Chapel Street Players https://chapelstreetplayers.org /// Your Ticket to Great Theater Tue, 15 Oct 2019 20:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.3 72764603 UseMeForHeadline https://chapelstreetplayers.org/845/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/845/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:59:05 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=845 Call for directors for 2020-2021!

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Call for directors for 2020-2021!

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Night Watch https://chapelstreetplayers.org/night-watch/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/night-watch/#comments Mon, 20 May 2019 20:44:39 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5166 Sep 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @8pm / Sep 15 @2pm / 2019

written by Lucille Fletcher
directed by Susan Moak
with the acting talents of Kelley Bielewicz, Patrick Cathcart, Chris Hankenson, Heather McCarty, Denise Rogers Mylin ,

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Sep 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @8pm / Sep 15 @2pm / 2019

written by Lucille Fletcher
directed by Susan Moak
with the acting talents of Kelley Bielewicz, Patrick Cathcart, Chris Hankenson, Heather McCarty, Denise Rogers Mylin , Walt Osborne, Bill Potter, Cindy Starcher and Sam Vernooy

Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine’s terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body—this time a woman’s—but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved—Elaine’s old friend and house guest Blanche; the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the nosy German maid Helga—all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Sep 13 @ 8 PM Sep 14 @ 8 PM Sep 15 @ 2 PM
Sep 19 @ 8 PM Sep 20 @ 8 PM Sep 21 @ 8 PM

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The War of the Worlds and Other Treats… https://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-war-of-worlds/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-war-of-worlds/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 20:50:04 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5171 Oct 17, 18, 19 @8pm / Oct 19 @ 2pm / 2019

written by Howard E koch/Edgar Allan Poe
directed by Brian M. Touchette
ass’t directed by Susan Boudreaux
with the acting talents of Matthew Brown,

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Oct 17, 18, 19 @8pm / Oct 19 @ 2pm / 2019

written by Howard E koch/Edgar Allan Poe
directed by Brian M. Touchette
ass’t directed by Susan Boudreaux
with the acting talents of Matthew Brown, Danielle Finlay, Zachary Jackson, Tanya Lazar, Ann Matthews, Pete Matthews. Walt Osborne, Michael D. Peco, Joseph Pukatsch, Patrick Ruegsegger, ​Cortez Skipper, Beth Stewart and Amy Walton
The War of the Worlds was broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938. This infamous radio play had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. If you survive the alien attack, you will then be treated to a selection of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories, read in all their terrifying details. We will also explore the legend of Poe and his rumored travels to Newark, Delaware. All of this is staged as a 1930s live radio broadcast in front of a live studio audience — YOU! It is an opportunity to see what it was like before TV and videogames when a few actors played numerous characters and the sound effects were performed live by a sound artist.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat
Oct 17 @ 8 PM Oct 18 @ 8 PM Oct 19 @ 2 PM
Oct 19 @ 8 PM

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The Lion In Winter https://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-lion-in-winter/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-lion-in-winter/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:23:27 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5642 Nov 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @8pm /Nov 17 @2pm

written by James Goldman
directed by Gwen Armstrong-Barker
with the acting talents of John Barker, Paul Henry, Sean McGuire, Corrine McMahon, Timothy Sheridan, Cindy Starcher and Steve Travers

It is  the year of our Lord 1183 and Henry Plantagenet,

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Nov 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @8pm /Nov 17 @2pm

written by James Goldman
directed by Gwen Armstrong-Barker
with the acting talents of John Barker, Paul Henry, Sean McGuire, Corrine McMahon, Timothy Sheridan, Cindy Starcher and Steve Travers

It is  the year of our Lord 1183 and Henry Plantagenet, King of England, fears for his country.  At 50, he is an old man by the standards of the day.  Given the recent loss of his oldest son and heir apparent, he fears his remaining three sons will tear the country apart vying for the throne after his death.  As he makes plans to settle the crown on his youngest son John, Eleanor, Henry’s dangerous and brilliant wife, schemes from the prison he has locked her in to gain the crown for her favorite, Richard.   Their middle son, Geoffrey, has some ideas of his own about whom should rule.  It is Christmastide, and the great king has summoned his family to his side to settle things once and for all…..

 James Goldman’s award-winning classic is filled with humor, the looming threat of violence and the dark complexities of family life.  As you ready yourself for the holiday season, come see whether the Plantagenets will “hang the holly, or each other”.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
  Nov 15 @ 8 PM Nov 16 @ 8 PM Nov 17 @ 2 PM
Nov 21 @ 8 PM Nov 22 @ 8 PM Nov 23 @ 8 PM  

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The House of Blue Leaves https://chapelstreetplayers.org/house-blue-leaves/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/house-blue-leaves/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:48:15 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5656 Feb 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm / Feb 23 @2pm / 2020

written by John Guare
directed by Judith A. David

Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zookeeper,

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Feb 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 8pm / Feb 23 @2pm / 2020

written by John Guare
directed by Judith A. David


Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zookeeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus, who’ll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn, with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Feb 21 @ 8 PM Feb 22 @ 8 PM Feb 23 @ 2 PM
Feb 27 @ 8 PM Feb 28 @ 8 PM Feb 29 @ 8 PM

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Moon Over the Brewery https://chapelstreetplayers.org/moon-over-the-brewery/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/moon-over-the-brewery/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:51:05 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5661 Apr 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2 @ 8pm / Apr 26 @ 2pm /2020

written by Bruce Graham
directed by Kathleen M. Kimber
ass’t directed by Christie Cerminaro

Miriam, unmarried and living with her thirteen-year-old daughter,

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Apr 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2 @ 8pm / Apr 26 @ 2pm /2020

written by Bruce Graham
directed by Kathleen M. Kimber
ass’t directed by Christie Cerminaro

Miriam, unmarried and living with her thirteen-year-old daughter, Amanda, works as a waitress, but it is her painting that really matters to her. She  also desires male companionship, a need which the precocious Amanda (she has an IQ of 160) has discouraged by driving away suitor after suitor. Amanda has also created an imaginary friend, Randolph, who appears (only to her) in a resplendent white suit and provides mischievous advice and guidance. Matters come to a head when Miriam brings home Warren, a rather unprepossessing mailman who, at first, appears to be a perfect target for Amanda’s (and Randolph’s) caustic remarks and demeaning intelligence tests. Until, that is, he quietly but firmly beats Amanda at her own game. In fact it is the surprisingly resourceful Warren who is able, at last, to wean Amanda away from her dependence on Randolph and into reality—and who, in time, may also be the one able to fill the aching needs of both Amanda and her lonely mother.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Apr 24 @ 8 PM Apr 25 @ 8 PM Apr 26 @ 2 PM
Apr 30 @ 8 PM May 1 @ 8 PM May 2 @ 8 PM

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The Odd Couple https://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-odd-couple/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-odd-couple/#respond Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:06:01 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5663 Reneé G. O’Leary Fundraiser
Male: Jun 12, 18, 20, 26 @ 8pm / Jun 14 @ 2pm / 2020
Female: Jun 13, 19, 25, 27 @ 8pm / Jun 21 @ 2pm / 2020

written by Neil Simon
directed by Scott F. 

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Reneé G. O’Leary Fundraiser

Male: Jun 12, 18, 20, 26 @ 8pm / Jun 14 @ 2pm / 2020
Female: Jun 13, 19, 25, 27 @ 8pm / Jun 21 @ 2pm / 2020

written by Neil Simon
directed by Scott F.  Mason
No, you are not seeing double! Your vision is 2020 and we are honoring the passing of legendary playwright Neil Simon with both the classic and the female version of his hit comedy, The Odd Couple, for our 2020 Reneé G. O’Leary Annual FUNdraiser. The classic 1965 male version features Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat freak who gets thrown out by his wife and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a slovenly sportswriter. Despite Oscar’s excessive gambling and poorly kept house he enjoys life. Felix, however, seems utterly incapable of enjoying anything and only finds purpose in pointing out his own and other people’s mistakes. These mismatched roommates bring on the laughs! Oscar feels compelled to throw him out after only a brief time together, until he realizes that Felix has indeed had a positive effect on him. Twenty years later, Simon created female versions of the pair to equal effect and comedy. Spend a COUPLE of nights with us and be prepared to be doubled over in laughter.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
♂ Jun 12 @ 8 PM ♀ Jun 13 @ 8 PM ♂ Jun 14 @ 2 PM
♂ Jun 18 @ 8 PM ♀ Jun 19 @ 8 PM ♂ Jun 20 @ 8 PM ♀ Jun 21 @ 2 PM
♀ Jun 25 @ 8 PM ♂ Jun 26 @ 8 PM ♀ Jun 27 @ 8 PM

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Audition :: Night Watch https://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-night-watch/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-night-watch/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:03:54 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=4849 Audition dates: Apr 22 & 23 (Mon & Tues) @ 7:00pm
Possible Callback if necessary : Apr 25 (Thu) @ 7:00pm

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Audition dates: Apr 22 & 23 (Mon & Tues) @ 7:00pm
Possible Callback if necessary : Apr 25 (Thu) @ 7:00pm

Director Susan Moak is looking for actors and actress for different ages:
Females:

  • Elaine Wheeler : 28-40
  • Helga: 40-70 (German Accent)
  • Blanche Cooke: 30-40
  • Dr. Tracey Lake: 40+

Males:

  • John Wheeler: 30-50
  • Vanelli : 25-50
  • Curtis Appleby: 50+
  • Lt. Walker: 30+
  • Sam Hoke: 50+

Cold readings, no monologues necessary.

Show Date: Sep 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @8pm / Sep 15 @2pm / 2019

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Audition :: The Lion In Winter https://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-the-lion-in-winter/ https://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-the-lion-in-winter/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:15:27 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=4853 Audition dates: May 13 & 14 (Mon & Tues) @ 7:00pm
Possible Callback if necessary : May 15 (Wed) @ 7:00pm

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Audition dates: May 13 & 14 (Mon & Tues) @ 7:00pm
Possible Callback if necessary : May 15 (Wed) @ 7:00pm

Director Gwen Armstrong Barker seeks 7 actors (2F, 4M, 1 role open to genderblind casting).  Actors should come prepared to do cold readings from the text. Contact Gwen at gwenarmstrongbarker@gmail.com for copies of the sides that will be used.

If you feel a monologue shows your best work, we’d love to see it!  Please alert Gwen before the audition so she can set aside time at the end of the evening for monologues if needed.

Character Descriptions:

  • Henry: (50’s-60’s) King of England and “the greatest power in a thousand years”.   Henry sees his time running out and, without a clear heir-apparent, fears his sons will tear the country apart vying for the crown after his death.
  • Eleanor: (50’s-60’s) Henry’s brilliant and manipulative wife whom he has released temporarily from the tower in which he keeps her.  She wants to influence the selection of the next king and negotiate her own release if she can.
  • Richard: (20’s – early 30’s) Henry and Eleanor’s oldest son, the legendary soldier and Eleanor’s favorite, is realizing he is more powerful than his father and is eager to take his birthright
  • Geoffrey: (20’s – Considering Genderblind casting for this role) the brightest (and coldest) son is bitter about being passed over for the throne and angling for power
  • John: (late teens early 20’s) Henry’s youngest and favorite son, would like to scheme and manipulate with his brothers, but is in over his head
  • Alais: (20’s) Henry’s lover and ward, is desperate to avoid being sold in marriage to the next king
  • Phillip: (late teen’s early 20’s) Alais’s brother and King of France, wants to avenge the humiliations Henry heaped on his father when he was alive

Rehearsals:  We’re planning a lighter rehearsal schedule (1-2 per week) over the Summer to accommodate vacations.  After Labor Day, the rehearsal schedule will increase to 3 (2 weeknights 1 weekend) per week. Not all cast members will need to be at every rehearsal.

Show Date: Nov 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @8pm / Nov 17 @2pm / 2019

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Audition :: The War of the Worlds and Other Treats https://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-the-war-of-the-worlds-and-other-treats/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 13:41:30 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=5584 Auditions dates:
August 25 (Sun) 6 – 8 pm, if going to arrive after 7 pm please contact the director
August 26 (Mon) 7 – 9 pm, if going to arrive after 8 pm please contact the director

Auditions for a 1938 radio drama.

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Auditions dates:
August 25 (Sun) 6 – 8 pm, if going to arrive after 7 pm please contact the director
August 26 (Mon) 7 – 9 pm, if going to arrive after 8 pm please contact the director

Auditions for a 1938 radio drama. Act 1 will be The War of the Worlds (by Howard E. Koch; based on the novel by H.G.Wells (Playscripts version)). Act 2 will be selected readings by Edgar Allen Poe.

Director: Brian M. Touchette
Ass’t Director: Susan Boudreaux

Audition details:
CSP is seeking a diverse cast (age, gender, ethnicity, body types) ages 18 and up. Between 9 and 15 actors will be cast. The audition will include cold readings from portions of The War of the Worlds as well as selected Poe Readings (selections will be from Bells and Tell Tale Heart – actors will be asked to read a short selection from one or the other). Actors will be auditioning solo – without other actors on stage. Most roles will require the ability to play multiple characters/voice changes. While accents are not required, if you are able to do any accents let the audition committee know.

Head shots and resumes are not required. You may fill out an audition form and bring it with you ( see the end of the notice )

Actors may park behind the theatre but know that you may be blocked in. Do NOT park in the Newark Shopping Center.

Pre-Cast: The actor doing live sound effects has been pre-cast.

Show details:

The show will be performed with scrips in hand (no memorization will be needed). You may be cast in a single role or multiple roles. Actors will perform in both Act I (The War of the Worlds) and Act II (Poe readings).

Rehearsals and show dates:
Oct 17, 18, 19 @ 8pm / Oct 19 @ 2pm

There will be a limited number of rehearsals (fewer than 10 – including tech). As this is an ensemble show, all actors must be able to attend rehearsals (director will do his best to be flexible given cast conflicts). Rehearsals will start in early October. There will be two mandatory build/paint days.

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