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Cast announced for ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Hamilton County Theatre Guild’s Belfry Theatre announces the cast of “Around the World in 80 Days,” an adventure comedy adapted by Mark Brown, from the novel by Jules Verne. 

Here’s the cast, announced by director Eric Matters:

  • Phileas Fogg—Brad Staggs
  • Aouda—Barb Weaver
  • Passportout—Bryan Ball
  • Detective Fix and various roles—Austin Uebelhor
  • Foley artist and various roles—Eric Dixon Gonzales
  • Various roles—Kevin Caraher
  • Various roles—Sarah Eberhardt

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! 

Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. 

But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time. 

Performances: The show runs Feb. 10-19 at Arts for Lawrence’s Theatre at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave, Lawrence. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Audition Notice - Around the World in 80 Days

Around300.pngHamilton County Theatre Guild’s The Belfry Theatre announces auditions for AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at Arts for Lawrence’s Theatre at the Fort.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is an adventure comedy adapted by Mark Brown, from the novel by Jules Verneat. Directed by Eric Matters. 

AUDITION INFORMATION: 

Date & Time: Saturday, November 5 (1:00pm - 4:00pm) and Sunday, November 6 from (6:30pm - 9:30pm)

Location: Warren Performing Arts Center at 9500 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46229. Please enter through Door 27.

How to Prepare: Please prepare a short, funny monologue and be prepared to read excerpts from the script. Plan to arrive early to fill out an audition form. Please bring a headshot if you have one and a theatrical resume. Additionally, bring your calendar and provide a complete list of conflicts through February 19. Intermittent rehearsals will occur throughout November and December (avoiding all holidays). Full rehearsals start in January 2023.

Click here to download an Audition Application

If you have any questions, please contact the director, Eric Matters, at ematters13@gmail.com

PERFORMANCE DATES:

The show runs February 10 - 19 at Arts for Lawrence’s Theatre at the Fort.

SHOW SYNOPSIS:

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race!

Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days.

But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

ROLES TO BE CAST:

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is an adventure comedy containing five actors portraying 39 characters. The role of Phileas Fogg and his lover will be cast the way the playwright intended, but all other roles are open to any gender, race, ethnicity, and age.

The Belfry Theatre earns 12 Encore award nominations

Nominations for this year’s Encore Association awards -- celebrating excellence in community theater -- were announced Sunday night on the Encore Association’s website.

The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville received 12 Encore nominations, one nomination for “The Lilies of the Field,” directed by Linnea Leatherman; two nominations for “Drinking Habits,” directed by Nancy Lafferty; four nominations for “The Dining Room,” directed by Diane Wilson; and five nominations for “Cheaper by the Dozen,” directed by Carla Crandall.

  • Best Lead Actor in a Comedy — Eric Bowman in “Cheaper by the Dozen”
  • Best Lead Actor in a Comedy — DeJon LeTrey Marshall-Fisher in “The Lilies of the Field”
  • Best Major Supporting Actor in a Drama — Tom Riddle in “The Dining Room”
  • Best Major Supporting Actress in a Comedy — Sarah Eberhardt in “Drinking Habits”
  • Best Major Supporting Actress in a Comedy — Cathie Morgan in “Drinking Habits”
  • Best Performer under the age of 18 in a Comedy — Lizzie Schultz in “Cheaper by the Dozen”
  • Best Costumes for a Comedy — Norma Floyd, Carla Crandall, Constance Creviston and Lori Lavalle for “Cheaper by the Dozen”
  • Best Costumes for a Drama — Addie Taylor and Diane Wilson for “The Dining Room”
  • Best Hair and Makeup for a Play — Diane Wilson for “The Dining Room”
  • Best Set Design for a Comedy — David Melton — “Cheaper by the Dozen”
  • Best Set Decoration for a Comedy — Jan Borcherding, Carla Crandall, Kathy Rosemary, Gary Rosemary, Susie Walden, Bob Crandall and Steve Ritter for “Cheaper by the Dozen”
  • Best Sound Design for a Drama — Eric Dixon for “The Dining Room”

The Belfry is among 11 community theaters that are considered for more than 50 categories at the annual awards ceremony.

This year’s 53rd annual Encore Association awards will be an in-person event on Nov. 7 at the 544-seat Toby Theater at Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art).

The 52-year-old Encore Association is comprised of nonprofessional, nonprofit community theaters. Its board annually plays host to the awards ceremony recognizing excellence from the previous theatrical season. A committee of judges view productions and select nominees.

For a full list of all nominations, visit http://www.encoreassociation.net/

Callout for Prospective Guest Directors

The Belfry Theatre is having a callout for guest directors for the theater's 59th season, for 2023-24.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information to Belfry director Jennie Smith Otterman, by Nov. 1, to beachfairies@hotmail.com.

Any questions or inquiries should also be directed to the email above.

Celebrating our 58th Season

Hamilton County Theatre Guild announces The Belfry Theatre’s 58th season, for 2022-23

REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, 2022)

In just a few weeks, our first show will open at The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville. The show is “Rehearsal for Murder,” which is adapted for the stage by D.D. Brooke from the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link. This murder mystery is directed by Diane Wilson and will be performed from Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2022, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

 

 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Nov. 25 - Dec. 4, 2022)

Our holiday show is the well-loved musical “The Sound of Music,” which will also be performed at The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville. With music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a full cast of children and adults, your hearts will be full as you watch this well-known story come to life on the stage. Directed by Evan Elliott, “The Sound of Music” will be performed from Nov. 25-Dec. 4, 2022, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

 

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Feb. 10 - 19, 2023)

Following our holiday show, we will move to the Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort for the next three shows. Who doesn’t want to experience the travels of a hot-air balloon in “Around the World in 80 Days,” which is directed by Eric Matters. This play is adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne, and will be performed from Feb, 10-19, 2023, at Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. in Indianapolis.

Individual tickets for "Around the World in 80 Days,"will be sold through Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort website. 

 

THE GREAT GATSBY (March 17 - 26, 2023)

Remember reading “The Great Gatsby” in high school? Let’s watch that classic story unfold on the stage in March. Adapted by Simon Levy from the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby” is directed by Andrea Odle, and will be performed from March 17-26, 2023, at Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. in Indianapolis. 

Individual tickets for "The Great Gatsby" will be sold through Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort website.

 

CRIMES OF THE HEART (April 28 - May 7, 2023)

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We all know what families can be like. Our final adult show of the season, “Crimes of the Heart,” reminds us of the humor and dysfunction that exists in every family. Written by Beth Henley, and directed by Jen Otterman, “Crimes of the Heart” will be performed from April 28-May 7, 2023, at Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. in Indianapolis.

Individual tickets for "Crimes of the Heart" will be sold through Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort website. 

 

WILLY WONKA JR. (July 27-30, 2023)

We will move back to The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville for the Apprentice Players’ summer youth musical production of “Willy Wonka Jr.” This popular story is based on the Roald Dahl book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” with words and music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley and adapted for the stage by Lesley Bricusse & Timothy A. McDonald. Directed by Nancy Lafferty, “Willy Wonka Jr.” will be performed from July 27-30, 2023, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

 

Additional Ticketing Information 

Individual Ticket Prices

$20 for adults
$15 for youth and students
$15 for ages 65 and older
$15 for all military personnel

For reservations, call 317-773-1085 or visit https://www.thebelfrytheatre.com 

Group Rate Tickets

Group rates of 10 or more purchased in advance are also available. 

For Season/Flex Tickets

(one ticket for every show in the regular 2022-23 season) and Flex Tickets (6 tickets that can be used in any increment for any regular-season 2022-23 shows) by phone, or click the button below to order online.

Gift Cards

In addition, gift cards (great for flex pass holiday gifts) are available by clicking the button below to order online.

Auditions announced for ‘The Sound of Music’

Hamilton County Theatre Guild’s The Belfry Theatre announces auditions for its premier of “The Sound of Music” at the 345-seat Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville.

Auditions will be conducted 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at Noblesville First United Methodist Church, 2051 Monument St., Noblesville, in Stevenson Hall in the church’s lower level. Callbacks will be 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Auditioners will be seen individually. The casting team may ask questions or request a cold read during your slot. Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway classic (sheet music only, no tracks). An accompanist will be provided. Director will happily listen to songs from the musical.

Click here to sign up for an audition time

 

The musical features a book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The show is directed by Evan Elliott, alongside a veteran team of vocal director Brenna Whitaker, choreographer Elizabeth Pike, and stage manager Fran Knapp, all of Noblesville.

Synopsis: Among the theater's most popular, tuneful scores, “The Sound of Music” is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the post-World War II era. Maria, a kind and curious postulant at an Austrian abbey, becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children. Through her love of music, she breathes new life into the home.

Character Descriptions Here: https://rb.gy/mdihnc

Character Age Notes:

Maria: Will consider age 21 - 35

Mother Abbess: Will consider age 30+

Captain Von Trapp: Will consider age 35+

Von Trapp Children: Will consider all ages 4-18 (up to early 20s for Liesl) 

Auditioners will be seen individually. The casting team may ask questions or request a cold read during your slot. Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway classic (sheet music only, no tracks). An accompanist will be provided. Director will happily listen to songs from the musical. 

Rehearsal Notes: 

  • First read-thru on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. Rehearsals will be in Noblesville.
  • Rehearsals are expected to be 6:30-9:30 pm Monday through Thursday but not everyone will be called every night. We may have a few nights off based on fall breaks.
  • Move-in and tech: Nov. 19
  • Cast will not rehearse on Thanksgiving

Show times:

  • Friday, Nov. 25, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. 

For more information or any questions, email the director at evandirects@gmail.com

Cast announced for ‘Rehearsal for Murder’

Hamilton County Theatre Guild’s Belfry Theatre announces the cast of “Rehearsal for Murder,” a murder mystery play in the first show of the 2022-23 season for the theater, beginning its 58th season in the fall.

Here’s the cast, announced by director Diane W. Wilson, in order of appearance:

  • Alex Dennison -- Kelly Keller of Fishers
  • Ernestine --  Molly Kraus of Fishers
  • Sally Bean --  Anna E Blower of Anderson
  • Monica Welles --  Ameetha Widdershins of Fishers
  • Loretta --  Cindy Duncan of Carmel
  • Lloyd Andrews -- Alex Dantin of Westfield
  • Bella Lamb --  Kim O’Mara of Indianapolis
  • Karen Daniels --  Olivia Carrier of Noblesville
  • David Mathews --  Gideon Roark of Yorktown
  • Leo Gibbs -- Eric Bowman of Noblesville
  • Male Police Officer --  Mason Cordell Hardiman of Indianapolis
  • Female Police Officer -- Tanya Keller of Fishers
  • Man in the Auditorium  --  Chris Taylor of Frankfort, IN
  • Mr. Santoro -- Evan Zatkulak of Indianapolis
  • Mac  --  Richard Wilson, Carmel

The show, adapted by D.D. Brooke from the teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link. The play is directed by Diane W. Wilson of Carmel and stage managed by Fran Knapp of Noblesville.

Synopsis: A year following the untimely death of a famous onscreen actress and an up-and-coming  Broadway star, a famous playwright (and the former fiancé of the star) assembles all those who  last interacted with the actress under the pretense of reading excerpts from a new play he is  writing. Even though the actress’s death was ruled as a suicide, the playwright believes  otherwise, and he plans to prove it and trap a killer as the scenes from his new play come to life.

The Years: 1980 (opening night of the comedy Chamber Music by Alex Dennison, the after party,  and the death of Monica Welles) & 1981 (exactly one year after the opening and Monica’s death)

The Settings: A Broadway Stage & Monica Wells’ Study

Performances: Sept. 23-Oct. 2, with showtimes at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at The Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

Tickets will go on sale soon

 

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