Audition Notice: Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition

On February 18 & 19, 2017 CFABS will be staging performances of 12 of the winning plays from our first ever, Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition and… WE NEED ACTORS! Robert De Niro once said, “One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”

We would like to invite you to take a chance at “living another person’s life without paying the price” by coming to audition for a role (or roles) in these fantastic short plays. Open auditions for the Stage it! 10 Minute Play Competition are being held at our Center for Performing Arts at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 starting at 4:00pm. (Rehearsal schedules will depend upon the role, and cast member availability).  Performances will be held February 18 and 19 at the Center for Performing Arts.

We are looking to fill 36 roles, (18 men, 17 women and 1 child). The characters range in age from 10 – 70.  The audition is open, and all types are welcome.

The twelve outstanding plays being staged were each carefully selected by a jury consisting of 26 judges from across the nation. A brief description of the plays and the roles being cast is below:audition-notice

Counting On Love

by Rod McFadden

A discussion after a first date.

A smart romantic comedy.

VINCENT, 29 years old, magazine writer

SOPHIA, 27 years old NYU post-grad.

(math)

The Dating Game

by Rod McFadden

One single, one married, talking about

the current dating scene. Situational

comedy

MARGE, about 65 – 75

NETTIE, similar age as MARGE

Everyone’s Child

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

Kos, Greece, an island near where

refugees land. Dramatic.

PETER, young Greek male, age 14

KILIKINA, Greek woman,

mother of PETER

The Last Holdout

by Judd Lear Silverman

A menu change at a local senior center

finds the last holdout in final

negotiations with the only staff member

who can get the job done.

IVAN, a senior at the senior center

DOROTHY, at least 20 years Ivan’s junior,

administrator

Life Jacket

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

On a beach near Bodrum, Turkey and a

beach on the Greek Island of Kos, two

refugees cross dangerous waters.

GALIA, a Syrian woman refugee, age 20

AYLAN, a Syrian male refugee, age 20

AHMAD, a Turkish seller of life jackets to

refugees, age 28

The Nude

by William Newkirk

The opening of a new show at an art

gallery. Artist and her new model

meet accidental patron and the

snotty art critique.

CLAIRE, in her 50’s-ish

LISA, in her 50’s-ish

BRIAN, in his 50’s-ish

JEFFREY, in his 50’s-ish

Ode On A Donut Shop

by Ethan Warren

An existential, absurdist comedy

in a donut shop at 1:24 AM.

JUDD – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

SEAN – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

DWAYNE – in his 50s, friendly and

paternal but with a temper

MAN IN THE JACKET – in his 30s,

ominous and powerful

An Ordinary Woman

by Sean Patrick Nill

Ordinary Suzy Ponelle confesses a

series of vengeful crimes to the police.

SUZY PONELLE, female, late 20’s

to early 30’s

DETECTIVE MORROW, adult female, 30-40

DETECTIVE FEINSTEIN, adult female,

30-40

CAPTAIN MASTERSON, male, 40-50

 

The Professor And The Flea

by Denise Hinson

An odd farce based on a fable.

Presentational characters in an oddball,

artistic comedy.

THE PROFESSOR, 30-70s

CAPTAIN, 30-70s

GOVERNOR, 40s to 60s

WIFE OF GOVERNORE, 40s to 60s

PRINCESS, teens to 20s

The Promise

by Mary Lescoe-Long

A woman confronts her own demon,

literally. An emotional drama.

WOMAN, any age, preferably

late 40’s or early 50’s

BANSHEE, same age as WOMAN

Toil and Trouble

by Trevor Suthers

A retelling of Macbeth. A literal and

intellectual comedy, but still broad.

MAMMY, the grandmother witch

GRANNY, the mother witch

FANNY, the youngest of the witches

MACMETH, drug kingpin on some

crappy streets

Violating Uncle Piggy

by Judd Lear Silverman

Parental betrayal traded for loose change

must be explained in this interrogation

—Uncle Piggy was found violated.

MOMMY, 30ish

DADDY, 30s

INVESTIGATOR, a child

 

IF YOU COME TO AUDITION:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

WHAT:  Stage IT! 10-minute play competition

WHEN:  Auditions: 4:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017

Performances: Evening of February 18th & 19th, 2017

WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135

PRICE:  No fee to audition.

LYRICAL LAUGHS – SINGPROV AT IMPROV TONIGHT Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

What do you get when you cross a therapist, a lawyer, and a theater director with a keyboardist and some random audience suggestions? You get “Singprov,” a show that blends musical improv games and songs into a toe-tapping, belly laughing night of fun. Improv master and CFABS’ Theater Director Craig Price and his troupe “You’ll See How It Goes,” bring Singprov to the stage at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs on Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm.

Led by the driving force behind Southwest Florida’s Improv comedy movement, Second City and Improv Olympic trained veteran Craig Price, the “Improv Tonight” show has grown from a sparsely attended drop-in open mic night in 2011 to a monthly show that fills CFABS’ Moe Auditorium and Film Center with laughter the first Saturday of each month. The troupe increases in size during season and includes year round performers Craig Price, Leigh Shein, Margot Escott, Steve Cobb, Marion Horgan and Bill Owens, with pianist Francis Briggs.

“Singprov brings improv to a whole new level,” says Craig Price. “Musical Improv takes all of the aspects of live improvisational comedy and puts it to music. Not only do we have to think fast on our feet, we have to sing fast on them too.”

Audience members offer suggestions for song titles and lyrics that the players must incorporate into a song on the spot. The results include improvised songs about “roadkill” and “keeping it kosher,” with refrains the entire audience can sing along to in perfect harmony – sometimes.

In addition to improv shows, CFABS’ offers an extensive roster of year round theater and improv classes for adults and children. Members of “You’ll See How It Goes” teach classes suitable for beginners through advanced students that include “Improv I,” “Stress Management Through Improv Comedy,” “Improv 2,” and “Advanced Improv Training.” Summer Camp classes that run June 8-August 18 offer improv fun for ages 4-18.

Would you like to take an improv class for free? Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance, including “Improv Tonight.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

CFABS’ also offers a family and youth friendly improv show at 4pm the first Saturday of each month called “Improv Café.” The show features young professional improv players “Mission Improvable,” trained through CFABS’ youth improv classes.

Tickets for “Improv Tonight” are $12 for Members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $15 for non-members and $17 at the door for all. Tickets for “Improv Café” are $6 for youth and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm & “Improv Cafe (youth and family friendly improv comedy),” at 4:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” Sunday, June 5, 3:00pm, “Deb & The Dynamics,” Saturday, July 24, 8:00pm, and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: Improv Tonight!
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016; 8:00pm
COST: Tickets: $12 Members, $15 Non-members, $17 At Door

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: Improv Cafe! Youth & Family Friendly Improv Comedy
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016; 4:00pm
COST: Tickets: $6 youth, $10 adults

NOW THAT’S ITALIAN MAMA COOKS IT UP – THE HILARIOUS ITALIAN MUSICAL Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

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By Patrice Shields

Join The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs for a big Italian style performance with the comedic musical hit “Mama Cooks It Up,” Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS.) The CPABS’ Hinman Auditorium will transport you to “Mama’s Restaurant” where you will watch the entertaining chaotic dynamics of an Italian family restaurant as a virtual “tableside” audience.

This fun show delivers loads of laughs and packs the two-hour performance with audience interaction and toe tapping numbers! As a virtual guest at Mama’s restaurant you will laugh out loud and sing along to cherished Neapolitan favorite songs including Volare, That’s Amore, Mambo Italiano, Pepino The Italian Mouse and many more. You can almost smell Gnocchi as you fall in love with “Mama” and the family that works along side her. So tuck your white napkin in your shirt collar, then sit back and enjoy this heart-warming show will have you laughing for days.

Tickets for “Mama Cooks It Up,” are $45 for Premium Seats, $40 for Center Seats and $35 for Side Seats. Tickets for “Mama Cooks It Up” can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance including “Mama Cooks It Up.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Tuesday Art Talks,” April 5, 7:00pm, “Helios Swingtet Big Band Orchestra,” April 15, 8:00pm, “Patchouli & Terra Guitar: The Landscape of Guitar,” April 22, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Mama Cooks It Up – An Italian Musical

WHERE: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, 2016; 7:30pm
COST: Tickets: $45 Premium Seats, $40 Center Seats, $35 Side Seats

WHO KILLED THE RABBI? CFABS Deliciously Hilarious Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) & Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)

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You are cordially invited to a traditional Jewish wedding at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs that is anything but typical. It’s the rabbi’s first wedding, the groom’s mother is distraught, the maid of honor is drunk and the bride is clueless. Or, maybe it is typical… until the Rabbi is killed. “Who Killed the Rabbi?” is a laugh riot that almost becomes a real riot and you are invited to eat, dance, and celebrate as an invited guest.
Audience members help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this comedy wedding murder mystery. Be the first table to solve the mystery and win the grand prize. There are two performances offering a dinner show option and a brunch matinee. The dinner show is Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm and the brunch show is Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am.

Who Killed the Rabbi Cantor and Mother of BrideThe very funny Margot Escott and Leigh Shein, who both teach and perform improv wrote and star in this show. “You will recognize all of your dysfunctional relatives,” says Writer/Director/Actress Margot Escott. “Just imagine, it’s a wedding you can laugh at and you don’t have to bring a gift.” Escott and Shein’s cast include members of CFABS’ notorious Improv Anonymous troupe, CFABS’ Community Players and some fresh faces to the comedy scene.

The widowed mother of the bride “Sadie Berkowitz” played by Margot Escott is not happy and she has reason. Not only is her beloved orthodox daughter “Sarah Berkowitz” played by Jodie Fox Costello marrying the ‘half Jewish’ “Steve Miller” played by Steve Cobb, but she is saddled with the clueless “Rabbi Leo,” played by Leigh Shein who is stumbling through officiating his first wedding. You will agree that Sadie should have paid the “MC” played by Craig Price better because he is just not making enough on this gig to care that this wedding fiasco is spiraling out of control.

And the wedding party does nothing to help things at all. One “Maid of Honor” played by Marina Acosta MillerWho Killed the Rabbi Rabbi Groom & Best Man is clueless and very drunk and the other played by CC Bronson loves gospel music more than Hebrew songs. The groom’s buff, wrester brother and best man “Chad Miller” played by Chad Schmous is distracted with his ‘I could have been a contender’ complex and then there is Sadie’s sister “Aunt Marian,” played by Marian Horgan who is busy supervising her pianist granddaughter played by Miranda Shein. Coincidentally, “Aunt Lisa” on the groom’s side, played by Lisa Guzda is both a singer and volunteer sheriff.

Oy vey! As the title suggests, a murder occurs during the show and you as an audience member are there to help sort through the clues and unravel the mystery behind this deliciously wacky murder mystery. If your table is the first to solve the mystery, you win the grand prize.

Who Killed the Rabbi Bride and Groom PizzaBesides the laughs, and lots of dancing, the redeeming aspect of this wedding is the food catered by Artichoke & Company. The buffet dinner includes Cesar Salad with Roasted Tomatoes & Kalamata Olives, Grilled Chicken Medallions with Wild Mushroom and Marsala Wine Sauce, Penne Pasta with Creamy Pomodoro Sauce, Tri Color Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Basil Alfredo Sauce, Farfalle with Roasted Garlic Wine Sauce Prosciutto Di Parma Fresh Spinach and Pecorino, New York Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Coffee. Beer and wine are available before and during the performance.

The buffet brunch show menu includes Fresh Scrambled Eggs with Sides of Diced Tomato and Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Bacon & Breakfast Sausage, Assorted Muffins and Crumb Cakes, French Toast Casserole with Granny Smith Apples and Cinnamon, Bagels, Tropical Fruit Salad, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Vanilla Glazed Strawberry Roll and Coffee.

You’ll be glad you came to this wedding reception of a lifetime and glad this is not your family! Tickets are $50 for members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $55 for non-members and $55 for all at the door if available. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance time. Tickets include dinner/brunch and the show. To select seats and purchase tickets visit http://www.artcenterbonita.org or call 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to select Live at the Center performances. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Deb & the Dynamics,” Saturday, October 17, 8pm, “Tab Benoit,” Wednesday, October 21, 8pm, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” October 30, 8:30pm (Center for Visual Arts Outdoor Stage, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs) and the “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for most events listed are available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:Who Killed the Rabbi Hora Dance
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Who Killed the Rabbi? Murder Mystery Dinner/Brunch Theater
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015; 6:30pm (Dinner) &
Sunday, October 18, 2015; 11:30am (Brunch)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: $50 Members, $55 Non-Members, $55 Door for all if available (Ticket price includes dinner/brunch and show)