by Crissi Cairns
Direction by Lori Jarvey
by Kevin Gruwell
Manager: Jenn Marchese
June 5th at 6:00 pm and Monday, June 6th at 6:00 pm
backs: Wednesday June 8th at 7:00 pm
Woodland Opera House
for ages 15 and older
will begin June
dates: August 12th-September 4th Fridays and
Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm
music for a prepared upbeat, energetic, musical theatre or pop song. (16-32 bars).
clothes, dance shoes and a water bottle.
resume with current picture attached.
calendar so you can list any conflicts throughout the rehearsal dates.
– The Musical – Cast of Characters
major characters in Footloose have one trait in common: they are all survivors.
Their circumstances, no matter how tragic, have not defeated them. As a
consequence, the audience finds them likable, sympathetic, and human. That
said, each role is unique and presents the actor with specific challenges.
Thumbnail sketches of some of these characters are provided below, illustrating
likely qualities in those characters.
SHAW MOORE – The minister of Bomont County, and father of a teenage girl
(Ariel). The secret to the character of Reverend Moore is that he is
charismatic. Charming, even. Shaw has a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense
of humor. All of which endear him to his congregation. While trying to be
strong for so many people, however, he continues to mourn the death of his son
– the one person he could not save. Only ARIEL and VI (and eventually Ren) get
a glimpse of this private anguish and the flashes of frustration and temper
that arise from that.
MOORE – Shaw’s wife. Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship
with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humor she
must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation –
running smoothly. With her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what
life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both
passionate and playful.
ARIEL MOORE – Shaw and Vi’s daughter. Ariel is
smart. She understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and,
in each situation, she plays her part brilliantly. When she’s in her father’s
presence, for instance, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns
off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking
behavior. Ariel loves to laugh – with Chuck, her girlfriends and, eventually,
with Ren. However her spirits are, quite often, her attempt to keep a lid on
the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the loss of her once loving
relationship with her father.
MCCORMACK – A teenage boy from Chicago. Ideally, Ren must sing and dance – and
he must also be witty (good comedic timing). Ren is a cut-up, a joker who
enjoys a good time (which is why his pals are upset to find out he’s leaving
Chicago in the opening number). Lately, though, his fun-loving attitude has
taken on a tone of desperation, as he tries too hard to convince the world –
and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it
has. Ariel is the first character to get Ren to talk about that sticky subject.
Sharing that intimacy early on becomes the basis for Ren’s and Ariel’s
relationship. Ren’s emotional journey starts with his being feisty and flippant
in Act 1, continues through his thoughtful argument to the Town Council, and
ends with this emotional final confrontation with Reverend Moore. It’s a
journey from boyhood to maturity.
MCCORMACK – Ren’s mother. Where does Ren get his intelligence, his resilience
and his sense of humor? From his mother, of course! It’s hard for Ethel to be living in her sister’s home and abiding
by her brother-in-law’s rules. However, she never succumbs to the pathos of her
situation. After all, she has to be strong for Ren. Their mutual loss (the
walking-out of her husband / Ren’s father) has brought them closer together.
They share a teasing, good-natured relationship.
LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt
WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband
ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher
ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife
RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend. Rusty may come
off as sassy and self-assured, but, in many ways she is the most deeply
romantic character in the story. She truly believes that she and Willard were
meant to be together. However, they are so inept about expressing themselves,
that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring
URLEEN – Ariel’s friend
WENDY JO – Ariel’s friend
CRANSTON – Ariel’s boyfriend
– Chuck’s buddy
– Chuck’s buddy
A COP (male or female)
BLAST – Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.
PRINCIPAL HARRY / HARRIET CLARK – Principle of
the high school.
WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s friend, a country boy.
Willard is not dumb. He is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his
defense against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Willard just
hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture his macho belligerence – until Ren
arrives. After that, the humor in the character of Willard derives from his
gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to
JETER – Ren’s friend.
BICKLE – Ren’s friend.
GARVIN – Ren’s friend.
"PRIME TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS"
A Retro Comedy with Music by Bob
It’s December 1966, and all of America is primed to
watch their favorite happy TV couple, Cookie and Ray, in their annual holiday
musical special. Little do fans know that Cookie and Ray’s marriage is on the
rocks—and what’s worse, the prerecorded special has gone missing. The only fix
is a live telecast from their home, but can the show go on with Cookie and Ray
at each other’s throats? Find out in this merry music-filled retro comedy
written by WOH’s own Bob Cooner, with musical arrangements by Sam Schieber and
musical direction by Chris Schlagel. Direction by Bob Cooner and Matthew
- Auditions will take place at the Woodland Opera House
on Sunday, June 19, 7:00 PM, and Monday, June 20, 7:00 PM.
- The show runs October
28 – November 20, 2016, Fri-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 2:00.
- This production will be the world premiere of PRIME
TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. The play has gone through several developmental
readings, and some of the cast from the various readings will be reprising
their roles in the production.
Currently, the available
Chip Gardner (late
college-aged son of Cookie and Ray. He’s a pretty typical college kid (a music major) who is
home in LA on winter break from
his East Coast college. He is crazy about Lesley
Lyle, a guest on Cookie and Ray’s holiday special. He sings well enough
to solo on a
singer/actress who is a guest star on Cookie and Ray’s special. She is notvery bright,
but she knows exactly how to
turn on the sex appeal professionally. She’s a Joey
Heatherton/Ann-Margret type. She sings well
(sexy 60s pop style) and dances
Bernie Marks (late
Jewish comedian who probably got his start in vaudeville or burlesque. He is the other
guest on Cookie and Ray’s holiday
special. A Henny Youngman/Jackie Mason type. He
sings well enough to at least carry a tune.
will consist of readings from the script and a prepared song. Please bring
sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
JONES THE MUSICAL
Emily Jo Seminoff
Director: Jia-Min Rosendale
July 10, 4:00 (Woodland Opera House Stage - 340 2nd Street)
(if needed) TBA
note: This production will not conflict with the main stage production of
bring sheet music for a prepared song (16-32 bars). Dress to dance. Those
auditioning may be asked to read from the script. Be prepared to list any
conflicts for rehearsals.
25 - August 4: Monday-Thursday from 5:00-7:00
15 - September 15:
from 7:00-9:30. Sundays – TBA
August 8 - 11
rehearsal, due to Footloose tech week.
Tech Week Schedule:
18: 1:00 - 6:00
19 - 22: 6:30 - 9:30
23 - Oct 2: Fridays
at 7:30 and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00
29: School Outreach Performances, 9:30 & 12:30
JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL
A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books are
brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical.
Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B.
Jones will capture your heart just as the books captivated an entire generation
of students. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva
Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade.
Seeking high energy TEEN and ADULT actors to fill the roles listed below. Junie
B. and her classmates will be an altogether diverse group. Many characters may
be either male or female and some roles may be doubled.
Jones:(female. Teen or young adult) A quirky, energetic first
grader with comedic flair. Loves having adventures and writing about them in
her journal. Gets upset when things don't go her way. Wildly precocious, yet
Herb:(male. Teen or young adult) Junie B.'s new best friend.
A cute boy, slightly shy. Endearing and charming.
Scary:(male. Adult) Junie B.'s first grade
teacher, a warm man, despite his name.
Lucille:(female. Teen or young adult) Junie B.'s former best
friend, also in first grade. The ultimate child diva. Rich girl, well-dressed.
In Mr. Scary's class with Junie B. Enthusiastic.
May:(female. Teen or young adult) Another first grader in Mr.
Scary's class with Junie B. Bossy, know-it-all. Junie's nemesis.
Sheldon:(male. Teen or young adult) Another first grader
in Mr. Scary's class with Junie B. Nerdy, lactose intolerant, and gets a bit of
stage fright. Excited about playing music.
Camille:(female. Teen or young adult) Lucille's new
best friend and Chenille's twin sister. A follower.
Chenille:(female. Teen or young adult) Lucille's other
new best friend and Camille's twin sister. Coordinated and cute. Female
Grace :(female. Teen or young adult) Junie B.'s other
former best friend. She rides the bus with Junie B. and is now best friends
with Bobbi Jean Piper.
Piper:(female. Teen or young adult) Grace's new best
Jose: (male. Teen or young adult) Another first grader
in Mr. Scary's class. Speaks both Spanish and English.
Lennie:(Teen or young adult) Another first
The kids' favorite lunch lady at Junie B.'s elementary school, also known as
"Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks."
Mother: (female. adult) Junie B.'s mom.
Exasperated, but understanding.
Daddy: (male. adult) Junie B.'s dad.
Encouraging and knows how to juggle.
and choreographed by Emily Jo Seminoff. Music Direction by Joshua Wheeler.
July 20th 4:00 (Woodland Opera House Stage, 340 2nd street)
(if needed), July 21st, 4:00
will read and sing from the show and learn a short dance piece.
are open to students ages 7-18 with experience with one or more of the
Mini Musical Workshop
Main Stage Performance
September 30th at 9:30 & 12:30 (School Outreach preview)
October 1st & Sunday October 2nd at 7:00
Thursday from 4:00-6:00, August 8-September 22. Students will not attend every
rehearsal but will only be called to rehearsals for which they are needed.
Tech Week Schedule: September
26-29 from 4:45-7:00.
$90 Costume/Production fee: $30
Cat In The Hat:
(Male. May be
played by boy or girl)
The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat
stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping
Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for
the show together. The Cat will play many comic cameos and improvise with
Jojo: (Male. May be played by boy
or girl) Jojo is a
"Thinker", a smart child with a wild imagination. He is a little bit
awkward, a little bit of a loner, and a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him
into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a
responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own
The Elephant: (Male) Horton The Elephant is a
gentle giant. He is a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible
and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and
receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton's view of
the world never changes - he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show,
without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.
Mcfuzz: (Female)Gertrude Mcfuzz is very
self-conscious, awkward, sweet, and aware that her one-feather tail isn't
perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird
into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit
herself to Horton.
La Bird: (Female)Mayzie La Bird is
self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She
manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants.
Kangaroo:(Female) Sour Kangaroo isn't really
sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy, and a lot of
(Male. May be
played by boy or girl)
The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They're simply a lot like kids who
tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at
others' expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music
together on the street corner, and playing off one another.
Mayor: (Male) Is the Mayor of Whoville who
is trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. He may get
aggravated with Jojo, but he loves him dearly and tries to do the right thing,
even if it turns out to be a mistake.
Mayor: (Female) Is the mayor’s wife and is
trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. She may get
aggravated with Jojo, but she loves him dearly and tries to do the right thing,
even if it turns out to be a mistake.
Whos are average citizens who have their handful of quirks. They are tiny
people who live on the spec of dust.
Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, even though they may be described as
animal characters. They live in the jungle and get caught up in the story of
Horton and the Whos.