Jan 242018

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Christmas is coming – in May???
The Essex Community Players will be holding auditions for its May production of The Man Who Came to Dinner at Memorial Hall in Essex on February 10, 11 and 12 (See below for sides and character descriptions).

The Man Who Came to Dinner Final Poster jpegThe Man Who Came to Dinner

By Moss Hart and George Kaufman
Directed by Adam Cunningham
Produced by the Essex Community Payers

Audition Information:

Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. p.m-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and
Monday, February 12 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Place: Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex Center, VT (at the corner of Towers Road and Route 15)
Production Dates: May 3, 4,5, 10, 11, and 12, at 7:30 p.m.; May 6, and 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Play information:

The Man Who Came to Dinner is the classic 1939 comedy of the clash that occurs when a pompous celebrity, famous for his acerbic wit, larger-than-life appetites and hordes of Hollywood friends, unexpectedly becomes an imperious houseguest of a small-town Ohio family for an extended stay just before Christmas after breaking his hip slipping on their icy doorstep.

The parade of eccentric visitors that crosses the family’s threshold, as well as the meddling in their lives that the aforementioned celebrity orchestrates, makes for delightfully screwball holiday hilarity that hasn’t lost a bit of its pungency in the years since it premiered to great acclaim on Broadway.
For actors, there are plenty of roles to showcase unique personalities and types, so, if you are between the ages of 20 and 75, and are interested in being part of one of the most beloved comedies in the American theater, please see below for a look at the character descriptions.

And, if you are relatively new to acting, there are plenty of small-but-terrific roles that are ideal for those who want to dip their toes in the waters of performing – juicy parts that offer full characterizations, but not so much stage time as to overwhelm the newcomer. You will receive plenty of one-on-one coaching and learn basic acting skills you can build on in the future.
Come one, come all!

Audition Materials

 Posted by at 8:39 PM
Jan 172018

Essex Community Players invites you to join us for our benefit production of Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES on Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th at 7:30 pm.
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The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues, “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.” The play – first performed Off-Broadway and in locations around the world by Ms. Ensler – dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences. V–Day grew out of the play which exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering silence around violence done to women and girls. Learn more at vday.org

90% of performance proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and 10% will benefit the Spotlight Campaign: The Resistance.

We are delighted to introduce the Directors, Cast, and Production Team of V-Day Essex Junction “The Vagina Monologues.”

Artistic Director, Nan Murat
Producer, Becky Millard
Stage Manager, Alex Garbeck
Lighting Designer, Roya Millard
Publicity, Abbie Tykocki

Holly Biracree, Director
Carly Bennett, Director / Actor
Emily Benway, Director/Actor
Peggy Bonesteel, Actor
Sarah DeBouter, Actor
Rowan Durby-Burras, Director / Actor
Tricia Grube, Actor
Cynthia Little, Actor
Becky Millard, Actor
Roya Millard, Actor
Jennifer Patterson, Actor
Kat Redniss, Director / Actor
Kayla Tornello, Actor
Mary Towle-Hilt, Director / Actor
Abbie Tykocki, Director / Actor
Lori Valburn, Actor
Kyla Waldron, Director / Actor
Lindsay Whitaker, Actor

Visit www.essexplayers.com/tickets to purchase tickets now. $20 for adults / $15 for students/seniors.

 Posted by at 8:01 PM
Dec 152017

Call for Directors!

Essex Community Players is seeking directors for V-Day, a one weekend performance of The Vagina Monologues to be held in February, 2018 in Essex, Vermont. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds to charities supporting women – 90% of our proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood and 10% to the V-Day Spotlight Campaign: The Resistance.

V-Day is grounded in 4 core beliefs:
1. Art has the power to transform consciousness and inspire people to act
2. Lasting social cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things
3. Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders
4. One must look at the intersection of race, class, and gender to understand violence against women

We are seeking directors who identify as female, genderqueer, or non-binary to join us in creating this event. Experienced directors are welcome, and we wish to strongly encourage new directors to consider applying. Each director will work with 1-5 performers on their individual monologues and will work closely with the other directors and executive director to put together the production as a whole.

To apply, please submit a brief statement of why you are interested in participating in this project as a director. We are interested in understanding *your* story. Maybe you’ve always wanted to direct and this seems like the perfect place to start. Maybe you’ve seen this show and were moved by it. Maybe you just want to stand up and say “Me, too.”

Please email your statements to adc@essexplayers.com no later than 12/31/17 for consideration. If you have any theatre experience, on or off the stage, please include that with your statement. Directing experience is not required.

Auditions for performers will be held on January 8th and 9th in Essex – keep an eye on the Essex Community Players facebook page for an audition event coming soon with details including time and location. We will be seeking performers who identify as female, genderqueer, or non-binary to audition for this show.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the production – including men – are very welcome to email our team at adc@essexplayers.com. If you’re interested in anything from set, to lighting, to front of house, we can find a place for you on our team. Please include “Vagina Monologues” in your subject line.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Nan Murat, Executive Director
Becky Millard, Producer

 Posted by at 8:05 AM
Dec 132017

Essex Community Players is pleased to announce the cast for our upcoming production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, A Parable.

  • Father Flynn: Trevor Fulchino of South Hero
  • Sister Aloysius: Charlotte Norris of Burlington
  • Sister James: Becky Laird of Burlington
  • Mrs. Muller: Fabienne Nadeau of Milton

Congratulations to a fantastic and exciting cast!

Doubt, A Parable is directed by Richard Hibbert and opens at Memorial Hall in Essex on February 22.

 Posted by at 8:28 PM
Nov 222017


Essex Community Players is pleased to announce auditions for its winter production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, A Parable, a powerful and provocative drama of suspicion and certainty, of faith and distrust, of fact and conjecture.
Set in the Bronx in 1964, the play tells the story of Sister Aloysius, a school principal, who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects charismatic Father Flynn of an improper relationship with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, Doubt is a play that could not be timelier.

  • Sister Aloysius: (50 -60) The principal of the inner-city Catholic school is watchful, reserved, and unsentimental.
  • Sister James: (20s) The fresh-faced new teacher at the school has a bit of sunshine in her heart, though she’s reserved.
  • Father Flynn: (30s) A priest. He is working class, from the Northeast.
  • Mrs. Muller: (35 – 40) Mother to the school’s first non-white student, she is determined to do the best she can for her child, whatever the cost.

Auditions will be Monday, December 4, and Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 – 9 PM at Memorial Hall, 5 Tower Road in Essex.

Download Audition Sides Here!

Performances will be February 22 – 25 and March 1 – 4, 2018.

 Posted by at 6:40 PM
Nov 192017

Carly BennettEssex Community Players invite you to be a member of our “live studio audience” when we bring Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE to Essex Memorial Hall, December 1-3 and 8-10!

WONDERFUL LIFE is the beloved holiday story of George Bailey, the everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty,  and whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save and from despair, and to remind him–by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born–that his has been, after all, a wonderful life!

Jo ann Yurchesym, Katherine Hashem, Sadie Lavallee, Jed HashemIT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE RADIO PLAY runs December 1-3 and December 8-10 at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road in Essex. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00.

Tickets ($18 regular price and $16 for children/students and seniors) are available here at the Players’ website now!

Our “Essex Gives Back” charity for this performance is Aunt Dot’s Place, Essex’s newest food shelf.


From the Essex Players to you and yours–Merry Christmas!


 Posted by at 8:05 PM
Oct 122017

He’s here!  Dracula has arrived at Memorial Hall!  Get your tickets now for this epic tale of good versus evil.  Join Abram Van Helsing and all the brave souls for ECP’s production of Dracula opening 10/13 and playing for 3 weekends.  Tickets are available on this web page, by phone, or in person at the box office.  The blood is the life!  Be there.

 Posted by at 4:16 PM
Oct 092017

Always dreamed of being a part of the classic Christmas tradition, “It’s a Wonderful Life?” ECP is having auditions for their radio-show-style live theatre adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on  Sunday, October 15thTuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18th (all from 6:30-9:00pm at Memorial Hall). Come try out for this unique and fun take on the classic!

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