Rising Stars Summer Camp

Deadline Extended Until June 1st! We have spots still available for camp and the deadline for registration has been extended to June 1st. Like our Facebook Page and/or join our Facebook Group More »

Man of La Mancha (November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 2017)

Performances: November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 2017 Location: Sterling Middle School Written by Dale Wasserman Music by Mitch Leigh Lyrics by Joe Darion Original Production Staged by Albert Marre Originally Produced More »

What If — ? / What Then? A One-Act Festival (Sep 29, 30, Oct 1 2017)

Performances: September 29, 30, & October 1, 2017 Location: Sterling Middle School Artistic Director: Bob Rosenberg Producer: Gregg W. Carter CALL FOR DIRECTORS September 29-October 1, Sterling Playmakers will present a One-Act festival More »

42nd Street (July 28,29,30, August 4,5,6,11,12,13 2017)

Performances: July 28-30, August 4-6 and 11-13, 2017 Location: Theatre at Potomac Falls High School Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble Music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Al Dubin Directed More »

Witness for the Prosecution (April 21,22,23,28,29,30 2017)

Performances: April 21,22,23,28,29,30 2017 Location: Seneca Ridge Middle School Produced by Andrew Lee Directed by Jen Lofquist Agatha Christie is at her http://medicines4all.com web-spinning best in this classic whodunit in three acts. Leonard More »

Now Accepting Director Applications for our 22nd Season

Have you always wanted to direct a show? Just fill out the Director Application 2018 – Updated, and mail it or email it to the address on the application by MAY 21, 2017.

The 39 Steps (Comedy/Farce) February 23, 24, 25 & March 2, 3, 4 (2018) – Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Drama) April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 (2018) -A charming rogue contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake.

Beauty and the Beast (Musical) July 27, 28, 29 & August 3, 4, 5,10, 11, 12 (2018) – The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress, as told by Disney.

Eerie Evenings in the Park (Scenes/One Acts) October 19, 20, 21 (2018) – Director’s choice of a spooky-themed collection of short scenes from the public domain, designed to be a family- friendly autumn/Halloween-themed evening of classic theatre.

Little Shop of Horrors (Musical) November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (2018) -Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

Applications will also be accepted to direct Sterling Swordplayers, On That Note, and WSPR (We’re Sterling Playmakers Radio).

Not sure? A little nervous? Got questions? The Board is here to assist and support you with directing, staffing, technical issues, and all things theater! Email us with any questions about the season, the application, or what to do! You’ll also find more details and contact information on the application itself.

NOTE: If chosen to direct, you will need to become a member of the Sterling Playmakers for the season in which your show performs. Membership is just $20 per year for your entire household.

Witness for the Prosecution

Missing Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” Would Be Murder.

When you sit down to enjoy an Agatha Christie story, you can be certain of two things. First, there’s been a murder. Second, there’s a twist you’ll never see coming.

The Sterling Playmakers will be bringing this courtroom drama to the stage in April, complete with all the surprises a master of mystery can provide.

From the mind of the preeminent mistress of mystery, “Witness for the Prosecution” follows one of London’s finest defense attorneys as he works to prove the innocence of a client when all the evidence appears to be against him. As always with Agatha Christie, there’s a twist. This time it takes the form of a surprise witness from the prosecution.

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, “Witness for the Prosecution” is directed by Jen Lofquist and produced by Andrew Lee.

Performances:

April 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 8 p.m.
April 23 & 30 at 2 p.m.
Seneca Ridge Middle School
98 Seneca Ridge Drive, Sterling, VA

Tickets are $15, available at the door or here online.

The April 22 performance will include sign language interpreters from HIS Sign.

There will be a special talk-back discussion after the performance on April 23 with a representative from the Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and mystery author Josh Pachter.

At the Saturday, April 29, show, attendees will be given $1 off admission when they bring in nonperishable food donations (such as shelf stable milk, juice boxes, instant oatmeal packets, ramen cup-o-noodles, granola bars, and mac n’ cheese single serving cups) for Backpack Buddies–a local program that provides weekend meal packs to school children who receive free or reduced lunches. Learn more at www.stmatthewssterling.org/backpack-buddies.

Auditions for “42nd Street”

The Sterling Playmakers is pleased to announce auditions for our summer musical, “42nd Street.” Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on May 4-5 and from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 6. Callbacks are by invitation only, May 7.

Auditions and callbacks will be held at Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA, 20165.

Performances will be held July 28-30, August 4-6 and August 11-13 at Potomac Falls High School.

What will auditions consist of?
We will be bringing in groups of eight at a time to audition. The music and acting part of the audition will consist of:

  • A group sing of “Lullaby of Broadway”
  • A individual song audition with a song selected for the character you’re most interested in (see below).
  • A short dialogue scene selected by you
  • A short dialogue scene selected by another member of the audition group

Individual audition songs differ by character. The audition will only require an excerpt from the song. Dialogue scenes will be available for review prior to the audition slots. We recommend reviewing the audition songs beforehand so you get the hang of them. There are numerous versions available on YouTube.

Dorothy: “A Quarter to Nine”
Peggy: “Young and Healthy”
Billy: “Dames”
Annie, Maggie, Phyllis: “Go Into Your Dance”
Andy, Bert, Julian, Mac, Pat, Ensemble and Stage Crew: “Lullaby of Broadway”

Callbacks will include other character songs from the show.

After that, the group will be sent to a separate room for a dance audition. Our choreographer will teach you a simple dance routine and then have you perform it.

What roles are available to try out for?
All roles are available and open for casting. A list of the roles and the requirements of each part is available HERE.

Do I need to bring anything?
Headshots and performance resumes are optional. Audition forms will be available on the day, but if you’d like to fill it out now and bring it to auditions, the file is HERE.

Great, how do I sign up?
Just walking into auditions is fine. Audition groups will start on the hour and half-hour, so plan to arrive a few minutes early. However, if you’d like to sign up for a specific time, please sign up using Sign-Up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c48aca72fa2ff2-42nd.

What about roles for kids?
“42nd Street” does not traditionally have roles for kids in the show. Auditioners should at least appear high school age. However, because part of the Playmakers’ mission is to provide performance opportunities for all ages, we will be adding a children’s chorus to perform before the show and during intermission. Auditions for the this group will be held later in the month. For additional details, email 42ndstreet@sterlingplaymakers.com.

But, I’m not really a dancer…
Come audition anyway. As with any summer musical, there will be performers of all different skill levels. We plan on a lot of rehearsal time to ensure that everyone looks good. There are also some roles that require limited dance work.

What’s the time commitment for the summer musical?
You can download a draft version of the rehearsal schedule HERE. Please review when filling out the audition form and figuring out your conflict dates.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at auditions and hope that you’re as excited as we are. If you have any more questions, please contact 42ndstreet@sterlingplaymakers.com.