September 7 – September 9, 2018
The Walpole Footlighters kick off their 94th season with Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel. Proceeds will go towards the Walpole Footlighters scholarship fund for Walpole High School. Marianne Phinney portrays the sassy Ivins, directed by Peter Bradley. After each performance, there will be a follow up conversation with Ms. Phinney and Mr. Bradley.
Red Hot Patriot is based on the writings and speeches of Molly Ivins, a nationally syndicated political columnist and humorist. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government as well as of her native state of Texas. Raised in Houston, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University School of Journalism. She worked at the Houston Chronicle and the Minneapolis Tribune before joining the Texas Observer, a political magazine devoted to Texas politics and social issues. In 1976, she moved to the New York Times, where she was ultimately named Chief (and only employee) of the Times’ Rocky Mountain Bureau. She returned to Texas in 1982, writing for the Dallas Times-Herald and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram before becoming an independent journalist in 2001. Ivins wrote eight best-selling books, including Who Let the Dogs In? Incredible Political Animals I Have Known.
She became one of the world's Leading Authorities on George W. Bush entirely by accident. She had known him since they were in high school, and as Sir Edmund Hillary said of Mount Everest - he was there. Ivins counted as her highest honors that the Minneapolis police force named its mascot pig after her, and that she was once banned from the campus of Texas A&M (http://www.creators.com/author/molly-ivins).
Molly Ivins quotations are legend. About her home state, she said, “Good thing we've still got politics in Texas - finest form of free entertainment ever invented.” Her comment about a Texas legislator, “If his IQ gets any lower, we’ll have to water him twice a day” led to the title of her first book, Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?
Performances are at the Walpole Footlighters Playhouse at 2 Scout Road in East Walpole on September 7 and 8 at 8:00 pm and September 9 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and all seats are reserved. Discounts are available for students and for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 508-668-8446 or purchase online at www.footlighters.com.
This production is sponsored in part by the Walpole Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Steve Small at 508-668-8446 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce the cast of Flemming (An American Thriller), directed by Paul Campbell:
Henry Flemming - Gary Mlinac
Karen Flemming - Diana Doyle
Stan Spencer - Jim Cannizzaro
Suzy Spencer - Ann Marie Weaver
Walter Larsen - Bob Maibor
Lieutenant Davis - Tanner Tillotsen
Vito Mardigian - Mike Long
Miss Havenhurst - Leanne Law
Congratulations to the cast and thank you to all who auditioned!
On June 23rd at 7:00pm, the Walpole Footlighters will present a staged reading of a new play written by one of our members, Paul Marsh, entitled The Waiting Room. It is FREE and open. There will be a feedback session at the end of the performance followed by a light reception in the lobby.
It is Super Bowl Sunday and the attendants in the Goldstein Waiting Room at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston assume they are in for a quiet evening of rooting for the Patriots. But when the Blooms arrive, waiting for George’s emergency surgery to be complete, followed shortly by The Waiting Room’s donor and his pregnant movie star wife, all hope of a relaxing night watching football is lost. Throw in a clueless security guard, an overworked ER doctor, and a drug seeking burglar, and the night turns downright chaotic. Through it all, the characters will learn that there is a time to wait patiently, a time to stop waiting and take action, and that sometimes what you are waiting for has been with you all along.
The cast of The Waiting Room
Chris Maryanne Truax
Tommy Sam Vestey
Bill Paul Healy
Rebecca Emily Murray
Florence Barbara Schapiro
Eugene Ted Zayka
Sadie Gabrielle Jaques
Quincy Dan Kirichok
Burglar Andrew Bradley
Narrator Kevin Lowney
The Walpole Footlighters is pleased to announce the cast for our next production, Lucky Stiff.
Harry Witherspoon: Francis Sheehan
Tony Hendon: Ben Medeiros
Annabel Glick: Emily Loflin Murray
Rita La Porta: Elaine Sheffield Bono
Vincent De Ruzzio: Gary Ciambrone
Luigi Gaudi: Robert Grady
Dominique Du Monaco: Caroline Phinney
Ensemble: Michael Allison, George Motley, Caroline Phinney, Juliana Small
Thank you to all who auditioned!
The Walpole Footlighters is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 season! We will kick off the season in September with a special event, Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, directed by Peter Bradley. Red Hot Patriot tells the story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the "good ol' boys" with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin sisters, themselves longtime journalists, the play celebrates Ivins' courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go to the Footlighters Scholarship Fund.
The official season opens in October with Flemming (An American Thriller) by Sam Bobrick, directed by Paul Campbell. Bored by his privileged, but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife, Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn't be happier. Henry is convinced he's found his life's work and Westport, Connecticut is safer for it. The play is a spoof of thrillers from the 1940's and 50's.
Our season continues with The Mystery of Miz Arnette by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards, directed by Marianne Phinney. The Mystery of Miz Arnette is set in Oklahoma's devastating Dust Bowl. The time is 1934, when Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd along with their gangs roamed the territory. Out of the desolate nowhere arrives Miz Arnette to rent the room that had been advertised and leased four months ago. With the family farm at stake and desperate for the additional income, young Floy Kate strikes a deal and takes in the intriguing stranger that would forever change her life.
We end the season with the Drama Desk nominee Adrift in Macao with book and lyrics by Christopher Durang and music by Peter Melnick, directed by Jonah LeDoux. Set in 1952 in Macao, China, Adrift in Macao is a loving parody of film noir movies. Everyone that comes to Macao is waiting for something, and though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out. The characters include standards like Laureena, the curvaceous blonde, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner on her first night in town. She ends up getting a job singing in his night club – perhaps for no reason other than the fact that she looks great in a slinky dress. And don't forget about Mitch, the American who has just been framed for murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin. With songs and quips, puns and farcical shenanigans, this musical parody is bound to please audiences of all ages.
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The Walpole Footlighters Playhouse at 2 Scout Road in East Walpole, MA is seeking directors for our upcoming 2018 – 2019 season. Our comedy, FLEMMING (An American Thriller), by Sam Bobrick, will open in October, 2018, followed by our drama/mystery, THE MYSTERY OF MIZ ARNETTE, by Alan Bailey & Ronnie Claire Edwards, which will open in February, 2019. Our musical comedy, ADRIFT IN MACAO, by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick, will be our May production.
The following is a synopsis of each show, as found on the Samuel French website.
FLEMMING (An American Thriller): By Sam Bobrick, is a full length (90 minutes), dark comedy, mystery/thriller, spoof that takes place in present day. Bored by his privileged, but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. On his very first case, and to the horror of his wife Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan, the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn’t be happier. Henry is convinced he’s found his life’s work and Westport Connecticut is safer for it. This play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940’s and 50’s.
THE MYSTERY OF MIZ ARNETTE: By Alan Bailey & Ronnie Claire Edwards, is a full length (90 minutes) dramatic comedy whose time period is the 1930’s in Oklahoma’s devastating Dust Bowl. The set is a farmhouse kitchen in Hardesty, Oklahoma. The time is 1934 when Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd along with their gangs roamed the territory. Out of the desolate nowhere arrives Miz Arnette to rent the room that had been advertised and leased four months ago. With the family farm at stake and desperate for the additional income, young Floy Kate strikes a deal and takes in the intriguing stranger that would forever change her life.
ADRIFT IN MACAO: By Christopher Durang & Peter Melnick, is a full length (90 minutes) musical comedy, spoof that takes place in 1952 Macao, China. This is a loving parody of film noir movies. Everyone that comes to Macao is waiting for something, and though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out. The characters include your film noir standards, like Laureena, the curvaceous blonde, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner her first night in town. She ends up getting a job singing in his night club – perhaps for no reason other than the fact that she looks great in a slinky dress. And don’t forget about Mitch, the American who has just been framed for the murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin.
If you are interested in directing for our 2018 – 2019 season, please send your resume to Christine Grudinskas at email@example.com. The Play Reading Committee will be conducting interviews in January, 2018.
Auditions for Lucky Stiff with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, will be Sunday, January 14th at 3 PM at Walpole Footlighters, 2 Scout Rd, East Walpole, MA. Audition slots are 3-4:30 or 4:30-6. Please sign up for a 90-minute slot by e-mailing Peter McElhinney, Assistant Director/Stage Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Callbacks (only if necessary) will be Monday, January 15th at 7 PM.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals to begin in February. They will be Tuesday and Thursday nights; Sunday afternoons (pending final cast availability)
Performances: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm; May 6, 20 at 2:00 pm
Director - Dan Delaporta
Assistant Director/Stage Manager - Peter McElhinney
Music Director - Dan Moore
Choreographer - Lisa Kelleher
About the show
Looking for a versatile comedic ensemble cast who can have a blast creating a musical farce. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, think “Weekend at Bernie’s” – the musical. The score is fantastic and it’s the first produced show from the Tony Award-winning writing team (Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's) behind Ragtime, Seussical, Once on this Island, and most recently Anastasia. There’s plenty of content from show out there on YouTube.
Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle's gun-toting ex!
If you want to learn more about the show or have any questions, please contact the director Dan Delaporta (email@example.com).
All age ranges approximate – it’s all about if you can believably play that range (with costumes and make up)
HARRY WITHERSPOON - A shy, sweet, earnest, insecure, but ultimately charming shoe salesman from England. He likes to play it safe, feels incapable of taking risks, and steps outside of his comfort zone to head to Monte Carlo to honor his uncle’s last wishes (and potentially inherit $6 million). Male, British accent, 20s-40s; Range: Bb2 - F#4
ANNABEL GLICK - A no-nonsense representative for the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. She is a proactive citizen with what seems to an overly attentive, semi-aggressive personality (but it comes from passion for the cause, so she’s still likeable - think Sarah in Guys & Dolls). She becomes the unexpected love interest of Harry Witherspoon. Female, 20s-40s; Range: F#3 - E5
DOMINIQUE DU MONACO - A seductive French nightclub singer in Monte Carlo with a memorable dance number. Will also play Spinster, Southern Lady #2, and Dancing Roulette Wheel. Female, 20s-30s .
LUIGI GAUDI / VOICE OF TONY HENDON (on tape) - Luigi is a mysterious, boisterous Italian tourist in Monte Carlo who wears a beard and an eye patch. Tony is Rita's lover from New Jersey. Male, 30s-50s. Range: B2 - F#4
RITA LA PORTA - Vinnie's high-strung sister with poor eyesight. Impulsive, loud, erratic. Think Karen from Will & Grace or Fran Drescher in The Nanny as potential examples of where to take role with character voice. Female, 30s-40s. Range: F#3 - D5
VINNIE DI RUZZIO - Rita's neurotic and mild-mannered brother who is dragged into her mess and is forced to travel to Monte Carlo. He is an optometrist with predictably conservative tendencies. Gets an amazing comedic solo! Male, 30s –40s; Range: A#2 - F#4
THE BODY OF UNCLE ANTHONY – The dead guy, who has been preserved. Think Bernie in Weekend at Bernie’s. The body of a man believed to be "Uncle Anthony," who Harry brings with him on a very special trip. Potential for hilarious physical comedy by playing dead in wheelchair throughout show. Male, late 40s-60s; Non-Speaking Role (so huge plus - no lines to learn!)
Not your typical show, and not your typical ensemble roles! A huge opportunity to cast strong triple threat character actors to create multiple different quirky and hilarious characters – when else will you get to play so many different types of characters in the same show? Casting at least 2 men and 1 woman.
MAN 1 - Surly Lorry Driver, Solicitor, Prosperous Man on Train, Clothing Salesman, French Emcee, Croupier, Nun, Old Texan; age range flexible
MAN 2 - Offstage Telegram Deliverer, Vicious Punk, Mr. Loomis the Eye Patient, French Waiter on Train, Stationmaster's Voice (taped), Bellhop, French Waiter in Club, Dapper Gambler, Leper; age range flexible
WOMAN 1 - Landlady, Miss Thorsby the Secretary, Puerto Rican Nurse, Southern Lady #1, French Airline Voice (taped), Drunken Maid; age range flexible
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce the cast of Radium Girls by D. W. Gregory:
Ashley Harmon: Grace Fryer
Finley Smith: Kathryn Schaub, Society woman, Harriet, Shopgirl, Board Member #1
Cynthia Small: Irene, Miss Wiley, Board Member #2, Mrs. Michaels
Ninette Cummings: Sob Sister, MacNeil, Clerk, Mrs. Fryer, Elderly Widow
Shelley Wood: Mrs. Roeder, Mme Curie, Customer, Board Member #3
Mark Adams: Arthur Roeder
Woody Farrick: Lee, Bailey, Drinker, Lovesick Cowboy, Male Shopper, Court
Paul Campbell: Berry, Martland, Flinn, Store Owner
Joe Rich: Tom, Reporter, Knef, Venecine Salesman
George Motley: Markley, Von Sochocky, Photographer
Thank you to all who auditioned!
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The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce auditions for their winter production of Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, directed by Marianne Phinney, on Sunday and Monday, October 22 and 23, at 7:30 PM at the Footlighters Playhouse, 2 Scout Road, East Walpole, Mass. Callbacks, if needed, will be on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 PM.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Show dates are February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8:00 PM and February 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Sundays, Tuesday, and Thursdays.
The cast calls for 4 to 5 men and 5 women. Additional actors may be cast as appropriate.
Go to Signup Genius to select an audition time: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4CAEA729AB9-auditions
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or to director Marianne Phinney at email@example.com.
The main characters are:
Grace Fryer, a dial painter. Age 15 at the start of the play, 26 at the close
Katheryn Schaub, a dial painter, Grace Fryer’s friend
Irene Rudolph, Katheryn’s cousin
Sob Sister (Nancy Jane Harlan), a tabloid reporter for the New York Graphic
Katherine Wiley, executive director, New York Consumer’s League
Arthur Roeder, President of the U.S. Radium Corporation
C.B. “Charlie” Lee, Vice president, later President of U.S. Radium Corp
Tom Kreider, Grace’s boyfriend
Edward Markley, Counsel for U.S. Radium Corporation
Dr. Von Sochocky, founder of U.S. Radium Corporation, inventor of luminous paint
All actors except those playing Grace Fryer and Arthur Roeder will play multiple roles and members of the public.