January 18-26, 2020
Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.
The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!
Direction and Choreography by Emily Jo Shepherd
Music Direction by Katie Carlson Cartwright
Saturday, October 5 at 10:00AM at the Woodland Opera House Studio – 415 4th St.
Callbacks, if needed Sunday, October 6, TBA
Bring sheet music* to a prepared song (16-32 measures). An accompanist will be provided. Dress to dance. The audition will consist of a vocal audition and dance audition. Students may be asked to read from the show.
*Tips for selecting and preparing audition sheet music
Auditions are open to students ages 7-18 with experience with one or more of the following.
-Show Biz Kids
-Musical Theatre workshop
– Mini Musical Workshop
– Main Stage Performance
Costume/Production fee: $40
Saturday, January 18, 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 19, 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 25, 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 26, 7:00 pm
School Outreach performances: Thursday, January 23 at 9:30 & 12:30
Actors will not be called to every rehearsal, but only to rehearsals for which they are needed.
General rehearsal days are Monday – Thursday & some Saturdays
Mornings or Afternoons – TBD after casting
October 21-December 19 –4:00-6:00* (No rehearsal Nov 27 & 28)
*November 25 & 26 – May rehearse anytime from 1:00-6:00. TBD after casting.
December 20-January 1: No rehearsal
January 2-9– 4:00-6:00
Mandatory Tech week:
January 13-16, 4:00-7:00
The Chorus (Children, Rock Lobsters, Royal Cardsmen, Unbirthday Partiers, etc.)
Book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed/Choreographed by Jason Hammond
Musical Direction by Dean Mora
The Woodland Opera House Theatre
340 2nd Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 (Callbacks @ TADA)
Rehearsals are set to begin on or about October 21, 2019. Due to the various holidays within our rehearsal period, I will do my best to work around schedules, so please do not let conflicts dissuade you from auditioning.
Performances: January 10 – February 2, 2019
(Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm – Sunday performances are at 2:00pm)
Please, prepare 16 bars from a song that shows personality and vocal range, an accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to move and, if needed, read and sing from the show. Please, feel free to contact the director with questions or concerns, Hammondeggz1@gmail.com.
About the Show:
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she’s thrown into protective custody in the one place she’d never be spotted – a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. This divine musical comedy is inspired by the smash hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. A divine musical comedy!
All roles open
DELORIS VAN CARTIER: (R ange: Mezzo-Soprano with strong mix – E3 – F#5) – African American who moves well – an aspiring vocalist, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. Loud-mouthed and sassy, but with a heart of gold – comedic actress with star quality.
MOTHER SUPERIOR: (Range: Mezzo-Soprano – D3 – E5) – The spiritual head of the convent – wryly and humorous, but a bit stiff – extremely protective about keeping her fellow sisters away from the dangers of the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.
SISTER MARY ROBERT: 19 – 25 (Range: Soprano with strong belt and legit voice – F#3 – A5) – A young innocent postulant abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent – shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life and her shy personality masks a huge, show-stopping powerful singing voice.
SISTER MARY PATRICK: (Range: Soprano with strong belt and legit voice – G3 – E6) – Upbeat, fun, and filled with love and delight in God and friendship. She is the eternal optimist. She is always the head cheerleader ready for an adventure, a life experience, or between mealtime snack. Has a round, heavy physique. Strong comic timing required
SISTER MARY LAZARUS: 50 – 90 (Range: Alto with strong legit belt – F3 – B4) – An older, crabby choir mistress – snappy and seemingly grumpy. Tough, full of vinegar and humor, with twice the energy of anyone half her age. She’s quick on the wisecracks and always ready to roll up her sleeves and dig in. The least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’ soul music. Must rap and be a great comic.
SISTER MARY MARTIN-OF-TOURS: 50 – 100 (Range: Soprano or Alto) – Ensemble Nun of the convent with featured dialogue – clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.
SISTER MARY THERESA: 60 – 100 (Range: Soprano or Alto) – Ensemble Nun of the convent with featured dialogue – the oldest of the group – decrepit at first glance, but secretly packs a punch.
CHOIR OF 15 – 20 NUNS: Various ages, ranges, sizes, personalities, etc. There are great opportunities to play the various nuns.
MICHELLE: 20 – 30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano – Bb3 – F5 – One of Deloris’ back-up singers – lippy and always quick with a retort – can double as a Nun.
TINA: 20 – 30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano – Ab3 – F5) – One of Deloris’ back-up singers – a little thick and naïve – can double as a Nun.
MONSIGNOR O’HARA: 45 – 60 (Range: Baritone – E3-G4, sings only in ensemble) – One of the heads of the convent. He’s constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. A gentle, kind man who is a bored, uninspired preacher, until he becomes more confident and more like a Las Vegas emcee. Stately but benevolent.
CURTIS JACKSON: 30 – 40 (Range: Baritone – A2 – Ab4) – Notorious gangster and Deloris’ boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence.
EDDIE SOUTHER: (Range: Tenor – Ab2 – B4) – The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely to earn the nickname Sweaty Eddie. He still has feelings for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero.
TJ: 19 – 30 (Range: Tenor with strong falsetto – Db3 – Eb5) – Curtis’ nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact – constantly in a state of ignorant bliss.
JOEY: 30 – 40 (Range: Tenor – Bb2 – Eb5) – One of Curtis’ thugs – large and masculine – he believes himself to be quite a ladies’ man.
PABLO: 25 – 40 (Range: Tenor with strong falsetto – D4 – Bb5) – Latino – one of Curtis’ thugs – a natural follower, but with a dangerous demeanor – he speaks mostly in Spanish.
ERNIE: 25 – 35 – Non-singing role – one of Curtis’ thugs – initially thought to be a mindless “yes man”, but he turns out to be an undercover police informant. He gets killed by Curtis.
Ensemble Roles: Seeking a physically and ethnically diverse group of strong singer-actors who are good movers. They will play a variety of characters including: Ensemble Nuns, Altar Boys, Cop, Hooker, Bar Patrons, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen, Homeless people, Cab Driver, Newscaster and Fantasy Dancers.
Jack Kelly……..Casey Camacho
Specs/Tommy Boy……….Mitchell Takeda
Scabs……Ellieza Barth, Alex Romero, Tyler Blair
Spot Conlon…………….Frances Thayer
Katherine Plummer………Grace Leekley
Morris Delancey……..Kevin Nolan
Oscar Delancey…………Pat Aukes
Goons…….. Jonathan Ortiz, Jake Blair, Dallin Blair
Joseph Pulitzer………Rodger McDonald
Bunsen..…….Darryl Strohl DeHerrera
Medda Larkin……..Ernestine Balisi
Bowery Beauties……..Ellieza Barth, Frances Thayer , Alex Romero
Stage Manager/Woman………Mary Dahlberg
Nuns…..Ellieza Barth, Frances Thayer, Alex Romero
Mr. Jacobi/Mayor…….Stephen Robinson-Burmester
Governor Teddy Roosevelt…..Steve Cairns
Brooklyn Newsies…..…Jonathan Ortiz, Jihan Moon, Gavin Mark,
Dallin Blair, Jake Blair, Tyler Blair, Ellieza Barth, Alex Romero
Mavis Jenny Plasse
Mrs. Fraser Nancy Agee
Lynne Nicolina Akraboff
Dorothy Charlotte French
Maxine Ania Mieszkowska
Andy Analise Langford
Geoffrey Darryl Strohl-DeHerrera
Sylvia Emily Delk
Rose Deborah Hammond
Vera Patricia Glass
Ushers and Docents
The Woodland Opera House Guild is seeking ushers and tour docents.
Become a guild member and support the Woodland Opera House. Membership is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a night out at the theatre. And of course, there is the good feeling of supporting our fabulous historic Woodland Opera House.
As a State Historic Park the opera house offers tours. The Woodland Opera House is one of the smallest state parks in the California Park system and a designated historic landmark. Share our remarkable history by becoming a tour docent.
Join the Woodland Opera House Guild Thinking about becoming a guild member? These frequently asked questions may help you decide:
What is the Woodland Opera House Guild? The Guild is an organization of men and women who want to insure the success of the historic Woodland Opera House by volunteering their services. Anyone over the age of 16 may join. Children 12-15 years old may join if sponsored by and accompanied to events by an adult member.
Are there lots of meetings? There is an orientation meeting when you first join, then one meeting a year. The Board of Directors meets once a month. Their meetings are open to any member.
How much does it cost? The dues for an active member are $25.00 per year. If you wish to join, but do not feel you can work much, or not at all, you may join as an Associate member. Associate dues are $40.00 per year. We have recently added a family membership for $90 a year. This is ideal for families of 4 or more that reside at the same address.
What can I do as a volunteer? You can: usher at all Main Stage and Family productions and concerts, give out programs, provide help and assistance to our patrons, help backstage, sew costumes, paint sets, help with refreshments, serve on the Board, decorate for the holidays, learn to give tours, help with fundraisers, and many other tasks. There is always need for additional help and something for everyone. Let us know how you would like to contribute.
How often do I have to work? Active members are requested to help out at least 6 times a year. Most members enjoy serving much more than that. Associate members are not required to work, but their services are always welcome. They may sign up to volunteer for any event, performance or concert as they wish.
What’s in it for me? The satisfaction of knowing you are helping keep the Historic Woodland Opera House Theatre vital is your greatest reward. More tangible rewards are seeing the performances and concerts free when you work at them, invitations to social events, and meeting wonderful dedicated people like yourself. Each member keeps a record of their hours served in a binder. Members having 50 or more hours a year are honored at the annual Chesley Awards (W.O.H.’s Academy Award). Membership is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a night out at the theatre and spend some quality time together supporting our fabulous Historic Woodland Opera House.
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