Mike Thomas, producing director for the Maysville Players at the Washington Opera is looking for a few good men and women to play a part in the local theatre company’s 57th season of shows.
“We have been blessed during my past 11 years here to have discovered some truly talented people with which to populate our productions,” Thomas said. “However, we are always hoping to discover more folks who might be interested in joining our company.”
To that end, as Thomas prepares his five-show selection for the 2018-19 season, the Players will be hosting a performer’s open house at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at the Washington Opera House in downtown Maysville. Light refreshments will be served.
The invitation is extended to all people who might be curious (or already certain) that they would like to participate in the season activities. Thomas encourages all actors, singers, and musicians to attend the informal open house to learn more about the Players and how to get involved.
“This open house is not an audition,” Thomas explained. “Those will come later on once the shows are selected.”
More importantly for Thomas, the open house will give him the chance to meet-and-greet the public and see how they might match up with the needs of the scripts he is considering for the season which runs from October 2018 through August 2019.
“Selecting a season is the most nerve-wracking part of my job,” Thomas explained. “We are never certain we will have the right types of actors, singers, musicians available to us to adequately give a certain show a professional-quality production. Hopefully, this session will give us a broader view of talent we have yet to discover.”
The open house is open to all performers from age 18 to “way above,” Thomas explained. “We’re particularly looking for those between the ages of 20 and 50, and for a diversity of race.”
Thomas would like to present a “big, big musical” either this or next season, but is apprehensive if there are enough vocalists (especially males) who would like to participate. He has been looking at a variety of musicals including “The Sound of Music,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Big River,” to name just a few.
“We have done smaller scale musicals in the past that were extremely successful,” Thomas said. “I’d like to see if we can kick it up a bit.”
Musicians are also being sought to provide accompaniment for the musicals. Additionally, Thomas would like to see if there are musician/singer/actor combinations to be front-and-center for productions such as the bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain” or the countrified “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
As for comedies, dramas and mysteries, Thomas is looking at such titles as Neil Simon’s “Fools,” the Pulitzer-Prize winning drama “Doubt,” and the Agatha Christie classic mystery “Ten Little Indians.”
“We’ll just have to see who we have,” Thomas said. “Casting accounts for 75 percent of a show’s success.”
For more information visit maysvilleplayers.net or call the theatre at 606-564-3666 or Thomas at 606-375-1174.