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Arena Stage

August Wilson Festival Panels:
                Arena Stage is hosting a yearlong festival to honor the work of August Wilson.
As a part of the festival Arena will be hosting three panels throughout the 2019/2020 season.

Women of Wilson Panel: April 25
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in the Molly Smith Study
This will consist of a panel of women, including award-winning actress, director and producer Michele Shay (Broadway’s Seven Guitars),
who have originated and defined Wilson’s strong female characters. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Soyica Colbert,
chair of the Department of Performing Arts, director of Theater and Performance Studies
and a professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University.

Maryland Community Theatre Festival
January 18, 2020
Performances begin at 2:00 PM
Adjudication following the last performance.
Awards will be presented at dinner, (details coming.)
Chesapeake College
Cadby Black Box Theatre
Wye Mills,MD
Four Performances by Some of Maryland's best theatre companies!
Rockville Little Theatre
Oliver Goldsmith's
She Stoops To Conquer

Monday, January 27 & Thursday, January 30 at 7pm
Glenview Mansion Cottage
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851
Callbacks will be scheduled as needed.
Please be prepared to list your conflicts (i.e, dates when you can’t attend rehearsals).
Performances will be May 1-10 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
No appointments. All roles are unpaid.
All our shows use Open Casting, with no roles pre-selected.
RLT is committed to diversity, open to non-traditional casting, and will consider actors of all ethnicities.
Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
More information at

Cast of Characters
Kate Hardcastle - The heroine, attractive, intelligent, witty, but ultimately good-hearted. She loves her old-fashioned father, and so to please him she wears unassuming plain dress half the time and the height of fashion the rest. She hates the boring formality of upper-class courtship, and so, when Marlow mistakes her for a barmaid, she plays the part to the hilt to learn more about him. A role that requires an actor with range, switching between serving girl and lady of fashion, all the time keeping the wit and self-assurance that makes Kate so attractive.
(Alternative ethnicities strongly considered for this role.) (F- 20-30)

Charles Marlow - The hero, a handsome, well-educated, well-bred scholar. He is rather a rogue (pick-up-artist) to women of lower social class, to make up for being a painfully shy, bumbling fool among ladies of quality. This is a challenging role; the actor must be able to play both sides of the character convincingly, and manage to be attractive and sympathetic despite being a bit of a foolish jerk. (M- 25-35)

Constance Neville - Kate's dear friend and niece of Mrs. Hardcastle, who is trying to marry her off to Tony, to keep her inheritance in the family. Deeply in love with George Hastings, who wants to elope with her. Sweet, spunky, but slightly more conventional than Kate. (F- 20-30)

George Hastings - Marlow's friend and travel companion, and secret suitor to Constance, Kate's friend and step-cousin. He is well-educated, well-bred and kind, cares deeply for Constance, and wants to elope and get her away from her domineering Aunt. (M- 25-35)

Tony Lumpkin - Over-indulged, immature, dim-witted, under-educated oaf, stepson of Mr. Hardcastle, coddled favorite of his wife. With all his loutish behavior, and his practical joke that sets the plot in motion, he isn't a villain and has a good heart somewhere underneath. (M- 20s)

Mrs. Hardcastle - One of the great comic battleaxe roles in all of theater. Vain, selfish, devious, foolish, she tries to pretend that her son Tony is not yet of age so she can control him and marry him off to Constance for her fortune. She is the closest the play has to a villain, but she is too ditsy to be really evil. Plum role for a good comic actress 'of a certain age'. (F- 45-65 but will kill anyone who suggests she's over 38)

Mr. Hardcastle - Old-fashioned country squire, but warm, intelligent and very fond of his daughter Kate.
(Alternative ethnicities strongly considered for this role.) (M- 50-70)

Sir Charles Marlow - Old friend of Mr. Hardcastle and father of Charles Marlow; a small part to be cast from the ensemble. (M- 50-70)

Ensemble - Tony's friends - patrons of the local pub, the pub proprietor, various servants.

2nd Star Productions
A new musical adventure by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin
Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl

Direction by TJ Lukacsina
Produced by Kelsey Meiklejohn Bowen
Music Direction by Chris Pinder
Choreography by Rikki Howie
Saturday, February 8th from 1-4 PM, and Monday, February 10th from 7-10 PM.
Child actors are asked to audition during the first hour of each of these slots: 1-2 PM on February 8th, and 7-8 PM on February 10th.
Bowie Playhouse
16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, MD 20715
Doors will open before auditions start, please arrive promptly.
Callbacks will be Saturday, Feb 15th at 1 pm by invitation only.

Those who wish to audition may attend either the Saturday or Monday auditions.
Please keep Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15th) clear in case you are called back.
If you are needed for callbacks, you will be notified by phone and/or email during the week.
Regular rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights (7-10 PM), Thursday nights (7-10 PM), and Saturdays (11 AM - 3 PM).
Not all actors will be required for all regular rehearsals.
Technical rehearsals run every night of the week leading up to opening (5/24 - 5/28.)

Performances are May 29 - June 27, Fridays through Sundays, at the Bowie Playhouse
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM, and Sundays are at 3 PM.
Our closing performance on Saturday, June 27th is a 3 PM matinee.

We welcome non-traditional casting - all ages, sizes, ethnicities, and gender identities are encouraged to audition.
No roles have been pre-cast. (The roles of Matilda and other children may be double-cast, at the director's discretion.)

Audition Preparation:
If you have one, please bring a theatrical resume for the production team.
We will take headshots during the audition to be used as part of the audition process.
Please bring a written list of any and all possible conflicts that you have or may have from March through May.
-Prepare a vocal piece, no more thn 32 bars in length, that shows your vocal and acting range and provide sheet music in the correct key.
Please do not use selections from this show.
An accompanist will be provided.
There will be a required dance audition - please arrive dressed to move.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Director Seeking A Venue!
For a production this Fall of:
The Glass Menagerie
Smaller venue is fine, anywhere in the DMV area.
Can pay for the use.
Any available venues, ideas, leads would be helful!

Contact Ed Starr:

Movement and Voice Workshop
Kentlands Community Players
Discover Your Embodied Voice
Discover your voice, use it to connect to your body and let your body think for you, free you of thoughts,
show you your authentic body language, and ability to use full range of motion.
This workshop is for people with any level of movement experience.
Through simple movement exercises and theater techniques you will:

  • awaken your physical awareness of sounds and their impact on your body
  • feel more alive and embodied and try a new way of meditating in motion
  • explore the ways to experience your emotions through movement and become a more active agent in your life