Memories to Hold Auditions for “Escanaba in Da Moonlight”, “Harris Cashes Out”, and “Stuck”
Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:00pm and Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:30pm, Memories Dinner Theater, in Port Washington, WI, will be holding auditions for their fall production, Harris Cashes Out, and the first two productions of their 2015 season, Stuck and Escanaba in Da Moonlight.
All three productions are part of Memories’ “Send in the Weekends” series which run for two weeks each and include evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinee performances on Sundays and the second Saturday of the run. Harris Cashes Out, written by Londos D’Arrigo, runs October 31 – November 9, 2014. Stuck, written by Milwaukee native, Neil Haven, runs February 13 – 22, 2015 and Jeff Daniel’s hilarious Escanaba in Da Moonlight runs March 13 – 22, 2015.
Those auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading(s) from the script. It is requested that they come prepared with their rehearsal availability and any known conflicts during the 6-8 weeks prior to the opening of the show(s) they are auditions for. The rehearsal schedule will be developed based upon the availability of the chosen cast. Those wishing to be cast MUST be available for all performances. Compensation may be available, based on experience and ability.
Synopses of each of the shows, as well as a listing of characters being cast, are listed below. Memories strongly encourages all interested actors and actresses to audition, regardless of the age and physical descriptions of the characters, as flexibility within casting is always an option. If there are any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Memories at 262-284-6850 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about Memories, you can visit them online at www.memoriesballroom.com .
Synopsis for Harris Cashes Out by Londos D’Arrigo (October 31 – November 9, 2014):
Forty years ago, Harris Wellborn wrote an off-Broadway musical which infamously closed after just one performance. We find the now-elderly tunesmith down on his luck, living in a run-down apartment building dependent on the charity of his domineering sister- yet still dreaming of making it on Broadway. The laughs unfold when the witty Harris is thrown together with the flaky young woman and her scheming boyfriend, who live down the hall. Thanks to the magic of the internet, Wellborn’s life takes a hilarious and unexpected turn when his neighbors come up with a devious plan to cash in on Harris’ past.
Auditioning for the following characters:
Maggie – (female, 60s) Harris’ no-nonsense, “take charge” sister who takes it upon herself to watch out for Harris’ well-being.
Kim - (female, early 20s) Dog-walker, hired by Maggie, to help “watch out for” and take care of Harris. She is sweet, naïve, not too bright and has a unique and odd sense of fashion (according to Harris).
Jason – (male, mid-20s) Maggie’s street-smart boyfriend, whose ingenuity and misplaced sense of conscience, have an unexpected result.
Synopsis for Stuck by Neil Haven (February 13 - 22, 2015):
A modern-day screwball comedy introduces us to Ella, an unforgettably charming elevator operator in a historic Milwaukee hotel, whose agoraphobia (fear of crowds and open places) has her sequestered to life in the elevator, living vicariously through her passengers. She befriends Ian, a handsome traveling business man, who is also 'stuck' in his own life's confines. When the antics of his suspicious wife leave Ian's reputation on the line, can Ella help clear his name?
"I will also go to see anything written by Neil Haven, the funniest playwright southeastern Wisconsin has produced in decades." Damien Jaques - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Auditioning for the Following Characters:
Ella – (female, mid 20s) Cute, charismatic elevator operator, who suffers from agoraphobia. \
Ian - (male, late 20s) Hotel patron in town on business. Attractive and likeable. Victim of his wife’s unfounded suspicion of infidelity and her scheme to “catch him in the act”.
Charlie/Male Elevator Riders – (male, 40s – 50s) Bartender at The Diplomat Hotel, who likes to offer his bit of advice to his patrons. Actor also plays various elevator riders including: “Lusty Man”, “Suit”, “Goober” and others.
Gillian – (female, late 20s) Prostitute. Sexy and attractive. A manipulator. Hired by Melissa to seduce Ian, so she can “prove” he is unfaithful to her.
Melissa – Ian’s obsessive and suspicious wife, who allows her own insecurities to prevent her marriage from being what it once was, and still could be.
Charise/Female Elevator Riders – (female, any age) Housekeeper at The Diplomat Hotel. She is Ella’s only friend and the one who enables Ella to live in the elevator. Actress also plays various elevator riders including: “Lusty Woman”, “Lonely Woman” and others.
Synopsis for Escanaba in da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels (March 13 - 22, 2015):
When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family's camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.
Auditioning for the Following Characters:
Albert Soady- (male, early 60s). Father of the two Soady boys, widower, and leader of the Soady deer camp. Heavy “yooper” accent.
Reuben Soady- (male, 35). The oldest Soady to never ‘bag a buck’ hunting and determined to do anything necessary to make this year his year. Married to Wolf Moon Dance.
Remnar Soady- (male, 33). Typical up nort’ guys’ guy. Loves hanging out in the bars, womanizing, and holds his deer camp traditions close to his heart. Very superstitious.
Jimmer Negamanee- (male, ageless). A strange, excitable local character. A living legend, said to have been abducted by aliens, and returned able to drink like a fish and speak almost unintelligibly.
Ranger Tom T. Treado- (male, early 40s). DNR worker who comes to report to the Soady boys that he has just seen God on their ridge.
Wolf Moon Dance Soady- (female, 30s) Bit part. Wife of Reuben. A Native American who uses her culture’s rituals to try to help her husband get his buck.
PORT WASHINGTON, WI. Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm and Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm, Memories Dinner Theater will be holding auditions for its 2014 Christmas musical production, An L.M. Montgomery Christmas.
Due to the popularity of Memories’ holiday productions, performances have been added to the usual schedule of the “Send in the Weekend” series productions. There will be a total of nine performances December 5-20, 2014. For the first two weekends, performances will be on Friday evenings, Saturday matinees and evenings and Sunday matinees. On the weekend of December 20th, there is only one performance, which is a matinee on Saturday the 20th (there is no performance on Friday the 19th, or Sunday the 21st).
Adults auditioning will be asked bring a prepared musical selection of approximately 1-2 minutes in length, in the style of an upbeat, musical comedy piece or a ballad (please, no rock, pop or rap songs). An accompanist will be provided for those who supply their own sheet music, or an a capella audition is acceptable. Children auditioning may opt to bring a prepared piece, just as the adults are, or they will be taught a selection from the show to audition with. Adults and children auditions may also be asked to do a cold reading(s) from the script.
It is requested that all of those auditioning come prepared with their rehearsal availability and any known conflicts beginning in October, through December. The rehearsal schedule will begin in early-mid October and will occur 3-4 days per week, 6:30-9:00. Due to the ensemble nature of this production, cast members will likely need to be available for all rehearsals. Those wishing to be cast MUST be available for all performances. Compensation may be available, based on experience and ability.
The show synopsis, as well as a listing of characters and their vocal ranges, are listed below. Memories strongly encourages all interested actors and actresses to audition, regardless of the age and physical descriptions of the characters, as flexibility within casting is always an option. If there are any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Memories at 262-284-6850 or via email to email@example.com. For additional information about Memories, you can visit them online at www.memoriesballroom.com .
An L. M. Montgomery Christmas
Synopsis & Character Descriptions
This family-friendly feel-good holiday musical is the perfect way to welcome in the holiday season and fill your heart with the Christmas spirit. Be transported back in time to Christmas Eve, 1910, as passengers board a train to take them to their Christmas gatherings. When the train is halted by a blizzard, this diverse group of everyday folks, each with their own challenges, worries, and anxieties, are drawn together and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.
Aunt Theodora: A 66-year-old jolly, charitable, generous, lovable woman who is very selfless, sensitive and wise. Vocal range: Low F-High G
The remaining cast members play two parts: the first their main role and the second the character they portray in the story told by Aunt Theodora.
Lucy Rose & Young Theodora: Lucy Rose is Theodora’s pretty, 18-year-old niece. Due to her age she is starting to take herself a bit too seriously and, probably due to insecurity, is a little full of herself. Young Theodora (Aunt Theodora at sixteen) displays the generous sensitivity which her aunt possesses as an adult. Vocal range: Low A-High
Minister & Mr. Lurgen: Minister is a young, bookish, shabby clergyman who lacks self-confidence and is lonely yet positive. A neighbor of Young Theodora, Mr. Lurgen is a local Good Samaritan. Vocal range: Low A-High E.
Shop Girl & Mrs. Lurgen: Young and a little shabby, Shop Girl also lacks self-confidence and is lonely yet hopeful. The wife of Mr. Lurgen, Mrs. Lurgen is just as kindly but can be a bit contrary. Vocal range: Low G-High E
Young Mother & Mrs. Benson: A widow with three children, Young Mother is a somewhat frazzled but very devoted parent. Mrs. Benson is a plump and happy shop owner. Vocal range: Low A – C (octave and a third)
Jimmy/Georgie: Jimmy is Young Mother’s 10-12-year-old son and Georgie is Aunt Elizabeth’s son at the same age. Both are a bit precocious and extremely inquisitive. Vocal range: Low A – C (octave and a third)
Tommy/Jack: Tommy is Young Mother’s 8-10-year-old son and Emma’s twin, while Jack is Aunt Elizabeth’s son at the same age. Both are typical little boys who delight in the joys of childhood. Vocal range: Low A – C (octave and a third)
Emma/Sara: Emma is Young Mother’s 8-10-year-old daughter and Tommy’s twin, while Sara is Aunt Elizabeth’s daughter at the same age. Both are typical little girls who delight in the joys of childhood. Vocal range: Low A – C (octave and a third)
Mrs. Kindernein & Aunt Elizabeth: Lonely at Christmas because her husband is always busy, Mrs. Kindernein is wealthy and somewhat pompous and demanding. Aunt Elizabeth, Young Theodora’s aunt, is a distraught mother of three who for lack of funds cannot give her children all that she would like. Vocal range: Low G-High F#
Valet &Conductor & Mr. Benson: Valet is an efficient manservant. The train Conductor is warm, sensitive, and patient, but also business-like. Mr. Benson is a plump, jovial and almost too generous shop owner. Vocal range: Low A-High F
Young Soldier & Donald: A veteran missing one arm, Young Soldier is very self-conscious and so proud that he continually refuses help from others. So sensitive, kind, loving and generous to his sister, Aunt Theodora, Donald could be called the ideal older brother. Vocal range: Low G-High G
Current Opportunities with Memories:
We are always looking for behind the scenes volunteers. Whether you have experience or just a passion for learning, we'd love to have you.
Memories is looking for banquet servers to work our weekday matinees select Tuesdays and Wednesdays this September and October.
This temporary, part-time position is paid on an hourly basis. Duties include:
- Food Prep
- Table Clearing
- Dish Washing
Hours would be 9:00 am until approximately 4:30 pm.
Please call us at 262-284-6850 if you are interested.
Are you a playwright or have a suggestion for a script we may like to read? Please contact us! We support local playwrights and love introducing our audiences to new shows.
January 11, 1959, I met my husband at
Weiler’s Log Cabin Ballroom. He was out
with his boyfriend an I was out with my
girlfriend. We celebrated our 47th
Wedding Anniversary this past June 24th.
Now my husband and I are enjoying the
Dinner Theater, and also the Great
Chicken Comedies. It would be nice if we
are both here in 2011 to celebrate our
50th here at Memories. Thank you for the Great Memories! Gene &