'Bad Auditions by Bad Actors' Coming to the Whittemore Library

This hilarious comedy will bring you to the last place you'd ever want to be...behind the doors of a casting session.

Bad Auditions by Bad Actors

A short comedy by

Ian McWethy

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:45pm

at the
243 Church Street
Naugatuck, CT  06770

A Special "Reader's Theatre" Performance for the
Friends of the Howard Whittemore Library

Produced by

Directed by Agnes Dann

Featuring: Rick DuFresne, Nancy Sasso Janis, Tina Churchill, Heather Graham, Brian Elser, Mike Elser, Chris Kulmann and Marsha Gaylord

A casting director has one day to find the leads for a community theater production of Romeo and Juliet. But what seems like a simple task proves impossible when the pool of actors includes extreme method actors, performers who just don't know what to do with their hands, and one particular woman who may or may not think she's a cat.

This hilarious comedy will bring you to the last place you'd ever want to be...behind the doors of a casting session.

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Nancy Sasso Janis May 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
My (not really a) Review: The reader's theater production of 'Bad Auditions by Bad Actors' was presented for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Whittemore Memorial Library. Talk about setting up your actors with a title that calls them "bad." This very funny one-act play by Ian McWethy was found by Ed Bassett and directed by the wonderful Agnes Dann. She carefully explained the concept to the audience before the start of the show and hopefully the audience forgot about our scripts before long. The audience laughed at the appropriate lines and seemed to enjoy the show. Those of us in the cast laughed aloud outside the door and we had already run through the show four times in rehearsal. We enjoyed seeing what each of us had come up with for the costumes for our (at least) two characters we each played.
Nancy Sasso Janis May 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The always unpredictable Rick Dufresne played the casting director to perfection and added our director's name and the Phoenix Stage to his lines at the last minute. Agnes could not help but laugh. As "Roger," the casting director's assistant, young Brian Elser was perfectly type cast and very funny. His father, Brian Elser MD, played the angry "Joe," the overbearing acting coach and the modern dancer "Edmond" so well. My "sister" Marsha Gaylord was hysterical as a young actress "Melissa" who brings along her acting coach and as "Amy," "Roger's" girlfriend. Tina Churchill was spot on as a clueless "Josie" and a pushy agent of "Charlize." Heather Graham played the glamorous "Charlize" and a cat. Yes, a cat and she was amazing. The gifted Chris Kulmann showed off his improv skills playing method actor "Martin" and slacker "Josh." And this reviewer? I did ok. I played "Meg," the girl who doesn't know what to do with her hands and yoga lady/singer/nut case "Maria." Thank you to the Library for inviting the Phoenix Stage Company to perform for such an appreciative audience.


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