Making A Dramatic Difference
The CenterPoint Academy motto is “You Belong Here,” and nobody knows that better than the 716 people, ages 3-18, that we train in performing arts. What we really teach them, however, is how to be the awesomest version of themselves.
While the performing arts training, we offer is top-notch, taught by the best local working artists, the end result for the vast majority of our students isn’t the Broadway stage.
Instead, we use the arts to teach lessons that matter in any facet of life – confidence, discipline, leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, friendship, and creativity. Our students learn these universally-relevant skills and become assets wherever they go – at school, at work, at church, and at home.
The Academy provides unique performance opportunities to these students on the CenterPoint Theatre stages, performing for more than 15,000 people per year, in over 125 performances of more than a dozen different shows.
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Music Supervised, Adapted, and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
Producers – Danny & Wendy Inkley
Director – Kate Rufener
Music Director – Tara Wardle
Fight Choreographer – Justin Lee
Stage Manager – Chelsea Marsden
Technical Director – Derek Walden
Lighting Design – Jordan Fowler
Sound Design – Derek Walden
Costume Design – Janell Roundy
Set Design – Danny Inkley, Josh Roberts
Set Construction –Truxton Moulton, Silas Stott, Randall Farrell
Scenic Charge Artist – Cynthia Klumpp
Scenic Painter – Janae Klumpp Gibb
Props Mistress/Set Dressing – Marilyn Montgomery
Hair & Makeup Design – Kristen Alley
“Careful before you say
‘Listen to me…’
Children will listen!”
The echo of 38 kid voices hangs in the air while we give a few notes and then ask them to repeat it for safety. And they do. Why? Because they’re good kids, amazing actors, tiny humans with big dreams about honing their craft.
And honing their lives.
Asking them about how they would improve the world, so many of them responded with ways they could improve themselves. Asking them about their hopes for the future, so many responded that they just wanted to see people ‘get along’. And asking them what they thought this show could teach audiences?
One eager actor responded to that question with, “That it’s gonna be ok. Things will get dark and lost, but it’s gonna be ok.”
I started counting how many times I used the word ‘Listen’ or ‘Careful’ in conversations with this cast, with my own kid, with any kid in my sphere and I realized that collectively, these kids are gonna hear that message a hundred times a day.
But how many times do we tell them it’s gonna be ok?
They need to hear that.
They need to hear that they’ve got this.
They hear the caution and the command to listen, but they don’t hear the outcome as often as they need to.
And they need to hear that from us. The adults who made it through the lost and the dark and “the woods” of life to know that most of the time, it’s gonna be ok.
Careful before you say ‘listen’…
We – as a cast – invite you to see past the caution in the cautionary tale to the safety… the reassurance… the connection and love on the other side.
“Children may not obey, but children will listen.”
They may not act like it, but they’ll always hear what you have to share with them.
What message do you want them to take as they get lost in the dark, confusing woods?
Opening – Company
Cinderella at the Grave – Cinderella, Cinderella’s Mother
Hello, Little Girl – Wolf, Little Red
I Guess This Is Goodbye – Jack
Maybe They’re Magic – Baker’s Wife, Baker
I Know Things Now – Little Red
A Very Nice Prince – Cinderella, Baker’s Wife
Giants In The Sky – Jack
Agony – Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince
It Takes Two – Baker, Baker’s Wife
Stay With Me – Witch
On The Steps Of The Palace – Cinderella
Finale: Children Will Listen – Company
|Narrator/Mysterious Man||James Leger|
|Baker's Wife||Emma Royall|
|Little Red||Nora Despain|
|Cinderella's Prince/Wolf||Jaxon McKinnon|
|Rapunzel's Prince||Ryan Call|
|Jack's Mother||Ellie Jones|
|Cinderella's Mother||Hazel Dunn|
|Cinderella's Father/Steward||Isaac Wright|
The Academy Fan Club is our theatre guild. It’s a group of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other Academy fans. It’s designed to take the incredible spirit of volunteerism and support here and to organize it in a more formal, effective way. The Fan Club supports the Academy with teaching, feeding, building, breaking down, costuming, propping, teaching, fundraising, and other cool things that make the Academy awesome.
Most of these Fan Club opportunities don’t take much time, but they make a real difference. You can see more about the Fan Club here:
Most importantly, WE LOVE GRANDPARENTS!!!
Grandparents are some of our biggest fans, and lots of our interest in even forming the Fan Club was to involve the grands. We want to include as many of them as possible.
To get involved, you can sign up online at the link above. And if you have questions, feel free to email Margo Beecher at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play with CenterPoint Academy!
Auditions will take place by appointment from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon. The show runs March 13th through April 11th. Shelby Ferrin will direct, Aaron Ford will choreograph and Tara Wardle will music direct.
Bring any conflicts from January 6th through April 11th along with a headshot and resume to auditions. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Rehearsals will start Monday, January 13th.
Auditions are open to all performers 8 years and older. Children are encouraged to audition with a parent or guardian. All roles are open. Come prepared to sing 30 seconds or less of a song in the style of the show. Live accompaniment will be provided. No pre-recorded music please.
Auditions will take place at the theatre located at 525 North, 400 West in Centerville. Enter in the building on the west side basement entrance. Please email the theatre at email@example.com to schedule an audition time.
Note: ages listed are approximate and represent how the characters read onstage, not necessarily the ages of the performers. Please note, where applicable, any requirements for on-stage intimacy or physicality.
MALE ROLES: HAROLD HILL: Smooth-talking con man and traveling salesman who beguiles the town before falling in love with Marian; overflowing with charm and charisma; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell. RANGE: Ab2-F4, AGE: 30-45
MARCELLUS WASHBURN: Former con man and friend to Harold, now trying to settle down in River City; immensely likeable with comic timing; kisses Ethel; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell; leads an energetic dance. RANGE: A4-G2, AGE: 25-40
MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, protective of his town and family; self-important, blustery, pompous, but not too bright. RANGE: Any, AGE: 40-60
WINTHROP PAROO: Marian’s adorable little brother who speaks with a lisp; precocious but moody. RANGE: C4-Eb5, AGE: 9-12
CHARLIE COWELL: Rival traveling salesman out to expose Harold Hill; determined and moralistic; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Marcellus and Harold; may also play a townsperson in some scenes. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-45
TOMMY DJILAS: Trouble-making teenager who becomes an assistant leader of the boys’ band; rebellious but smart and handsome. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
JACEY SQUIRES: Owner of livery stable and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the high tenor; married to Mrs. Squires. RANGE: C3-C5, AGE: 25-55
EWART DUNLOP: Owner of the general store and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the second tenor; married to Maud. RANGE: F3-F5, AGE: 25-55
OLIVER HIX: Banker and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the baritone; married to Alma. RANGE: B2-F4, AGE: 25-55
OLIN BRITT: Newspaper editor and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the bass. RANGE: F2-C4, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR MEN: Constable Locke, the town sheriff; Train conductor; Traveling salesmen; River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes some of them in “families”; River City boys/teens who sing, dance and join the boys’ band
FEMALE ROLES: MARIAN PAROO: Town librarian and piano teacher, sister of Winthrop and daughter of Mrs. Paroo; well-read, independent, head-strong, beautiful but elusive, hopelessly romantic but intensely guarded; kisses Harold and Charlie Cowell; RANGE: G3-A5, AGE: 25-35
MRS. PAROO: Widowed mother to Marian and Winthrop; sweet, cheerful, always busy, and slightly intrusive in her daughter’s love life; speaks with an Irish accent. RANGE: Ab3-Eb5, AGE: 45-55
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife, a know-it-all busybody who knows everyone and everything in town; self-important, grandiose, gossipy, snobbish, and easily flattered; must have great comedic range without being over-the-top. RANGE: D4-D5, AGE: 40-50
AMARYLLIS: Marian’s piano student who likes Winthrop but teases him; sweet but a little bratty; must pretend to play the piano. RANGE: C4-E5, AGE: 9-12
ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s teenage daughter with a crush on Tommy Djilas; cute, feminine, a little daffy; dances energetically. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20
GRACIE SHINN: Mayor’s younger daughter. RANGE: Any, AGE: 9-12 ETHEL TOFFELMIER: Player piano player and town gossip who is dating Marcellus; jolly and friendly, but gossipy; kisses Marcellus. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-35
ALMA HIX: Wife of Oliver Hix and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-45 MAUD DUNLOP: Wife of Ewart Dunlop and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55 MRS. SQUIRES: Wife of Jacey Squires and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55
OTHER ROLES FOR WOMEN/GIRLS: River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes, some of them in “families”; River City girls/teens who sing and dance.