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Colonial Playhouse will hold the following auditions for the 2011-12 season!


THURSDAY, MAY 26, 7:00 P.M.


We will hold auditions for the opening production of our 2011-2012 season, the James Sherman comedy "Mr. 80%," on Thursday, May 26 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Director Steve Kelly seeks three women and three men ages 30's to 40's for the September 2011 production.


SHOW DATES: September 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2011



Sharon, a no-nonsense young attorney, and Patricia, who is doing her medical residency, advertise for a roommate to help pay the rent of their New York apartment. After a sour experience with Sharon's former live-in boyfriend, the two decide to specify either another woman or a gay male only, which elicits a response from Sam, a struggling young comic, who, with his partner, Jan, is desperate to find an affordable place to live—desperate enough to pose as a gay man, with Jan as his lover. The fact that Sharon and Patricia are taken in by the ruse leads to a series of hilarious misunderstandings, made even funnier by the swishy high jinks of the two attractive (and decidedly heterosexual) young men; and the fact that, inevitably, they find themselves falling in love with their toothsome roommates.


How to work out a happy ending for relationships involving two young women who have become embittered and suspicious by the perfidy of men in general; and two young men who, having been so successful in convincing their roommates that they are gay that they are now hard pressed to reverse the notion, is a test of the author's ingenuity — but one which Mr. Sherman meets with lively inventiveness, nonstop hilarity and, in the end, a redeeming touch of genuine warmth and humanity.




MONDAY, JULY 25 7:00 P.M.


Auditions for the second production of our 2011-2012 season, the medieval comedy spoof "The Bride of Brackenloch! A Ghastly Gothic Thriller?" by Rick Abbot, will be held on Monday, July 25 beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Director Erin Guard seeks eight women and three men of varying ages for the November 2011 production.


SHOW DATES: November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 2011



In this cheerily goofy spoof of all those gothic novels where the heroine is brought to the ancient manor by her handsome, brooding groom, new bride Daphne is brought to Brackenloch the day after her husband Jabez Thorngall lost his first bride to the family curse: any bride at Brackenloch Manor is doomed to die on her wedding day.


At the bottom of the bracken-fringed Scottish loch which gives the manor its name lurks "Bracky" who is not a monster to take lightly. The murder of Jabez's father six years earlier remains unsolved and family disappearances create further mysteries.


Also missing is the Strong Wong, a Hong Kong tong gong thong which used to hang above the crossed claymores above the fireplace. Potential suspects include the housekeeper, the maid, the sister, the cook, the handyman, the aunt, the sexy female neighbor, the cast off sweetheart of Jabez who thought she would be the new bride. Suspicion and danger are omnipresent, and you will love every minute of this thriller!




MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011, 7:00 P.M.


We will hold auditions for the third production of our 2011-2012 season, the John Patrick Shanley comedy "Four Dogs and a Bone," on Monday, September 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Director Todd Holtsberry (267-231-8394) seeks two women and two men for the January 2012 production.


SHOW DATES: January 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 2012



Brenda, a seemingly guileless young actress, takes a meeting with Bradley, a troubled, middle-aged producer, to discuss the film on which they are working. Brenda wants to be a star, she even chants for it! But Collette, the other actress in the film, is in her way, so Brenda must convince Bradley that the film is in serious trouble unless he makes certain changes, one of which is taking out Collette's part. Bradley, knowing full well that the film is seriously over budget, intimates that he will effect Brenda's suggestions if she can convince her stepbrother, a giant movie star, to make a cameo appearance in the film, guaranteeing more capitalization and the cachet of success.


Meanwhile, Collette has her own agenda: She knows she's not as young as she once was. She tries to convince Victor, the writer, to alter the film so she can be the heroine, or else, this, his first film, is destined to be lost in art houses or, worse, go directly to video. Victor, a na´ve young writer from Off-Off Broadway, doesn't know how to handle any of this, and his mother just died. He needs to mourn and to drink himself into a stupor before he changes his screenplay.


Later, in the make-up trailer, Brenda and Collette find out they've been trying to stab the other in the back which leads to the kind of cat fight only actresses do and culminates in a mock-bonding. All hell breaks loose in the final scene when Bradley and Victor confront one another over the state of the film and are interrupted by Brenda and Collette, and all the lies and backbiting are exposed as these four dogs go after their bone.




MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011, 7:00 P.M.


Auditions for the fourth production of our 2011-2012 season, the "film noir" comedy "Red Herring" by Michael Hollinger, will be held on Monday, November 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Director Ron Hill seeks three women and three men of varying ages for the March 2012 production.


SHOW DATES: March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2012



Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It's 1952: America's on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower's on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy's on Monday nights.


Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy's daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor — or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana. A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot.




MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2012, 7:00 P.M.


We will hold auditions for the fifth production of our 2011-2012 season, the Neil Simon classic comic drama "Biloxi Blues," on Monday, January 16, 2012, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Director Dave Ebersole seeks two women and six men for the May 2012 production.


SHOW DATES: May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 (Mother's Day), 18, 19, 2012



Tony Award winner for Best Play: 1985


The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy which began with "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and concluded with "Broadway Bound" (both previously produced at Colonial in 1994).


When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930's Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WWII, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.




MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, 7:00 P.M.


Auditions for the final production of our 2011-2012 season, the 12th annual "Colonial Quickies" summer short play festival, will be held on Monday, March 7, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Needed are approximately 20 women and men of varying ages for the June 2012 production.


Participants are asked to bring a 2-minute monologue.


SHOW DATES: June 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2012



Scripts to be Determined










Colonial Playhouse auditions consist of cold readings from the script, except where noted. All roles are open, but if pre-casting is done (at the discretion of the director), announcements will be made prior to the audition date. Callbacks will be held at the direction of the director, and will be announced the evening of the audition.


All auditions begin at 7:00 p.m. Please bring any scheduling conflicts to the audition.


Colonial Playhouse is located at Ridley and Magnolia Avenues in Aldan (522 West Magnolia Ave.), one block off of Oak Avenue and a five minute walk from the Primos station of SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn (formerly R3).


Colonial Playhouse is located at 522 West Magnolia Avenue, Aldan PA 19018 (near Ridley & Magnolia Aves.), one block off of Oak Avenue and a five minute walk from the Primos station of SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn rail line (formerly R3). Phone: (610) 622-5773.   Check our website under "Driving Directions."