Call for Directors & Production Teams!
Whitby Courthouse Theatre is putting out a call to Directors/Production Teams for our upcoming 2019-2020 season, as announced at our Annual General Meeting in June. The line up is as follows:
Information on how to apply is below.
It's Only a Play - November, 2019
by Terrence McNally
It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer (Julia Budder) is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer's bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in. Included are the excitable young author; the brilliant but unstable director (who courts failure and is devastated when his work is well received); the pill-popping leading lady (who is hoping to revive her career after a series of flop movies); and the playwright's best friend, an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series—which has since been cancelled. Also present are a fawning, hypocritical drama critic (who is a closet playwright); a would-be singer working as a part-time servant; and a hard-boiled lady taxi driver who has seen it all, many times over. The good-natured bonhomie with which the evening begins grows steadily funnier—as the reviews (all bad) come in, and those assembled seek desperately to pin the blame on each other. But, as euphoria slides into despair, the narcissism, ambition, childishness and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre and its denizens take over, and as the curtain falls plans are eagerly afoot for their next venture—this one sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.
A scathing, hilarious look at the backstage backstabbing surrounding a Broadway opening - boasting performances by Matthew Broderick, Martin Short, and Stockard Channing to name a few - this Tony-nominated comedy is a sure-fire side-splitter for our 2019/2020 season!
Little Women - February, 2020
Book by Allan Knee
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. The original production starred the unparalleled Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. Little Women features plenty of great opportunities for female actors and singers ranging in age from teenage to 60 years old. The show also has a flexible cast size that can include as few as ten or as many as 42 people! The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache, and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.
Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun - April, 2020
by Norm Foster
Norm Foster, Canada’s most-produced playwright, is probably best known for his portfolio of breezy comedies. But it’s easy to forget that he’s just as adept at pulling our heartstrings as he is at tweaking our funny bones. Foster’s Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun is a fine example of his versatility as a playwright, and proof that a touching dramatic tale can be told with a smile.
Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun is the poignant story of a bond that grows between two special people wrestling with very human problems. Robert is a 35-year-old man whose brain hasn’t developed passed 8 years of age, and Holly is the young woman he encounters by chance at a bus stop, pregnant and alone. Their connection forms the heart of the play, but Norm Foster has a canny way of layering his very accessible stories with tiers of meaning and relevance to our own lives.
Prospective directors - please fill out the below application form. You will then be contacted by the Artistic Director for an interview.
Interviews will begin mid-February 2019. Applications are due no later than January 31, 2019.
Please direct all inquiries to Shael Risman, Artistic Director, by email only, by clicking here.