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Auditions for Apprentice Players musical,Disney's 'Frozen Jr.' set for May 22-23

Hamilton County Theatre Guild announces auditions for The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players summer youth production, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.”

The children’s musical will be directed by James H. Williams of Fishers, on four dates, July 28-31, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville.

Auditions will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22; and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, at En Pointe Indiana Ballet, 15309 Stony Creek Way, Noblesville.

Find all of the necessary audition information at the link at the bottom. 

Unlike past years for the youth -- which alternated age groups, ages 5-13 during odd years and 13-20 during even years -- this summer's Disney “Frozen Jr.” production will open auditions to all youth ages 5-18.

Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Presented with permission by Music Theatre International.

Click here to download the Frozen Audition Packet


En Pointe Indiana Ballet is partnering with us for the Frozen auditions and rehearsals.

 

Belfry announces Cast and Crew of ‘Drinking Habits’

The Belfry Theatre’s show director Nancy Lafferty announces the cast and crew for the summer comedy, “Drinking Habits,” by Tom Smith.

Here’s the cast:

  • Sally -- Sarah Powell, Indianapolis.
  • Paul -- Jeff Haber, Indianapolis.
  • Sister Philamena -- Cathie Morgan, Carmel.
  • Sister Augusta -- Jennifer Poynter, Carmel.
  • Mother Superior -- Barb Weaver, Noblesville.
  • Father Chenille -- Chris Taylor, Frankfort.
  • George, Bryan Gallet, Indianapolis.
  • Sister Mary Catherine, Sarah Eberhardt, Fishers.

Here’s the production crew:

  • Director -- Nancy Lafferty, McCordsville.
  • Assistant Director/Stage Manager -- Andrea Odle, Noblesville.
  • Co-Producers -- Betsy Reason, Noblesville, and Diane Wilson, Carmel.
  • House manager -- Teresa Peil, Noblesville.
  • Costumer -- Cathie Morgan, Carmel.
  • Lighting Designer -- Eric Matters, New Palestine.
  • Lighting Operator -- Andrew Young, Fishers.
  • Sound Designer and Operator -- Eric Dixon, Indianapolis.
  • Props Designer -- Susie Walden, Noblesville.
  • Set Design -- Ian Marshall-Fisher, Indianapolis.
  • Set Construction -- Mason Odle, Noblesville.

"Drinking Habits” will be performed June 24 - July 3, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville. Eight performances will be offered, at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

In this hilarious comedy, two sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail as they go undercover as a nun and priest. Accusations, mistaken identities and romances run wild in this laugh-out-loud farce where spirits and secrets are spilled.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for ages 65 and older and ages 12 and younger.

Click here to order tickets or call 317-773-1085

Presented with permission by Playscripts.

Remainder of Belfry’s 57th season is dedicated to Jennifer Nicholson

The Belfry Theatre is dedicating the remainder of its 57th season to the talented Jennifer Nicholson, a longtime actress at The Belfry and a treasure to our community.

The Noblesville woman passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 19, 2022. She was 63.

Belfry patrons may recall Jennifer’s performances as Sister Mary Hubert in The Belfry musicals, “Nunsense” in 1992 and 2015 and in “Nunsense: The Second Coming” in 1993.

“I absolutely love reviving the part. Hubert is hilarious. I think I'm a little bit of Hubert," said Jennifer, who was always known for her crazy antics as a choir and music teacher at Noblesville Schools.

“I have to be funny and then get right back in gear because one of Hubert's goals in life is to one day become a Mother Superior,” she had said.

Fittingly, Jennifer portrayed the Rev. Mother Mary Regina in “Nunsense II” in 2018 and was nominated for Encore Association’s Best Female Singer and Best Lead in a Musical.

Just two years prior, in 2016, Jennifer was nominated for Encore’s Best Major Supporting Actress in a Play for her role of Mrs. Gilbreth, the mom, in “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

More recently, in October 2021, Jennifer was called upon just five hours before showtime to play Mrs. Gilbreth, replacing an actress who became ill on the day of a performance of “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Jennifer and husband Dave (who was to be honored that night at another event) talked it over, she found her old script and agreed to meet at 5 p.m. to learn the blocking and rehearse the show. On that night, by showtime, Jennifer had the play almost memorized for Act I, and looked at her script only occasionally for Act II. By Friday night, the actress didn’t even carry her script.

Carla Crandall had played alongside Jennifer in the first two “Nunsense” shows and directed her in the last two “Nunsense” shows and also in both “Cheaper by the Dozens” shows. Crandall said, “What a blessing that Jennifer could come in and do that part … It was the greatest gift … It was just wonderful. The audience got to see Jennifer on stage one last time in a totally unexpected opportunity.” 

When it was explained during the curtain speech to the audience how Jennifer had joined the cast at the last minute, she received a standing ovation.

Crandall said, “Her whole life deserves a standing ovation.” 


Jennifer Nicholson’s family has created a Jennifer Nicholson Music Scholarship in partnership with Noblesville Schools Education Foundation. Donate online by visiting: p2p.onecause.com/jennifernicholson. Cash/check can be mailed to NSEF, PO Box 724, Noblesville IN 46061, with “Jennifer Nicholson” written in the memo line of the check.

Find the obituary at this link https://www.randallroberts.com/obituary/Jennifer-Nicholson

 

Auditions for Belfry's 'Drinking Habits' will be April 24-25

Auditions for The Belfry Theatre's "Drinking Habits" comedy will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, and Monday, April 25 at The Belfry Theatre.

DRINKING HABITS CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS FOR A CAST OF 8:

At auditions, actors will be asked to read from the script, (sides will be available soon) and demonstrate their ability to move well.

The stage age ranges listed will be tightly observed, due to relationships revealed at the end of the play.

Sister Philamena (F) — age range 20’s—mid 50’s
One of the three nuns who lives at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing. Has secretly been making wine for several years with Sister Augusta in order to keep the convent open. Devout and dedicated to her calling. Joyful and humorous. Incapable of lying. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Sister Augusta (F) — age range 20’s—mid 50’s
One of the three nuns who lives at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing. Has secretly been making wine for several years with Sister Philamena in order to keep the convent open. Devout and dedicated to her calling. Joyful and humorous. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

George (M) — age range 20’s—30’s
Caretaker and gardener at the convent. George isn’t dumb, but he is a little slow.
Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Mother Superior (F) — age range 40’s—early 60’s
Has been in charge of the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing for many years. Hates alcohol, especially wine. Someone wily. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Paul (M) — age 24
Newspaper reporter. Co-worker and former fiancé of Sally. Paul is an orphan. He’s a good writer, but his conscience sometimes gets in the way of his reporting.
Must be a master of comic timing and move well and quickly.

Sally (F) — age range 20’s
Award-winning newspaper reporter. Used to be engaged to Paul. Left him standing at the altar on their wedding day in order to cover an important story. Quick-witted and sometimes sharp-tongued. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Sister Mary Catherine (F) — age 24
A novice nun sent to the convent to finish her training. Meek & timid. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Father Chenille (M) — age range 40’s — early 60’s
Priest of the local parish next door to the convent. Patient, understanding, and a little clumsy. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Auditions will be at The Belfry Theatre located at 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville.

Play by Tom Smith and presented with permission by Playscripts.

For more information, email director Nancy Lafferty at lafferty.nancy@yahoo.com

Click here to download an Audition Packet

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Hamilton County Theatre Guild announces audition information and cast descriptions for its summer comedy.

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Hamilton County Theatre Guild announces audition information and cast descriptions for its summer comedy.

Auditions for The Belfry Theatre's "Drinking Habits" comedy will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, and Monday, April 25 at The Belfry Theatre.

"Drinking Habits,” a comedy, directed by Nancy Lafferty of McCordsville, will be performed June 24-July 3, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium at Ivy Tech Hamilton County, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

In this hilarious comedy, two sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail as they go undercover as a nun and priest. Accusations, mistaken identities and romances run wild in this laugh-out-loud farce where spirits and secrets are spilled.

Here are the Drinking Habits Character Descriptions for a cast of 8:

The stage age ranges listed will be tightly observed, due to relationships revealed at the end of the play.

Sister Philamena (F) — age range 20’s—mid 50’s
One of the three nuns who lives at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing. Has secretly been making wine for several years with Sister Augusta in order to keep the convent open. Devout and dedicated to her calling. Joyful and humorous. Incapable of lying. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Sister Augusta (F) — age range 20’s—mid 50’s
One of the three nuns who lives at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing. Has secretly been making wine for several years with Sister Philamena in order to keep the convent open. Devout and dedicated to her calling. Joyful and humorous. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

George (M) — age range 20’s—30’s
Caretaker and gardener at the convent. George isn’t dumb, but he is a little slow.
Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Mother Superior (F) — age range 40’s—early 60’s
Has been in charge of the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing for many years. Hates alcohol, especially wine. Someone wily. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Paul (M) — age 24
Newspaper reporter. Co-worker and former fiancé of Sally. Paul is an orphan. He’s a good writer, but his conscience sometimes gets in the way of his reporting.
Must be a master of comic timing and move well and quickly.

Sally (F) — age range 20’s
Award-winning newspaper reporter. Used to be engaged to Paul. Left him standing at the altar on their wedding day in order to cover an important story. Quick-witted and sometimes sharp-tongued. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Sister Mary Catherine (F) — age 24
A novice nun sent to the convent to finish her training. Meek & timid.  Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Father Chenille (M)  — age range 40’s — early 60’s
Priest of the local parish next door to the convent. Patient, understanding, and a little clumsy. Must have excellent comic timing and move well.

Auditions will be at The Belfry Theatre located at 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville.

Play by Tom Smith and presented with permission by Playscripts. 

Auditions for The Lilies of the Field

Auditions for The Belfry Theatre’s production of “The Lilies of the Field” will be held on December 19-20 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Noblesville First United Methodist Church, 2051 Monument Street, Noblesville. (Enter through the east entrance of the church.) Callbacks will be held December 21. Director Linnéa Leatherman is seeking a diverse cast, 4 men, 5 women, and a guitar-playing folksinger. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Bring a list of your schedule conflicts for the period between January 9 - March 27, 2022, including weekends.

Production dates are March 18, 19, 20 and 24, 25, 26, 2022. Performances will be in the large auditorium at Ivy Tech, 300 North 17th street, Noblesville. (This is the former Noblesville High School.)

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Rehearsals will begin Sunday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. They will run 7:00-10:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, with increased rehearsal time closer to production. Initial rehearsals will not require the attendance of the entire cast. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THESE SCHEDULED AUDITION DATES, CONTACT DIRECTOR LINNEA LEATHERMAN VIA FACEBOOK MESSENGER TO SET UP AN ALTERNATE DATE.

Click here to download an audition packet

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