Thursday, November 7, 2013

Musical News for Thursday, November 7, 2013

OPENINGS:  Falcon Theatre is proud to present Troubadour Theater Company’s Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland, directed by Matt Walker, as its holiday production Dec. 4 – Jan. 19, with opening night set for Friday, Dec. 13. This holiday cabaret “clip show” will feature one of the Troubies’ most beloved characters, Winter Warlock, who takes a walk down memory lane while crooning some chart-topping “one-hit-wonders” with his holiday friends. ‘Tis the season for fun and reflection, so head on down to the Falcon to hear the incredible story of the tallest Troubie this side of town. Tickets go on sale Nov. 13. Call (818) 955-8101 or go to

Laguna Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for A Christmas Memory, featuring book by Duane Poole, music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Carol Hall, musical direction by Darryl Archibald and directed by Ovation Award-winner Nick DeGruccio. The cast will feature Tracy Lore, Ciaran McCarthy, Ton Shelton, Wills Spangler, Marsha Waterbury and Siena Yusi, with Pickle as “Queenie” the Dog. The design team includes D. Martyn Bookwalter (scenic design), Steven Young (lighting design), Bruce Goodrich (costume design), Phil Allen (sound design), and Don Hill (production stage manager).

A Christmas Memory is a tender portrait of a rare friendship across the generations with a musical score that will bring love and light to everyone’s hearts for the holiday season.  Set in 1933 in rural Alabama, young Buddy is being raised by three eccentric cousins. He is closest to his elderly cousin Sook, still a child herself in many ways, and as Christmas nears, she and Buddy gather ingredients to bake holiday fruitcakes for those who've had a memorable impact on their lives in the past year. Sook’s sister Jennie is concerned that the time Buddy spends with Sook will cause him to grow up soft. Enlisting the aid of their bachelor-brother Seabon, she plots to separate the best friends for their own good. The show runs Dec 29 with opening night set for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 pm.

A Christmas Carol adapted, directed and choreographed by Christina Harris opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse Nov. 29 and will run through Dec. 23. According to Ms. Harris, new touches for this year’s production include “costumes in a muted pallet that more closely resemble that of Dickensian clothing, vs. bright colorful costumes of the past. The set is no longer the faux backdrop of a Dickens street, but rather a manipulated space to create atmosphere that has an implied and whimsical feel to it. The sound, by John Zalewski, an extremely prolific sound designer, will create a whole new score to the show to enhance the story. The heart of the story is still there, peppered with wonderful music sung by our cast - but I have added a couple of new scenes, including one in which we meet Scrooge’s father to give us a clearer picture of who Scrooge was and how he became so hard.” 

The cast includes Jolie Adamson, Anthony Bravo, Andrew Byer, MarLee Candell, Cadence Cole, Melody Cole, Jessie Ellico Franks, Georgan George, Mary Harmon, Scott Harris, Matthew Herrmann, Ranya Jaber, Zayd Jaber, Randy Wade Kelley, Kelly Kitko, Alison Lani, Amelia Maschek, Karl Maschek, Lisa Musser, Hector S. Quintana, Dale Sandlin, Olivia Schlueter-Corey and Tim Stafford. A gala champagne reception and light buffet follows the Friday, Nov. 29 performance. Tickets: (626) 355-4318 or

AUDITIONS: Performance Riverside is holding auditions for SPAMALOT directed by Gary Krinkle, Dec. 8 & 9 at 7pm in Tech 107 on the RCC City Campus in Riverside. Lovingly ripped off the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot re-tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, cows, killer rabbits and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? AEA Contract Tier 2 Guest Artist plus pay for non-union TBD. Rehearsals are Jan. 12 – Feb 16, 2014 in Riverside and the show opens Feb. 7. For a complete breakdown of roles go to For more information call (951) 222-8399.

Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks is holding auditions for In the Heights, featuring the original Tony Award-winning choreography of Andy Blankenbuehler, recreated by the show’s dance captain, Morgan Marcell, who will also direct the production. Darryl Archibald will musical direct and lead the Cabrillo Music Theatre Orchestra. The production will be supervised by Cabrillo’s artistic director, Lewis Wilkenfeld

In the Heights runs March 28 – April 6, 2014. Rehearsals begin February 17 for non-Equity performers, and March 3 for Equity performers. All roles are open, and all roles are open to Non-Equity talent. 3 Equity contracts are still available, to be cast from among the following roles: Usnavi, Nina, Kevin, Camilla, Abuela Claudia, and Daniela. There is pay for all roles for age 18 and up. Although they encourage all ethnicities to attend the auditions, they are looking for actors who can play Latino. The look is specific for this show, and will be a consideration during casting.

Cast limited to age 16 and above. Please bring picture and resume, and sheet music in the proper key, accompanist provided. Music in the style of show is strongly encouraged. No recorded music or a capella, please. Non-union please limit song to one minute. Note: Those auditioning for Graffiti Pete and ensemble dancers should attend a dance call, rather than a singing appointment. Dates:

Thousand Oaks Auditions
Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Principal and Singing Appointments:
Sunday, Nov. 10 – 1:00 -5:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 12 – 4:00 -11:00 pm
Dancers’ Call for all dance roles:  
Sunday, Nov. 10 – 6:00 pm

Los Angeles Auditions 
Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd., N. Hollywood, CA 91601 
A.E.A. Principal Appointments:
Monday, Nov. 11 – 10:15 am -1:00 pm
Dancers’ Call for all dance roles:
Monday, Nov. 11 at 2:30 pm

All roles are open. All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, please call (805) 497-8614 x 3. When leaving a message, please include your name, role(s) for which you’d like to be considered, telephone number, and whether or not you’re a member of Actors’ Equity Assn. Please also leave your preferred date/time for audition.  Callbacks to take place on November 14, 18, & 19, and are by invitation only. Click here for complete breakdown of roles and information about an audition-preparatory Master Class, given by Morgan Marcell. 

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