Ordinary Days Auditions

Audition Date

Sunday, April 29, 6:30 pm (If you cannot make this audition date, please contact director, Paul Seymour at paulseymourclp@yahoo.com to make other arrangements)

 Location: Lantzy Rehearsal Hall, Ebensburg, PA

  • You will need to be prepared to provide a list of all conflicts between Monday, April 30 through Sunday, July 1, including weekends.

How to Prepare for the Audition

  • Prepare the musical selection below for the character(s) you are interested in auditioning for

Cast of Characters – 

Claire

Claire is in her 30’s and is embarking on a new stage of her life with boyfriend Jason. The decision to share an apartment is the catalyst for Claire to face her past. Her cathartic “I’ll Be Here” provides the audience the final clue to her arc.

Required vocal range: Soprano

Jason

Jason is in his 30’s and is the boyfriend of Claire. A romantic at heart, he spends the bulk of the musical attempting to further his relationship, at first by moving in (“The Spaces Between”) and then by proposing. Claire consistently resists his attempts leading to the central conflict of their story arc (“Fine”).

Required vocal range: Tenor

Deb

In her mid twenties, Deb is a cynical and defensive grad student who is struggling to find focus in her life. She meets struggling artist Warren when he finds her thesis notes in the street.

Required vocal range: Mezzo

Warren

The cheerful and sometimes annoyingly optimistic Warren sees beauty in the simple things in life, delivering the musical’s message and final number (“Beautiful”).

Required vocal range: Tenor

  (Click on the song titles below to see at full size)

Shrek, Jr (Youth Theatre)

May 1-6, 2018 |  This is CLP’s Youth Theatre musical production with school day and public performances.

Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad along with a gang of fairy-tale misfits, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter, and romance guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Summer Camp for Children: CLP Unplugged Jr.

Calling all children who like to sing!

Join us for an incredible summer camp opportunity at Cresson Lake Playhouse. Children going into grades 4 to 10 in the 2018-2019 school year will work with voice specialists, Josh and Mariah Duman, to explore and prepare vocal performance pieces. The 4-day workshop will culminate in an Unplugged Jr. concert for family and friends to attend and hear the participants perform the selections they prepared. Participants should bring a music selection they would like to work on and the instructors will also provide them with music to prepare.

The camp will run from Tuesday, June 12 to Friday, June 15. There will be two sessions:

Children going into grades 4-6 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Children going into grades 7-10 11:15 am to 1:15 pm

The camp will be held at the Cresson Lake Playhouse Lantzy Rehearsal Hall at 427 S. Center Street in Ebensburg (across from Agway) Tuesday—Thursday and at the Barn Theatre at 279 Shapiro Road in Loretto on Friday. The performance for each group will be held Friday evening on June 15. (Performance time will be given during the week of the camp.)

The material explored during the camp will include the following:

Tuesday—Meet the Teacher and Performance Basics
Wednesday—Music Selection and Vocal Technique
Thursday– Vocal Technique and Song Specific Work
Friday—Getting Performance Ready

The cost of the camp is $75 and registration can be made by calling the Cresson Lake Playhouse office at 814-472-4333.  Space is very limited so call soon to make your reservation. Reservation must be held with payment. All sales are final.

Taking the Fear Out of Auditions

Since becoming Artistic Director at CLP, I’ve had many conversations with people who expressed interest in auditioning for a show.  Some had done theater in the past but had fallen away from it and others had never tried it before.  I asked them what was holding them back and the answers were interesting and illuminating.  Many people questioned their talents and abilities while others were afraid of the audition, saying things like, “I don’t know what I would sing or what scene I would read.”

This is understandable.  Auditions CAN be intimidating, but they don’t have to be.  We have changed the format of our auditions at CLP so that they are less frightening and more “user friendly”.

In the past an auditionee would have to prepare 16-32 measures of a song and provide music for the accompanist.  This begs the question, “What do I sing?” That can be a tough choice and could send potential actors running for the hills.  Additionally, an auditionee often had to prepare a monologue for the acting portion of the audition.  This provided another very difficult challenge.

To accommodate the inexperienced actor OR a person that simply does not have time to prepare an audition, CLP has made changes.  Now, you can choose to come to an audition without anything prepared.  We will teach you a short part of a song at the beginning of auditions and provide you with a scene or monologue for the acting portion of the audition.  This takes away a lot of fear and misgivings. So, if you have always wanted to try your hand at theater or would like to return to theater after an absence, there is no time like the present.  If you want to try out for a starring role or be the 4th tree in the second act (both of which are equally important to the success of the show), give it a shot!

One of our directors said it very well, “When people come in to audition at CLP, we want them to do well.  We want them to succeed.  This is not a New York City cattle call with hundreds of auditioners where the director is looking to eliminate, eliminate, eliminate.  At Cresson Lake, we want to include, include, include.”

Being involved in theater productions is endlessly beneficial.  It broadens your social circle and helps you tap into the artist in all of us.  Remember, the CLP family wants and needs you to be involved and I promise you, it will change your life!

Paul Seymour
Artistic Director

Audition Invitation from Paul Seymour, Artistic Director

Hello. As Cresson Lake Playhouse Artistic Director, I want to invite you to audition this season.

Time Commitment

Everyone is very busy these days. So I wanted to give you a little background on the time commitment for a CLP production.

We do everything that we can to respect your busy schedule. Rehearsals last 4-5 weeks, not 8-10. Just as important, we’ve shortened the performance schedule.  You may remember when CLP had performances over three weekends.  We shortened that to two weekends, and it worked out very well – fewer performances with bigger audiences.  Productions have 7, 9, or 11 performances and run over two weekends not three.  That’s one less week of time commitment right there.

Auditions

We want to make auditions as easy as possible.  So there are no memorized monologues required.  Everyone will read scenes from the script.

For musical auditions, you can bring 16-32 bars of a prepared song (with sheet music or a karaoke track) if you want to.  But if you don’t have anything prepared, we’ll teach you a song that night that you can sing for your audition.  (We’ll be teaching the song at the very beginning of auditions, so please be on time.)

Audition dates are already scheduled for the entire season and are listed on our website.

The CLP Experience

At Cresson Lake Playhouse, we believe that the process is as important as the product. (Another way of looking at it is that all of the drama should be onstage, not backstage.)

Talk to anyone who was part of our recent seasons. They’ll tell you that they had a great experience.

While we have actors who come back season after season, almost every show has new people in it. As you’ve probably seen, we include people of all ages.  It’s one of my favorite things about community theatre.  Age just doesn’t seem to matter.

So you’ll have a great time meeting new people with similar interests, exercising your creativity, and performing on a unique stage.

If you always wanted to be in a show but have never “taken the plunge,” if you were involved before but haven’t done it recently, or if you are a regular on our stage, we want you to be involved. There is nothing like a Cresson Lake Summer!

I hope that you’ll consider auditioning for our season.  Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends.

Sincerely,

Paul Seymour
Artistic Director