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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Auditions
SEPTEMBER 17 AND 21
Monday, 22 August 2016 Image

“Become a part of a holiday tradition!” The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for Philip Wm. McKinley's original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous work, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This biennial event has been pleasing audiences in Chatham since 1988. Director Jeffery Fiorello and Musical Director, Jack Bender, seek a large cast of varying types and ages, all of whom need to sing and move well. Dawn Afanador is the Choreographer. Production dates are December 7 thru 21, 2016.

Auditions will be held for CHILDREN (16 years and younger) on Saturday, September 17th from 10 - 11 am and ADULTS from 11 – 1 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham.

Auditions will be held for ADULTS (17 years and older) on Wednesday, September 21st from 7:30 - 10 pm at Stanley Congregational Church - 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham

Musical Director, Jack Bender, asks that auditioners be ready to sing a song, which shows their vocal range, and must bring sheet music in the appropriate key and marked with chord changes. An accompanist will be provided. Child actors without previous audition experience or material can choose a traditional holiday song or another non-rock song that they know well. Our Choreographer, Dawn, asks that actors be prepared to move around the stage.

Download the Audition Form.

Synopsis

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.

Character Breakdown

CHARLES DICKENS a tenor who narrates the show. SCROOGE the center of the production, requires a character baritone voice and an actor with both comic and dramatic range. TINY TIM a young boy (or girl) soprano with a winning smile. BOB CRATCHIT a warm baritone. MRS CRATCHIT requires a mezzo soprano with a big heart. THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST (a young girl or boy with a lilting soprano) Should be a dancer or have had dance training. THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT (an imposing character tenor) Must be comfortable with music and be physically fit. BELLE an ingénue soprano age 18-24. MR and MRS FEZZIWIG comic character actors needed. VARIOUS OTHER ENSEMBLE ROLES to portray a variety of roles including the Pawnbroker, Charwoman, Undertaker, Laundress, Cratchit Children, the Ghost of Marley, Young Scrooge, Fan, Scrooge's Nephew and Niece, and Carolers.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibryani at (201)-563-0362 or email him at casting@chathamplayers.org. For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

Chatham Players Receives 23 Perry Award Nominations Wednesday, 03 August 2016 Image

We are pleased to announce that the Chatham Players has received 23 nominations from NJACT Perry Awards for various productions from our 2015-2016 season. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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23 NOMINATIONS FOR NJACT'S PERRY AWARD
*Outstanding Production of a Play* Producers: Chris Furlong and Bob Denmark; Director: Jeffrey Fiorello for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Direction of a Play* Jeffrey Fiorello for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Direction of a Musical* James Mosser for Spamalot
*Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play* Richard Hennessy for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical* Cheryl Galante and Christina Kirk for Spamalot
*Outstanding Properties in a Play* Tish Lum and Kate Pierce for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Properties in a Musical* Kate Pierce and Tish Lum for Spamalot
*Outstanding Choreography* Jennifer Williams for Spamalot
*Outstanding Music Direction* Patrick Phillips for Spamalot
*Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play* Andrea Morgon Sickler, Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical* Bob Lukasik and Roy Pancirov for Spamalot
*Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical* Peter Horn for Spamalot
*Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play* Bob Mackasek for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical* Mike Patierno, Joseph Laurino Jr. and Chip Prestera for Spamalot
*Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play* Gus Ibranyi for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical* Howard Fischer – Spamalot
*Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play* Sky Spiegel Monroe – August: Osage County
*Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play* Judi Laganga and Liza Harris for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play* Susan Speidel for August: Osage County
*Outstanding Original Production of a Play* for JERSEY VOICES
Producer: Bob Denmark; Directors: Lynn Polan, Arnold Buchiane, Eric Holgerson, Scott Baird, Kimberly Jackson, Kevern Cameron, Joann Lopresti Scanlon; Playwrights: Ralph Greco, Karen JP Howes, Kimberly Jackson, John AC Kennedy, Nicole Pandolfo

Chatham's 2016-2017 Season ~ 96 Years Friday, 17 June 2016
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Talk Radio - October 2016

By Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio is a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Eric Bogosian, based on a concept by Bogosian and Tad Savinar. The story of Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show's national syndication. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing. Directed by Michael Hegarty

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2016

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender

Moon Over Buffalo - March 2017

By Ken Ludwig

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body. Directed by Tom Frascatore

Bell, Book and Candle - May 2017

By John Van Druten

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn't. Directed by Elizabeth Rogers