Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Come out and PLAY!

Casting Call

Open Auditions - Culver City Hall

Tuesday August 27th 6pm  - - & - -  Wednesday August 28th 6pm

  Auditions are open to all interested in participating in our fall production, actors of all ages are needed.  No experience necessary, simply the time and willingness to work hard, have a lot of fun, and lend a hand in keeping this art form alive and well in our community.
the play
Semi-musical Comedy

Vaudeville's my Home

by Ken Bradbury

  It's 1926 and two vaudeville troupers are stranded in the village of Pleasant Corners.  Broke and hungry they devise a plan to swindle the local populace by convincing them they have enough talent to produce their own vaudeville show!
  The try-outs are Hilarious, will the show make enough money for a new school?  Or is there something fishy about "Fish & Hooker" and why is a New York Detective looking for them?

the characters

Harvey - The opera house janitor, a cagey old cuss in his 60's.  (55 lines)
Fish - One-half of the "Fish and Hooker" vaudeville team.  (singing part), easy-going, good-head for business.  25-30s (183 lines)
Hooker - A smooth talker, feels his over-dramatic talent is wasted on vaudeville.  (singing part) 30-50s. (411 lines)
Joyce - President of the local National Alliance for Good Schools (N.A.G.S.)  Neat prim, social leader. 50s (95 lines)
Mrs. Scott, Reed, Wilson, Peterson, and Arnold - Mid-western housewives, (N.A.G.S.)  Will sing and dance but talent NOT necessary.  30-50s (few lines each)
Mrs. Gaglianno - Fiery Italian housewife, more tolerated than loved by the community. 50-60s (15 lines)
Antonio Gaglianno - Local butcher, a jolly energetic little man, 60s (31 lines)
Eloise - Local spinster, she suspects everyone of everything, uses a cane and walks hunch-backed.  70s (87 lines)
J.T. McDowell - Head of the McDowell clan.  A big man who rules with an iron hand and a slow drawl. (plays fiddle, guitar, or jug) 40-50s (28 lines)
Elsie McDowell - Mother to the clan, plainest of plain.  40-50s. (0 lines) instead she stomps, clogs, cries and plays the kazoo.
T.J. & G.J. McDowell - Brothers, slow calm, deliberate, (both play guitar)  Pre-teens, (2 lines each)
Emma Jean McDowell - Possesses the only intelligence in the family.  (singing part) 20s (19 lines)
Margaret - Well groomed HS girl who spends most of her time fluttering her eyelashes.  HS-teen. (11 lines)
Willy - In jeans, tennis shoes and a big bow-tie, Willy seems to have little interest in girls.  HS-teen. (22 lines)
Sgt. Tim O'Sullivan - New York Detective, down-to-earth, dedicated, under-paid cop.  30-40s. (49 lines)

Notes:  All those auditioning may be asked to sing.  Do not get hung up on the characters age, costumes, make-up and acting can create the illusion. 
Rehearsals will be tuesdays, wednesdays, and thursdays, with additional requirements one week prior and the two weeks of performances.  

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mystery Solved!

The Donneducci's and the Duccedonni's have reconciled and the mystery has been solved.

What a great adventure our first murder mystery was.  So many wonderful memories, from the first night of auditions that brought out twice as many interested and talented actors than were required.  To the unprecedented decision to create two complete casts, and the wonderful performances that each cast brought us.

Many thanks to all the cast members for their dedication, for all their hard work, and for the wonderful performances that they brought to the stage.  As their director I could not have asked for anything more!

Many thanks to all of our community members who supported us by attending, by Laughing-Out-Loud with us, and by contributing enough donations to pay for the production.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

From all of us to all of you!  Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the Fall.

Arrivederci (to meet again)
~ Kimberly Strong

Monday, February 25, 2013


Death by Dessert

a murder mystery comedy in two acts
by Nathan Hartswick
Directed by Kimberly Strong


     Friday & Saturday Mar. 15th & 16th, 2013
          TIME: 7pm
     Sunday Mar. 17th
          TIME: 2pm

     Friday & Saturday Mar. 22nd & 23rd, 2013
          TIME: 7pm
     Sunday Mar. 24th
          TIME: 2pm


     Culver High School Multi-purpose room


     FREE - Donations accepted at performances


     You must obtain a ticket to attend any performance.  Tickets are free and available for pick up at:
    • Culver City Hall
    • Madras Chamber of Commerce


See Cast 1 - The New York Weiners                See Cast 2
    "The New York Weiners"                               "The Manhattan Nights"
     Perform: Mar. 15th, 22nd, 24th                       Perform: Mar. 16th, 17th, 23rd

     In New Yorks little Italy the Donnaducci family and the Duccedonni family have been feuding for a generation while operating two competing restaurants that share a common wall.   At rise the buildings landlord is dead  and everyone is a suspect - from the old world Italian grandmother and mafia don grandfather to the passionate chefs and the bumbling wait staff.
     This off-beat comedy will delight with it's fast pace, entertaining story, and host of colorful characters.  Will the murderer be ferreted out?  Will the feud ever be reconciled?  What are the hidden truths about what happened all those years ago?  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Open Auditions!

A mystery is about to unfold and you can be a part of the fun!

The HDCT will be performing Death by Dessert by Nathan Hartswick, 
a Comedy in Two Acts.
Directed by Kimberly Strong

     Are you ready to be a star?  Do you like to make people laugh?  We are looking for those who have the time and willingness to work hard, have a lot of fun and hopefully learn a little about Theatre along the way.
     There are many ways to participate in a production, on stage, back stage, greeters, concession, props, assistants.  If you would like an opportunity to work in any area of the production please attend the audition.

Dates:    Tuesday & Wednesday
                Jan. 29th & 30th,  2013

Where:   Culver City Hall
Time:      6:30 pm  

Death by Dessert by Nathan Hartswick

     In New York's little Italy, the Donneducci family and the Duccedonni family have been feuding for a generation, while operating two competing Italian Restaurants that share a common wall.
     This offbeat comedic murder mystery will delight with it's fast pace story, and colorful characters.
     Will the murderer be ferreted out?  Will the feud ever be reconciled?  What are the hidden truths about what happened all those years ago?

Cast of Characters

(6M, 6W, 5 extras)

Don  (m 50+)  He is a joyful, fatherly man who lives for food.  With his thick Italian accent and pressed suit, he comes across like a mob boss.  (78 lines)
Nino  (m age neutral) The Chef, a New Yorker with a short temper, passionate about nothing in life so much as the art of cooking.  (52 lines)
Frankie & Louie  (m age neutral) Two idiot henchmen, they work usually badly for Don.  (F-22 lines, L-11 lines)
Busboy  (m 20ish)  A down-to-earth young Romeo.

Donna  (f  50+)  Doesn't take any lip and plays mother to everyone around her.  (63 lines)
Nina  (f  age neutral)  The Chef, a laid-back, sensitive artist who can get riled up when her cooking is insulted.  (51 lines)
Francie & Louise  (f  age neutral)  Two idiotic girls who act like mobster's girlfriends.  (both have 18 lines)
Busgirl (f  20ish)  A down-to-earth young Juliet.  (42 lines)

Nonno & Nonna  (m & F  older)  Pantomime characters who act out a flashback at the plays conclusion.  (non-speaking)