MANIA! The Live Beatles Experience – July 30th

MANIA! The Live Beatles Experience

Beatles Mania

July 30th at 7:30

MANIA! is California’s Premier Beatles Tribute Band, capturing the imagination of both old and young with their attention to detail: from authentic Beatle instruments and costumes to the way they move, sing and play. Taking the audience from the youthful energy of The Ed Sullivan Show through the majesty of Pepperland and into the final days of the Beatles on the Abbey Road rooftop.

MANIA! is not just a show, it is

THE LIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE

 

All seats reserved at $25. WoodlandOperaHouse.org/ 530-666-9617

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Seussical the Musical, Jr ~ AUDITIONS!

Rising Stars Workshop
Seussical Jr

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 Directed and choreographed by Emily Jo Seminoff. Music Direction by Joshua Wheeler.

 Auditions:
Wednesday, July 20th 4:00 (Woodland Opera House Stage, 340 2nd street)
Callbacks (if needed), July 21st, 4:00
Students will read and sing from the show and learn a short dance piece.

Audition Prerequisite:
Auditions are open to students ages 7-18 with experience with one or more of the following.
-Show Biz Kids
-Musical Theatre workshop
– Mini Musical Workshop
-Acting Workshop
– Main Stage Performance

Performances:
Friday, September 30th at 9:30 & 12:30 (School Outreach preview)
Saturday, October 1st & Sunday October 2nd at 7:00

Rehearsal Schedule:
Monday- Thursday from 4:00-6:00, August 8-September 22. Students will not attend every rehearsal but will only be called to rehearsals for which they are needed.

Mandatory Tech Week Schedule: September 26-29 from 4:45-7:00.
Tuition: $90     Costume/Production fee: $30

 Character Breakdown

The Cat In The Hat: (Male. May be played by boy or girl) The Cat In The Hat is the essence of mischief, fun, and imagination. The Cat stirs things up, causes trouble, but always sets things right again, helping Jojo to discover the power of his own imagination as they create the story for the show together.  The Cat will play many comic cameos and improvise with the audience.

Jojo: (Male. May be played by boy or girl) Jojo is a “Thinker”, a smart child with a wild imagination. He is a little bit awkward, a little bit of a loner, and a rambunctious kid whose Thinks get him into constant trouble. By the end of the show, he learns what it means to be a responsible member of his world, using the power and possibilities of his own Thinks.

Horton The Elephant: (Male) Horton The Elephant is a gentle giant. He is a big-hearted blue-collar guy who is steadfast, responsible and always tries to do the right thing for his friends. He is imaginative and receptive to the world around him. He is very unselfconscious. Horton’s view of the world never changes – he believes in its goodness. By the end of the show, without even realizing it, he is ready to become a parent.

Gertrude Mcfuzz: (Female)Gertrude Mcfuzz is very self-conscious, awkward, sweet, and aware that her one-feather tail isn’t perfect. Gertrude changes during the show from a neurotic, nervous and shy bird into one with the power to protect and care for a baby elephant bird and commit herself to Horton.

Mayzie La Bird: (Female)Mayzie La Bird is self-centered, selfish, and vain. Mayzie will never admit to her own flaws. She manipulates anyone she can into doing what she wants.

Sour Kangaroo:(Female) Sour Kangaroo isn’t really sour at all. She’s just got a lot of attitude. She’s loud, brassy, and a lot of fun.

The Wickersham Brothers: (Male. May be played by boy or girl) The Wickersham Brothers are not bad guys! They’re simply a lot like kids who tease, play pranks, and get a kick out of making mischief, although often at others’ expense. They enjoy hanging around with one another, making music together on the street corner, and playing off one another.

Mr. Mayor: (Male) Is the Mayor of Whoville who is trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. He may get aggravated with Jojo, but he loves him dearly and tries to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

Mrs. Mayor: (Female) Is the mayor’s wife and is trying hard to raise a difficult child in a difficult world. She may get aggravated with Jojo, but she loves him dearly and tries to do the right thing, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

The Whos: The Whos are average citizens who have their handful of quirks. They are tiny people who live on the spec of dust.

Jungle Creatures: The Jungle Creatures are real people at heart, even though they may be described as animal characters. They live in the jungle and get caught up in the story of Horton and the Whos.

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Auditions ~ Junie B. Jones the Musical

~ Auditions ~

JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL

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Director/Choreographer: Emily Jo Seminoff
Music Director: Jia-Min Rosendale

 Auditions:
Sunday, July 10, 4:00 (Woodland Opera House Stage – 340 2nd Street)
Callbacks (if needed) TBA
Minimum age: 13
Please note:  This production will not conflict with the main stage production of Footloose.

Please bring sheet music for a prepared song (16-32 bars).  Dress to dance. Those auditioning may be asked to read from the script. Be prepared to list any conflicts for rehearsals.

Rehearsal Schedule:
July 25 – August 4:  Monday-Thursday from 5:00-7:00
August 15 – September 15: Monday- Thursday from 7:00-9:30.  Sundays – TBA
Note:  August 8 – 11No rehearsal, due to Footloose tech week.

Mandatory Tech Week Schedule:
September 18:  1:00 – 6:00
September 19 – 22:  6:30 – 9:30

Performances:
September 23 – Oct 2: Fridays at 7:30 and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00
September 29:  School Outreach Performances, 9:30 & 12:30

ABOUT JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL
A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books are brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your heart just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Seeking high energy TEEN and ADULT actors to fill the roles listed below. Junie B. and her classmates will be an altogether diverse group. Many characters may be either male or female and some roles may be doubled.

Junie B. Jones:(female. Teen or young adult) A quirky, energetic first grader with comedic flair. Loves having adventures and writing about them in her journal. Gets upset when things don’t go her way. Wildly precocious, yet completely endearing.

Herb:(male. Teen or young adult) Junie B.’s new best friend. A cute boy, slightly shy. Endearing and charming.

Mr. Scary:(male. Adult)  Junie B.’s first grade teacher, a warm man, despite his name.

Lucille:(female. Teen or young adult)  Junie B.’s former best friend, also in first grade. The ultimate child diva. Rich girl, well-dressed. In Mr. Scary’s class with Junie B. Enthusiastic.

May:(female. Teen or young adult) Another first grader in Mr. Scary’s class with Junie B. Bossy, know-it-all. Junie’s nemesis.

Sheldon:(male. Teen or young adult)  Another first grader in Mr. Scary’s class with Junie B. Nerdy, lactose intolerant, and gets a bit of stage fright. Excited about playing music.

Camille:(female. Teen or young adult)   Lucille’s new best friend and Chenille’s twin sister. A follower.

Chenille:(female. Teen or young adult)   Lucille’s other new best friend and Camille’s twin sister. Coordinated and cute. Female

Grace :(female. Teen or young adult)  Junie B.’s other former best friend. She rides the bus with Junie B. and is now best friends with Bobbi Jean Piper.

Bobbi Jean Piper:(female. Teen or young adult)  Grace’s new best friend.

Jose: (male. Teen or young adult)  Another first grader in Mr. Scary’s class. Speaks both Spanish and English.

Lennie:(Teen or young adult)   Another first grader.

Mrs. Gutzman: (female. adult)   The kids’ favorite lunch lady at Junie B.’s elementary school, also known as “Gladys Gutzman, Queen of Snacks.”

Mother:  (female. adult)  Junie B.’s mom. Exasperated, but understanding.

Daddy:  (male. adult)  Junie B.’s dad. Encouraging and knows how to juggle.

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Footloose Cast Announced!

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Ren McCormack                                   Ryan Everitt

Ethel McCormack                                  Franchesca  Sonoyama

Reverend Shaw Moore                          Michael Maples

Vi Moore                                                TBD

Ariel Moore                                            Jordan Hayakawa

Lulu Warnicker                                      Jennifer Goldman

Wes Warnicker                                     Scott Goldman

Coach Roger Dunbar                            TBD

Eleanor Dunbar                                     TBD

Rusty                                                       Emily Jo Seminoff

Urleen                                                     Alysia Sambuca

Wendy Jo                                                Julia Hixon

Chuck Cranston                                     Jonathan Kalinen

Lyle                                                          Tomas Eredia

Travis                                                      Cory Norris

Betty Blast                                              Mary Dahlberg

Willard Hewitt                                         Marcus Lucia

Principal Harriet Clark                            Erin Kelly

Jeter                                                        Bailey Robinson- Burmester

Bickle                                                      Jason Goldman

Garvin                                                     James Hayakawa

Cowboy Bob/Cop                                  Steven O’Shea

Cowboy Bob Band                                Selena Dalmacio, Hayley Harrison, and Katie Halls

Cowgirl                                                    Katie Halls

Ensemble:Hayley Harrison, Chloe Sears, Anna Walton, Giovanni Garcia, Tessa Hickman, Selena Dalmacio, Katie Halls,Courtney Bojorquez, Andrea Hallahan

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PRIME TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS : Auditions!

AUDITIONS

“PRIME TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”

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A Retro Comedy with Music by Bob Cooner

It’s December 1966, and all of America is primed to watch their favorite happy TV couple, Cookie and Ray, in their annual holiday musical special. Little do fans know that Cookie and Ray’s marriage is on the rocks—and what’s worse, the prerecorded special has gone missing. The only fix is a live telecast from their home, but can the show go on with Cookie and Ray at each other’s throats? Find out in this merry music-filled retro comedy written by WOH’s own Bob Cooner, with musical arrangements by Sam Schieber and musical direction by Chris Schlagel. Direction by Bob Cooner and Matthew Abergel.

 

  • Auditions will take place at the Woodland Opera House on Sunday, June 19, 7:00 PM, and Monday, June 20, 7:00 PM.
  • The show runs October 28 – November 20, 2016, Fri-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 2:00.
  • This production will be the world premiere of PRIME TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. The play has gone through several developmental readings, and some of the cast from the various readings will be reprising their roles in the production.

Currently, the available roles include:

Chip Gardner (late teens-early 20s):  

The college-aged son of Cookie and Ray. He’s a pretty typical college kid (a music major) who is home in LA on winter break from his East Coast college. He is crazy about Lesley Lyle, a guest on Cookie and Ray’s holiday special. He sings well enough to solo on a few lines.

Lesley Lyle (early-mid 20s):  

Very popular singer/actress who is a guest star on Cookie and Ray’s special. She is notvery bright, but she knows exactly how to turn on the sex appeal professionally. She’s a Joey Heatherton/Ann-Margret type. She sings  well (sexy 60s pop style) and dances (popular 60s dance styles).

Bernie Marks (late 50s-late 70s):  

An aging Jewish comedian who probably got his start in vaudeville or burlesque. He is the other guest on Cookie and Ray’s holiday special. A Henny Youngman/Jackie Mason type. He sings well enough to at least carry a tune.

 

Auditions will consist of readings from the script and a prepared song. Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

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“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

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June 3 – 12

Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00

This dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and i-JhWZBZx-Lescapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan.

All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

The show is directed by Cheryl Watson. The cast includes Cortlandt Wilson as Aslan, Emily Jo Seminoff as the White Witch, Jason Hammond as Mr. Beaver, Deborah Hammond as i-Qjb8zkR-LMrs. Beaver, James Hayakawa as Tumnus, Sevy Moreno as Dwarf, Makenna Harding-Davis as Lucy, Collin Robinson-Burmester as Peter, Olivia Sloss as Susan, Jihan Moon as Edmund, Jordan Hayakawa as White Stag, Jessica Hanselman as Unicorn, and Elijah Kim as Centaur. The wood nymphs, woodland creatures, and Witch’s army will be played by Alex Boettner; Ryan Cristo; Caitlyn Schelp; Elizabeth Williams; Tucker Johnson; Emma Carney; Lilac Buckser; and Rachel Tokarski.

This show is Rated G. Reserved main floor seats are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $8 for children 17 and under. Balcony seats are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Tickets: WoodlandOperaHouse.org/530-666-9617

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Auditions for Footloose

“Footloose”

Directed by Crissi Cairns
Musical Direction by Lori Jarvey
Choreography by Kevin Gruwell
Stage Manager: Jenn Marchese

 

Auditions:
Sunday June 5th at 6:00 pm and Monday, June 6th at 6:00 pm
Call backs: Wednesday June 8th at 7:00 pm
At the Woodland Opera House
Auditions for ages 15 and older

Rehearsals will begin June 20th
Show dates: August 12th-September 4th Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm

What to bring:
Sheet music for a prepared upbeat, energetic, musical theatre or pop song.  (16-32 bars).
Dance clothes, dance shoes and a water bottle.
Your resume with current picture attached.
Your calendar so you can list any conflicts throughout the rehearsal dates.
A big smile!

Footloose – The Musical – Cast of Characters

The major characters in Footloose have one trait in common: they are all survivors. Their circumstances, no matter how tragic, have not defeated them. As a consequence, the audience finds them likable, sympathetic, and human. That said, each role is unique and presents the actor with specific challenges. Thumbnail sketches of some of these characters are provided below, illustrating likely qualities in those characters.

REVERAND SHAW MOORE – The minister of Bomont County, and father of a teenage girl (Ariel). The secret to the character of Reverend Moore is that he is charismatic. Charming, even. Shaw has a quick mind, a loving heart and a sense of humor. All of which endear him to his congregation. While trying to be strong for so many people, however, he continues to mourn the death of his son – the one person he could not save. Only ARIEL and VI (and eventually Ren) get a glimpse of this private anguish and the flashes of frustration and temper that arise from that.

VI MOORE – Shaw’s wife. Despite the loss of her son and the strained relationship with her husband, Vi fully understands what kind of unflagging good humor she must display in order to keep her household – and her husband’s congregation – running smoothly. With her plucky irreverence, she gives us a glimpse of what life with Shaw was like before the tragedy, when theirs was a marriage both passionate and playful.

ARIEL MOORE – Shaw and Vi’s daughter. Ariel is smart. She understands the rules of the different worlds she moves between and, in each situation, she plays her part brilliantly. When she’s in her father’s presence, for instance, she is buttoned-up and demure; with Chuck, she burns off all her unexpressed, explosive energy with raucous, thrill-seeking behavior. Ariel loves to laugh – with Chuck, her girlfriends and, eventually, with Ren. However her spirits are, quite often, her attempt to keep a lid on the grief she feels about her brother’s death and the loss of her once loving relationship with her father.

REN MCCORMACK – A teenage boy from Chicago. Ideally, Ren must sing and dance – and he must also be witty (good comedic timing). Ren is a cut-up, a joker who enjoys a good time (which is why his pals are upset to find out he’s leaving Chicago in the opening number). Lately, though, his fun-loving attitude has taken on a tone of desperation, as he tries too hard to convince the world – and himself – that his father’s desertion hasn’t wounded him as deeply as it has. Ariel is the first character to get Ren to talk about that sticky subject. Sharing that intimacy early on becomes the basis for Ren’s and Ariel’s relationship. Ren’s emotional journey starts with his being feisty and flippant in Act 1, continues through his thoughtful argument to the Town Council, and ends with this emotional final confrontation with Reverend Moore. It’s a journey from boyhood to maturity.

ETHEL MCCORMACK – Ren’s mother. Where does Ren get his intelligence, his resilience and his sense of humor? From his mother, of course! It’s hard for Ethel  to be living in her sister’s home and abiding by her brother-in-law’s rules. However, she never succumbs to the pathos of her situation. After all, she has to be strong for Ren. Their mutual loss (the walking-out of her husband / Ren’s father) has brought them closer together. They share a teasing, good-natured relationship.

LULU WARNICKER – Ren’s aunt

WES WARNICKER – Lulu’s husband

COACH ROGER DUNBAR – The high school gym teacher

ELEANOR DUNBAR – Roger’s wife

RUSTY – Ariel’s best friend. Rusty may come off as sassy and self-assured, but, in many ways she is the most deeply romantic character in the story. She truly believes that she and Willard were meant to be together. However, they are so inept about expressing themselves, that it takes Ren – and a little time on the dance floor – to ultimately bring that about.

URLEEN – Ariel’s friend

WENDY JO – Ariel’s friend

CHUCK CRANSTON – Ariel’s boyfriend

LYLE – Chuck’s buddy

TRAVIS – Chuck’s buddy

A COP (male or female)

BETTY BLAST – Owner of The Burger Blast restaurant.

PRINCIPAL HARRY / HARRIET CLARK – Principle of the high school.

WILLARD HEWITT – Ren’s friend, a country boy. Willard is not dumb. He is a gentle soul with quick fists, which are his defense against a world that he often has trouble comprehending. Willard just hasn’t had anyone come along to puncture his macho belligerence – until Ren arrives. After that, the humor in the character of Willard derives from his gradual, innocent and giddy discovery of the new worlds that Ren opens up to him.

JETER – Ren’s friend.

BICKLE – Ren’s friend.

GARVIN – Ren’s friend.

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Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Tribute May 7th

Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Tribute

Saturday, May 7th at 7:30

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 The Rhythm Riders featuring Johnny Price is dedicated to preserving the original Cash sound. Johnny Price’s uncanny vocal and physical resemblance to Johnny Cash, has marveled audiences from California to New York to Ireland. Johnny captures Johnny Cash’s ability to deliver a story and a melody so well, that his audiences feel as though they have had a walk with the Man in Black himself. Johnny’s versatility also allows him to give convincing performances when singing the classic country favorites of George Jones, Ray Price and Faron Young. In 2005 Johnny entered the International Vocalist competition hosted in Las Vegas Nevada. Out of 5000 contestants performing in all genres, Johnny displayed his western roots and vocal ability placing 18th, proving this country boy can sing.

 

Rhythm Riders vocalist Dee Price has sung and performed the music of Patsy Cline, June Carter and other giants of the country music world throughout California, New York and Ireland. For more than 15 years, Dee has regaled audiences with her solid vocals and easy demeanor. For 5 years Dee was accompanied by guitarist, Gil Reigers of the Johnny Mathis band. She has also performed with Norm Hamlet and Biff Adams of Merle Haggard’s band and Truett Cunningham of Bob Wells Texas Playboys. Not to be outdone, Johnny’s wife, Dee, also entered the International Vocalist competition, earning a 9th place finish in a field of 5000 contestants and 258 finalists. Together, they have researched the archives of American Roots music and assembled a band capable of recreating the sights and sounds of the hey-day of Country Western and Americana Roots music.

 

All Seats reserved at $24 each. Tickets at:  WoodlandOperaHouse.org/530-666-9617

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The BIG DAY OF GIVING !~ May 3rd~

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Spotlight on Success

Join us on May 3 for the Big Day of Giving

 The historic Woodland Opera House is deeply committed to providing the best productions and education programs for our community, and we need your help. To continue to provide top-notch theatrical productions we must replace our theatrical lighting system, the system that lights the stage. The system is obsolete and can no longer be repaired. It is at its breaking point.

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 Light Table in Balcony Starting at midnight, donations will be accepted through BigDayofGiving.org. Donations of $25, $50, $100, or more with help us reach our goal of replacing the Woodland Opera House theatrical lighting system. Please save the date and join us on May 3 as we work together towards the Bright Future of the Woodland Opera House.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Cast Announced!

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 CAST LIST

Aslan – Cortlandt Wilson
Witch – Emily Jo Seminoff
Fenris Ulf – TBD
Mr. Beaver – Jason Hammond
Mrs. Beaver – Deborah Hammond
Tumnus – James Hayakawa
Dwarf – Sevy Moreno
Lucy – Makenna Harding-Davis
Peter – Collin Robinson-Burmester
Susan – Olivia Sloss
Edmund – Jihan Moon
White Stag – Jordan Hayakawa
Unicorn – Jessica Hanselman
Centaur – Elijah Kim
Wood nymphs, woodland creatures, etc – Alex Boettner; Ryan Cristo; Caitlyn Schelp; Elizabeth Williams; Tucker Johnson; Emma Carney; Lilac Buckser; and Rachel Tokarski

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