Auditions

Attention!  We have changed the production dates of Nunsense 2.  And we have added another Audition date.  See below.

There are also changes to our production plans for 13 Things About Ed Carpolatti.  See the bottom of this page for information about that show.


Nunsense 2

Theatre Company of Saugus will present Nunsense 2, The Second Coming.  This is the next in the series of shows by Dan Goggin about funny nuns.  Previously we presented Nunsense the Mega Musical, and Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical.

The artistic team for Nunsense 2 returns from Nunsense Mega:  Becky Rush is the stage director, and Joe Nuccio is the musical director.  We will soon also engage a choreographer.

Auditions will continue on Wednesday 8 March 2017, starting at 7:00 PM.

Performances of Nunsense 2 have been rescheduled!  The performance dates will be June 16-17-18 and 23-24-25, 2017.  Two weekends, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday Matinees.

(We believe there will be fewer conflicts for both actors and audience than on the originally planned dates, which were May 12-13-14 and 19-20-21, 2017.)

Rehearsals will be on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday evenings.  Rehearsals will begin on Sunday 26 March.

The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be the new Theatre Company of Saugus home at the American Legion Post 210  /  44 Taylor Street  /  Saugus, Massachusetts  01906.  This is a block from the monument in Saugus Center.  See our Directions page.

We will be doing the Large Cast Edition of Nunsense 2.  In addition to the  five major roles, there are two supporting roles and six featured roles, plus a chorus which can be as large or small as desired. The chorus can be made up of adults and/or children:  Adults playing priests, brothers and nuns; children as Mount Saint Helen’s students.  Some of the roles are being filled by actors who are returning from our previous production of Nunsense Mega.

We have openings for the following major roles:

  • Sister Robert Anne.  A street-wise nun from Brooklyn who is always a “thorn-in-the-side” to Reverend Mother. She is a vibrant comedienne, but also has a genuine tender side. The students of Mount St. Helen’s love her. She teaches 7th grade and can really connect with kids because of her background. Mezzo belter.
  • Sister Mary Paul (Amnesia).  A country singing nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. She uses a puppet (Sister Mary Annette) as part of her therapy to help her regain her memory.  She is sweet, daffy and loveable.  Large vocal range from alto belter to high soprano, should be able to pull off a country twang as well.
  • Sister Mary Leo.  A sweet, young novice who has aspirations to be the first nun ballerina. She is still learning how to be a nun, and although she leans on Sister Hubert for advice and guidance, her intentions are pure. Soprano, should be a competent ballet dancer.

Additional roles, which may or may not need to be filled:

  • Sister Julia, Child of God – The convent cook whose recipe for Vichyssoise soup accidentally poisoned and killed 52 of the sisters. She has many lines, but little singing.
  • Sister Mary Brendan – A teacher at Mount St. Helen’s. She and Sister Luke are in charge of the students who perform in this show.  Ensemble singing, some lines.
  • Sister Mary Luke – A teacher at Mount St. Helen’s.  She and Sister Brendan are in charge of the students who perform in this show.  Ensemble singing, some lines.
  • Sister Mary Wilhelm – The convent nurse. A few lines and some ensemble singing.
  • Father Timothy – a Stagehand with a few lines in the show.
  • Students of Mount St. Helen’s School – Any number of children ages 8-15 who wish to be in the ensemble numbers for the show.  No children have lines or solo singing.  Students will be acting out some of the musical numbers, and dancing/singing in others.

For Adults who are auditioning:  Please bring sheet music for 32 bars of a song that shows off the character of your voice.  You will be asked to read from the script.  Monologues are not required, but if you have one prepared, you will be invited to perform it.  Dance auditions will be also be held, so please bring appropriate shoes for dancing and wear comfortable clothing.

Children ages 8-15 are welcome to audition:  Please bring sheet music for 16-32 bars of a song that you can sing.  If you do not have sheet music, you can sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  You will have a short dance audition, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are appropriate for dancing.

If you have questions, or need to make an arrangement for another audition time, please contact us at TCSaugus@gmail.com.


13 Things

The EMACT Festival 2017 has been cancelled.  We might consider taking 13 Things to the New Hampshire Community Theatre Association (NHCTA) state Festival in September 2017.  In the meantime, our production plans have been suspended.

Here is the original audition announcement:

Theatre Company of Saugus will present the one-act musical  13 Things About Ed Carpolotti. Book, music, and lyrics by Barry Kleinbort.  Based on the play by Jeffrey Hatcher.

We will take this show to the EMACT Festival scheduled for June 23-25, 2017.  There will also be a preview performance of the show prior to the Festival, probably the weekend before in Saugus.  If the Festival is cancelled, then we may instead hold two performances of the show in Saugus.

Auditions will be held in March or early April.  Return to this page for forthcoming information about the audition and rehearsal schedule.

The director of 13 Things will be Stephen Russo.  The musical director will be Stephen Peters, who will also portray The Pianist.

There is one role in the show:

Virginia Carpolotti.  A woman in her late 50s – early 60s.  She speaks and sings throughout the entire show.  She sometimes has a dialogue with The Pianist, who is in her imagination.

Virginia Carpolotti is a devoted widow with loving memories of her recently deceased husband.  Though her love endures, her confidence in him flounders as one shady character after another comes calling for the debt that Ed put in her name, and things really heat up when a mysterious blackmail letter appears.

“The music is melodic, and the lyrics are clever and often poignant, deepening the book’s insights…”  said the New York Times.

13 Things was first presented in New York in December 2012.  It made is regional theater premier at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts in November 2014.

TCS presented the original play version of 13 Things at an EMACT Festival back in the 1990s.