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



​The Lifespan of a Fact

Audition Dates: June 28 and 30 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: August 22-25, 2024


Audition requirements will be announced at a later date. Janet Meyer-Jackman will direct this production.


PLEASE NOTE: This production conflicts with CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. 

About the Play
Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. This production contains adult language.


​Available Roles

  • Jim Fingal, a fact checker, mid-20s
  • Emily Penrose, a magazine Editor-in-Chief, lates 40s to 60s.
  • John D'Agata, an essayist, 40s to 60s. 




Anastasia: The Musical

Audition Dates: July 29, 30 at 7 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 10-13, 17-20, 2024


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


About the Play

From Tony winners Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, creators of such Broadway classics as Ragtime and Once on This Island, this dazzling show transports its audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Inspired by the animated film of the same name.


Available Roles

  • Anya/Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov - Playing age: 26  - Range: G3-F5, Belt to D5.
    • Anya is brave, fiery, witty, and above all determined. With no memory of her life before age 17 and having lived through the horrors of the Russian Revolution, Anya jumps at the sound of gunshots and is distrustful of strangers, but there is steel hiding just beneath the surface. Anya is strong-willed and compassionate. Her mantra, “Home, love, family” is her goal. All she knows is her family is in Paris and she will find them however she can.
  • Dmitry Sudayev - Playing age: 28 - Range: A2-G4. 
    • Dmitry is a scoundrel with a heart of gold. A street rat who grew into a conman, Dimitry does all he does to get out of poverty and is not above lying, cheating, and stealing to do so–that is until he meets Anya. What starts as just another scheme (albeit much bigger than anything he’s tried to pull off before) turns into the adventure of a lifetime that requires Dimitry to look inward and figure out how to put the one he loves before himself.
  • Vladimir “Vlad” Popov - Playing age: Mid 40s-Early 50s (No age really specified) - Range: A2-F4
    • Vlad is Dmitry’s partner in crime (literally) and surrogate father. Before the revolution he scammed his way through society pretending to be a count. Vlad is dramatic, crafty, and a big softie at heart. While he, like Dmitry, is not above lying, cheating, and stealing, he cares greatly for his loved ones and is generally affable, though he can be calculating when he needs to be.
  • Deputy Commissioner Gleb Vaganov ● Playing age: Mid 30s - Range: A2-Gb4.
    • Gleb is the villain of the show, though not a bad person. He fully believes in the Communist ideals he follows. Loyal, honest, and hard working, Gleb almost has the potential to be a hero (he’s very much the hero of his own story). A deeply conflicted person, Gleb’s infatuation (and borderline obsession) with Anya leads to his battle with the idea of doing one’s duty vs. doing what is right.
  • Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch ● Playing age: ~40 - Range: G3-C5 (Briefly sings a B5 at the end of Land of Yesterday, but the rest of the role is very Mezzo)
    • Lily is the lady in waiting to the Dowager Empress. She has been by the Dowager’s side since before the revolution. Lily is clever, dutiful, and above all fun (when not working for the Dowager). She deals with her exile from Russia with a sort of resigned dark humor…and a LOT of vodka. She and Vlad were once an item (unbeknownst to her oblivious husband) and rekindle their romance upon re-uniting.
  • Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna Romanov - Playing age: 80 - Range: F3-Bb4.
    • The Dowager Empress has lost everything she once held dear and must now put up with imposter upon imposter never allowing her to grieve in peace. She is icy, proud, and regal (not to mention intimidating) to all but her family. Though, she does have a very shrap wit. She is especially warm with Anastasia both when a child and after it’s revealed that Anya really is the princess. She commands authority and attention the minute she enters a room.
  • Young Anastasia/Alexei (Doubles in Ensemble as well) ● Playing age: ~5 for Young Anastasia, (cast with an older child, normally between 9 and 14), 13 for Alexei - Range: C4-C5.
    • Young Anastasia is the willful, brave, proud, and precocious youngest daughter of the Tsar. She has a special bond with her grandmother (whom she calls Nana). Alexei was the Tsarevich (Heir to the throne) and only boy of the Romanov siblings. He suffered from debilitating hemophelia that often left him bed-ridden. Anya mentions that he was her best friend.
  • Featured Character Tracks:
    • Olga, Tatiana, Mariya (the other Romanov Sisters)/ Paulina, Dunya, Marfa (three prostitutes who audition for the Fake-Anastasia scheme)/Odette and Swans (Dancers in the ballet) ■ These tracks require dancing en pointe ■ Olga track also dances Odette and requires strong ballet ability
    • Teen Anya ■ A featured dance role in the opening sequence ■ May also be one of the prostitutes and ballet dancers (I’m not 100% sure with this track)
    • Commissioner Gorlinsky/Count Leopold/Drunkard 4
    • Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna/Female Reporter/Countess Gregory
    • Tsar Nicholas II Romanov/Count Ipolitov/Drunkard 3
    • Siegfriend (in Swan Lake sequence)/ Drunkard 1/Sergei the Doorman
    • Von Rothbart (in Swan Lake sequence)/Drunkard 2/Sergei the Doorman
  • ​Ensemble
    • All of the Ensemble plays Townsfolk, Royal Servants, Bolshevik Officers and Soldiers, Parisians, Reporters, and Aristocrats




Play-in-Development 2024

Audition Dates: August 16 at 7 p.m., August 17 at 2 p.m.
'Nothing Gold' Reading Date: September 13, 2024
'Holidays' & 'Sweet Life' Readings Date: September 14, 2024


Titles, Directors and More to be announced at a later date. 


Nothing Gold

By Trey Everett (New York, NY)

Nothing Gold tells the story of Thomas, a son-to-be 30 year old who has just been released after serving a 15-year prison sentence for accidentally killing a classmate as a teen. He comes home to a welcoming father, an anxious mother, and an estranged younger sister. Through moments with his family, and moments with his therapist, Thomas navigates the difficult task of reintegrating into "normal" life. When the mother of the killed teen shows up at Thomas' family's home, Thomas is forced to confront the awful situation again.

  • Yorn. The doctor, 40s. Male. 
  • Thomas. The boy, 30. Male. 
  • Dawn. The mother, 60s. Female. 
  • Steve. The father, 60s. Male. 
  • Casey. The sister, 18. Female. 
  • Theresa. The neighbor, 50s. Female


Holidays

Clea’s brother Finn joins her on her birthday for their ongoing cribbage competition. Their mother Suzanne and her new (younger) husband Peter, a spacey entrepreneur, unexpectedly arrive, as do their father and his wife Maeve, childless and earnest (her dogs are her children). Despite the fact it’s June, the parents and their new partners immediately begin vying for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Clea’s husband Royce, whose family celebrates with a live donkey (and fiddlers) in their living room every Christmas Eve, wants in. Clea becomes increasingly paralyzed by anxiety as the race for the eventual ‘winner’ crescendos.

  • Clea Gudmonson - Mid 30s, frustrated pleaser
  • Royce Jensen - Mid 30s, Clea's husband, a detail guy in odd ways
  • Finn Gudmonson - Early 30s, Clea's brother, denial incarnate
  • Suzanne Gudmonson - Clea and Finn's mother, mid 60s, vain
  • Peter Laughlin - Suzanne's husband, late 40s, not quite tethered to the Earth, successful entrepreneur
  • Hart Gudmonson - Clea and Finn's father, mid 60s, Suzanne's ex-husband, territorial, a linear thinker
  • Maeve Gudmonson - Hart's wife, mid-60s, childless, bursting with goodwill


Sweet Life

By Savannah Bruton (Jackson, MI)

​Familiarity is comfortable. Who do we become when faced with a challenge that is alien to us? Something the alters our life and every day interactions; are we still the same person despite these unforeseen changes? Sweet Life explores this thought through the eyes of a young girl diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. 

  • Arthur, Uncle 40s
  • Lily, Girl 10-12
  • Kate, Sister 7-9
  • Jason, Dad 40s



A Christmas Carol

Audition Dates: October 14, 15 at 7 p.m.
Performance Datees: December 5-8, 12-15, 2024


Character descriptions, audition requirements and production team to be announced.