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Congratulations to our production of 'Any Given Monday' on being named First Runner-Up for Outstanding Achievement in a Play at the 2016 Ruby Griffith Awards. Congratulations to Anne and William and all those involved in the production!

Next Season Announcement!


Opens July 29:

A Few Good Men


by Aaron Sorkin
directed by Patrick Mullen
A Guest Production from Off The Quill

When do the ends no longer justify the means? This is just one of the questions raised in Academy-Award winner Aaron Sorkin's hit Broadway debut. A Few Good Men follows the court-martial of two Marines in the summer of 1986, put on trial for the suspicious death of PFC William Santiago. Assigned to the case is Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a young JAG with a penchant for plea bargaining. Under pressure from Lt. Cmdr Jo Galloway, Kaffee and the Defense find themselves uncovering a conspiracy, confronting the morality of war, and indicting the Marine Corps Code of Honor.

July 29 - August 13
Friday and Saturday at 8:00
Sunday August 7 at 2:00

Ticket prices: $20 General Admission, $16 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult)
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Auditions

Auditions for Seussical will be held at the Greenbelt Arts Center on Thursday, August 18 at 7pm, Saturday, August 20 at 2pm and Sunday, August 21 at 2pm. Call-backs will be Thursday, August 25, if necessary.

Rehearsals will begin October 1 and will be 3 or 4 times per week until tech week with the final schedule depending on conflicts. There will be nine performances from December 2 to 18 on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with afternoon matinees on each Sunday and on Saturday December 10, and evening performances on the other days.

All the leads, feature roles and ensemble sing in the show. Most roles dance. We will also be including circus performers throughout the show; the circus performers may also sing or dance if they are able. Leads and others could incorporate circus skills if they have them, but prior circus experience is not required.

Please prepare a short song (up to 32 bars) in the style of the show, or from musical theater. Bring sheet music for the piano accompanist or sing a capella; we will not use backing tracks for the auditions. Auditions will include movement or dance, so please dress appropriately; do not wear jeans and bring dance sneakers or jazz shoes if possible. There will be readings from the script. If you wish to audition for the circus roles, please bring any necessary equipment, such as a unicycle, stilts, juggling balls, etc.

Bring a headshot and theatrical resume if you have one, or be prepared to list previous acting, singing, dancing and circus training and experience. Bring a complete list of conflicts for October 1 to December 18, including all days of the week. We will try to accommodate rehearsal conflicts, but performance conflicts will not be allowed for those with lead, speaking or singing parts.

The Story:
The characters of Dr. Seuss are brought to life as The Cat in the Hat tells the stories to Jojo. Horton the Elephant Hears a Who and Hatches the Egg. Gertrude McFuzz bemoans her one-feather tale and falls for Horton while Mayzie La Bird leads Gertrude astray. The Sour Kangaroo and the Wickersham Brothers tease Horton and don't believe in the Whos. The Whos are led by the Mayor and his Wife while the Bird Girls back up the singing and join in the fun. Our production will incorporate circus skills throughout the play, which will be featured during the Circus McGurkus scene.

Cast:
We expect to cast a combination of adults, teens and children; all ages are encouraged to audition and many of the roles are open to a wide range in ages. We welcome a diverse cast and all roles are open to all ethnicities. People of any gender may audition for any role; casting will depend on the ability to sing the vocal range and to portray the role. People with disabilities are encouraged to audition. Although circus skills are required for the Circus Performers, it is not necessary for the lead and ensemble actors to have circus abilities, but any skills that exist may be used in the show. All roles are unpaid.

The Cat in the Hat
acts as a narrator, telling the story to Jojo. Very mischievous with a Monty Python sense of humor. Portraying The Cat will include comic improvisation and some interaction with the audience. The vocals are written alternatively for either a soprano or tenor voice, and the story can portray The Cat as either male or female. Singing and dancing. Soprano or Tenor.
Jojo
is a smart child with a wildly active imagination. With the help of The Cat, Jojo thinks up the story and then enters it, getting into trouble and out. Full of joie-de-vivre and wonderment. Singing and potentially some dancing. Soprano or child soprano.
Horton the Elephant
is a gentle giant, considerate, trusting and naive. Strong singing and potentially some dancing. Tenor or baritone.
Gertrude McFuzz
is socially and physically awkward and has low self-confidence at the beginning of the play, but discovers hidden reserves of beauty and determination by the end. Strong singing, potentially some dancing. Soprano.
Mayzie La Bird
is flamboyant, dramatic and self-assured but fancy free and irresponsible. Strong singing and flashy dancing. Soprano.
The Sour Kangaroo
has attitude and flair. Strong singing, belting with improvised jazz riffs; dancing. Alto or Soprano.
The Mayor of Whoville
is proud, conventional and conservative. He tries to do what is right and to save his world, but Jojo's imagination upsets him. Singing, potentially some dancing. Tenor/baritone.
The Mayor's Wife
is devoted to her husband and to Jojo and wants what is best for everyone. Singing, potentially some dancing. Soprano.
General Genghis Kahn Schmitz
is rigid, militaristic and unimaginative, but believes that he is doing what is right for the children in his care and for his country. Singing, chanting and marching. Bass.
Yertle the Turtle
is the judge at Horton's trial. Bass or Alto.
Bird Girls (or Boys)
are the featured back-up singers for Mayzie and for much of the action. Singing in parts and chorus dancing. Sopranos and Altos.
Wickersham Brothers and Sisters
are featured dancers or acrobats. Some singing, either hip-hop dancing or acrobatics. Mixed voices.
Thing 1 and Thing 2
are The Cat's assistants, play several cameo roles and act as on-stage in-costume stage crew.
Ensemble
are the Whos, the Fish, the Cadets and the Hunches. Four-part harmony chorus singing and chorus dancing.
Circus Performers
use unicycling, juggling, acrobatics, stilts and other circus skills to help portray the ensemble roles throughout the show. They are featured in an extended Circus McGurkus presentation. There will not be any aerials.
Additional roles
including the Young Kangaroo, The Grinch, Vlad Vladikoff, Cindy Lou Who, Max the Dog and others will be cast from among the Ensemble and Circus Performers.
For additional information, contact Director Jon Gardner at jongreenbelt@yahoo.com.

Announcing our 2016-2017 Season

Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies
November 4-20
Directed by Bob Kleinberg
A husband and wife reevaluate their marriage after their closest friends decide to split up after twelve years.
Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
December 2-18
Directed by Jon Gardner
Choreographed by Rikki Howie Lacewell
Circus coached by Laura Adams
A fantastical, magical, musical circus!. All your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and Mayzie LaBird. The colorful characters transport you from the jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos, while the Circus McGurkus fills the stage with unicycles, juggling, acrobatics and more!
A Visit from Scarface by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger
January 20 - February 11
Directed by Keith Brown
It's 1930, and successful screenwriter Ben Hecht is in a pickle. He's just written a script for the movie Scarface, inspired by gangster Al Capone. It's guaranteed to be a hit, if Capone's hit-men don't get him first.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss, Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
March 3-25
Directed by Jeffery Lesniak
Choreographed by Rikki Howie Lacewell
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never her the soul-crushing, pout-inducing life-unaffirming 'ding' of the bell that signifies a mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves!
Tribute by Bernard Slade
April 21 - May 15
Directed by Gayle Negri
A popular actor has spend his life shirking responsibility. When he discovers he is terminally ill with leukemia, he attempts to reconnect with his long-estranged son.

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All shows start at 8pm unless otherwise stated. For reservations or more information call 301-441-8770.
Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20770
Greenbelt Arts Center is a 100-seat blackbox theater, with plenty of free on-site parking.
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