UPCOMING AUDITIONS

Good Company Players produces the regular theatre seasons at both Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater and 2nd Space Theatre.  Scripts for the mainstage shows will be available at Good Company Players’ Business Office at 1105 N. Wishon about 6 weeks prior to auditions.  We offer 3-day script checkouts until the week of the audition.  After that, scripts may be read in the business office.  Additional audition information can be found below or by calling Good Company Players’ Business Office at 559-266-0211.

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Upcoming Auditions for Shows at Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre:

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM in 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive, Fresno, CA.

 

Always A Bridesmaid

by Jessie Jones, Nicolas Hope & Jamie Wooten

Rehearsals Begin Jan. 12, 2015                       Performs Feb. 26 – April 19 2015

Director: Elizabeth Fiester

Four young friends promise to attend each others’ weddings on prom night.  30 years (and numerous weddings) later, the well-beaten path to true love could not get any crazier. Set in one room of historic Laurelton Oaks, Laurelton, Virginia, twenty miles outside of Richmond, the play takes place over a span of seven years. Rated PG.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

KARI AMES-BISSETTE  (Female, late 20’s)  A kind-hearted, spirited southern charmer.

LIBBY RUTH AMES (Female, 40-50)  A sweet hopelessly romantic country woman, plain-spoken and guileless..

SEDALIA ELLICOTT (Female, 50’s-60’s)   A gregarious, energetic Virginia hostess and life-force.

MONETTE GENTRY (Female, late 40’s)  Kinda flashy, kinda trashy, Southern to-the-bone flirt.

CHARLIE COLLINS (Female, late 40’s)  Tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, ascerbic Southern free spirit.

DEEDRA WINGATE (Female, late 40’s)  Headstrong, with a dry wit, no-nonsense Northern transplant.

 

The Cripple of Inishmaan

by Martin McDonagh

  Rehearsals Begin March 16, 2015                    Performs April 23 – June 14, 2015

Director: Denise Graziani

Hollywood is coming to a small village in Ireland and young Billy wants to be in a movie more than anything in the world, if only to escape the tedium of his daily life. This quirky tale is set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. In the great tradition of Irish storytelling, this award-winning play is comic, tragic and unforgettable. Rated PG-13

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

BILLY CLAVEN (Male, 18-30)  An orphaned young man whose parents drowned when he was an orphan. His left leg and arm are twisted and hardly usable. Intelligent and sensitive, Billy reads — or stares at cows — to while away the time. Billy is dreams of escaping the tedium and cruelty of Inishmaan.

KATE OSBOURNE (Female, 30-50)  Billy’s adoptive aunt and Eileen Osbourne’s sister. Has been known to talk to stones.

EILEEN (Female, 30-50)  Billy’s other adoptive aunt and Kate’s sister.

JOHNNYPATEENMIKE  (Male, 45-65)   The town gossip.

BARTLEY McCORMICK (Male, 20-35)  Helen’s brother. A generally good-natured dim wit who treats Billy as a friend for the most part. Bartley is bullied by Helen.

HELEN McCORMICK (Female, 18-30)  A tough but pretty girl on whom Billy has a serious crush. She is the meanest person in all of Inishmaan. Throws eggs at people and curses like a sailor.

BABBYBOBBY BENNETT (Male, 30-50)  Handsome, muscular boatman whose wife died recently of tuberculosis.

DOCTOR McSHARRY (Male, 30-45)  The town doctor.

MAMMY O’DOUGAL (Female, 70-100)  Johnny’s alcoholic mother.

 

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Upcoming Auditions for GCP Shows at Roger Rocka’s:

Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon Ave, Fresno, CA 93728.

South Pacific

Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Oscar Hammerstein and Joshua Logan

 Rehearsals Begin: Jan. 26, 2015                    Performs March 19, 2015 – May 17

Director: Dan Pessano

Based on James A. Michener’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific, this blockbuster musical centers around an American nurse stationed in the South Pacific during WWII who falls in love with a wealthy French planter.      RATED PG

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

NELLY FORBUSH (Female, 18-30)  Hailing from Arkansas, Nellie is a young, vibrant, impulsive, warm, fun-loving, girl-next-door with a lot of common sense but not a high degree of education. She is optimistic, cheerful and naive. Must sing well, dance well, and have excellent comic and dramatic chops. Mezzo.

EMILE DE BECQUE (Male, 30-55)  The dashing French expatriate with whom Nellie falls in love. He is also the widowed father of two young children whose mother was a Tonkinese islander. Must sing extremely well. De Becque sings one of the most famous songs in the play. Baritone.

LT. JOSEPH CABLE  (Male, 18-40)  A young American marine officer, Princeton graduate and scion of a wealthy Philadelphia family. Lt. Cable falls in love with, Liat, a Tokinese girl. He is serious, dedicated, likeable, and honorable but also comes face-to-face with the fact that he is bigoted.  Tenor.

LIAT (Female, 18-25)  A beautiful, sweet, innocent young Tonkinese woman. Falls totally in love with Lt. Cable. Should dance well. Non-singing role.

BLOODY MARY   (Female, 30-70)  Liat’s mother. A shrewd, gutsy, sassy Tokinese street vendor. Requires strong comic timing and a great voice. Mezzo.

SEABEE LUTHER BILLIS  (Male, 18-60)   An entrepreneurial sailor who is cocky, hilarious, inventive and mercenary; a total rule-breaker. Will do anything for Nellie. Carries much of the comedy in the show. Baritone.

NGANA  (Female, 7-12)  Emile’s daughter. Speaks French and sings.

JEROME   (Male, 7–12)  Emile’s son. Speaks French and sings.

HENRY  (Male, 15-70)   Emile’s servant. French dialect. Non-singing.

CAPTAIN GEORGE BRACKETT (Male, 35-70)   Commanding officer of the island. Strong and gruff but has a heart of gold. Non-singing.

COMMANDER WILLIAM HARBISON (Male, 25-60)   Captain Bracket’s right-hand man. Billis drives him crazy. Non-singing.

STEWPOT   (Male, 18-50)  Billis’ right-hand man. Sings.

PROFESSOR   (Male, 18-30)  Another member of Team Billis. He’s the smart one. Sings.

ENSEMBLE   This will mostly include men & women playing nurses and Seabees.  All should be in fairly good physical condition and sing and dance decently. The female ensemble gets to perform “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “Bali Ha’i,” “I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy,” and “Honybun”. The men’s ensemble have various speaking parts and perform “Bloody Mary,” “Nothin’ Like A Dame,” and the reprise of “Honeybun.”

  ** Although some roles are designated as speaking roles, we ask that all auditionees for musical productions participate in all portions of the audition.

 

Oliver!

Music & Lyrics by Lionel Bart

Rehearsals Begin April 6, 2015                   Performs May 21 – July 19, 2015

Director: Dan Pessano

This is the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. Set in London in 1850, Oliver! tells the story of a young boy living in a harshly-run orphanage. As punishment for asking for more food, Oliver is apprenticed to an undertaker’s business, where he is treated no better than at the orphanage. He escapes and meets up with a likeable street urchin, The Artful Dodger. The Dodger introduces Oliver to Fagin, a wily old  crook who takes in homeless orphans and teaches them to pick pockets to earn their room and board. He also meets Nancy, a brassy but kind young woman who is in love with the terrifying Bill Sykes, Fagin’s partner in crime.  Oliver is sent out with the boys but is unaware of their larcenous plans. When Dodger and his friends steal the elderly Mr. Brownlow’s wallet and run off, Oliver stands horrified and is arrested.   RATED G.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

OLIVER (Male, 7-13)  Lonely but courageous young orphan boy with a strong sense of justice. Speaks with a fairly proper British dialect. Should sing well. Boy soprano.

NANCY  (Female, 18-35)  Spunky and warm-hearted. In love with (but afraid of) Bill Sykes, she tries to protect Oliver from him.  Should dance well and belt extremely well. Cockney dialect. Alto.

FAGIN  (Male, 30+)  Wily old thief who takes in homeless boys and teaches them to steal for him. Comic ability a must. Baritone.

BILL SYKES (Male, 20-45)  Nancy’s brutal and abusive boyfriend. Feared by everyone. Sykes used to work for Fagin but now is his partner in crime, among other criminal pursuits.  Baritone.

JACK DAWKINS, THE ARTFUL DODGER  (10-16)  Spunky, street-wise young pickpocket who works for Fagin and befriends Oliver. Needs good comic ability and should move well. Cockney dialect. Boy soprano.

BET (Female, 12-20)  Nancy’s sister. Faithful and fun-loving. Alto.

WIDOW CORNEY (Female, 25+)  Selfish, mercenary, smug and judgmental. Without compassion. Soprano.

MR. SOWERBERRY  (Male, 25+)  Unkind mortuary owner. Kind of creepy. Baritone.

MRS. SOWERBERRY (Female, 25+)  Just plain mean. Should have comedic chops. Soprano.

CHARLOTTE  (Female, 13-25)  Mean-spirited, flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys.

NOAH CLAYPOLE (Male, 13-25)  Nasty bully apprenticed to the Sowerberrys. Picks on Oliver.

MR. BUMBLE  (Male, 30+)  The Beadle (a constable in charge of charitable duties) who oversees the parish workhouse and orphanage in which Oliver is raised. Pompous and cold-hearted.  Baritone.

CHARLEY BATES  (Male, 10-16)  One of Fagin’s pickpockets and Dodger’s side-kick. Cockney dialect.

MR. BROWNLOW  (Male, 30+)  Oliver’s real grandfather. Kind, wealthy, upper-class. Speaking role.

ENSEMBLE (All ages)  There is room for actors of all ages in this classic musical. Young performers are needed to play orphans and pickpockets, as well as a few wealthy children in the street scenes. Adults will play guards, shoppers, street vendors, socialites, bar patrons, etc. and get to sing some of the most beautiful music written for theatre. They will also play the minor roles of MRS. BEDWIN, DR. GRIMWIG, OLD SALLY, etc.. It is advisable to practice both cockney and proper British dialects before auditioning. 

** Although some roles are designated as speaking roles, we ask that all auditionees for musical productions participate in all portions of the audition.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Auditions for Good Company Players’ Junior Company:

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9 AM in Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon Ave., Fresno, CA

This company performs before each performance of South Pacific and Oliver! Rehearsals begin February 7th, 2015 and the commitment lasts through July 19, 2015. The Junior Company is Good Company Players’ respected troupe of young performers, aged 8-16, who present a 15-minute ‘Pre-Show’ before most main-stage performances at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. The Junior Company usually rehearses on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and performs Thursdays through Sundays. There are some variations in rehearsal times — on opening week, for example, the Junior Company rehearses Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

 

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