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You can also reserve tickets by calling 215-860-7058 or e-mailing tickets@newtownartscompany.com.

 

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Unless otherwise noted, all shows are performed at

Newtown Theatre

120 N. State Street
Newtown, PA 18940

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Mame












Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee ǀ Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in this brassy, tuneful, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame. Jerry Herman’s celebrated score includes the rousing title number, plus “Open a New Window,” “If He Walked into My Life,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Bosom Buddies” and “That’s How Young I Feel.” With spirit, humor, class and wit, MAME will steal your heart.

A well-to-do New Yorker of the 1920s, Mame (Meg Waldowski of Yardley) is surprised by a “wonderful present”: a 10-year-old orphan nephew named Patrick (double cast Ethan Hinshaw of Bensalem and Andrew Loudon of Newtown), who changes her life. Mame's new charge brings her into sharp conflict with best friend Vera Charles (Teresa Beacheane of Horsham), a multi-martini grand dame of the legitimate theatre who can’t stand children. Patrick's nanny, Agnes Gooch (Jennifer Pilchman of Warrington) doesn’t approve of the irrepressible things which go on in Mame’s Beekman Place apartment, and yet she inevitably falls under her spell. With the balloon burst of the Depression, it looks as if banker Babcock (Joseph Stockette of Langhorne) is going to have his way — conforming young Patrick to the Establishment, which Mame is dead-set against. Mature Patrick (Harry Morford of Yardley) seems to be slipping away into conformity, but with Mame’s endless resources, she rescues him from himself and a life of drabness and snobbery.

MAME opened on Broadway in 1966, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur.  The show became a hit and spawned a 1974 film with Lucille Ball in the title role and Bea Arthur reprising her supporting role.

MAME is produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, INC.

Directed by Rhett Commodaro

Music Direction by Susan den Outer

Produced by Lisa Reiser

Assistant Producer: Anita Getz

Costume Design by Ruth Schanbacher

Costume Assistants: Malloree Neuman and Jane Landes

Stage Manager: Amelia Arrigo Ball

Assistant Stage Manager: Greg Kopcho

Performances

December 6 to 12 (except Monday, December 10)

Thursday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale now!

$22 Rear Reserved*
$25 Front Reserved*

Row I with extra legroom available for additional accommodation fee
*Save $2 per ticket for students and groups of 10+

Buy tickets 2 ways:

  1. Online or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 with a credit card.
  2. At the Newtown Theatre box office by credit card, personal check or cash, beginning one hour before curtain on performance dates.

For information, call 215-860-7058 or e-mail tickets@newtownartscompany.com.

Cast of Characters

Mame DennisMeg Waldowski
Vera CharlesTeresa Beaucheane
Agnes GoochJennifer Pilchman
Mother BurnsideBeverly Speer
Cousin FanHilary Appel
Sally CatoChristina Breeman
Uncle JeffTim Costello
Patrick Dennis (age 10)Ethan Hinshaw (Thurs., Sat., Tues.); Andrew Loudon (Fri., Sun., Wed.)
Patrick Dennis (age 19-29)Harry Morford
ItoDaniel Mucha
Beauregard Jackson Pickett BurnsideSheldon Zeff
Ralph Devine

M. Lindsay Woolsey
John Gilmore

Paul Waldowski
Young BabcockSean Costello
Dwight BabcockJoseph Stockette
Stage ManagerTim Costello
Mr. UpsonJohn Gilmore
Mrs. UpsonHarriet Zeff
Gloria UpsonRenee Gilmore
Pegeen RyanNatalie Taptykoff
Peter DennisEthan Hinshaw (Thurs., Sat., Tues.) Andrew Loudon (Fri., Sun., Wed.)
EnsembleMarie LaPorte, Sherri Wilshe

Auditions

DATES: Thurs., Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM; Sun., Dec. 16,  from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Callbacks will be held Mon., Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM by invitation. (If you are interested in auditioning but can’t make these dates/times, please contact us at tickets@newtownartscompany.com, as other accommodations may be made.)

LOCATION: Community Crossing Church, Room #4, 80 Lower Silver Lake Rd, Newtown, PA 18940

PERFORMANCE DATES: April 11 to 17 (no performance Monday, April 15)

REQUIREMENTS: Sign upfor a 30-minute time slot. Appointments preferred, but walk-ups may be able to be accommodated. Complete the audition form  in advance and bring it with you. Make sure to include schedule conflicts! Bring a head shot or recent photo, and a resume (if you have one). Prepare to sing 16-32 measures of a Broadway show song that demonstrates vocal ability. Please bring your own sheet music; we will provide an accompanist. All roles are open, and some actors may be cast in multiple roles

PRODUCTION TEAM: Jim McCrane, Director; Susan den Outer, Music Director; Natalie Taptykoff and Eileen Bronkovic, Producers

For questions, please contact us at tickets@newtownartscompany.com or 215-860-7058.

CHARACTERS:

Pseudolus: Male, 25-65, a Roman slave, owned by Hero, Pseudolus (his name means “Faker”) is sly, conniving, and willing to do anything to win his freedom, leading to a deal with Hero: if the slave can win the heart of Philia for his master, his master will, in turn, grant his freedom; it is this desire that fuels the action of the play and many of the sight gags; baritone; genius comedic actor.

Hero: Male, 16-40, the handsome young son of Senex and Domina, Hero is a lovesick yet clumsy young man who schemes with Pseudolus how he can win the hand (and body) of Philia; tenor.

Philia: Female, 16-40, still a virginal Cretan girl, the beautiful and young, yet dumb, Philia (Greek for "love") none the less belongs to the house of Marcus Lycus and is a courtesan-in-training, already contracted to be sold to Miles Gloriosus for 500 minae; she and Hero, however, are in love, and Hero has enlisted Pseudolus to get her for him; soprano.

Hysterium: Male, 18-60, the chief slave of Senex and Domina, Hysterium is the frantic and frenetic straw boss of all the slaves in the household; Pseudolus cons him into helping him in his plots, including dressing Hysterium up as the corpse of Philia; extremely strong comedic actor; tenor.

Senex: Male, 35-75, an older man, but one still attracted to wine, women, and song, Senex (Latin for "old man") is the perennially henpecked husband; a sardonic Roman senator, Senex has earned the distrust of his wife, Domina, but ultimately they do love each other; extremely strong comedic actor; baritone.

Domina: Female, 25-55, the battle-ax wife of Senex, Domina (Latin for "mistress") is not only domineering, but proud; it is she that tells a slave who is carrying a sculpture of her to “carry my bust with pride”— and she doesn’t even know it’s a funny line; a manipulative, shrewish woman who is loathed by even her husband; extremely strong character actress; mezzo.

Marcus Lycus: Male, 25-60, a purveyor of courtesans and the owner of the brothel to the left of Senex, Lycus is the snaky, slimy, lecherous procurer of courtesans; he takes a businesslike care of his concubines; for instance, he won’t let them be fanned while wet, afraid they might catch cold; and he warns one fanner: “If you’re not careful you’ll be a eunuch all your life"; strong comedic character actor; baritone.

Miles Gloriosus: Male, 18-50, a great warrior and captain in the Roman army, Miles Gloriosus (Latin for "boastful soldier," the archetype of the braggart soldier in Roman comedies) is a slaughterer of thousands, oppressor of the meek, and sacker of shrines; Gloriosus is handsome, strong — and pompous; strong comedic actor; operatic baritenor.

Erronius: Male, 40+, living in the house to the right of Senex, Erronius (Latin for "wandering"), a befuddled old man who is partially blind and always confused, spends most of the play in search of his two children who were seized in infancy by pirates some 20 years ago; strong comedic actor.

Gymnasia: Female, 18-45, one of Lycus’s courtesans, with whom Pseudolus falls in love. Gymnasia (Greek for "athletic") is “a giant stage on which a thousand dramas can be played"; strong dancer who sings well.

Panacea: Female, 18-45, another of Lycus’s courtesans, Panacea (Greek for "cure all") has “a face that holds a thousand promises, and a body that stands behind each promise"; any vocal range; strong dancer who sings well.

Vibrata: Female, 18-45, a wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Marcus Lycus, Vibrata (Latin for "vibrant") is “exotic as a desert bloom, wondrous as a flamingo, lithe as a tigress, for the man whose interest is wildlife"; strong dancer who sings well.

Tintinabula: Female, 18-35, a jingling, bell-wearing courtesan from the house of Marcus Lycus, Tintinabula (Latin for "bells") has “the face of an idol, the arms of a willow tree, and the pelvis of a camel"; strong dancer who sings well.

The Geminae: Female, 18-45, twin courtesans in the house of Lycus, the Geminae (Latin for "]twins") are, according to Lycus: “A matched pair. Either one a divinely assembled woman, together an infinite number of mathematical possibilities.” Strong dancers who sing well.

Proteans: Males & Females, 18+, an enterprising group who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs), as required; they accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight"; on Broadway, three people played all of these roles; baritones or tenors; strong movers/dancers who are wonderful comedic actors.