Algonquin Arts


The Producers

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Directed by Jan Topoleski
Music Direction by Robert Sammond
Choreographer: Vicki Lee
Stage Manager: Gina Lupi

SINGERS/DANCERS needed to fill out our cast! If you're interested in an audition, please contact Jan Topoleski at [email protected]

Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m.

Please be prepared to list all rehearsal period conflicts. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/ performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

To begin immediately. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors known.

May 5 - 10, 2018. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6 p.m.

A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime for Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN (Some of these roles are filled, but this gives you an idea...

Other roles:
The Usherettes -
2 girls open the show and Act 2-3 with the song titled "Opening Night"

Hold Me Touch Me - one of the many old ladies who help finance Max's creations. She has a very funny scene with him in his office. She needs to be able to look and sound as if she's 75-80 years old ... great character part.

Mr. Marks - Leopold Bloom's grouchy, condescending boss at the accounting firm.

Roger DeBris's Team:
Bryan the set designer (Tenor), Kevin the costume designer (bari-tenor), Scott the choreographer
(MUST BE ABLE TO DANCE), all as flamboyant as Roger and Carmen. Have solo lines in song "Keep it Gay," along with Shirley Markowitz, the lighting designer (Alto) ... a very "butch" woman who also likes to keep it gay!

Hitler Auditioners:
Jack Lapidus
- auditions with "A Wandering Minstrel I" (Tenor) Donald Dinsmore - auditions with "The Little Wooden Boy" (but never gets to actually sing ...)
Jason Green - auditions with "Have You Ever Heard the German Band" The Storm Trooper/Tenor - sings "Springtime for Hitler" theme song - awesome opportunity for a strong tenor

The Police Sergeant

Three Patrolmen

The Guard in the Prison

Judge in the Courtroom

Foreman of the Jury

Ensemble Roles including showgirls, townspeople, dancing old ladies, etc., etc.

Disney's Beauty & The Beast

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Directed by Jessica O'Brien
Music Direction by Stephen Strouse
Stage Manager: Joseph Ficarra

Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

Monday, April 16, 2018: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Open Call
Tuesday, April 17, 2018: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Open Call
Saturday, April 21, 2018: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Open Call

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.


Audition requirements for all participants:

  1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided.
  4. Cast will feature adults & students in age-appropriate roles.
  5. Students ages 8-17 who are cast in this production will be required to participate in the Algonquin Youth Ensemble classes from June 27-July 11. There is no charge to participate in AYE. More information below.

Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 at 2 p.m.
Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.

BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/ performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

Classes start Wednesday, June 27 and meet each weekday through July 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. No class on July 4. Students up to age 17 will be required to attend all AYE classes.

To begin in May of 2018. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

July 9-13. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6 p.m.

The classic fairytale tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

An international sensation, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, played to more than 35 million people worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Ensemble: Singers and Strong Dancers of various ages and personalities.
Actors in the ensemble will play a variety of roles including Wolves; Enchanted Objects; Townspeople
Age: 8 through adult

Belle: A vibrant, intelligent girl with beauty, who wants more out of the life than an ordinary existence. She is optimistic, fun-loving, caring, and eager to experience life.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Beast: A Prince transformed into a terrifying beast for his lack of compassion. He is hot-tempered and commanding, but has a warm, loving heart buried far beneath his gruff exterior.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Gaston: The egotistical, ultra-masculine villain determined to marry Belle. He is manipulative yet charming and earnest.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Maurice: Belle's loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and inventor in his own world.
Gender: male
Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Cogsworth: A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast's household. He is uptight, strict, and punctual but also hard-working, faithful, and thorough.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Mrs. Potts: A warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She is loyal, caring, and playful.
Gender: female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Lumiere: A suave, debonair enchanted candelabra. He is a loyal and steadfast servant.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: F#2

Chip: An enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts' darling little boy. He is innocent, playful, and bright-eyed.
Gender: male
Age: 8 to 10
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Babette: A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections. She is the playful, gorgeous, seductive French maid.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Madame De La Grande Bouche: A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She has a caring, refined, larger than life personality.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C#4

Lefou: Gaston's bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic, and optimistic, but not quite the brightest guy.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Monsieur D'arque: The scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum. He is a dark, sinister villain who aides Gaston in his plot to marry Belle.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3

**Here at Algonquin Arts Theatre our produced Main Stage performances work closely with the Education Department. This gives us an opportunity to educate students in all areas of the performing arts including performers, writers, production management and behind-the-scenes (tech). Through our Performing Arts Academy (PAA) each semester (Fall-Winter, Winter-Spring & Summer) we offer a program called the Algonquin Youth Ensemble | AYE. AYE is an audition-only, comprehensive instructional, full immersion theatre education program. The Algonquin Youth Ensemble is a class first. There is not a tuition fee to participate in this particular arts education program, if selected. Students will be selected based on their audition alone. Not all who audition will be cast/ selected for the program. Transcending the typical theatre program, AYE members not only have the opportunity to study theatrical disciplines with experienced professionals, but also must apply what they've learned in a fully mounted main stage production. In addition to studying acting, singing and dancing, members work side-by-side with professional directors, designers, actors and musicians through a full rehearsal schedule and performance run of a major musical/ play production. Open to students ages 8-17, participants commit not only to daily/weekly classes, but also to all rehearsals and performances, often participating in production and administrative activities as well.