Auditions for 2019-20 Season

Dates

Friday December 13, 2019……6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday December 14, 2019……Noon-2:00pm

Actors only need to attend one audition and are welcome to drop by when they are able!

Callbacks (if needed) will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday December 15th at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church.

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202

Actors should use the parking lot behind the church and follow the yellow signs to the southwest door (left of the playground). 

Director  

Chelsea Phillips

Chelsea is a soon-to-be graduate at Spring Arbor University, where she is pursuing a degree in Speech/Drama and English for Secondary Education. She loves to travel and see theater productions—including ones by Center Stage Jackson—with her husband, David. Chelsea is especially looking forward to sharing her vision of Making God Laugh with the community because it is relatable to people of all ages. She is excited to work closely with her cast/crew and would like to thank SAU and Concord Area Players for providing the education necessary to direct.

About this Play

Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.

This production is rated PG-13 for mild adult language.

Performances

February 21, 22, 23
February 28, 29, March 1
March 6, 7, 8
2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 4:00pm

Sandhill Crane Vineyards
4724 Walz Rd. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

2 females, 3 males

Each character ages 30 years over the course of the show. The three children (1 female, 2 male) start out in their early to late twenties. The two parents (1 female, 1 male) start out in their forties or fifties. 

Actors must be at least 18 years of age to audition.

See below for character list.

What actors should prepare for auditions

  • Actors may prepare a short monologue – memorization is preferred. Monologues are suggested but not required. Sample monologues will be available upon request and at auditions if needed.
  • Actors should bring scheduling conflicts for December 15, 2019 through March 8, 2010.

What actors should expect at auditions

  • Monologue presentation
  • Group improv exercises
  • Cold readings from the script

Character List

  • Ruthie:
    The matriarch of the family. She starts the play in her late forties or early fifties and ages thirty years as does everyone. She’s bossy, authoritative, means well but tries to steer the world more than is humanly possible. She needles each of her children and even her husband, Bill, to an extent but at bottom, way down there, truly loves them all.
  • Bill:
    Our patriarch. He loves everyone and is a go-with-the-flow sort. Easygoing, wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, desperately in love with his kids and his wife. Being the dad of these people and Ruthie’s husband is his life’s work and he’s successful at it. He lives a little in fear of Ruthie but the worm turns when it must.
  • Richard:
    The eldest son. Mid-to-late twenties as we start. He wants to conquer the world and is always looking for ways to do that. Not a plugger, more of an entrepreneur. He buys the latest everything and dresses “up to the second” stylish. He’s a good guy but has perhaps seen too many movies of how men behave rather than behaving as he would. A one-time football hero, he misses that kind of spotlight.
  • Maddie:
    The second child. Mid-twenties at the top. She’s an aspiring actress. A strong-willed person who loves her family. She’s closest to Thomas and the two of them have a long-standing habit of picking on their big brother as a team. It’s good-natured except when it’s not. Of all the kids, she’s the only one to have moved away from her hometown. She lives in New York and struggles with the artist’s life as well as her life-life. She and her mother have a difficult relationship.
  • Thomas:
    Son two, the baby of the family and the “good” son. A nice, even-tempered guy, in the style of his father, who thought his life was on a plan. A devoutly religious man studying for the priesthood at the beginning he’s nonetheless funny, warm, and not at all rigid in his approach to life. He means very well but like everyone has his life turn out differently than he planned.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

One read-through will be held in December (to be determined based on cast availability). Regular rehearsals will start in January.

Starting in January, actors should expect a mix of weeknight (evening) and weekend (daytime) rehearsals. The rehearsal schedule will be based on the availability of the cast.

Rehearsals will be held either at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church or Spring Arbor University (depending on cast availability) until early February when rehearsals will move to the Sandhill Crane Vineyards (4724 Walz Rd. in Jackson).

Contact

Director Chelsea Phillips at Chelsea.Phillips@arbor.edu or (517) 539-4118.

Dates & Times

To be announced.

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.

Director

Melissa McElhone

About this Play

When Carl, a teenager, wants to run away from home, he applies for a job with the mysterious Professor Pinecone and his traveling magical marionette puppet show. He quickly discovers, however, that the position comes with all kinds of strings attached. In this play-within-a-play, Carl becomes Pinocchio and improvises his way through the story, meeting some familiar characters — including a cricket with an attitude, the devious fox and cat and the memorable Blues Fairy — as well as some new ones. With the help of this eclectic cast, Carl stumbles upon life’s lessons as he’s forced to make important decisions.

Performances

March 2020, dates to be announced
Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
The Middle School at Parkside Kiesel Auditorium
2400 4th St, 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 – TRIO

  • Professor: Puppet master.
  • Madame Azure: Crotechety hag with blue hair.
  • Carl/Pinocchio: Reckless teenage boy.
  • Geppetto: Kind, elderly man.
  • Cricket: Conscientious bug.
  • Fox: Wily canine.
  • Cat: Fickle feline.
  • Motel Owner: Lacks hospitality.
  • Motel Owner’s Wife: Allergic to pets.
  • Sparky: Fire sprite.
  • Peg: Wily woodpecker.
  • Paul: Lumberjack with an ax to grind.
  • Upholsterer: Chair carrier.
  • Rug Rat: Carpet whacker.
  • Blues Fairy: Magical matron with blue hair.
  • Mary Annette: Wise and caring girl.
  • Dipstick: Magnet for trouble.
  • Driver: Cruel taskmaster.
  • Donna: Donkey.
  • Fannie Oakleaf: Owns a Wild West Show.
  • Trina: Ballerina and choreographer.
  • Tina Tuna: Plucky chicken of the sea.
  • Chorus of Magical Marionettes and Townspeople
  • Bug Chorus
  • Villagers
  • Backup Singers
  • Students
  • Revelers/Donkeys
  • Tuna Fish

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

All rehearsals will be held at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202. Performances will be held at the Middle School at Parkside, 2400 4th St, Jackson, MI 49203.

Contact

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

Dates

To be announced.

Auditions to be held in March 2020. Sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

Audition Location

To be announced.

Director  

Kelly Crippen

About this Musical

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations.

This production is rated PG.

Performances

June 5, 6, 7 and June 12, 13, 14, 2020
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…

To be announced. See below for cast list.

What actors should expect at auditions

To be announced.

What actors should prepare for auditions

To be announced.

Character List

  • Dorothy Gale
  • Aunt Em/Glinda the Good Witch of the North
  • Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard\
  • Zeke/Cowardly Lion
  • Hickory/Tinman
  • Hunk/Scarecrow
  • Miss Almira Gulch/The Wicked With of the West
  • Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz
  • Munchkins
    • Mayor
    • Coroner
    • Barrister
    • Fiddler
    • Braggart
    • 2 School Teachers
    • 3 Tots
    • 3 City Fathers
    • 3 Tough Guys
  • Winkie General
  • Nikko (Commander of Monkeys)
  • Jitterbug (Lead Dancer)
  • Ensemble
    • Citizens of Munchkinland
    • Crows
    • Trees
    • Poppies & Snowmen
    • Ozians
    • Winkies (Male Chorus)
    • Jitterbugs & Ghosts

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

Contact

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

Dates

Monday August 19, 2019
Tuesday August 20, 2019

  • Auditions will start promptly for all actors at 6:00pm (these are not drop-in style auditions).
  • Actors should plan on arriving at 6:00pm and staying until the end.
    • Actors that wish to be featured dancers in the burlesque scene should play on staying until 9:00pm (all genders).
    • Actors that do NOT wish to dance in the burlesque scene should plan on staying until 8:30pm.
  • Actors are welcome to come both nights but not required.
  • Callbacks for leads and featured dancers will be held on Wednesday August 21st, 6:00pm-8:30pm.

Audition Location

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

Director  

Lisa Cryderman

About this Musical

An evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.

Important Note

This production is rated PG-13 for mature content and language.

As this is an adult themed production auditioning actors must be 18 years or older. 

Performances

October 25, 26, 27 and November 1, 2, 3, 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 age 18+ only.
All genders and body types.

What actors should expect at auditions

  • Vocal audition: 16-32 bars
  • Cold reading of the script with scene partners
  • Actors wishing to be featured burlesque dancers (all genders) in the brothel scene will have a dance audition and should expect to stay until 9:00pm. All other roles will not have to dance at auditions.

What actors should prepare for auditions

  • Please prepare only 16-32 bars of a song that represents the style of the show and showcases your range. Songs from the show are acceptable. A piano player and a blue tooth speaker will be provided.
  • Actors that would like to be featured dancers in the brothel scene (all genders), wear comfortable clothing for a dance audition.
  • Please bring your schedule from August 21 – November 3, 2019 and be prepared to write down any schedule conflicts for this period.

Character List

  • Gabriel John Utterson: Serves as Jekyll’s lawyer and helpful friend. He advises the troubled doctor on personal and professional affairs.
    • Male age 30-45 (flexible)
  • Sir Danvers Carew: Emma’s loving father and Chairman of the Board of Governors. A charming and gentle man.
    • Male age 60-70 (flexible)
  • Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde: Jekyll is a doctor obsessed with discovering the true nature behind the good and evil in man and Emma’s fiancee. After he uses an experimental formula on himself, his evil side – Edward Hyde – takes control. As Hyde, he is violent, commanding, and a sexual deviant attracted to Lucy.
    • Male age 30-45 (flexible)
  • Simon Stride: The secretary of the Board of Governors and Jekyll’s rival for Emma’s affections.
    • Male age 30-40 (flexible)
  • Bishop of Basingstrok: A hypocritical, sadistic man of the cloth and a member of the Board of Governors.
    • Male age 40-60 (flexible)
  • General Lord Glossop: A pompous retired army man and member of the Board of Governors.
    • Male age 50-60 (flexible)
  • Emma Carew: The daughter of Chairman Danvers and Jekyll’s beloved fiancee who is refined and desired by all of the socialite men.
    • Female age 20-25 (flexible)
  • Lucy Harris: The gorgeous ‘main attraction’ at a local gentleman’s club. At the bottom of her luck, she becomes the object of Hyde’s obsession. Lucy is feisty and wild, but also cautious and aware.
    • Female age 20-30 (flexible)
  • Lady Beaconsfield
  • Lord Savage
  • Sir Archibald Proops
  • Ensemble
    • Aristocrats
    • Citizens
    • Servants
    • Party Guests
    • Prostitutes
    • Policeman

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be held weeknights Monday through Thursday starting September 3, with some weekends added October 11-20.

Contact

Director Lisa Cryderman at lisacryderman1@gmail.com or (517) 539-4118.

Dates & Times

September 9 & 11, 2019
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

Aimie Smith – Trio
Bob & Pam Bullock – Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)

About this Play

Trio! is a fast-paced adventure through a trilogy of storybook favorites. Narrated by a triumvirate of ringmasters and giddily guided by a threesome of circus clowns, Trio! races through the three tales of The Three Bears, The Three Pigs, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff, with a twist!

In Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up), it’s Dad’s turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them. Trio! is a fast-paced adventure through a trilogy of storybook favorites. Narrated by a triumvirate of ringmasters and giddily guided by a threesome of circus clowns, Trio! races through the three tales of The Three Bears, The Three Pigs, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff, with a twist!

Performances

November 22, 23, 24, 2019
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 – TRIO

  • Beetle: Ringmaster
  • Bartle: Ringmaster
  • Bo: Ringmaster
  • Clown One: Hyper and silly. Helps with set changes.
  • Clown Two: Hyper and silly. Helps with set changes.
  • Mama Bear: Voice of reason to her two whiny boys.
  • Papa Bear: Very whiny about his fear of spiders.
  • Baby Bear: Very whiny about his hatred of porridge.
  • Goldilocks: Destroys things.
  • Mama Pig: Wants her little piggies to make something of themselves.
  • Pig One: Wants to be a tightrope walker.
  • Pig Two: Wants to be a juggler.
  • Pig Three: Wants to reduce climate change.
  • Wolf: Loves bacon…and duckies and strawberry tarts.
  • Peter: Scared of wolves.
  • Red Riding Hood: Not so scared of wolves.
  • Mini Goat: The runt of the litter (ideally played by two actors).
  • Bearded Lady Goat: Normal-sized lady goat with a magnificent flowing beard.
  • Strongman Goat: The biggest goat (ideally played by two players).
  • Troll: A danger that lurks in green pastures.

Character List – Bedtime Stories

  • Dad
  • Wally: One of the kids.
  • Ashley: One of the kids.
  • Katie: One of the kids.
  • Prime Minister
  • Queen
  • Prince 1
  • Princess 1
  • Princess 2
  • Mindy
  • Wilbur
  • Sheep
  • Horace
  • Mayor
  • Mom
  • Father
  • Captain
  • The Militia
  • Prince 2
  • Poor Old Woman
  • Daughter
  • Rumpelstiltskin

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

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.

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