HILLSDALE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY THEATRE
All auditions take place at The Sauk (240 E. Chicago St. in Jonesville, MI) unless otherwise noted. ​​


Sauk Shorts 2022

Audition Dates: March 5 at 2 p.m., March 6 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: April 21-24, 2022


Auditions will consist of readings from the various scripts. There is no preparation necessary. No experience necessary. There are roles for 8 men, 9 women, 5 male or female adults, two teen males, one teen girl and a 10-year-old boy.  


All the Answers

By Mark Cornell
Directed by Josh Hall

A man dies and goes to a place between heaven and hell where all of life's questions can be answered.

  • ​Isabelle, 16
  • Joe, 40s


Beach Street

By G.M. (Bud) Thompson

Directed by Trinity Bird

In a time where people seem to live in different worlds...

  • Parka - An adult person dressed for wintry weather. 
  • Swimsuit - An adult man dressed for a day at the beach. 


Boyfriend Boot Camp

By Keith Whalen

Directed by Andy Anderson
Three young men — an insecure but decent guy who just wants to find a girlfriend, an obnoxious misogynist who’s in the doghouse with his girlfriend, and a dorky guy who’s never had a girlfriend — arrive at a class called “Boyfriend Boot Camp”, which advertises that they “Teach you to be a quality boyfriend, so you can attract a good woman.” When the strict young female teacher shows up, the three flustered men discover the class is more than they signed up for.

  • Man 1 - 20s. A decent guy who just wants to get a girlfriend. 
  • Man 2 - 20s. An A-hole guy who has a girlfriend but is in the doghouse. 
  • Man 3 - 20s. A nerdy guy who has never had a girlfriend. Probably a virgin. 
  • Woman - 20s. A stern young woman who has a job to do. 


Gown

By Robert Weibezahl

Directed by Angela Forant
Lynn and Annie embark on that treasured mother-daughter rite of passage: shopping for the perfect wedding gown. But saying yes to the dress proves not so straightforward as their afternoon in the bridal shop reveals an unforeseen agenda and unfolds in both heartbreaking and uplifting ways.

  • ​Lynn - 50s
  • Annie - late 20s to early 30s
  • Courtney - late 20s to early 30s


In Mrs. Baker's Room

By Stephen Kaplan

Directed by Mari Nuñez
Jacob Ritter has modeled everything he does and teaches in his fifth grade classroom on his own fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Baker.  Everything. The only thing missing from his perfect classroom is Mrs. Baker herself.

  • ​Jacob Ritter - 30s. A new fifth grade teacher. Earnest, lost, emotional. Very likeable. 
  • Ellen Baker - late 60s, 70s. Jacob's former fifth grade teacher. Spunky, caring, strong. 
  • Lyle - 10 or 11. One of Jacob's students. A typical prepubescent boy. Sweet, somewhat sky, eager to do well. 


Moments Like These

​By Don Goodrum

Directed by Bruce Crews
You know how it goes. A man and a woman (literally) run into each other in a crowded airport. Their hands touch, their eyes meet...do they ignore the spark between them and go their own way or do they connect and spin off in a completely different direction? Join John and Mary as they try to answer at least one of those questions in a story about, as the poet might call it, "the road not taken," or as the playwright might call it, "Moments Like These."

  • ​Mary - an attractive, but harried young woman of 25-30 years of age. 
  • ​John - a non-descript young man of pleasant appearance also between 25 and 30 years of age.


Nuts!

By T. James Belich

Directed by Sandi Miller
The squirrels of Chestnut Street are tired of living in fear of their mortal enemy: the backyard dog. They assemble their best operatives—Chip, Nutty, and Zippy—to trap the dog and ensure peace and security for all of squirrel-kind. However, their plan quickly goes awry.

  • Chip - a squirrel in charge
  • Nutty - a squirrel who follows
  • Zippy - a squirrel who doesn't pay attention
  • ​The Dog - chaser of all things furry


Sidekick

By Trinity Bird

Directed by Ron Boyle

When Eli returns from a summer away at camp, his best friend makes a decision that will change both their lives forever. A world premiere.

  • ​Eli - Almost 16. Smart. Funny. Shy. A competitive swimmer.
  • Harley - Older than Eli. Eli's closest friend. Confident. 


Single Malt Exchange

By Sarah Gray

Directed by Tim Ambrose
A man sits alone in a noisy bar. A woman sits down next to him. She attempts a conversation. Will she be pleasantly surprised? Will he be disappointed? You can say a lot without saying much at all. A world premiere.

  • ​Man - Late twenties, early thirties. Well kept. 
  • Woman - Late twenties, early thirties. Nicely dressed. 
  • Bartender - Overworked and not super happy. Man or woman. 


The Room at the End of the Hall

By Trinity Bird

Directed by Sarah Gray

Long lost memories come to the surface when a young man gets interviewed about renting a room in a house where there are no rooms for rent. A world premiere.

  • Susan - A nurse. Kind. Patient. Good at her job. 
  • Leona - 70. A gentle soul. A widow. A mother and grandmother. 
  • Sebastian - 20. A college student. 




The Secret Garden

Children's Auditions (by appointment): March 18 at 6:30 p.m., March 19 at 2 p.m. 
Adult Auditions: March 18 at 7:30 p.m., March 19 at 3 p.m.
Callbacks: March 19 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: June 9-12, 16-19, 2022


Children's auditions will be by appointment. We will begin booking appointments in mid-February. Boys ages 8 to 12 will be considered for the role of Colin. Girls ages 10-16 will be considered for the role of Mary. Anyone age 16 and up can audition for any of the adult roles. Adult audition time is an all-call. All ages must prepare 16 bars of a classic showtune (we prefer a song in the style of "The Secret Garden") that shows off your vocal range. Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script. Trinity Bird will direct this production with musical direction by Kristi Gautsche. Michele Harmon is stage manager.


About the Play

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Available Roles

MARY LENNOX
Voice type: Mezzo (B-E)
Stage age: 11-12
Role type: Lead
Character: Raised in colonial India, Mary is an orphan whose parents have died of cholera. She has no close relatives and has been sent to live with Archibald Craven, her late mother’s sister’s husband. A spoilt child, now bewildered and alone, she is initially petulant and rude, but at heart is a warm girl.

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN
Voice type: High baritone / tenor (C-Ab)
Stage age: 35-45
Role type: Lead
Character: Master of Misselthwaite Manor, Archie is a mildly handicapped man who lost his beloved wife Lily in childbirth. He is a deeply unhappy,reclusive man who has been preoccupied with his loss for 10 years. Unable to face his son, who is sickly and bed-ridden.

NEVILLE CRAVEN
Voice type: Baritone (C-F#)
Stage age: 30-40
Role type: Featured role
Character: Archie’s younger brother, who is resentful of his position as the younger brother. A humourless, bitter man, who, as a doctor, has responsibility for Colin, Archie’s invalid son.

MARTHA
Voice type: low mezzo (low F – D)
Stage age: 20
Role type: Featured role
Character: Housemaid. An extremely warm, good-hearted girl, feisty and courageous. Needs a belt vocal quality as well as vocal warmth. Requires Yorkshire accent. Needs to be able to inspire Mary when she is at her lowest.

DICKON
Voice type: High baritone (C-G)
Stage age: 18-20
Role type: Featured role
Character: Martha’s younger brother. A mystical lad, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle. A music theatre vocal style. Requires a Yorkshire accent.

COLIN CRAVEN
Voice type: Boy soprano (A-Eb)
Stage age: 10-11
Role type: Featured role
Character: Archie’s invalid son who is bed-ridden and has no company other than his dour uncle and servants. Capable of being very rude and petulant,but essentially sweet-natured.

MRS MEDLOCK
Voice type: Speaking only.
Stage age: 35+
Role type: Featured role
Character: Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. A very competent and business-like woman who is very severe and shows little warmth. Requires Yorkshire accent.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF
Voice type: Baritone (F-D)
Stage age: 45-65
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Gardener at Misselthwaite. Loyal servant of many years standing who dearly loved the late Lily. Can be crotchety, but essentially very gentle. Requires Yorkshire accent.

MRS WINTHROP
Voice type: Speaking only
Stage age: 40+
Role type: Cameo
Character: A school headmistress who believes in strong discipline. (Will double as a servant).

MAJOR SHELLEY
Voice type: Speaking only
Stage age: 35+
Role type: Cameo
Character: An army officer who escorts the orphaned Mary to England. (Will double as a servant).

MRS SHELLEY
Voice type: Speaking only
Stage age: 30+
Role type: Cameo
Character: Wife of Major Shelley. (Will double as a servant).

LILY CRAVEN
Voice type: Soprano (D-C: D optional)
Stage age: 25-30
Role type: Lead
Character: Archie’s late beloved wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie and died giving birth to Colin. In life a warm and loving young woman. In death a very benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece.

The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals and as a “Greek chorus”, commenting on events for the living,and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX
Voice type: Tenor (Bb-G)
Stage age: 30-40
Role type: Supporting role
Character: An army officer, Mary’s father. A warm and loving father.

ROSE LENNOX
Voice type: Mezzo / soprano (Bb-G: optional B)
Stage age: 30-35
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Mary’s mother, Lily’s sister. Beautiful, vain and spoilt. In life, lacking in maternal qualities. Can be quite petulant – rather a “princess”, but nevertheless very appealing.

THE FAKIR
Voice type: High tenor (G-B)
Stage age: 30-40
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Indian mystic / servant.

AYAH
Voice type: Mezzo (low G-G)
Stage age: 20-40
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver.

LIEUTENANT IAN SHAW
Voice type: Tenor / baritone (Bb-F)
Stage age: 25-35
Role type: Supporting role
Character: Army officer.

LIEUTENANT PETER WRIGHT
Voice type: Baritone (Bb-F)
Stage age: 25-35
Role type: Supporting
Character: Army officer.

MAJOR HOLMES
Voice type: Bass (low F#-F)
Stage age: 30-45
Role type: Supporting
Character: Army officer.

CLAIRE HOLMES
Voice type: Soprano (A-G)
Stage age: 25-30
Role type: Supporting
Character: Major Holmes’ wife – a well-to-do lady.

ALICE
Voice type: Soprano (Eb-B)
Stage age: 25-30
Role type: Supporting
Character: Rose’s friend – a well-to-do lady.




The 24-Hour Theatre Project

Audition Date: May 6 at 8 p.m.
Performance Date: May 7 at 8 p.m.


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. This year's playwrights will be MJ Dulmage, Sarah Gray, Scott Mullen, G.M. (Bud) Thompson and Matthew Weaver. This year's directors will be Tim Ambrose, Bruce Crews, Angela Forant and Mari Nuñez. This project is coordinated by Trinity Bird and stage managed by Mandee Howard.




How to Eat Fried Worms

Audition Dates: Sunday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. - One Night Only!
Performance Dates: July 15-24


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Mari Nuñez will direct this production. 


About the Play

Alan challenges Billy to eat a worm a day for 15 days. The winner gets $50. Tom prepares the worms in a variety of ways to make them more appetizing, using condiments such as ketchup, mustard, horseradish, and maple syrup. When Billy’s parents eventually find out about the bet, will they allow the bet to continue?


Available Roles

  • Tom, a young boy
  • Billy, a young boy
  • Alan, a young boy
  • Joe, a young boy
  • Mr. Forrester, Billy's dad
  • Mrs. Forrester, Billy's mom
  • Emily, Billy's younger sister
  • Peter, Tom's younger brother




Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Audition Dates: May 13 at 7 p.m., May 14 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: August 11-14, 18-21


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Trinity Bird will direct this production with musical direction by Kristi Gautsche.


About the Play

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.

Available Roles

ELLA: (Soprano B3 - Eb5)
Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies of his kingdom - and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman. 

TOPHER: (Baritone C#3 - A4)
A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Charming but NOT a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing and innocent - with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future. 

JEAN-MICHEL: (Baritone C3-G4)
A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. He has a crush on Gabrielle, though her courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes. 

GABRIELLE: (Soprano C4-G5)
Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic, and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in. 

CHARLOTTE: (Mezzo-Soprano B3-F5)
Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Brash, self centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy and bratty, she has a ridiculously high, but unfounded opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention. 

MARIE: (Soprano A3 - Ab5)
A friend to Ella and the town’s resident crazy lady and beggar woman, Marie is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly, and charming. Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility. 

MADAME: (Mezzo-Soprano C4-D5 - Character Voice)
Ella's selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder. 

SEBASTIAN: (Baritone C3 - F4)
The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself - and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom. 

LORD PINKLETON: (Tenor D3 - A4)
The Lord Chancellor’s right hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets and even the weather to the villagers. 

Ensemble:
Footman, Coachman, Knights, Peasants, Serfs, Townspeople, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Court, Giant, Puppets, Servants, etc.




Plays-in-Development 2022

Audition Dates: June 13, 14 at 7 p.m.
'Living' & 'The Challenge' Public Readings: July 1, 2022
'A Shore of Abundance' Public Reading: July 2, 2022


Auditions will consist of readings from the scripts. No experience necessary. No memorization required. Directors will be announced at a later date. 


Living

By G.M. (Bud) Thompson (of Grand Rapids, MI)

Director TBA

​A mother and son struggle to adapt to the new life they unexpectedly find themselves in. Try as they might to make the best of it, painful memories and frustration complicate their efforts to get on with living. 

  • ​Dan Todde - late teens/early 20s, son of Jackie
  • Jackie Todde - 40s, mother of Dan
  • Ted Riddling - 30-40s, husband and father
  • Michele Riddling - 12ish, daughter
  • Maggie Riddling - 30-40s, wife and mother
  • Rev. Valerie Simmons - 30-40s, mother of Michele's friend
  • Nick Forskare - 40s or up, paranormal investigator
  • Allison Moyen - 40s or up, psychic medium


The Challenge

By Meaghan Bryant (of North Adams, MI)

Directed by Mari Nuñez

All families face challenges. But the Matthews family is facing their biggest challenge yet. Will they rise to the occasion and succeed? Will they fail? Will they kill each other before they reach the finish line? Mom, Amy, is eager to find out.

  • Amy Matthews, mother
  • Bill Matthews, father
  • Tyler Matthews, teenage son
  • Hailey Matthews, pre-teen or teenage daughter
  • Shirley Matthews, grandmother


A Shore of Abundance

By Pearl Moore (of Cana, Virginia)

Directed by M.J. Dulmage

​​A Shore of Abundance is about a young seventeen-year-old girl named Eleanor who creates a world in which she is the captain of her own pirate ship in order to escape from her life, in which she has no control or power. In the real world, she wants to search for her biological father after finding out that the father who raised Eleanor her whole life isn't her real father. On top of this, she is pressured to start figuring out what she should do for her future. With it all being too much for her mind she escapes into her pirate world where she goes on a journey to find her pirate father who has been taken by a sea witch. It is up to Eleanor to find items of three in order to trade the items for her pirate father's safe return. This is a play with an epic hero story with sword fights, a sea shanty, and a mermaid rap battle that will have audiences hoping that the adventure never ends.

  • Eleanor Brooks/Captain Brooks- A young creative seventeen-year-old girl who is desperate to escape her real world. When she’s Captain Brooks she’s confident, determined, but is reckless in getting what she wants.
  • Sarah- Eleanor’s best friend since childhood. Sarah loves her friend and would do anything for her. She is very real in both worlds.
  • JJ/Princess Juniper- He is Eleanor’s older brother who thinks he knows what’s best for Eleanor. When he is Princess Juniper, he is a runaway princess who wants to play his music and keep things fun on the shore for Captain Brooks.
  • Caroline/Sea Witch/Guard- Caroline is Eleanor’s mother who constantly gets into arguments with Eleanor, but she has a deep heart that cares for her daughter. Eleanor has specifically cast her mother as the villain of her other world.
  • Alistair/Arctic/King Aldrich/Pirate Father- Alistair is not Eleanor’s biological father but is the one who raised her. Alistair has made many mistakes with his parenting skills, but he is trying his best.



Desert Song

Audition Dates: July 8 at 7 p.m., July 9 at 2 p.m.
Performance Dates: September 8-11, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. This production will have a non-traditional rehearsal period. Trinity Bird will direct this production. Michele Harmon is stage manager.


About the Play

​Desert Song is about a young, struggling musician who seeks out the reclusive muse for one of the most famous love songs ever written, an early seventies tune called “The Ballad of Eliza.” It’s a song that he has loved all his life. This muse, a woman now in her sixties, has long retreated from public view, and lives as a simple maid. Set in the sparse lodgings at Ghost Ranch, a remote retreat in Northern New Mexico, the play explores the elusive and magical nature of inspiration. This play was workshopped during The Sauk’s 2021 Plays-in-Development. A world premiere. This play contains strong language and a moment of self harm including blood. 


Available Roles

  • The Musician, male, late 20s.
  • The Maid, female, late 60s. 




Steel Magnolias

Audition Dates: Early August (Dates TBA)
Performance Dates: October 13-16, 20-23, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. There are roles for six women. Ron Boyle will direct this production. 


About the Play

​The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.


Available Roles

  • Truvy Jones - 40ish. Owner of the beauty shop.
  • Annelle Dupuy-Desoto - 19. Beauty shop assistant. 
  • Clairee Belcher - 66ish. Widow of former mayor. Grande dame. 
  • Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie - 25. Prettiest girl in town. 
  • M'Lynn Eatenton - 50ish. Shelby's mother. Socially prominent career woman. 
  • Ouiser Boudreaux - 66ish. Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable. 




The Nutcracker

Audition Dates: September 24 at 2 and 6:30 p.m.
Performance Dates: December 1-4, 8-11, 2022


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Mari Nuñez will direct this production. 


About the Play
The legend of the wonderful Nutcracker is now available in this captivating play. At a gala Christmas Eve party, Clara's godfather presents her with an amazing Nutcracker in the form of a wooden soldier. Too excited to sleep, she suddenly finds the Nutcracker brought to life. He tells her he is a prince under the wicked enchantment of the Mouse King, and she joins him in a series of adventures in strange lands as he seeks to regain his throne. When she wakes, she finds the Nutcracker gone. Was it a dream or not? Then her godfather returns with his nephew—who just happens to look exactly like the prince! This charming play is enhanced with dances to the music of Tchaikovsky.


Available Roles

  • Clara
  • Frank/Krakatuk
  • Aunt Harriet/Snow Queen
  • Mickey/Mouse King
  • Father
  • Mother/Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Godfather Dross
  • The Nutcracker
  • Four Mice
  • Two Snowflakes
  • Irmagarde - a Candy Cane
  • Hildegarde - a Candy Cane
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Daisy
  • Rose
  • BonBon
  • Prince/Ned
  • Ensemble who play toy soldiers, mice, snowflakes and flowers. ​