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The Belfry Theatre and Hamilton County Theatre Guild are proud to announce shows for the 58th season, for 2022-2023. 

“Rehearsal for Murder”

Adapted for stage by D.D. Brooke from the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link
Directed by Diane W. Wilson of Carmel
Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, 2022
At The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville

“The Sound of Music”

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed by Evan Elliott of Noblesville
Nov. 25 - Dec. 4, 2022
At The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville

“Around the World in 80 Days”

Adapted by Mark Brown
From the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Eric Matters of New Palestine
Feb. 10-19, 2023
At Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort

“The Great Gatsby”

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Adapted for stage by Simon Levy
Directed by Andrea Odle
March 17-26, 2023
At Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort

“Crimes of the Heart”

by Beth Henley
Directed by Jen Otterman
April 28 - May 7, 2023
At Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort

"Willy Wonka, Jr." (Apprentice Players Summer Youth Musical)

Words and music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley adopted for stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy A. McDonald. Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Directed by Nancy Lafferty
July 27 - July 30, 2023
At The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville

 

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
  • Frank Heller -- Chris Taylor of Frankfort, IN
  • Mr. Santoro -- Evan Zatkulak of Indianapolis
  • Lieutenant Henry McElroy: 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

 

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

 

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