FEB. 24 – MAR. 17, 2018
APR. 21 – MAY 12, 2018
JUN. 2 – 23, 2018
JUL.22 – AUG.12, 2017
SEP. 9 – 30, 2017
OCT. 21 – NOV. 11, 2017
DEC. 1 – 16, 2017
JAN. 13 – FEB. 3, 2018
On Stage Now
Feb. 24 –Mar. 17, 2018
written by Peter Morgan
produced by Rebecca Sheehy and Russell Wyland
directed by Ruben Vellekoop
From the writer of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama, The Crown, playwright Peter Morgan takes you behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace. For the past 60 years, Queen Elizabeth has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in private, weekly meetings at Buckingham Palace. Both parties of the meetings agree to never repeat what is said in these private “audiences.” From Churchill to Margaret Thatcher, Morgan imagines what these meetings would be like as they span decades of the Queen’s reign. Join us as we peer into the woman behind the crown and the moments that have formed the modern monarchy.
Audition Notice for HARVEY
A Comedy in Three Acts
By Mary Chase
Directed by Frank Pasqualino
Produced by Rachel Alberts and Bobbie Herbst
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
April 21 – May 12, 2018
The Little Theatre of Alexandria announces auditions for Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase. Harvey is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrased sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium. In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible his best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.
Those auditioning should:
- Prepare a 1-2 minute memorized monologue.
- Be prepared to read from the script.
- Provide theatrical resume
- Headshot (if available)
- List of personal conflicts between February 25, 2018 and May 13, 2018.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Elwood P. Dowd (Lead) (Age 35-55)
Elwood P. Dowd is the central character of the play, a charming eccentric whose best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well mannered, very friendly, and has “old-school gentleman charm”. Elwood is Veta’s older brother.
Dr. William B. Chumley (Age 50-80)
Dr. Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist with years of experience and the head of Chumley’s Rest. He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium.
Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Age 20-35)
Dr. Sanderson is a young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Dr. Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on.
Wilson (Age 20-50)
Wilson is the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. He sets his sights on Myrtle Mae Simmons soon after meeting her.
Judge Omar Gaffney (Age 40-80)
The judge is an old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer. He is fiercely protective of the family and surprisingly understanding of Elwood’s belief in Harvey.
E.J. Lofgren (25-60)
E.J. Lofgren is a cab driver whose monologue about sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. This role has a single scene near the very end and would have a limited rehearsal schedule.
Veta Louise Simmons (Age 35-55)
Elwood’s younger sister, Veta, has returned to the family home after the death of her mother, and she is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. Veta is very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her older brother Elwood very much. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play.
Ruth Kelly (Age 18-25)
Nurse Kelly is a sympathetic character, a pretty young woman who has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. She is sweet and kind and looks for the best in people.
Myrtle Mae Simmons (Age 18-25)
Myrtle is Veta’s daughter (Elwood’s niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry — a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered. Usually played by a younger actress.
Ethel Chauvenet (Age 50-80)
Mrs. Chauvenet is an old friend of the family. She is an elite member of the town’s social circle that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into.
Betty Chumley (Age 50-80)
Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife.
For additional information or to volunteer for this production, please contact Rachel Alberts: firstname.lastname@example.org
To download an audition form, click HERE.
Audition Notice for The Nance
By Douglas Carter Beane
Producer, Mary Beth Smith Toomey
Director, Frank D. Shutts II
Music Director, Christopher A. Tomasino
Choreographer, Stefan Sittig
Saturday, April 7 @ 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
Actors will read from the script
June 2-23, 2018
Tue-Sat @ 8:00 p.m. and Sundays @ 3 p.m.
Actors will read from the script
Show Information and Character Descriptions:
Playwright Douglas Carter Beane’s fictional examination of what life was like for a semi-closeted, gay actor in 1930s New York. Using the backdrop of vaudeville and burlesque and the volatile politics of its day, Bean uses comic sketches, strip tease, and riveting drama to remind us that personal and artistic freedom wasn’t an easy birth and that repression is always lurking.
Chauncey Miles: Male, 45-55
The Nance, an actor who plays high-camp gay men in vaudeville/burlesque comedy routines.
(The nance is to vaudeville and the “pansy craze” what black-face was to minstrel shows.) With his self-loathing and self-destructive politics, Chaunce is a comic genius onstage but a troubled soul offstage. While his timing is spot-on and his word-play, easy, Chaunce just can’t seem to get out of his own way. This roles requires an experienced actor who can sing.
Ned: Male, 25-30
Attractive and not terribly sophisticated, Ned is a country boy in the city. He is earnest with a great work ethic, emotionally open, and vulnerable. Despite his physical strength, he often appears dense but is very smart. As a performer in sketches, he must have natural flair for burlesque comedy as both comic and straight man. Note: Nudity is required.
Efram: Male, 50-60
Jewish, a performer and a business man who runs the “artistic side” of the Irving Place Theater: A Damon Runyon quality to his speech, Efram is a natural worrier and fretter. Onstage, must be able to handle “top banana” style burlesque comedy. He has a tough exterior but a good heart.
Sylvie: Female 35-59
A burlesque stripper. Sylvie is a Catholic Communist from the outer boroughs of New York who has not had an easy life. She possesses a real no-nonsense vocal quality with a New York accent. The actress playing Sylvie must be comfortable moving and wearing very little clothing for the striptease sequences. Sylvie is a strong presence who can hold her own in an argument. Some singing required.
Carmen: Female, 20-46
A burlesque stripper, born in New Jersey but of Latin descent; can put on and take off the Latina accent as the situation (in life or in a sketch) permits. Has a big heart but has not had an easy life; must be comfortable moving and wearing very little clothing for striptease sequences; some singing involved.
Joanie: Female, 20-39
A burlesque stripper with a wonderful Gracie Allen, Jean Arthur quality that makes her a natural for sketches; a borderline blasé, she sort of takes things they come; must be comfortable moving and wearing very little clothing for striptease sequences; some singing involved.
To download an audition form, click HERE.
Future Audition Dates
Jesus Christ Superstar
May 12-13, 2018
Audition notices will be posted as they become available.
Audition dates are subject to change.
Check back for updates.
To download an audition form click HERE.
- If you have a black and white headshot and acting résumé, you may bring them with you; auditionees, however, may be asked to have their picture taken by the LTA photographer.
- Please bring an accurate list of rehearsal conflicts with you to the audition.
All actors cast are required to become acting or regular members of LTA within two weeks of being cast.
To download a performing membership form click HERE.
For all other membership options click HERE.
ANNOUNCING LTA’s 2018/2019 SEASON
It is with great enthusiasm that we, the LTA Board of Governors, announce the 2018/2019 Season. With much appreciation and thanks to Ashley Amidon and Lynn O’Connell and their wonderful, hard-working Play Reading Committee: Eleanore Tapscott, Kathleen Barth, Jim Howard, Susan Devine, Fred Lash, Sarah Holt, Franklin Coleman, and Matt Liptak.
Jesus Christ Superstar (July 2018)
August Osage County (September 2018)
Dracula (October 2018)
A Christmas Carol (December 2018)
The Fantasticks (January/February 2019)
You Can’t Take It With You (March 2019)
The Savannah Disputation (April/May 2019)
The Fox on the Fairway (June 2019)
CALL FOR DIRECTORS
Directors should submit a concept statement (1-3 pages in length), along with their theatrical/directing resumes by January 28, 2018. Interviews will take place in February 2018. Please submit your items to Tina@thelittletheatre.com. Please direct general inquiries and questions to Kristina Friedgen @ email@example.com.
The Retrocessionist Improv Troupe
They’ll use your suggestions to create a fun night of improv! Snacks and drinks will be served. All current LTA Improv students get in free. Everyone else pay what you choose ($5 recommended donation). Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @retrocessionist to learn more about their upcoming shows! February 10, 2018, March 24, 2018
Education Open House – January 6, 2018
Youth Education Showcases – March 23 and 24, 2018
Adult Education Showcases – March 30 and 31, 2018
Partner in Art Lottery – May 5, 2018
Annual Meeting (LTA member only event) – June 11, 2018