Current Season

There are an infinite number of  ways to be moved in the theater.
  Martha Plimpton

OUR 2019 – 2020 SEASON

(Dates subject to change)

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Summer 2019 Youth Theater

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by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Director Jennifer Hargis

Email to: youthdirector@castawaystheatre.org to request an audition slot.

The play is cast

Notice: This production rehearses during the day and within the school year. We  therefore cast homeschooling students, aged 10+.

For more information, visit http://www.homeschooltheatretroupe.com

Summary:
Alone in a new country, well-to-do Sara Crewe tries to fit in at boarding school despite a strict headmistress and some less than welcoming students. When Sara learns that she’ll never see her beloved papa again, her life is turned upside down. Sara trades luxury for servitude at the school and learns some important life lessons along the way. A favorite children’s classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Mainstage* Performance: June 14, 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm.
June 15 at 2:00 pm.

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Fall 2019

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Email to: niledirector@castawaystheatre.org

The play is cast

Mainstage* Performances: Sep 27, 28, and Oct 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 pm.
Sep 29, and O
ct 6, 13 at 2:00 pm.

Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle-wheel steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940’s Egypt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn, board the ship on their honeymoon. On board is Canon Pennefather, Kay’s guardian, and Simon’s former lover, Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. Also on the boat are a rich, ill tempered old woman with her niece and companion, a rather direct young man, Kay’s maid, and a  doctor who nurses a grudge against Kay’s father, all with a reason to kill, adding to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. You probably won’t figure out whodunit before it’s revealed, though no doubt you will think you have it figured out.

Characters:
1st and 2nd Beadsellers, pesky peddlers trying to get a buck
Kay Ridgeway-Mostyn, the “richest girl in England”
Louise, Kay’s maid
Simon Mostyn, Kay’s penniless husband
Canon Ambrose Pennefather, Kay’s uncle and guardian
Jacqueline de Severac, Kay’s ex-best friend and Simon’s ex-fiancée
Helen Ffoliot-ffoulkes, a wealthy snob
Christina Grant, Helen’s niece
Dr. Bessner, a doctor from a country ruined by Kay’s father
William Smith, a wise-cracking “kid”
McNaught, the Lotus’s captain
Steward, the head waiter

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Winter 2020

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 Director Sallie Willows

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a séance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Auditions: Thurs Nov 7th, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Sat Nov 9th, 10:30 am  – 2:30 pm.
Callbacks: Tues Nov 12th, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Auditions will be at the Ferlazzo Building and consist of cold readings from the script. All ethnicities are welcome.

Andrew Rally (Lead): Male, 23-33; A young actor just back to New York from California after coming off of a leading role in a hot television show that’s left his career in a lull; now cast as Hamlet, Andrew must (reluctantly) navigate the challenges of taking on the greatest of roles while also wooing his romantic life out of limbo…all with a little supernatural help.

John Barrymore (Lead): Male, 40-60; The ghost of the famous actor, returned to help Andrew prepare for the role of Hamlet; a gleeful, grandiose, lusty, witty, and wise Shakespearean actor; a larger-than-life yet still profoundly true encapsulation of the theater, but not without his demons.

Deidre McDavey (Supporting): Female, 22-31; Andrew’s girlfriend and an actress; beautiful and youthful for her age; she’s hopelessly romantic, bright-eyed and full of wonder, and maybe a bit naive; she absolutely believes love is as incredible as it’s supposed to be, and as a result she’s a twenty-nine-year-old virgin saving herself until she’s completely sure everything’s right — much to Andrew’s chagrin.

Gary Peter Lefkowitz (Supporting): Male, 28-38; A writer-producer-director from L.A.; Andrew’s friend and his director from his hit TV show; not one for high art, Gary is much more concerned with “the biz” and making money than he is with anything else; he is proud and fast-paced; he doesn’t really understand why anyone would do Shakespeare, especially not when there’s a new TV show waiting to be made.

Felicia Dantine (Supporting): Female, 26-46; Andrew’s confident and savvy real-estate broker; a smart businesswoman who also professes to be a psychic medium, and is a bit of a weirdo.

Lillian Troy (Supporting): Female, 70-85; Andrew’s agent; a senior German woman, possibly with serious respiratory health concerns; decades ago she had a fling with Barrymore in the apartment in which Andrew now lives; German-American accent is optional for performance, but not auditions.

All roles will be cast without regard to race or ethnicity.

Audition Requirements:

* Please bring a resume/list of your theater history; we will be taking a photo of you during the audition for name/face recognition only.

* A monologue will not be required.

* The director will have actors read from the script. Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.

Any questions, contact the director by email to: ihatehamletdirector@castawaystheatre.org

Mainstage* Performances: Jan 17, 18, 24, 25,31, and Feb 1 at 8:00 pm.
Jan 19 and Feb 2 at 2:00 pm.

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Mid-Winter 2020 Youth Theater

Director Jennifer Hargis

Email to: youthdirector@castawaystheatre.org to request an audition slot.

Notice: This production rehearses during the day and within the school year. We  therefore cast homeschooling students, aged 10+.

For more information, visit http://www.homeschooltheatretroupe.com

Auditions: Jan 21, 2020 9:30 – 2 pm.
Callbacks: Jan 23, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

Mainstage* Performances:  Mar 27, 28, and Apr 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm.
Apr 4,  at 2:00 pm. 

Thomas “Tom” Sawyer, based on the young Samuel Clemens, is a cunning and playful boy of about 12 years of age, and the protagonist of the story. His best friends include Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn. He has a half-brother, Sid Sawyer, a cousin, Mary, and an Aunt Polly, the sister of his dead mother. He lives with them in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Also, he has another aunt, Sally Phelps, who lives considerably farther down the Mississippi River, in the town of Pikesville. Tom loves to go on adventures and wants to become an Indian pirate. He fell in love with his classmate Becky Thatcher and was once “engaged” to Amy Lawrence. Tom is imaginative and obsessed with stories. Despite his mischief, Tom is good-hearted and has an active moral code as well.

Character list (subject to revision):
Tom Sawyer – 14-year-old, in love with Becky
Huckleberry Finn – A Charming Renegade, son of the town drunk and Tom’s best friend
Aunt Polly – Tom’s kind but stern aunt
Becky Thatcher – Tom’s girlfriend
Amy Lawrence – In love with Tom, Tom’s former girlfriend
Injun Joe – The villain
Mr. Dobbins – The school teacher
Muff Potter – A local vagrant
Pap – The town drunk, and Huck’s father
Sid Sawyer – Tom’s half-brother. An insufferable goody-goody tattletale
Alfred Temple- friend of Tom’s
Benjamin Rogers – Joe Harper’s best friend
Doc Robinson- The man murdered by Injun Joe
Joe Harper – Tom’s second best friend, and best friend of Benjamin Rogers
Judge Thatcher – Becky Thatcher’s father, an old judge who just moved to Missouri
Widow Douglas – A kind, old woman who teaches Huck how to read
Alfred Temple- friend of Tom’s
Benjamin Rogers – Joe Harper’s best friend
Gideon Wain- Muff Potters’s lawyer
George Bellamy
Reverend Sprague
Mayor Lanyard Bellamy
Ben (Benjamin) Rogers
The Ragged Man
Suzie Rogers
Lucy Harper
Jim Hollis
Lyle Peters
Jim

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Spring 2020

Roger and Hammerstein’s

CINDERELLA

Director Zina Bleck

Email to: artisticdirector@castawaystheatre.org

 Auditions: Thu Feb 6, 6:30-10:30 pm; Sat Feb 8, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Callbacks: Mon Feb 10, 6:30 – 10:00 pm.

Mainstage* Performances: May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8:00 pm.
May 2, 10, 16, and 24 at 2:00 pm.

* the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191

Date published: October 16, 2019