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Bell, Book and Candle – auditions

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West Coast Players will hold auditions for John Van Druten's play, Bell, Book and Candle on Sunday and Monday, July 22 & 23 at 7:00 pm at West Coast Players theater, 21905 US 19 N, Clearwater. Production dates are October 5-21, 2018, with rehearsals to begin in early August.

Set in late 1950's New York City, Bell, Book and Candle centers around Gillian Holroyd, a modern-day witch. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival, partly because she is bored, and partly because she is attracted to him. He immediately falls head over heels in love with her and soon wants to marry her. But, unfortunately, witches cannot fall in love. If they do, they lose their powers. This tiny complication leads to a number of difficulties. As truths are told and tempers flare, Gillian is surprised to discover that she has fallen in love, but is it too late?

Director Jessica Burchfield is seeking three men/two women to fill out the cast. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Character Breakdown

Gillian Holroyd (25-35) Intelligent, sophisticated woman who is also a practicing witch. She is the landlord of a Murray Hill brownstone where she, her Aunt Queenie, and Shep Henderson live. Gillian experiences a major personality transformation during the play. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing.

Shep Henderson (28-40) A gentleman, a successful NY publisher, a hard-working man who is ready to get on with the next phase of a "successful" life...marriage. Despite being under a powerful love spell, Shep occasionally senses that something unorthodox is happening. Must be comfortable with on-stage kissing. 

Aunt Queenie Holroyd (50+) Gillian's Aunt, also a witch, although not as powerful as Gillian. She is slightly eccentric and a bit mischievous. She loves her magic and has fun using it.

Nick Holroyd (25-35) Gillian's brother. Charming, bright, with an easy manner and always ready for a party or a prank. Condescending toward mortals, but enjoys their company.

Sidney Redlitch (40+) Author of a book about witchcraft containing just enough truth that it is clear he has some insights into this hidden world. He is an outsider and groupie, who thrives on being "in the know." He is aware he will never be fully part of the witchy world and that lends him a slight air of desperation. He is always a little rumpled and often a little tipsy. 

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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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Gemini

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.**

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm

Tickets: $21
Students: $17
Groups: $19 (for groups of 10 or more)
All seating is reserved

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Gemini is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Chapter Two – auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  AUDITION: ‘CHAPTER TWO’ BY NEIL SIMON Directed for West Coast Players Theatre by Kenn Green Performance Dates: August 17-September 2, 2018
(rehearsals begin end of June) Audition Dates: June 24th & 25th Actors will complete cold readings from the script.  Time: 7PM Venue: West Coast Players Theatre Chapter Two is widely perceived to be an autobiographical revelation of Neil Simon’s coming to terms with the death of his first wife, followed by his love affair and subsequent marriage to actress Marsha Mason. This very funny but poignant play is based around four brilliantly penned characters: George Schneider, a mourning writer; Jenny Malone, a levelheaded actress; Leo, George’s garrulous but loving brother; and Faye, Jenny’s utterly clueless but enchanting friend. George has not moved on from the untimely demise of his wife, despite Leo’s best efforts to hook him up with other women. Then he meets Jenny, who’s just walked out of a terrible marriage to a football player, and in a very short space of time they’re in love. But George’s memories catch up with him and he soon finds himself trapped between the past and the present, and the new relationship starts to crumble. Can he reconcile his past and move forward with Jenny, a sentimental woman with a strong head on her shoulders? Do they give up or work things out? Although it seems like a heavy subject to deal with, Simon’s wonderful narrative and witty and humorous dialogue makes Chapter Two an immensely likeable piece. In George and Jenny, he shows us complexity and simplicity. In Leo and Faye, he presents us with two of the most confused yet adorable characters that we connect with right from the word go. The play was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play, and is considered one of Neil Simon’s finest works. In 1979, Chapter Two was released as a film, directed by Robert Moore and starring James Caan and Simon’s then-wife Marsha Mason, on whom the character of Jennie was based. Cast of Characters: George Schneider (40-55)
Leo Schneider (30-45)
Jennie Malone (30 – 45)
Faye Medwick (20 – 35)

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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Death Tax

Death Tax by Lucas Hnath
 
Directed by Jeremy Moranski
 
It's December 2010. Well-to-do Maxine is dying and she has come to believe that her Nurse, Tina, is trying to kill her. When she confronts Tina, her accusations have unforeseen and irreversible repercussions. This powder keg of a thriller is sure to put audiences on the edge of their seats with its unconventional structure and fast-paced nature.
 
Two weekends only!
July 6 - 15, 2018
 
Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm
 
All tickets are $15
 
 
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Freud's Last Session - a staged reading

Freud's Last Session

by Mark St. Germain

Drama

A staged reading

 Saturday, May 12, 2018

Directed by Mary Kay Cyrus

Freud's Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud took his own life. Freud's Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.

Stay for a TalkBack with the actors after the show. 

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All tickets are $6.00.

Freud's Last Session is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Completely Hollywood

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

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm

Tickets: $21
Students: $17
Groups: $19 (for groups of 10 or more)
All seating is reserved

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Completely Hollywood is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

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Gemini – auditions

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Director Tom Costello will hold auditions for the West Coast Players production of Gemini, by Albert Innaurato, on April 8th and 9th, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the theater lobby. He is looking to cast the following roles: 4 men (ages 15 to 55) and 3 women (ages 18 to 50).
 
In this Obie Award winner, set in Italian South Philly, two very dysfunctional families share a common backyard in the 1970s. 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. The antics of this rambunctious crowd are both hilarious and touching.
 
All readings will be from the script. No actors paid. Gemini has adult language and situations. Gemini opens June 1st and runs through June 17th. Please join us. It promises to be a very good time.
 
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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Death Tax – auditions

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Director Jeremy Moranski is holding auditions for West Coast Players's 2018 special summer production of Death Tax, a one act play by Lucas Hnath. Auditions are May 6th and 7th at 7:00 PM at the West Coast Players theater, 21905 US 19 Highway North. 
 
Rehearsals will be limited to 4 weeks. The show opens on July 6th and runs through July 15th. No performers paid.
 
Roles available:
  • Maxine - 60s-70s
  • Tina - 30s-mid 40s, black, has a Haitian accent
  • Todd - 30s-40s, non-muscular build
  • Daughter - 30s
Description:
 
Well-to-do Maxine is dying and she has come to believe that her Nurse, Tina, is trying to kill her. When she confronts Tina, her accusations have unforeseen and irreversible repercussions. This powder keg of a thriller is sure to put audiences on the edge of their seats with its unconventional structure and fast-paced nature. Come on out to audition and we’ll have some fun making a kick-ass show. 
 
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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2018-2019 Season

CELEBRATING OUR 25TH SEASON!

Ticket Prices
Straight shows: $21 / $17 for students / $19 for groups of 10 or more
Musicals: $25 / $21 for students / $23 for groups of 10 or more
Staged readings: $6 

Performance Times
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm


Chapter Two by Neil Simon August 17-September 2, 2018 Directed by Kenn Green In this semiautobiographical story, George Schneider, a middle-aged widower, is encouraged by his brother, Leo, to start dating again. This sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo introduces George to Jennie Malone, and she’s a keeper. Join these not-so-young lovers on the funny, touching, and bumpy road to dreamland. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Bell, Book, and Candle by John VanDruten        October 5-21, 2018 Directed by Jessica Burchfield Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism.  When she casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, he falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love…   “One of the author's greatest comedy successes…a wonderfully suave and impish fantasy." — NY Times Click here to purchase your tickets now!
A Doublewide, Texas Christmas by Jones, Hope and Wooten     November 30-December 16, 2018 Directed by Susan Demers It’s Christmastime in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in the good ol’ Texas-sized mobile home park. Not only are the residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. Come get your merry on with the Crumpler family and their band of eccentric Texans as they take on the “Big Guys,” a pack of vengeful raccoons, and their newest resident fresh out of the local mental institution. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Bingo! The Winning Musical by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid, David Holcenberg                January 18-February 10, 2019, with a Special GALA Performance on Friday, February 8, 2019 Directed by Tom Costello In this splashy, zippy, and smart musical comedy, a group of die-hard bingo players stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite.  Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren't playing games of bingo along with the cast!   "Songs to bring down the house!" — Los Angeles Times Click here to purchase your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets for the Special GALA Performance on Friday, February 8, 2019
Bleacher Bums by The Organic Theatre Company, Conceived by Joe Mantegna March 8-24, 2019 Directed by George Hook In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. As the game proceeds, this motley crew bets among themselves on every conceivable event, fuels up on frosty malts or beers, tries to pick up a bathing beauty and, occasionally, watches the game.  Take a seat in the stands to cheer on the comedic and undaunted bleacher bums as they root for the home team. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn    April 19-May 5, 2019 Directed by Patrick Brafford In this Pulitzer Prize winning drama, a card game serves as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. "…A vibrant study on loneliness, disillusion, old age and death yet fiercely funny." – The Boston Globe Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball           May 31-June 16, 2019 Directed by Linda Weir During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women's spirit from the author of the famed TV Series, Six Feet Under. Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes. Click here to purchase your tickets now!  
Chapter Two, Bell, Book, and Candle, Bingo! The Winning Musical, Bleacher Bums and The Gin Game are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. A Doublewide, Texas Christmas and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress are presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Polish Joke

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

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm

Tickets: $21
Students: $17
Groups: $19 (for groups of 10 or more)
All seating is reserved

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Directed by Rick Bronson

Cast

Chris Carmichael
Rebecca Hamburg
Heidi Hook
Thom Jay
Tanner Littlejohn
 

Polish Joke is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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