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The Rocky Horror Show

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien

September 22 – October 8, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

In this humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970’s , a stranded couple end up in a castle where aliens have sinister plans for mankind.

Directed by Keven Renken
 
Audience participation on Saturday nights only. Props provided. Please do not bring any outside props.
 

**Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes.**

Tickets $25.00

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Cast  
Austin AllisonEddie
Tyler ArnoldPhantom
Eric BohnerDr. Scott
Jaime BrightbillJanet
Joseph CondonRiff Raff
Reegan M. FabianPhantom
Sydney HarberColumbia
Nicholas HollifieldFrank N Furter
Sarah HolmesPhantom
Christina KilkellyPhantom
Rico NavedoRocky
Sarah RoehmMagenta
Jacob RosadoBrad
David SweatNarrator
Production Staff/Crew 
Keven RenkenDirector
Eileen ReaStage Manager
Griffin SpriggsStage Manager
Alexis RobertsMusic Director
Faythe KellyChoreographer
Donna DonnellyProducer
Cory SweatBack Stage Crew
DeShawn MatosHair & Makeup
Dianna HangarLight/Sound Board Op
Dan LeeProgram Editor
 

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Talley's Folly – auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for Talley's Folly on Sunday, September 24th and Monday, September 25th at 7:00 PM at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765. Director: Linda Woodruff Weir Stage Manager: Cathy Winchester Producer: Ashlie Johnson ACTORS NEEDED: Matt Friedman - Male - age 42
Sally Folly - Female - age 31
(Ages are specified in the script, but looking for actors who can "play" these approximate ages.)

Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize and NY Drama Critics Circle Award in 1980.  This 90 minute play with no intermission takes place in 1944 Missouri...two people meet...are they kindred spirits and meant to be together?  The New York Post described Talley's Folly as "perhaps the simplest, the most lyrical play Wilson has written - ...funny, sweet, touching and marvelously written...".

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL.  Directions to the theatre can be found here.
 
West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
 
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The Rocky Horror Show – auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for The Rocky Horror Show July 23rd and 24th at 7:00 PM at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765. Casting actors 18 years+ for 10 principal roles (7 males including one drag role, 3 females one of whom must tap) plus ensemble. Please note this is the musical, not a screen cast, and all cast members except the Narrator must sing and dance. Please prepare 16 bars of a song, preferably from the show, and bring a recording to which you can sing. Be prepared to learn choreography for the Time Warp. Performance are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9/22 – 10/8. Character Descriptions for The Rocky Horror Show FRANK N FURTER – High baritone (Top F or G). Very masculine, but also very feminine, alpha-alien. Not just a man in women’s clothing – he is the strutting personification of gender non-specific fierceness. Wide range of ages possible, as long as charisma is evident. JANET – Soprano (Top F). Young romantic lead. Naïve and innocent – but that’s all about to change. BRAD – Tenor (Top G). Other romantic lead. Also naïve and innocent – but that’s also about to all change. RIFF RAFF – Tenor (Top G). Igor-like minion of Dr. Frank N Furter. Spooky and smirking. Youngish, though a wide range of ages is possible. MAGENTA – Mezzo (Top C or D) Another minion of Dr. Frank N Furter, usually dressed as the maid. Wild. Youngish, though a wide range of ages is possible. COLUMBIA – Mezzo (Top C or D) Another minion, though more of a groupie than a servant. Youngish, though a wide range of ages is possible. Needs to be able to tap. Often doubles as the Usherette at the beginning. NARRATOR – Should be older. Great speaking voice, as if he’s introducing “Masterpiece Theatre.” Possible non-singing role. ROCKY – Tenor. Dr. Frank N Furter’s creation, and therefore the epitome of physical perfection. Need to be in great shape and wear little clothing. EDDIE – Baritone (Top F). Cool bike guy, in the tradition of James Dean or Marlon Brando. Columbia has a thing for him. Could also double as Dr. Scott, though possibly not in this case. SCOTT – Talk/Singing role. Former teacher of Brad’s. Very academic-looking. In a wheelchair. Could be older if not doubled with Eddie. 4 (OR 6) PHANTOMS – Ensemble. All different vocal ranges. Ideally an equal number of men and women. Sing and dance quite a bit.  Rock songs (or rock musical theatre songs) would be ideal audition pieces for this show. Anything that shows off your range. Actual songs from the show would be fine.   In this humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970’s , a stranded couple end up in a castle where aliens have sinister plans for mankind. “A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business.” – The New York Times **Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes.  

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL.  Directions to the theatre can be found here.
 
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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

by Harold Pinter

Dark Comedy

A staged reading

One performance only: Saturday July 1, 2017  8:00 pm

Directed by Sam Burke
Produced by Leo Salerno

The Birthday Party is about Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player who lives in a rundown boarding house run by Meg and Petey Boles in an English seaside town. Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him, turn Stanley's apparently innocuous birthday party organized by Meg into a nightmare.

All tickets are $6.00.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Cast
Petey- Ray Zacek
Meg- Mary Kay Cyrus
Stanley- Craig Ruska
Lulu- Susan Belliveau
Goldberg- Greg Thompson
McCann- Lance Rumowicz
 

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It Runs in the Family

 
It Runs in the Family, by Ray Cooney
Directed by Jessica Burchfield
Produced by Jason Freeman
 
August 4-20, 2017
 
A hilarious case of mistaken identity, misfortune, and misbehavior in the doctor’s quarters of a busy London area hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for everyone else. A paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son, a syringe-happy matron, and various other lunatics color the fast-moving, side-splitting show from beginning to end.
 
CAST
Debbie Burridge
Romero Capano
Emily Day
Kenn Green
Bill Harber
Jill Finlayson
Trish Keating
Mark Myers
Rosalyn Savel
Griffin Spriggs
Dean Wick
Noel Wood
 

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The School for Lies

The School for Lies
Directed by Susan Demers
Produced by John Kobasic
 
Performance dates are July 21 - 23, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm.
General tickets $15. Student tickets $10.
 
From David Ives, the brilliant author of All in the Timing, comes a farce set in Paris of 1666. This unlikely story revolves around Celimene, an attractive young widow so known for her satire that she's being sued for it. Living off of the favors of shallow suitors no match for her mind or sharp tongue, Celimene has until now evaded love. That changes with the arrival of Frank, a traveler from England whose clever wit and repartee seems to be a match for her own. 
 
This very clever farce is written in contemporary couplets (some of which morph into rap) and is based on Molière's The Misanthrope. Just how much "truth" or plain speaking can any of us stand -- can society stand?
 

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Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party, by Charles Busch
Directed by Keven Renken
Produced by Ashlie Johnson

Jun. 2-18, 2017

The award-winning author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife gives “Gidget” beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers a shotgun marriage! Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among these are: a check out girl, a radio talk show hostess, a male model, and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen with nothing less than world domination on her mind. 

*Please note that Psycho Beach Party contains strong language and adult themes.

Cast  
Christian AdamsNicky
Katie CalahanBerdine
Rebecca HamburgChicklet
Keaton HudsonKanaka
Thom JayMrs. Forrest
Pedro MedinaBettina Barnes
Paola MirandaDee Dee
Jarrod PadgettStar Cat
Kristen PowellMarvel Ann
Nathan TilleyYo-Yo
Anthony VazquezProvoloney
Production Staff/Crew 
Keven RenkenDirector
Eileen ReaStage Manager
Griffin SpriggsAsst. Stage Manager
Ashlie JohnsonProducer
Macy SmithCostumer
Dianna HangarLight/Sound Board Op

“A comic trash compactor of a play that takes an already silly genre – early 1960’s surf and beach blanket movies – and sends it to camp heaven.” –The New York Times

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2017-2018 Season

PRESENTING OUR 24TH SMASH SEASON!

Admission Prices
Single Ticket: $21 for plays, $25 for musicals (Lucky Stiff & The Rocky Horror Show)
Group Tickets (10 or more) are discounted $2
Performance Times
Friday & Saturday Evenings 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees 2:00 pm

It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney August 4 – 20, 2017  In this hilarious British farce, Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the famed Ponsonby Lecture. “My glasses steamed up with laughter...A must for the bruised in spirit and the young at heart.” - The Sunday Times Click here to purchase your tickets now!
**The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien September 22 – October 8, 2017 In this humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970’s , a stranded couple end up in a castle where aliens have sinister plans for mankind. “A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business.” - The New York Times **Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson November 3 – 19, 2017 In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, and Sally Talley, the bookish, erudite daughter of a wealthy family, overcome their great differences to ultimately find true love. “ … a funny, sweet, touching and marvelously written and contrived love poem for an apple and an orange.” - NY Post Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Lucky Stiff by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty January 12 – February 2, 2018 In this offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair, an unassuming English shoe salesman stands to inherit a fortune if he can succeed in passing his uncle off as alive. “ … Lucky Stiff is a thoroughly enjoyable example of good old fashioned musical theatre” - London Theatre News Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Polish Joke by David Ives March 9 – 25, 2018 In this comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search to belong, Jasiu, a Polish-American who has been taught not to value his own roots, decides to make his own. His adventures – alternately zany and heartbreaking – help him discover who he is and what it means to be a Pole. “…furiously funny [and] endearingly foolish.” - NY Magazine Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Completely Hollywood by Reduced Shakespeare Co. April 20 – May 6, 2018 Get your clapper boards ready as we rummage through the reels and flick through the films in this riotous carnival of the classics. The authors of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) have condensed the 186 greatest films in Hollywood’s 100+ year history into a complete compilation of classic cinematic clichés. “A hilarious and speedy take on Hollywood’s highs and lows. I loved it! An instant classic!” - BBC Click here to purchase your tickets now!
**Gemini by Albert Innaurato June 1 – June 17, 2018 In this Obie Award winner, Fran Geminiani’s son, Francis, celebrates his twenty-first birthday with two socialite friends from college, a boisterous, earthy divorcee and her fat, asthmatic son. You will love the antics of this blue collar, South Philly family. “ … rambunctious, hilarious, touching, quite beautiful play.” - NY Magazine **Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
It Runs in the Family, The Rocky Horror Show, and Gemini are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Polish Joke and Talley’s Folly are presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Lucky Stiff is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Completely Hollywood is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

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It Runs in the Family – auditions

 
West Coast Players is pleased to announce auditions for Ray Cooney's It Runs in the Family on Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the theatre
 
"If you're going to tell a lie, tell a whopper," yells Dr. Mortimore as events begin to spin deliciously out of control in Ray Cooney's It Runs in the Family
 
A hilarious case of mistaken identity, misfortune, and misbehaviour in the doctor’s quarters of a busy London area hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for everyone else. A paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son, a syringe-happy matron, and various other lunatics color the fast-moving, side-splitting show from beginning to end.
 
Director Jessica Burchfield will be looking to cast 7 male actors and 5 female actors for the following characters: 
 
Dr. David Mortimer (M 35-50): accomplished lead of the play who is rising in his career at the hospital; excellent communicator; witty comedic timing; unfortunately caught in a past affair, but uses his quick wit and communication skills to get out of the tough spot, only to confuse and muddle down the story to the point of hilarious complexity
 
Rosemary Mortimer (F 35-45): head doctor David Mortimore's attractive wife; she is refined, outgoing and pleasant; nothing gets past her
 
Dr. Hubert Bonney (M 25-40): often overlooked and insignificant, but enthusiastic “nincompoop” famous in farce; likeable; physical comedy required; high energy
 
Dr. Mike Connelly (M 20-35): an exuberant, boyish doctor who loves acting and dressing up; eager to please but is often frenetic
 
Sir Willoughby Drake (M 40-75): Chair of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hospital; a stern administrator, and a bit out of touch with what really goes on in the hospital
 
Matron (F 30-60): a no-nonsense type of woman; robust, ample, strict, a rule follower
 
Jane Tate (F 30-50): pretty, likeable former nurse; a good mother, though perhaps overly protective
 
Leslie Tate (M 16-25): punk exterior; exudes a constant physical threat, though surprisingly intellectual and emotional; uses very simple logic; excitable
 
Sister (F 18-35): incredibly pleasant and efficient nurse at the hospital; no one knows anything about her and everyone constantly forgets 
 
Bill Lesley (M 45-75): eccentric and fun-loving; his self-image is 35 years ago; his brain has short circuited
 
Mother Bonney (F 50-80): Auntie Mame’s grandmother; always on the verge of throwing a party, though never actually doing so; if it were not for her daily, vigilant efforts, the world would be chaos; completely ineffectual
 
Police Sergeant (M/F 30-60): practical; down to earth; by the book; no sense of humor; he/she is logic
 
Auditions will be cold readings from the script. 
 
Production dates are August 4- August 20, 2017. No performers paid.
 
West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL.  Directions to the theatre can be found here.
 
West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
 
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang
Directed by Donna Donnelly

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Named after Chekhov’s characters by their theater-enthusiast professor parents, Vanya and Sonia have yet to grow up. After spending their adulthood looking after their now-dead parents, neither has a job, and money is provided by their movie star sister, Masha. Their stolid lives are shaken when Masha announces she plans to sell the house. Mix in a clairvoyant cleaning lady, a gorgeous but dimwitted younger lover, and a sweet and determined neighbor and this Tony Award-winning play will have you wondering if having a Chekhov name destines you to a Chekhov life. 

“Hugely entertaining … few have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly.” –USA Today

Apr. 21 to May 7, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm

Tickets: $19
Students: $15
Groups: $17 (for groups of 10 or more)
All seating is reserved

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