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Opens August 30

The Wild Party

by Andrew Lippa
directed by Jeffery Lesniak
music directed by Elizabeth Alford
choreographed by Rikki Lacewell

A steamy prohibition tale, based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem of the same name. Lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw the party-to-end-all-parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. As the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs' jealousy, which erupts and sends him into a violent rage. Gun in hand and inhibitions abandoned, Burrs turns on Queenie and Black. The gun gets fired, but who's been shot?

With Judah Canizares, Matthew Cibak, Brian Dauglash, Daniel Dausman, Jessie Duggan, Kit Flaherty, Lauren-Nicole Gabel, Becca Glatt, Katrina Jackson, Melanie Kurstin, Lindsey Litka, Matty Montes, Dash Samari, and David Yarmchuk.

August 30, 31, Sept 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8PM
Sunday matinees: Sept 1, 8, & 15 at 2PM

Ticket prices: $27 General Admission, $24 Seniors/Military, $14 Student/Youth
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Note: The Wild Party contains adult situations and language, and is inappropriate for children.


Auditions for Motherhood Out Loud will be held on Sunday, August 11 and Monday, August 12 at 7:00 PM at the theater.
Director Rikki Lacewell is casting 6 women and 2 men. All roles are open.
Audition will consist of cold readings from the script, no monologues are needed.

Motherhood Out Loud is a play depicting significant stages of Motherhood, from birth to great-grand parenting. It shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. From moms to stepmoms, mothers-in-law, and even dads who double as moms, Motherhood Out Loud skewers and savors the journey of parenthood.

Rehearsals start the week of August 19th, generally 2-3 times a week.
Show dates: October 25 - November 10

Auditions for The Phantom Tollbooth will be held on Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 PM at the theater. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Thursday, September 12. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Please fill out the audition form, conflict form and costume form online in advance, no later than Sunday, September 8.

We expect to cast a combination of children, teens and adults.

Adult (18 or over) audition form
Child/Teen (under 18) audition form
Conflict form

There will be nine performances, from November 29 to December 15, 2019. Performances will be Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons. Please note that opening night is the day after Thanksgiving, and that all of the Saturday and Sunday performances will be afternoon matinees. The run includes a performance on the day of Greenbelt Arts Center's 40th anniversary on Sunday, December 8, 2019; the performance will be followed by a reception.

We will be performing the stage play version by Susan Nanus, not the musical. Leads:

  • Milo (approximate age 10-16). A bored child who passes through a Phantom Tollbooth to go on a fantastic journey.
  • Tock. The clock in Milo's room becomes a watchdog who accompanies Milo on the journey.
  • Humbug. An educated insect who joins Milo and Tock.
  • Azaz. The ruler of Dictionopolis; at war with Digitopolis and the Mathemagician ever since Rhyme and Reason were banished.
  • Mathemagician. The ruler of Digitopolis; sibling and rival of Azaz.
  • Dodecahedron. A citizen of Digitopolis.
  • Kakafonous A. Dischord. A doctor of sounds.
  • Spelling Bee. A citizen of Dictionopolis.
  • Senses Taker. A demon.
  • The Demon of Insincerity.
  • The Terrible Trivium. A demon.
  • The Everpresent Wordsnatcher. A demon.
  • Whether Man. Encountered on the road to Dictionopolis.
  • Gatekeeper of the Dictionopolis city gates.
  • The Awful Dynne. A sound collector.
  • The Letterman. A citizen of Dictionopolis.
  • Prince(ss) Sweet Rhyme. A royal relative of Azaz and the Mathemagician.
  • Prince(ss) Pure Reason. A royal relative of Azaz and the Mathemagician.
  • Demons. Guard the route to the Castle-in-the-Air.
  • Ministers. Azaz's cabinet.
  • Lethargarians. Denizens of the Doldrums.
  • Word Merchants. Citizens of Dictionopolis.
  • Numbers miners. Citizens of Digitopolis.
  • Page. Serves Azaz.
  • Waiters. Serve the banquet.
  • Voice. Off-stage announcer.

The play includes 37 roles played by about 20 actors; each actor will play between 1 and 3 roles; feature and ensemble roles can be combined. Gender is not important for most roles. Some of the ensemble characters have individual names or titles, such as The Undersecretary of Understanding (Minister.)

Rehearsals will start with read-through on Sunday, September 29 and will be about 3 times per week, going to 4 times in the last few weeks. The final schedule will be determined by conflicts. Individuals will be called between 1 and 4 times each week, depending on their role(s) and the schedule.

This is an amateur production and no actors will be paid. All roles are open. We welcome a diverse cast. This is not a musical. Anyone with questions or who wants to arrange an early audition should contact the Director. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult to auditions and to every rehearsal and performance; the responsible adult is welcome to audition. Parents of older children may also be asked to participate or help with the show in some way.

All shows start at 8pm unless otherwise stated. For reservations or more information call 301-441-8770.
Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20770
Greenbelt Arts Center is a 100-seat blackbox theater, with plenty of free on-site parking.
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