JAN. 18 – FEB. 8, 2020
FEB. 29 – MAR. 21, 2020
APR. 25 – MAY 16, 2020
JUN. 6 – 27, 2020
JUL. 27 – AUG. 17, 2019
SEP. 7 – 28, 2019
OCT. 19 – NOV. 9, 2019
DEC. 6 – 22, 2019
On Stage Now
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Jan 18-Feb 8, 2020
book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak
based on a novel by Roy Horniman
produced by Mary Beth Smith-Toomey
directed by Frank D. Shutts II
choreographed by Stefan Sittig
music direction by Christopher A. Tomasino
associate music direction by Steve McBride
A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder. This Tony Award winning musical comedy is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and show-stopping performances. Not to be missed
Disclaimer: Please note there is a strobe light used during this production.
Audition Notice for BLUE STOCKINGS
Director Marzanne Claiborne and producers Lloyd Bittinger and Margaret Chapman are pleased to announce the auditions for the spring LTA show, Blue Stockings. Set against the backdrop of Cambridge University in the late 19th century, Blue Stockings tells the story of women who risk breaking contemporary social expectations for a world-class education, and the men whose worldview is enhanced or challenged by their presence at the prestigious school. The central theme of struggling for and acclimating to social change make this play timeless in nature, despite its Victorian setting.
For the Audition
All race and ethnicities welcome. Please prepare a 1-minute monologue from a play of a similar genre; you do not need to affect an accent for your monologue. Please bring a headshot and résumé, if you have them, and be ready to list all conflicts for the following periods:
- Rehearsals – Usually Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from February to April.
- Cue to Cue – April 18
- Double tech – April 19 afternoon and evening
- Tech week – Monday, April 20 to Thursday, April 24
- Sponsor nights (potentially) – Tuesdays April 28, May 5 and May 12
- Performances – April 25 to May 16. The only scheduled dark nights are Mondays. All weekday and Saturday performances are at 8:00pm. Sunday performances are at 3:00pm.
- Strike – Sunday, May 17
Students with ages between 18 & 27:
TESS MOFFAT: A curious young woman and burgeoning scientist who is still acclimating herself to the unladylike elements of education, like riding a bicycle.
CELIA WILLBOND: Driven but cautious, a little fragile. Prefers the simpler things in life, a philosophical foil to Carolyn.
CAROLYN ADDISON: A free spirit from aristocratic stock, the most liberated young woman of the bunch.
MAEVE SULLIVAN: Mysterious, whip-smart, from hardy working-class stock.
RALPH MAYHEW: Trinity student. A scientist and romantic. This role requires an actor who either speaks Italian or can achieve fluent pronunciation working with the show’s Italian language coach.
LLOYD: Trinity student. A young vanguard of traditional English values. The type who would probably run for Prime Minister.
HOLMES: Trinity student. The most academically-minded of the young men. Cares more about propriety and hewing to his own ideas of progressivism than any social change the women are trying to affect.
EDWARDS: Trinity student, something of a romantic. This character must be able to jump on top of a table and sing a few bars of “The Last Rose of Summer” without musical accompaniment.
WILL BENNETT: King’s College student. His friendship with Tess places him at almost an exact midpoint between the status quo ideals of Cambridge and the radical break with tradition at Girton.
ELIZABETH WELSH: (F) 50s – 60s. Mistress of Girton College. Her primary mission is to keep the school open and scandal-free, whatever the cost. She is focused on getting women the right to graduate from Cambridge.
DR MAUDSLEY: (M) Late 50s – 70s. A renowned psychiatrist. His views on the differing roles of men and women are based on what he views as the prevailing science in Britain.
MR BANKS: (M) 30s-50s. A lecturer at Girton and Trinity. A bit of an eccentric, but passionate about educating and is a committed supporter of women’s rights to education.
MISS BLAKE: (F) Late 20s-early 40s. Moral science lecturer at Girton. Knows that she would choose the academic life over again in a heartbeat, but lets the young women decide for themselves.
PROFESSOR COLLINS: (M) Late 30s-60s. Lecturer at Trinity. Part of the old guard of Cambridge dons, but willing to keep an open mind.
PROFESSOR ANDERSON: (M) Late 30s-60s. Lecturer at Trinity. Part of the old guard of Cambridge dons, but secretly supportive of the women.
PROFESSOR RADLEIGH: (M) 40s-60s. Board member at Trinity. The picture of traditional Victorian values.
MINNIE: (F) At least 18, but could be any age. The housemaid. Acts like an older sister/aunt and confidante to the girls. This role requires comedic timing.
MR PECK: (M) 25-65. Gardener and maintenance man, supportive of the women
BILLY SULLIVAN: (M) Mid-20s, Maeve’s brother. Illiterate, rough around the edges but dutiful.
MISS BOTT: (F) 40s-60s. Chaperone for the Girton girls. Propriety is her watchword, but she has a good heart and a sense of humor.
MRS. LINDLEY: (F) 40s-60s. Owner of the haberdashery. May be doubled.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
By Invitation Only
To download an audition form click HERE.
Audition Notice for SISTER ACT
Directed by Michael J Baker Jr.
Audition Dates: All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.
Fri 04/24/20 Auditions 7-10 pm (AC1, AC2 & AC3)
Sat 04/25/20 Auditions 2-5 pm (GR & RR)
Sun 04/26/20 Auditions 7-10 pm (GR & RR)
Tue 04/28/20 Callbacks 7-10 pm
Signing up for one of the audition times either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday gives you a private audition. You can avoid the nerves of having other auditionees in the room. Lots of individual attention. We would recommend that you download the audition form on the LTA website and fill it out in advance and bring it with you. If you have a head shot bring one with you though this is not a prerequisite. Please try and arrive 10 minutes before your audition time. Finally, if all the audition times are taken and/or you do not have time to sign-up, just come to one of the three audition dates and we will work you in.
Friday, April 24 – https://signup.com/go/zfEeGuU
Saturday, April 25 – https://signup.com/go/hqwBobA
Sunday, April 26 – https://signup.com/go/qCnVSQR
What to bring:
Bring a song that shows off your voice and range; you will be asked to sing at least 16 bars. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to move so please bring appropriate dance and footwear.
Will I read?
You may be asked to read; though most readings will be done at callbacks. No monologues are required.
What kind of commitment do I have to make?
You will fill out a conflict schedule at auditions so bring any and all conflict dates with you. The director will prepare the rehearsal schedule based on your availability. The director will never bring you in unnecessarily. He will be respectful of your time. This show will be one of the most enjoyable experiences you have had in theatre. Rehearsals could break into dance parties.
Other Important Dates:
Thu 04/30/20 Read-thru 7 p.m.
Sun 07/19/20 Double Tech 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mon 07/20 – Wed 07/22 Tech Runs 6:30 p.m. call
Thu 07/23/20 Preview 6:30 p.m. call
Sat 07/25/20 Opening 6:30 p.m. call
Sat 08/15/20 Closing night 6:30 p.m. call
Sun 08/16/2020 STRIKE 10 a.m. call
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Sister Act Overview:
Sister Act is a feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that will have audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and Eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, disco and outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave LTA audiences breathless. The cast is chock-full of amazing roles for women and men of all ages. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.
SISTER ACT Character Breakdown:
Deloris Van Cartier: An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring. Gender: African-American Female Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: E3
Mother Superior: The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. Gender: Female Age: 45 to 70 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: D3
Sister Mary Robert: A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life. Gender: Female Age: 17 to 30 Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: F#3
Sister Mary Patrick: A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable. Gender: Female Age: 35 to 50
Sister Mary Lazarus: A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music. Gender: Female Age: 50 to 70 Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: F3
Monsignor O’Hara: One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. Gender: Male Age: 45 to 65 Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: E3
Curtis: A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: A2
Eddie Souther: The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. Gender: Male Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: Ab2 (Eddie’s age will depend on Delores’ age)
Tj: Curtis’s nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. Gender: Male Age: 17 to 30 Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Db3
Joey: One of Curtis’s thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Pablo: One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish. Gender: Hispanic Male Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Sister Mary Martin-of-tours: A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity. Gender: Female Age: 40 to 60
Sister Mary Theresa: A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch. Gender: Female Age: 60 to 70
Michelle: One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Tina: One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick and naive. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Ernie: One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant. Gender: Male Age: 25 to 35
Ensemble: Nuns; Bar Denizens (Bar Patron, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen); Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers (all ensemble members will play at least four parts; each will have some spoken and vocal lines)
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Director, Mike Baker, Jr. His email is Mike@nationalartstelevision.com
To download an audition form click HERE.
Future Audition Dates
February 8-9, 2020
March 28-29, 2020
June 27-28, 2020
Wait Unit Dark
August 8-9, 2020
A Christmas Carol
September 26-27, 2020
Winter Musical TBA (due to rights restrictions we are unable to announce the title until summer 2020)
October 24-25, 2020
February 20-21, 2021
March 27-28, 2021
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 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.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Outstanding Costume Design in a Play -Farrell Hartigan -A Few Good Men
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play -Nicholas Temple as “Lt. Jack Ross” -A Few Good Men
Outstanding Sound Design in a Play -Janice Rivera -The Haunting of Hill House
Outstanding Cameo in a Musical -Cheryl Bolt as “Hold Me, Touch Me” -The Producers
Outstanding Cameo in a Musical -Drake Leach as “Scott” -The Producers
Outstanding Cameo in a Musical -Derek Marsh as “Kevin” -The Producers
Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical -Jean Schlichting & Kit Sibley -The Producers
Outstanding Direction of a Musical -Kristina Friedgen -The Producers
Leta Hall Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical-The Producers
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical -Timothy R. King as “Carmen Ghia” -The Producers
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical -Brian Lyons-Burke as “Roger DeBris” -The Producers
Outstanding Hair Design in a Musical -Susan Boyd -The Producers
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical -Steve Cairns as “Max Bailystock” -The Producers
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical -Ryan Phillips as “Leo Bloom” -The Producers
Outstanding Light Design in a Musical -Ken and Patti Crowley -The Producers
Outstanding Makeup Design in a Musical -Larissa Norris -The Producers
Outstanding Music Direction -Colin Taylor -The Producers
Outstanding Musical -The Producers
Outstanding Properties in a Musical -Kirstin Apker-The Producers
Outstanding Set Decoration in a Musical -Russell J. Wyland -The Producers
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical -Alan Wray -The Producers
Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play -Deborah Remmers -The Savannah Disputation
Outstanding Hair Design in a Play -Susan Boyd -You Can’t Take It With You
Congratulations to our top three finalists for our 42nd Annual One Act Play Writing Competition:
1st Place: The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Rest of the Story by Christopher Hencke
2nd Place: Thinly Veiled by Shawn Samuelson Henry
3rd Place: Bare Feet by Alexander Bulova
Stay tuned for calls for a call for directors for these scripts and performance dates in summer 2020!
LTA’s 87th Season and Directors
Sister Act July 25 – August 15, 2020 directed by: Michael J Baker Jr
August Wilson’s Fences September 12 – 27, 2020 directed by: Terry Spann
Wait Until Dark October 17 – November 7, 2020 directed by: Heather Benjamin
A Christmas Carol December 4 – 20, 2020 directed by: Carol Jean Clark
TBA (Please note, we cannot advertise this title until June 2020) January 16 – February 6, 2021 directed by: Joanna Henry
Prelude to a Kiss February 27 – March 20, 2021 directed by: Maggie Mumford
Mary Stuart April 24 – May 15, 2021 directed by: Kathleen Barth
The Revolutionists June 5 – 26, 2021 directed by: Jennifer Lyman
Admission is free!
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! Upcoming shows at 8PM: February 15, April 11, May 23. For ages 18 and up.