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A Few Good Men

Directed by Jan Topoleski
Stage Manager: Kerielle Sollecito

AUDITION DATES
Monday, December 9 - 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Open Call
Tuesday, December 10 - 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Open Call
Wednesday, December 11 - 7:30 to 10 pm, Callbacks

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan NJ 08736

PERFORMANCE DATES
Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 3 pm: February 22-March 1, 2020

AUDITION MATERIALS
To prepare, please look over the following sides:

SYNOPSIS
From Academy-Award winning writer and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin, this Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Time: Summer, 1986; Place: The action of the play occurs in various locations in Washington, D.C., and on the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

ROLES
16+ plus men and 1 woman

Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson: (20s) Accused of murdering Private William Santiago. Believes to the core in the Corps - its honor and its code - and is willing to state that in court even if it gets him life in prison. Really is a good guy who wants to balance service, honor and the human condition. Squad leader to Downey. Pfc. Louden Downey: (20s) Accused of murdering Private William Santiago in conspiracy with Dawson. Sweet, down-home boy-next-door who probably joined the Marines because it's the best way to utilize what little brain God gave him. Naive and genuine while also being a little "slow".

Capt. Matthew Markinson: (40s - 50s) Marine Executive Officer who tries to secretly push the truth to the forefront only to find everything he's ever been taught being challenged. A good counterpart to Jessep - someone we want to believe in, but maybe someone who's Marine-ness is questionable.

Pfc. William T. Santiago: (Early 20s) Although he dies before the action of the play begins, Santiago appears in a few flashbacks. Was desperate to leave GITMO before this. At one point, he wrote a letter offering to turn another soldier in for a minor breach in protocol in exchange for being transferred off the base.

Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep: (40s - 50s) As Joanne Galloway says, Jessep is the "Golden Boy of the Corps." The youngest Colonel in the North American Command. Tough, focused, uncompromising, powerful in speech and physical presence, intimidating to everyone, but still able to schmooze when necessary. Believes he is the hero of the story and just might be right. A truly edgy, scary, but fascinating man. He has the utmost faith in his own authority as a Marine, and in the sanctity of the Marine Corps.

Lt. Jonathan Kendrick: (30s) Superior of Dawson and Downey. Believes in the importance of code and the corps. Over-the-top duty-focused Marine who exemplifies all that is wrong with myopic leadership. Uses the Bible as a thumping card when he needs to prove a point.

Lt. J.G. Sam Weinberg: (Late 20s - 30s) JAG lawyer, and Kaffee's friend. One of the smart kids, and often tasked with keeping Kafee in line. Warm, witty, and a dedicated family man.

Lt. J.G. Daniel Kaffee: (Late 20s - early 30s) JAG lawyer know for settling cases out of court. Biding his time in the JAG corps until he can become a corporate lawyer. Son of a legendary lawyer and has big shoes to fill. Finds himself being challenged and stretched in ways he's never been. Rapid-fire intelligence and caustic wit.

Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway: (Late 20s - early 30s) JAG lawyer. The only woman in the show, and in a world of men. Takes her job seriously, but is perceived as a pain in the butt. All heart, but not much experience. Very smart; pushes Kaffee to become his better self.

Capt. Isaac Whitaker: (Late 30s - late 40s) JAG attorney, Kaffee and Sam's superior, who is generally hassled. He allows Joanne Galloway to work on the case even though Kaffee was the only lawyer officially assigned to it. Easy going, but still knows the rules.

Lt. Jack Ross: (Late 20s - late 30s) A lawyer assigned to prosecute Dawson and Downey. Emotionally uninvested in the case, he expects Kaffee to ask for a plea bargain. He sees his job as to save face for the military as much as possible - which entails punishing the accused just leniently enough that they won't talk about any breaches of protocol.

Cpl. Jeffery Howard: (20s) Same rank as Dawson. Squad leader. A key witness to what orders were given (or not) regarding Santiago. Model Marine.

Capt. Julius Randolph: (40s - 50s) The Judge at the trial. Tough but fair, and understands the world of the Navy.

Cmdr. Walter Stone: (30s - 60s) Doctor at GITMO who examines Santiago's body. Struggles with meshing his morality as a doctor with his loyalty to the Marines.

Ensemble - various small roles with some lines, but present a lot on stage. Will get the chance to play multiple parts.

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

AUDITION DATES
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 7 pm
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7 pm
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 2 pm

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan NJ 08736

PERFORMANCE DATES
March 27-April 5, 2020

AUDITION MATERIALS
Sides will be posted prior to the audition date. Please check here the week prior to the audition.

SYNOPSIS
Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including "I Believe in You," "Brotherhood of Man" and "The Company Way." A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. An irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift and sharp jabs to the funny bone, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is a surefire hit! This show requires a large cast, featuring many roles for all types of performers

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
J. PIERREPONT FINCH - Window cleaner. (Male - Age 20-35, tenor) ambitious window cleaner looking to climb the corporate ladder quickly; a charismatic and charming man who can talk himself out of almost any situation. He needs the ability to relate instantly with an audience and excellent comedic timing

J.B. BIGGLEY - President of the Worldwide Wicket Company. (Male - Age 45-60, baritone) Biggley is a self-important blowhard. He is the head of the company and makes sure everyone knows it. However, he is completely brought to his knees by the women in his life.

BUD FRUMP - Biggley's nephew. (Male - Age 20-40, tenor) Frump is a lazy weasel who expects to succeed in the company through nepotism. He appears to have everything put together, but the people who know him, know the truth.

ROSEMARY PILKINGTON - Office Secretary (Female - Age 20-35, mezzo or alto) Rosemary is beautiful, loyal and long-suffering. She is in love with Finch and supports him in his climb to succeed in the company. She is spurned and ignored several times throughout the show and continues to return to Finch.

HEDY LA RUE - The Other Woman (Female - Age 20-40, soprano or mezzo) Hedy is the sexy bombshell who is having an affair with Biggley. She is not bright but knows how to use her looks to succeed in the company. She later appears as the pirate mascot in the company "treasure hunt."

SMITTY - Office Secretary (Female - Age 20-45, mezzo or alto) Smitty is friend and confidant of Rosemary. She is less idealistic than Rosemary and encourages her in her efforts to snag Finch.

MISS JONES - Mr. Biggsley's secretary (Female - Age 20-60, high belt or soprano) Miss Jones is the extremely gruff executive secretary to the head of the company. She is the one that keeps Biggley in line, and all of the employees try to stay out of her way. She breaks this mold late in the show with an upbeat solo.

BERT BRATT - Personnel Manager (Male - Age 20-60, baritone) Harried executive that does a quality job. Bratt is central to the hirings and firings that move the plot along and is one of the only executives who seems to do his job.

MR TWIMBLE - Head of the Mail Room (Male - Age 30-60, baritone) Hardworking low-level executive who has been beaten down by working in the mail room for too many years. He is a genuinely likeable guy.

WALLY WOMPER - Chairman of the Board (Male - Age 40-70, baritone) Womper is a grumpy looking man who is largely silent. When he does speak, he is revealed to be a gruff but charming man who is proud of his blue-collar background.

MISS KRUMHOLTZ - Mr. Gatch's secretary (Female - Age 20-60, soprano, mezzo, or alto) Miss Krumholtz is the professional secretary that is completely loyal to the executive she is assigned to that day.

MILT GATCH - Head of Plans and Systems (Male - Age 20-60, tenor, baritone, or bass) Gatch is a confident and handsome junior executive who is not immune to an attractive female.

BENJAMIN BURTON DANIEL OVINGTON - New head of advertising (Male - Age 20-40, tenor, baritone, or bass) Ovington is the golden boy. Tall, handsome, athletic and smart. He is hired to head up the advertising department.

MALE ENSEMBLE 6-8 men (Junior Executives :ages 20-40) Various vocal ranges. Multiple speaking parts. Must dance or move well

FEMALE ENSEMBLE 6-8 women (Secretaries : ages 20-40) Various vocal ranges. Multiple speaking parts. Must dance or move well

Hello, Dolly!

AUDITION DATES
TO BE ANNOUNCED

PERFORMANCE DATES
May 2-May 17, 2020

Mary Poppins

AUDITION DATES
TO BE ANNOUNCED

PERFORMANCE DATES
July 2020

American Idiot

AUDITION DATES
TO BE ANNOUNCED

PERFORMANCE DATES
August 2020