Spring 2015 Callbacks

CTRL-F your name. Or don’t. Whatever.

If you are called back for one or more shows: congratulations! Callbacks will take place from 1-6 PM in B36 TOMORROW, Saturday 1/31. 

Keep an eye on your inboxes – most directors email those called back for his or her show.

If you were not called back – know that we had an especially small season with a multitude of extremely talented actors. It doesn’t mean we didn’t want you. In fact, we still do – if you’re interested in tech, we will be having our tech meeting this Sunday (February 1st) in “The Space.” No experience required! If you only want to act, keep an eye out for audition postings for our One Acts & Monologues Festival in the coming months.

Thank you everyone, and good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor!


The Laramie Project

Males

Cory Azmon

Eli Brenna

Ryan Chernin

Simon Kienitz Kincade

Dan Koski

Ayush Kumar

Jeremy Oshins

Eli Saracino

Female

Cameron Barney

Ilana Berman

Danielle Hope Diamond

Hanna Eichen

Paulina Ke

Abi Oshins

Emily Prescott

Sarah Sosland

Taylor Tessitore

Jessie Torrance

Emily Zisko


 Angels in America – Millennium Approaches

Males

Eli Brenna

Joe Gambino

Simon Kienitz Kincade

Dan Koski

Ayush Kumar

Andy Moeller

Benjamin Moll

Jeremy Oshins

Nicholas Palombi

Eli Saracino

Cody Sloan

Nathan Wilgeroth

Females

Sydney Charvat

Ali Edwards

Zoe Enscoe

Kaitlyn Jones

Brittany Kamson

Brittany Martin

Abi Oshins

Emily Prescott

Jessie Torrance

Emily Zisko


 Hail Satan!

Males

Eli Brenna

Ryan Chernin

Simon Kienitz Kincade

Kyle Mitchell

Benjamin Moll

Idine Mousavi

Nicholas Palombi

Nathan Wilgeroth

Females

Cameron Barney

Sydney Charvat

Danielle Hope Diamond

Kaitlyn Jones

Emily Prescott

Rachel Skalka

Taylor Tessitore

Jessie Torrance

Emily Zisko


 Private Lives

Males

Cory Azmon

Scott Backman

Eli Brenna

Ryan Chernin

Robby Finan

Idine Mousavi

Jeremy Oshins

Nicholas Palombi

Nathan Wilgeroth

Females

Ilana Berman

Sydney Charvat

Kelly Duffy

Zoe Enscoe

Kaitlyn Jones

Paulina Ke

Brittany Martin

Emily Prescott

Rachel Skalka

Taylor Tessitore

Jessie Torrance

Executive Board Meeting Notes: January 19th, 2015

This week’s executive board minutes:

Abi

  • Eboard will be sending an email to people who auditioned but did not get cast last semester. Will happen this week. Abi already combed through the list.
  • How should we boost tech?

Eli

  • General Meeting is this Sunday — tentatively booked for COM101.
    • Problem: BU shuffle in securing the payment for the room. “Faculty Service Request” — what is that?
    • Will go to SAO and speak to a human to resolve the problem tomorrow (Tuesday, 1/20).
  • Unable to log into OrgSync. Will address with SAO tomorrow as well.
  • Requested audition rooms at the end of last semester, unconfirmed due to inability to access OrgSync.
  • Drafted the Painting the Stage memo.

Celia

  • Assassins signups will continue this Sunday, end Monday of auditions, clips distributed (and games begin) Wednesday of auditions.
  • Eboard date to see BUSTies host pitches: will be pushed at GM #1 and GM #2. February 15th
  • Push will also happen for Event Manager positions for BUSTies.
  • Are we doing a coco social this semester — and if so, when? Apparently, during the Tech Meeting (1/30/15)
  • Kickball will tentatively happen during reading period — will discuss with Chris from OB
  • Will plug the TA Event in GM #1 (hosting and performing duties).

Joe

  • Laramie Project & Private Lives rights are secured!
  • Angels in America’s rights are secured
  • Hail Satan! rights are secured, payment still needs to happen
  • Producer for Laramie Project: Sarah Kimball
  • T-Shirt design is completed.
  • All reimbursements from last semester completed
  • GM in COM101 paid for
  • All events are up on OrgSync and approved
  • Mandatory OrgSync training from January 24th or 25th to 1-3:30
  • Budget discussions with directors are going to happen this week.
  • EventBrite for Spring dues should be
  • Courtney Bayruns wants an expensive request for lights; need her here to discuss
  • Karen Loewy requested makeup supplies; reimbursement incoming
  • Head producers for other shows need to be done soon, will happen after auditions
  • One flat price for Laramie tickets; no membership price
  • Other events getting EventBrite this week.

Kyle

  • Directors – send me synopses for the Troupe site
  • Facebook events will go up tonight
  • First Troupe email will be going out this week

Camille

  • Tech show (Camille giggles). Camille will be meeting with TD/ATD to discuss.
  • Safety training for all TDs/ATDs/MCs/TAs will happen in early February.
  • Reminder to all TDs and MCs about three strike policy for Space Usage for other groups. (“Loving the Space.”)
  • TDs are assigned! Tech form submissions now open.
  • Tech meeting on the 30th, 7pm at The Space

Eric

  • Super Bowl Sunday needs to be addressed — should we move the eboard meeting so people can watch the game? 1 PM on 2/1/15!
  • Pitches will be due February 25th, 2015. (This includes main stages, Parents Weekend, and Summer Show.)
  • Reading committee will be conducted on the 1st and 15th of March.
  • Need to sit down with Joe to discuss Parents Weekend budget.

Tech Discussions

  • Getting entrenched techies to reach out to new members auditioning to try to get people to sign up for tech.
  • Tech forms should be available at auditions.
  • Camille & Jamie made a survey – send it out to last season’s techies? Will be sent out.

GM #1

  • What needs to be addressed?
    • Abi will welcome everyone
    • Eli will introduce directors of shows & discuss audition process
    • Celia will talk discuss Assassins, TA event, Coco Social, & BUSTies
    • Joe will discuss dues, t-shirts & producing
    • Kyle will review our social media tools & ways to stay in contact
    • Camille will promote tech forms/meeting and the tech show
    • Eric will say nothing
  • Powerpoint to be produced at the next eboard meeting!

Executive Board Meeting 12/14/15 Notes

In the interest of keeping the membership informed, we as an executive board have decided to begin publishing the “minutes” from our open executive board meetings. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email stage@bu.edu!

12/14/14

Abi

  • Reminder email about upcoming auditions to those new members who did not get cast last semester
    • Abi will write the draft – the list (shared by Kyle on Google Drive) will be split up between executive board members

Eli

  • Show order will be decided today

Celia

  • Senior Diva Showcase happened, was “a good time for all”

Joe

  • Went to SAO
  • Made sure almost every reimbursement went through
  • Karen’s reimbursement will take a little longer due to it costing more than $175
  • Talked to SABO – going to need to give them the Home Depot gift card and reexamine that policy
  • Laramie Project rights are secured
  • Full-year dues members have been recorded in a list
  • Rights for Angels in America and for Private Lives; those rights need to be secured ASAP
  • New shirt design is ready and advertising for orders will begin by first GM

Kyle

  • Chose Assistant Director, Zachary King
  • Stop requesting us on YouDo – that is for eboard only

Camille

  • Spoke with WM and OB TAs about “loving the space.”
  • Three strike policy: if a group violates Space Safety Protocols 3 times, a fee of ~$50 will be incurred; potentially a “security deposit” sort of idea. 5 infractions revokes the group’s Space usage/rental privileges.
  • We shall see how much the dumpster for Space Cleaning costs
  • Marat/Sade will finally return the tub and chairs to Emerson tomorrow
  • Tech signups for Spring 2015 have begun!

Eric

  • Lights in the space – still dark.
  • When are we meeting next year?
    • Target Monday the 19th of January, 6PM, IT building

Show Order

  • Aryeh raises concerns about tech show / Laramie conflicts
    • Camille clarifies her tech show will be less “involved” than last year’s, will consider Laramie first

Angels in America: Auditions and Tech clarifications

  • Auditions – when do they happen?
    • Auditions: same week, Cara will determine her cast after main stage directors determine their casts. Unanimous vote!
  • Tech
    • Cara determines her tech list after Camille puts up the initial draft
      • Camille will provide help if necessary or requested
      • Cara will initially receive a stage manager and a producer
    • Integrate office hours idea with Angels?

Brittany/Idine/Jamie

  • Polarization of people who really want to do tech versus everyone else
  • Jamie’s Ideas to Improve this Situation
    • 1) Recruit tech people at auditions?
    • 2) On audition form: are you interested in tech?
    • 3) Get feedback from crews. Google form?

Show Order

  • Miraculously, no conflict. Order is:
    • Laramie Project
    • Angels in America
    • Hail Satan!
    • Private Lives

Staged Reading Pitches & Other Reminders

Hello membership! I am happy to announce the two pitches we received for the Spring 2015 Staged Reading. They are, in alphabetical order:

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (Part 1), by Tony Kushner, pitched by Cara Dwyer

August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, pitched by Emily Prescott

A reminder that both Cara and Emily will speak about their pitches at the 4th and Final General Meeting this Sunday at 7 PM in the Agganis Student Theater. We encourage you to attend and offer any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have about the pitches. After the GM concludes, the executive board will convene and decide which pitch will be selected, with an announcement of the final season coming shortly thereafter.

Also remember that SPACE CLEANING is on Sunday the 7th from 11AM to 6PM in The Space. Each show needs to accumulate 40 cumulative hours of cleaning time to be eligible for BUSTies, which we will be voting on that evening at the 4th GM!

Finally, a reminder that our Fall 2014 One Acts and Monologues Festival goes up this Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th at 8PM in the Student Theater! The performance is free and first come served.

Have wonderful weeks!

Spring 2015 Season & Pitches for Staged Reading

Hello membership!

For those of you who missed the voting period or news about our 3rd General Meeting (and shame on you), here is our Spring 2015 Season:

The Laramie Project (Charity Show), by Moises Kaufman, directed by Aryeh Harris-Shapiro
Private Lives, by Noel Coward, directed by Joseph McLaughlin
Hail Satan!, by Mac Rogers, directed by Kyle Tague

(Note: the above season order is not final.)

However! Our season is not yet complete. In addition to three mainstages, the executive board is restarting an old Stage Troupe tradition: the staged or semi-staged reading, which will go up in the Student Theater. For those unaware, a staged/semi-staged reading refers to a performance of a play without advanced technical elements. This means the production will have a directing team, a cast, a producing team, and a stage management team – but nothing else. It will be up to the directing team if there will be blocking or simple-to-acquire props, hence “semi-staged.” The show will also not be memorized and will be performed with scripts in-hand, hence “reading.”

There are many advantages to reintroducing the staged reading. It will provide expanded acting opportunities without putting additional stress on our current technical resources – it is in essence a “fourth show” without a crew. By not including technical elements, we have the special opportunity to put on a play that would not otherwise be possible in our Student Theater space (something to keep in mind when selecting a play to pitch). Does your favorite show require a three-story set or expansive fire effects? This may be a great opportunity to see it performed! In addition, by distilling the performance down to exclusively acting and performance, this show will have a unique opportunity to forge an intense, focused director-actor relationship and deep exploration of the chosen text.

Interested in pitching? Great! Download the “Staged Reading Pitch Form” (which will be available under “Forms & Resources” shortly), fill it out, and email the completed form along with a .pdf copy of the script to our president, Abi Oshins, at aoshins@bu.edu. The pitch deadline is December 3rd at 5 PM. Following that deadline, pitches and directing teams will be announced on this blog. On December 7th, following the 4th General Meeting and Space Cleaning, we will have a “town hall meeting” in which directing teams will briefly describe their show and vision and how it would work as a staged reading. Interested members may offer their thoughts and concerns. Following this meeting, the executive board will collectively make a selection to be posted later that evening.

Keep in mind the executive board is looking for a show that will translate well to a staged reading. In addition, we look favorably upon shows that have robust cast sizes and  reasonable gender ratios. (Keep in mind we currently only have an 18-actor season for our mainstages). Finally, consider pitching a show that is well-established and has good public awareness: a staged reading can be a hard sell, and we want people to see and enjoy our work. A more established work will more likely draw an audience.

Interested in acting in this staged reading? Auditions will be held one week following main stage auditions next semester. Actors cast in a main stage are asked to not audition in order to give the rest of our acting base additional opportunities.

That’s about it. Have questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to email stage@bu.edu or raise them at any open executive board meeting (Sundays at 6 PM). Have great weeks!

Fall 2014 One Acts & Monologue Festival Cast List

We are proud to announce the cast lists and monologuers for the Fall 2014 One Acts and Monologue Festival! This was our most competitive one acts session in many years, and we thank everyone for taking the time to come out and audition. If you were cast, expect to be contacted by your director shortly. If you weren’t, don’t fret – more acting opportunities are coming up soon.

“Anastasia as a Movie as a Musical”
Sean – Sam Hoffman
Mariah – Taylor Tessitore
Anastasia – Karlie Fitzgerald
Dimitri – Ryan Kelly
Rubien – David Hunt
Male Actor (“Mactor”) – Eli Saracino
Female Actor (“Factor”) – Kerriann Kelleher
Techie Y – Camille Arvisu
Techie Z – Annie Tillis

“Novices”
Pete – Elliot Raff
Kate – Lucy Gamades

“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You”
Sister Mary Ignatius – Oriana Maurach Theo
Thomas – Nathan Wilgeroth
Diane – Alexa Benudiz
Gary – David Olson
Philomena – Danielle Hope Diamond
Aloysius – Zack King

“Sure Thing”
Bill – Ryan Chernin
Betty – Kaitlyn Jones

Monologuers

Hanna Anderson

Claire Buesser

Danny Ehrenpreis

Joseph McLaughlin

Have great weeks!

Charity Show & One Acts Festival Announcements!

Hello membership!

Our Vice President of Special Projects, Celia Gibson, met with the rest of the executive board this evening to approve both her 2015 Charity Show and Fall 2014 One Acts Festival selections.

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Charity Show will be The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Aryeh Harris-Shapiro.

Here are the selections for the Fall 2014 One Acts Festival:

Anastasia the Movie as a Musical,” written and directed by Michael Gobiel and Emily Prescott
“Novices,” directed by Abby Kass
“Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All,” by Christopher Durang, directed by Kyle Tague
“Sure Thing,” by David Ives, directed by Ali Edwards and Alison Parker

Stay tuned for more information about audition times and locations!

Spring 2014 Pitch Season

Hello membership!

For the first time ever, we will be releasing the main stage pitches received for our Spring 2014 season. Any dues paying member is encouraged to attend our Third General Meeting on November 9th, 7 PM, in the Agganis Student Theater. At that meeting, you will hear the creative teams pitch their shows, as well as address any potential issues our reading committee came across in their evaluation. Then, you will have the opportunity to vote for the two mainstage shows you’d like to make up our spring 2014 season. (The Charity Show is selected by our Vice President of Special Projects, Celia Gibson.)

Remember that you are voting for a season, not just two shows you happen to like. And remember – democracy only works if people show up. No excuses: get there and vote!

Here are the shows that were submitted as main stages (in alphabetical order). Take advantage of the time you have from now until November 9th to research the shows and ask the creative teams questions. An informed vote is a good vote!

Hail Satan! (A Comedy in Two Acts) – Kyle Tague
Private Lives – Joseph McLaughlin
Romeo & Juliet – Celia Gibson
A Streetcar Named Desire – Shoshana Koff

The following were submitted for consideration for the Charity Show. The show that is not selected will reenter the regular voting pool for your consideration.

The Laramie Project – Aryeh Harris-Shapiro
Milk Milk Lemonade – Karen Loewy

Note: If you believe your pitch is missing, there’s a typo, or you notice any other sort of problem, please let me know. Have great weeks!

Fall 2014 Cast List (and other ramblings)

Okay, go ahead and CTRL-F your name. When you’re done, come back up here and read me.

Did you get cast? Let me be the first to offer a sincere, hearty congratulations! Stay tuned, as your directing team will contact you shortly to set up a first meeting.

If you did not get cast – I know it sucks. It’s happened to me. It happens to everyone at some point in their lives. Nothing I can say is going to make it better in this moment. But know this – just because you weren’t cast, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a good actor, and it doesn’t mean we didn’t want you. This was literally our most competitive season in the better part of a decade, due to both a lower show count and an unprecedented turnout of auditioning talent, new and old. Know that even if you weren’t cast, we appreciate and love you, and we want you to stick around. I’ve talked to so many folks who auditioned for Troupe their first semester, didn’t get cast, and never came back — not because they lost interest, but because they assumed we didn’t want them, or that they lacked in ability! This couldn’t be further from the truth. Inevitably, extremely talented people aren’t going to make the cast list due to sheer differences in supply and demand. But we have way more opportunities available to you this semester – come have fun and make theater with us. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Acting, writing and teching opportunities are available with no auditions or experience required October 3rd-4th for our 24 hour theater COMBAT event. If you’re interested — email me at stage@bu.edu, I’ll add you to the list, and you’ll be contacted as it gets closer. One Acts & Monologues Festival is also approaching, and with it, a plethora of new acting opportunities — if you’re on the email list, you’ll receive more information in the coming weeks.

Finally, our TECH MEETING is September 14th (this Sunday) at 2 PM in “The Space” (check the “Facilities” tab for directions). I know, I know – I can sense that hesitation and insistence through the computer – “I’m an actor, not a techie.” Stage Troupe’s motto is “learning by doing” – if you’ve never tried tech before, there literally isn’t a better time to start. I was exclusively an actor when I came to BU, and now I’m proficient in stage management, sound design, and producing — not a bad thing to add to your résumé or portfolio. We’ll teach you every element of whatever department interests you — lighting, sound, set design, stage management, producing and more — and help you grow as a techie, an artist, and a leader. We also love our techies – they actually make up at least half of our group and become absolutely integral to the show production process. I’m assuming some of you might be reading this, crestfallen, but on the fence. To someone who’s been there – do it. Come check out the tech meeting. You’ll be glad you did. And guess what? Once you’re part of our family (and yes, Troupe is a family), it’ll be time for spring auditions before you know it — and then you’ve got another shot at getting that part. Life’s too short to give up after one try.

I know this has been a trying week for all of us — auditions are always stressful, no matter the result. Everyone be safe and enjoy your weekend.

 

Into the Woods

Narrator/Mysterious Man- Victor Kholod
Baker- Andy Moeller
Baker’s Wife- Kelly Duffy
The Witch- Abi Oshins
Cinderella- Ali Edwards
Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf- Elliot Hanson
Little Red Riding Hood- Cameron Barney
Jack- Nathan Wilgeroth
Jack’s Mother- Brittany Martin
Rapunzel’s Prince- Matt Melleby
Rapunzel- Zoe Enscoe
Cinderella’s Stepmother-Ara Butler
Lucinda -Danielle Diamond
Florinda/Granny- Brittany Kamson
Cinderella’s Father- Joe Gambino
Steward- Mikey Giordano
Milky White- Claire Buesser

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Martha- Emily Prescott

George- Kyle Mitchell

Nick- Kyle Tague

Honey- Isabella Walpole

Marat/Sade

Marquis de Sade – Eli Brenna
Jean – Paul Marat – Jeremy Oshins
Charlotte Corday – Daniella Seidl

Herald – Paulina Ke

Coulmier – Sydney Charvat

Simonne Evrard – Melany Vázquez Heredia

Duperret – Michael Gobiel

Jacques Roux – Zack Kennedy

Rossignol- Hanna Eichen

Polpoch- Evan Creedon

Cucurucu- Abigail Kass

Kokol- Cory Azmon

Patient- Kaitlyn Jones

Patient- Kiko Macan

Patient- Rachel Smith

Patient- Zach King

Nurse- Alicia Winton

Nurse- Lucy Gamades

Guard- Ryan Kelly

Guard- Scott Backman

Fall 2014 Callbacks List

Hi Troupies! I hope you’ve enjoyed sweating all evening/refreshing this page relentlessly. After you’ve immediately scrolled down to see if your name is on this list, please READ THE REST OF THIS POST!

If your name is on one or more callback lists – fantastic, congratulations! Callbacks take place tomorrow, Thursday the 11th, from 5-10 PM, in PSY/SOC B51. The directing/creative team may email you additional instructions, so please check the email you provided on your audition sheet. Otherwise, please show up PROMPTLY AT 5 and expect to stay the entire time!

If you have an unavoidable conflict, please email stage@bu.edu IMMEDIATELY with the details of your conflict and when you expect to arrive. I will forward your email to the directing team, and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Finally, if you need to drop a callback, it’s okay. You can drop one at any time while you’re at callbacks – at the beginning, in the middle, or at the very end. Just let the relevant directing team know as soon as you do. Also note that if you are cast and then drop a show, you will not be permitted to audition for Stage Troupe for one semester.

If your name is NOT on any callback list – don’t fret! This was our most competitive season in recent memory, but we still want you to be part of the Troupe family! Our tech meeting is coming up on September 14th at 2 PM in “The Space” near Raising Cane’s – by all means, come and check it out… you may find a new passion in one of our technical departments!

Additionally, we have more acting opportunities coming up! COMBAT, our 24 hour theater event, is still looking for writers and actors – no auditions required. If you’re interested, email stage@bu.edu, and I’ll sign you up! The event takes place from 8 PM October 3rd to 8 AM October 4th for writers, and 8 AM to 8 PM October 4th for actors and technicians. Troupe has actually won an official Boston University award of excellence for this event, so don’t hesitate to join us!

The Fall One Acts & Monologues Festival is also on the horizon later in the semester – additional information will be emailed out once we have details on our show lineup and audition details!

Now then, enough plugging. Without any further ado, the Fall 2014 Callbacks List

 

Into the Woods

Females

Abi Oshins

Ali Edwards

Alix Jansma

Ara Butler

Brittany Kamson

Brittany Martin

Cameron Barney

Claire Buesser

Chelsea Wolsel

Danielle Diamond

Emily Prescott

Isabella Walpole

Karlie Fitzgerald

Katie Aramento

Katie Logan

Kelly Duffy

MaryKate Hagerty

Pascal Serp

Sali Diakite

Taylor Tessitore

Zoe Enscoe

Males

Andrew Velechanski

Andy Moller

David Olson

Eliot Hanson

Evan Creedon

Jeremy Oshins

Joe Gambino

Matt Melleby

Mikey Giordano

Nathan Wilgeroth

Raaid Arshad

Richard VonItter

Sean Burciago

Victor Kholod

Zach King


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Females

Abi Oshins

Ali Edwards

Alix Jansma

Claire Buesser

Emily Prescott

Hanna Eichen

Isabella Walpole

Jenny Morris

Lucy Gamades

Morgan Lehofer

Taylor Tessitore

Toria Rainey

Zoe Enscoe

Males

Daniel Reichling

David Olson

Eli Brenna

Eli Sarcino

Evan Creedon

Kyle Mitchell

Kyle Tague

Robby Finan

Marat/Sade

Females

Abigail Kass

Ali Edwards

Alicia Winton

Audrey Wood

Cara Dwyer

Daniella Seidl

Danielle Diamond

Emily Prescott

Emily Zisko

Hanna Eichen

Isabella Walpole

Kaitlin Jones

Kelly Tapager

Lucy Gamades

Melany Vazquez Heredin

Pascale Serp

Paulina Ke

Rachel Smith

Sydney Chavat

Males

Cory Azmon

Daniel Reighling

David Hunt

Eli Brenna

Evan Creden

Jeremy Oshins

Kiko Macan

Michael Gobiel

Ryan Kelly

Scott Backman

Zach King

Zack Kennedy