The 39 Steps (February 23,24,25, March 2,3,4 2018)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (April 20,21,22, 27,28,29 2018)

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (July 27,28,29, August 3,4,5,10,11,12 2018)

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Auditions: 39 Steps

Take a Hitchcock masterpiece, mix it with a juicy spy novel, and add a smidge of Monty Python and you’ll have The 39 Steps. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. Her murder sets off a nationwide manhunt. A mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail. For anyone who loves the magic of theatre, this two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs, zany characters, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

Book by John Buchan, Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Produced by Mark Humphrey
Directed by Justin Winters

SUMMARY

When: Monday and Tuesday, November 27 & 28, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise Street, Sterling, VA.

  • Casting for 6 roles: 3 female and 3 male
  • Ages 16 and up
  • Please prepare a 60-second monologue
  • If possible, bring a headshot (not required)

Performances will be February 23-25 and March 2-4, 2018 at the Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School. For more information, send an email to 39steps@sterlingplaymakers.com.

AUDITION STEPS

  • Complete your audition form and bring it with you to the audition. This helps us speed up the process!
  • You will be called into the audition room in numerical order where you will proceed to give your 60-second monologue.
  • Don’t forget to do your monologue in character!!! Some appropriate movement, gestures and facial expressions are expected. Play it up! Play to the casting staff!

REHEARSALS

Our first rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at Seneca Ridge Middle School, 98 Seneca Ridge Drive, Sterling, VA 20164. It is a mandatory rehearsal since we will be distributing the scripts plus filling out emergency forms, code of conduct forms, etc. We will also be doing a read-through of the script. Everyone who is cast is expected to be there.

Most of our rehearsals will take place at Seneca Ridge Middle School unless there is a conflict. Other places we may rehearse will be announced as needed.

All cast will be on call for all rehearsals. Tentative schedule:
Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 6-7 and Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 12-14.
Tuesdays-Thursdays, month of January
Mondays-Thursdays, month of February
Performances Fridays-Sundays, Feb. 23-25 and Mar. 2-4

AUDITION TIPS

Relax!!! We do not bite!
Project! We want to hear you.
Speak slowly and clearly!! We want to understand you.
Move around some and use gestures! We want to see a character.
Play it up! We want to know that you could reach a big audience.

 

Announcing our 2017-2018 Season!

What If… / What Then? A One-Act Festival

September 29 at 8pm & September 30 at 2pm and 8pm
Theatre at Sterling Middle School

Artistic Director: Bob Rosenberg

The plays (10-20 minutes each, original and unpublished) will be based on existing well-known plays, including some by Shakespeare, Beckett, and Chekhov. These one-acts either alter the endings of the original plays, or present sequels to them. Visit some old friends–with a twist.

Man of La Mancha

November 10-12 and 17-19, 2017
Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School

Written by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh and Lyrics by Joe Darion Original Production Staged by Albert Marre, Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
Directed by Kathleen Bleutge

Inspired by the masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the great theatre successes of our time. A powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking story is performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition and tells the poignant story a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion.  His “impossible dream” takes over his mind as he becomes Don Quixote De La Mancha and attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and pursue the lady Dulcinea.  The celebrated score which includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea,” will remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show.

The 39 Steps

February 23-25 and March 2-4, 2018
Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School

Book by John Buchan, Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Justin Winters

Take a Hitchcock masterpiece, mix it with a juicy spy novel, and add a smidge of Monty Python and you’ll have The 39 Steps. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy.  Her murder sets off a nationwide manhunt. A mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail. For anyone who loves the magic of theatre, this two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is a fast-paced whodunit packed with nonstop laughs, zany characters, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

April 20-22 and 27-29, 2018
Theatre at Seneca Ridge Middle School

Book by Ken Kesey, Adapted by Dale Wasserman
Directed by Scott J. Strasbaugh

A charming rogue schemes to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution to avoid prison work detail. Randle P. McMurphy is sent to the state mental hospital for evaluation where he encounters a motley crew of mostly voluntary inmates and clashes with the fierce head nurse. A boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel, McMurphy takes over the yard and rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. This insolence, which starts as sport, soon develops into a grim battle between the two unyielding opponents.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

July 27-29, August 3-5 and 10-12, 2018
Theatre at Potomac Falls High School

Book by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth, Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Directed by Scott Olson

“Be our guest” in the enchanted world of this Disney beloved musical. The classic “tale as old as time” features Belle, a peculiar girl, who lives in a world of her own, built mostly from her travels through books and her encounter with the Beast, a cold-hearted prince trapped under a spell. The castle’s charmed servants, living as household objects, anxiously watch as Belle and the Beast grow to understand and befriend one another. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he and his household will be returned to their former selves–but time is running out before the curse becomes permanent. The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved fairytale with such hits as “Something There,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” “Belle” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Other Events

Sterling Swordplayers

Sterling Swordplayers is the troop of sword-wielding performers who present stage combat performances for entertainment or historical recreation. These acts include sword fighting demonstrations, stage or outdoor shows with stage combat and sword fighting.  They also offer fight direction for Sterling Playmakers stage shows or Sterling Playmakers contracted shows. If you are interested in performing with or having the Sterling Swordplayers perform for your next event, please send an email to swordplayers@sterlingplaymakers.com.

On That Note

On That Note is Sterling Playmakers’ traveling Musical Revue Ensemble.  They are available for public and private performances, and enjoy performing in intimate settings as well as larger venues.  Show programs can be tailored to your venue. If you are interested in having On That Note perform at your next organization, church, business, or personal event, send an email to OTN@sterlingplaymakers.com. Visit www.sterlingplaymakers.com or www.facebook.com/SP.OnThatNote for more information about OTN.

WSPR

We’re Sterling Playmakers Radio! Yes, the Golden Age of Radio comes to life again with our readers’ theatre ensemble, presenting famous old-time radio shows (and more) with a full cast of energetic and talented voice-actors—Free! WSPR will perform a clever and exciting show for you at retirement communities, schools, libraries…wherever it’s best. Write to WSPR@sterlingplaymakers.com for information, choices, and dates!

One Act Festival

Sterling Playmakers is pleased to announce the “What If… / What Then?” One Act Festival!

The plays (10-20 minutes each, original and unpublished) are based on existing well-known plays, including some by Shakespeare, Beckett, and Chekhov. These one-acts either alter the endings of the original plays, or present sequels to them. Visit some old friends–with a twist.

Location:
The Theatre at Sterling Middle School
201 West Holly
Sterling, VA   20164

Times:
Friday September 29 at 8pm
Saturday September 30 at 2pm & 8pm
Tickets are only $10 and can be bought at http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com or at the door.

Below are brief synopses of each play being presented.

I Shot The Seagull  by Bob Rosenberg
Based on the play “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov (1895)
Directed by Meredith Solano

Masha finds being a character in Chekhov’s comedy to be boring, and tries to bring it to a happier conclusion. No actual seagulls are harmed, but we may get an idea of the seagull symbolism.

I am, R.U.?  by Mike Brennan
Based on the play  “R.U.R.”  By Karel Capek (1920)
Directed by Robyn Stafford

Alquist, the sole remaining human left on earth after a global robot revolution, works furiously in his lab with the help of two advanced robots to unlock the formula for their replication.

UH, HELLO  by Daniel Potter
Based on the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare (1601)
Directed by Sally Flores

Iago reveals that the chain of events that led to Othello killing Desdemona in a jealous rage were all part of a prank show called, Uh, Hello! , and the whole thing was orchestrated by the still alive Desdemona as a birthday present for Othello. All of the pranksters celebrate while Othello struggles to make sense of what happened. Still, tragedy is inevitable.

Working Stiff by Joe Campanella
Based on characters from the play “Dracula” by Hamilton Deane (1924), revised by John L. Balderston (1927).
Directed by Gregg W. Carter

In modern times, a well-worn Count Dracula visits an employment office, hoping to find a normal,everyday way of life.

Romeo & Juliet Are Dead  by Gregg W. Carter
Based on the play “Romeo & Juliet”  By William Shakespeare (1597)
Directed by Shanna Christian

Romeo and Juliet are dead. For now. Until the Apothecary comes to their final resting place and applies her foul potion to bring them back from the dead. Unfortunately their after-dead existence has some…side effects. Like accelerated decomposition. And a taste for human flesh. And they have an agenda. They want Mecurtio to be able enact his final words  “a plague on both your houses”  as revenge for their families trying to keep them apart. So they enlist the Apothecary to go to Mecurtio’s tomb to give him a potion to bring him back as an all-powerful Voodoo Priest. Can Friar Lawrence stop this thing that he started? Will the grief of the Capulets and Montagues be able to save them from themselves before the foul trio enact their diabolical plan?

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING KILL CLAUDIO By Megan Fraedrich
A sequel to “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare (1599)
Directed by Susan Kronenberg

While Much Ado About Nothing ended on a happy note, the villainous Don John has broken out of prison and is hungry for revenge. His plot: To kill Claudio and frame his brother Don Pedro for it so that he can steal his crown. Meanwhile, Messina is buzzing with romantic tension between at least two budding couples. Like all good Shakespeare comedies, there’s plenty of cross-dressing, shipwrecks, pirates, faked deaths, deus ex machinas, foolish watchmen, heroic couplets, and happy couples.

WHERE, OH WHERE IS GODOT? (AND OTHER QUESTIONS) By Mike Brennan
Based on the play “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett (1953)
Directed by Robyn Stafford

As their frustration in waiting for Godot reaches a breaking point, Vladimir and Estragon are visited by a mysterious stranger with unexpected answers to their questions.

Passion’s Slave By Jackie Pittman
Based on the play “Hamlet” By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bob Rosenberg

Horatio asks around the castle to try and figure out how to solve a problem like Prince Hamlet’s feigned madness.