Diverse Cast Needed for Musical’s Vast Cast
The Marysville Area Community Theatre is making plans for its thirtieth season of producing live theatre. Since the summer of 1983, the community theatre has produced a summer musical; the theatre made its debut performance with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Oklahoma!.
Thirty seasons later, the group is presenting Curtains, a musical written six years ago by the same writing team who produced such Broadway hits as Cabaret and Chicago. The book for the musical is written by Rupert Holmes with the music composed by John Kander and the lyrics written by Fred Ebb.
The musical is set in 1959 and follows the untalented cast of Robbin’ Hood of the Old West. The show’s star is murdered during the opening night curtain call which brings local police detective, Frank Cioffi, to the scene to investigate the crime. Coincidentally, Cioffi is also a musical theatre aficionado and solves not only the crime, but saves the show.
“The show is fantastic,” said Wayne Kruse, the musical’s director. “Even though the show was written recently, it feels like a Broadway classic. The characters, the songs, the plot make the show feel like it’s a Broadway chestnut.”
Thirteen actors are needed to fill the show’s main roles; a host of others are needed to fill all of the chorus spots.
“Mainly, we chose this show because we’re able to showcase so many of our local actors and actresses,” said Kruse. “Obviously, there’s the main character, the show’s protagonist. However, there are twelve other roles that are just as juicy. Plus, the supporting ensemble gets to perform in many production numbers. There’s plenty of stage time for everyone.”
There are five main roles for women and eight main roles for men. The ages for the main characters range from those in their early twenties to those in their late seventies. “Again, this range of ages works well for us,” Kruse added. “This gives a lot of people the opportunity to share the spotlight.”
The singing and dancing ensemble requires at least fourteen performers. Similar to the main characters, the ages for the chorus range from those entering seventh grade on up. “Since we’re a community theatre, we try to produce shows that allow a wide variety of people to audition,” Kruse explained. “That’s not always easy. For this show, the youngest actors that we can accept are adolescents about to enter junior high school. The good news is that this diverse age range adds dimension to the cast, and it makes the summer pretty fun.”
Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the music room at Marysville Elementary School. Those wanting to audition should prepare a song to sing and be prepared to read from the script as well as learn a basic dance routine.
“Whether someone sings their favorite hymn, their favorite show tune, or a song they heard on the radio, it doesn’t matter,” said Tam Gordon, the show’s musical director. “When people come prepared to an audition they’re better able to show their range of talents. We want them to do their best. We’re always looking for the perfect person to fill each role.”
For more information about auditions people can contact Kruse at 785-713-2077.