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Original One Act Scripts Due February 14th
2016 Watermelon One Act Festival
Submissions due on VALENTINE’S DAY (Feb 14, 2016)
Please email scripts (up to three per playwright) to
2016 WOAF is scheduled for June 3-5
and will be hosted once again by St. Mary’s College of Maryland
at the Bruce Davis Theater located in the Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center.
As many of you know, WOAF is an excellent opportunity to showcase
an original one-act play in a competitive environment. 
You will not only receive instructional feedback from our adjudication panel,
but have a chance to win a variety of cash prizes. 
Please visit for more information.
Help support original works throughout the region and make our festival a success!

Actors Needed!
Thunderous Productions
The Hollow
A play by Agatha Christie
Looking for several actors for our upcoming spring production.
We are looking for one male in their 20s or 30s and a female in her 20s or 30s.
We also have back stage positions that we are looking to fill.
Rehearsals will begin in March
The production opens at the Greenbelt Arts Center during the the third and fourth weekend in June.
Interested individuals should contact Rick Starkweather at 301-937-4532 as soon as possible.

Opens February 5th
Kensington Arts Theatre
The Laramie Project
Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by John Nunemaker
February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20
Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm
Kensington Town Hall (formerly the Armory).
3710 Mitchell Street
Kensington, MD 20895
Tickets on sale now through the website.
This play contains adult themes and adult language.
Taylor Bono, Francisco Borja, Zoe Bulitt, Lynnette Franklin, Bob Harbaum, Natalie McManus, Susan Porter, Stuart Rick, Shaquille Stewart, Brianne Taylor, Elizabeth Weiss, Lena Winter, Clancey Yovanovich

Kensington Arts Theatre
The Who's

Music/Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Additional Music/Lyrics by John Entwistle, Keith Moon
Book by Pete Townshend, Des McAnuff
Directed by Ruben Vellekoop, Carlotta Capuano
Music Direction by Marci Shegogue
Audition Dates: February 8 & 9 (7:30pm - 9:30pm)
Callbacks: February 13 (1:00pm)
Kensington Town Hall / Armory
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895
Please prepare 16-32 bars of any song in the style of the show with sheet music appropriately marked.

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human psyche. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as he grows up, he suffers abuse at the hands of his relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when Tommy finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.
Performance Dates: May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28
An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker’s son. Looking for a strong actor to play Tommy at different stages in his life. Think rock star.
Gender: male, Age: 18 to 30, Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: Db3
Mrs. Walker
A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife.
Gender: female, Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: D6, Vocal range bottom: G3
Captain Walker
A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife’s lover after coming back from a POW camp. Now struggling to cope with his own trauma. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker.
Gender: male, Age: 30 to 40, Vocal range top: C#5, Vocal range bottom: F3
Uncle Ernie
A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children’s camp seeking to profit from Tommy’s popularity. Mrs. Walker’s brother and Tommy’s uncle.
Gender: male, Age: 30 to 45, Vocal range top: Bb4, Vocal range bottom: G2
Cousin Kevin
A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy’s success.
Gender: male, Age: 18 to 25, Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: Ab2
A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures. Also in ensemble.
Gender: female, Age: 25 to 45, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: G3
The Specialist
A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Also in ensemble.
Gender: male, Age: 30 to 60, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: G#3
Sally Simpson
A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him. Also in ensemble.
Gender: female, Age: 15 to 18, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: F3
Soldiers; Nurses; Harlots; Lads And Lasses; Guards; Reporters

Opens March 4th
Bowie Community Theatre
An Act of the Imagination
by Bernard Slade
Directed by Patrick Gorirossi
Performances: March 4-20, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sunday matinees at 2PM
Please note: Add’l Saturday matinee March 12 – 2PM
Bowie Playhouse:
White Marsh Recreation Park
16500 White Marsh Park Drive
Bowie, MD 20715
(Handicapped parking and theatre facilities available)
Bring one non-perishable food item for donation to the Bowie Food Bank in exchange for one FREE concession item!
Reservations: (301) 805-0219 or
Ticket Prices: $20/adults, $15/Seniors (62+) & Students
Group rates available
Cash, Check and Major Credit Cards accepted.
Opens March 4th
The British Players
written by Tim Firth
Directed by Chrish Kresge and Eddie Schwartz
produced by Caroline Gelb
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and her best friend Chris decide to raise money
for a new settee for the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow
Women’s Institute members to pose nude for an ‘alternative’ calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. News of the charitable venture spreads like wildfire and hordes of press soon descend on
the small village of Knapely in the Yorkshire Dales. Based on the true story of eleven WI members
who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened
at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

Fridays, March 4, 11, 18 at 8:00 pm
Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19 at 8:00 pm
Matinee Performances Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 pm
Sundays, March 6 and 13 at 2:00 pm
Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895
Box Office: 240-447-9863
TICKETS: $20 each/$15 each for Groups of 8 or more
Suggested age attendance is 14 and up.
Featuring: Clare Palace as Cora, Andrea Hatfield as Chris, Daria Antonucci as Annie, Sue Edwards as Celia
Samantha David as Ruth, Margaret Lane as Jessie, Patricia Kratzer as Marie, Carol Strachan as Brenda Hulse
Peter Harrold as John, Buck O'Leary as Rod, Jennifer Crier Johnston as Lady Cravenshire
Lansing O'Leary as Lawrence, Teri Allred as Elaine, Malcolm Edwards as Liam

Sandy Spring Theatre Group
and The City of Gaithersburg
The Foreigner
by Larry Shue
Directed by Bruce Hirsch
Monday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 PM
Callbacks - Thursday, March 10th (if needed)
Gaithersburg Arts Barn
311 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD
Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.
Please plan to write any conflicts you may have between March 10 and May 29, 2016.
All roles are unpaid.
May 13 - 29, 2016. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2PM.
Gaithersburg Arts Barn
Box office - 301-258-6394
SYNOPSIS: A fishing lodge in rural Georgia provides a needed holiday for Charlie, a painfully shy British gentleman. However, his plan for solitude turns hilariously awry when his friend introduces him as an exotic foreigner who doesn't understand any English. Soon, Charlie is in over his head as he unwittingly becomes the focal point of Southern hospitality and discovers mysterious schemes with hysterical and unexpected results.

Froggy Lesueur: 40s - A British military demolitions expert visiting the nearby Army base.  Charlie's caring friend, devises the scheme that protects Charlie from having to interact with the other guests at the lodge. To quote the script, “seems well-fed, flushed with the spirit of adventure, and right at home”. Strong Cockney accent.
Charlie Baker:  - 40s - A science-fiction copy editor for a book publishing house, British, pathologically shy man who has a very unfaithful wife, no personality that he can think of, and a need for peace and quiet. From the script:  “... standing in his forlorn trenchcoat, seems quietly, somehow permanently, lost.” Standard British accent.
Betty Meeks: late 60s - 70s - The proprietor of a Georgia fishing lodge, long-time friend of Froggy’s. Peasant, wise in some ways, naïve in others. Good-hearted, generous, “down-home.” A widow struggling to hold things together, although you would never know it from her outgoing, enthusiastic demeanor. Strong Southern accent.
Reverend David Marshall Lee: Late 20s- -30s - from the script:  “… a friendly, open face.  David, we see, is neither the stereotypically pallid, remote young divinity student, nor the hearty, backslapping evangelist.  He seems rather to be a regular fella, humorous, and open, and, it would appear, a good young man to have on our side.”  He is not what he seems, however, and is clearly the brains behind the plot to get control of Betty Meeks's fishing lodge and Catherine Simms’ fortune. Mild Southern accent.
Catherine Simms: Mid - late 20s - The very pregnant and potentially rich fiancée of the Reverend Lee, she can be a formidable force and occasionally almost too much for the good reverend to handle. She has a ready wit and a sharp tongue. She badly needs someone to talk to, and, since Charlie doesn't bother giving advice, he suits her needs perfectly. Catherine is Ellard's sister. Moderate Southern accent.
Ellard Simms: late teens - early 20s - Catherine's brother, Ellard, is an agreeable young man who is a bit slow-witted but may not be as dull as he seems. He is due to inherit a share of the Simms family fortune, unless the Reverend Lee can convince Catherine that Ellard is too stupid to manage money, or anything else, on his own. Ellard befriends Charlie and even decides to teach him to speak English. Southern accent.
Owen Musser: 40s - 50s - The Tilghman County property inspector. Smarmy, mean and nasty. From the script: “Owen is a two-tattoo man: one of them, he may have gotten while drunk or on a dare; two of them means he went back for more. Beware of a two-tattoo man.” He and Reverend Lee are cooking up a plot to condemn Betty's lodge so that it can be bought for their own purposes: Building a headquarters for the Klu Klux Klan. Strong Southern accent.

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