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"Camp Rock: The Musical" Audition Announcement

Audition Dates:

Auditions for The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players' production of Disney's "Camp Rock: The Musical" will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 6, at The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville. Doors open 30 minutes early

The Belfry is seeking youth ages 13-20, who will sing a 16-bar song and present a two-minute comedic monologue (no songs or monologues from the show, please). Accompaniment provided; please bring piano sheet music. Or a CD or pre-recorded track are allowed. Audition packet with audition form will be posted soon with a link. Please bring head shot to attach to audition form.

Synopsis:

Disney's Camp Rock is a combination of The Disney Channel's "Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." It will fire up the stage with more than a dozen songs, including "This is Me," "Can't Back Down," "It's On" and "We Rock." A classic story of rivalry and power, the musical opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock, ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock's very existence. Production:

Performances:

There will be a total eight shows over two weekends, including Saturday and Sunday matinees, July 27-Aug. 5. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call will be at least 90 minutes prior to show time. Rehearsals will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning Monday, June 18, with rehearsal running later during tech week.

Information for Parents:

Parents will be expected to sign up to volunteer during rehearsals and during the run of the show, to help backstage, with costumes and makeup, security, lobby, public appearances, and wherever needed. Any expected absences for rehearsals should be noted on the audition form. No absences are allowed during the run of the show.

Public Appearances:

Cast members will make public appearances, including participating with The Belfry during the Noblesville Fourth of July Parade on July 4, and performing at the Noblesville Fireworks Festival that same evening at Noblesville High School; at the Noblesville Street Dance on July 14; and at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair on July 21.

Please Note: 

Directed by James H. Williams, the show is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. This Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players production is not part of The Belfry Theatre's regular season, which means the show is not included with season tickets. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and younger. There are no passes for parents, families, during the eight-show run.

Crew Members Needed:

Also, The Belfry is also accepting applications for crew members for "Camp Rock The Musical." Crew members must be at least 12 years of age. For questions, email director James H. Williams at gemini1969@gmail.com.

The Belfry Theatre's 54th Season Announced

The Belfry Theatre is pleased to announce its 54th theater season for 2018-19. 

  • “Our Town,” Sept. 14-30, directed by Nancy Lafferty.
  • ”It’s a Wonderful Life,” Nov. 23-Dec. 9, directed by Sam Brown.
  • ”The Savannah Sipping Society,” Feb. 1-17, directed by Barcia Alejos.
  • ”Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” March 29-April 14, directed by James H. Williams.
  • ”Red, White and Tuna,” May 31-June 16, directed by Ron Richards.
  • ”Honk, The Musical,” July 26-Aug. 4, Directed by James H. Williams.

All shows will take place at The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville. Season tickets and flex-pass ticket information will be announced soon.

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Cast Announcement for Brighton Beach Memoirs

The Belfry Theatre proudly announces the cast for its upcoming production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” directed by James H. Williams with assistant director Fran Knapp. The show is on stage June 1-17.

Here is the cast:

  • Russell Watson – Jack Jerome
  • Missy Rump – Kate Jerome
  • Jake Hobbs – Stanley Jerome
  • Jack Lindner – Eugene Jerome
  • Barb Weaver – Blanche Morton
  • Sabrina Duprey – Nora Morton
  • Kim Droz – Laurie Morton
  • Steve Jerk – Older Eugene Jerome

 

The Belfry proudly announces auditions for Brighton Beach Memoirs

By Neil Simon

Directed by James H. Williams
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Audition Dates: April 3 & 4, 2018

  • Auditions will be held at Noblesville United Methodist Church, beginning at 7:00 PM. 2051 Monument St. Noblesville, IN 46060
  • Please have prepared:  An age appropriate monologue and be prepared to read from the script.

Performance Dates:

  • Fridays and Saturdays June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 with curtain at 8:00 p.m.

  • Sunday Matinees on June 10 and 17 with curtain at 2:00 p.m.

Synopsis:

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon‐style.  Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle‐class Brooklyn walk‐up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."

List of Characters:

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS IS RATED PG‐13.    ALL ROLES ARE OPEN FOR CASTING

  • Eugene-Age almost 15 (could be older than 15, but must be able to look 15)
  • Blanche-Kate’s Sister ‐ age 38
  • Kate Jerome-Blanche’s Sister, Eugene’s mother- age 40
  • Laurie-Blanche’s Daughter ‐ age 13 (could be older than 13, but must be able to look 13)
  • Nora-Laurie’s sister and Blanche’s older daughter-age 16 (could be older, but must look 16)
  • Stanley Jerome-Eugene’s older brother-age 18 (could be older, but must look 18)
  • Jacob “Jack” Jerome-Stanley and Eugene’s father, Blanche’s husband‐age 40

Audition Forms:

Those under 18 are requested to fill out an audition/permission slip before auditioning.  If you wish to fill out your audition form/permission form and bring with you to auditions, please note below:

For further information, contact Director James H. Williams at Gemini1969@gmail.com

Purchase Tickets:

 

Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards

The Belfry Theatre cast and crew from the comedy, "The Foreigner" earned six awards at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

 

Noblesville's Geoff Lynch accepts an award for Best Sound Design for a Comedy, for "The Foreigner" at The Belfry Theatre, during the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Fishers' Jim Williams reads the nominations and presents an award for Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Noblesville's Geoff Lynch accepts an award for Jake Pedzinski, who earned Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy, for "The Foreigner" at The Belfry Theatre, during the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players wait in the balcony to perform "Under the Sea" from their summer production, Disney's "The Little Mermaid," at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players perform "Under the Sea" from their summer production, Disney's "The Little Mermaid," at the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre's Ginny Burt (from left), Elaine Wagner and Larry Wagner attend the Encore Association's 48th annual Encore Awards on Oct. 30 at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Belfry Theatre costumer Norma Floyd created this Ursula costume for Addison McMillan, who played in the theater's Apprentice Players production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid."

Congratulations to the Belfry Award Winners Presented October 30, 2017

The Hamilton County Theatre Guild, The Belfry, would like to congratulate all our volunteers for their participation in the 2016-17 season

The Encore Association Judges’ Committee has recognized the following for their excellence in bringing outstanding performances to the Metropolitan Indianapolis Community live theater stage in the 

2016-17 season:

Daniel Shock-Best Lead Actor in a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Diane Ryan-Best Major Supporting Actress in a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Joe Warner-Best Major Supporting Actor in a Comedy-The Foreigner 
David Melton-Best Lighting Design for a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Geoff Lynch-Best Sound Design for a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Jake Pedzinski-Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy-The Foreigner 
Riley Hobbs-Female Rising Star-Disney’s, Little Mermaid 
Jaden Sparks-Male Rising Star-Disney’s, Little Mermaid

The Encore Association was established in 1970, and is comprised solely of nonprofessional theatre groups in which no one is paid, which operate on a nonprofit basis, offer open auditions, and admission to the general public. The Encore Association is governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives of each participating theater. The board of directors hosts an annual awards ceremony in the fall recognizing excellence from the previous theatrical season. These awards are decided by a committee of judges who apply, are accepted by the board, view productions, and select nominees. The judges then announce the winners at the annual awards ceremony.

The Encore Association is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. It provides for the exchange of ideas and communication between groups and individuals interested in furthering community theater. 

Click here for more information on the Encore Association and to view upcoming Encore Theater show schedules.

48th Annual Encore Association Nominees

Announcing the Hamilton County Theatre Guild, The Belfry

2016-17 Nominees

The Belfry would like to thank all of our volunteers, patrons, and sponsors for making the 52nd season of the Hamilton County Theatre Guild so successful! Best of luck to all of our Encore nominees!

2016-17 Encore Association Season Belfry Nominees

Dana Lesh and Kelly BeDell, Producers-Best Production of a Comedy - The Foreigner

Dana Lesh - Best Director of a Comedy - The Foreigner

Daniel Shock - Best Lead Actor in a Comedy - The Foreigner

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy
Betsy Bullis - Girls of the Garden Club
Nikki Lynch - The Foreigner
Stephani McDole - Perfect Wedding

Best Major Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Dave Hoffman - Perfect Wedding
Joe Wagner - The Foreigner
Adam Workman - The Foreigner

Best Major Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Nancy Lafferty - Girls of the Garden Club
Diann Ryan - The Foreigner

Brad Staggs - Best Minor Supporting Actor in a Comedy-The Foreigner

Best Set Design of a Comedy
Mark Bulmahn - The Foreigner
Susan Hill & Mike Mellott - Dashing Through the Snow
Mike Mellott & Susan Walden - Perfect Wedding

Best Set Decoration of a Comedy
Stephanie Richardson - The Foreigner
Susie Walden, Betty Brown & Carol Douglas - Girls of the Garden Club

David Melton-Best Lighting Design for a Comedy - The Foreigner
Geoff Lynch-Best Sound Design for a Comedy - The Foreigner
Jake Pedzinski-Best Light Board Operator for a Comedy - The Foreigner
Jake Pedzinski-Best Sound Board Operator for a Comedy - The Foreigner

The Belfry is one of eleven theatres in the Encore Association. The Encore Association was established in 1970, and is comprised solely of nonprofessional theatre groups in which no one is paid, which operate on a nonprofit basis, offer open auditions, and admission to the general public.

The Encore Association board of directors hosts an annual awards ceremony in the fall recognizing excellence from the previous theatrical season. These awards are decided by a committee of volunteer judges who are accepted by the board, view productions, and select nominees. The judges then announce the winners at the annual awards ceremony, to be held October 30, 2017 at the Toby Theater located at 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis.

The Encore Association is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. It provides for the exchange of ideas and communication between groups and individuals interested in furthering community theatre.

For further information on The Encore Association, reserved tickets to the event and a complete list of nominees please click here.

Cast Announcement for Done to Death

The Belfry Theatre proudly announces its cast for 53rd season opener, "Done to Death," a mystery-comedy in two acts, Sept. 22-Oct. 8 at the theater, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville.

Directed by Nancy Lafferty, the murder-mystery comedy is written by Fred Carmichael. The plot focuses on five has-been mystery fiction writers who are brought to the mysterious Vulture's Vault to collaborate on and write a new murder-mystery TV series. When real murders start to happen, hilarity ensues.

The play is a huge parody of the murder mystery genre as the writers have their own styles that they use in hopes of figuring out the murders. The show is fast paced and full of action!

Drum roll please.......Here is the cast:

Jessica Olive – Barb Weaver
Whitney Olive – Michael Lipphardt
Mildred Maxwell – Cathie Morgan
Brad Benedict – Zach Buzan
Rodney Duckton – Tim Long
Jason Summers – Mike Hlavek
Jane – Debra Underwood
Gregory – Eddie Booher
Stagehand – Lindsey Carter
George – John Spafford
Martha – Susan Hill
The Man – Joe Meyers
Secretary - Katie Gipson
Stephanie Mildaur – Kelli Conkin
Box Office Worker – Barcia Miller Alejos

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH INC.

For reservations, call (317) 773-1085 or buy tickets online

The Apprentice Players would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this production of  Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

Align Orthodontics 
Adriene’s Flowers & Gifts
Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville
Caravan Classes 
The Farmers Bank 
Ginger’s Cafe 
Goldfish Swim School, Fishers 
Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt 
Hamilton County Parks & Recreation 
Hamilton County Television 
Hamilton County Tourism 
High Definition Window Cleaning 
Indiana State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson 
K-Trails Equestrian Adventure 
Legacy Keepers Music 
Lil Bloomers Children’s Boutique 
Logan Street Signs & Banners 
McMillan’s Auto Care & Towing 
Native Executive Security 
Noblesville Dairy Queen 
Noblesville Eagles No. 450 
Noblesville Elks No. 576 
Noblesville Jim Dandy 
Noblesville Trophies 
Peterson Architecture 
Pinheads 
Primrose School 
Sloderbeck for Sheriff 
Stony Creek Swim Center 
Tenth Street Photography 

The Belfry Proudly announces the cast for

Disney's The Little Mermaid

By Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater and Doug Wright

The excitement begins with rehearsals starting for Disney’s musical The Little Mermaid presented by The Belfry’s Apprentice Players July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.

The excitement begins with rehearsals starting for Disney’s musical The Little Mermaid presented by The Belfry’s Apprentice Players July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6. Riley Hobbs, playing the principal role of Ariel with Liam Torres (Pilot), Maddux Morrison (Prince Eric), Charlie Haas (Grimsby), Ben Ohning (Flounder), Brayden Johnson (Scuttle), Connor Spellman (King Triton), Jaden Sparks (Sebastian), Liam Baumer (Chef Louis), Addison McMillan (Ursula), with EvelynRose Burch and Katelyn King (Flotsam and Jetsam) and Sophia McCoskey and Sophaia Prabhu-Hensley (Windward and Leeward) leading the talented cast of Apprentice Players in this Academy Award winning musical. Click here to see the complete list of players in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and bring the whole family to the Belfry to enjoy this fishy fable as it captures your heart with its irresistible songs.

Presented by
The Belfry's Apprentice Players
July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6

All Performances for Disney's The Little Mermaid have sold out. 

The Belfry proudly announces AUDITIONS for our season opener

Done to Death

A Mystery-Comedy done in Two Acts

Directed by Nancy Lafferty

Done to Death is a murder mystery comedy written by Fred Carmichael. The plot focuses on five has-been mystery fiction writers who are brought to the mysterious Vulture's Vault to collaborate on and write a new murder mystery TV series. When real murders start to happen, hilarity ensues.

Announcing the Belfry Theatre’s 53rd Season of quality entertainment.

We are proud to announce a season of varied entertainment including comedy, drama, and musical fun!

Done to Death

A Mystery-Comedy in Two Acts by Fred Carmichael

September 22 - October 8, 2017 

Directed by Nancy Lafferty 

This murder, mystery, comedy is a huge parody of the murder mystery genre as the writers have their own styles that they use in hopes of figuring out the murders. Fast-paced and full of action!!

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Christmas Cactus

A Comedy by Eliot Byerrum

November 17 - December 3, 2017  

Directed by Elaine Wagner

Comedy, mystery, and romance converge in this charming contemporary Christmas tale where goodwill and justice triumph.

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey

February 2 – February 18, 2018

Directed by Jen Otterman

A dramatic comedy about hope, friendship and the eternal desire to control one's own destiny.

PG-13: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is rated PG-13. Some thematic elements and language might not be suitable for younger children.

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Nunsense II, The Second Coming  

A Musical Comedy by Dan Goggin

April 6 - April 22, 2018

Directed by Carla Crandall

The sequel to the international hit Nunsense. Look forward to the return of our Sisters of Hoboken appearing back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen's School for what is billed as a "Thank you, Program" for their supporters.

Presented by special arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

A Dramatic Comedy by Neil Simon

June 1 - June 17, 2018

Directed by James H. Williams

This is a wonderful, semi-autobiographical comedy with heart, wit and hysterical insights into family life and growing up-just a little off-center.

PG-13: Brighton Beach Memoirs is rated PG-13. Some thematic elements and language might not be suitable for younger children.

resented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. 

Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical

July 27 – August 5, 2018

Directed by Connie Murello-Todd

A classic story of rivalry and power, Disney's Camp Rock: The Musical opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock, ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives.

Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International 

Announcing Auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid


Book by Doug Wright
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Directed by Connie Murello-Todd

Audition dates:

Sunday, June 4 at 5:00pm 
Monday, June 5 at 6:00pm

Location:

The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville, IN 46060

Audition Announcement for Disney's The Little Mermaid

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. Children 5 to 13 will bring this production to life.

Audition Information

To audition, be between the ages of 5-13, prepare 16 measures of a song (piano and cd player provided) and a short monologue. We will also be dancing.

Around 25 speaking parts with a multitude of chorus parts of sea creatures.

Don't miss out on the fun of the great Disney show with great music.

 

Opening Night Celebrations - How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying!

Photos by Betsy Reason

Mount Vernon High School student Dakota Fisher and her mom after the show. Dakota plays Hedy RaRue, Mr. Biggley’s secret mistress, in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”

Noblesville High School junior Ben Elliott (left), who plays Ponty Finch, Leroy Delph who plays Mr. Biggley, and show director James H. Williams shoot the breeze after opening night of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”

Noblesville’s Rob Lawson poses with Noblesville High School junior Ben Elliott, who plays Ponty Finch, the lead role, in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!” Lawson is also an actor at The Belfry.

Guests visit with actors following the show on opening night of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”

Opening Reception at Ivy Tech Campus

The Belfry Theatre welcomed guests to a special opening night reception on January 27th. Guests were treated to appetizers courtesy of the Nameless Catering Company and a cash bar before the opening night of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. The musical was performed in the Ivy Tech Auditorium. 

Performance Schedule

Friday and Saturdays Jan. 27, 28, Feb. 3, 4, 10, 11- Curtain at 8:00pm
Sunday Matinees Feb. 5 and 12 - Curtain at 2:00pm

47th Annual Encore Association Awards

Photos by Betsy Reason

 

The Belfry Theatre’s Carla Crandall, a board member who has acted in and directed many shows at The Belfry, received the coveted E. Edward Green Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct.  24, 2016, during the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby Theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

 

The Belfry Theatre folks attend the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016.

 

Longtime Belfry veteran and retired board member Ginny Burt smiles for a photo with current Belfry president Charlie McMillan at the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016.

 

Gabriel Palm and Elissa Maudlin received Rising Star awards for their roles in “Aladdin: Dual Language Edition,” at the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016. Elissa Maudlin also won Best Performer Under the Age of 18 in a Musical for her performance in The Belfry’s “Little Women.”

 

The Belfry Theatre’s Apprentice Players’ cast of “Aladdin: Dual Language Edition,” performed “A Friend Like Me” at the 47th annual Encore Association Awards at The Toby theater at Indianapolis Museum of Art on Oct. 24, 2016.

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