Auditions for 2018-19 Season

Audition Dates & Times

Saturday August 25th, 10:00am-Noon
Tuesday August 28th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Drop by when able! Actors need only attend one audition.

 

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
Actors should park behind the church and follow the signs to the southwest entrance

 

Director  

Lisa Cryderman

Lisa is a local gal who has been performing with various theatre groups since high school. During her long career she has learned valuable lessons from each director she has worked with. In addition to performing some of her time she has spent writing and directing children’s musicals at churches and schools. Lisa has also directed cabarets and main stage with Center Stage Jackson. As a proud former marching band member, Lisa is thrilled to be directing The Music Man, and is already planning to get  local marching bands on stage.

 

About this Musical

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

This production is rated G.

 

Performances

November 2, 3, 4, & November 9, 10, 11, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
Jackson College’s Potter Center
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

 

This production calls for…

Ages 5-105 of all types, a barbershop quartet, and lots of instruments…so check your basements, attics, and garages for your old clarinet or tuba! All levels of experience welcome.

 

What actors should expect at auditions

There will be a singing portion, a short acting audition where you will read from the script, and a dance audition. Auditions will be held in an open room so you will be singing in front of other actors.

 

What actors should prepare for auditions

  • Please prepare a vocal solo no longer than 16-32 bars in a similar style to the show that showcases your range and ability.
    • A pianist will be provided, but you may bring your own audio track, pianist, or you may accompany yourself. A speaker with a CD player, auxiliary cord, and one of those newfangled new iPhone adapters will be available.
  • Dress comfortably so you can move well during the choreography portion.
  • Bring your schedule for September 3 through November 12 and be ready to list any potential conflicts.

Optional Prep:

Below are the portions of the script that will be used for the acting audition. Check out the character list below for who you might want to read for. These do not need to be memorized. Scripts will be available for use at the audition sign in table.

 

Character List

  • Harold Hill: Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist. A con man, traveling under the auspices of a salesman, he eventually falls in love with Marian Paroo. Charismatic and charming.
    • Male age 25-35
  • Marian Paroo: The stuff town librarian and music teacher. She is an attractive young lady who eventually falls for Harold Hill. Stuck up. Curious.
    • Female age 20-30
  • Charlie Cowell: A traveling salesmen who is on to Harold Hill’s schemes. Tirelessy attempts to prove to everyone the true con man behind Harold Hill.
    • Male age 25-45
  • Mayor Shinn: A blustery politician who is all too “self-important.” Begrudgingly married to Eulalie, he is skeptical of the town rumor mill.
    • Male age 50-60.
  • Ewart Dunlop: A member of the quartet formed by Harold Hill with a tenor voice. Ewart is married to Maude Dunlop.
    • Male age 25-45
  • Oliver Hix: A baritone in the quartet formed by Hill. Oliver is married to Alma Hix.
    • Male age 25-45
  • Jacey Squires: The highest tenor in the quartet. Married to Mrs. Squires.
    • Male age 25-45
  • Olin Britt: A citizen of River City and the bass of the quartet formed by Harold Hill.
    • Male age 25-45
  • Marcellus Washburn: Harold’s chummy old friend and former con man, he now lives in River City and is trying to settle down.
    • Male age 30-40
  • Tommy Djilas: An attractive, young man from the wrong side of town. He is secretly courting Zaneeta.
    • Male age 15-20
  • Mrs. Paroo: Cheerful and always plotting. An Irish widow and mother to Marian and Winthrop.
    • Female age 45-60
  • Amaryllis: A slightly bratty piano student of Marion Paroo.
    • Female age 8-12
  • Winthrop Paroo: Marian’s baby brother, he is very shy because of a noticeable lisp. Embraces Harold Hill and the marching band.
    • Male age 8-12
  • Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife. A serial gossiper and snob, she has trouble keeping her opinions to herself.
    • Female age 40-50
  • Zaneeta Shinn: The Mayor’s fresh-faced daughter who is in love with Tommy. Sweet and outgoing. Appears to be daffy at times.
    • Female age 14-18
  • Alma Hix: A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Oliver Hix.
    • Female age 25-45.
  • Maud Dunlop: A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Ewart Dunlop.
    • Female age 25-45.
  • Ethel Toffelmier: A comical “Pick-a-Little Lady,” and Marcellus Washburn’s girlfriend.
    • Female age 25-40
  • Mrs. Squires: A “Pick-a-Little Lady” married to Jacey Squires.
    • Female age 25-40
  • Ensemble
    • Traveling Salesmen, Constable Locke, Newspaper Readers, River City Townspeople

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Monday through Thursday from 6:30pm-9:30pm starting September 3, with the occasional Friday rehearsal TBA.

Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal until we get closer to tech week when everything really comes together (week of October 29)!

There will not be rehearsal on Halloween.

 

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Dates & Times

August 28, 2018…starting promptly at 4:30pm
August 30, 2018…starting promptly at 4:30pm

 

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
Please park behind the church and follow the signs to the southwest door

 

Directors

Bob & Pam Bullock

 

About this Play

Woe falls upon Chuck Wagon’s wagon train, stranded in the notorious Whistling Skull Rock outside the tiny town of Vinegar Bottle, famed for its “I’m O.K. You’re O.K. Corral” and crawling with villains and bandits! This fast-paced spoof of the Old West is filled with a goofy stable of hilarious characters. Then mix with mirth, action, and a laugh a minute, and you’ll be rollin’ in the aisle by the time the wagons start rollin’ out!

 

Performances

November 16, 17, 18, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201

 

This production calls for…

Center Stage Jackson’s Youth Theater program is for Jackson County students that are in 3rd through 9th grade (no exceptions). See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about the Youth Theater program.

 

What actors should expect at auditions

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. A “cold reading” means reading from a script without seeing it or being able to practice it beforehand. Please note that the production team will not have actors read for every character (or even the character the actor might want to play). The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.

 

What actors should prepare for auditions

No preparation necessary. Newbies welcome!

 

Character List

  • Chuck Wagon: Leads the wagon train; young, handsome, honest; our hero (104 lines)
  • Wild Bill Hiccup: Assists Chuck, hiccups a lot (30 lines)
  • Candy Kane: Lovely girl, sweet but strong, admires Chuck; our heroine (105 lines)
  • Dulcy: Candy’s cousin, same age (24 lines)
  • Josiah Aimless: Farmer from New England (6 lines)
  • Matilda: Josiah’s wife (19 lines)
  • Lullaby: Josiah’s daughter, about 12 (15 lines)
  • Cactus Kate: Runs the local hotel (30 lines)
  • Mother Rogers: Newspaper publisher/editor (26 lines)
  • Evening Star: Indian girl about 14, works for Mother Rogers (15 lines)
  • Clementine Splinters: Fiery fighter for law and order (35 lines)
  • Dusty: Clementine’s baby brother, a grizzled desert rat (20 lines)
  • Letty: Stranded in town (15 lines)
  • Virginia Hamm: Deals cards at Sarsparilly Saloon (17 lines)
  • Glazed Hamm: Virigina’s sister, another card dealer (18 lines)
  • Smiling Slade Claggett: Smiles a lot—but so does a crocodile; our villain (100 lines)
  • Sue Flay: Villain’s partner, gorgeous rotten apple for a heart (75 lines)
  • Minerva Springwell: Schoolmarm (21 lines)
  • Judy: Pupil (15 lines)
  • Sally: Pupil (15 lines)
  • Cookie: Juanita’s maid (17 lines)
  • Alibi Crabtree: Jack-of-all-trades (10 lines)
  • Juanita Fandango: Famous stage personality (37 lines)
  • Lieutenant Ample Porridge: U.S. Army man (25 lines)
  • Straight-Shooting Sam: Outlaw, dumb (51 lines)
  • The Arizona Kid: Another outlaw, dumber (57 lines)
  • Dallas: Female bandit (58 lines)
  • Judge Pettigrew: Rides a short circuit (32 lines)
  • Petunia: Judge Pettigrew’s wife (17 lines)
  • Citizens

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

There will be a read-through and mandatory parent meeting at 4:30pm on September 11. Rehearsals will then be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm until 6:00pm through November 8. Not every actor will be called to every rehearsal, depending on casting. During “Tech Week” (November 12-15) rehearsals will be held from 6:00pm-9:30pm. During Tech Week all actors are required at rehearsal.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202.

 

Contact

Youth Theater Committee Chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net or 517-539-4118.

Dates

To be announced. Auditions for this production are typically held in December. Sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

 

Audition Location

To be announced

 

Director  

Veronica Long

Veronica is honored to be part of her seventh show with Center Stage Jackson, and her first as Director. She has been on stage for all three collaborative productions between CSJ and the Sandhill Crane Vineyards, and can’t wait for February/March of 2019 when dinner theater audiences will get to experience the side splitting comedy that is Jeeves Intervenes. Other than theater, Veronica enjoys playing games, traveling, and working as a realtor for Keller Williams Realty. She is dedicating the show to her childhood theater company that shut down this May after 25 years of productions.

 

About this Play

1920s high-society London is once again thrown into chaos by hapless playboy Bertie Wooster, this time in cahoots with his old school chum Eustace Bassington-Bassington. The two hatch a brilliant plan to dupe their meddling relatives in order to save Bertie from an undesired marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job in India. But will the ever-faithful manservant Jeeves be able to rescue these bumbling fools from themselves?

 

Performances

February 15, 16, 17, February 22, 23, 24, & March 1, 2, 3, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays doors open at 7:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm
The Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

Please note that there are 9 performances over three weekends.

 

This production calls for…

2 females, 4 males

 

What actors should expect at auditions

To be announced

 

What actors should prepare for auditions

To be announced

 

Character List

  • Bertram Wilberforce Wooster: A wealthy, carefree bachelor with a talent for getting himself into pickles. Fortune favors fools, however, and she has favored Bertie with Jeeves.
  • Jeeves: Berties valet and the perfect gentleman’s gentleman. Unflappable, infallible and never at a loss when faced with one of Bertie’s little difficulties.
  • Eustace Bassington-Bassington AKA “Bassy”: An old school chum of Berties, he is prone to sudden attacks of love. Bassy scrimps along (barely) on an allowance sent by his crusty uncle.
  • Agatha Spencer-Gregson: Bertie’s fearsome aunt, a born tyrant and a woman who, says Bertie, “gladly wears barbed wire next to the skin.” She is determined to see Bertie wed.
  • Gertrude Winklesworth-Bode: A strong-minded young lady with a penchant for Nietzsche, she views Bertie as clay to be molded…by her.
  • Sir Rupert Watlington-Pipps: Eustace’s short-tempered, skin-flint uncle, a former military man who is bent on forcing his disappointing nephew into becoming a man of worth.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

 

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Dates

To be announced. Auditions for this production are typically held in January. Sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

 

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201

 

Director, Music Director, Choreographer  

To be announced. If you are interested in directing this musical, please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org before June 15, 2018 for more info or to set up an interview.

 

About this Musical

Nottingham rocks in this exciting take on the legend of Robin Hood — fresh yet traditional and loaded with female roles! Told as an origin story, we begin in a happier time when Nottingham is wealthy and prosperous. A young orphan Robin and his twin sister Hazel arrive with big hopes to open an archery shop, but immediately run into trouble. Loaded with action, chase scenes, prison breaks, and an archery tournament, you’ll love the timeless spirit of our outlaw hero!

 

Performances

March 22, 23, 24, 2019
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
The Middle School at Parkside’s Kiesel Auditorium
2400 Fourth Street, Jackson MI 49203

 

This production calls for…

Center Stage Jackson’s Youth Theater program is for Jackson County students that are in 3rd through 9th grade (no exceptions). See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about the Youth Theater program.

 

What actors should expect at auditions

Actors will do short vocal and dance auditions (no prep needed) as well as a cold reading from the script with other actors.

A “cold reading” means reading from a script without seeing it or being able to practice it beforehand. Please note that the production team will not have actors read for every character (or even the character the actor might want to play). The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.

 

What actors should prepare for auditions

No preparation necessary. Newbies welcome!

 

Character List

  • Robin: Idealistic young man who grows to be a hero (92 lines)
  • Hazel: Robin’s clever twin sister (41 lines)
  • Avalee: Widow who’s a bit touched; sells chickens and eggs at the market (24 lines)
  • Violet: Flower vendor (10 lines)
  • RoseMary: Sells herbs and spices (10 lines)
  • Linnaen: Cloth merchant (18 lines)
  • Little John: Blacksmith with a pacifistic nature (46 lines)
  • Sayra: Little John’s daughters; longs to be a warrier (28 lines)
  • Friar Tuck: Jolly local friar; enjoys a good laugh (36 lines)
  • Beggar Woman: Poor soul; the only one in poverty at the outset (9 lines)
  • Mother Mary: Nun in charge of the convent and the orphans (13 lines)
  • Sister Patience: Ever-so-patient (9 lines)
  • Sister Forthright: Tells it like it is (11 lines)
  • Ginny: Oldest orphan; Mother Mary’s right hand (8 lines)
  • Sam: Youngest orphan; playful and imaginative; good-hearted (37 lines)
  • Ruth: Pious orphan (9 lines)
  • Pete: Strong-spirited orphan; wants to be a tough guy (12 lines)
  • Maybe: Another orphan; Pete’s non-committal sidekick (11 lines)
  • Sheriff: Self-interested ward of Nottingham; longs for more power and relevance (119 lines)
  • Marian: Sheriff’s adopted daughter; one of his top spies (70 lines)
  • Regan: Another spy (14 lines)
  • Sir Guy of Gisbourne: Sheriff’s enforcer; an assassin who’s a bit unhinged (10 lines)
  • Sir Divvy: Another strong arm; blissfully daft (11 lines)
  • Guard: Watches the dungeon; dozy (6 lines)
  • Ellen-a-Dale: Minstrel; ousted by Prince John (12 lines)
  • Lady Blackwood: Widowed landowner; weds Sheriff to expand her power; calls the shots in Nottingham (65 lines)
  • Scarlet Will: Spy with a secret; tasked to watch over Marian (23 lines)
  • Tax Collectors (31 lines)
  • Prisoners (10 lines)
  • King Richard: Good King who’s gone abroad (18 lines)
  • King’s Guards: Protect the King
  • Sir Brahme: Skilled archer
  • Chorus

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday from 4:30pm until 6:00pm at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, then will move to The Middle School at Parkside’s Kiesel Auditorium in March (date TBA). Please Note: During Tech Week, March 18th-21st, rehearsal times will change to 6:00pm-9:00pm and are mandatory for cast. Further details to be announced.

 

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Dates

To be announced. Sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

 

Audition Location

To be announced

 

Director

Steven Owsley

Steven has served as an actor, director, and piano accompanist in the Center Stage Jackson community since his first show in the fall of 2012. He appeared on stage in such shows for CSJ as Harvey1776 and And Then There Were None and most recently directed My Fair Lady. He is excited to direct the cabaret at the Sandhill Crane Winery! The theme is yet to be selected, but it is sure to be a night of fun and magical, musical showstoppers!

 

Performances

April 5, 6, 7 & April 12, 13, 14, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays doors open at 7:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
The Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

 

This production calls for…

To be announced

 

What actors should expect at auditions

To be announced

 

What actors should prepare for auditions

To be announced

 

Theme

To be announced

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced

 

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Dates

To be announced. Auditions for this production are typically held in March. Sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

 

Audition Location

To be announced

 

Director  

Sara Long

Sara Long is incredibly excited to direct her second production with Center Stage Jackson, the first being Fiddler on the Roof. Sara graduated from Eastern Michigan University in April of 2016 with a double major in theatre and psychology. She has been a part of over 60 productions in the last 14 years. Peter Pan was the show that made Sara fall in love with theatre when she was only 5 years old and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to direct it with CSJ.

 

About this Musical

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook.

This production is rated G.

 

Performances

June 7, 8, 9 & June 14, 15, 16, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
Jackson College’s Potter Center
2111 Emmons Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

 

This production calls for…

Actors ages 5 and up that are excited to sing, dance, and play make believe in the world of Neverland. This production will be using flying on stage! No previous acting experience required.

 

What actors should expect at auditions

Actors will be put into small groups to sing, perform a monologue, as well as dance. You will not be required to stay the entire time.

 

What actors should prepare for auditions

  • 16-32 bar cut of a song in a similar style to the show. Bring sheet music for the pianist, a cd, or an iPod with the accompaniment
  • 1-2 minute monologue that fits the feeling of the show
  • Bring any scheduling conflicts from the beginning of rehearsals until the end of the show
  • Come dressed to move

 

Character List

  • Wendy Darling: The eldest Darling child. Wendy is compassionate, incredibly loving, and very protective of her younger brothers. She is the child every parent wishes they had.
    • Female age 13-16 (flexible)
  • John Napoleon Darling: The middle Darling child. A sly smile is always at home on John’s face. He has a mischievous twinkle in his eye and is always ready for an adventure.
    • Male age 11-14 (flexible)
  • Michael Darling: The youngest Darling child. Never far from his favorite Teddy, Michael is sweet and innocent. He is ever so lovable and very huggable.
    • Male age 6-9 (flexible)
  • Mrs. Darling: The Darling matriarch. Mrs. Darling glides about gently but swiftly from task to task with motherly precision. She has a pleasant strength to her demeanor.
    • Female age 25-45
  • Mr. Darling: A bit of grouch, Mr. Darling is a professional who happens to be a father. Though sparkles of his love peak through from time to time, he often has places to go and people to see. He may be of imposing size. Typically played by the same actor as Captain Hook.
    • Male age 30-50
  • Peter Pan: Childhood and boyishness personified, Peter is athletic and not shy about taking to flight when the moment suits him. His reflexes are catlike and his presence exhilarating. A creature of constant motion.
    • Must be able to play a 12-14 year old boy with vocal range Eb2 – C4. All genders will be considered for this role.
  • Captain Hook: The one-handed captain of the Jolly-Roger. Relentless and restless in his pursuit of Pan, Hook is short-fused and ridiculous. He is a larger than life villain. Typically played by the same actor as Mr. Darling.
    • Male age 30-50
  • Smee: Captain Hook’s knockabout lackey. An archetypical evil side-kick, Smee might be a bit rotund and is definitely dwarfed by Hook. Should be portrayed by an actor with physical comedy chops.
    • Male age 28-48
  • Tiger Lily: A striking Native American princess, Tiger Lily is a tough girl and an excellent dancer. She should command the stage when taking it and move about it as would mist. Must be a strong dancer.
    • Female, age flexible.
  • Liza: A young maid at the Darling Household who is very skeptical of anything fun. She ends up rediscovering her youth in Neverland. Must be a strong dancer.
    • Female age 14-18.
  • Ensemble
    • Indians: Proud and strong members of Tiger Lily’s tribe. Must be strong dancers.
    • The Lost Boys: The playful group of boys that live with Peter in Neverland.
    • Pirates: A frightening gang of pirates devoted to serving the terrible Captain Hook.
    • Various Animals: Enthusiastic creatures that help out around the island in various songs and dances,

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Monday to Thursday from 6:30-9:30 starting early April. Friday rehearsals may be added occasionally if necessary. Not all actors are called for every rehearsal until closer to tech week.

 

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.