“I Sent My Grandma Into The Past!” Auditions February 13, 2016

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Rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings until performance week. Week of performance: Monday through closing performance. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled if needed.

Cast: 

With the “time travel” involved, there is a  “present time” & “past time” cast

PRESENT

Zoey – our heroine, a bit of a troublemaker – age 15-25, female
Grandma Margaret (is also Aunt Ima) – Zoey’s Grandma – age 60-80, female
Betsy (Elder) – Margaret’s friend – age 60-80, female
Spencer – Zoey’s Friend – age 15-25, male
Timothy E. Traveller – Kitchen Timer Salesman – male, age flex
PAST
Mags – the younger Margaret, also a bit of a troublemaker – age 15-25, female.
Betsy (Younger) – Mags’ best friend – age 15-25, female
Raymond – Mags’ father – age 40-60, male
Delilah – Mags’ mother – age 40-60, female
Billy – Mags’ little brother – age 7-12, male
Aunt Ima (is also Grandma Margaret) – age 60-80, female
What to expect at auditions:

We’ll have you fill out an information form and sign releases. Headshots are not required. If needed, we will take your photo. (If you are under 18, your parent/guardian will need to sign the forms for you as well.)

The director will ask you to read a portion of the script and may have you do some basic acting exercises.

A Note About Costumes:
This is a contemporary show and actors are expected to provide their own costumes following the suggestions of the director.

Crew/Front of House:

If you are interested in helping with other stage-crafts such as scenery, props, costumes, makeup, sound, lighting, directing or are more interested in serving as House manager, Box Office staff, Usher, Advertising or in other areas for this or future productions, please let Southern Hills Community Theater know. No experience? No worries! Our goal is to help folks learn about the theatrical arts as well.

For these and any other inquiries, please contact shct@gwtc.net or leave a messsage at 605-745-6159 for details and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

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Details for “I Sent My Grandma Into the Past!”

main-logo-draft-2Zoey’s Grandma Margaret is having a hard time figuring out the secret ingredient for her mother’s old cookie recipe. But when she accidentally confuses a magic time machine for a kitchen timer, Grandma finds herself 60 years in the past and has to disguise herself as her own Great Aunt Ima! Now, Zoey and her best friend Spencer have to find a way to get bring Grandma home from the past before her actions start changing the futures of her teenage self, Mags, her friends, and own family – including Zoey!

I Sent My Grandma Into the Past! (and other Chronological Conundrums) is the second fully original play by writer Justin Gausman and like “The Christmas Heist” before it, offers an exciting blend of hilarious hijinks, dramatic moments, fun action and unexpected twists.

Auditions will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs, SD. Performances will be March 30, March 31 and April 1, 2017.

CHARACTER/CAST DETAILS

PRESENT

Zoey – our heroine, a bit of a troublemaker – age 15-25, female
Grandma Margaret – Zoey’s Grandma – age 60-80, female
Betsy (Elder) – Margaret’s friend – age 60-80, female
Spencer – Zoey’s Friend – age 15-25, male
Timothy E. Traveller – Kitchen Timer Salesman – male, age flex

PAST

Mags – the younger Margaret, also a bit of a troublemaker – age 15-25, female
Betsy (Younger) – Mags’ best friend – age 15-25, female
Raymond – Mags’ father – age 40-60, male
Delilah – Mags’ mother – age 40-60, female
Billy – Mags’ little brother – age 7-12, male

CAST ANNOUNCED – THE CHRISTMAS HEIST (Updated 11/18)

This cast was one of the hardest we’ve ever had to do. This is literally the first show in Southern Hills Community Theater history where we just did not have the ability to cast everyone we wanted to and everyone who turned out, and believe us, it was extremely hard and sad for us. That being said: everyone who did try out and indicated an interest in helping behind the scenes, we will need a strong supporting stage & technical crew on this production.

Please reach out to us if you want to help us operate the show and “learn the ropes” behind the scenes! And PLEASE try out for the next show, too! Just because there wasn’t a part for you in this one doesn’t mean there won’t be in the next! EVERYONE who turned out auditioned BRILLIANTLY!

There are a few roles whose actors have not yet been finalized but here is the cast of The Christmas Heist.

The Kids:

Alex: Isaiah Crossman
Kelly: Rachel Davis
Kenzie: Jordyn Carey
Robin: Zach Cox
Shawna: Isabel Meyer

The Adults:

Ben: Garett Jack
Sarah: Okoye Zimiga
Mayor Cooper: Angel Haskell
Gus: Jake Pannill
Officer Powell: Morris Nelson
Jack Bussard: Ike Ikonen
Phyllis Falkowitz: Kathe Holen

Character Descriptions for “The Christmas Heist”

We’re a little less than 3 weeks away from auditions for the Southern Hills Community Theatre/Skeeter Bite Productions collaboration “The Christmas Heist.”

I’ve been blasting the 80’s and Christmas tunes already here at home.  If you need to get in the mood, here’s a sample of what I’ve been getting amped up to:

In case you’re planning on auditioning, here are some brief details on the entire cast of characters from this play:

ALEX: 17 year old male. Sort of a “Charlie Brown” type. Average in just about everything, somewhat wishy-washy. Does have an interest in videography. Works at Gus’ Motel.

KENZIE: 15 year old female. Sarcastic rebel and youngest of the group. From the “wrong side of the tracks” but generally nice. Invariably says whatever comes to her mind without a filter.

KELLY COOPER: 17 year old female. The pretty, popular girl. More to her than meets the eye, though. Must be able to do drama & comedy both equally very well.

SHAWN: 16 year old gender flexible. Written as a male, but can be flex. The geek/nerd/techie. Loves video games, math, D&D, plans on world domination one day. Not as verbose as everyone else but when he does speak up, he sounds like Spock. Good memory a must.

ROBIN: 16 year old male. Can also be flexed between genders if absolutely necessary. A bit of a lovable goofball, but can easily bounce between funny and serious.

GUS: late 30’s to late 40’s male. The amiable hippy who runs Gus’ Motel after taking it over when he father passed away. Only has a handful of short scenes but must make an impression as someone the kids would look up to.

BEN: Late 20’s to late 30’s male. Could be older but should roughly match Sarah. The mysterious but friendly stranger staying at Gus’ Motel the week of Christmas. Always seems to find himself in the middle of the kids’ schemes, but he really just wants to get his car fixed and get out of town ASAP.

MAYOR DAWN COOPER: 30’s-40’s female. Is both the strong-armed mayor of Pine Springs, and Kelly’s young-ish step-mom. A bit cold, despises being confronted. Is generally trying to do what she thinks is best for the community, but might have ulterior motives.

JACK/JACKIE BUSSARD: 50’s-60’s gender flexible. A businessman/woman who wants to bring a shopping plaza to Pine Springs. Like everyone’s grandparent on the surface but behind closed doors is a wheeler and dealer.

OFFICER POWELL: 30’s-50’s. Written as male but could be gender flexible is absolutely necessary. Local police chief. Tends to just do whatever the mayor says. Described as a “Barney Fife” type.

SARAH: late 20’s to late 30’s female. Should be near Ben’s age if not cast within the written age. The secretary at City Hall who feels something is “up” but can’t prove it. Ultimately decides to help Ben & the kids during their heist with crucial information.

EXTRAS: Two scenes could have extra teenagers with no lines or very few lines that would be shared in unison with others “e.g. a chant like ‘Save Gus Now'” but are not required at all.

There’s a Reason…

It’s been quiet on the home front. I’ve been undergoing preparations for the next big Skeeter Bite Productions project: The Christmas Heist, produced in coordination with Southern Hills Community Theatre. Below are the details on the upcoming auditions on October 29 in Hot Springs, SD.

I’m really counting on getting a strong cast & crew for this production, which I will be documenting throughout.

More info coming soon on the behind the scenes end. See you on the flip side.

-Justin

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