Stage Coach casting for 2014 plays

DeKALB – Stage Coach Players will hold auditions for its 2014 season on March 1 through 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road in DeKalb. Auditions will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

There is no appointment needed to audition, but those auditioning for multiple shows are encouraged to arrive early. Auditioners will be asked to do cold readings for scripts. Those auditioning for a musical should prepare at least 16 bars from a musical theater song and bring sheet music for the accompanist.

More information can be found at www.stagecoachers.com.

Auditions will be held for:

• Stage Coach Annual Radio Show (time, date and title to be announced)

This one-day performance will take place in April.

• “Cheaper by the Dozen,” May 8-10 and 15-18

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, this classic comedy focuses on the difficulty of growing up in a family with 11 brothers and sisters and a father who runs the house like a factory.

Casting 12 children, ages 5 to 17, two men and three women.

• “Twelve Angry Jurors,” June 5-7 and 12-15

As in the Henry Fonda movie, one juror in this courtroom play refuses to convict a young boy of murder and must convince the rest of the jury. Unlike the film, the cast will be split between men and women.

Casting 13 adults, men and women.

• “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” July 10-13 and 17-20

Daniel Radcliffe recently starred in the Broadway revival of this Frank Loesser musical about a window washer who rises to the top of the company in just a few days.

Casting six men and four women for primary roles, plus a large ensemble. Experienced dancers are also sought.

• “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Aug. 14-16 and 21-24

This hilarious comedy was the first show produced by Stage Coach Players back in 1947. When Mortimer Brewster discovers that his two kind aunts are poisoning lonely old men, he must figure out a way to stop them without them getting arrested.

Casting 11 men and three women.

• “Urinetown,” Sept. 11-14 and 18-21

This is a wonderful musical with a terrible name. It’s a comedic satire about what happens when a town runs out of water: they charge a fee to pee. The musical features several show-stopping song and dance numbers, along with non-stop laughs.

Casting 10 men and six women.

• “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” Oct. 9-11 and 16-19

This touching play takes place two years after a tragic boating accident. A widower tries to take care of his daughter while still holding onto his wife’s ghost. The script is a mix of drama and comedy, with several meaty parts.

Casting two men, three women, and two teenage girls.