The Unfriendly Friends of the Acton/Agua Dulce Library

The Library’s most generous donor…an honor to die for.

When the Friends of the Acton/Agua Dulce Library host the First Anniversary Gala, two wealthy sisters vie for the title of most generous donor.  The event begins cordially enough but dark secrets are revealed and the competition ends in a shocking murder.

Event Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2011                 Time: 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Open Casting Call at the Acton/Agua Dulce Library , 33792 Crown Valley Road , Acton , Ca 93510 Saturday, August 13, 2:00 PM in the Community Room

This is a FAADL fundraising event with limited seating so all actors will be unpaid volunteers.    But you will enjoy a free gourmet dinner!  The play takes place in the present and actors will be expected to provide their own make-up and formal evening attire suited to their characters. 

Thank you for your support,

Kat Fandino

 

Overview of the evening –

This is a fundraising event that will combine an actual dinner hosted by the Friends of the Acton/Agua Dulce Library to celebrate the library’s one year anniversary with the storyline described below. 

The actors will be incorporated into all the evening’s activities: joining genuine dignitaries in the reception line to greet library friends, dining with patrons at the tables during dinner, etc.

The actors will involve the guests in the plot.  Guests observe the interactions of the actors and overhear their conversations.  As the evening progresses, the actors will go on to solicit critical remarks about their adversaries and even go so far as to implicate guests in the murder or ask them for alibis.

A carefully constructed timeline will set forth specific actions that must occur at particular times and in a preset order: quarrels, disclosures of information, the passing of secret notes, actors storming from the room, the discovery of the murder victim, accusations, rebuttals, and so on.  It will be important for the actors to be spontaneous and have the ability to adlib and think on their feet to take advantage of opportunities as they occur.  The goal is to create a room full of suspects.

Before the murderer is revealed, the suspects will be identified and the audience will vote for their favorite suspect by purchasing raffle tickets.  Once the murderer is identified everyone who voted for that suspect will be part of a pool from which the winning raffle ticket is selected.

Here are brief sketches of the characters.   Reading scripts will be provided at the casting call.

Mrs. Vi Lee Rich – Her late father made bazillions breeding dung beetles for Far Flung Dung, International.  Vi Lee flaunts her money and donates liberally but only for the attention it brings her. Tonight she intends to present a check for the largest amount ever given to the library.  Her husband is Phil T. Rich.  Together they have one daughter, Barbie Dahl Rich. 

Mrs. Prudence Humbley – Mrs. Rich’s sister has also inherited millions and gives charitably but quietly.  She’s jealous of her sister and determined to finally be recognized as the most generous donor.  She’s married to Coy Humbley, whom she adores in public but derides when they are alone. 

Mr. Phil T. Rich – Married Vi Lee for her money. If she ever found out he was having an affair with Titsiana Boobarini, he knows the divorce would ruin him.  He’s not pleased that Vi Lee is giving away so much money, nor is he happy about sharing her wealth – even with their daughter, Barbie Dahl Rich.

Mr. Coy Humbley – is a doormat.  He and Vi Lee had an affair and she told him that Barbie Dahl Rich was the result so she could blackmail him. Prudence keeps Coy on a tight budget so he works for the Mayor to earn money to pay Vi Lee and keep Prudence in the dark about Barbie.  Coy fears that Prudence will cut him loose if she finds out.  He works with Titsiana Boobarini.

Titsiana Boobarini – Titsiana is Phil T. Rich’s mistress and second assistant to the Mayor.  She dresses provocatively, is impressed by wealth and is determined to marry Phil T. Rich.  She wants Vi Lee Rich out of the way before all the family money is gone or before Phil tires of the affair.

Barbie Dahl Rich – Barbie hopes to rescue her grandfather’s dung beetle company.  She’s polite to her Aunt Prudence and “Uncle” Coy but she doesn’t get along with her “father”, Phil, who she thinks is running the family business into the ground.  She’s good friends with Titsiana but has no idea she is dating her “father”, Phil. 

Mayor I.M. Pompous – The mayor of Acton/Agua Dulce is totally in his element in front of the audience, speaking to the press, and hobnobbing with socialites.  The mayor has known Vi Lee and Prudence since childhood.  However, Vi Lee takes every opportunity to humiliate him for growing up poor.  He would like nothing more than to avenge his bruised ego. 

Mr. (or Mrs.) Howie Diddot – The Library Manager.  He/she is gregarious and eager to accept the donations from Vi Lee Rich and Prudence Humbley because he/she wants to have more Hrograms for the community.  He/she is willing to change the name of the library to honor the donor and can’t understand why the mayor is dead set against it.  He/she is the host/hostess for the evening and supervises the timeline for the play.

Reply to: tranquilo@hughes.net 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Goodbye gray skies, hello blue…” 

Desert Opera Theatre is proud to announce auditions for “Happy Days, A New Musical, July 22 – 24 at Dance Evolutions Studio in Palmdale, located on 30th St. West and Rancho Vista Blvd.
 
Bring your dancing shoes and a karaoke style CD and be prepared to have a good time. 
 
For all audition details got to:  http://www.avdot.org
 

Auditions for HUNGER FOR PARADISE

17th May
2011
posted by Nalin

AVT announces auditions for HUNGER FOR PARADISE, by local writer Eric M. Martin. The play will have its premiere production run AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28.

Auditions will be TUESDAY, MAY 24TH from 6pm to 8pm at AVT’s garage blackbox studio. Please arrive as close to 6pm as possible. A prepared monologue is not necessary, though you may prepare one if you’d like. All roles for all AVT productions are cast by open audition.

For any further questions, please contact the director, Jessie Hassan, by emailing jessie@avthespians.org.


HUNGER FOR PARADISE
by Eric M. Martin

Producer Nalin A. Ratnayake
Director Jessie Hassan

Winner of the 2010 AVT New American West Play Competition
Produced by arrangement with Eric M. Martin, Quartz Hill, CA.

AVT is pleased to bring to the stage the premiere of this new, character-driven drama by local playwright Eric M. Martin. The history of the American West is replete with nostalgia and stories of the migration westward to a promised land of opportunity in California, Oregon, and the bounty of the western frontier. Many of these settlers built new lives and made transformative changes to themselves, our society, and to the land itself. But what about those for whom the promise failed to deliver? Set in the modern day, this play explores the hunger for something new that often drives us to break for greener pastures… only to discover that, sometimes, the emptiness inside from which we run cannot be filled so easily. Rather, it pursues us despite all superficial remedies — and instead of looking forward in the way we hoped, life sometimes leaves us to wonder might have been.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.

Jose: 30, male, hispanic. Lower-middle class, college drop-out who was persuing a major in criminal justice. Often very political and has large dreams but very little ambition. Just recently had an incident with his cousin, stabbed him and fled the scene. He later hears from another cousin that he recovered. Loyalty is the center of his morals. To Jose, there is only the present moment and this is fun for him.

Allison: 22, female college graduate. Moved from the midwest and quickly found work. She is self-reliant but still looking for herself. Her father died when she was young, leaving Allison and her mother alone in the house. There was no second marriage or siblings. She is suprised to find herself in a relationship with Tuba and doesn’t think it will last although she is intrigued by him.

William: Tuba’s older brother. Found himself as a college professor after spending many years in school, undecisive of what he wanted to do. An underachiever who used to get in a lot of trouble as a young man. He has relationship problems from never being able to accept responsibility for anything.

Robert: 35, male from Oklahoma. Deaf in one ear. Has a son in Oklahoma that he hasn’t seen in about 7 years. His step-mother tricked him into moving to california by saying his father was sick and Robert never went back. The mother of his son refuses to accept Robert as the father even though there are no alternatives. As a child he was passed around by family members and when he was 18 tried to enlist but was denied because of his ear. Robert wants to lead a simple life and settle down with someone like Allison. He isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack but not stupid.

Tuba: 24, male from Iowa. Having no luck after college, he moved west under the suggestion of William. As kids, William was the irresponsible “bad child” and Tuba was the behaved “good kid.” After Tuba moved west and met his new friends, the roles reversed. He writes poetry and reads poetry novels. The only apparent artistic outlet that Tuba has are his webcasts. He makes these video monologues, in part, as a way to bring together his life with the life of the work he consumes.

Noboyuki: Late Twenties, Male who moved from Japan to US as a student. He studied long enough to recieve a bachelor’s but doesn’t produce any degree. He is kicked out of the appartment near the college that he no longer attends and is taken in by Jose. Noboyuki is arrested and deported under the hand of his ex-landlord. Noboyuki is belligerent, humorous, and just a bit dim.

Desert Opera Theatre Announces auditions for “The Wiz”!
Directed by Margaret Wassner

Friday, March 11 from 5 – 9 PM
Saturday, March 12 from 3 – 7 PM

Lancaster High School Theatre
44701 32nd St. West
Lancaster, CA 93536

All those auditioning must come prepared to sing part of a song of their own
choosing and will be taught a short dance to perform. Please bring a CD with
backtrack music only (no vocals) or sheet music of your prepared song. You
may also be asked to cold-read for specific roles.

For all audition details and available roles go to our website:
www.avdot.org

Story Synopsis: 
While similar in plot to ³The Wizard of Oz², The Wiz (usually) uses an
all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version.
Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland
in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the
Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes
to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phony. However, Glinda is able
to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes
in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.

All performer/singers are encouraged to audition (lots of roles available,
male & female, all ages!!) Although black performers may be given
preference for certain roles (especially Dorothy), auditions are open to ALL
performers. We expect to have a very diverse cast!!

Desert Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 900434
Palmdale, CA 93590
661-270-6270
desertoperatheatre@gmail.com

Desert Opera Theatre Announces:

Auditions for “The Wiz”!
March 11 from 5 – 9 PM
March 12 from 3 – 7 PM
Lancaster High School Theatre
44701 32nd St. West
Lancaster, CA 93536
For all audition details go to our website: www.avdot.org
 
Story Synopsis: 
While similar in plot to “The Wizard of Oz”, The Wiz (usually) uses an all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version. Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phoney. However, he is able to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.


Desert Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 900434
Palmdale, CA 93590
661-270-6270
desertoperatheatre@gmail.com

Auditions for CROSSINGS

29th August
2010
written by Nalin

AVT is holding open auditions for CROSSINGS by Barbara Schneider.  Rehearsals will be twice weekly for approximately 2 hours per rehearsal, starting as soon as roles have been cast.  There will be 6 performances from November 12-21, Fri/Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm.

Auditions will be by cold reading on Tuesday, September 7th, from 6:30-9:00pm in the AVT garage black box at  [street address information available on AVT's website] Lancaster, CA 93536.  Please contact the stage manager, Courtney Marietta (cam@avthespians.org) if you intend to audition.

A probing and compassionate look at the constantly changing relationship between a German musician who lived through the Second World War in Nazi Germany, and his daughter who emigrates to the United States to become a political activist.  The play begins in postwar Germany with a father telling his young daughter the old and familiar story of his escape from a prisoner-of-war camp. In ensuing scenes, the daughter grows up and begins to question her father’s passive behavior during the war. Though he tries to defend his actions as a rational response to the time and place he lived, his daughter remains skeptical. It is only when the daughter realizes her own vulnerability to the easy habit of indifference, in present-day America, that she truly begins to understand her father.

There are four roles available, each of which must be able portray a range of age:

Katja (young) – female, character age is 8-12.

Katja (grown up) – female, character age is 20-30.

Papa – male, character age 40+.

Anna Marie – female, character age 40+.

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CROSSINGS is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Producer: Nalin A. Ratnayake
Stage Director: Karen Gruca
Artistic Director: Kara McCollum
Production Stage Manager:  Courtney Marietta

Announcement Found at: http://www.avthespians.org/productions/category/production/

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