Next Season

OUR 2020 – 2021 SEASON

(Subject to change)

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Summer 2019 Youth Theater

TBD

Director TBD

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

Auditions: TBD
Callbacks: TBD

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

Mainstage* Performance: TBD

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Fall 2020

Director Michelle Matthews

Email to: littlewomendirector@castawaystheatre.org

Auditions: TBD
Callbacks: TBD

The Story:
All the charm of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age 1869 novel. This delightful and intimate play will be a treat for mothers, daughters, and granddaughters. Little Women focuses on the four teenaged March sisters and their mother, Marmee, who live in a new neighborhood in Concord, Massachusetts in genteel poverty. Having lost all his money, their father is acting as a pastor, miles from home, involved in the American Civil War. The women face their first Christmas without him.

According to literary critic Sarah Elbert, when using the term “little women”, Alcott was drawing on its Dickensian meaning; it represented the period in a young woman’s life where childhood and elder childhood were “overlapping” with young womanhood. Each of the March sister heroines had a harrowing experience that alerted her and the reader that “childhood innocence” was of the past, and that “the inescapable woman problem” was all that remained. Other views suggest that the title was meant to highlight the unfair social inferiority, especially at that time, of women as compared to men, or, alternatively, describe the lives of simple people, “unimportant” in the social sense.

The Cast: 7 women, 3 men

WOMEN
Jo March: The second of the four sisters. A passionate and determined young author, struggling to find her place in the world.

Amy March: The youngest sister who yearns for a sophisticated life. Amy is the baby of the family and is used to getting her own way.

Meg March: The eldest and the most traditional of the sisters. Prim and proper, but romantic and sweet natured.

Beth March: The second youngest of the sisters. Timid and musical, Beth encourages and helps her sisters selflessly.

Marmee March:  As mother, Marmee is the backbone of the March family and manages to remain strong in spite of the difficulties she faces.

Hannah:  March’s long time housekeeper and dear friend.

Aunt March:  A formidable and haughty great-aunt to the March sisters, exasperated by Jo’s lack of propriety.

MEN
Theodore “Laurie” Laurence:  Lonely and charming boy next door who becomes firm friends with the March family.

Mr. March:  Father of the March girls, Mr. March is a kind, soft spoken family man who serves in the war as a Chaplain.

Mr. John Brooke:  Laurie’s tutor. A reserved and hard working young man who only shows his tender side when he falls in love with Meg.

Mainstage* Performances: TBD at 8:00 pm.
TBD at 2:00 pm.

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Winter 2020

 Director Cambrey Hameedi

Auditions: TBA
Callbacks: TBA

Email to: harveydirector@castawaystheatre.org

A three act comedy

The Story:
Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood). When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town in all of his sister’s social gatherings, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. Eventually, the mistake is realized, Veta is freed, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible his best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.

The Cast: 6 men, 5 women

MEN
Elwood P. Dowd: The central character of the play, a charming eccentric whose best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Elwood is well-mannered, friendly and kind. Veta’s younger brother. Aged 28-35. Major role.

William R. Chumley, M.D.: Chumley is an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Experimental Rest Home for the Mentally Askew. He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium and his own reputation as one of the most renowned psychitriats in the world, but his interaction with Elwood and Harvey reveal an unexpected vulnerability. Middle-aged. Major role.

Lyman Sanderson, M.D.: A young and highly qualified psychiatrist, handpicked by Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity. He is as infatuated with Nurse Kelly as she is with him, though he struggles not to let on. Aged 28-32. Major role.

Judge Omar Gaffney: An old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer…a little in love with Veta. Aged 50-70. Major role.

Duane Wilson: A brute of a man, the muscle of Chumley’s Rest Home, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily. Aged 18-25. Major role.

E.J. Lofgren: A cab driver whose monologue about his sanitarium passengers is crucial to the climax of the play. He has a single scene near the very end and would have a very limited rehearsal schedule. Featured role (one scene).

WOMEN
Myrtle Mae Simmons: Veta’s 10-year-old daughter (and Elwood’s niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry–a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered. Major role.

Veta Louise Simmons: Elwood’s sister, Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother and is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. She is concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves. She also loves her brother Elwood very much. This is the dynamic that drives the action of the play. Aged 37-40. Major role.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet: An old friend of the family. She is a leader of the town’s social circle that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into. Can be a scene stealer in the hands of the right actress. Aged 50-70. Featured role (one scene).

Betty Chumley: Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife. Aged 30-35. Featured role (one scene).

Ruth Kelly, R.N.: A pretty young woman who has a love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson. Aged 19-22. Major role.

Mainstage* Performances: TBD at 8:00 pm.
TBD at 2:00 pm.

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Spring 2021

Guys and Dolls

Director Zina Bleck

Email to: artisticdirector@castawaystheatre.org

Auditions: TBA
Callbacks: TBA

Mainstage* Performances: TBD at 8:00 pm.
TBD at 2:00 pm.

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

Date published: June 11, 2019