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Psycho Beach Party – auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for Psycho Beach Party, by Charles Busch, on Sunday and Monday, April 9th and 10th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Keven Renken. Production dates are June 2 to 18, 2017 (3 weekends). 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.  Auditionees will read from the script .  They must also come prepared to tell a joke - a story joke that builds to the punch line rather than a simple question and answer joke ("What do you call a woman with one leg?"  "Eileen." for instance, is a no-no).  The characters are as follows: CHICKLET - a perky, irrepressibly cheerful teenager whose main goal in life is to become a surfer.  Under stress, however, she reverts to one of many different personalities (some of which are down-right frightening).  The person playing this role needs to be able to do lightning-fast vocal, physical and personality changes.  Works best if performed by a man in drag. MRS. FORREST - Chicklet's mother - it would be great if she were the spitting image of Joan Crawford, both in looks and personality.  This role also works best if done in drag. BERDINE - Chicklet's best friend.  She is a hopeless nerd, but a nerd with spunk. MARVEL ANN - ostensibly a friend of Chicklet and Berdine's, though she mainly tolerates them.  A gorgeous high school vamp, she is absolutely boy crazy. BETTINA BARNES - an incredibly glamorous movie star(let) on the lam from her studio.  Marilyn Monroe would be a good place to start.  She may not seem very bright - unlike Monroe, it may not be an act. STAR CAT - the "leading man" of the piece, a handsome and smart guy who is abandoning the college life for that of a surfer. KANAKA - Star Cat's "Bud," the quintessential surfer dude who is both fascinated and repelled by one of Chicklet's kinkier alter egos. PROVOLONEY - a scrappy little surfer, the joker of the group. YO-YO - his best friend, struggling with his attraction to Provoloney. NICKY and DEE-DEE - handsome beach bum and sexy chick in a bikini (think Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, though she never wore a bikini - and if you don't know who they are, shame on you!  Google them!). Because of the adult nature of the piece, all performers should be at least 18 years of age. 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. To change your email address select “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang on Monday and Tuesday, February 20th and February 21st, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Donna Donnelly. Production dates are April 21 to May 7, 2017 (3 weekends). 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.  Great comedic actors are sought for this Christopher Durang play.

  • 1 male : 45 to 55
  • 2 females : 45 to 55
  • 1 female: early to mid 20's
  • 1 male: late 20's
  • 1 female: any age, good physical comedienne
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. To change your email address select “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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The Lyons

The Lyons, by Nicky Silver

As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room make-over. Ben and Rita have been at war for many years, and when they’re joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets and vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. Can the family take the first tentative steps toward new human connection? 

“Black comedy perfection.” –Hollywood Reporter, “Smart and funny and moving.” –NY Observer

March 3-19, 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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Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Doublewide, Texas

By the same authors who brought you The Red Velvet Cake War, Rex's Exes, The Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens, and Always a Bridesmaid

The Crumpler family – Jooveta, Caprice and Baby – and their wacky neighbors inhabit one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas. When the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them, rollicking mayhem escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. This show is double the fun, double the joy, and has audiences doubled over with laughter!

January 13 - February 5, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
*Please note that the Saturday, February 4 performance is at 2 pm.
Sundays: 2 pm

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

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< p style="text-align: center;">Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Sponsored by Brighthouse Networks, Inc.  

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Third Annual Gala

West Coast Players Third Annual Gala -Save the Date Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Click Here For Tickets

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The Lyons - auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for The Lyons by Nicky Silver  on Sunday and Monday January 15 and 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Ron Zietz. Production dates are March 3 - 19 (3 weekends). Ben Lyons is in a hospital where he is dying from cancer. His family gathers around him. They are his wife, Rita, and grown children, Curtis Lyons and Lisa Lyons. Also present is his nurse. Ben is no longer constrained by manners and says whatever he wishes, including expletives. Rita, trapped in a 40-year loveless marriage, now thinks of the future without Ben and plans to re-decorate. Lisa is an alcoholic, who has left an abusive marriage; Curtis, homosexual, has had little to do with his father, who is homophobic. In a getaway from the hospital, Curtis looks at an apartment with the help of an actor moonlighting as a real estate agent. The play is simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. Director Ron Zietz will be casting 6 actors for this comedy, 3 men and 3 women.

  • Ben Lyons— late 70’s, a dying man; an angry, emotionally remote man; riddled with cancer and expected to expire at any moment; although he is at the end of his life, he is not without energy.
  • Rita Lyons— 60’s – 70’s, she is self-involved, acts as if nothing unusual is happening, as she nonchalantly leafs through decorator magazines and asks her husband what style he'd like for the new living room.
  • Lisa Lyons— late 30’s, their daughter; a recovering alcoholic struggling with two small sons and an abusive ex-husband.
  • Curtis Lyons— 30’s, their son; a gay man whose relationship with the unseen Peter appears to be the only happy bond in the family, but we later learn it's an elaborate sham.
  • Nurse (Jeanette) — 40ish
  • Brian— 27-35, an actor who sells real estate on the side; a very attractive real estate broker
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. To change your email address select “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)

They're baaaack!

A hilarious send-up of such beloved Christmas classics as A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, and many more. Three actors barrel through just about every Christmas story, movie, or Bass-Rankin TV special you can think of. It’s nonstop fun for the whole family. Whether you’re a scrooge or Jolly Old St. Nick himself, you’ll ho, ho, ho out loud!

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Directed by Rick Bronson

Only six performances!

December 9th - 18th, 2016

Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15
Groups 10+: $13
Students: $12
All seating is reserved.  

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For Box Office call 727 437-2363 
 
Please note: this is an extra show added to our schedule.
It was not included in season ticket subscriptions.
 
We are located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL. 
Directions to the theatre can be found here.

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Eleemosynary

Atlides_halesus_CramerStoll The next production in our Staged Reading Project is Eleemosynary, by Lee Blessing, directed by Graham Jones. This performance will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8 p.m. at the West Coast Players Theatre. Admission will be reserved seating at $6 per ticket. Eleemosynary won the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 1997. Sensitive and probing, this masterful play examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three remarkable women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother. In this poignant and mature study of familial relationships, Blessing highlights the human need for connection and forgiveness.

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Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

For Box Office call 727 437-2363 
 
We are 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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Doublewide, Texas - auditions

Click here to receive emails about our shows, auditions, and opportunities to volunteer!  West Coast Players will hold auditions for Doublewide, Texas by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten on Sunday, October 23 and Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Susan Demers. Production dates are January 12 - February 5 (4 weekends). In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas - four doublewides and a shed - are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. Friends, enemies and neighbors realize they'll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they - and their way of life - have a snowball's chance to survive being swallowed up by 'the big guys.'  By Hope, Jones, and Wooten, authors of The Red Velvet Cake WarsRex's ExesThe Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens, and Always a Bridesmaid. Director Susan Demers will be casting 9 actors for this comedy:

Men - two 40’s, one 70’s
Women - one 20's, three 40's, two 60-70
 
  • Joveeta Crumpler (F, 40s) -- vivacious and driven, she has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work. 
  • Caprice Crumpler (F, 60-70) -- Joveeta's feisty mother who loves to drink and is perhaps too young for her age.
  • Norwayne "Baby" Crumpler (M, 40s) -- Joveeta's good ol' boy brother who is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously. 
  • Big Ethel Satterwhite (F, 60-70) -- nurse at the Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village. She's nobody's fool but a fool at heart.
  • Geogia Dean Rudd (F, 40s) -- ball of fire, owns a diner, takes in every stray animal she comes across.
  • Lark Barken (F, 20s) -- baby on the way and down on her luck, looking for a job and a place to stay.
  • Haywood Sloggett (M, 70s) -- curmudgeon who lives across the road from the Crumplers and loathes their "trailer-trash" ways. 
  • Lomax Tanner (M, 40s) -- officious city manager.
  • Starla Pudney (F, 40s) - the mayor's conniving, high-maintenance wife 
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. To change your email address select “Update your Profile” here and then enter your email address, or click in the update link in an email from us.

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S.T.A.R. Awards 2016

The annual Suncoast Theater Awards banquet will take place on Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 at the Matheos Hall of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 409 Old Coachman Road in Clearwater. The doors open at 6 pm and the program starts at 7.  Admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and an evening of fine entertainment.  Tickets are $35. Order through us if you'd like to sit at a West Coast Players table. 

Click here to order online.
($2 credit card fee applies)

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Mail your check for $35, payable to "West Coast Players, Inc.", to:

West Coast Players
PO Box 5022
Clearwater, FL 33758-5022

Please write "STAR Awards" in the memo field of your check.

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Purchase your tickets in purchase at our box office during a performance of Irma Vep.

Please note that payment must be received no later than September 9.

If you have any special requests for seating, please contact Rosalyn Savel, levasrd@yahoo.com.  For all of the subscribers to the Grapevine, please fill out your choices and mail them back as quickly as possible. If anyone wishes to subscribe to the Grapevine in order to vote for your favorites, a subscription request must be submitted no later than August 15. We hope many of you plan to attend and support West Coast Players, spend time with old friends and maybe make some new ones. 

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