And the Denis Fitzpatrick Scholarship goes to…

Jack Libresco!

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Jack was the Artful Dodger in AFD’s production of “Oliver!” Also starring in the play was Dan Rabone, a longtime supporter of AFD, and a talented singer, actor, writer. We were all so saddened to learn of Dan’s recent passing. He was a light in our lives.

A lot of you may know Jack from his work at AFD, including his role as the Artful Dodger in “Oliver!” He was nominated for a DASH Award for best youth in a musical.

The scholarship committee–Evelyn Corsini Alcorn, Cynthia Marsden, Wilda Ward, and Joe Stallone–was delighted when Jack applied for the scholarship. Evelyn says “He’s a very talented young man, and we expect great things of him!”

Jack graduated from Arlington High School and is attending Macalester College in St Paul, MN in the fall, with a major in Classics and Economics and a minor in music and theater.

The scholarship is named for Denis Fitzpatrick, who was passionate about all aspects of the theater, and in addition to contributing his acting and directing talents, could often be found at AFD in paint-splattered clothes, fixing scenery, dutchmaning flats, and lending his eye for design in arranging sets.

AFD raises money for the scholarship every year from a variety of sources, including donations from Friends, money from the soda machine (!), and, this year, a collection at productions of “Avenue Q.” We’re grateful to everyone who supports the arts, especially the new generation of talent!

A Chorus Line / Auditions

A Chorus Line AFD Audition Form in Word DOC format  

 A Chorus Line AFD Audition Form in Adobe PDF format


Auditions for A Chorus Line! August 13, 15, 16, 2015

Arlington Friends of the Drama invites you to audition for the opening show of their 2015-16 season, the musical, A Chorus Line. The production is directed by Nicholas Meunier with musical direction by David Lien and choreography by Todd Rinehart.

A Broadway original when it opened in 1975 and a Broadway legend when it finally closed its fifteen year run, AFD will celebrate the show’s 40th Anniversary with a production that honors the origins of this musical-verite in the grimy streets of 1970’s New York City. A work of “struggle and possibility,” A Chorus Line hits to the heart of anyone who has had to defend their identity in a world of anonymity.


Auditions

 Auditions will be held Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 7 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1 – 5 p.m. with callbacks on Sunday, August 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. All sessions will be held at the AFD Theater, 22 Academy St. in Arlington.

 Those interested in auditioning should contact Director, Nicholas Meunier at merns02@hotmail.com with any questions and to schedule your initial auditions for one of the following slots:

  1. August 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
  2. August 13, 8 – 10 p.m.
  3. August 15, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  4. August 15, 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Initial Audition Requirements

 A Chorus Line takes place during one dance audition for an unnamed Broadway production. It is a piece about professional dancers struggling to continue their livelihoods in a demanding profession. Accordingly, while there is no prerequisite level of experience, the casting team will be looking for those that are equally strong dancers, singers, and actors. For those with less dance training or experience, an ability to learn and retain choreography will be important.

Initial auditions will be held in two-hour blocks. During that time, you will learn a dance combination (all auditioning will learn the combination together) and be given the opportunity to sing 32 bars of a song that best showcases your voice. Come dressed to dance and please bring sheet music for your song for the accompanist.

Please come to your initial audition with your resume and headshot (if you have them) and the completed audition form, which can be downloaded from the following link:

Callback Auditions – Those asked to return for callbacks will re-perform the dance combination from the initial audition and learn a song(s) or monologue(s) from the show.

Rehearsals – Generally, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday evenings from August 23 – October 15 (some Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings as well). Tech week from October 18 – 22.


Production Dates

Fri., October 23 @ 8 p.m.                   Sun., November 1 @ 4 p.m.

Sat., October 24 @ 8 p.m.                  Fri., November 6 @ 8 p.m.

Sun., October 25 @ 4 p.m.                 Sat., November 7 @ 8 p.m.

Fri., October 30 @ 8 p.m.                   Sun., November 8 @ 4 p.m.

Sat., October 31 @ 2p.m.


Character Descriptions

Zach                M (30-50) Tough but reasonable and understanding director of the show. Looking for strong acting skills. The actor playing Zach does not have to be a singer.  While, in the original script, Zach teaches the dance combinations, we are willing to consider the right actor with less extensive dance experience.

Larry               M (20-40) Zach’s assistant and dance captain. Must be a very strong dancer but not necessarily a singer. Will consider casting the role as a woman.

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Don                 M (26) Baritone. Good looking and masculine. From Kansas. Wife and 2 kids

Maggie            F (25) Mezzo. Innocent and quiet but there is passion underneath that comes out at several points in the play. Will be looking for strong vocal ability

Mike                M (24) Tenor. A true show off. Actor must have excellent dance skills for his solo in “I Can Do That.” Tap skills a plus.

Connie            F (32) Alto. Tough New Yorker, 4’10” so she is constantly playing younger roles. Preference for Asian American, but will consider alternative casting

Greg                M (32) Baritone. Well groomed and preppy, Jewish New Yorker. Comfortable in his sexuality now, but only discovered it in his teenage years

Sheila              F (29) Alto. Brash and confident, hiding deep insecurities about her age and fading abilities. Experienced chorus dancer hoping to get by on her past efforts

Bobby             M (25) Baritone. Experienced and confident, always performing for others/has been drawn to it his whole life. Known he was gay since childhood.

Bebe                F (26) Alto. Born in Boston, sensitive and defensive about her looks. Looking for strong vocal talent in the role

Judy                F (28) Mezzo. Good dancer but somewhat spacey (she can’t remember her audition number). Danced to make her father happy.

Richie              M (27) Tenor. Athletic dancer and strong singer. Originally from the South. Preference for an African-American male but will consider alternative casting

Al                     M (30) Baritone. NYC Italian. Has worked but is approaching the tail end of his career. Married to Kristine

Kristine           F (22) Sheepish and inexperienced, very self-conscious about her voice. Strong dancer. Married to Al

Val                   F (25) Alto. The hottest thing in her small hometown in Vermont, she moved to NYC to be a Rockette, but faced stiff competition. Now very confident that she is getting regular work

Mark               M (20) Tenor. Confident but young. Comes across as a regular kid, perhaps a younger Don. Strong dancer.

Paul                 M (28) Baritone. Very rough NYC upbringing and early life. Tortured by his inability to define his identity. Looking for a very strong actor.

Diana              F (29) Alto. Bronx native, confident but in a defensive way like many of the characters. Good at covering insecurity but Zach’s process breaks down her walls.   Looking for a strong singer/dancer/actor.

Cassie              F (30ish) Soprano. Very strong dancer/singer with star skills, but has never gotten a break. A great chorus girl who will never be a star. Previous intimate  relationship with Zach. Actor must be very strong dancer and singer.

Ensemble Characters

We will also be looking to cast ~ 7 additional dancers (~ 4M, 3F) who appear in the opening number of the show, and may also be used in the Finale. Some of these characters (e.g. Vicki, Roy) have featured lines during the opening number.

[1] Character ages listed are those explicitly given in the show, but we will consider all actors who can “play” that age

A great closing meeting for a wonderful season

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Ah, we do love when folks are Members and Friends for many years! here’s the crew that’s been around for 25 years!! top, l to r: Evelyn Corsini-Alcorn, Lois Finstein, Art Finstein, Teri Muller bottom, l to r: Sally Rogers, George Rogers

The newly unveiled posters for next season!

The newly unveiled posters for next season!

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President-in-Leaving Iain Bason enjoys a chat with Development Chair-in-Leaving Catherine Christie

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If you don’t know who this is, you need to come to more meetings… it’s Jim Grana, who introduced the personnel for next season’s plays, and told us all about Peter Allen.

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The lovely Rachel Roccoberton, who will be choreographing “Boy from Oz.”

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Mario Cruz will be music directing one of the plays, and Ginger Webb will be helping.

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Iain Bason served as president for two years, but his family wants him back. He was always on time, so not sure why we gave him a clock. But it was very handsome and a fine memento.

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Nicole Libresco accepted the Denis Fitzpatrick scholarship award for her son, Jack, who was appropriately in a performance elsewhere. Mr. Byrne from the drama department at Arlington High School joined the fun.

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Judy Weinberg accepts the 2015 Myl Trempf Award from Ginger Webb, and gives Evelyn Corsini-Alcorn a big hug.

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Yay, Judy!

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Evelyn Corsini Alcorn, producer, and John Fogle, director, for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Marlene Mandel, production manager for "Clybourne Park"

Marlene Mandel, production manager for “Clybourne Park”

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Nicholas Meunier, director, and Todd Reinhart, choreographer for “A Chorus Line”

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Steven Atwater, (co-)production manager for “A Chorus Line”

What a Quartet!

_MG_3028Some tidbits about the four terrific actors in this production…

Please do join us this weekend — Friday Saturday at 8, Sunday at 4 — for some good laughs and great acting. Cheers!

http://afdtheatre.org/quartet.html

Oh boy! Quartet is going to be delicious!

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Opening night is coming soon! Friday June 12 at 8pm

P1180925Followed by champagne reception. Pretty fun!

Tickets here: http://www.ticketstage.com/T/AFD

Great actors, great play.

Getting excited for next season? Yes, we are.

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The great Friend Jim Grana is eager to let you know about “Oz” — coming up in 2015-2016 season! Join today…

This may be close to a year away, but I can’t let another moment go by without telling you my friends, how completely psyched I am. With auditions next December 2015 (no snow please God) and production dates in April 2016, I will be directing “The Boy From Oz”. It is based on the life of Peter Allen.

Not only does it require a quadruple threat performer in the lead role (singer/dancer/actor and if at all possible ‘piano player’) It has Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Peter’s Mom and Dad, Peter as a young boy, the Allen Brothers, a glorious company of Rockettes and singers/dancers at Peter and Liza concerts.

This is an award winning musical where Hugh Jackman went home with a Tony in 2004. All of the music and most lyrics were written by Peter.

Shows of this nature are referred to as juke box musicals. I hate that term. This refers to music/lyrics written before an actual script was conceived. It takes herculean knowledge, ingenuity and love of the material to incorporate Peter’s music that beautifully tells his story. The music appears seamlessly connected to the dialogue. That’s the way it should be in every musical —- the songs should always be a continuation and advancement of the story. Look at “Jersey Boys”, “Mamma Mia” and “Beautiful”, just three examples of music built around a story which continues to enhance audiences today.

“The Boy From Oz” in two and one half hours, covers Peter as a young boy, a loving mother, an abusive father, his first performance in a pub in Australia, his entrance into the entertainment world, his meeting with Judy, his marriage to Liza, his sold out concert at Radio City Music Hall, where he was the only performer to ever appear with the Rockettes, Judy’s death, divorce from Liza, the men in his life, and AIDS. We will see it all!

My goal here is to rock the house with characters, heart, songs, laughter, a few tears presented by a company of people and things to care about. If you can capture in a small way the feeling I have for this show AND if it in any way inspires you to become involved, please let me know. In the weeks and months ahead, I will be giving you updates on “Oz”, the story and a bit of Peter Allen history. “Love don’t need a reason, Love is never a crime, And love is all we have for now What we don’t have is time” PETER ALLEN Thanks for listening, Jim.

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