The land of “Oz” is taking shape at AFD!

When “Boy from Oz” opens on April 1st, what you’ll see will be the end result of MONTHS of work, sweat, and tears. A great crew is working day and night to provide you with some fabulous entertainment! Getchyer tickets soon…

Thanks to everyone who shows up to help!!

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Auditions for “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” in March

Audition Form Vanya_Word DOC    |   Audition Form Vanya PDF

Auditions will be held at Arlington Friends of the Drama, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA, on Thursday, March 10 beginning at 7PM and Saturday, March 12 beginning at 1PM.

Please print out a copy of the online Audition Form (at the top of this post), and bring it with you along with your resume and headshot or snapshot.

Arlington Friends of the Drama announces auditions for this hilarious comedy of ill manners. The setting is in the present in a lovely farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Vanya and his sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the house where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her boy toy Spike in tow.

Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with modern cringe-worthy flair, it’s a delightfully off-kilter romp that critics have hailed as a “zany joy”. In 2013 it won the Tony award for “Best Play”.

Actors will be asked to prepare and present a 2-minute comic monologue. Cold readings from the script will also be conducted. It is strongly suggested that you are familiar with the script. There will be a copy available to read at the Reference Desk of the Robbins Library in Arlington Center.

Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons, Monday and Thursday evenings, starting April 4, 2016.


VANYA: A man in his 50’s who is resigned to his life, at least in comparison with his adopted sister, Sonia.

SONIA: A woman in her 50’s living with her brother Vanya, discontent, upset, and regretful.

MASHA: Vanya and Sonia’s sister, in her 50’s, a glamorous and successful actress who gallivants around the world.

SPIKE: An aspiring actor, 20s, who is Masha’s new companion. He is athletic, sexy, self-absorbed, but otherwise outgoing and friendly.

NINA: A lovely and sincere would-be actress in her early 20’s, visiting her aunt and uncle next door. Star struck, earnest and energetic.

CASSANDRA: Vanya and Sonia’s wacky housekeeper – a soothsayer who often makes ominous predictions. Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race: African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern


Auditions will be held at Arlington Friends of the Drama, 22 Academy Street, Arlington, MA, on Thursday, March 10 beginning at 7PM and Saturday, March 12 beginning at 1PM.

Please print out a copy of the online Audition Form (at the top of this post), and bring it with you along with your resume and headshot or snapshot.

To schedule your audition or make further inquiries please contact the Production Manager Evelyn Corsini Alcorn, (617)484-3308.

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Hey, wanna help us put on a show??

I’m Charlie Carr, the set designer for our upcoming show, “The Boy From Oz,” a musical biography of the late star Peter Allen.  We do four mainstage productions a year (this is the third for this year, to be followed by the comedy “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” in June).  If you’d like to come down during one of our crew times, you’d be very welcome.
Our normal times are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00, and Saturday mornings, 9:00 to noon.  We will not be there tomorrow evening but will be working on Saturday.  We’re very casual, so don’t feel you have to be there at the very start, or that you have to stay all the way through.  I don’t know if you know our location:  22 Academy Street in Arlington Center.  Let me know if you need directions, or you can check out our website:  We’re also on Facebook.
We’ve done most of the building for this show but we have some wall units to set in place, and some curtains to rig, followed by painting if you’re into that.
Something to think about: this show (which performs the first three weekends in April) will need two or three stage crew members for each performance.  These crew members will not appear to the audience; it will be just backstage work, including some furniture moving and occasional curtain pulls.  If you are, or might be, interested in participating in this exciting show, or know someone else who might, please contact production manager Ginger Webb at 
Hope to see you Saturday, or whenever you can come by!
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Remembering Dan Rabone

From the site about Dan and his legacy:

Daniel’s vibrancy, creativity and humanity is sorely missed and has left a void to those privileged to meet him.  Ever-present was his honesty, clever wit and charismatic charm.

Daniel played an active role in many communities with an overarching theme of being a mentor. It gave Daniel great purpose to be able to inspire a person to ask (and answer) challenging questions or create goals for themselves.  His extreme talent in guiding others exceled here, and he inspired many in all facets/stages of life.  Daniel was able to accomplish this because he always challenged himself under the same conditions.

The Daniel J. Rabone Memorial Fund has been established to continue the legacy Daniel left to the Boston area theatre community. His love of musical theatre and performing was infectious to any and all that had the opportunity to work with him.

The Daniel J. Rabone Memorial Fund will provide one or more scholarships to students enrolled in the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI); specifically to students who live in and around the Greater Boston area.

At the current time we are in the fundraising stage in order to solidify an endowment in Daniel’s name, which will continue in perpetuity.

If you would like to donate, please go to The Campaign for Boston University and under the section ‘Click Here to choose a fund’, choose ‘Other Fund’ and write: “Daniel J. Rabone Memorial Fund” in the space provided.


At an AFD gathering, Dan performed some songs from a play he was writing.

Here they are! AFD directors for next season

Jim Grana reports that he is VERY excited about next season at AFD: Great plays, and now great directors on board. The Play Reading Committee worked hard to select the plays and to interview and select the directors.

Congrats to everyone, and we’re very excited, too!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
September 2016

Music William Finn
Lyrics William Finn
Book Rachel Sheinkin
Stage Director and Choreographer, Justin McCoubry*
Musical Director, John Eldridge
* Justin had a lead role in our “Avenue Q” and is now playing Greg in “Oz”

An Inspector Calls
November 2016

by J.B. Priestley

Stage Director, Mary Fitzpatrick

Sunset Boulevard
February – March 2017

Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Don Black
Christopher Hampton
Book Don Black
Christopher Hampton
Stage Director and Choreographer, Kevin Mark Kline
Musical Director, Steven Bergman

The Graduate
April – May 2017

A Play Adapted by Terry Johnson
Based on the Novel by Charles Webb
And the Motion Picture Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry

Stage Director, Joe Stallone

Boy from Oz is coming!

And we did our first table read on a chilly night in January…

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Here is the full and final cast! Congrats to all.

Thom Hardy                       Peter Allen

Janet Ferreri                      Judy Garland

Caroline Keeler                 Liza Minelli

Jocelyn Hesse                    Marion

Justin McCoubry              Greg

Allan Singer                        Dee

John Bradshaw                 Dick

Diego Clark                         Young Peter Allen

Timmy Chase                     Chris

Ben West                            Mark


Allie Brown

Carol Wood

Allison Patch

Kelly Duffy

Julia Bandini

Elizabeth Hassett

Phyllis Uloth

Kitty Drexel

Nicole O’Keeffe

Sarah Albano



Free champagne. Seriously.


Don’t look at me like that. All you have to do is show up Friday night at AFD and catch the opening of “Clybourne Park” and  we will pour you, yes you, a glass of bubbly.

Unless you’re a minor.

Miners are fine. Turn off the headlamp, though.


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