Jan 082018
 
Essex Community Players is seeking directors and actors for V-Day, a one weekend benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues to be held in February 9th and 10th, 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.
We are seeking directors and actors who identify as female, genderqueer, or non-binary to join us in creating this event. Auditions will be held on Monday, January 8th and Tuesday, January 9th at Memorial Hall in Essex, Vermont.
Director candidates should arrive at 6pm on either night to meet with the artistic director, Nan Murat and producer, Becky Millard. If you have a theatre resume, please bring a copy with you (this is not required). If you are also interested in auditioning to be an actor in the production, please plan to stay for the actor auditions which will begin at 7pm both nights (see full details below).
Actors should arrive at 7pm on either night and prepare to perform a monologue from any other show (please do not prepare a monologue from The Vagina Monologues). Monologues should be approximately 3 minutes in length, and do not need to be memorized. If you have a theatre resume, please bring a copy with you (this is not required).
Anyone who is interested in getting involved in the production – including those who identify as male – 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.
For full details, visit our Facebook event. Please respond to the event to let us know you’re coming! https://www.facebook.com/events/1109082672566080??ti=ia
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
 

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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
 
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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!

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 Posted by at 8:05 PM
Oct 192017
 
SPECIAL AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
 
Essex Players will be conducting an extended round of auditions for stage age 10 – 14 boys to complete our cast of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: the Radio Play. This session will be held at Memorial Hall, on Towers Road in Essex on Saturday, Oct 21 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm.
 
Production dates are December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 at Memorial Hall.
 
For more information contact Donna Boisselle at 878 – 7763 or Don MacKechnie 899 – 2699
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!

 Posted by at 7:07 PM
Sep 242017
 

Dying to see Dracula? Waiting for A Wonderful Life? Having Doubt? Want to know Who came to Dinner? Satisfy your curiosity by purchasing your tickets to our line-up of productions in our 2017 – 2018 Season. Click on the “Tickets” tab above and make your selection(s) while the best seats in the house are still available. If you have any questions, send a note to tickets@essexplayers.com and we’ll get an answer to you as soon as possible. The ECP Box Office will open on for the season on Saturday, September 30, from 9am to 1pm. Continue reading »

Aug 102017
 

Essex Community Players is pleased to announce the cast for our fall 2017 production of “Dracula”

Originally dramatized by John L. Balderston & Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel, Dracula. As adapted by William McNulty.

Dracula – Just about everybody has heard the story, and has a reaction to it.  It’s a delicious mingling of horror and the supernatural.  For our production, the audience will be dislodged from the familiar here and now, transported seamlessly from one mysterious location to another, and drawn into a world filled with combat, magic, screams, with, of course, lots of blood. In the very end, the audience will wake from their trance and wonder what just happened.

Performance dates:    Oct 13 – 15, Oct 20 – 22 and Oct 27, 28, 2017

Curtain time is 7:30 pm on all Friday evenings and Saturday evenings through Oct 21. Matinee performances on Sundays, and Saturday Oct 28 begin at 2:00pm

Dracula is directed by Cheri Gagnon and Produced by Andrew MacKechnie.

The Cast:

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