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.
Academy Directors – Annie & Shelby Ferrin
Producer – Kristin Callor
Director – Carol Madsen
Assistant Director – Sal Duncan
Music Director – Matthew T. Hewitt
Choreographer – Kacee Neff
Technical Director – Derek Walden
Stage Manager – Madylin Cook
Assistant Stage Manager – Julia Green
Sound Design – Derek Walden
Lighting Design – Collin Schmierer
Costume Design – Lindsay Beardall
Set Design – Josh Roberts
Set Construction -Truxton Moulton, Silas Stott, Tony Callor
Scenic Design – Kristin & Tony Callor
Scenic Charge Artist – Cynthia Klumpp
Scenic Painter – Janae Klumpp Gibb
Scenic Painter – Meish Roundy
Props Mistress – Sharla Jordan
Set Dressing – Marilyn Montgomery
Hair & Makeup Design Design – Kristen Alley
Photographer – Micah Young, Kirsten Smith
It has been a delightfully creative adventure to direct “Beetlejuice Jr.” with our incredible cast and production team! Where there have been few conventions in presenting “Beetlejuice Jr.,” we have relished each creative opportunity to make the story clear, and fun for everyone.
While our first impression of the show might be “That’s strange, weird, off the wall, or bizarre,” we have enjoyed exploring new meaning in this piece.
“Moving on” How can we move forward after an unspeakable loss without forgetting our past loves? Charles cannot bear to even speak his wife’s name, while Lydia longs to speak of her mother. Together, they discover how to move forward, while still holding Emily close in their hearts.
“I’m part of this, even though I don’t understand” To be included in a family or community, even though you may not be one hundred percent aware of all that is going on around you can be incredibly important. Delia is such a sympathetic character, who finds herself almost part of a family struggling to redefine itself. She fumbles her way into the hearts of Charles and Lydia, and ultimately (spoiler alert!) is embraced by her new family, including Barbara and Adam.
“Ready, Set… Not YET!” Barbara and Adam come to appreciate that sometimes circumstances push them forward into a new situation for which they are not prepared. Nevertheless, they find a way to claim space in a young girl’s heart and make a family together.
“Say my name!” How important is it for us to recognize each other by name? What does it mean to truly see someone, and give the acknowledgment they need? What does it feel like to hear your name spoken, and know that someone appreciates you for who you are? Our main character, Beetlejuice, fights for a single identity as he begs for a living person to say his name three times!
Identity, inclusion, remembering, and discovery are our themes! We hope that you find our presentation of Beetlejuice Jr. to be a feast for the eyes, as well as nourishment for the soul. Thank you for joining us, and beware the Sandworm!
Carol Madsen – Director
Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.
Setting: A Graveyard
Prologue: Invisible – Lydia
Scene 1: Inside The Maitland’s Home
Scene 2: The Deetz’ Arrive
Scene 3: The Attic
Scene 4: Delia’s Meditation Room
Scene 5: Delia’s Meditation Room
Scene 6: The Roof of the House
Scene 7: Later That Night
Scene 8: Sometime Later, Outside the Maitland House
Scene 9: The Attic
Scene 10: The Living Room
Scene 11: The Netherworld
Scene 12: Deeper Into the Netherworld
Scene 13: Back Home
|Delia, Mourner||Tori Somerville|
|Male Ensemble - Maxie, Mourner, Lawyer, Sandworm||Luke Simon|
|Women's Ensemble - Maxine, Mourner, Lawyer||Kate Jones|
|Women's Ensemble - Gretchen, Girl Scout, Mourner||Paige Whitesides|
|Male Ensemble - Otho, Mourner, Lawyer, Sandworm||JD Young|
|Woman's Ensemble - Miss Argentina, Mourner, Lawyer||Addison Davis|
|Woman's Ensemble - Juno, Mourner, Lawyer||Madison Child|
|Male Ensemble - Mover, Mourner, Sandworm, Lawyer||Spencer Norris|
|Male Ensemble - Mover, Mourner, Sandworm, Lawyer||Dean O'Toole|
|Male Ensemble - Mover, Mourner, Sandworm, Lawyer||Drew Taylor|
|Male Ensemble - Priest, Mover, Mourner, Sandworm, Lawyer||Henry Smith|
|Woman's Ensemble - Girl Scout, Mourner||Shaybe Chapman|
|Woman's Ensemble - Girl Scout, Mourner, Netherworld Lydia||Nora Despain|
|Women's Ensemble - Girl Scout, Mourner, Vortex||Lucy Croxford|
|Women's Ensemble - Girl Scout, Mourner, Vortex||Ella Wursten|
|Women's Ensemble - Girl Scout, Mourner, Netherworld Charles||Olivia Larsen|
|Women's Ensemble - Girl Scout, Mourner, Vortex||Elnora Bennion|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Maci Wright|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Everly Mock|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Kate Young|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Layla Richter|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Georgie Stoneman|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Violet Jewkes|
|Ensemble - Featured Dancers||Madison Child (Juno)|
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.