Upcoming Auditions


April 15th and 16th at 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Fellowship Hall, Elm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge, MA

"Trial of the Wicked Witch: The Musical" auditions will be held on April 15th and 16th at the Community Center in Southbridge, 153 Chestnut St, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. We are looking for Kids from 7 up to help the audience decide the Wicked Witch's fate! The characters are familiar from numerous fairy tales and include The Fairy Godmother as the Judge, Three Little Pigs as Bailiffs, and Jack the Giant Killer as a Guard. Witnesses for the prosecution and defense provide a variety of toe-tapping tunes such as a swinging Big Bad Wolf, an operatic Rapunzel, and a rocking Gingerbread Man. We would like to cast both kids and adults...so join us for the auditions! Pat Haddock is directing, Chris Rubinacker is music director and Kathi Grenier is producing.

"Trial of the Wicked Witch" a Musical will be performed July 19, 20, 21.

Auditioners should dress comfortably and be prepared to sing, dance and have fun. For more information, call Gateway at 508-764-4531.

Witnesses for the prosecution and defense provide a variety of toe-tapping tunes such as a swinging Big Bad Wolf in "The Wolf of Wall Street," an operatic Rapunzel in "I Love to Sing," and a rocking Gingerbread Man in "Go, Gingie, Go!" The Wicked Witch herself casts a musical spell with "Escape Velocity." The audience acts as jury in this trial and gets to determine the fate of the Wicked Witch. Guilty or innocent, you can be assured that this show is "Wicked Awesome."



June 23 & 24: "Tuesdays With Morrie" - men (Show Dates: Sept. 13, 14, 20, 21 & 22)

July 28 & 30: "There's A Monster in My Closet" - youth ages 8 and up (Show Dates: Oct. 4, 5 and 6)

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


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.

Many people are attending their first audition for a theater production at their local community theater and don’t know exactly what to expect. They read the audition notice and see that they will be asked to do “cold readings” or sing a song or do some improv BUT what does this all mean? How can I make the best impression on the director? In this column we will be sharing our ideas about audition preparation and what to expect at a Gateway audition.

When a director chooses a play they have a vision, usually after their first or second reading of the play. It “speaks” to them. This vision is not carved in stone because the one missing piece are the performers. At auditions, the director is looking at each individual, what part they express an interest in and how the individual fits their preliminary vision. The director decides how they can make their vision become a reality when casting. Believe it or not, the director also observes how the individual interacts with the other people auditioning. Most plays are ensemble productions and the actors become a pseudo family. Check back next month for our ideas on what you could expect at an audition.


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