By John Francis
La Habra Journal
There are several local theaters that are holding auditions for the next couple of weeks and the plays that they have planned are going to be fascinating to say the least.
La Habra’s Mysterium Theater is holding auditions for the musical version of “Pinocchio” Aug. 15 and 16 at the theater located at 311 Euclid St.
Artistic Director Marla Ladd said that those actors wishing to audition should bring a head shot and resume, prepare a song of 16-32 bars, be prepared to dance and cold read from the script.
The play runs Oct. 6-27, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. For further information contact Ladd at 562-697-3311.
Mysterium will be opening the famous Broadway Musical “Guys and Dolls” Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. It will run through the 28th. For tickets and reservations contact the theater at the number above.
Huntington Beach Playhouse is continuing its run of the famous comedy “MASH” through Aug. 13 at the theater located inside the Huntington Beach Library at 7111 Talbert Ave. with 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday nights and a 2 p.m. performance on Saturdays. There are no Sunday performances.
Tickets for the production are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors. Students, active military are $20 each. For reservations and tickets call the box office at 714-375-0696.
The Long Beach Playhouse will be holding auditions for both its mainstage and studio theaters in August with the famous Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson trying to solve the “Hounds of the Baskervilles” and that famous Stephan Sondhiem musical “Sweeney Todd”.
Auditions for “Baskervilles,” directed by Mitchell Nunn, will be held Aug. 1 and 2 at the theater located at 5021 S. Anaheim St., Long Beach at 7 p.m. Nunn asks that those wishing to audition bring a head shot and resume and be prepared to cold read from the script.
The play will run Sept. 24 through Oct. 22. in the mainstage. For further information contact the theater at 562-494-1014.
Auditions for “Sweeney Todd,” will be held Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. The musical is directed by Sean F. Gray and he asks that those auditioning should bring a head shot and resume and be prepared to sing 16 bars of a Sondhiem song and be prepared to move and dance.
“Sweeney Todd” will perform Oct. 15 through Nov. 19 in the studio theater. For further information contact the theater at the number above.
In addition to the auditions, Long Beach will continue its productions currently on the boards with “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” on the mainstage through Aug. 6. and “Reasons To Be Pretty,” through Aug. 20 in the Studio Theater.
For tickets and reservations call 562-494-1014.
Stages Theater in Fullerton will be holding auditions for “Monique,” a mystery/suspense play written by Dorothy and Michael Blankfort and directed by Rose London Aug. 6 at the theater, 400 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton beginning at 10 a.m.
The play will run Sept. 30 through Nov. 6 at the theater.
Those auditioning should bring a head shot and resume and be prepared to cold read from the script. For further information contact the theater at 714-525-4484.
Stages will also open its production of “Dogs of War” written and directed by Hero P. Carlisle Aug. 5 through Sept. 11. There are different times and days for performances so phone for times, etc.
“Monuments” written and directed by Steve Spehar will open Aug. 19 and continue through Sept. 11.
For reservations and tickets to all of the shows coming up, call the theater at the number above.
Westminster Community Playhouse will open William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors,” Aug. 12 at the theater, 7272 Maple St., Westminster. The play will run three weeks through Aug. 28 and will play at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets for the play will be $10 for children and students, $20 for seniors and $22 for general. For reservations and tickets call the theater at 714-893-8626.
Westminster will also hold auditions for Agatha Christie’s “A Murder Announced,” directed by Priscilla Gonzalez, Aug. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. Those auditioning should bring a head shot and resume and be prepared to cold read from the script. For information call the theater at the number above.
The La Habra High School Theater Guild announced its lineup for the upcoming season.
“I and You” running Aug. 11-21.
“Lord of the Flies” running Aug. 22- Oct. 2.
“Guys and Dolls”at the Plumber Auditorium in Fullerton, Nov. 10-20.
“A Christmas Carol” running Dec. 1-17.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” An immersive theater dance experience at a local golf course, January 17-22.
“Liola” running Feb. 16-25.
“Peter Pan” at the Plumber Auditorium in Fullerton, March 17-26.
“The Heart of Robin Hood” running April 27-May 6.
Feel free to get a hold of me if you have a play opening or auditions coming up at your theater or if you would like to let us know what your local theater is doing. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(John Francis has been a member of the local theater community for the past 50 years. He has a BA and MA in acting/directing from Cal State University Los Angeles.).