Trouble at the Tropicabana

Written by Tony Schwartz & Marylou Ambrose

Directed by Debbi Friend

MARCH 3 – 20, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: December 13 & 14, 2021

Publisher: Murder Mystery Scripts

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Synopsis: Trouble at the Tropicabana is a delightfully Comedic Musical Murder Mystery featuring all your favorite characters from I Love Lucy TV Show! This show follows Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, & Fred as they check out Ricky’s new club, the Tropicabana. You’ll hear Ricky sing some Latin favorites, see the Cabana girls dance, join in a conga line, and take mambo lessons. Besides Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel, you’ll meet movie mogul heiress Celia B. DeMilo; Mr. Big, a notorious gangster; and Ricky’s cousin Rosita, an illegal alien. Will Ricky sign a movie contract? Is Celia who she claims to be? Will Lucy and Ethel ruin Ricky’s big chance with another harebrained scheme to get into show business? What’s the escaped convict Mr. Big doing at Ricky’s club? How do the Cabana girls keep those fruit baskets on their heads? And who committed the murder? The murder? That’s right—the murder! Someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the show, and it’s up to you to solve the crime!

Cast: 10 (3M, 6W, 1E)

  • RICKY BICARDI: Cuban-American bandleader and nightclub owner
  • LUCY BICARDI: Ricky’s wife
  • ETHEL SCHMERTZ: The Bicardi’s neighbor
  • FRED SCHMERTZ: Ethel’s husband
  • CELIA B. DE MILO/COOKIE: Gun moll posing as movie-mogul heiress
  • MR. BIG: Notorious gangster
  • ROSITA BICARDI: Ricky’s cousin; one of the Cabana girls and an illegal alien
  • TWO OR MORE CABANA GIRLS: Club Tropicabana dancers (non-speaking)
  • NIGHTCLUB ACTS: Singers, magicians, dancers, musicians, etc.
  • WAITER or WAITRESS:  Non-speaking role

 The Play that Goes Wrong – A Musical

Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields

Directed by Lee Dittman

APRIL 7 – 24, 2022 (NO EASTER)

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: December 20 & 21, 2021

Publisher: Dramatists

  1. Synopsis: From Mischief, Broadway masters of comedy, comes the smash hit farce. Welcome to opening night of the Cornley Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

Cast: 8 (6M, 2W)

  • Chris Bean, who plays Inspector Carter and serves as the show’s director, set designer, costume designer, prop maker, box office manager, press and PR person, dramaturgy, voice coach, dialect coach, and fight choreographer and filled in for the role of Mr. Fitzroy during rehearsals
  • Jonathan Harris, who plays Charles Haversham
  • Robert Grove, who plays Thomas Colleymoore
  • Dennis Tyde, who plays Perkins
  • Sandra Wilkinson, who plays Florence Colleymoore
  • Max Bennett, who plays both Cecil Haversham and Arthur the Gardener
  • Trevor Watson, the lighting and sound operator
  • Annie Twilloil, the stage manager

 Blithe Spirit

Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Michael Lacy 

MAY 12 – 29, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: March 7 & 8

Publisher: Concord Theatricals

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Synopsis: Novelist Charles Condomine wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles’s first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists. Elvira is decadent, unconventional, and moody, in contrast to the more strait-laced Ruth. The ghostly Elvira makes increasingly desperate efforts to disrupt Charles’s marriage, until she finally sabotages his car in the hope he will join her in the spirit world! But it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed. Ruth’s ghost immediately comes back for revenge on Elvira, but Charles cannot at first see Ruth. With his house in an uproar, he calls Madame Arcati back to exorcise both of the spirits, but instead of banishing them she unintentionally materialises Ruth. With both his dead wives now fully visible, and neither of them in the best of tempers, Charles and Madame Arcati go through séance after séance and spell after spell to try to exorcise them!

Cast: 7 (2M, 5W)

  • RUTH – Charles’ current wife, who does not believe in Elvira’s presence
  • CHARLES – A Novelist fascinated by the occult, and husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira. Only he can see and hear her spirit.
  • MADAME ARCATI – an Eccentric medium who summons Elvira
  • ELVIRA – Charles’ late wife who died 7 years ago, only seen and heard by Charles
  • EDITH – a maid with dormant psychic abilities, the accidental conduit to summoning Elvira
  • DR. BRADMAN – a friend 
  • MRS. BRADMAN – Dr. Bradman’s wife 

 The Game’s Afoot

Written by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Michael Dunham

JULY 7 – 24, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: March 28 and 29

Publisher: Concord Theatricals

Synopsis: It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of Holiday revelry. But when one of the guests is found stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Cast: 8 (3M, 5W)

  • William Gillette / Sherlock – A dynamic and charming stage actor. Has made a fortune from his stage adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, whom he also plays. Described by Ludwig as, “a strikingly handsome man…good humored, full of irony and life. A sort of modern-day Ulysses.”
  • Felix Geisel / Moriarty – The company’s character actor, Felix is histrionic (overly dramatic), a true theatrical who has given his life to the stage. Felix is Gillette’s best friend and occasional sidekick. Described by Ludwig as, “histrionic and arch in a Lionel Barrymore/Sir Toby Belch sort of way.”
  • Simon Bright/Zerlinksy – The “mangenue” of the company, Simon is an enthusiastic young man, eager to please and find success. A bit of a naïf, Simon can occasionally be overly sensitive. A witty jokester who finds humor in nearly everything. Described by Ludwig as, “sweet and enthusiastic.” 
  • Inspector Harriet Goring – English and eccentric, she is disarming in her inability to be defined. Always off the mark, and yet never far from the truth, somehow, she always gets her man. Described by Ludwig as, “British, eccentric, and one of a kind. One minute, she seems wry and clever; the next minute she’s off into a world of her own. She gets things wrong without even knowing it; yet she also seems just the sort of person who can find out when you’re lying. That makes her formidable.”
  • Martha Gillette – Gillette’s dotty mother, elegant though a bit foggy, Martha never shies away from a fight. Always willing to lob a criticism when necessary, all the same, Martha is loyal to Gillette and his gang of theatrical misfits. Described by Ludwig as, “somewhat vague and dithering.”
  • Madge Geisel / Marian – Wry and outspoken, Madge, like her husband Felix, is a lifelong theatrical. She is game for anything, but back her into a corner and she will come out swinging. Described by Ludwig as, “flamboyant and wry in a Rosalind Russell smart-mouthed-gal-about-town sort of way.” 
  • Aggie Wheeler / Alice – Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Aggie is the ingénue of the company. Good-natured and kind, Aggie has had tragedy in her past, though she seems to have dealt with it well, and even moved on. Described by Ludwig as, “a real product of her age…beautiful, brighteyed, and full of spunk.” 
  • Daria Chase – Glamorous & gorgeous, Daria is the theatre critic we all love to hate. Biting, bitchy, and utterly charming, you can’t help but like Daria, despite the terrible things she says and writes. Described by Ludwig as, “one of those people you can’t take your eyes off; and despite all her showbiz cattiness, you can’t help liking her – or at least admiring. She has a sense of humor and has invented herself from the ground up, which is no mean feat.

 Deathtrap

Written by Ira Levin

Directed by Toni Creed

AUGUST 11 – 28, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: June 6 & 7

Publisher: Dramatists Play ServiceSundays at 2:00 PMAuditions: June 6 & 7

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service

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Synopsis: Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. But when Sydnie grows envious of Clifford’s play, he escalates his plans to kill him! When he attacks Clifford and disposes the body  however, a Psychic arrives who has glimpses of the attack that are only mostly correct. The Bloodlust runs high as an inevitable rush to kill those who know too much emrges from all sides. DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness, and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment.

Cast: 5 (3M, 2W)

  • Sidney Bruhl – Broadway Playwright of renowned thrillers, currently experiencing a bout of writer’s block that has left his reputation in question and in dire financial straits. Plots his student’s demise to snatch his excellent script entitled, ‘Deathtrap’
  • Myra Bruhl – Sidney’s wife, who at first is horrified to learn of Sidney’s intentions, but soon gets onboard as she realizes the wealth it would bring them.
  • Clifford Anderson – Sydney’s Student who has submitted an excellent script of Broadway potential. Is invited over by the Bruhl’s to discuss collaboration.
  • Helga ten Drop – A Psychic who stops by the isolated Bruhl home to tell the family that she has sense great pain there, and reveals visions that appear to only be partially correct. 
  • Porter Milgrim – Sydney’s Attorney who begins to throw suspicions on Clifford by revealing that Clifford has been hiding his manuscript away and changing things without Sydnie’s knowledge.

 Same Time, Next Year

Written by Bernard Slade

Directed by Sonia Smith

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 2, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: July 11 & 12

Publisher: Concord Theatricals

Synopsis: When New Jersey accountant George Peters and Oakland housewife Doris met at a Northern California inn in February 1951, they never anticipated having an affair, let alone it lasting a quarter of a century. After a single night’s tryst, they agree to meet once a year, despite the fact both are married to others and have six children between them. Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year. Follow along with this show as it drops in on the couple every five years on the same day in that same California Inn by the sea. During the time they spend with each other, they discuss the births, deaths, and marital problems each is experiencing at home, while they adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives.

Cast: 4 (2M, 2W)

  • George (Young & Older) – A New Jersey Accountant, happily married, with kids, and yet falls for Doris after a scandalous one night stand that turns into an annual event.
  • Doris (Younger & Older) – An Oakland Housewife, happily married, with kids, and yet falls for George after a scandalous one night stand that turns into an annual event.

 Elf the Musical

Written by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin

Directed by Lee Dittman

November 25 – December 18 (No THK)

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sundays at 2:00 PM

Auditions: August 22 & 23, 2022

Publisher: Musical Theater International

Synopsis:  A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Cast: TBD