided in May, 2022)

You will also need to sign up to reserve an audition slot Click HERE to reserve. There will be 40 slots per night available. (link available beginning May, 2022)  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp. 

For THE SPITFIRE GRILL, you will be taught a song from the show based on the character for which you audition. There is no need to prepare your own selection.   Auditions will also include reading from the script.

Auditions: July 17 & 18, 2022  Please arrive at 6:30 PM on your selected date.  Auditions will begin at 7PM sharp.  All will sing first (order based on role for which you are auditioning) after vocal auditions are completed, you may be asked to read from the script.  Because all roles in this show (except the Visitor who does not speak/sing) require very strong vocalists, reading will be determined by vocal audition. Be prepared to stay until 10PM if asked.  

Callbacks: June 19, 2022.  Arrival at 6:30PM.  Callbacks, if needed, will include singing songs from the show and reading from the script.

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis: 

A feisty parolee follows her dream (based on a page from an old travel book) to a small town in Wisconsin where she finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill.

The Grill is for sale but, since there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off.  What does it take to win? One hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want it. Before long, mail arrives by the wheelbarrow and things really start cookin’ at The Spitfire Grill.

A heartwarming and inspirational musical tale of redemption, perseverance and family.

Character Descriptions: 

Percy Talbot (Mezzo with Belt to D, mid 20s) A feisty parolee desperate to start over. Her past has given her wisdom and sadness beyond her years. Reba MacIntire type.

Hannah Ferguson (Character Mezzo/Alto, 55+) The tough-skinned owner of the Spitfire Grill, a widow with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering the bitter.

Caleb Thorpe (Folk/rock baritone to G, early 40s) Hannah’s bitter and frustrated nephew and former foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated as he loses control over most aspects of his life, he exerts control over his wife.

Shelby Thorpe (Soprano With Belt to D, 30s) Caleb’s meek but soulful wife with a shy, almost ethereal manner. She begins to show confidence under Percy’s influence.

Effy Krayneck (Mezzo/Alto, 30s-60s)nosy and opinionated postmistress – must carry close harmonies

Joe Sutter (Folk Tenor to G/A, 20s – 30s) The local sheriff and Percy’s parole officer – he has an appealing intensity and a restless nature.

The Visitor (40s)A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.

CLUE ON STAGE

 Auditions: August 15 and 16
Call backs: August 17, 2022

First Rehearsal: September 7, 2022
Tech: October 15-16, 2022
Tech/dress: October 18/19, 2022
Performances: October 20-November 6, 2022                         

Director – Dustin J. Martin
Stage Manager – Pam Seccombe

                   

Auditions for this show will consist of reading from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE. (link provided in May, 2022) 

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be 45-minute in length and open to 10 people per slot.   Click HERE to reserve. (link available in May, 2022)

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis: 
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, CLUE is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery.

The tale begins at a remote mansion. Six mysterious guests have assembled for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Wadsworth, the butler, leads Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Colonel Mustard in a race to find the killer while the body count stacks up.

Character Descriptions:
WADSWORTH (30s-70s): A traditional British butler in every sense: uptight, formal, and “by the book.” He is the driving force in the play.

YVETTE (20s-30s): A sexy, French maid with her own secret aspirations. (Also plays THE REPORTER in the final scene).

MISS SCARLET (20s-30s): A dry, sardonic D.C. madam who is more interested in secrets than sex.

MRS. PEACOCK (30s-60s): The church-going wife of a Senator. A bit batty, neurotic, and quick to hysteria.

MRS. WHITE (40s-60s): A pale, morbid, and tragic woman. Mrs. White may or may not be the murderer of her five ex-husbands.

COLONEL MUSTARD (40s-70s): A puffy, pompous, dense, blow-hard of a military man.

PROFESSOR PLUM (30s-60s): An academic Casanova who woos women with his big … brain.

MR. GREEN (20s-40s): A timid, yet officious, rule follower. He’s a bit of a klutz and awfully anxious.

Elf – Dec 1-18, 2022  
Auditions: September 25-26, 2022
 Callbacks September 29, 2022
First Rehearsal: October 3, 2022 
Tech: November 27-30, 2022
Performances December 1-18, 2022  

  • Director/Choreographer – Karl Miller 
  • Music Director – Mark Mrozek
  • Stage Manager – Brooke Olson

Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Auditions will also include reading from the script and performing a dance combination.  Everyone will dance first and then sing. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time – Audition sheet will be available online, May, 2022. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show. There will be rehearsals over Thanksgiving weekend.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole where he is raised. Our elf wannabe is unaware that he is actually a human until his poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

Buddy journeys to New York City in search of his birth father and true identity.  Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and remind New York of the true meaning of Christmas.

 This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make you embrace your inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

 

Character Descriptions
Ages listed for adult roles are flexible but minimum age is 15 to audition for the role of Michael. If under 16, please audition for ELF, JR)

Buddy (20s-30s) Born a human but raised at the North Pole as a Christmas Elf, Buddy is eager to find his place in the world. He is a child at heart and that child-like curiosity makes him both endearing and gets him into trouble.  Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Jovie  (20s to 30s)  Buddy’s girlfriend. She works at Macy’s and has a bit of a cynical outlook on life and love because of the men she’s dated. She is caught off guard by Buddy’s genuinely big heart.  Vocal range top: D5  / Vocal range bottom: G3

Walter (50s-60s) Buddy’s workaholic father. He is a Children’s book writer, but lacks any of the childlike spirit that Buddy has. He is selfish, tense, and generally angry with life.  Vocal range top: G4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Emily (40s-50s)  Walter’s wife. Though she is sweet and willing to take him in, she thinks Buddy is crazy at first. Wishes her husband would spend more time with the family.  Vocal range top: Eb5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

Michael (16-20) Buddy’s stepbrother who is excited to have a new friend and brother. Unlike his mother, he doesn’t take much convincing to have Christmas spirit, but like his mother, he wishes his father would spend more time with the family.  Vocal range top: G5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

Deb (20s-50s)  Walter’s secretary. Takes an instant liking to Buddy simply for the novelty of it. Though she aims to please and is a bit of a suck-up, she feels under appreciated.  Vocal range top: Eb5 / Vocal range bottom: D4

Manager (30s-50s)  A heavy-set manager at Macy’s. He is a good, friendly guy just trying to do his job and get by.  Vocal range top: F#4 / Vocal range bottom: B2

Greenway (50s-60s)  Walter’s boss. He is what Walter will become if he continues down the path he is on. A tyrannical, workaholic who cares nothing about the people around him or who work for him.
Santa (40s-70s)  Just another workingman. Loves his job and Christmas, but also likes to kick-back and watch the game when a rare opportunity arises. A natural storyteller.  Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Chadwick (40s-60s)  One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.
Matthews (30s-40s) One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.
Ensemble (16+)  Mrs. Claus, Elves, Charlie, Tiara, Mr. Narwhal, Teenager, Employees, Security Guard 1&2, Customer 1&2, Saleswoman, Store Elf 1&2, Fake Santa 1&2&3, Boy, Mother, Policeman 1&2, Sarah, Jim, Vendor, Waitress, Charlotte

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LOVE/SEX and the I.R.S. – Jan 19 – February 5, 2022

Auditions: November 20-21, 2022
 Callbacks November 22, 2022 (if needed)
 First Rehearsal:  December 6, 2022
Tech Week: January 14-18, 2023
Performances: January 19 – February 5, 2023                                                                               

  • Director – Brian Zelinski
  • Stage Manager – Amanda Lenzie

Auditions for this show will consist of reading from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE. (link provided in May, 2022) 

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be 45-minute in length and open to 10 people per slot.   Click HERE to reserve. (link available in May, 2022)

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Jon and Leslie are a couple of out-of-work bachelors who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated.

Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s fiancée, Kate. Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon’s back, Jon’s mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son’s fiancée, and Leslie’s ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won’t see her anymore.

A cross between I LOVE LUCY and SOME LIKE IT HOT – the perfect tax-time farce!

Character Descriptions
Ages listed for adult roles are flexible but minimum age is 18.

Jon Trachtman (20s – 30s): Jon is a musician and appears to be a smart, savvy guy.  He’s always trying to work an angle, even though he never quite succeeds. He also tends to have tunnel vision, which has caused his fiancée, Kate, to feel ignored and has led to her having an affair with Leslie.

Leslie Arthur (20s – 30s): Leslie is a charming and intelligent, guy who is popular with the ladies. He’s afraid of confrontation and is definitely led around by Jon. The actor playing this part will need to be comfortable being in women’s clothing because Leslie is dressed up as a woman for over half the show.

Kate Dennis (20s – 30s): Kate is Jon’s fiancée, even though she is having a passionate affair with his roommate Leslie. Kate is a smart and aggressive young woman who expresses her opinions openly.  

Mr. Jansen (30s-60s): Mr. Jansen is the nosey landlord in Jon and Leslie’s building. He is a cranky, sometimes bitter man who is “do as I say, not as I do” type of person. .
Floyd Spinner (30s-70s): Mr. Spinner is the IRS agent. A straight-laced no-nonsense man at first glance, but is revealed to be someone who is more than a little fumbling and desperate for somebody to like him. Requires an actor who can play serious and stoic one moment and comic the next.

Vivian Trachtman (50s-60s): Vivian is Jon’s extremely conservative and straight-laced mother; a country club type. Able to play stoic at one moment, out of control the next, as she gets drunk.

Connie (20s – 30s): Connie is Leslie’s girlfriend. Connie is bubbly and emotional and will need to be high energy, comfortable with physical comedy, and have great stage presence. Connie is extremely gullible and not very bright, but there is something sweet and vulnerable that also needs to be expressed.

Arnold Grunion 30s-70s): An intense man in a trench coat found by Vivian on the subway who can arrange for whatever is needed, for a price. A shady, shifty character.

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THE CEMETERY CLUB – March 2-19, 2023 
Auditions: December 12-13, 2023  
Callbacks December 14, 2023
First Rehearsal: January 16, 2023 
Tech:  February 25-26, 2023
Performances: March 2-19, 2023

  • Director – Donna Daniels
  • Stage Manager – Merry Jaeger

Auditions for this show will consist of reading from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE. (link provided in May, 2022) 

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be 45-minute in length and open to 10 people per slot.   Click HERE to reserve. (link available in May, 2022)

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet-tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is the feisty embodiment of a girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave, and Doris and Lucille quickly work to squash the budding romance between him and Ida.

The Cemetery Club is a poignant mix of comedy and drama, reminding us to cherish the past while embracing the future.

Touching and humorous, an evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre.

Character Descriptions

Looking for strong actors with a great sense of comedic timing. Think “Jewish Golden Girls”. 

All five characters are in their 50s-70s)
IDA – is the gentlest and most charming of the three widowed friends and the one who faces life the most realistically.
She is ready to move on past grief and to accept new challenges.

LUCILLE – is the most brazen one, always looking for a good deal, good time and always looking to “get even” with her unfaithful husband.

DORIS – is the most conservative of the three and the one who refuses to change any element in her life. She adheres to her strict principles of love and respect and expects her friends to do the same.

SAM – is the local butcher, whose dead wife he still mourns, but who realizes that life has much to offer. He is willing to take a chance on happiness again.

MILDRED – is a show-off and a flirt. (smaller role, though BIG in personality)

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – April 20 – May 7, 2023

Auditions:  February 14-15, 2023
Callbacks February: February 16, 2023
First Rehearsal: February 20, 2023
Tech Week: April 15-19, 2023
Performances: April 20-May 7, 2023 

  •  Director – Tommy Lueck
  • Music Director – Mark Mrozek
  • Choreographer – SaraLynn Evenson
  • Stage Manager – Nathan Marinan

                  

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE (link provided in January, 2023)

You will also need to sign up to reserve an audition slot Click HERE to reserve. (link available beginning January, 2023)  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp. 

For YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, you will be taught a song from the show based on the role for which you audition. There is no need to prepare your own selection.   Auditions will also include reading from the script.

Auditions: February 14-15, 2023  Please arrive at 6:30 PM on your selected date.  Auditions will begin at 7PM sharp.  All will sing first (order based on role for which you are auditioning) after vocal auditions are completed, you may be asked to dance and read from the script.  Be prepared to stay until 10PM if asked.  

Callbacks: February 16, 2023.  Arrival at 6:30PM.  Callbacks, if needed, will include singing songs from the show and reading from the script.

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis: 

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS, comes the recently updated West End edition of this monster musical comedy. Comic genius Mel Brooks adapted his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN West End Edition.

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of hunchbacked sidekick Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”) and leggy lab assistant Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity ensues.

Suggested for mature audiences only due to language, adult situations, and Mel Brooks’ humor.

Character Descriptions: Must be 18+ to audition for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (20s-40s) Brilliant brain surgeon, professor and grandson of mad scientist Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. Vocal range: Bb one octave below middle C to G above middle C.

The Monster  (age indeterminate) The misunderstood creation of Dr. Frankenstein. Vocal range: Ab one octave below middle C to F above middle C. Also must be able to emit howling/monster/grunting sounds. Knowledge of tap dancing a plus.

Igor (20s-50s) Frederick’s faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant and friend–with a hunchback. Vocal range: D below middle C to F above middle C.

Inga (20s-30s) Frederick’s bubbly, not-so-bright young assistant. Sexy, attractive. A resident of Transylvania. Vocal range: G# below middle C to A above the treble staff. Yodeling is a plus.

Elizabeth Benning (20s-40s) Self-loving, “madcap”, boisterous fiancé of Frederick. Vocal range: F# below middle C to F#, top line of the treble staff.

Frau Blücher (30s – 50s) Intense, stern housekeeper of Frankenstein estate. Former lover of Victor Frankenstein. Vocal range: F## (G natural) below middle C to B, third line treble staff.

Inspector Hans Kemp (30-50s) Head of the police in Transylvania, with a wooden arm and leg. Justice-driven. A one octave below middle C to F above middle C. 

Blind Hermit (any age) Lonely, poor, blind town hermit longing for a friend. Vocal range: Bb one octave below middle C to Db just above middle C.

Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein 30s-60s) Frederick’s infamous grandfather. Vocal range: C# below middle C to G# above middle C.

Ziggy (20s-40s) Well-intentioned village idiot. Vocal range: F below middle C to F above middle C. 

 Dance Ensemble (20s+) TRIPLE THREAT – strong vocal ability dance/movement training – Tap Dancing is a PLUS++++. 

Character Ensemble(20s+) gravediggers, villagers, passengers, mad scientists and various supporting roles. A TON OF STAGE TIME

SPIDER’S WEB – June 1 – 18, 2023

        Auditions: April 3-4, 2023
       Callbacks: April 5, 2023      
        First Rehearsal: April 24, 2023
        Tech:  May 27-31, 2023
         Performances: June 1-18, 2023
       

  • Director – Carol Dolphin
  • Stage Manager – Jennifer Allen

Auditions for this show will consist of reading from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE. (link provided in January, 2023) 

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be 45-minute in length and open to 10 people per slot.   Click HERE to reserve. (link available January, 2023)

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Clarissa, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure, but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective Inspector Lord.

A conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humor. There is tension and laughter in equal parts in an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers.

“What sets Spider’s Web apart from most mysteries is that its real motive is fun; all else — dropped clues, plot contrivances — is secondary.”  The New York Times

Character Descriptions

  • Clarissa Hailsham-Brown (20s-30s) The second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown,  charming and inventive, her imagination tends to work overtime, with some unexpected consequences.
  • Henry Hailsham-Brown (40s-50s) Clarissa’s husband. A good-looking man of about forty with a rather expressionless face who works in the foreign office, a strong, solid type.
  • Pipa Hailsham-Brown (12-14) Clarissa’s young stepdaughter: She exhibits the strong emotional swings of a pre-teen, made worse by a previous family problems, will need to look much younger than Clarissa but strong enough for Clarissa (and the audience) to believe that she could have clobbered Oliver. (Role may be double-cast)
  • Sir Rowland Delahaye (50s-60s) A distinguished gentleman with very definite charm. Clarissa’s guardian, friend, and adviser, he likes to think that he can guide her, but would never admit that she has him wrapped around her little finger.
  • Inspector Lord (40s-50s) The wheels are always turning in his brain. Although he doesn’t let on, he doesn’t miss a thing.  
  •  Jeremy Warrender (20s-30s) An elegant young man and guest at the Hailsham-Brown’s house, the private secretary for a man much wealthier than he.
  • Oliver Costello (40s-50s). He is suspected of shady dealings. None of the other characters like him and neither should the audience – even though he is killed in the first act, his body gets to hang around in the second act.
  • Mildred Peake (30s-60s) She is a jolly-looking woman in tweeds and gum boots. The gardener with a hale and hearty attitude, some suspect that she isn’t all there.
  • Mr. Elgin: (30s-70s) The butler – nothing escapes his attention.
  • Constable Jones: (20s-40s) He and the Inspector have been working together long enough that they understand each other well.
  •  Hugo Birch  (50s-60s) The local Justice of the Peace. A rather irascible type who shouldn’t be involved in business like a murder. 

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THE LITTLE MERMAID – July 13 – August 6, 2023 

Auditions:  May 14-15, 2023
Call Backs May 18, 2023 
First Rehearsal:  May 22, 2023 
Tech:  July 8-12, 2023
Performances: July 13 – August 6, 2023

                    

  • Director/Choreographer– Karl Miller
  • Music Director – Mark Mrozek

Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Everyone will dance first and then sing. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time – Audition sheet will be available online, January 2023.

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be open to 40 people per evening.   Click HERE to reserve. (link available in January, 2023) You will dance first and then sing.

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show. Rehearsals over the 4th of July weekend will be required)

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated filmDISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with evil sea witch Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the arrangement is not what it seems, and Ariel needs help from her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab, to restore order under the sea. Bring the whole family to this wonderful musical.

This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including Under the SeaKiss the Girl, and Part of Your World

Character Descriptions
Ages listed for roles are flexible but minimum age is 16 to audition for the adult version of THE LITTLE MERMAID. If under 16, please audition for THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR)

Ariel (18-25) 
Ariel, the heroine of our story, is a little mermaid who longs to be human. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role. Ariel has some beautiful solos but must be able to convey meaning through gesture once she loses her voice.
Vocal range top: Eb5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Prince Eric (18-29)
Prince Eric is the adventurous prince who captures Ariel’s heart. Look for a charming performer with a sensitive nature. Prince Eric has a few small solos, but it is more important to cast a strong actor in this role.
Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

Sebastian (20s-40s)
Sebastian is the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show! Look for a strong singer who can also handle Sebastian’s emotional range. 
Gender: Any / Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: A3

Flounder (16-18)
Flounder is Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend who is loyal to the end. This spunky fish also has a show-stopping solo in “She’s in Love.”  Gender: Any / Vocal range top: Db5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

King Triton (30s-60s)
KING TRITON rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. This non-singer needs to command the stage as a strong leader but also show the tenderness of a parent.

Mersisters/Princesses (16-30)
The Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel’s siblings and full of personality and sass. These are great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters.
Vocal range top: G5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Ursula (20s-60s)
Ursula is the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s humor while finding texture in Ursula’s complexity.
Vocal range top: C#5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

Flotsam and Jetsam (any age)
Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Gender: Any / Vocal range top: C#5 / Vocal range bottom: C4

Scuttle (any age)
Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on humans. He is funny and off-beat. Gender: Any / Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

 
Gulls (any age)
The Gulls are Scuttle’s flock of zany “back-up singers” who help explain human stuff to Ariel. Should be able to tap dance.
Gender: Any / Vocal range top: G5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

Grimsby (18-40)
Grimsby is Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne. While Grimsby does have some singing to do, strong acting trumps singing ability for this role.
Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: E4

Chef Louis (20s-60s)
Chef Louis is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic performer.
Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Carlotta (20s-60s)
Carlotta is the headmistress in Prince Eric’s palace and Ariel’s greatest human ally. This non-singing role needs to be warm and maternal to make Ariel feel welcome.
 
Pilot (20s-30s)
The Pilot is the head sailor on Prince Eric’s ship.
Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Ensemble: Sailors, Seas Chorus, Sea Creatures, Merfolk