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21st Annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival
Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for its 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival. Auditions will be held on Sunday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 3. All auditions will be held at 7:00 PM at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Performances will take place on July 31 and August 1, 7, 8 and 9. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995.

They are looking for men and women, ages 20 to 70, to fill roles for six one-act plays and one dance piece. Actors may read from sides available at the auditions or they may present a monologue. For those who are interested in becoming familiar with the one-acts, full scripts will be available for reading at the Library of The Chathams - across the street from the Playhouse. Dancers should be prepared to learn a modern dance routine at the audition, please wear appropriate attire.

Presented One-Act Pieces are:

Wendy by John AC Kennedy
Remember… from childhood… as real as yesterday
* One man, 20's, youthful, funny, full of life
* One woman, older than the man, straightforward but can dream
Directed by Joann Scanlon

A Love Story by Walter Placzek
A poignant look at familiar love.
* One man, 30's-60's.
* Two women, one in their 40's and one in their 70's.
Directed by Arnold Buchiane

I Thought I Liked Girls… by Nicole Pandolfo
Lucy, has some big news for her parents- after 10 years, she is ready to share
* Lucy – late 20’s-early 30’s, Lucy has finally found true-love and is anxious and nervous about how to explain her new engagement to her parents.
* Mom – 50’s-60’s, a middle-aged housewife with a carefree acceptance of her daughter’s lifestyle.
* Dad – mid 50’s – 60, Dad is a distinguished looking but trying to be hip.
Directed by Eric Holgerson

Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe by Ralph Greco, Jr.
At four AM in an all-but-empty Paris café’, two Americans strike up a conversation that, for a moment, distracts each other and leads to a new found kinship.
* Suitor - late 60’s-70’s, an ex-pat who retains grace and elegance though the majority of his life is ruefully behind him.
* Jack - 40-45, married for ten years, childless, with unpublished novels, poems and essays. He is in Paris with his wife who is asleep in their hotel room.
Directed by Kevern Cameron

Rodin in Movement" by Kimberly Jackson
A dance piece that explores the stories behind the famous bronze sculptures that Auguste Rodin used in his masterpiece "The Gates of Hell".
Looking for 7 dancers with strong modern technique who are open to collaboration.
* Eve (female) - Eve has realized she is naked, and is constantly covering herself in shame after she has sinned against God.
* Despair (male or female) - Contorted and twisted, Despair is the personification and representation of the numerous souls ensnared in the circles of hell.
* Prodigal Son (male) - The Prodigal Son is at the pinnacle of realization that he has squandered his inheritance, and is agonizingly begging his father to take him back.
* Three Shades (male or female) - this trio is forever connected to each other, guarding the entrance to the gates of hell.
* The Thinker (male or female) - The Thinker is the guardian and seer of the gates, and is tormented with wanting to save the souls he sees, but helpless as to what or how to save them.
Directed and Choreographed by Kimberly Jackson

Gentlemen's Pact by Karen JP Howes
A wry and witty look at fidelity, friendship and 21st century marriage.
* Bill - 35-40, English professor; a meek man with heroic dreams; fearful of failure * Arthur - 45-50, ironic & somewhat detached; intellectual, college history professor; married to Evelyn * Evelyn -40-ish, attractive, worldly, no nonsense, down to earth; married to Arthur.
Directed by Lynn Polan

Holy Grill by Gary Shaffer
A soon to be bride, a nervous groom, and two retired cops asking all the right questions; things could get interesting.
* Mrs. Reilly - a matronly church lady * Meg - 20's, happily engaged * Peter - 20's, nervously engaged * Sussman - retired bad cop * Maehrlein - retired good cop
Directed by Scott Baird

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 Leslie Williams at (973) 769-3886 or email her at For directions or additional information, please visit

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By James Golden

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SPAMALOT - May 2016

Music and Lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Book by Eric Idle

It's comedy fit for a king! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, "a chorus line of legless knights”, men in tights (with legs), not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This show features one of the most energetic, tuneful scores of the last decade. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.