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I have a callback today for a community theater today!

It’s for GYPSY. I’m reading Herbie and Jocko. I’d be thrilled with either part!

by Anonymousreply 191April 12, 2024 7:41 PM

Sing out,louise

by Anonymousreply 1March 23, 2024 11:14 AM

Oh I intend to R1!

by Anonymousreply 2March 23, 2024 11:15 AM

Bravo OP!! Wipe the competition out and be a STAH!!

by Anonymousreply 3March 23, 2024 11:23 AM

What must one do to receive a callback from a community theater?

Be in the possession of a pulse?

by Anonymousreply 4March 23, 2024 11:25 AM

OP arriving for her audition:

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by Anonymousreply 5March 23, 2024 11:56 AM

R4 I guess you’re reading for Cratchett?

by Anonymousreply 6March 23, 2024 11:57 AM

break an eggroll

by Anonymousreply 7March 23, 2024 11:59 AM

We're gonna get through it - together!

by Anonymousreply 8March 23, 2024 12:07 PM

Thanks r7!

by Anonymousreply 9March 23, 2024 12:07 PM

Totally Waiting for Guffman vibes

by Anonymousreply 10March 23, 2024 12:09 PM

You either got it or you ain't

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by Anonymousreply 11March 23, 2024 12:13 PM

R10, trust me the characters at this theater are very much in the same vein.

by Anonymousreply 12March 23, 2024 12:13 PM

Is it today?

by Anonymousreply 13March 23, 2024 12:17 PM

Yah I see my error now r13. Go ahead and oh, dear me.

by Anonymousreply 14March 23, 2024 12:27 PM

R14 Fuck that, I was just being a wiseass. :)

Break a leg.

by Anonymousreply 15March 23, 2024 12:31 PM

Lucky. I was the back half of Caroline.

by Anonymousreply 16March 23, 2024 12:44 PM

Depends on Caroline's front half.

by Anonymousreply 17March 23, 2024 12:47 PM

i was on shifting crew at age 15 in a community theatre production of Gypsy

thats how I ended up on DL at age ......

by Anonymousreply 18March 23, 2024 2:06 PM

“I’M PRETTY MAMA-I’m pretty…”

by Anonymousreply 19March 23, 2024 2:11 PM

Good luck OP! They're both wonderful roles but fingers crossed that you get cast as Herbie. Please keep us posted!

by Anonymousreply 20March 23, 2024 2:49 PM

Work your caftan like your life depends on it.

by Anonymousreply 21March 23, 2024 2:54 PM

But Herbie is Uncle Jocko, so you're only trying for one role.

by Anonymousreply 22March 23, 2024 3:03 PM

r22 Only in the movie.

by Anonymousreply 23March 23, 2024 3:46 PM

No matter how bad you are, you know you can sing better than Jack Klugman or Karl Malden.

by Anonymousreply 24March 23, 2024 3:47 PM

R22. Not true in the play—you’ve obviously only seen the movie, where Karl Malden plays Herbie, who, in the opening scene is “Uncle Jocko.” In the stage musical, they are two different people (and roles).

by Anonymousreply 25March 23, 2024 3:54 PM

Remember my name, FAME!

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by Anonymousreply 26March 23, 2024 3:58 PM

[quote]Depends on Caroline's front half.

Unfortunately, the front half of Caroline was fat and sweaty.

by Anonymousreply 27March 23, 2024 4:22 PM

It's today!

by Anonymousreply 28March 23, 2024 6:04 PM

Gypsy isn't done a lot in community theater.

by Anonymousreply 29March 23, 2024 7:13 PM

Does Tulsa have a hot ass? (He usually does.)

by Anonymousreply 30March 23, 2024 7:22 PM

I hope you get cast.

Or casted.

by Anonymousreply 31March 23, 2024 7:24 PM

I’m back from my callback. They rushed me through to read my sides first because I also am in rehearsal for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (playing Gooper) at same theater at the same time today. I think I did really well, I’ll bump this thread when I hear news about casting.

I also haven’t stepped foot on a stage since 2002 so this is all pretty exciting!

by Anonymousreply 32March 23, 2024 7:30 PM

We performed GYPSY in my all-boys Catholic high school.

I loved it.

by Anonymousreply 33March 23, 2024 7:37 PM

Dare we ask what part you played?

by Anonymousreply 34March 23, 2024 7:50 PM

[quote] Dare we ask what part you played?

The curtain boy.

by Anonymousreply 35March 23, 2024 7:58 PM

But Miss Mazeppa, Electra, and Dressy Tessie Tura were all played by boys—a smart move.

by Anonymousreply 36March 23, 2024 8:01 PM

[quote] They rushed me through to read my sides first

I never heard anyone in community theater refer to audition scenes as sides. Only in pro theater.

by Anonymousreply 37March 23, 2024 8:15 PM

For inspiration, OP. 😂

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by Anonymousreply 38March 23, 2024 8:18 PM

OP just keep repeating this over and over again singing even better and good things will happen

“God, I hope I get it.

I hope I get it

How many people does he need”

by Anonymousreply 39March 23, 2024 8:22 PM

Why would you be excited to be Jocko? That's like being excited to be Rose's father. I guess you're too old to be Tulsa. Is that the Paul Wallace role? Why didn't that guy have a career? What did he do after the film of Gypsy until his death in 2001? Very cute and a terrific dancer though I bet everyone of Robbins' male dancers had to sleep with him. Personally I wouldn't have minded if I were a cute dancer of the period.

by Anonymousreply 40March 23, 2024 8:25 PM

R40 I like Jocko and he literally opens the show. I also read for Cigar (the guy who tries to get Tessie to do “scenes”).

I can do a good Phil Silvers so I threw that into Jocko.

I know it’s just community theater but I chose between theater as a hobby and profession. I chose hobby and got a y’know real job.

by Anonymousreply 41March 23, 2024 8:30 PM

Uncle Jocko was a perv.

by Anonymousreply 42March 23, 2024 8:38 PM

R42 probably.

by Anonymousreply 43March 23, 2024 8:41 PM

[quote]I know it’s just community theater but I chose between theater as a hobby and profession. I chose hobby and got a y’know real job.

Life upon the wicked stage ain't ever what a girl supposes

Stage door Johnnies aren't raging over you with gems and roses

Wild, old men who give you jewels and sables

Only live in :Aesop's Fables

Life upon the wicked stage ain't nothing for a girl!

by Anonymousreply 44March 23, 2024 8:48 PM

You're going out in that stage as a kid, but you're coming back as a star! Break a leg me friend!

by Anonymousreply 45March 23, 2024 9:08 PM

Is it really like "Waiting for Guffman," OP? Does your town have regulars who always audition and star in these productions? Is there a Corky-type director?

Anyway, I wish you good luck. Sounds like fun.

by Anonymousreply 46March 23, 2024 9:16 PM

I hope it isn't over there at the Pepperpot Playhouse. They're nothing but a bunch of rank amatuers!

by Anonymousreply 47March 23, 2024 9:20 PM

Maybe this one can give you some pointers...

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by Anonymousreply 48March 23, 2024 9:21 PM

[quote] "amatuers"


by Anonymousreply 49March 23, 2024 9:22 PM

One of my favorite episodes of ROSEANNE is when Jackie does a community theater production of CYRANO DE BERGERAC. haha

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by Anonymousreply 50March 23, 2024 9:22 PM
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by Anonymousreply 51March 23, 2024 9:22 PM

R46, our Artistic Director is more of a…daddy than Corky haha. He’s actually my Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He’s kind of a cross between Corky and the character Patti LuPone played in Shows For Days. He is also the director of Gypsy whom I auditioned for today. He taught me my love of theater, camp and John Waters. He is my gay mom.

I haven’t done anything in this theater since 2003. Those early days I could write volumes about and get kicked outta town faster than Peyton Place. Let’s just thank God smart phones didn’t exist then. And those friends I met are still my best friend but have since moved on from this theater.

R47, I truly just watched that episode last week.

by Anonymousreply 52March 23, 2024 9:28 PM

Is Phyllis Hammerow (the Meryl Streep of Miami) playing Rose?

by Anonymousreply 53March 23, 2024 9:34 PM

[quote]Life upon the wicked stage ain't ever what a girl supposes

Does that apply to the "Wicked" stage as well?

by Anonymousreply 54March 23, 2024 9:34 PM

The only part I would really want to play in that show is Mr. Grantziger's secretary.

"That's the mother..."

by Anonymousreply 55March 23, 2024 9:36 PM

I’m a pretty girl mama

by Anonymousreply 56March 23, 2024 9:41 PM

R55 that’s a small yet hysterical role.

by Anonymousreply 57March 23, 2024 9:41 PM

OP, I haven't performed in community theatre in ages, good for you going back to it.

God, I wonder if I could still memorize lines, deliver them, remember my blocking...

Beak a leg in Cat and fingers crossed you get into Gypsy.

I met some of my best friends in college and then community theatre.

by Anonymousreply 58March 23, 2024 10:07 PM

Moo. Moo. Moo. Moo.

by Anonymousreply 59March 23, 2024 10:10 PM

I think in all of the Broadway productions I've seen Jocko and Cigar are played by the same actor. They're both fun character roles. I also saw a regional production where Herbie was Jocko like in the movie. Not sure how they got away with that.

by Anonymousreply 60March 23, 2024 10:26 PM

Do not let an accidental fart during the reading

by Anonymousreply 61March 23, 2024 10:53 PM

Clearly I should have gone to an all-boys school so I could play Electra, one of my dream roles, along with Peter Pan (I just want to do the flying) and the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret.

by Anonymousreply 62March 24, 2024 12:57 AM

The community theater I was in was on a pretty decent level. Many of the people had studied acting or had been professionals and had to give it up or didn't like the grind. Some plays were better than the ones at the local professional theater.

by Anonymousreply 63March 24, 2024 4:43 AM

The fortunate thing about “Gypsy” is that there will always be at least three well-rehearsed queens in the audience ready to take Rose’s place…should she fall, or trip and suffer a punctured eye ball, or suffer from pancreatitis, or just collapse in a puddle of BAD nerves!

by Anonymousreply 64March 24, 2024 9:39 AM

Good luck OP!!!

Either ya got it, or ya ain’t and OP YOU GOT IT

by Anonymousreply 65March 24, 2024 9:44 AM

Is your name Dorothy, Blanche, or Rose, by chance, OP?

by Anonymousreply 66March 24, 2024 9:45 AM

Got my white tie Got my hopes high All I need now is the boy …

Got the time and the place and I got rhythm Now all I need is a boy to go with ‘em

by Anonymousreply 67March 24, 2024 9:47 AM

thinking back when I was involved in a production of Gypsy in the 1960s

in terms of referencing the show on media

you had the vinyl record / broadway cast and film soundtrack

and the film.... which of course was not available on any home media, you had to see it when it was being shown in a theatre...

that was it

by Anonymousreply 68March 24, 2024 7:27 PM

If you want to bump it bump it with trumpet!

by Anonymousreply 69March 24, 2024 7:54 PM

Can you give us all complimentary tickets please ?

by Anonymousreply 70March 24, 2024 8:19 PM

The version I saw with Angela Lansbury when I was a teen is still my favorite show I've even seen. And I'm otherwise not that fond of Gypsy as a show.

by Anonymousreply 71March 24, 2024 8:24 PM

*ever seen

by Anonymousreply 72March 24, 2024 8:25 PM

I love doing community theatre......it's so much fun.....

by Anonymousreply 73March 24, 2024 8:33 PM

Please tell me there will be a bake sale! That’s how I learn the substance abuse habits of the boosters.

Is there pet hair under the cling film? Was the treat smashed in the back of a Yaris? Is there a nut allergy alert on the gummy s’more?

by Anonymousreply 74March 24, 2024 8:33 PM

R74 has community theater mixed up with the Cub Scouts.

by Anonymousreply 75March 24, 2024 8:43 PM

"You'll never get away from me," sung to Herbie.

by Anonymousreply 76March 24, 2024 9:15 PM

Good luck, Eunice!

The Pepperpot Playhouse always needs background scenery.

by Anonymousreply 77March 24, 2024 9:21 PM

Did they tell you to stay home for the sake of the cast?

by Anonymousreply 78March 24, 2024 9:46 PM

R77 I loved that episode!

by Anonymousreply 79March 24, 2024 9:46 PM

"The ensemble was less confused this time around."

by Anonymousreply 80March 24, 2024 10:12 PM

Stolen and mangled:

The last time OP starred in “The Diary of Ann Frank”, the audience yelled,”She’s in the attic!”

by Anonymousreply 81March 24, 2024 10:39 PM

R80 when you said "Tureen of Beef" I got totally hungry! 🤤

by Anonymousreply 82March 24, 2024 10:51 PM

I ♥ R38

by Anonymousreply 83March 24, 2024 11:23 PM

I did community theater eons ago. It was lots of fun. The director was a closeted gay man who was married - a hoot and a half.

The most fun to be had in GYPSY, in my humble opinion, would be Tessie/Mazeppa and the bitch that lights up.

by Anonymousreply 84March 25, 2024 1:07 AM

[quote]would be Tessie/Mazeppa and the bitch that lights up.


One of the funniest actresses I ever saw was in a community production of Gypsy playing Elektra. She played it like her costume had jolted her brain one too many times and her brain was fried. Hi-larious!

by Anonymousreply 85March 25, 2024 1:27 AM

Remember when the Springfield Community Center musicalized "A Streetcar Named Desire"? 😂

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by Anonymousreply 86March 25, 2024 8:00 AM

Reminds me of one of my favorite headlines ever from the Onion

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by Anonymousreply 87March 25, 2024 8:07 AM

So are you playing Tulsa, or Tessie Tura?

by Anonymousreply 88March 25, 2024 10:53 PM

I saw a community theater (I guess that's what you'd call it -- it's too small for a regional theater, but it is professional-- production of "Pippin" yesterday. I guess pre-COVID I used to be more forgiving since I went to dozens of performances every year. Now that I've started going back, I should probably limit myself to better quality venues. Some of the performances were decent, but the "band" was awful, and the Leading Player didn't have the greatest voice. I think "Pippin" is one of those shows that depends a lot on the quality of the production since the book is a mess and the overall concept is overly "weird." But I've always loved the music, since buying the OBC album as part of a record club promotion back when I was in college (in the Dark Ages.)

by Anonymousreply 89March 25, 2024 10:59 PM

R89 I did Pippin in 1998. It was the greatest moment of my life for many reasons. We used the original script and cut NO songs. We used the Tarot deck and pagan imagery as the design. It wa a thrilling.

Our cast was almost run out of town. The artistic director said we all looked like dope fiends by the end. We were told to tone it down. We didn’t change shit.

Now the licensed version is the clunky “circus” theme. How original.

by Anonymousreply 90March 26, 2024 2:56 AM

R90 Explain why you were almost run out of town. Not all of us are experts on musicals.

by Anonymousreply 91March 26, 2024 7:30 AM

R91 Why, there was trouble, right there in River City!

by Anonymousreply 92March 26, 2024 1:27 PM

I also did Pippin - I was the choreographer and unfortunately the director had no idea how to do the show.......but the cast was talented and the audiences loved it.....

But I couldn't convince him that the ending with Theo staying with the Players was NOT supposed to be a happy moment......

by Anonymousreply 93March 26, 2024 1:30 PM

R92 There you again with the same old comment about the low mentality of River City people and taking it all too much to heart.

by Anonymousreply 94March 26, 2024 1:37 PM

R91 the ending can get pretty dark. They try to get Pippin to kill himself. I mean we looked straight outta Kensington & Allegheny in Philly.

by Anonymousreply 95March 26, 2024 3:38 PM

Oh, I love community theater productions! I'd rather go to those than most professional theater productions. Everyone is so passionate and excited that they're on stage. The energy always is so much fun--it carries the day. Break a leg, OP!

by Anonymousreply 96March 26, 2024 4:08 PM

" Honey, your show was better than Broadway."

by Anonymousreply 97March 26, 2024 4:17 PM

I love you r96! Thanks! I’m nervous as all hell.

by Anonymousreply 98March 26, 2024 4:18 PM

Yeah, break a leg OP

by Anonymousreply 99March 26, 2024 5:28 PM


by Anonymousreply 100March 26, 2024 9:24 PM


Pippin and Merry were secret lovers who did musical theater. Originally, his lover's name was " Mary!," but the musical's director thought that it might be a little too gay, so he changed his name to " Merry," which is a synonym for " gay."

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by Anonymousreply 101March 27, 2024 2:06 PM


Did you use the Fosse choreography?

That’s the main reason to see Pippin.

by Anonymousreply 102March 27, 2024 2:15 PM

Some of it - but it's a thrust stage so I had adapt it.....and of course we were a bit limited by the talents of the cast - most of whom studied tap & ballet in Miss Ludie's basement.

by Anonymousreply 103March 27, 2024 2:19 PM

[quote]I did Pippin in 1998. It was the greatest moment of my life for many reasons.

This is sad, on so many levels.

by Anonymousreply 104March 27, 2024 8:05 PM

I watched the 1981 version of PIPPIN on YouTube.

The show seems endless.

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by Anonymousreply 105March 27, 2024 8:56 PM

When I was away at college, I stayed the summer and did one of the first community theatre productions of A Chorus Line. It was fun. Some guys from the local ballet company were in the cast and they were hot.

by Anonymousreply 106March 27, 2024 9:33 PM

I like this song from Pippin.

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by Anonymousreply 107March 27, 2024 9:36 PM

Is this some sort of colossal joke?

by Anonymousreply 108March 27, 2024 9:52 PM

[quote]R106 When I was away at college, I stayed the summer and did one of the first community theatre productions of A Chorus Line. It was fun.

How does one do that show without everyone being a professional dancer? I’d be shoved in the back row.

by Anonymousreply 109March 27, 2024 9:58 PM

this is very reminiscent of a community theatre production circa 1969.....

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by Anonymousreply 110March 27, 2024 10:14 PM

R101 Soooo funny,


by Anonymousreply 111March 28, 2024 1:58 AM

When I did a lot of community theater in my late 20s-early 30s, a guy who'd been around a while and had been a professional actor pointed out that in professional theater he played smaller supporting roles, but in community theater he got to play some of the great parts, like Willy Loman in DOAS, or whatever. In the pretty good community theater that this was, I got to play some leads in great plays, which would have been very hard to do as a professional.

by Anonymousreply 112March 28, 2024 2:25 AM

You’re sad on so many levels r104.

by Anonymousreply 113March 28, 2024 1:44 PM

R104 you are sad on so many levels.

by Anonymousreply 114March 28, 2024 7:41 PM

Well, did you get Herbie or Uncle Jocko? Dying to know.

by Anonymousreply 115March 28, 2024 7:57 PM

R115 I won’t hear back for a while, but the director did text that he was very impressed by my audition but I read too young against our Rose. I’m 44, she’s about 50. I’ll probably wind up getting Jocko.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is preoccupying my time and I have the flu pretty awful. It is not fun rehearsing in a mask and making sure I stay a few feet away from fellow actors.

by Anonymousreply 116March 28, 2024 8:02 PM

[quote] she’s about 50

Why is your director casting so young? 😂😂😂

by Anonymousreply 117March 28, 2024 8:22 PM

[quote]You’re sad on so many levels [R104].

[quote][R104] you are sad on so many levels.

Is this like the "Let's go up to Westchester!" line reading from Stage Door?

by Anonymousreply 118March 28, 2024 8:24 PM

R117 the real Rose Hovick was in her late twenties when June and Louise began performing professionally (beginning of Act I).

In her thirties when they were teenagers (rest of Act I and beginning of Act II)

And early forties when Louise achieved fame as Gypsy Rose Lee (end of Act II).

Rose's lover who managed their act and inspired 'Herbie' was named Sam Gordon and was around her same age.

by Anonymousreply 119March 28, 2024 8:41 PM

[quote]the real Rose Hovick was in her late twenties when June and Louise began performing professionally (beginning of Act I).

I know but they always cast older actresses.

Merman was 51

Lansbury was 49

Daly was 43

Peters was 55

LuPone was 59

by Anonymousreply 120March 28, 2024 9:51 PM

Does anyone know how old I am?

by Anonymousreply 121March 28, 2024 9:54 PM

Streisand was 93

by Anonymousreply 122March 28, 2024 9:58 PM

[quote]Rose's lover who managed their act and inspired 'Herbie' was named Sam Gordon and was around her same age.

Sam Gordon was a single, traveling, candy salesman pushing 30 when he met Rose and the girls on the road.

June adored him immediately, but Louise kept her distance until she realized they had the same dream of settling down,

However, Rose convinced Sam to manage the act, which he did so reluctantly.

Rose strung Sam along for a few years with promises of marriage until finally he called her bluff and walked out of their lives forever.

by Anonymousreply 123March 28, 2024 10:34 PM

[quote]Rose strung Sam along for a few years with promises of marriage

Didn’t he realize that Rose liked the ladies?

by Anonymousreply 124March 28, 2024 10:57 PM

Wasn't she a late in life lesbian?

by Anonymousreply 125March 29, 2024 12:02 AM

Rose was married and divorced twice by the time she met Sam in her late twenties.

by Anonymousreply 126March 29, 2024 12:07 AM

OP, depending on your ability to do different voices, the director can also cast you as the unseen announcers during The Strip ("Preeeeeesenting! In her own *personal* flesh! Miss Gypsy Rose Lee!") There are three or four of them, all of them with varying degrees of sleaziness. You can also be the back end of Caroline. No small parts, you know!

by Anonymousreply 127March 29, 2024 12:31 AM

Gooper is a good part, OP. He undergoes real emotional changes throughout the play.

Give it everything you've got and make sure they remember you in it. BREAK A LEG!

by Anonymousreply 128March 29, 2024 12:37 AM

R109, we were mostly theatre or dance students and took ballet class several times a week as a company. There were some really good dancers, some good singers, some good actors - I think it gave it a sense of being an open call. Plus, it was community theatre. We worked really hard on the finale.

I couldn’t really tap but my character didn’t make the final cut so I never really learned it and desperately faked my way through it every performance, lol. It was the mid-‘80s, I was young and hot with a hairy chest in a wife beater and Lycra dance pants with a big bulge. People thought I was sexy, I got a lot of dates that summer. :)

by Anonymousreply 129March 31, 2024 9:03 PM

[quote] I know but they always cast older actresses.

Merman was 51

Lansbury was 49

Daly was 43

Peters was 55

LuPone was 59

.... and I'll be playing Baby June!

by Anonymousreply 130April 1, 2024 5:11 AM

I still haven’t gotten official casting news about Gypsy, could be a few more weeks. They’re still auditioning kids and calling back a few people.

In the meanwhile, Cat is going well and I really have my work cut out for me as Gooper. It’s not a big role, but pivotal. And goddamn if I’m not struggling to find his voice. He’s on a different planet from me. But that’s why it’s Acting. My director said I “found his foundation” tonight which is a huge unburdening. I’ve been panicking.

After a 20 year hiatus from theater, I completely forgot the process. Now it’s coming back to me.

Still, I’m probably gonna 🤮 at the 5 minute call on opening night.

by Anonymousreply 131April 2, 2024 3:07 AM

Foundations for Mature Skin

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by Anonymousreply 132April 2, 2024 3:14 AM

Lol r132.

This is literally me now

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by Anonymousreply 133April 2, 2024 3:39 AM

OP, I played Brick, back in the late '90s. Not an easy part, either. I was hardly ever offstage in three acts.

by Anonymousreply 134April 4, 2024 1:40 AM

And with the amount of drinking of colored water you have to do, that's not easy.

by Anonymousreply 135April 4, 2024 1:41 AM

R106, did you hook up with any of the ballet dancers? That's my fantasy (and twins).

by Anonymousreply 136April 4, 2024 1:46 AM

Yes, tell us about Brick and Maggie, R131. How are they fairing?

by Anonymousreply 137April 5, 2024 2:18 AM

Is your foundation holding OP?

by Anonymousreply 138April 5, 2024 2:24 AM

[quote]How are they fairing?

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 139April 5, 2024 2:49 AM

I’m worried about OP. Artists are sensitive people.

What if he isn’t even cast as Caroline the cow?

by Anonymousreply 140April 5, 2024 2:49 AM

Have they cast Sister Woman yet? Or her no-neck monster offspring?

by Anonymousreply 141April 5, 2024 2:59 AM

So fun! Congrats to you. Keep us posted and break a leg!

by Anonymousreply 142April 5, 2024 3:00 AM

I hate when they drag out the casting. The other night I had a callback for a play. When I got home I checked BACKSTAGE (which I do several times a day) and I noticed the director reposted the casting notice. Guess I didn't get the part lol. That's show biz!

by Anonymousreply 143April 5, 2024 1:40 PM

I hope I get it. I hope I get it.

How many people does he need?

How many boys how many girls?

Oh, God, I need this job.........

by Anonymousreply 144April 5, 2024 2:31 PM

Well I talked to my friend, the director, and he said I’m also too young for Jocko. I dunno, without playing Jocko or Herbie it is a long show for small parts. I may turn it down. I dunno.

We have an 8 hour rehearsal tomorrow.

R137, I’d rather not answer 🤐

R141, I love my Mae and my no neck monsters. Mae is a harder role than Gooper, she has more stage time and has to really transform into a monster by act 3. I figure I have about 6 minutes stage time in the first two acts then 26 minutes in act 3. Speaking of, I have to go work on my lines.

by Anonymousreply 145April 6, 2024 2:20 AM

[quote]R143 I hate when they drag out the casting.

Sometimes the first choice turns them down - which can slow down the process. They might still call!

Once I got a call offering a role a month after I auditioned. The producer was a bit disorganized but the play was a success.

Then there was the time I got a message telling me I was cast for something. When I called back, their first choice who’d initially turned down the part had reconsidered, and accepted after all.

It can be dismaying. FUCKERS!

by Anonymousreply 146April 6, 2024 5:00 AM

You may very well have dodged a bullet, OP. GYPSY is a tall order for community theater. And you can't judge a part by "stage time" - there is a lot you can do nonverbally while onstage. Inhabit the role!

by Anonymousreply 147April 6, 2024 3:27 PM

[quote]there is a lot you can do nonverbally while onstage.

Don’t wear underwear for starters.

by Anonymousreply 148April 6, 2024 3:29 PM

Tulsa doing his big number in a g-string would make community theater history.

by Anonymousreply 149April 7, 2024 12:12 AM

OP, will your show be miked? I saw a Gypsy and the mikes were on the heads and looked silly.

by Anonymousreply 150April 7, 2024 12:16 AM

I want that production of “Gypsy” SHUT DOWN! And am beginning a letter writing campaign to that end right now.


by Anonymousreply 151April 7, 2024 12:24 AM

OP, you’ll always be our Uncle Jocko.

by Anonymousreply 152April 7, 2024 12:29 AM

Haha thanks r152.

Worse r150, I think we’re miked in Cat too. I’m reminded of the Forbidden Broadway where Ethel Merman calls head mikes “that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s disease.”

Rehearsal was tense and insightful today. We ran act 3 4 or 5 times and were down Brick and Big Mama. But I’m emotionally and physically feeling like molasses on a hoppin’ john so I must’ve gotten work done.

I love my director.

by Anonymousreply 153April 7, 2024 12:55 AM

Community theatre uses mics for spoken word productions these days? Jesus, that's ridiculous and yes, R153, nice reference to the old Forbidden Broadway!

by Anonymousreply 154April 7, 2024 10:43 AM

Well I am the assistant choreographer for a Community Theatre production of OKLAHOMA! with auditions today.

We will have another session of auditions on Tuesday.

First time director.....scary......

by Anonymousreply 155April 7, 2024 2:12 PM

r155 Who's in charge of making the chili?

by Anonymousreply 156April 7, 2024 2:29 PM

R155, what's your dance background?

by Anonymousreply 157April 7, 2024 3:11 PM

[quote] I want that production of “Gypsy” SHUT DOWN!

Sumthin' wrong with STRIPPIN'?

by Anonymousreply 158April 7, 2024 3:13 PM

[quote]R155 Well I am the assistant choreographer for a Community Theatre production of OKLAHOMA! with auditions today.

Can you fly OP in for the callbacks?

It might mean a lot to him right now.

by Anonymousreply 159April 7, 2024 3:41 PM

LOL degree in dance, been in many shows......choreographed many shows community and Equity level.....and I've seen just about everything.

I was co-choreographer - but the other person involved has had extensive ballet training and experience so I'll do the cowboys and she'll do everything else.....

by Anonymousreply 160April 7, 2024 3:50 PM

[quote]so I'll do the cowboys

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 161April 7, 2024 3:55 PM

I saw a community theatre production of Funny Girl where an ensemble member pulled out a ham sandwich and started eating on stage while Fanny belted out ',,,,Parade.'. He was promptly dismissed.

by Anonymousreply 162April 7, 2024 4:18 PM

R156 no chili and probably no wheelchair - we will probably be picketed.

by Anonymousreply 163April 7, 2024 5:11 PM

Weird materials from Concord - libretto is a small paperback book and the music books are those spiral bound copy paper things. Permission granted to write all over them - but everything has to go back - no erasing necessary.

by Anonymousreply 164April 7, 2024 5:13 PM

[quote] I still haven’t gotten official casting news about Gypsy, could be a few more weeks. They’re still auditioning kids and calling back a few people.

I did community theater for years (not musicals, usually) but I don't remember a lot of callbacks or weeks of auditions. I mean it's not professional theater - who has all this time to devote to it? Don't people have jobs?

The theater I was in did something like 4 - 6 plays a year, and you had about 4 weeks to build a set and rehearse a play. Casting was usually done in two nights.

by Anonymousreply 165April 7, 2024 5:44 PM

Community theatre productions I've been involved with usually rehearsed 8-10 weeks. 3-4x a week for three hours weekday evenings and maybe an extended rehearsal on a weekend closer to the opening.

by Anonymousreply 166April 7, 2024 6:39 PM

We usually rehearsed three nights a week but I think you can get very stale rehearsing a non-musical play for 10 weeks.

by Anonymousreply 167April 7, 2024 6:55 PM

I imagine this, R157.

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by Anonymousreply 168April 7, 2024 7:12 PM

R168 I do use that as a party trick.

by Anonymousreply 169April 8, 2024 2:03 PM

one hour / 17 minute mark

a very funny Forbidden Broadway tune I'd never heard / from the original show over 40 years ago by the original players ( Nora Mae Ling passed away circa 2017)

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by Anonymousreply 170April 8, 2024 10:31 PM

Update: I’ve been cast as Mr. Webber/hotel guest/Pasty. I think I’m going to turn it down.

by Anonymousreply 171April 10, 2024 3:47 AM

R171. If you're not going to be happy then definitely turn it down. Pasty is a good part but Webber is a throwaway role. Do you have any other auditions coming up? Don't settle!!!

by Anonymousreply 172April 10, 2024 4:05 AM

R171 Tell him to get fucked.

by Anonymousreply 173April 10, 2024 4:57 AM


Enjoy doing the Williams. And turn down Gypsy. Better parts are coming your way.

by Anonymousreply 174April 10, 2024 6:34 AM

Would you be happy doing backstage?

by Anonymousreply 175April 10, 2024 7:11 AM

Thanks r174. Cat opens in 8 days. It’s really coming along great.

by Anonymousreply 176April 10, 2024 1:26 PM

Yea, forget GYPSY - those parts are no way to get noticed.

by Anonymousreply 177April 10, 2024 2:17 PM

DADDY DEAREST-A sequel to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Summer, 1956, Gooper’s law office in Memphis.

Big Daddy Pollit is dead and it’s the reading of the will. Gooper, Mae and their six kids (seventh on the way!) are doled out pittances of remittances. Brick, now escalated to a dope fiend, and his wife, Maggie, (who do have a new baby who suspiciously looks nothing like Brick) are left the whole plantation and aim to turn it into a touristy B&B. If Brick can even get sober.

Gooper gets shitfaced drunk after years of sobriety and has a huge show stopping monologue cursing the elements and pisses all over Big Daddy’s grave.

“I will have the plantation in any way possible (I’ll sue the whole family), level it, and sell the land to HoJo developers and MDOT to rip a highway through.”

Mae: As always, Big Daddy has the last word.

Gooper: Does he? Does he?

Brick dies on the streets of Biloxi outside a gay dive, drunk and doped out. Maggie goes to Hollywood to be a star but finds herself workin’ the strip and throws herself off the H of the Hollywood sign.

Gooper, shunned, writes a tell-all story about his vile family and makes millions. High on the hog, Gooper, Mae and the kids move to NYC, donates thousands to the Kennedy campaign (“That’d kill yo’ Daddy if he weren’t already dead!” cries Big Mama), opens his own successful law-firm and he drops his southern accent.

DADDY DEAREST Cattier… Hotter… Tinnier…

By Gooper Pollit

by Anonymousreply 178April 10, 2024 3:58 PM

"pittances of remittances". Tennessee would be pleased. Or, Pleasshed.

by Anonymousreply 179April 10, 2024 5:07 PM

if you can come in late in the rehearsal process / Gypsy is a great show to be a part of.... if you are not familiar with it.

by Anonymousreply 180April 10, 2024 9:49 PM

I doubt OP is familiar with that obscure show, Gypsy.

by Anonymousreply 181April 11, 2024 5:05 AM

GYPSY is unworthy of OP, IMHO.

He deserves an entirely new play, tailored especially to him. He doesn’t need Patti’s hand me downs!

by Anonymousreply 182April 11, 2024 7:23 AM

Oof I stunk tonight at rehearsal.

Bad nights are still good nights.

Good night!

by Anonymousreply 183April 12, 2024 3:02 AM

R183 You learn. From the bad nights. Maybe you were not listening enough, or the other actors stunk?

by Anonymousreply 184April 12, 2024 4:49 AM

Oh no - the director wants to start on Monday with choreography for "Kansas City" - and they haven't even learned to song yet......and I have to use a track because the piano player won't be there.....

And three of the guys won't be there either.

I love community theatre.

Everything's up to date.

And Concord only sent 16 scripts for a cast of 25.

by Anonymousreply 185April 12, 2024 2:04 PM

R182 Like Patti was the original star of Gypsy...

by Anonymousreply 186April 12, 2024 3:22 PM

Patti’s was the last one on the Great White Way, and the one all the kids today chatter about and remember!

You know the Patti “Mama Rose” LuPone clubs - that they've got in most of the girls' high schools?

by Anonymousreply 187April 12, 2024 4:47 PM

Barbra, you're still too old!!

by Anonymousreply 188April 12, 2024 4:51 PM

R184, we all kinda stunk together. Act 3 is a doozie, and we were finally all off book. My director said I was too angry, but really I was more frustrated with myself and it read angry.

Tomorrow is tech.

by Anonymousreply 189April 12, 2024 7:05 PM

Look. We’d be in Flyoverstan if we actually wanted to see you in the show. You’re losing the goodwill from upthread. About to lose all interest in 3…2…

by Anonymousreply 190April 12, 2024 7:10 PM

Do they pay well?

by Anonymousreply 191April 12, 2024 7:41 PM
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