Sunday, January 3, 2010

Casting, Auditions and People News to Start 2010

Happy New Year everyone! Here are the latest casting announcements, auditions and other people news around southern California as we begin 2010.

West Coast Audition News: Actors, make sure you check out the AEA website for January casting calls. Upcoming musical theatre auditions at include:

CLOSBC - Bark, The Musical
Downey Civic Light Opera - Rodgers & Hart: A Celebration
Fullerton Civic Light Opera - Backwards in High Heels
La Mirada Theatre - Buddy, The Musical
PCPA - 2010 Season includes West Side Story, Songs For a New World and Curtains
Reprise Theatre Company - Forum and How to Succeed in Business…
Welk Resort Theatre - The Pirates of Penzance

Musical Theatre West kicks off the new year with Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, featuring Norman Large in the title role. Joining him are Debbie Prutsman as Mrs. Lovett, Michelle Duffy as Beggar Woman, Dan Callaway as Anthony, Roland Rusinek as The Beadle, Jim Holdridge as Tobias, Richard Gould as Judge Turpin and Alan M-L Wager as Pirelli.

The ensemble includes Travis Robertson, Richard Bermudez, Victor Hernandez, Zane Gerson, Jason Evans, Jeremy Bernard, Michael Skidgel, Christopher Van Etten, Bill Marty Johnson, Isaac James, Heather Lundstedt, Amy Gillette, Stephanie Burkett-Gerson, Jessica Bernard, Lois Bourgon and Rachel Ellen Green. Sweeney Todd runs January 29 - February 14.

La Mirada Theatre begins 2010 with the Tony Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Shenkin. Jeff Maynard directs. Musical direction is by David O and choreography by DJ Gray. The cast features Jason Graae, Melvin Abston, Shanon Mari Mills, Cassie Silva, Laura Griffith, Tom Zohar, Brett Ryback, Daniel Tatar and Lana McKissack. Preview performances begin February 5 (with a press opening on Saturday, February 6) and the show will run through February 21.

Pasadena Playhouse’s first production of the year is Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, which plays January 8 – February 7, with the official press opening on Friday, January 15. David Lee directs a cast of eight that includes Will Bradley as Mordred, Doug Carpenter as Lancelot, Seth Daly as Tom, Zachery Ford as Lionel, Richard R. Segall as Dinadan, Shannon Stoeke as Arthur, Shannon Warne as Guenevere, and Andrew Ross Wynn as Sagramore.

Chance Theater in Orange County will open Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along on January 29. Oanh Nguyen directs a cast that includes Ryland Dodge as Frank, Christina Silvoso as Mary, Jeremy Fillinger as Charley, Laura M. Hathaway as Gussie, Liz Holt as Beth, Amie Bjorklund as KT, Marc Marger as Joe, Andrew Eddins as Ru and Kyle Cooper as Jerome. The show runs through March 7.

Ryan O’Connor and Scott Nevins’ The Star Spot at Musical Mondays welcomes Michelle Hernandez to kick off the new year on January 4. Catch the show at Eleven Nightclub, 8811 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, 10 pm. No cover.

And congratulations to Jessica Rush and Eric Anderson who became engaged over the holidays. Your west coast friends in theatre wish you every happiness!


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