The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce open auditions for The Humans by Stephen Karam, on Sunday, June 5 and Monday, June 6 at 7:00 pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm. Please download and complete the audition form at https://bit.ly/3BmM4Xs.
Performance dates are October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, November 5 and 6. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00, matinees start at 2:00.
Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, July 31st and will be on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. This is a non-union production and there is no pay for actors.
If you have any questions or can’t make the audition dates, please contact the director at email@example.com to make other arrangements.
The Humans is a one-act drama that has a multi-generational family coming together on Thanksgiving in Brigid and Richard’s run-down New York City Chinatown apartment. The daughter and fiancé host the holiday. Aimee, Brigid’s lesbian lawyer sister, comes over for dinner as well as their working-class, religious parents and grandmother who travel in from Scranton, PA. The engaged couple has recently moved in, the sister has recently gone through a traumatic break-up, and the parents go back and forth almost the entire length of the play debating about when and how to inform the girls of something unknown to the audience. Momo, the wheel-chair-bound grandmother with Alzheimer’s spends her time in and out, but mostly out of, conscious thought. The play reminds us that all families have their own dramas and even though they are surrounded by and in love, the real-life events, like illness and poverty, can take control over emotions and test a family’s strength.
ERIK BLAKE – 60; All Ethnicities
Irish-American. Catholic, working-class background from Scranton, PA. Has been head of maintenance at a high school for 28 years; loves his family and has worked hard all his life; has very recently been fired from his job because he was discovered having an affair with a teacher at the school; he is trying to remain stalwart in the face of having lost his job, his pension, his life savings, and his self-worth. The rug has been pulled out from under him. He is struggling to make sense of his life and the world.
DEIRDRE BLAKE – 61; All Ethnicities
Irish-American. Working-class background from Scranton, PA. Overweight. Her Catholic beliefs have sustained her entire life, especially through her husband's recent infidelity and the subsequent economic catastrophe to the two of them that it produced; she's found a way to forgive her husband for his transgression; she is both a pragmatist and a romantic; she has worked for the same company since graduating from high school.
BRIGID BLAKE – 26; All Ethnicities
Irish-American, born in Scranton, PA. The youngest of two daughters; she currently lives in NYC; a musician and composer with an artistic (mercurial) nature and frustrated that she is bartending and collecting unemployment and not able to pursue her career; a bit spoiled, upbeat most of the time, and full of energy; she loves her parents but is embarrassed by their provincialism now that's she's become a big-city dweller; in spite of that, she still seeks their approval and wants them to love her new apartment and her boyfriend.
AIMEE BLAKE – 34; All ethnicities
Irish-American. Grew up in Scranton, PA. Is now a lawyer, working for a large corporate firm in Philadelphia and makes a good living; possibly a little overweight; she has recently broken up with her longtime girlfriend and is heartbroken; she also suffers from ulcerative colitis which causes her constant discomfort and has to have major surgery soon; she is the eldest of two girls; gentle and sensitive but strong; by nature, and perhaps because she has learned to be, the more even-keeled of the two sisters, often playing peacemaker in the family.
RICHARD – 38; American with Middle Eastern (Arabic) ancestry.
Comes from privilege and money; in a few years he will come into a trust fund; probably from the Boston area; his family also has a house on Cape Cod; he is currently studying to get his masters in social work (his mother has a private practice as a therapist); bright, tries to stay upbeat and positive, and is very sensitive to the Blakes' complicated family dynamics. He tries to keep things running smoothly during this holiday dinner; suffers from depression and apparently had a breakdown a number of years ago; he's willing to reveal that to Brigid's parents, as he feels he's moved on in his life.
MOMO – 79; All Ethnicities
Erik's mother; Irish-American Catholic. In the throes of dementia for the past four years; most of her speech doesn't make sense and is repetitive, although her gibberish may be related to what she senses is going on around her; occasionally prone to wild outbursts of rage; much beloved by all members of the family for the loving person she once was.
For auditions, please bring a headshot and resume. Please download and complete our audition form or come prepared to fill out the form before the audition starts, including scheduling conflicts.
Please come prepared with a 1-2 Minute contemporary Monologue. It is preferred that it be memorized. If you do not have a monologue prepared, there will be a side at auditions available for you.
Callbacks (if needed) will consist of working with your audition monologue and cold readings from the script.
All auditioners must be fully vaccinated and masks will be required in the Playhouse unless you are on stage auditioning.
The Walpole Footlighters seeks submissions for directors for our 2022-2023 season.
By Stephen Karam
Performance Dates: October 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, November 4, 5, & 6 – 2022
A Comedy of Tenors
By Ken Ludwig
Performance Dates: February 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19 – 2023
By John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick
Performance Dates: May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, & 21 – 2023
Interested directors should submit their resumes and written show proposals to the Play Reading Committee Chair by January 17, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be scheduled for late January.
We look forward to hearing director proposals for each of these exciting shows. We encourage all who would like to direct to apply and join the Walpole Footlighters in putting together this fabulous season.
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce the cast for Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, directed by Vito Abate.
Sylvia - Shanel Sparr
Greg - Mark Adams
Kate - Diana Doyle
Tom/Phyllis/Leslie - Dori Bryan Ployer
Mark Adams last appeared in the Footlighters production of Open House. Diana Doyle appeared in The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play. Shanel Sparr and Dori Bryan Ployer are making their Walpole Footlighters debuts.
Thank you to all who auditioned!
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce open auditions for Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, directed by Vito Abate, on Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. Callbacks will take place as needed on Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Depending on the role(s), you will also be asked to sing. Actors should bring a headshot or a current photo and a resumé and a list of all conflicts from August 26 through Nov 21. Performance dates are November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm and November 14 and 21 at 2:00 pm.
Because some actors will be auditioning for 3 and 4 roles, a small group will be put together to start and then others will come and go into the mix based on attendance. Everyone will be seated in the theater and have the opportunity to read for their role(s) and may have additional chances to read. When you check in please let them know if you have a time constraint and we will do our best to get you out by that time.
All auditions and performances take place at the Footlighters Playhouse at 2 Scout Road, East Walpole, MA. All roles are available and open to all. Rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning in late August with additional rehearsals added if needed. If you have any questions, or are interested but unavailable during the scheduled times, please email WalpoleSylvia@gmail.com.
Vito Abate is an award-winning actor/director/producer who recently relocated to the greater Boston area. Sylvia marks his Walpole Footlighters debut.
A.R. Gurney has written numerous plays including The Dining Room and Love Letters. Sylvia opened Off-Broadway in 1995 and ran for 167 performances and was revived on Broadway in 2015 for a limited run. It has been produced in regional and community theatres around the country and “from France to China.”
The characters are listed on our web site at https://www.footlighters.com/auditions.html, where you can also download an audition form.
At the 2021 annual meeting on June 9, the Walpole Footlighters elected members of the Board of Directors for 2021-2022.
President: Kathleen Hardigan
Vice President: Meg Culkeen
Treasurer: Marianne Phinney
Secretary: Linda Berman
Publications: Lisa Cyr
Publicity: Steve Small
Social Media: Rachael Rabinovitz
Member At Large: Ashley Harmon
Three new members were elected to the Play Reading Committee for two year terms:
William “Woody” Farrick
The position of House Manager is currently vacant. The Chair of the Play Reading Committee will be elected by the members of the PRC to represent the committee on the Board.
2021 Scholarship Winners Announced
After review of the applications submitted for the Walpole Footlighters' Scholarship, the Board of Directors decided to grant not one, not two, but THREE scholarships this year! Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship recipients!
Mahoney Cyr, Millis High School
Brenna Hughes, Walpole High School
Cate Lightbody, Walpole High School
Cast Announced for "The 39 Steps"
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce the cast of The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, directed by Sheila Kelleher:
Actor 1: Ken Carberry
Actor 2: Jon Workman
Actor 3: James Koonce
Actor 4: Diana Doyle
Actor 5: Amy Keegan
Thank you to all who auditioned!
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce the cast for Love in the Snow by Matthew Garlin, directed by Kathy Bedard. Love in the Snow will be performed on Zoom December 4 & 5 at 8:00 pm.
Storyteller - Philip Tomposki
Russ - Matthew R. Divoll
Bill - Mark S. Logan, Jr.
Jillian, Jenny - Anita Harkess
Amber, Nicki - Lauren Ruth
Ben, Announcer - Andrew Quinney
Hilary, Julie - Nika Shakhmuradova
Dave - Patrick Murphy
Ralph - Chris Erath
Thank you to all who auditioned!
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce auditions for their next virtual production, Love In The Snow - Stories for Christmas by Matthew Garlin, directed by Kathy Bedard.
The script is in 3 short stories with separate characters. The plot summary and character details are included below. Actors should complete the audition form at http://bit.ly/SnowAuditions and upload a video audition using one of the monologues available at http://bit.ly/SnowMonologues by Saturday, October 31 at 6:00 pm.
NOTE: Actors will be responsible for pulling together some costumes and props. For questions, please contact the director at email@example.com.
Performance dates are Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 - 8:00pm. This production is being performed virtually. Rehearsals will take place on Zoom Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning November 3. Actors MUST be available for both evening tech rehearsals on Tuesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 3.
Love in the Snow - Stories for Christmas is three short plays about characters looking to show how much their loved ones mean to them by the quality and quantity of gifts but they learn that it's about the quantity of love they have for each other and not the price of a gift that matters.
Below are the roles per play. Not all characters have monologues. Feel free to use any of the monologues or two within the same video, or provide your own that aligns with the character. Important: The video file can’t be larger than 100 MB.
Storyteller: Any age, a mysterious balladeer who introduces each play and sings a song, or will be poetically read over music.
The Christmas Gift: A man wants to propose to his girlfriend and has an elaborate plan that includes his best friend and an annoyed waitress, but he is sidelined by his co-dependent mother and his old neighbors who are out to embarrass him.
Russ: 30-35 age range: an anxious man who wants to propose to his girlfriend but has a co-dependent relationship with his mother.
Amber: 30-35 age range: a romantic woman who is also practical and doesn’t want to settle or be second banana to Russ’ mom.
Bill: 30-35 age range: a classic best friend who is usually unreliable but wants to do well in his position.
Jillian: 30-35 age range: a waitress who hates her job and is stuck in a long-term relationship with a man who won’t propose or read a love poem and lives through Amber.
Ben Steinman: 50 age range (makeup may be needed): an older man who has some health issues as well as memory issues.
Hiliary Steinman: 50 age range (makeup may be needed): an older woman who loves her husband but kind of has a one-track mind.
Gifts for Christmas: A poor newly married couple tries to get Christmas gifts for each other but their finances are very low and so they have to make sacrifices, but it turns out that their sacrifices are rewarded.
Julie: 27-year-old woman: a practical well-meaning woman who doesn’t really want money but wants to be able to survive.
Dave: 27-year-old man: a practical man who thinks he has to provide for his family and feels like a failure when he doesn’t.
Nicki: 47-year-old woman: a storekeeper who just wants to bring happiness and do good in the world.
Christmas of Gifts: Two parents want to get their child the toy they really want but they find themselves arguing about who will give him the toy while other shoppers try to get their shopping done.
Ralph: 30-40-year-old man.
Jenny: 30-40-year-old woman.
Men and women shopping: can be played by two actors in different costumes.
Announcer: at the beginning of this play.
The Walpole Footlighters are pleased to announce the cast for their next virtual production, A Virtual Whodunnit, by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, directed by Steve Small. A Virtual Whodunnit will be performed on Zoom on October 23 & 24.
Augusts Sterling: Peter Bradley
Florina Sterling: Lauren Bushway
Bullion Sterling: Kevin Lowney
Juniper Everton: Shelby Speer
Eugene Everton: Mark Logan
Macy Gables: Juli Small
Haley Hawkins: Karen Bell
Barry Schwartz: Chris Erath
Rockford Sloan: Beth Morrell
Thank you to all who auditioned!