TRIAL PRACTICE ACTING GIG FALL 2019!
Use your acting and improvisational skills, have fun, help students
and get paid at the same time!
RIVERWALK THEATRE and the MSU College of Law are looking for actors who are interested in playing the plaintiff, the defendant, and the witnesses in mock civil trials for the MSU College of Law Trial Practice Institute. This semester’s case is a wrongful death case arising from the death of Lindsey Marie Bofus who died tragically when she ran into the street in a panic upon being accosted by a young man who allegedly harassed, intimidated and bullied her at a summer camp they both were attending. There are 4 trials, all using the same case study over 2 days. We are looking for a total of 12 actors --2 actors to play the plaintiff, 2 actors to play the defendant, (one for each trial day) and 8 other actors to play the witnesses for both parties in all 4 trials. There is a small stipend for the gig – up to $200, depending on the role and the number of trials in which you testify.
Actors would need to be available on all of the following dates:Saturday, October 19, from 9-11 am for a case orientation.
Saturday, November 2, 9 am to 1 pm for interviews with the student lawyers
Saturday, Sunday, November 23 and 24 , 8:30 am – 4 pm for the trials
WITNESS LIST (The number of actors needed for each role is in parentheses.)FOR PLAINTIFF
William Thomas Bofus: PLAINTIFF (2 men, 50’s and up) Mr. Bofus is the grieving father of the decedent, Lindsey Marie Bofus. He is a nice man, a retired teacher. The death of his daughter has had a huge impact on Bofus and his wife. As a former teacher, he can’t understand why the Summer Camp, and especially Ray, did nothing to protect his daughter from Duframe’s misconduct. He refuses to forgive Duframe for the bullying of his daughter.
H. Tweed, MSW (2 actors, male or female, age 35+): Tweed treated Lindsey during the weeks of bullying. S/he is an out going and likeable. Tweed attended a small college in Michigan and got a bachelors followed by a Masters in Social Work. This witness should come across as pragmatic therapist—not an ivory tower professorial type.Julie Timmers: (2 women, early 20’s) A one-time friend of Duframe—She was with Lindsey at the time of her death. Julie was traumatized by seeing Lindsey killed. Julie is known as the brightest woman in the Summer Camp. She holds herself out as very intelligent and comes across as such. She is trustworthy—quite religious and a devout Baptist. Her demeanor is calm. While Julie is listed as a Plaintiff’s witness, and was a friend of Lindsey’s and highly sympathetic to her situation, she actually provides support to both sides in the case.
Andrew Duframe, DEFENDANT (2 male actors, early 20’s): Duframe is a real “ladies’ man”. He fancies himself as the guy all the girls want to be with. He has had success with women. He is cocky and tends to think of himself as humorous. He wants to go into business and eventually lead a Forbes 500 firm. He is frightened at the prospect that this case will ruin his career. He can be seen as a potential candidate to fly off the handle and strike a significant other.
J. McTavish, MD, Psychiatrist (2 male or female actors, 40’s and up): An ivory tower type. Hired to establish that Lindsey over reacted to Duframe’s teasing. A typical expert witness—has an answer ready for any question. Will fight and disagree with the attorneys for the Plaintiff while on the stand. A bit short tempered. Arrogant. Never treated Lindsey.
Bill Johnson: (2 men, early 20’s) Duframe’s buddy. A follower. In spite of his lack of personal knowledge of the relationship between Duframe and Lindsey, he willingly bought into Duframe’s version of the events and amplified it on social media. He is bright, but immature. Thinks of himself as funny—but no one else does. He is a devoted friend of Andrew Duframe and will offer testimony that will support Duframe’s defense, but it is also based on assumptions and inferences.
If interested, please contact Tom Ferris at email@example.com by Friday, September 20.
Please include a brief resume and headshot.
The RENEGADE THEATRE FESTIVAL is evolving through its 14-year history, starting in East Lansing, moving to Old Town, involving lots of independent theatres, trying out multiple separate venues, and now moving back to Old Town and downsized into a cozy but innovative experience focusing on New Original Works.
This weekend is all the “runners-up” of the 250 scripts considered from all over the country — and they are all at the Quaker Meeting House at the north end of Old Town 1400 Turner Street. Next weekend is the three “winners” at Urban Beat (1213 Turner Street) — which will also offer food and “adult beverages.” 7pm one-act winner “Came for Me"; 8:15 pm 10-minute winner “There’s a New Life Coming"; 9pm full length winner “Room Number.” — and at 10:30 the exciting, fresh result of the RENEGADE RUCKUS (see below).
The Festival is free of charge, with donation buckets available; come mingle with your theatre cronies at this interesting theatrical event! Note: next weekend, the three winning shows will each be repeated Thursday/Friday/Saturday — so if you see them Thursday or Friday, on Saturday (8/17) you can attend the Curtainless Theatre’s unique Shakespeare concoction “The Play’s the Thing” at 7pm at Riverwalk Theatre, and still make it to Urban Beat for the results of the RUCKUS.
Tonight we enjoyed the “10 Minute Plays Goup 1,” and of those four, especially enjoyed Renegade organizers Chad Badgero and Melissa Kaplan in “Breaking Down Walls.”
And we were WOWED by the surprising, funny, multi-layered, unpredictable “Playing for Real” by Ron Asher of Seattle WA. An excellent cast of LCC actors, including Connor and Quinn Kelly and Ed Heldt… I wish there were programs or a sign with all actors’ names; they all did a great job on this wonderful, weird script. Theatre devotee Holly came back to see it a second time, armed with a “Tony” award (the tiger figurine, I think) to present to the cast and director Steve Lee.Renegade continues Saturday night, and next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For more info on RENEGADE — check out the current CITY PULSE https://www.lansingcitypulse.com
Ruckus still needs actorsJeff Croff is still looking for performers or writers to participate in the 24-hour Renegade Ruckus. He's got room for two more writers (I asked Jeff tonight and I think he may have got those writers; but you can ask him) and still can use a few more PERFORMERS. This will be a challenge and a true theatre adventure for you brave, talented actors out there!
The Ruckus is the addition made to last year's Renegade Theatre Festival which features a 24 hour whirlwind of play writing, rehearsing and performing. Jeff will randomly assign performers to teams. Each team will receive a randomly assigned 10 minute script at 11 am and will be expected to be off book and ready to go Saturday night. Prompts will be given to writers August 16th at approximately 10:30 pm in Urban Beat and the performances will begin August 17th at 10:30 pm in Urban Beat.
If you are would like to participate in the Ruckus, please contact Ixion Artistic Director jeff croff via email firstname.lastname@example.org
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
The Play's The Thing presented by The Curtainless Theatre
7 pm - Saturday, August 17
at Riverwalk Theatre
Edited and directed by Iris Raine Paul
Taking characters and scenes from several plays by William Shakespeare and knitting them into a cohesive one act play, this show examines questions of diversity within his works, highlighting vulnerable populations within our community.
Following the performance, will be a panel discussion with representatives from community organizations that work to support these populations.
For more info about the panelists, go to https://thecurtainlesstheatre.blogspot.com/?fbclid=IwAR06SQ-A27Yw6IO4K1ikM5iBe02S6tbYspTsFAFUMjBRD7i8nea-V9HPM60
This performance is free to the public. Please come enjoy a night of Shakespeare and learn more about some very important work happening right here in the Lansing area!
This performance is NOT officially part of theRenegade Theatre Festival,but does coincide with the final night of Renegade. NOTE that it’s possible to attend this Curtainless “Play’s the Thing” event at Riverwalk at 7 — and still make it to the fun finale of the RENEGADE RUCKUS at Urban Beat in Old Town, where the result of a 24-hour play-writing-producing marathon will be performed.
For more info on RENEGADE — check out the current CITY PULSE https://www.lansingcitypulse.com
NOTE that the Riverwalk Makeup Workshop scheduled for August 10 had been postponed.
Riverwalk is working on a continuing series ofWorkshops intended to educate folks on backstage jobs.You can find out about future workshop plans by checkingfor website updates athttps://www.riverwalktheatre.com/workshops.html…or emailingShannon Bowen at mailto:email@example.com your name and what workshop(s) you are interested in. Workshops are free of charge to Riverwalk Members(memberships fees begin at $15 and can be completed on the website at www.riverwalktheatre.com/get-involved).
Two weekends of new Renegade plays and return of the Ruckus
Lansing, Mich.–– The Renegade Theatre Festival 2019 is celebrating 14 years in 2019 with 14 new plays and the return of the Renegade Ruckus over two weekends Aug. 8-17 in Old Town Lansing.
The first weekend of Renegade takes place Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at the Red Cedar Friends Meeting Hall, the home of Renegade N.O.W. since its creation in 2010. Over the course of these three nights, 11 plays will be presented in the Hall’s two spaces at 7 and 9 p.m. No play is longer than an hour, most are 25-40 minutes, and there are two groupings of 10-minute plays themed “Breaking Down Barriers.”
The second weekend runs Aug. 15, 16 and 17 at the Urban Beat Events Center and features the winners in three play categories. All three are presented each night followed by short discussions: the one-act starts at 7 p.m., the 10-minute play at 8:15 p.m. and the full length at 9 p.m.
The festival culminates Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 p.m. at Urban Beat with the Renegade Ruckus, a 24-hour new play challenge. Six writers receive prompts at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 with a 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 deadline to write a 10-minute play script. Then, six teams of directors and actors take those scripts and rehearse for performance at 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at Urban Beat.
Renegade Theatre Festival is generously sponsored by the City Pulse and Lansing Community College, with support from the Red Cedar Friends Meeting Hall and the Urban Beat Events Center.
The Renegade organizing team includes Paige Tufford, coordinator of New Original Works. This year, N.O.W. submissions were limited to the first 250 scripts received. Paige oversaw the submission and selection process. Other organizers are Jeff Croff, coordinator of Renegade Ruckus, festival founder and co-artistic director Chad Swan-Badgero, and co-artistic-director Melissa Kaplan.
Details about the plays and playwrights is at http://www.renegadetheatrefestival.org
RENEGADE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019: FINAL SELECTIONS
• Breaking Down Walls By Terry Riley (Santa Fe, NM)
• Blood By Jenny Crakes (East Lansing, MI)
• There’s a New Life Coming (Winner: 10-minute Plays) By Marj O’Neill-Butler (Miami Beach, FL)
• The Woman She Never Was By Elena Naskova (Seattle, WA)
• Black Santa By David Beardsley (Boston, MA)
• Appointment with Destiny By Beth Novick (New York, NY)
• A Valentine for Ellie By Madeline Daly Puccioni (Oakland, CA)
• Mother Knows Best By Thomas J. Misuraca (Tarzana, CA)
• Came for Me (Winner: One-Act Plays) By Seth Kramer (New York, NY)
• Dear Donald, Dear Hillary By Elaine Liner (Dallas, TX)
• Playing for Real By Ron Asher (Seattle, WA)
• Day Labor By Jeff Carter (San Francisco, CA)
• Room Number (Winner: Full Length Plays) By Akela Munsey (Los Angeles, CA)
• Legacy By Robert T. Fields (Richmond, CA)
RENEGADE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019: SCHEDULE
Weekend 1: Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 8-10
Red Cedar Friends Meeting Hall, 1400 Turner Road, Lansing 48906
Thursday, August 8
7 p.m., Space #1 Playing for Real (40 minutes)
7 p.m., Space #2 Legacy (60 minutes)
9 p.m., Space #1 Day Labor (45 minutes)
9 p.m., Space #2 10-Minute Plays: Group #2 (45 minutes)
Blood, Appointment with Destiny, A Valentine for Ellie
Friday, August 9
7 p.m. Space #1 Dear Donald/Dear Hillary (40 minutes)
7 p.m. Space #2 10-Minute Plays: Group #1 (50 minutes)
Breaking Down Walls, The Woman She Never Was, Mother Knows Best, Black Santa
9 p.m. Space #1 Playing for Real (40 minutes)
9 p.m. Space #2 Legacy (60 minutes)
Saturday, August 10
7 p.m. Space #1 Day Labor (45 minutes)
7 p.m. Space #2 10-Minute Plays: Group #2 (repeated from Thursday 9 p.m.)
9 p.m. Space #1 Dear Donald/Dear Hillary (40 minutes)
9 p.m. Space #2 10-Minute Plays, Group #1 (repeated from Friday 7 p.m.)
RENEGADE THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019: SCHEDULE
Weekend 2: Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 15-17
UrbanBeat Events Center, 1213 Turner Road, Lansing 48906
Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, August 17
7 p.m. Come for Me, winner, Renegade One-Act Play
8:15 p.m There’s a New Life Coming, winner, Renegade 10-Minute Play
9 p.m. Room Number, winner, Renegade Full Length Play
Saturday, August 17 ONLY
10:30 p.m., 8/17 only Renegade Ruckus: 24 hour play competition performances
Melissa Kaplan, 517-281-7732, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Swan-Badgero, 517-927-3016, email@example.com
Burning Hearts - a Musical Revue starring Katherine Dike, Audrey Hilllman, Thomas Ruhala, May Ann Weathers.
Thursday, August 22 @ 7 pm
Ruhala Performing Arts Center 1846 Haslett Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
Broadway, Pop, Classics - music that will get your toes a tapping’ and your hearts a beatin’!
$12 all tickets - reserve at 517-337-0464
Summer Retreat by Annie Martin coming to Over the Ledge Theatre
Three women, friends from their college days brought together by the death of the fourth, gather at the cottage where they spent their summers. But, instead of a sweet reunion, this gathering descends into chaos and comedy when it is discovered that one of them has a plan to truly honor the dead woman. What happens when the bonds of friendship run as deep as family, but it’s a family you would like to strangle? How far are you willing to go for old friends?
"a truly funny play " ... "A wonderful journey of friendship, loss, betrayal." ... " Martin constantly entertains with witty dialog that never holds back.”
This show features an all-star cast of Emily Clark, LeAnn Dethlefsen, Gay Oliver, Erin Hoffman and Rick Dethlefsen. Directed by Mary Job.
8/8-18 - 8pm; 2pm Sundays at The Ledges Playhouse in beautiful Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge
Tickets at the website or at the door (Only $10/$8 — $6 for students)
Check out this Calendar — LOTS OF AUDITIONS!
7/24-28 - 7 pm - Three Fairy Godmothersby Jerry L. Tweldt, directed by Paige Tufford, Outdoor Amphitheatre- LCC
7/25-28 - 7pm Thurs, Fri & Sat, and 4:30pm on Sun.The Stinky Cheeseman & Other Fairly Stupid Talesby the Young Artisan Workshop - RWT
7/26-28 & 8/2-4 - Fri 7 pm; Sat 2 & 7 pm; Sun 3 pm - Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr.- AECT
7/27-28 - 7pm - Peppermint Creek Kickoff - Songs for a New Worlddirected by Ben Cassidy with John Dale Smith music direction, featuring Adam Woolsey, Racheal Raymer, Kameron Going and Sally Hecksel - $20 at the door of their NEW VENUE Central United Methodist Church, 215 N Capital Ave, Lansing.If attendees purchase a season ticket package at the event, $20 will be taken off the price of 2019 - 2020 season tickets. Parking ramp behind church. - PCTC
7/29-30 - 6-9pm - Auditions for Radio Macbethin the conference room in the front of the Devon Bldg, 708 Chavez (formerly Gr. River) in Old Town (performs 9/23) - AAF
7/29-30 - 6-10pm - Auditions for Bright Star - Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing
7/29-30 - 6-9pm - AUDITIONS for Radio Macbethin the conference room in the front of the Devon Bldg, 708 Chavez (formerly Gr. River) in Old Town (performs 9/23) - AAF
7/30-8/ 2 - 7 pm - DANCE Lansing Gannon Commons in the Gannon Building - LCC
8/5-6 - 7 pm - AUDITIONSfor God’s Favorite – a comedy by Neil Simon, directed by Tom Webb. (Shows 9/ 27 – 10/5)Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns- HGP
8/8-10 & 15-17 - Renegade Theatre Festival - http://www.renegadetheatrefestival.orgNOTE Needed: One man and one woman, preferably 50+, to perform in a scene at the Renegade Theater Festival 8/8-8/17. Message Sallee Kallenbach on Facebook for more info!
8/8-18 - 8pm; 2pm Sundays - Summer Retreat, director: Mary Job - OTL
8/12-13 -at 7 pm. Rising Star Studio of Dance Arts in DeWitt 211 S. Bridge St, downtown DeWitt, right behind Jon E. Arendsen Designs, north of the bridge. AUDITIONS for Something’s Afoot directed by Kelly Stuible-Clark with Musical Direction by Nicole Martin. Show dates: 10/18-19, 25-27 - STL
8/17 - 7pm - Curtainless Theatre presents The Play’s the Thing,Examining Diversity in the Works of William Shakespeare- free of charge; donations to Riverwalk Theatre accepted - RWT
8/21-26 - AUDITIONS for Matilda the Musical at: Delta Enrichment Center, 4538 Elizabeth Rd, Lansing, MI 48917 - PRE-AUDITION PARENT MEETING, Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30pm - YOUTH AUDITIONS (AGES 9-15) 8/25 at 2pm - ADULT AUDITIONS Sunday, August 25th at 6pm Monday, August 26th at 6pm (performs at Grand Ledge High School 4/23-26, 2020) - BLP
8/22 & 23 - Thur/Fri. 6:30-8:30 AUDITIONS for Poe: Dreams of Madness- AECT
8/23 - 7 pm - Willamette Radio Workshop’s RADIO MACBETHAdapted by Cynthia J. McGean at The Robin Theatre 1105 S. Washington, REO Town Lansing - AAF
8/25 -26 - 8-10 pm Sunday/Monday AUDITIONSfor three shows in the PCTC 2019-20 season: The Humans, Gloria, Cost of Living:(Actors can attend one audition day and be considered for any of these three productions) Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing. www.peppermintcreek.org- PCTC
8/28-29, 7-10 pm, AUDITIONS for Belle Moralby Ann-Marie MacDonald directed by Mary Job. Dart Auditorium. Details on LCC Theatre, Music, and Dance Facebook Page - LCC
8/29-9/1 & 9/5-8 - 7pm Thur; 8pm Fri/Sat; 2pm Sun - Pippin, epic musical, director: Meghan Eldred-Woolsey - RWT
Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatres
*AAF - Audio Air Force- live “radio shows” - www.audioairforce.com - Dave Downing - 517-881-9746
**AECT - All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre- www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus - 517-319-6957 - firstname.lastname@example.org
BLP - Blue Light Players- www.bluelightplayers.com, email@example.com, 517-490-4567 / 282-4699
CUR - Curtainless Theatre,email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.facebook.com/curtainlesstheatrelansing
HGP - Homegrown Productions, St. Johns, 517-930-1421 “Homegrown Productions St. Johns” Facebook
LCC - Lansing Community College Communication, Media & the Arts -www.lcc.edu/showinfo -
517-483-1488 / 517-483-1122
OTL - Over the Ledge Theatre Company- Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge, www.overtheledge.org - 517-318-0579
PCTC - Peppermint Creek Theatre Company-
www.peppermintcreek.org - 517-927-3016
RWT - Community Circle Players at Riverwalk Theatre,www.RiverwalkTheatre.com, 517-482-5700
STL - Starlight Dinner Theatre- 517-243-6040 -
* performs at Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington, 48910
** performs at Hannah Center, 819 Abbot Rd., E. Lansing
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