Albany Civic Theater – Albany, OR

Albany Civic Theater - Albany, OR

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Moonglow

by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Directed by: Sarah Roth

Audition Dates: TBD, 2023

Performances: Jun. 23 – Jul. 1, 2023

A play of interactive monologues, Love, Loss, and What I Wore covers a lot of territory linked by the common thread of what was worn at key moments in women’s lives. There’s the unfortunate prom dress, the evils of fitting rooms, the inability to find anything in your messy purse, searching for a bridal gown, and the trauma of bra shopping for the first time. The stories are all deeply personal, yet oddly enough, universal.

Director

Sarah Roth

Email: Leighmbock@comcast.net

Cast of Characters

5-6 Women, ages 18 – 80, any and all ethnicities, playing multiple roles.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Directed by: Leigh Matthews Bock

Audition Dates: Mar. 27, 28, 29, 2023

(Great show for busy actors, with only 15 rehearsals over the 6 weeks (memorization is not required, but helpful in certain places within the script). As actors, it will make you think, laugh and get you talking. It will do the same for our audiences. Not accepting any conflicts due to the shortened rehearsal schedule. Email Leighmbock@comcast.net for the rehearsal schedule.)

Performances: May 12, 13, 14(m), 18, 19, 20, 2023

A play of interactive monologues, Love, Loss, and What I Wore covers a lot of territory linked by the common thread of what was worn at key moments in women’s lives. There’s the unfortunate prom dress, the evils of fitting rooms, the inability to find anything in your messy purse, searching for a bridal gown, and the trauma of bra shopping for the first time. The stories are all deeply personal, yet oddly enough, universal.

Director

Leigh Matthews Bock – joined the world of Community Theatre with her first audition and role at Albany Civic Theater in 2002.  For the seven years that followed, she acted in such shows as Arsenic and Old Lace, The Diary of Anne Frank, Of Mice and Men and Steel Magnolias and worked behind the scenes in various shows in nearly every capacity. In 2009, Leigh began directing her first show, Mornings at Seven, and quickly fell in love with storytelling from the director’s point of view. She just recently completed directing for the twenty-third time and feels blessed beyond measure to have worked with so many talented actors and designers. Leigh counts herself fortunate to have directed in five Willamette Valley theatres and can’t believe her luck at getting to direct Love, Loss, and What I Wore at Albany Civic Theater. It will be her fifth, and final time, directing this witty and compelling script.

Email: Leighmbock@comcast.net

Cast of Characters

5-6 Women, ages 18 – 80, any and all ethnicities, playing multiple roles.

Something's Rotten

Book by: John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music & Lyrics by: Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Directed by: Christi E. Sears

Audition Dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16, 17(m), 21, 22, 23

Performances: Feb. 10 – 18, 2022

“Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth century Shakespeare and twenty-first century Broadway. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Niel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.” (Music Theatre International, 2022)

Director

Christi E. Sears – 

Cast of Characters

Shakespeare: The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 40; Vocal range top: Ab4; Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Nick Bottom: A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 40; Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: A2

Nigel Bottom: Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 40; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Bea: Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor. Gender: Female; Age: 30 to 40; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: D3

Portia: A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel. Gender: Female; Age: 20 to 35; Vocal range top: F#5; Vocal range bottom: G3

 Nostradamus: A soothsayer. Gender: Male; Age: 40 to 50

Brother Jeremiah: Portia’s father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel’s plays are sinful. Gender: Male: Vocal range top: G4; Vocal range bottom: G3

Lord Clapham: A posh patron of the theater. Gender: Male

Shylock: An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt. Gender: Male

Minstrel: Gender: Male or Female; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: C#3

Ensemble: Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, & Crowd. Actors may be asked to play 2/3 various characters. Various vocal ranges.

Silent Sky

by Somebody Amazing

Directed by: Rus Roberts

Audition Dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16, 17(m), 21, 22, 23

Performances: Feb. 10 – 18, 2022

 

Blurb about show

Director

Rus Roberts – 

Cast of Characters

Leading Player– Jay K
Monkey– H. P. P.
LLama– O. P. Bundle
Turkey- A. J. Scott

Murder on the Orient Express

by Somebody Amazing

Directed by: Josh Mitchell

Audition Dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16, 17(m), 21, 22, 23

Performances: Dates r 1, 2, 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16, 17(m), 21, 22, 23

 

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Director

Josh Mitchell – 

Cast of Characters

Leading Player– Jay K
Monkey– H. P. P.
LLama– O. P. Bundle
Turkey- A. J. Scott

Moon Over Buffalo

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by: Colleen Franzoia

Auditions: July 11, 12, 13

Performances: Sep. 16, 17, 18(m), 23, 24, 25(m), 29, 30, Oct. 1, 2022

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 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five 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 he 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.

 

Director

Colleen Franzoia joined ACT in 1987 as backstage crew. Since then she been involved in too many shows to count and has done almost everything both onstage and behind the scenes. Colleen made her directorial debut with 100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy. She also directed Bell, Book, and Candle. She lives in North Albany with her husband Jeff and their mini-doxy, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Director’s email: ColleenFranzoia@comcast.net

Cast of Characters

George Hay:
Charlotte Hay: 
Ethel:
Rosalind:
Howard:
Eileen:
Paul:
Richard:

Disney's Frozen Jr. - ACT Summer Camp (Special Event)

Book by Jennifer Lee
Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Directed by: Rebecca Douglas

Camp Dates: August 1-18, 2022

Performances: August 19, 20(m), 20, 26, 27(m), 27, 2022

The enchanting modern classic from Disney’s  Frozen Jr., is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Director

Rebecca Douglas has been involved in community theater for thirty years!  Some of her local credits include: ACT’s Annie as Grace Ferrell, Big Fish as Josephine, Shrek as the Witch, Avenue Q as Lucy and Mrs. T., Thoroughly Modern Millie as Alice, Meet Me in St. Louis as Anna Smith, The Music Man as Eulalie Shinn, and Hello, Dolly! as Ernestina Money.   She also directed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Seussical Jr., Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Once On This Island Jr. and At First Sight, and served as vocal director for The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as assistant director for Treasure Island and Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur and as stage manager for Shakespeare for Kids.  She also performed in On the Verge and Annie Get Your Gun at CCT, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein with Pipe Dream Theatre, Majestic Eight and The Little Mermaid with the Majestic Theatre.  She has also directed a number of shows for CCT and Majestic Education.  She is the Musical Director for Jefferson Elementary School’s Spring Musical in Corvallis.  She is co-directing  in addition to the summer camp program.

Director’s email: rbbailey@hotmail.com

Cast of Characters

Elsa: Abby Hobson
Middle Elsa: Morgan Glenn
Young Elsa: Teagan Hearn
Anna: Becca Emry
Middle Anna: Nicki Ito
Young Anna: Piper Moss
Hans: Adam Keeling
Kristoff: August Slamp
Sven: Mia Fisk
Olaf: Jesse Leffler
King Agnarr: Kyra Arceneaux
Queen Iduna: Kate Clark
Pabbie: Zoey Warren
Bulda: Kai Wallace
Duke of Weselton: Gideon Vester
Oaken: Emily Hobson
Snow Chorus: Nora Howard, Kahaeli Hester, Sabina Berglund, Lokelani Halchishick, Wyatt Libby, Piper Moss

The Dinner Party

by Neil Simon

Directed by: Shauna Kiefiuk

Performances: June 3, 4, 10, 11, 12(m), 17, 18, 19(m), 23, 24, 25, 2022

The Dinner Party is the 31st play by Neil Simon. The action revolves around a French dinner party that is hilariously chaotic. Six people, who do not know one another, have been invited to dine in a fancy Parisian restaurant. There is an air of mystery in this comedic play, because the diners do not know why they have been brought together. As it turns out, the dinner is about their damaged relationships and whether or not they can reconcile.

Director

Shauna Kiefiuk has been involved with ACT since 2002. Previously, she has directed The Unexpected Guest, Rabbit Hole, The Butler Did ItThe Odd Couple and Independence. Shauna has been onstage in several shows as well as musicals. She was the assistant director for Fat PigHay FeverThe Game’s Afoot and A Little Piece of Heaven. Shauna also serves on the ACT Board.

Director’s email: theatregirl21@yahoo.com

 

Cast of Characters

Andre Bouville: Dan Bushong
Yvonne Fouchet: Jessica Habjan
Gabrielle Buonocelli: April Wilcox
Mariette Levieux: Cathey Clingman
Claude Pichon: Erik Esrael
Albert Donay: Adam Vester

Clue

Based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture, based on the Hasbro board game Clue; by Sandy Rustin, based upon the works by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price, David Abbinanti

Directed by: Christi E. Sears

Performances: April 1, 2, 8, 9, 10(m), 15, 16, 17(m), 21, 22, 23, 2022

On-demand Performance available: April 8 – 10, 15 – 17, 21 – 23 (click here for on-demand tickets)

Please Note: The Albany Democrat-Herald stated that we are performing Clue: The Musical; however, we will be performing the straight play version, not the musical.

Listen to an interview about Clue on the Theater Talk radio show on KMUZ by clicking here.

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Director

Christi E. Sears has a string of hit musicals and plays to her credit, including: Altogether Now (Special Event), The Secret of Chimneys: ACT Radio Play, Mamma Mia, The Addams Family, Annie, Big FishShrekYoung FrankensteinAvenue QThoroughly Modern MillieCurtainsSteel MagnoliasThe ProducersThe Music ManHello, Dolly!The Rocky Horror ShowPirates of PenzanceInto the WoodsYou’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownBell, Book and CandleAuntie Mame, and Greater Tuna at ACT. Christi also directed at CCT: CinderellaDamn Yankees, and Little Shop of Horrors. A long-time administrative member at ACT, Christi has served four terms as president and two terms as treasurer. She currently is our Cheer and Condolence Manager. Christi resides in Albany and has worked for over 27 years as the Accounting/Payroll Manager at Palm Harbor Homes.

Director’s email: cirsey@comcast.net

Cast of Characters

Wadsworth: Ryan McWayne
Yvette: Susan Jones
Miss Scarlet: Diane Slamp
Mrs. Peacock: Frankie Caswell
Mrs. White: Anya Corbitt
Colonel Mustard: Adam Vester
Professor Plum: Douglas Hambley
Mr. Green: Jonathan McQuay
Cook/Singing Telegram Girl/Auxiliary Scarlett/Backup Cop: Sarah Roth
Mr. Boddy/Motorist/Chief of Police: Bruce Wells
Unexpected Cop/Backup Cop/Auxiliary Mustard: JJ Halchishick
Dead Body: Dan Bushong

Fly Babies

by Rusty Harding

Directed by: Loren Dunn 

Performances: February 17, 18, 19, 20(m), 24, 25, 26, 2022

1943 – WWII is raging. Five young American women, all qualified pilots, lend their skills to the newly-created Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs): Dotty, the wide-eyed farm girl; Peggy, the spoiled heiress; Pauline, the seasoned barnstormer; Hazel, the Asian-American who has already witnessed the horrors of war; and Mazy, the African-American who is fighting her own war against prejudice. All five come together on the desolate plains of west Texas, where they experience the challenge, the triumphs, and the tragedies of serving their country on the home front. And where they quickly discover that not all battles are fought overseas…

Director

Loren Dunn has been involved with ACT since 2006. His first show was The Homecoming and has acted in many shows since then including: A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Diary of Anne FrankWonder of The WorldMan of La ManchaTom SawyerParadise Lost and FoundMiracle on 34th Street and most recently Treasure Island. He made his ACT directing debut in 2011 with Christmas Belles. He has since directed Pirates Of The ChemotherapyA Little Piece Of HeavenTrials, Tribulations, and Christmas DecorationsSeniors Of The Sahara, Last of the Boys, and Sylvia.

Director’s email: throbbit20@gmail.com

Cast of Characters

Nurse: Madison Hearing
Dorothy “Dotty” Lewis: Alice Tucker (Understudy: Jackie McDougal Weiner)
Dorothy “Dotty” Moore: Stephanie Lunceford
Lucy Powell: Grace Foultner
Mazy Buford/Diane Greely: Haley Hunter
Sgt. “Louie” Lewis: Josh Anderson
Pauline Yates: Jackie Lewis
Hazel Ying Lee: Bernadette Feyerherm
Peggy Taylor: Jillian Alden (Understudy: Holly Mitchell)
Jackie Cochran: Christy Anderson
Col. Thomas Evans: Jay Grenard
Capt. John Whitaker: David Milner