March 15 - 30, 2013
by Neil Simon
March 15 - 30, 2013
Directed by Dave Schmidt
Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75062
Fridays & Saturdays, March 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2013 at 8pm.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8pm.
Sundays, March 17 & 24, 2013 at 2:30pm.
Leon Tolchinsky lands a terrific teaching job in a Russian village. But when he arrives, he discovers the town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse! But if he can’t, he too becomes stupid. Now he falls in love with a girl who has only recently learned how to sit down. Can he break the curse in time? Will Something Something Snetsky, the shepherd who can’t remember his name, ever find his sheep? Simon serves up side-splitting laughs in this story of stupidity and hope!
|ANGELA ALLEN (Lenya) is pleased to be working with director, Dave Schmidt, again. Angela is a Column Award winner for her portrayal of Mabel/THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD at Ft. Worth Theatre and she is also a multiple Column Award nominee. ict MainStage has a special place in Angela’s heart where she has played as Belinda/NOISES OFF, Suzette/DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, Goldie Hills/TEN NIGHTS IN A BARROOM, and Gay Wellington/YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.
|CRAIG BOLEMAN (Slovitch) is elated to return to ict MainStage as a member of this hilarious cast. His most recent DFW credits include: Chip Tolentino/SPELLING BEE (MTD), Sneezer, Drowner/THE GOOD DOCTOR (Theatre Coppell), Joseph Gribble/ROOM SERVICE (GLCT), Ed Carmichael/YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (ict MainStage), Bobby Strong/URINETOWN (GLCT), Lloyd Dallas/NOISES OFF (ict MainStage) Brad Majors/ROCKY HORROR (GLCT) and Joe Pendleton/HEAVEN CAN WAIT (ict MainStage). Past favorite roles include: Rooster/ANNIE, Henrik/A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Nicely/GUYS & DOLLS, Scoop/HEIDI CHRONICLES, Ray/LONE STAR, Laertes/HAMLET and Dromio of Ephesus/COMEDY OF ERRORS.
|CLAYTON CUNNINGHAM (Magistrate) Returns to ICT in his second production at MainStage. He was last seen in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Some favorite roles include: Motel/FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Bob Cratchit/A CHRISTMAS CAROL, C.J. Scruggs/ BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Clayton serves on the ICT Board of Directors and is active in set building roles. Clayton would like to thank his wife Val and daughter Becky for their support of his love of all things theater.
|SHERRY ETZEL (Yenchna) is pleased to return to once again return to ict MainStage having previously been seen here in TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM, LIES AND LEGENDS: THE MUSICAL STORIES OF HARRY CHAPIN, NUNSENSE (Column Award) and DEATH/TAKE:! Recent performances include Jacqueline in DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and the title role in ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE. Sherry enjoys writing, singing and playing guitar, and is the founder of the female comedy duo Girls Gone Weird, as well as a member of 4 Out of 5 Doctors and Frisco Improv Players.
|NICK HALEY (Leon Tolchinsky) is happy to be returning to ict MainStage, having last appeared in URINETOWN. Other MainStage roles include: Garry/NOISES OFF, Geoffrey/LION IN WINTER, Brian Runnicles/NO SEX PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH and Frank Slade/TEN NIGHTS IN A BARROOM, also directed by Dave Schmidt. Nick has also appeared at the Pocket Sandwich Theater, OnStage in Bedford, Garland Civic Theater, Theatre Britain and other stages across the metroplex. Many thanks go out to such a wonderful cast and crew for being just plain wonderful. Thanks for his family, friends and amazing wife for supporting him being a fool on and off stage!
|NICK KELLER (Gregor Yousekevitch) is excited to make his return to the stage after a seven year hiatus he never intended to suffer. Prior, he performed in WAIT UNTIL DARK, BILOXI BLUES, GEOSYNCHRONOUS and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. Though his first love is acting, he has enjoyed multiple publications as a fiction writer. He's a father, Texan, avid air hockey player, and can throw down a mean bowl of macaroni. He believes all things are possible if you can make it through the impossible first.
|BAILEY LAWRENCE (Sophia Zubritzky) returns to ict MainStage after just playing in THE COVER OF LIFE. In August of 2011, Bailey graduated from West Texas A&M University with a BA in Musical Theatre. Since graduating Bailey could be seen in Theatre Three’s production of A CATERED AFFAIR as Janey, and Pegasus Theatre’s black and white, THE FREQUENCY OF DEATH as Alison Stevens. This last spring Bailey was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to perform in the ensemble for Broadway Backwards 7 in NYC.
|MICHAEL MCNIEL (Snetsky) is enjoying being a fool among the other talented fools in this cast. Previous MainStage roles included Paul Sycamore/YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Squire Romaine/ TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM, Joe Keller/ ALL MY SONS and Howard Bevans/ PICNIC. Other roles in DFW theatres have included The Skipper/GILLIGAN’S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL, Gerald Gannett/WOMAN IN MIND, and Gen. Oscar Fairfax/LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE. Michael is a subscriber of The Column.
|ALLEN MATTHEWS (Doctor Nikolai Zubritsky) was last seen playing Dr. Jerry Rizzo/THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA. Other credits include Tom Hauser/ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY, Leo Loomis/REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, Matthew Harrison Brady/INHERIT THE WIND, Leonato/MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Dale Harding/ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, Walter Hollander/DON’T DRINK THE WATER, Joe/THE SHADOW BOX, Mr. Mushnik/LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Harry Brock/BORN YESTERDAY, Stephano/THE TEMPEST, Scotty Templeton/TRIBUTE, and many others. He is married with two sons and is a member of A.O.G.
|JAMES WEST (Mishkin) has appeared in several roles at ict MainStage, including in other shows directed by Mr. Schmidt such as Bert Hopkins/THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH and Joe Morgan/TEN NIGHTS IN A BAR ROOM. Other ict MainStage appearances include Sergeant of Police/PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Saunders/LEND ME A TENOR, Mark MacPherson/LAURA and roles in TEN LITTLE INDIANS and H.M.S. PINAFORE. James has also appeared locally in productions by Beardsley Living Theater and Bucket Productions. James would like to thanks Dave Schmidt for this opportunity to appear again on the stage of his theater home.
DAVE SCHMIDT (Director) Originally from Los Angeles where the bulk of his directorial experience hails, Dave began his history as a director in a avant garde, hippe-esque experimental theater in 1976 with an irreverent production of Aristophanes’ antiwar play LYSISTRATA. >From there he went on to more mainstream titles, the likes of which being everything from HARVEYto THE PRISONER OF 2ND AVE. After moving to Texas in 1993, Dave eventually found ict MainStage when he was cast as R.F. Simpson in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Like a cat finding a warm place by the fire he has made ict MainStage his theatrical home both as an actor (Felix Unger/THE ODD COUPLE, Sir Lawrence Wargrave/TEN LITTLE INDIANS, and most recently Roger Crosby/THE CAT AND THE CANARY) and as a director (THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH, PROOF, TEN NIGHTS IN A BARROOM, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU).
EVELYN G. HALL (Stage Manager) Working with her good friend Dave Schmidt is always a great pleasure, especially when he casts such very talented and funny actors. She is thrilled that she has worked with so many of them before and pleased that some of the cast are new to ict MainStage. Evelyn has produced, stage managed, and served on many of MainStage’s committees over the past 19 years and looks forward to working on many more shows.
IAN GARLAND (Asst Lighting Design/Board Op) is currently a theater major with focus in light design at UNT. While at UNT, he has designed lighting for WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, IN THE BLOOD, THIN THREAD THICK THREAD, and SYNCHRONIZED IMBALANCES. At ict MainStage he designed lights for A FEW GOOD MEN for which he received a Column Award. Other shows for MainStage include THE COVER OF LIFE and LEND ME A TENOR.
TULLY HALL (Sound Board) is excited to work at ict MainStage for this, his eleventh show! He also volunteers his time as Assistant Director of the ACME Swing Company (part of the Dallas Swing Dance Society). Tully would like to thank this excellent cast and crew for a side splitting yet smooth ride, his aunt Evelyn for getting him involved in all of this, and his girlfriend Maureen for her love and support.
JO ANNE HULL (Props)often gathers and designs props for ict MainStage. Most recently, she has designed THE COVER OF LIFE, and last season’s A FEW GOOD MEN. Past favorites include DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, PROOF, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, NOISES OFF and NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY. Jo Anne is happy to work again with Dave Schmidt, and the other talented technical people doing this show and of course, the great cast! Jo Anne is a former MainStage Board Member.
ELLEN DOYLE MIZENER (Scenic Design): Ellen is delighted to design once again at ict MainStage. She was just honored with a 2013 Column Award for last season'sA FEW GOOD MEN. Other recent credits and favorites include ROUGH CROSSING(ict MainStage), A WOMAN IN BLACK (OnStage in Bedford), COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (Runway Theatre), and ROOM SERVICE(Greater Lewisville Community Theatre), AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL, LEND ME A TENORandTHE LITTLE FOXES. Particular thanks to the unsung heroes: the crew that helps me build, paint and bring the design to life—you know who you are—and to Jeff, my partner-in-crime. I couldn't do it without you.
TORY PADDEN (Costume Designer) has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent productions that she designed were URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL and ROUGH CROSSING for ict MainStage, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Northlake College, and MOTHER GOOSE for Theater Britain. She loves working with the incredibly talented and professional MainStage group.
LISA DANIELS WALL (Make-up) From the Metroplex, Lisa has been dabbling with theatrical make-up for years. Her most ambitious work in make-up, besides trying to reduce the appearance of her own wrinkles every morning, was to create an entire cast of CATS out of actors ranging from 10 to 70. Using images of the Broadway cast of CATS, she felt her felines looked pretty great. Even though her main profession is film specialist for Southern Methodist University, Lisa always enjoys any and every connection she can have with live theater.
Directed by Dave Schmidt
Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 2 - 4pm
Monday, January 28, 2013 from 7 - 9pm
Performances: March 15 - 30, 2013
Auditions will be cold readings from the script, plus please prepare a one minute comic monologue. If you need help finding a monologue, one from the script is available with the audition sides. It is to your advantage to be familiar with the script prior to auditioning
Please bring headshot/resume or updated photo and resume.
We offer a gas allowance.
Call 972-594-6104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Roles: 7 Male, 3 Female
(all roles are available)
No type of dialect is required or encouraged for this show.
Leon Stephonovitch Tolchinsky - Late 20s/ early 30s - An eager and idealistic young schoolteacher, who is excited about his first teaching job in the town of Kulyenchikov where he has just arrived. He becomes smitten with Dr. Zubritsky’s daughter, Sophia.
Sophia Irena Elenya Zubritsky – 20s - She is the daughter of Doctor and Mrs. Zubritsky. She is very attractive, in personality as well as looks, with an endearing childlike innocence. Because of the curse that afflicts the village, her most recent accomplishment is finally having learned how to manage to sit down.
Doctor Nikolai Zubritsky - Late 40s/50s - The town's leading citizen who is highly respected by the other villagers in the town. He’s the town’s physician, but he never charges his patients for his services. He tells his patients that if he ever goes to medical school they can send him a little something. In addition he has trouble opening jars.
Lenya Zubritsky - Late 40s/50s - Wife of Doctor Zubritsky, and a doting mother to Sophia. She is proud of her husband and especially proud of her daughter, but is very frightened about the curse.
Gregor Mikhailovitch Breznofsky Fyodor Yousekevitch (simply referred to as "Count Gregor") – Late 20s/40s - A lovable bad guy who makes the whole town “tremble-tremble” with fear, but deep down inside he just wants to be liked. He’s also smitten with Sophia.
Something Something Snetsky - Age open. Suspected to be 43 years old. But who really knows? This role is written for a male, but females are encouraged to audition for this role as well. - The local sheep loser who can't remember his first name. He is looking for his dozen sheep which he has lost. Yep, all 14 of those sheep are missing.
Mishkin - Age open. He thinks he’s 51, but who knows how old he really is? He’s the town postman who enjoys reading everyone’s mail and is always delinquent in his deliveries.
Slovitch - Age open. He says he’s 41, but like the rest may not be 100% sure of his real age. The butcher, who really isn't too bright to start with. Curse or no curse.
Yenchna - She say’s she just turned the corner of 26, but in reality that “corner” was many miles in the past. She’s the town peddler who tries to turn any situation to her advantage. She sells the strangest things but believes them to be “fish”.
The Magistrate – A man of mature years, who says he’s 79. He has an air of authority and the slightest glimmer of intelligence. But that’s only the very slightest glimmer if the truth is to be known.