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by John Logan
directed by Sherry Asch
Miles Everett & Todd Santa Maria
August 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21
Friday & Saturday at 8PM, Sunday matinees at 2PM
Free preview for area senior citizens on Thurs., Aug. 12 at 8PM
"A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore risky to send it out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent."
"Red" follows artist Mark Rothko at the height of his career. Viewed through the lens of his youthful new assistant, Ken, we witness Rothko at the pinnacle of his creativity, but struggling through the creation of a series of large paintings commissioned to feature in New York’s brand-new Four Seasons Restaurant. As Ken and Rothko paint, they challenge each other to ask big questions about art: what it takes to create it and what its role should be in the world. Set in the 1950s and based on real events, Red takes a compelling look at the ever-changing relationship between an artist and his creations.
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by Dominique Morriseau
directed by Renee Sutherland
Nathaly Abreu, Ruby White, Lizzy Booth, Kevoy Somerville, Ben Frazer, Sydney Afriyie, Kristin Aug
September 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18
Friday & Saturday at 8PM, Sunday matinees at 2PM
Free preview for area senior citizens on Thurs., Sept. 9 at 8PM
When a black student disrupts the status quo at her high school by occupying space typically reserved for white students, her community erupts in hate speech, violence, and chaos. Inspired by a series of incidents, media reporting, and social action in Jena Louisiana in 2007, Dominique Morisseau’s play scrutinizes the intrinsic links between justice, bias, and identity. Moving, lyrical, and bold, "Blood at the Root" probes the complexities of race, individual freedoms, and what justice means when biases have been normalized.
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October 1, 2 & 3
book by Hunter Bell
directed by David Anctil
October 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23
Auditions AUG. 1 & 2
Two struggling writers, Jeff and Hunter, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry. They make a pact to write up until the festival's deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.
[title of show] is, above all, a love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration.
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November 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21
directed by Beth Young
December 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18
Auditions tentatively scheduled for SEPT. 26 & 27.
Along with our regular season of shows, we are happy to offer a wide range of special events.
Starlight Summer Showcase
The Spotlight Program is back in a new format!
Starlight Summer Showcase
Outdoors at Brookfield Theatre
July 12 thru 31 with shows 7/30 & 7/31
Limit 20 students age 7-16
It's time to get back onstage! Join us for a summer full of long overdue song and dance! Students will be performing scenes and songs from some of our favorite Broadway musicals on our wonderful outdoor stage! All Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to by our fully vaccinated staff. Keeping everyone safe is our priority! For more information, please email: email@example.com
Contact BrookfieldTheatreCT@gmail.com for more information.
The Taming of the Shrew
directed by Jane Farnol
Virtual Theatre - Fall 2021
This past year we learned the value of including virtual theatre. We are happy to be back with another wonderful interpretation of Shakespeare's classic plays! For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Brookfield Theatre's YouTube channel for a wide range of virtual performances.
Featured video: Richard II Preview from March 2021.
Upcoming AuditionsSun. & Mon., Aug. 1 & 2 @ 7PM
Brookfield Theatre announces open auditions for
"[title of show]"
Music & Lyrics by JEFF BOWEN
Book by HUNTER BELL
Directed & Music Directed by DAVID ANCTIL
Choreographed by FAITH FERNANDES
SHOW DATES: October 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23
Auditions will be held in-person on Sunday, August 1 and Monday, August 2 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Brookfield Theatre, 184 Whisconier Rd. in Brookfield, CT. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. If interested in auditioning, please complete THIS FORM so we can be sure to not overcrowd our lobby during auditions. Brookfield Theatre’s audition forms are located HERE and can be completed either in advance or upon arrival.
Please come prepared with an approximately one-minute cut of a musical theatre song that shows off your range. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. You will be given a side to read during auditions. All cast in the show are expected to be vaccinated by the start of rehearsals (late August) if they are able.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival; however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. "[title of show]" - taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the title of show - follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists as they continue to grow and expand the production. "[title of show]" is, above all, a love letter to the musical theater: a uniquely American art form - and to the joy of collaboration.
All auditioning should be able to play late twenties/early thirties and should be vocally strong and comfortable holding their own part in 4-part harmonies; there are no ensemble roles. Folks of diverse race/ethnicity, gender expression, and body type are encouraged to audition. Jeff, Hunter, and Heidi should ideally be comfortable being shirtless (Heidi in a bra) on stage for a brief moment.
JEFF (30-ish; baritenor; full voice to A#4)
Jeff is the composer and lyricist of the team. He is a Broadway enthusiast who especially likes obscure musicals, collects Playbills from shows that ran 50 shows or less, and loves bird watching, computer games, and comic book heroes - especially Wonder Woman. Jeff is a realist; while he has a passion for creating, he worries about what others will think of his work. He exudes a softness (personality? physicality?) while still being smart, fun, funny, and principled, even if a bit naïve. Baritenor/tenor to sing full voice to A#4.
HUNTER (30-ish; tenor; full voice to a B4)
Hunter is the show's book writer. He dreams about making it to Broadway and one day winning a Tony Award, enjoys watching trashy reality television and 1980s mega musicals, gets sweaty under his left armpit when nervous, and is often a little too eager to please. Hunter is quick-witted and goofy, but also shows moments of vulnerability and sincerity. Tenor to sing full voice up to B4.
HEIDI (30-ish; mezzo w/ belt; belt up to D5)
Heidi is Jeff's friend who moved to NYC to pursue her dreams of being an actress. She's had the most Broadway experience with ensemble and understudy roles, but hasn’t had her big break yet. The "new girl" in the group. Because of her commitment understudying for an upcoming Broadway production, she finds it hard to fully commit to the musical, causing tension in the group. Heidi is a really good singer. Mezzo who can belt up to a D5, with a strong and versatile voice in both lower and higher ranges.
SUSAN (30-ish; alto/mezzo)
Susan is Hunter's friend – she is quirky, kooky, and truly an individual; a 'downtown' artist who portrays the reality for many in the performing arts industry, maintaining a day job to support her artistic endeavors. Susan enjoys turkey burgers, encouraging others to achieve their creative potential (aka killing vampires) and spending time with her friends Hunter and Jeff (though she is at first reluctant about being friends with the new girl, Heidi). She has some doubts about her singing ability, but should have a strong alto/mezzo voice.
Brookfield Theatre is a 501(c)(3) all volunteer non-profit arts organization dedicated to producing the highest quality live entertainment and to keeping theatre arts accessible to all. No experience is necessary and all are welcome to audition.
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