What I Did: Week Ending 2009-05-03

  • Hate work sometimes. Gonna be one of those days. #
  • @GMHForLiberty Yes. Sometimes I feel that way too. in reply to GMHForLiberty #
  • @KrisAWinchell welcome to Twitter.. #
  • @KrisAWinchell welcome to Twitter.. #
  • @cathybaron: Well the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team did not make it past the first round. nothing else matters. #
  • http://twurl.nl/3jzmit <– Office 2007 Service Pack 2 #
  • listening to streaming radio from Yorkshire (Leeds), just to hear additional British North accents. Have an audition in a few hours. #
  • I have not practiced as much as I should have on the accent, but I think I can do it well enough for the audition. #
  • On a side note, I did get my wordpress blog to act like the rest of my website. Javascript conflict between two libraries. #
  • Did not hear back from my audition on Sunday for The 5th Great Ape at Emory. It did sound like they had everybody they needed already. #
  • I believe I have 2 stage shows (June and August performances) and the audition tonight and on May 16th both fit perfectly between those two. #
  • Rehearsals for Once in a Lifetime (June performance) starts this Saturday. And I am 90% sure I have a role in the play for August. #
  • Streaming radio Yorkshire UK. It’s after 10PM and it’s all music I have heard before, but feels very different because of is source location #
  • In case you were wondering, Leeds United Reserve Team won their championship game today. #
  • I have a call back for the role of Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap. #
  • Of three people up for Major Metcalf – Bob Smith, George Crolius and myself, I am, in my mind, the least likely looking British Army Retiree #
  • @TJSanson Welcome to Twitter! #
  • Off to what may be my last Advanced Scene Study class until August. #
  • This should be interesting: #ToplessTwitterDay this Friday! You don’t wanna see me topless. #
  • RT @t_b_j: Offering a #toplesstwitterday pact with @Swayward to skip the event. <– DONE! #
  • RT @atlartevents: So long folks. This account will be closed due to downsizing. <– D’OH!! #
  • RT @BartenderOne: looking at the coolest portable bar ever… http://www.evolverbar.com <– very nice. #
  • RT @Foodimentary: Did you know that raisins, grapes, and avocados are poisonous to cats? http://tiny.cc/9Rqjn #
  • @wcdarling I hope it recovered. in reply to wcdarling #
  • Well I am off to callbacks for The Mousetrap at Red Clay Theater. #
  • I screwed up on my second reading at the callbacks. I was doing well until then. FUDGE!! #
  • At least I think I was doing well until then. #
  • They asked if I would be willing to shave my head again. Been asked that a lot. Maybe I should go back to that look. I miss being bald. #
  • @Kerriana This Saturday gig. What are the times? I HAVE to be at the Alliance by 6:30PM. What are they looking for looks wise. #
  • RT @crazeegeekchick: Internet Running out of Space? (no way jose) http://tinyurl.com/cfz56f <– the bit that broke the internet’s backbone #
  • @amberlrhea I do hope all is OK. Just remember that today is May Day and No Pants Day. http://www.nopantsday.com/wp/ #
  • RT @Ihnatko: Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! http://bit.ly/3KYLYL <– I miss my comics. I need to find some money to renew this hobby. #
  • RT @Foodimentary: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”~Ernest Hemingway #TGIF #
  • That is if I can remember what I said I would do drunk. #
  • @TJSanson Saw some of your photos in the lobby at Red Clay Theater. Very nice. #

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Audition Notice: The Mousetrap

Button Theatre is holding non-equity auditions for Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap on Tuesday, April 28 from 7 to 10pm at The Red Clay Theatre in downtown Duluth.

Please prepare a one minute dramatic monologue and be prepared to perform a small section in a Brittish accent.

Call backs will be held on Thrusday, April 30 from 7 to 10pm. You may be asked to do a cold reading at either the audition or the call back.

Reherasals will begin in June. The show will run from July 17 to August 2.

All actors will be paid. To make an appointment, please call 678-407-0772 or email MC at mconti (at) button theatre . com.

For character descriptions, directions and other information please visit us at www.buttontheatre.com

Character Descriptions:

* Mollie Ralston – proprietor of Monkswell Manor, and wife of Giles. Although initially above suspicion, it later transpires Mollie made a secret trip to London on the same day Maureen Lyon was murdered.

* Giles Ralston – husband of Mollie who runs Monkswell Manor with his wife. The very first suspect, as Giles enters the stage dressed in clothing similar to that worn by the killer. It transpires Giles also made a secret trip to London on the day Maureen Lyon was murdered. Even Mollie begins to suspect Giles, when she realises she has known him just a year and knows nothing of his background.

* Christopher Wren – the first guest to arrive at the hotel, Wren is a hyperactive young man, who is depicted as acting in a very peculiar manner. He admits he is running away from something, but refuses to admit what. The audience quickly leaps to the conclusion he was one of the abused children, driven schizophrenic by repeated abuse and now a murderer. Wren claims to be named after the architect of the same name.

* Mrs Boyle – a critical older woman who is pleased by nothing she observes. A former magistrate, we discover she had placed the three children in Maureen Lyon’s care. Shortly afterwards she is murdered and therefore the only character above suspicion.

* Major Metcalf – retired from the army, little is known about Major Metcalf. Suspicion falls upon him once it is revealed that the father of the three siblings was in the army at the time their mother died, which led to them being put into care.

* Miss Casewell – a strange, aloof woman who speaks offhandedly about the horrific experiences of her childhood. Refusing to give any more away, the natural conclusion is that she is one of the abused children, here to seek a terrible revenge.

* Mr Paravicini – a man of unknown provenance. He appears to be affecting a foreign accent and artificially aged with make-up. Who he is or where he comes from remains a mystery and his refusal to answer a direct question only underlines this point. The audience is encouraged to theorise he is the children’s father, disguised as an elderly foreigner and returned from the army to wreak a terrible revenge.

* Detective Sergeant Trotter – a policeman who arrives in a snow storm saying he has come to protect the guests from the murderer.

* Maureen Lyon (unseen in the play) – the first victim. Mrs Lyon’s real name is Mrs Stanning and she was imprisoned for abusing three siblings – the Corrigan children – left in her and her husband’s foster care. Mr Stanning died in prison and upon her release, Mrs Stanning, seeking anonymity under the name of Maureen Lyon, moved to London where she was murdered.

A Thank You From Button Theatre

Hey Guys –

I just wanted to take a minute to thank each of you for an absolutely fabulous show. You all put a lot of extra time and effort into this production and it definitely showed. I’d wanted to say this all to you guys in person yesterday, but juggling babysitters prevented me from getting to the theatre early enough.

Actors – I got many many MANY compliments on each of your performances. Each one of you ended up being some audience member’s favorite character and I think that shows what an extremely well rounded and talented cast you were. And your chemistry together onstage made it fun for me to watch the show twelve times. : )

Crew – You guys were outstanding. I could not have asked for a better crew. You guys were always on your tasks and on your game and did so much more than was expected of you.

Thank you all so much for making Button Theatre’s third production (and FIRST straight play) such a stellar production. Those of you that are moving on, GOOD LUCK in your next stage of life. If you ever need a reference, please let me know. Those that are sticking around the A town, please do come back and audition for us in the future!!

Mary Carolyn Conti
Artistic Director * Button Theatre

Barefoot Rehearsals

Rehearsals for Barefoot in the Park began this past Monday. The schedule dates have changed: All Thursday dates have been canceled except for July 3rd.

And the role of the DELIVERY MAN/WOMAN is played by you. Thats right, you can play a role in this play. Button Theatre has decided that instead of having an actor play a 30 second part, the role would be for sale for $100 for a single performance. For $100 you can play this part and then enjoy the rest of the show with the audience. More details or contact Celia Rosenblum.

Cast & Crew


Clarke Wolfe


Jay Croft


Jake Cullens


Lory Cox


Jimmie Johnson

Directed By:

Celia Rosenblum

Stage Manager:

Kelly Knowlton

More details

Callback and a Play

I received a call from Candy Spahr on my way home from work on Friday. She offered me a callback for Anne of Avonlea. The callbacks have been moved to Monday at 5 PM. This was interesting because as far as I knew, there were more auditions to be held on Saturday. But as I stated before, I was the only adult male to audition on Thursday night.

On Saturday, I received a call from the Artistic Director, IJ Rosenblum, at Button Theatre offering me a role in Barefoot in the Park. The Auditions were last weekend and I has assumed I did not get a role. The part I auditioned for and which I knew I did not get was for the older eccentric neighbor. The part I was offered, and accepted, was for the TELEPHONE REPAIRMAN. It is a paid role and my first role at a Professional Non-Equity theatre. All I have done before now have been in Community Theatres.