Albany Civic Theater – Albany, OR

Albany Civic Theater - Albany, OR

now in our 72nd season

2023-2024 Season

Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr. - ACT Summer Camp (Special Event)

Book by Doug Wright
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater

Directed by: Rebecca Douglas

Audition Dates: Jun. 26, 27, 28 (callbacks), 2024

Camp Dates: Jul. 31 – 18, 2023

Performances: August 18, 19(m), 19, 25, 26(m), 26, 2024

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. Written to flow seamlessly between land and sea, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. provides plenty of opportunities to bring these locations to life through creative movement and configurations. The fantasy of being underwater means your entire cast and crew can let their imaginations run wild. (Music Theatre International)

Director

Rebecca Douglas has been involved in community theater for thirty years! Some of her local credits include: ACT’s All Together Now!, 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 Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr, Seussical Jr., Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Once on This Island Jr. and At First Sight, co-directed MatildaThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 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 administrative director/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 General Music Teacher at Albany Christian School. She is also the Music Director for the Adventures in Acting Camp at the Majestic Theatre.

Director’s email: rbbailey@hotmail.com

Cast of Characters

Animals(Pig, Foxes, Horse) serve as voices of reason for Geppetto’s journey. Performers cast in these roles do not have to sing; however, comic timing and deadpan delivery are essential. These performers should be comfortable inhabiting the mismatched animals they portray.

BERNARDO & MARIA

Bernardo & Maria are married residents of Idyllia who are looking to purchase a “perfect” daughter from Professore Buonragazzo. These roles require group singing only. These performers can become part of the ensemble in other group numbers.

THE BLUE FAIRY

The Blue Fairy is convinced of her own perfection and does not like having it called into question. The performer you cast should have good comedic instincts and a solid singing voice. This role does not require excessive dancing. Range: G3 – E5

BOY 1

Boy 1 is one of three spokespeople for a group of traveling singers. They are larger than life as they spread joy throughout Rainbow Valley with their songs.Boy 1 is the first replacement for Pinocchio, created by Professore Buonragazzo’s machine. Find an actor who can mimic a comedic version of the famous puppet. Range: C3 – C4

BOY 2

Boy 2 is the second replacement for Pinocchio. He should be even more wooden than Boy 1. Range: C3 – C4

CHILDREN OF IDYLLIA

Children of Idyllia (Amelia, Salvatore, Carla, Lucia, Giuseppe, Boy 1, Boy 2) are the perfect children created by Professore Buonragazzo. Performers cast in these roles should be able to sing in groups, with featured speaking lines. There are great opportunities for movement and dance.

DELINQUENTS

Delinquents (Malvolio, Brutto, Sporco, others) can expand to include more performers and are great roles for non-singers. Also, they must be comfortable turning into donkeys.

GEPPETTO

Geppetto A Sharecropper who bids his time until he can go away to college. He has a quiet strength.Geppetto is a lonely toymaker who longs to be a father. Look for a mature performer who feels comfortable playing a parent to Pinocchio and isn’t afraid of showing emotion. Cast a strong singer, as Geppetto has several solos. Range: Bb3 – F5

JUNIOR

Junior is Professore Buonragazzo’s mirrorimage assistant, created using the child-making machine. The performer in this role will need to work closely with the performer playing the Professor to mimic his movements. A short solo is required, but it can be spoken if necessary. Range: Bb3 – C#5

MARIONETTES

Marionettes are the stringed puppets in Stromboli’s show. There are solos available for marionettes, if you choose to separate their voices from Stromboli. Marionettes can be added as need to the ensemble. Range: Bb3 – E5

PINOCCHIO

Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who doesn’t know where he belongs. Look for a performer who can handle the lively personality of a little boy while also capturing tender moments. Although Pinocchio is a boy, the role can be played by a boy or girl. Pinocchio has a few solos, but a strong character actor can easily act through them. Range: G3 – E5

PROFESSORE BUONGRAZZO

Professore Buongrazzo is a passionate, mad scientist obsessed with building perfect children. While some solos are required, character work is most important for this role. Range: Bb3 – C#4

THE RINGLEADER

The Ringleader runs Pleasure Island. The performer playing this role should have a real sense of showmanship. This role requires some singing and is a great opportunity to showcase a dancer. The Ringleader can be played by a boy or a girl, but be sure to cast a performer who can commit to the character’s mischievous ways. Range: A3 – E5

ROSA, VIOLA & ARANCIA

Rosa, Viola & Arancia, fairies in training, are sweet and kind. The performers in these roles should be expressive observers since they often oversee the action occurring onstage during flashbacks. They sing as a group, often alongside the Blue Fairy. Their individual distinctions from one another can be discovered during rehearsal.

ROUSTABOUTS

Roustabouts are the sidekicks to Pleasure Island’s Ringleader. When performing these roles, personality is key. Group singing is required.

SIGNORA GIOVANNI

Signora Giovaani is Pinocchio’s teacher. The role can be a great opportunity to feature a performer who doesn’t sing. If needed, this performer can become part of the ensemble in other group numbers.

STROMBOLI

Stromboli is a bumbling, loud, incompetent puppeteer who has at least a few screws loose. Cast a versatile performer who can create silly voices to take this character and his marionettes over-the-top. Stromboli’s songs are challenging, so look for someone who is comfortable with his solos and doesn’t shy away from silliness. Range: Bb3 – F5

SUE

Sue is a fairy in training who marches to the beat of her own drum. She isn’t your typical fairy, as sweetness isn’t in her nature. The performer in this role can be brooding or brash, but certainly a contrast to Rosa, Viola and Arancia, although vocally she should blend in.

TALIA

Talia is the “perfect child” created for Maria and Bernardo by Professore Buonragazzo’s machine. Talia sings and dances to impress her parents, so this is a great role to feature a dancer. Range: C3 – C4

THE TOWN CHILDREN

The Town Children (Dante, Agata, Fiorello, Francesca, Adriana, Luigi, Gina, Lia, Rico) love the toys in Geppetto’s shop. The performers cast in these roles should be able to create individual personalities for their characters. There are opportunities for solos, but performers can sing in groups.

TOWN PARENTS

Town Parents (Signora Lisi, Signore Fucito, Signora Mancini, Signor Alcamo, Signora Sommelia, Signora Contrastana, Signora Rosati, Signore Proto, Signore Marino) are the beleaguered mothers and judgmental fathers of the town children. The performers cast in these roles should be able to create individual personalities for their characters. There are opportunities for solos, but performers can sing in groups.

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by: Steven Sater
Music by: Duncan Sheik

Directed by: Christy Anderson 

Auditions: April 22, 23, 24, 2024

Performances: Jul. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28(m), Aug. 1, 2, 3, 2024

It’s the 1890s in Germany and the adults are fully in charge. Teenagers fight to be heard and understand the complexities and big questions of gender and sexuality. Especially when the adults refuse to be honest. It is a celebration of rebellion and angst as we follow Wendla, Moritz, Melchior, and their friends through the complexities of the teenage experience.

Director

Christy Anderson

Director’s email: tuffy1299@comcast.net

Cast of Characters

Wendla: Innocent. With every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her and her changing body. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution. Explores her newly-found sexuality with Melchior.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Melchior: A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society’s rules. An atheist and radical student. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla and his awakening sexual urges.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Martha: A schoolgirl who faces constant physical abuse from her father. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Moritz: Melchior’s best friend, a troubled student. He desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. His haunting sexual dreams and academic failures eventually drive him to suicidal thoughts.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3
Thea: Wendla’s best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Hanschen: A rather narcissistic schoolmate of Melchior’s. He is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to captivate Ernst. Optional Doubling as RUPERT.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Anna: A German schoolgirl and Martha’s best friend. Optimistic and a bit naive, she has a difficult time understanding Martha’s trials.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Ernst: A schoolmate of Melchior’s. Naive and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen. Optional Doubling as REINHOLD.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Ilse: Martha’s sister, who was also abused and has run away from home to live in an artists’ colony. She reaches out to her old friend Moritz in the last moments of his life.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Georg: A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir’s. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher. Optional Doubling as DIETER.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Otto: A classmate of Melchior’s. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate. Optional Doubling as ULBRECHT.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Adult Woman: Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: FRAU BERGMAN, Wendla’s mother; FRAULEIN KNUPPELDICK; FRAULEIN GROSSEBUSTENHALTER; FRAU GABOR, Melchior’s mother; and FRAU BESSELL, Martha’s mother.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Adult Man: Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: HERR SONNENSTITCH, the boys’ teacher; HEADMASTER KNOCHENBRUCH; HERR NEUMANN, Ilse’s father; HERR RILOW, Hanschen’s father; HERR STEIFEL, Moritz’s father; FATHER KAULBACH; DOCTOR VON BRAUSEPULVER; HERR GABOR, Melchior’s father; and SCHMIDT.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Bullshot Crummond

by Ron House, Alan ShearmanDiz WhiteJohn Neville AndrewsDerek Cunningham

Directed by: Erik A Esrael 

Auditions: April 8, 9, 10 (callbacks), 2024

Performances: Jun. 14, 15, 16(m), 20, 21, 22, 23(m), 27, 28, 29, 2024

This parody of low-budget 30s detective movies typifies British heroism at its dumbest. Teutonic villain Otto Von Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. Bullshot Crummond is called to the rescue by the professor’s daughter Rosemary.

Director

Erik A Esrael has been acting and performing since before the turn of the century including as Otto Von Bruno in Slocum House Theater Company’s production of Bullshot Crummond in 2004. He has been seen on the ACT Stage as early as 2006 in Steve Martin’s Underpants.  This is his directorial debut with Albany Civic Theater. He works for Salem Health and lives in Salem with his wife, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.

Director’s email: pilesofpencils@hotmail.com

Cast of Characters

Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond: He is the archetypal British officer who fought in the trenches of France, laughs at danger and doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear.  He thinks of himself as a dashing young daredevil.  In reality he has a deluded idea of his own capabilities.  Age around 30.  Strong upper class English accent.
Miss Rosemary Fenton: She is an English rose of the most overdone genteel upbringing one can imagine.  She has a very loud irritating laugh which Crummond finds charming. Aged 25-30.  Upper English accent.
Otto Von Brunno: Von Brunno is a classic “B” movie teutonic villain.  Speaks with a stock Hollywood style German accent.  Age 30-40
Salvatore Scalicio: Mobster type character.  Brief appearance. Played by the same actor who plays Otto Von Brunno
Lenya Von Brunno: Otto’s evil mistress.  Age 25-30
Algy Longwort/Professor Fenton/Country Policeman/Carlton Waiter/Inspector Scabbard/Wolfgang Schmidt/Marovitch: All played by the same actor.  As an example, Algy Longwort is a friend to Hugh Crummond and former officer of the Royal Loamshires.

Karlaboy

by Steven Peros

Directed by: Jillian Alden 

Auditions: Mar. 4, 5, 6 (callbacks), 2024

Performances: May 17, 18, 19(m), 23, 24, 25, 2024

Biographer Bill Lauder has penned a ruthless tell-all about Karla Daven, a long dead legendary 1950’s starlet. As a result, he is summoned in the middle of the night to the dilapidated mansion of Karla’s celebrity husband, Harold Bachman, a reclusive director who makes the outlandish claim that Karla’s ghost has threatened to kill him this very night unless Bill calls off the publication of his tawdry book of lies. What follows is an intense evening where memory wrestles with myth in order to find the truth. As Harold gets deeper into exposing Bill’s lies about Karla, he is forced to confront the lies he’s told himself – lies about himself as a filmmaker, a husband, and as a man. Harold must not only save himself from Karla’s ghost, but from the ghosts of an unrealized life. In addition to being an absorbing psychological ghost story, Karlaboy is an important, non-graphic exploration of LGBT issues in its fascinating dissection of a high profile Hollywood “marriage of convenience.” (Concord Theatricals)

Director

Jillian Alden first appeared at ACT in 2010 with her portrayal of Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Her onstage presence continued with Meet in St. Louis as Esther Smith, Singin’ in the Rain and Sweeney Todd as an ensemble member, Fly Babies as Peggy Taylor, and Moon Over Buffalo as Rosalind Hay. She has also helped backstage on several projects, including costuming for Fly Babies and for University of Washington’s production of Next to Normal, which unfortunately never performed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She supported ACT’s production of Something Rotten! as an assistant director, and she partners with South Albany High School, serving as vocal director for their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Jillian is a passionate mental health advocate and is nearing the beginning of her clinical practice as a mental health counselor and a drama therapist. She has combined her professional and personal passions to help her serve on ACT’s diversity and inclusion steering committee, and is committed to supporting programs, workshops, and training at ACT which make the theater a more welcoming and safe environment for people with marginalized identities. Karlaboy will be Jillian’s directorial debut with ACT.

Director’s email: jillian.alden@outlook.com

Cast of Characters

Harold:  A retired and reclusive Hollywood director and Karla Daven’s widower. In his 60s.
Young Harold: A bitter, envious and tormented young man whose Hollywood career is gaining traction, but no academy awards. In his 20s. *Harold is gay and male-identifying.
Bill Lauder: An investigative journalist and a huge fan of Karla, inquisitive and stubborn. In his 30s. *Bill is male identifying and his sexual orientation is not identified.
Karla Daven: One of the most beloved actresses of the early 1950s, who died suddenly and tragically, leaving behind her blossoming career and her husband. *Karla is female identifying and straight

Tony (& Handsome Man): A lover from the past, both to Karla and Harold, handsome, stubborn, and confident. 20s-30s. *Tony is male identifying, and his sexual orientation is not identified.
Studio Boss (& Super Mogul): Head of the unnamed studio to which Karla and Harold are contracted. 40s-60s. *Studio boss is male identifying.
Ensemble of four: Four members of the ensemble will play all of the characters from Harold’s flashback scenes. The roles have been divided between the four members already, based on gender presentation and amount of lines. These roles can be any age between 20 and 70. *Two ensemble members will portray male identifying characters. *One ensemble member will portray female identifying characters. *One ensemble member will portray characters that do not have a specific gender identity.

The Prom

Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Chad Beguelin & Bob Martin

Directed by: Christi E. Sears and Mirinda Keeling

Auditions: Jan. 8(vocals/dance), 9(cold reads), 10(callbacks only), 2024
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Audition Welcome Letter

Performances: Apr. 5, 6, 12, 13, 14(m), 18, 19, 20, 21(m), 25, 26, 27, 2024

Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, The Prom expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever. (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)

Director

Christi E. Sears has a string of hit musicals and plays to her credit, including: Something Rotten!Clue, Altogether Now (Special Event), The Secret of Chimneys: ACT Radio PlayMamma MiaThe Addams FamilyAnnieBig FishShrekYoung FrankensteinAvenue QThoroughly Modern MillieCurtainsSteel MagnoliasThe ProducersThe Music ManHello, Dolly!The Rocky Horror ShowPirates of PenzanceInto the WoodsYou’re a Good ManCharlie 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 serves on the ACT Board as Production Manager. Christi resides in Albany and has worked for over 29 years as the Accounting/Payroll Manager at Palm Harbor Homes.

Director’s email: cirsey@comcast.net

Mirinda Keeling is making her ACT directorial debut this season with Peter and the StarcatcherMirinda co-directed School House Rock at ACT and directed Animal Krackers, Magic in Me, and The Shoemaker and the Elves at North Albany Elementary. Mirinda has assistant directed Something Rotten, Murder on the Orient ExpressClue, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, High School Musical, and Excalibur: The Story of Young King Arthur at ACT. Her resume includes additional crew positions of vocal director, production assistant, set dressing design, set dresser, set design, hair and makeup designer, props designer and costumer in over 30 productions and has performed on stage in an additional 20. She has performed with her husband, Dean Keeling, as well as her two sons, Braden and Adam.

Director’s email: r_mirinda@hotmail.com

Cast of Characters

(Gender-flexible featured roles and expandable ensemble. We welcome any and all genders and non-binary artists with all vocal ranges.)
Emma Nolan: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 18+ to play a
high school senior. Alto – Mezzo-Soprano/belt up to a C#. Forced into the spotlight because she
asked her girlfriend to the prom. A reluctant poster child for gay / lesbian youth. Very smart with
a bit of a tomboy quality. Sweet pop voice. Strong singer. PRINCIPAL.
Dee Dee Allen: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 30s–50s, Alto. A current Broadway diva. A huge ego to match her huge talent. No filter. Hilariously self-involved but yearns to do something good for someone other than herself. Strong Singer. Big, Broadway belter. PRINCIPAL.
Barry Glickman: Must present as or be willing to present as a male. Any ethnicity, 30s–50s, High Baritone/Low Tenor. A very gay Broadway star. Completely politically incorrect and doesn’t know it. Impulsive and loves to make a scene everywhere he goes. Strong singer. Big, Broadway belter. PRINCIPAL.
Trent Oliver: Must present as or be willing to present as a male. Any ethnicity, 30s–40s, Baritone. A pretentious Broadway star who is probably better known for TV infomercials. Loves the sound of his own voice. Strong singer, pop, and legit. PRINCIPAL.
Alyssa: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 18+ to play a high school senior, Mix/belt up to a D. Tries desperately to fit in. A cheerleader. Secretly Emma’s girlfriend, but afraid to come out. May be classically pretty. Afraid to stand up to her mother. Pop voice. Strong singer. PRINCIPAL.
Mr. Hawkins: Must present as or be willing to present as a male. Any ethnicity, 30s–50s, High Baritone. A small-town principal. Easily flustered. Strait-laced. A Broadway enthusiast. Good singer. PRINCIPAL.
Angie: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 30s–40s, Alto with a belt. An ensemble member in the Broadway production of “Chicago”. Jaded Fosse girl with a heart of gold. Strong Singer. PRINCIPAL.
Mrs. Green: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 30s–40s, Alto. Alyssa’s Mother and the school board president. Very strong, controlling, and intimidating. Loves her daughter very much but has a very specific view of what is right and wrong for her daughter and the school. Strong Singer. PRINCIPAL
Sheldon Saperstein: Must present as or be willing to present as a male. Any ethnicity, 30s–40s, Baritone. A charismatic press agent. Traditional musical theatre sound. PRINCIPAL.
Kaylee: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 18+ to play a high school senior. Mezzo-Soprano.
Nick: Must present as or be willing to present as a male. Any ethnicity, 18+ to play a high school senior. Tenor.
Shelby: Must present as or be willing to present as a female. Any ethnicity, 18+ to play a high school senior. Mezzo-Soprano
Kevin: Must present as or be willing to present as a male. Any ethnicity, 18+ to play a high school senior. Tenor.
Ensemble: Olivia Keating, Opening Night Party Attendees, Reporters, High School Students, PTA Members, Motel Clerk, Cast of the Non-Equity Tour of Godspell, Monster Truck Rally, Mrs. Greene’s Friend, and LGBTQ Students.

Eclipsed

by Patricia Burke Brogan

Directed by: Charlotte J. Headrick

Auditions: Dec. 4, 5, 6(callbacks), 2023

Performances: Mar. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2024

A play about the women of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. This statue commemorates their struggle.

Eclipsed is a powerful and moving award-winning play with dozens of productions around the world. Set
in a Magdalene laundry in the 1960s, the all woman play documents the Irish Catholic church and their
practice of incarcerating pregnant and unwed Irish mothers in church-run laundries making them work
as penitents. If you saw the film Philomena, you have seen the story of one Magdalene. Although a
drama, the play is filled with moments of humor as well song.

Director

Charlotte J. Headrick is a Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts at Oregon State University. A past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, West, she has directed numerous premieres and productions of Irish plays all over the United States, particularly those written by women. She is widely published in the field of Irish drama. A former Moore Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway, she is co-editor with Eileen Kearney of Irish Women Dramatists 1908-2001 (2014, 2016 Syracuse University Press). She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Medallion for service to that organization. She is also a Distinguished Professor for Undergraduate Teaching at Oregon State. As an actress, favorite roles include Madam Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, Kate in All My Sons, Rima in Frank McGuiness’s Dolly West’s Kitchen, Countess Roussillon in All’s Well That Ends Well, Duke Senior in As You Like It (directed by her former student Seattle director Sheila Daniles). She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. In March of 2023, she portrayed Betty in Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti in a reading at ACT.

Director’s email: cheadrick@oregonstate.edu

Cast of Characters

Brigit Murphy: Unwed mother
Cathy McNamara: Unwed mother
Nellie-Nora Langan: Unwed mother (mid-twenties)
Mandy Prenderville: Unwed mother
Juliet Mannion: Orphan who has been raised in the orphanage adjacent to the laundry
Rosa/Caroline: US citizen who comes looking for her birth mother
Sister Virginia: Novice nun who questions the harsh treatment of the nuns in the laundry
Mother Victoria: mother abbess in control of the laundry (50s-70s)

(Age range of other women is late teens to mid-thirties)

The Great Gatsby

by Maeve Z O’Connor
Adapted from the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Directed by: Loriann Schmidt

Auditions: Oct. 23, 24, 25(callbacks), 2023

Performances: Jan. 26, 27, 28(m), Feb. 2, 3, 4(m), 8, 9, 10, 2024

The Great Gatsby is a timeless tale of love and tragedy set in the Jazz Age of New York. Gatsby, a self made millionaire pursues a former lover, Daisy and his pursuit meets with a tragic end. This adaptation draws the audience’s attention to themes of equity and privilege, and showcases Daisy’s strength and character. Crafted from the beloved novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this show is a World Premiere performance by Portland playwright Maeve Z O’Connor.

Director

Loriann has done theater all her life.  Starting in 2nd grade with an appearance in The Music Man, the theater bug (and lighting bug) has always been with her.  Her first light board was her own invention (in high school) made with rheostats and an old suitcase, a ton of soldering lead and a whiff of smoke.  A long string of shows both professional and community as costume designer, light designer, stage manager, assistant director and director followed and the rest, they say, is history.  Most recently, Loriann has directed shows at Pentacle, Keizer Homegrown Theatre and a private school in Beaverton.  She serves on the board at Keizer Homegrown Theatre and has been active in other areas of Albany Civic Theatre as Lighting Manager, costume designer and all-around Helpful Person.  She is thrilled to be making her directorial debut at Albany Civic Theatre with this wonderful piece of Americana – The Great Gatsby.

Director’s email: baronopal@gmail.com

Cast of Characters

Nick Carraway: male, 29, later 30. A cynical but gentle businessman who has a way with words. Daisy’s cousin.
Jay Gatsby: male, early 30s. A mysterious eccentric who is equal parts charming and melancholy. New money.
Daisy Buchanan: female, 23. A striking southern beauty who isn’t nearly as oblivious as she seems. Armed with a lyrical, enticing voice. Old money.
Tom Buchanan: male, 30s. A solid, aggressive man who speaks his mind. Old money. Daisy’s husband. Old money.
Jordan Baker: female, 21. An athletic, jaunty golf star with a quick wit.
Myrtle Wilson: female, 30s. A sultry, hardy woman with a bit of sweetness to her.
George Wilson: male, 30s – 40s. A spiritless, nervous mechanic, owner of Wilson’s Garage. Myrtle’s husband.
Meyer Wolfsheim: male, 50. A mobster who’s said to have fixed the world series. A business partner of Gatsby’s.

Played by Ensemble:
Catherine: female, 18 – 30. An elegant flapper. Myrtle’s sister.
McKee: male, late 20s – 30s. An artistic New York photographer.
Mrs. McKee: female, late 20s – 30s. A good-natured woman.
Klipspringer: male, 20s – 30s. A freeloading musician who all but lives at Gatsby’s mansion.
Henry Gatz: male, 50s – 70s. A well-worn but respectable man. Gatsby’s father.
Lucille, Walton, Albert, Nurse, Waiter, Butlers, Gentlemen & Flappers, etc.: all genders, 18 – 40.

Peter and the Starcatcher

by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Directed by: Mirinda Keeling

Auditions: Sep. 18, 19, 20(callbacks), 2023

Performances: Dec. 1, 2, 3(m), 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16, 2023

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. (Music Theatre International)

Director

Peter and the Starcatcher is Mirinda Keeling’s ACT directorial debut. She is also co-directing The Prom, with Christi E. Sears this season. Mirinda co-directed School House Rock at ACT and directed Animal Krackers, Magic in Me, and The Shoemaker and the Elves at North Albany Elementary. Mirinda has assistant directed Something Rotten, Murder on the Orient Express, Clue, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, High School Musical, and
Excalibur: The Story of Young King Arthur at ACT. Her resume includes additional crew positions of vocal director, production assistant, set dressing design, set dresser, set design, hair and makeup designer, props designer and costumer in over 30 productions and has performed on stage in an additional 20. She has performed with her husband, Dean Keeling, as well as her two sons, Braden and Adam.

Director’s email: r_mirinda@hotmail.com

Cast of Characters

Black Stache: A notorious pirate, terrorizing the seven seas in search of a worthy adversary. Heartless, hirsute, and suspiciously well read. Partial to the poetical and theatrical, which causes him to behave quite flamboyantly. Gender: Male; Age: 30 to 50

Molly Aster: A young girl and Starcatcher apprentice who is taken aboard the Neverland as precious cargo. Curious and intelligent, she is only beginning to understand the confusing romantic longings that come with her age. She will risk anything for the sake of what is right. Gender: Female; Age: 16 to 25

Boy/Peter: A lonely and hardened orphan who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless, and friendless at the beginning of the play and a hero by the end. He wants a home and a family more than anything, and dreams of a life of being free. Gender: Male; Age: 16 to 25

Grempkin: The schoolmaster of St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost Boys. Mean and malodorous, he revels in keeping his boys in the dark and malnourished. Optional Doublings include: FIGHTING PRAWN; MACK; SÁNCHEZ. Gender: Male; Age: 40 to 60

Mrs. Bumbrake: Molly’s nanny, a stereotypical British cad and outfitted with the duty of teaching Molly about womanhood. She still has enough charm in her age to attract a sailor or two. Optional Doubling as TEACHER. Gender: Male; Age: 40 to 60

Bill Slank: The vicious orphaned captain of the Neverland. Does not possess the capacity to lead anyone but himself, which puts himself constantly in disaster. Greedy enough to send boys to their doom for the chance of gaining starstuff. Optional Doubling as HAWKING CLAM. Gender: Male; Age: 35 to 55

Smee: Black Stache’s first mate. He is single-mindedly dedicated to his captain’s every whim. Gender: Male; Age: 25 to 55

Prentiss: An orphan, ambitious, hyper articulate, and logical. He yearns to be leader, even when he knows in his heart that he’ll never be one. A bit of a blowhard with a touch of cowardice. Gender: Male; Age: 16 to 25

Alf: A seafarer, an old sea dog proud of his tenure. His kind heart gives him an appeal to the feminine sensibility. Gender: Male; Age: 50 to 65

Lord Leonard Aster: Molly’s father, a loyal subject to the Queen. The very model of a Victorian English gentleman, he is a faithful friend and a secret Starcatcher. Gender: Male; Age: 40 to 60

Captain Robert Falcon Scott: Lord Aster’s old school friend, the captain of the Wasp, Britain’s fastest frigate. Lives with nautical bravura and heroic patriotism. Gender: Male; Age: 35 to 45

Ted: An orphan obsessed with food. A natural performer with easy wit and quite poetic language. Gender: Male; Age: 16 to 25

Ensemble: Sailors; Seamen; Seafarers; Orphans; Pirates; Mermaids; Mollusks; Narrators

 

She Kills Monsters

by Qui Nguyen

Directed by: Josh Anderson

Auditions: Jul. 24, 25, 26(callbacks), 2023

Performances: Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, Nov. 2, 3, 4, 2023

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans, a young woman grieving for her deceased sister. The Evans sisters never were especially close, but after Tilly’s death Agnes receives a notebook containing a game scenario created by her sister. She discovers that Tilly was a well-known Dungeons & Dragons player, and that she was passionate about online fantasy gaming. In order to unlock more secrets about her mysterious young sibling, Agnes recruits a “dungeon master” named Chuck to help her understand and grieve Tilly. Chock-full of supermodel elves, dominatrix warrior women, and nasty ogres, She Kills Monsters is a surprisingly sweet tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance.

Director

Previously at ACT, Josh Anderson directed A Christmas Carol and The Three Musketeers, stage managed for The Odd Couple, and appeared in ShrekThe Wizard of OzAvenue QMonty Python’s SpamalotThoroughly Modern MillieGame ShowDisney’s High School MusicalCurtains, and Meet Me in St. Louis. He works as a security officer for the US Department of Energy, and lives in Albany with his wife Christy and two children. He enjoys shooting and historical reenactment.

Director’s email: jdaa370@yahoo.com

Cast of Characters

(Adults will be playing teen roles.)

Tilly Evans: (F, 15 years old) Nerdy, sarcastic, bullied teen, appears to Agnes after her death; stage combat, stage kiss with Lilith involved.
Agnes Evans: (F, mid 20s) Tilly’s older sister, high school teacher dealing with Tilly’s death, described as average, clueless to nerd culture; stage combat and comedic dancing involved.
Chuck: (M, late teens to mid 20s) Runs a comic book store, grunge rocker roadie, assists Agnes in learning Dungeons and Dragons.
Miles: (M, mid 20s – early 30s) Agnes’s boyfriend, as average as Agnes.
Vera: (F, mid 20s – mid 40s) Guidance Counselor, Agnes’s friend at the high school, sarcastic and saucy.
Lilith: (F, mid to late teens) Dungeons & Dragons character in Tilly’s adventure, Demon Queen, kicks butt and takes names; stage combat and stage kiss involved.
Kaliope: (F, mid to late teens) Dungeons & Dragons character, Dark Elf, sexy spell caster; stage combat and comedic dancing involved
Orcus: (M, late teens) Dungeons & Dragons character, Overlord of the Underworld, lazy demon that has given up defending his treasure in favor of watching TV and snacking on Easy Cheese; stage combat and comedic dancing involved.
Mage Steve: (M, late teens) Dungeons & Dragons character, super nerdy spell caster, several death scenes involved as a running gag in the play.
Farrah: (F, 20s – 30s) Fairy that lives in a forest, kind of a jerk; stage combat involved.
Evil Gabbi: (F, mid to late teens) Dungeons & Dragons character, teenage bully, appears as a cheerleader with fangs; stage combat and some comedic dancing involved.
Evil Tina: (F, mid to late teens) Dungeons & Dragons character, teenage bully, appears as a cheerleader with fangs; stage combat and comedic dancing involved.