2018 Acting Company

Introducing the Acting Company for the 2018 Summer-Stock Season at Nittany Theatre at the Barn

Rumors, directed by Mike Knarr
Chris, Courtney Witmer
Ken, Rob Arnold
Clair, Hilary Appelman
Lenny, Tim Balliett
Cookie, Katie Rimmer
Ernie, Eric Ziegler
Glenn, Eric Lindquist
Cassie, Stefanie Austin
Welch, Rod Egan
Pudney, Kat Koch

The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Dave Saxe
Jack, Tim Balliett
Algernon, Jeff Buterbaugh
Lady Bracknell, Laura Ann Saxe
Gwendolen, Jocelyn Kotary
Cecily, Courtney Witmer

Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Frank Wilson
Max, Steve Burns
Maggie, Molly Riva
Saunders, Ben Whitesell
Tito, Dave Saxe
Marie, Laura Ann Saxe
Bellhop, Jeff Buterbaugh
Diana, Kim Plummer
Julie, Katie Rimmer

Funny Money directed by Erik Johnson
Jean, Laura Ann Saxe
Henry, John Koch
Bill, Mike Knarr
Davenport, Rob Arnold
Betty, Kim Plummer
Vic, Eric Ziegler
Slater, Mercer Bristow
Passer By, Rod Egan

The Love List directed by Laura Ann Saxe
Bill, Dave Saxe
Leon, John Koch
Justine, Jocelyn Kotary


Nittany Theatre at the Barn

2018 Summer Stock Season

Casting Call

February 22 (7:00Pm-9:30pm)

February 23 (7:00Pm-9:30pm)

February 24 (1:00pm-4:00pm)

1327 South Inverary Place, State College, PA

Wanted Company of 15-34 Actors for five-show season of ALL-STAR Comedies!

You may request to read a particular part and/or the casting director will select roles for you to read.

Casting Director: Dave Saxe

Rumors by Neil Simon

The Importance of Being Earnest, Sterling Sax adaption of Oscar Wilde’s Classic

Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig

Funny Money by Ray Cooney

The Love List by Norm Foster

Casting Details:

Rumors, 5 Men/5 Women

Rehearsals: May 12-22

8 Performances: Opens May 23, Closes June 2

Brief Synopsis: Ken Gorman and his wife, Chris Gorman are attending the 10th anniversary party of Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra. Unfortunately, things are not going quite to plan. All the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing, and Charlie has shot himself in the head. Let the farce begin!

Ken Gorman – (Male, plays 40) A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes
charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his
temporary deafness.
Chris Gorman – (Female, plays mid-30’s) Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered.
Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which
drives her to drink a bit more.
Lenny Ganz – (Male, 30’s-early 40’s) – A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent
destruction over his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant
of the gossipy-lifestyle that he is often involved in.
Claire Ganz – (Female, plays late 30’s) – Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and
others’). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip.
Ernie Cusack – (Male, plays 50’s) – a psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very
much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner.
Cookie Cusack – (Female, plays 40’s) – has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms. Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times.
Glenn Copper – (Male, plays 30-40) A handsome man running for State Senate. Worried about his
own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair
(which he may or may not be).
Cassie Cooper – (Female, plays late 20’s, early 30’s) Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her
husbands’ relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to
calm herself down.
Officer Welch – (Male, 30-67) – A city police officer having a rough night. Does not
tolerate lying. Sees through the “classy” façade that these high-society types put up.
Officer Pudney– (Female, plays 20-30) – Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.

The Importance of Being Earnest, 2 Men/3 Women

Rehearsals: June 9-19

8 Performances: Opens June 20, Closes June 30

Brief Synopsis: The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, Jack and Algernon, who create alter egos named “Ernest” to escape their tiresome lives. As the farce unfolds, we learn that Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, Algernon’s cousin. Gwendolen’s mother, Lady Bracknell, refuses to consent to Jack’s bid to marry Gwendolen. The parentless Algernon confronts Jack about his secret life, forcing him to come clean, demanding to know more about his affairs, and especially Jack’s 18-year old ward, Cecily. Along the hilarious way, Jack discovers he wasn’t born a hand-bag afterall. Got it? You will!

Jack Worthing (Male, 25-40) Protagonist and most sympathetic character, was found in a handbag on a railway line, uncomfortable in aristocratic society, lives in the country but has invented a wicked brother named “Ernest” whose scrapes require Jack’s attendance in the city.

Algernon Moncrief (Male, 25-40) The foil to Jack, a playful hedonist with an invented friend named Bunbury whose status as a permanent invalid allows Algernon to leave the city whenever he pleases, believes this activity, “Bunburying,” is necessary, especially if one is going to get married-something he vows never to do.

Lady Bracknell (Female, 50-65) The antagonist of the play, blocking two potential marriages, embodies typical Victorian classism, does not allow Gwendolen to marry Jack when she finds out he is an orphan, and dislikes Cecily as a mate for her nephew Algernon until she learns that Cecily is wealthy.

Gwendolen Fairfax (Female, 20-35) Lady Bracknell’s daughter, the object of Jack’s romantic attention, returns his love but appears self-centered and flighty, desires nothing but to marry someone named Ernest.

Cecily Cardew (Female, 18-30, plays 18) Jack’s ward, lives with him in the country, young and pretty, favored by Algernon, who pretends to be Jack’s brother Ernest, like Gwendolen, she is only interested in marrying a man named Ernest.

Lend Me A Tenor (4 Men/4 Women)

Rehearsals: July 7-17

8 Performances: Opens July 18, Closes July 28

Brief Synopsis: It is the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The world-famous tenor, Tito Merelli, “Il Stupendo,” is to perform his greatest role, Othello, at the ten-year anniversary gala season opener. Henry Saunders, the opera’s executive director, has high hopes that Merelli’s performance will put Cleveland on the operatic map. However, at the final dress rehearsal of Othello, Merelli is nowhere to be found, Saunders is in a panic, and, along with his assistant Max and friend, the scramble to figure out what to do begins!

Max – (Male, 25-40) Affable assistant to Saunders, must be able to carry a tune 🙂
Maggie – (Female, 25-40) Max’s assistant/girlfriend, friendly and outgoing
Saunders – (Male, 50s-60s) Maggie’s father, General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company
Tito Merelli – (Male, 50s-60s) The world-famous tenor, known also to his fans as Il Stupendo, must be able to sing opera
Maria – (Female, 40s-50s) Tito’s very Italian wife, loving but untrusting her husband, sharp-tongue
Bellhop – (Male, 20s-50s) A witty, charming bellhop, sings Italian
Diana – (Female, 20s-40s) Fetching soprano, interested in breaking into major opera
Julia – (Female, 50s-60s) The grand-dame Chairman of the Opera Guild

Funny Money (6 Men/2 Women)

Rehearsals: August 4-14

8 Performances: Opens August 15, Closes August 25

Brief Synopsis: Henry A. Perkins, a mild-mannered C.P.A, accidently picks up the wrong briefcase one full of money. Henry assumes it is illicit cash and he decides to keep it. Knowing that the former owner must have his briefcase, he rushes home to book one way fares to Barcelona while his wife Jean prepares for Henry’s birthday party. In no time at all, the party guests, cab drivers, and a variety of police arrive. What could go wrong?

Henry Perkins (Male, 30s-60s) an ordinary & insignificant accountant who finds a life changing amount of money and dares to go where no accountant has gone before

Jean Perkins (Female, 30s-60s) Henry’s wife, her life was also ordinary, becomes very fond of brandy

Betty Johnson (Female, 30s-60s) Jean’s best friend, they were just coming over to celebrate Henry’s birthday and now they’re supporting characters in an outrageous story (every Lucy needs an Ethel and this Ethel is quick on her feet)

Vic Johnson (Male, 30s-60s) A brash kind of guy and friend of Henry, also tends to be a step behind and plays catch-up

Davenport (Male, 30s-60s) Every great farce needs a dirty cop

Slater (Male, 30s-60s) An honest cop who loses it

Bill (Male, 20s-50s) Comedic supporting cab-driver

Passer By (Male, 40’s-60s) Has one memorable line and a great final scene!

The Love List (2 Men/1 Woman)

Rehearsals: August 26-September 3

8 Performances: Opens September 4, Closes September 14

Brief Synopsis: Leon and Bill concoct a list of attributes of the ideal woman – the top ten best qualities in a mate. When this allegedly “Ideal Woman” actually arrives on the scene the men quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions.

Bill – (Male, 50s-60s) An unmarried, devoted statistician
Leon – (Male, 50-60s) Married, best friend of Bill, a novelist
Justine – (Female, 30s-50s) The beautiful, mystery woman