Upcoming Auditions

Note: All auditions and rehearsals are taking place at our temporary home -
Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA


There’s A Monster in My Closet!
Sunday, July 28 at 2 PM and Tuesday, July 30 at 6:00 PM
Fellowship Hall, Elm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge, MA

Auditions for "There's A Monster in My Closet!", Book by Angela D. Stewart, Music & Lyrics by Bill Francoeur, will be held on Sunday, July 28 at 2pm and Tuesday, July 30th at 6pm in Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge. Entrance is on Park Street (around corner).

Cast includes: 4 Teen Boys, 6 Teen Girls, 5 Adults, 4 Children (age 8 or older), and 1 Monster.

Performance dates are October 4-5, 2019 at 7:30pm and October 6 at 2pm.

Director: Lou-Ellen Corkum, Producer: Kathi Grenier, Music Director: Kayla Farnham, Choreographer: Emma Provost

Actors will be required to sing, dance and memorize lines. This may sound challenging but at Gateway Players Theater we strive to make every show fun for all. Check out YouTube videos of other productions of There’s A Monster in My Closet. For questions about auditions call 508-764-4531 or 774-230-1321, and leave a message.

This program is supported in part by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, which in part is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Emily has a sleepover with her best friend Stephanie when they discover there’s a monster in her closet! To investigate they recruit their friends to help capture the monster. What they don’t know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn’t mean any harm. He only wants to play Emily’s new video game. He’s more scared of kids than they are of him!

When the Dream King hears that Murray is goofing off on the job, Murray is put on probation. It’s a fact that when a child is born, a monster is assigned to watch over them – not play with their things. Other wonderful entertaining characters include Sandy the Sandman and his dream weavers, Emily’s big brother and friends, and various inhabitants of the dream world.



August 25 & 27: "A Murder is Announced" - men and women (Show Dates: Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24)

More information to follow.


Audition Corner

Ever want to get on stage and entertain an audience? Think that your local community theater may be the place to begin? At Gateway Players Theatre, we welcome anyone who wants to try their hand at acting.

Preparing for an audition
You see the audition posting on Facebook or in the newspaper and decide, "I'm going to do this!" Our suggestions for preparing is to google the play, see what it is all about, perhaps you know the show or can even preview the script. You may know someone who has performed in this show. These ideas will give you insight as to where you fit in, what character you connect with. What is the character's motivation?

Everyone is a little (or a lot) nervous at an audition, but try to take some deep breaths and relax! Smile- look like you want to be here!

When it is your turn, speak up. The director needs to hear your voice. We do not generally use mikes, so it is important to speak clearly and project. Generally the director will give an idea of the roles to be cast, so you will have some information about the characters. It is important to note that the ultimate decision on casting is the directors.

Auditions for musicals-- require singing! Sometimes you will be asked to prepare a song to sing- just a few bars are usually required. Try to pick something that demonstrates your vocal range and is something you are familiar with. Sometimes the music director will have a number they will teach you- and then have you sing. The goal is to demonstrate your range and ability.

Musicals generally involve dance or choreographed movement. We don't expect music-video talent- just an ability to follow direction and move with rhythm. It helps to try to look confident- AND RELAX!

Come dressed comfortably, prepare to meet new people and have fun. Even if you are not cast, the audition experience is always helpful as you seek out more roles.


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