Check out the fun 1-week theatre camp this summer for children entering grades 1-7!
June 12, 13, 14 & 19, 20, 21, 2015
With "miraculous transformation" the theme, Mel Brooks has transformed his hilarious film into a rollicking musical comedy complete with all the legendary characters and satire in tact. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania and finds himself heir to the mad scientist tendencies of his grandfather Victor in the company of Igor, his hunch-backed side-kick, and voluptuous lab assistant, Inga. Audiences will be treated to such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” with Frau Blucher, “Roll in the Hay.” with Inga, and an unforgettable reprise of “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” ...Read More
October 2, 3, 4 and 8, 10, 11, 2015
Journey with us below the Mason-Dixon Line to witness the colorful and dysfunctional Turpin family. When its patriarch keels over dead in the first scene, the beleaguered clan tries to pull themselves together for the funeral, but financial troubles, suspected infidelity, unruly teen-agers, overeating, and eccentric neighbors converge to create fun-filled chaos. Getting through the arrangements and to the funeral itself involves the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. There will be no surly expressions for those who observe the mayhem behind the scenes of this wild and crazy comedy. ...Read More
December 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13, 2015
A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious treat for the holidays comes in the form of Mary Poppins’ antics with the rambunctious doings of Jane and Michael Banks and their clueless parents. Following in the wake of many failed nannies, Mary Poppins uses a combination of magic and common sense to teach the family how to value each other again. Nominated for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, the enhanced score still charms with “A Spoonful of Sugar,” Step in Time,” and Academy Award winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee.” ...Read More
VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE
February 26, 27, 28 & March 3, 5, 6, 2016
With a Tony Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, this show comes with much critical acclaim for a cast that included David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver, and Billy Magnussen. It revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings. Some of its humor comes from adapted elements of the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s works including names, the setting in a cherry orchard, and the idea of a possible loss of a family home. Familiarity with Chekhov is not required to enjoy the interplay among the three as Masha proposes to sell the ancestral house the other two are living in. ...Read More
The Cedar Falls Community Theatre holds open auditions 4-5 times per year. The audition process is usually pretty loose and informal. Actors auditioning do not need to bring a prepared monologue. The actors will read from the script used in the show. At auditions, actors will fill out an audition form with basic information that includes education, acting background, show experience and any arts, acting, dance or musical training. Audition dates are set by the director and the theatre for each show about four months before performance is to begin. Actual auditions are usually held about eight weeks before opening night of that particular show. Check the blog on the home page on a regular basis for information about shows coming up, including information about auditions.
Dearly Departed a comedy by David Botrell & Jessie Jones
PRODUCED by Cedar Falls Community Theatre at the Oster Regent Theatre
Director: William G. Dawson
Performance Dates: October 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 2015
Auditions: July 19 & 20 @ 7pm (rehearsals begin Aug. 24)
Looking for 7-men, 8-women.
Rehearsals will occur in the early evenings and begin the week of August 24. Cast members will not be expected to attend each rehearsal, it should be easy to work around work or personal conflicts. It is strongly advised that actors read the play before auditions to determine the character(s) they are interested in auditioning for. Scripts are available to check out at the theatre box office for several days with a $10 refundable deposit. Please prepare a one to two minute comedic monologue to perform at auditions. Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script.
In this laugh loaded comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, the Turpin family must survive their own relatives and attempt to overcome the next catastrophe life has in store. In the midst of a sweltering summer, the Turpin’s convene to bury the surly patriarch of the family, Daddy Bud, who has collapsed at the breakfast table. As relatives descend on a small backwoods town in the Bible Belt, the grieving family turns for comfort to their quirky, eccentric neighbors and friends who add more chaos to the madness. As the event becomes more fraught with mishaps and misfits, the group must struggle through mayhem to find a kind word for Bud, and face the challenge of sorting out their relationships with the living.
Characters in the play include: Bud Turpin, (50-80) elderly father of a dysfunctional family. Married 39 years (he dies in the opening scene.) Raynelle Turpin, (50-80) Bud's widow. Christian, family woman who tells it like it is in a quiet unassuming manor. Wants to put "mean and surly" on Bud’s tombstone.
Ray-Bud Turpin, (35-45) Bud’s son. Recovering alcoholic who still likes his beer every now and then. Terribly scared of death and none to happy footing the bill for the funeral. Lucille Turpin, (35-45) Ray-Bud's wife. Head on her shoulders. Desperately wants to have a baby. Smart, down-to-earth type who tries to take care of everyone. Has a small breakdown. Junior Turpin, (30’s) Bud’s son. Dreamer and somewhat naïve. Completely broke because of a bad business decision. Excitable and goofy.
Suzanne Turpin, (30’s) Junior's wife. Mother of three noisy kids. Very excitable and she talks a lot. Sings a hymn at the funeral. Marguerite, (50-80) Bud's sister. Devoutly and aggressively Christian. Fire and Brimstone type. Very loud and controlling of any situation. Not even slightly afraid to say what she feels. Royce, (30’s-40’s) Marguerite's son. Out of work with no future plans which his mother never lets him forget. More of an observer than a doer and is somewhat the calm in this storm of a family. Delightful, (20 something?) Bud & Raynelle's daughter. Delightful is a quiet young woman who eats constantly and speaks only when spoken to by another person (must be able to belch on command.) Reverend Hooker, (middle aged to older) parish minister. A minister tired of ministering. Host a radio talk show. Comforts the family. Tries to eulogize at the funeral, but becomes "ill" and has to run to the bathroom.
Veda, (60-80) long time friend of the family. Caregiver to her sickly husband and doesn't let anyone forget it (one small scene.) Norval, (60-80) Veda's husband. Hard of hearing and hard to understand. He travels with his portable oxygen tank, masks and medication (one small scene.) Nadine, (20’-30’s) a younger pregnant friend of the family. Seems to get pregnant just by looking at a man. All of her children are named after famous actors (One small scene.) Clyde, (40’s-50’s) Ray-Bud's boss. Knows exactly how he wants to die (One small scene.) Juanita, (35-45) cousin by marriage. Prom Queen type. Very wealthy, very proper, bit of a gossip. (Two small scenes.)
Also, The Joy of Life Singers – a mature quartette.
Welcome to the Oster Regent Theatre, home of the Cedar Falls Community Theatre. This is a hip, fun and happening place to be for live performance in the Midwest. Great plays are performed live on stage throughout the year. Some are musicals and many are great comedies and farces that have proven to be hits. This traditional theatre, with a main floor and balcony, was built in 1910 and restored in 1994. The 472 seats have had enthusiastic people watching diverse talent from the past few years that included Tony Sandler, Leo Kottke, Buddy Morrow & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Greg Brown with Pieta Brown & Bo Ramsey, The von Trapp family singers, Roger McGuinn, Susan Werner, Larry O'Brien & the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Ozark Jubilee direct from Branson, Richard Sladek, Clarence Williams & the Rising Sons. The Old Creamery Theatre and the Guthrie Theater have performed on the Oster Regent Stage and the Cedar Falls Community Theatre holds regular open auditions for plays year round. Many business owners and managers support the theatre through ads in the playbill and sponsorships of shows. The theatre has been very successful in driving business to people that support the theatre. The theatre is a welcoming place to be for those looking to get involved in helping backstage, front of house, or on stage. Check out our volunteer opportunities. For the latest and up to date info, join the e-list. And, we'll see you at the show!