Auditions: Page to Stage

Join us at the Matthews Opera House for auditions for our new community theater experiment, “Page to Stage!” This unique reader’s theater production will offer opportunities for actors to read from four different scripts and is a perfect opportunity for those new to the stage, seasoned actors who are short on time but long on ambition, and anyone who would like to participate in a relaxed, creative theater experience.

“Page to Stage” will feature four plays: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” directed by Julie Walkins; “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” directed by Joanna Mechaley; “A Gap in Generations,” directed by Max Merchen; and a new play written and directed by local playwright Charlotte Dougherty, “I Know What You Did.” Each play is a full-length script. Due to its nature as a Reader’s Theater, however, actors will not face the typical rigorous requirements–the rehearsal period will be brief, there will be minimal movement and no memorization required!

Each play will perform on scheduled weekends throughout the month of May.

Auditions will be held simultaneously and community members are invited to try out for one or more of the four productions. 

“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” written by Nora and Delilah Ephron and adapted from the memoir  of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, will be directed by long-time Matthews thespian, Julie Walkins. This funny, compelling script is an intimate collection of stories about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black.

Joanna Mechaley will direct “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. This play focuses on a frowzy, acid-tongued mother who wreaks petty vengeance on everyone around her, including her two daughters. But her youngest daughter exhibits an intuitive gift for science, and proves that something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil.

Once again proving that laughter is the best medicine, Max Merchen will direct “A Gap in Generations,” by Jerry Blunt. This comedic-farce explodes with belly-laughs as the readers discover a square in old Bologna peopled by types that could have strayed from any of Shakespeare’s classic tales.

In addition to nationally published scripts, “Page to Stage” will also feature the work of a local playwright, “Dark Secrets,” written and directed by C.A. Dougherty. In Dougherty’s newest play, two sisters with a bad case of sibling rivalry find themselves faced with unexpected and sometimes hilarious consequences, trying to test out the theory that everyone has at least one secret that they don’t want anyone to know. Ever!

Auditions: Page to Stage

Join us at the Matthews Opera House for auditions for our new community theater experiment, “Page to Stage!” This unique reader’s theater production will offer opportunities for actors to read from four different scripts and is a perfect opportunity for those new to the stage, seasoned actors who are short on time but long on ambition, and anyone who would like to participate in a relaxed, creative theater experience.

“Page to Stage” will feature four plays: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” directed by Julie Walkins; “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” directed by Joanna Mechaley; “A Gap in Generations,” directed by Max Merchen; and a new play written and directed by local playwright Charlotte Dougherty, “I Know What You Did.” Each play is a full-length script. Due to its nature as a Reader’s Theater, however, actors will not face the typical rigorous requirements–the rehearsal period will be brief, there will be minimal movement and no memorization required!

Each play will perform on scheduled weekends throughout the month of May.

Auditions will be held simultaneously and community members are invited to try out for one or more of the four productions. 

“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” written by Nora and Delilah Ephron and adapted from the memoir  of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, will be directed by long-time Matthews thespian, Julie Walkins. This funny, compelling script is an intimate collection of stories about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black.

Joanna Mechaley will direct “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. This play focuses on a frowzy, acid-tongued mother who wreaks petty vengeance on everyone around her, including her two daughters. But her youngest daughter exhibits an intuitive gift for science, and proves that something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil.

Once again proving that laughter is the best medicine, Max Merchen will direct “A Gap in Generations,” by Jerry Blunt. This comedic-farce explodes with belly-laughs as the readers discover a square in old Bologna peopled by types that could have strayed from any of Shakespeare’s classic tales.

In addition to nationally published scripts, “Page to Stage” will also feature the work of a local playwright, “Dark Secrets,” written and directed by C.A. Dougherty. In Dougherty’s newest play, two sisters with a bad case of sibling rivalry find themselves faced with unexpected and sometimes hilarious consequences, trying to test out the theory that everyone has at least one secret that they don’t want anyone to know. Ever!

AUDITIONS: Through the Looking Glass

Auditions for the fantasy play  “Through the Looking Glass,” adapted from the beloved story from Lewis Caroll, will be held on June 3 & 4 at 6 pm in the Matthews Opera House Theater. Up to 19 roles are available for a mixture of male and female performers, high school through adult. Roles include familiar characters such as Alice, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, the Red Queen, and others. No prior experience or registration is needed.

Alice’s adventures continue with a trip into the Looking-Glass World where everything is topsy-turvy and no one behaves quite as they should. Finding herself navigating an enormous chessboard, Alice travels through a garden of live flowers, tries to follow the nonsensical rules of the Red and White Queens, faces the fearsome Jabberwock, and frolics with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. If she can only make it to the final square, she’ll become a queen. Drawn directly from Lewis Caroll’s classic work, this stage production of “Through the Looking Glass” brings you Alice and her friends like you’ve never seen them before!

This show will have extended performance times as it is our summer theatre program. Please make sure you can attend all performance dates prior to auditioning.

Audition pieces can be picked up in the Matthews gallery after May 23.

Performances Dates

July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and August 1, 2 & 3 at 7 pm

AUDITIONS: Through the Looking Glass

Auditions for the fantasy play  “Through the Looking Glass,” adapted from the beloved story from Lewis Caroll, will be held on June 3 & 4 at 6 pm in the Matthews Opera House Theater. Up to 19 roles are available for a mixture of male and female performers, high school through adult. Roles include familiar characters such as Alice, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, the Red Queen, and others. No prior experience or registration is needed.

Alice’s adventures continue with a trip into the Looking-Glass World where everything is topsy-turvy and no one behaves quite as they should. Finding herself navigating an enormous chessboard, Alice travels through a garden of live flowers, tries to follow the nonsensical rules of the Red and White Queens, faces the fearsome Jabberwock, and frolics with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. If she can only make it to the final square, she’ll become a queen. Drawn directly from Lewis Caroll’s classic work, this stage production of “Through the Looking Glass” brings you Alice and her friends like you’ve never seen them before!

This show will have extended performance times as it is our summer theatre program. Please make sure you can attend all performance dates prior to auditioning.

Audition pieces can be picked up in the Matthews gallery after May 23.

Performances Dates

July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and August 1, 2 & 3 at 7 pm

Theater on the Run 2022

Theater on the Run is back for its eleventh year on Saturdays, September 10 & 17 at 6 pm with a special “Theater Running in Place” performance on Sunday, September 18 at 2 pm!

Each Saturday evening, four downtown Spearfish businesses open their doors to a set of actors and who will perform a playlet for the audience to enjoy. The play and cast remain the same on both dates, just the downtown locations change. Tickets are limited to 26 seats per venue, for a total of 104 tickets each weekend. The event begins with a performance in the Matthews theater for all 104 ticketholders, then the audience splits into four groups with each group assigned a specific location to start their “run.” Refreshments are available at each location.

Sunday’s matinee performance will “run in place” with all shows presented in the Matthews theater and snacks provided in the fireplace room.

How does Theater on the Run work?

Theater on the Run begins with a performance at the Matthews Opera House. After the first short show, audience members separate into groups to go to various locations downtown. After each group has enjoyed a 15-20 minute play, the audience rotates to the next location to view the next play. Each venue will have beverages for sale, with some offering adult and some offering non-adult beverages. Appetizers are included in the cost of the ticket.

Theater on the Run is a fun and unique way to experience theater which has made it one of our most popular events each year. A limited amount of tickets are available and the event has quickly sold out since 2012, so make sure to get them early. This event is one you won’t want to miss! Tickets are only sold in The Matthews art gallery or online and must be purchased in advance. The participating venues are NOT selling tickets.

Sept. 10 play locations are: (all of our partnering venues this evening are at street level)
Opening: The Matthews Opera House theater
Good Earth Foods
Blackbird Espresso
Studio 621
St. Vincent DePaul

Sept. 17 play locations are: (one of our partnering venues this evening has stairs)
Opening:
The Matthews Opera House theater
Jacket Zone
Nowhere Lounge
Matthews Gallery
Common Grounds

Sept. 18 location is: (we have an elevator for easy accessibility!)
The Matthews Opera House theater

Only 104 tickets per evening!

We have only 104 tickets each for Sept. 11 and 18, for a total of 208 tickets. All tickets are $35.00. The ticket includes the show and appetizers that are provided by all of the participating downtown venues.

The plays and directors

Opening in the Matthews Opera House theater
The Blind I
Directed by Julie Walkins

Performing at Blackbird Espresso (09.10) and Matthews Gallery (09.17)
Post-Its: Notes on a Marriage
Directed by Casey Hibbert

Performing at Good Earth (09.10) and Nowhere Lounge (09.17)
A Timely Maneuver
Directed by CA Dougherty

Performing at Studio 621 (09.10) and Common Grounds (09.17)
Drugs are Bad
Directed by Tytus Spivey

Performing at St. Vincent De Paul (09.10) and Jacket Zone (09.17)
Mating Season of Flying Monkeys
Directed by Max Merchen

Tickets go on sale August 16

Tickets go on sale at 10 am, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Get yours at The Matthews Gallery (612 N. Main Street, Spearfish) or by phone, 605.642.7973, during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets may also be purchased online at matthewsopera.com. Tickets will not be available before 10 am.

When you purchase your tickets, you will have a color listed as your venue. This will determine the group you are in throughout the evening. All groups will start in the Matthews Opera House theater.

Theater on the Run 2022

Theater on the Run is back for its eleventh year on Saturdays, September 10 & 17 at 6 pm with a special “Theater Running in Place” performance on Sunday, September 18 at 2 pm!

Each Saturday evening, four downtown Spearfish businesses open their doors to a set of actors and who will perform a playlet for the audience to enjoy. The play and cast remain the same on both dates, just the downtown locations change. Tickets are limited to 26 seats per venue, for a total of 104 tickets each weekend. The event begins with a performance in the Matthews theater for all 104 ticketholders, then the audience splits into four groups with each group assigned a specific location to start their “run.” Refreshments are available at each location.

Sunday’s matinee performance will “run in place” with all shows presented in the Matthews theater and snacks provided in the fireplace room.

How does Theater on the Run work?

Theater on the Run begins with a performance at the Matthews Opera House. After the first short show, audience members separate into groups to go to various locations downtown. After each group has enjoyed a 15-20 minute play, the audience rotates to the next location to view the next play. Each venue will have beverages for sale, with some offering adult and some offering non-adult beverages. Appetizers are included in the cost of the ticket.

Theater on the Run is a fun and unique way to experience theater which has made it one of our most popular events each year. A limited amount of tickets are available and the event has quickly sold out since 2012, so make sure to get them early. This event is one you won’t want to miss! Tickets are only sold in The Matthews art gallery or online and must be purchased in advance. The participating venues are NOT selling tickets.

Sept. 10 play locations are: (all of our partnering venues this evening are at street level)
Opening: The Matthews Opera House theater
Good Earth Foods
Blackbird Espresso
Studio 621
St. Vincent DePaul

Sept. 17 play locations are: (one of our partnering venues this evening has stairs)
Opening:
The Matthews Opera House theater
Jacket Zone
Nowhere Lounge
Matthews Gallery
Common Grounds

Sept. 18 location is: (we have an elevator for easy accessibility!)
The Matthews Opera House theater

Only 104 tickets per evening!

We have only 104 tickets each for Sept. 11 and 18, for a total of 208 tickets. All tickets are $35.00. The ticket includes the show and appetizers that are provided by all of the participating downtown venues.

The plays and directors

Opening in the Matthews Opera House theater
The Blind I
Directed by Julie Walkins

Performing at Blackbird Espresso (09.10) and Matthews Gallery (09.17)
Post-Its: Notes on a Marriage
Directed by Casey Hibbert

Performing at Good Earth (09.10) and Nowhere Lounge (09.17)
A Timely Maneuver
Directed by CA Dougherty

Performing at Studio 621 (09.10) and Common Grounds (09.17)
Drugs are Bad
Directed by Tytus Spivey

Performing at St. Vincent De Paul (09.10) and Jacket Zone (09.17)
Mating Season of Flying Monkeys
Directed by Max Merchen

Tickets go on sale August 16

Tickets go on sale at 10 am, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Get yours at The Matthews Gallery (612 N. Main Street, Spearfish) or by phone, 605.642.7973, during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets may also be purchased online at matthewsopera.com. Tickets will not be available before 10 am.

When you purchase your tickets, you will have a color listed as your venue. This will determine the group you are in throughout the evening. All groups will start in the Matthews Opera House theater.

Theater on the Run 2022

Theater on the Run is back for its eleventh year on Saturdays, September 10 & 17 at 6 pm with a special “Theater Running in Place” performance on Sunday, September 18 at 2 pm!

Each Saturday evening, four downtown Spearfish businesses open their doors to a set of actors and who will perform a playlet for the audience to enjoy. The play and cast remain the same on both dates, just the downtown locations change. Tickets are limited to 26 seats per venue, for a total of 104 tickets each weekend. The event begins with a performance in the Matthews theater for all 104 ticketholders, then the audience splits into four groups with each group assigned a specific location to start their “run.” Refreshments are available at each location.

Sunday’s matinee performance will “run in place” with all shows presented in the Matthews theater and snacks provided in the fireplace room.

How does Theater on the Run work?

Theater on the Run begins with a performance at the Matthews Opera House. After the first short show, audience members separate into groups to go to various locations downtown. After each group has enjoyed a 15-20 minute play, the audience rotates to the next location to view the next play. Each venue will have beverages for sale, with some offering adult and some offering non-adult beverages. Appetizers are included in the cost of the ticket.

Theater on the Run is a fun and unique way to experience theater which has made it one of our most popular events each year. A limited amount of tickets are available and the event has quickly sold out since 2012, so make sure to get them early. This event is one you won’t want to miss! Tickets are only sold in The Matthews art gallery or online and must be purchased in advance. The participating venues are NOT selling tickets.

Sept. 10 play locations are: (all of our partnering venues this evening are at street level)
Opening: The Matthews Opera House theater
Good Earth Foods
Blackbird Espresso
Studio 621
St. Vincent DePaul

Sept. 17 play locations are: (one of our partnering venues this evening has stairs)
Opening:
The Matthews Opera House theater
Jacket Zone
Nowhere Lounge
Matthews Gallery
Common Grounds

Sept. 18 location is: (we have an elevator for easy accessibility!)
The Matthews Opera House theater

Only 104 tickets per evening!

We have only 104 tickets each for Sept. 11 and 18, for a total of 208 tickets. All tickets are $35.00. The ticket includes the show and appetizers that are provided by all of the participating downtown venues.

The plays and directors

Opening in the Matthews Opera House theater
The Blind I
Directed by Julie Walkins

Performing at Blackbird Espresso (09.10) and Matthews Gallery (09.17)
Post-Its: Notes on a Marriage
Directed by Casey Hibbert

Performing at Good Earth (09.10) and Nowhere Lounge (09.17)
A Timely Maneuver
Directed by CA Dougherty

Performing at Studio 621 (09.10) and Common Grounds (09.17)
Drugs are Bad
Directed by Tytus Spivey

Performing at St. Vincent De Paul (09.10) and Jacket Zone (09.17)
Mating Season of Flying Monkeys
Directed by Max Merchen

Tickets go on sale August 16

Tickets go on sale at 10 am, Tuesday, Aug. 16. Get yours at The Matthews Gallery (612 N. Main Street, Spearfish) or by phone, 605.642.7973, during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets may also be purchased online at matthewsopera.com. Tickets will not be available before 10 am.

When you purchase your tickets, you will have a color listed as your venue. This will determine the group you are in throughout the evening. All groups will start in the Matthews Opera House theater.

Getting Our Acts Together

The Matthews is excited to bring you a special night of theater: “Getting Our Acts Together: A Night of Northern Hills One Acts”! This special performance will be hosted at the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center on Saturday, October 15 at 7 pm.

Additional performances will be held at the Homestake Opera House on Friday, October 14 at 7 pm and at the Belle Fourche Recreation Center on Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm.

The performance, aptly named for the collaboration between the Matthews Opera House, Homestake Theater Works, and the Belle Fourche Area Community Theater, will feature three one-act plays presented by three separate directors and casts. Each of the shows will be around 30 to 45 minutes long, to create a full evening of entertainment.

About the Shows…

“Laundry and Bourbon”
by James McClure

directed by Julie Walkins, Matthews Opera House

The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other tidbits, can’t resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth’s inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.

“Any Body for Tea”
by C.B. Gilford

directed by Debbie Minter, Homestake Theater Works

Detective Dennis O’Finn, investigating the death of an elderly lady, discovers that he is the motive for murder. Six sweet but slightly balmy ladies are all in love with their bachelor neighbor, the handsome, forty-ish, O’Finn. To lure him to visit, they stage a homicide. But to keep him around, they must do it again!

Based on the enormously successful Bull in a China Shop, this charmer of a chiller is a top contest play from coast to coast.

“Endings are Hard”
by Derek Olson and Toi Lyn Flick

directed by Derek Olson, Belle Fourche Area Community Theater

This original script by local playwrights has been performed throughout the country, and is about a writer who is working on an action movie script. As the writer tries to figure out how to end the movie, he finds that the characters in the script start to pitch their own ideas.

The Fantasticks Auditions

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center is excited to announce open auditions for “The Fantasticks,” a musical! The show is under direction of Casey S. Hibbert with musical direction provided by Connie Hubbard. Auditions will take place Thursday Dec. 8 & Friday, Dec. 9 from 6-8 pm in the Matthews theater. All are welcome!

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” 

Audition Dates

December 8 & 9  from 6 – 8 pm; If needed, callbacks will be held Saturday, December 10 from 6 – 8 pm.

Director’s Note: Everyone is welcome to audition; no prior experience is necessary! We know that this can be a nerve-wracking process and want you to know that we wish you success and enjoyment in this experience.

Here is some audition info so you know what to expect: Please prepare a song in your key OR sing a song from the show! Perusals are available in the Matthews Gallery. You may also be asked to read sides from the script. Copies will be provided for you.

Performance Dates

April 14th – 23rd; Friday & Saturday at 7 pm & Sunday at 2 pm 

Audition Dates

Thursday, December 8th & Friday December 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; If needed, callbacks will be held Saturday, December 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 

Audition Location: The Matthews Opera House, 612 Main St. Spearfish, SD 57783 

Everyone is welcome to audition; no prior experience is necessary! We know this can be a nerve-wracking process and want you to know that we wish you success and enjoyment in this experience. 

Here is some audition info so you know what to expect: Please prepare a song in your key. Sing a song from the show! You may also be asked to read sides from the script. Copies will be provided for you. 

Character List: 

*please note: all ages are the age to be played, not necessarily the age the actor is. 

The Narrator (El Gallo) 

A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, but has his own darker moments. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 30 to 50 

Vocal range top: G4 

Vocal range bottom: Ab2 

The Girl (Luisa) 

A button maker’s young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender. 

Gender: Female 

Age: 15 to 25 

Vocal range top: B5 

Vocal range bottom: B3 

The Boy (Matt) 

An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with false bravado. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 18 to 25 

Vocal range top: G4 

Vocal range bottom: A2 

The Boy’s Father (Hucklebee) 

A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 40 to 60 

Vocal range top: F#4 

Vocal range bottom: A2 

The Girl’s Father (Bellomy) 

A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their 

children together. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 40 to 60 

Vocal range top: F#4 

Vocal range bottom: A2 

The Actor (Henry) 

An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 50 to 70 

The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) 

Henry’s goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 30 to 50 

The Mute 

A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the “invisible” stage assistant. 

Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed. 

Gender: Any 

Age: 20 to 50 

The Fantasticks Auditions

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center is excited to announce open auditions for “The Fantasticks,” a musical! The show is under direction of Casey S. Hibbert with musical direction provided by Connie Hubbard. Auditions will take place Thursday Dec. 8 & Friday, Dec. 9 from 6-8 pm in the Matthews theater. All are welcome!

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” 

Audition Dates

December 8 & 9  from 6 – 8 pm; If needed, callbacks will be held Saturday, December 10 from 6 – 8 pm.

Director’s Note: Everyone is welcome to audition; no prior experience is necessary! We know that this can be a nerve-wracking process and want you to know that we wish you success and enjoyment in this experience.

Here is some audition info so you know what to expect: Please prepare a song in your key OR sing a song from the show! Perusals are available in the Matthews Gallery. You may also be asked to read sides from the script. Copies will be provided for you.

Performance Dates

April 14th – 23rd; Friday & Saturday at 7 pm & Sunday at 2 pm 

Audition Dates

Thursday, December 8th & Friday December 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm; If needed, callbacks will be held Saturday, December 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 

Audition Location: The Matthews Opera House, 612 Main St. Spearfish, SD 57783 

Everyone is welcome to audition; no prior experience is necessary! We know this can be a nerve-wracking process and want you to know that we wish you success and enjoyment in this experience. 

Here is some audition info so you know what to expect: Please prepare a song in your key. Sing a song from the show! You may also be asked to read sides from the script. Copies will be provided for you. 

Character List: 

*please note: all ages are the age to be played, not necessarily the age the actor is. 

The Narrator (El Gallo) 

A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, but has his own darker moments. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 30 to 50 

Vocal range top: G4 

Vocal range bottom: Ab2 

The Girl (Luisa) 

A button maker’s young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender. 

Gender: Female 

Age: 15 to 25 

Vocal range top: B5 

Vocal range bottom: B3 

The Boy (Matt) 

An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with false bravado. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 18 to 25 

Vocal range top: G4 

Vocal range bottom: A2 

The Boy’s Father (Hucklebee) 

A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 40 to 60 

Vocal range top: F#4 

Vocal range bottom: A2 

The Girl’s Father (Bellomy) 

A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their 

children together. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 40 to 60 

Vocal range top: F#4 

Vocal range bottom: A2 

The Actor (Henry) 

An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 50 to 70 

The Man Who Dies (Mortimer) 

Henry’s goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 30 to 50 

The Mute 

A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the “invisible” stage assistant. 

Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed. 

Gender: Any 

Age: 20 to 50 

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