“RIMERS” Audition!!!


BHS Drama Society will present

The Rimers of Eldritch


Lanford Wilson

The Rimers of Eldritch is a portrait of a former mining town in Missouri, ďpopulation about 70,Ē where sin hides behind a facade of Christian morality and people who donít conform to their neighborsí standards live in isolation.† Over the course of a year a man is murdered and a woman tried for it, lovers come together and fall apart, bored teenagers search for adventure and escape, and families hide conflicts behind closed doors. Their stories blend together seamlessly in a nonlinear collage of events, relationships and secrets.

Auditions will be held

Tuesday, Sept. 19th and Wednesday, Sept. 20th

from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 6-250.

–Rehearsals will begin in September for performances Dec 1st, 2nd & 3rd.–

Audition Sides

Below are links to the various sides for readings we’ll be using at auditions. There is no need to memorize these, but you may want to look them over in order to feel prepared. Most actors will read at least two different characters. If you have any questions, please email bwahlers@bboed.org

About the Play

The Rimers of Eldritch is a portrait of a former mining town in Missouri, ďpopulation about 70,Ē where sin hides behind a facade of Christian morality and people who donít conform to their neighborsí standards live in isolation.† Over the course of a year a man is murdered and a woman tried for it, lovers come together and fall apart, bored teenagers search for adventure and escape, and families hide conflicts behind closed doors. Their stories blend together seamlessly in a nonlinear collage of events, relationships and secrets.

The play contains some strong language and mature themes.


Eva Jackson (female, 14): ďcrippledĒ (weak legs and back), but more capable than her mother believes.† Naturally sociable, but her isolation has left her somewhat childish when it comes to interacting with others. Robert is her only real friend; their relationship has a little sister/big brother dynamic, but also the potential for mutual affection and understanding between equals and perhaps even romance.† Eva often tries to see how far she can push Robert, but is scared of losing his affection if she goes too far.

Evelyn Jackson (female, middle-aged): Evaís mother.† Much of her life focuses on taking care of her ďcrippledĒ daughter.† She is both overprotective of Eva, and suspicious of her.† Clings to Christianity for solace and defense, and uses Christian morality to attack people who threaten her or her child.

Nelly Windrod (female, middle-aged): Maryís daughter.† Runs the grain mill.† On trial for shooting Skelly.† She is generally respected and pitied for taking care of her elderly mother, but in private, she sometimes loses her temper with Mary to the point of threats and blows.† Capable, determined, defensive, concerned about her reputation, frustrated with her lot in life.

Mary Windrod (female, elderly): Nellyís mother.† Starting to become senile, and disturbed by dreams of blood and violence.† Spends a lot of time watching the town from her window, and is often disgusted by what she sees.† Enjoys her pets (living and dead), her memories, and talking to the young people in town.

Patsy Johnson (female, 16-17): In high school.† Daughter of Mavis and Peck; younger sister of Josh.† Hates living in nowheresville; wants nice clothes and nice cars and a more exciting life than the ones she sees around her.† Her main entertainment is dating/sleeping with young men, including Walter.† Best friends with Lena.

Mavis Johnson (female, middle-aged): Wife of Peck, mother of Patsy and Josh.† Sheís very focused on her family, but her children disappoint her and her husband doesnít rein them in, but beats Patsy when she domes home pregnant.† Conservative, meek, concerned with propriety and appearances, always trying to pour oil on troubled waters.

Lena Truit (female, 16-17): In high school.† Patsyís best friend, Marthaís daughter.† Sheís neither as discontent nor as daring as Patsy, but she likes to hear about her friendís adventures, and if she doesnít always approve, she mostly keeps it to herself.† Sheís dating Josh, who is quite a bit older than she is; she assumes theyíll get married someday, but doesnít want to sleep with him before that, though heís pressuring her.

Martha Truit (female, middle-aged): Lenaís mother.† Martha and Wilma spend most of their time together on the front porch gossiping about their neighbors.† Martha is perhaps the follower in her friendship with Wilma, as Lena is to Patsy.† Sympathetic to other peopleís suffering, within her narrow worldview.

Wilma Atkins (female, middle-aged): One of the town gossips and arbiters of morality. She and Martha are the center of female social life in Eldritch.† She always has an opinion on what everyone is doing and what they ought to be doing.

Cora Groves (female, middle-aged): Runs the truck stop/cafť.† Something of an outcast because her husband left her and because she doesnít always conform to other peopleís ideas of appropriate behavior.† Doesnít care much what other people think about her.† Warm, loving, independent, willing to stand up for the underdog against the majority.

Robert Conklin (male, 18): Just graduated from high school.† Lives in the shadow of his popular older brother, who died in a car racing accident.† A loner, not entirely by choice. Eva is his only friend, but heís afraid to depend too much on her affection, and of where his affection for her might lead.† Basically decent, but carrying a major load of self-doubt and frustration that eventually explodes into violence.

Peck Johnson (male, middle-aged): A farmer, Mavisís husband, Patsy and Joshís father.† Takes a ďboys will be boysĒ attitude towards Joshís wild behavior, but is strict and unforgiving with Patsy.† Jovial, domineering, competitive, macho.

Josh Johnson (male, early 20s): Patsyís older brother, son of Peck and Mavis.† Dating Lena.† Self-centered, animated, casually malicious.† He hazes Skelly for fun, and expresses his affection for Lena by pressuring her to sleep with him.

Skelly Mannor (male, elderly): The town homeless man and general scapegoat.† Crude, randy, somewhat rambling, defensive, sees (and tells) things like they are.† He sometimes tries to help the good people in town Ė but his efforts never produce good results.† Ends up being shot by Nelly.

Preacher/Judge (male, any age): The preacher and judge are two different characters played by the same actor; they merge into each other when speaking from the bench or pulpit.† They give voice to the hypocrisy and blind judgment of the townspeople.† (The Judge/Preacher is more stylized than the other characters.) The Judge is also a local farmer who has his opinions about local events.

Walter (male, 20s): A young drifter, new to town.† Has a romantic relationship with Cora (an older woman), but also sleeps with Patsy (and possibly other women).† Charming but reserved.† He likes people, but figures he doesnít owe them anything, and wants to keep it that way; entanglements scare him.

Trucker (male, any age): The Trucker doesnít live in town, but passes through regularly.† Ordinary working guy; bored, casually destructive.† (The Truckerís actor also sometimes plays random male residents.)

Win a Pair of Tickets to Drood!

Are you as excited as we are for the opening of BHS Drama’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”? Let’s be real – how many musicals let the AUDIENCE vote on the ending? (The answer is ONE – Drood!)

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TWO lucky winners will be selected to win a pair of free tickets each to the performance of your choosing!

All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is:

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Two winners will be selected at random.



Giveaway Rules/Guidelines:

1) TWO winners will be selected at random & notified via Twitter. Each winner will receive TWO free tickets.

2) Winners will† need to provide an email address to arrange ticket reservations. Winners will be able to reserve seats in advance and pick tickets up at the door. You can use your two free tickets at any of the three performances (December 6th @ 7pm, December 7th @ 7pm, December 8th @ 2pm).

Drood Cast List

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Cast List

Chairman/Mayor Thomas Saspea: Dominic Crisonino

James Throttle, Stage Manager: Stephen Hladik

Clive Paget/John Jasper: Nick D’Amato

Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood: Danielle Baran

Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud: Marygrace Smith

Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer: Alisa Soto

Janet Conover/Helena Landless: Samantha Kobryn

Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless: Andy Winters

Cedric Moncrieffe/Reverend Crisparkle: Connor Rooney

Phillip Bax/Bazzard: Jeremiah Bryant

Nick Cricker, Sr./Durdles: Gavin Mele

Nicole Cricker, Jr./Deputy: Veera Mantyla

Wendy: Deja Baret

Beatrice: Meg Winters


Company Members:

Vittoria Orlando

Amir Masoud

Michael Perez

Kirsten Ayala

Amanda Larkin

Marina Martinez

Caylen DeJesus Enriquez

Kaylee Higgins

Laura Morrell

Marlena Jefferson

Cashmeisha Johnson

Cristina Casais

Bella Santasieri

Carmela Trapp

Nadeen Kamel

Jeremy Frigerio

Nicholas Carone

Christina Rivera

Fernanda Figueroa

And the BHS Dance Company

Description of Roles

The actors in this production have two parts: their actor-self as a member of the Music Hall Royale, and the part they play in the Music Hallís production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In the descriptions below, the acting company member is listed first, with the Drood role second.

All characters have British accents Ė variations like Cockney, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, etc. are fine as well.

Chairperson/Mayer Thomas Saspea: The leader of the music hall troupe. The Chairperson carries the majority of the dialogue and must be quick with a joke and able to improvise. He is in charge of keeping the pace of the show moving. Can be played by either a man or a woman. Bari-tenor.

James or Joyce Throttle, Stage Manager: The stage manager helps to keep the Chairperson on track throughout the play.

Clive Paget/John Jasper: The Royaleís male lead, a devilishly attractive cad, and knows it. In Drood, he is the baddie. Choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral, and uncle of Edwin Drood. In love with Rosa Bud. Madness lurks beneath a smooth exterior. Strictly speaking, a suspect, but didnít do it. Bari-tenor.

Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood: Prima donna and Londonís leading male impersonator, charming but, as you might expect, with determination and a lot of ego. Must command the stage. As Edwin Drood she is an attractive, rich and popular young man who has everything. The victim. Mezzo.

Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud: The not-so-innocent ingťnue of the Music Hall Royale, Deirdre portrays the love intrest of Drood, the young, beautiful and apparently fragile Rosa Bud. She is betrothed to Edwin Drood, the only man who isnít in love with her. A suspect in his murder. Soprano.

Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer: Angela has been a favorite of London audiences forever, a staple of the stage. As the mysterious Princess Puffer, Madam, opium dealer and general purveyor of vice of all kinds, she is glamorous in her ruin. A suspect. Alto.

Janet Conover/Helena Landless: Janet is a long-standing member of the troupe, asked to play the mysterious Helena Landless who hails from a mysterious foreign colony not unlike India. Will need to switch between her British accent and a ďgeographically untraceableĒ approximation of an East Asian accent. Another suspect. Mezzo. Strong ensemble singer.

Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless: Victor is enjoying his premier performance with the Music Hall Royale. His character, Neville, is Helenaís brother and suffers from the same ďgeographically untraceableĒ approximation of an East Asian accent. Falls for Rosa Bud, falls out with Edwin, and is therefore another suspect in the murder. Very passionate and often angry. Tenor. Strong ensemble singer.

Cedric Moncrieffe/Reverend Crisparkle: This troupe member is a bit of an open book who plays an archetypal vicar, who is also a bit of a lurker, and was in love with Rosaís mother. A suspect. Bari-tenor.

Phillip Bax/Bazzard: Devotee of the theatre, the everlasting understudy, who finally gets his moment. May have quite a major part if the evening turns out that way. A sad sort of clown. In his role as Bazzard, he is often an audience-favorite suspect. Very capable of stealing the show. Bari-tenor.

Nick Cricker, Sr./Durdles: ďClown Prince of the RoyaleĒ who makes the most of every line and plays the drunken sexton in Drood. Gets to announce the murder. Baritone or tenor.

Nick or Nicole Cricker, Jr./Deputy: Boy or girl, Crickerís son or daughter. As the Deputy, the lowest in the pecking order, and very funny. Any voice range.

Wendy and Beatrice: Drawn from the company, these characters are contemporaries of Rosa Bud who sing a fabulous quartet with Rosa and Helena in Act I as well as participating in the rest of the company goings-on.

Company Members: Takers of small parts in the Drood, but along with other non-suspects, these will be important characters throughout, taking much of the responsibility for making the audience participation work, and working individually with sections of the audience. In addition, these characters are vital in creating the atmosphere of the touring theatre company. Lots of scope for creation of individual characters.

Announcing Auditions for The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Now Announcing Auditions for

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

All Bayonne High School students are encouraged to audition!

Auditions are Monday, September 9th from 3:00 – 6:00

Possible callbacks Tuesday, 9/10

Prepare a solo from standard musical theater repertoire – to be performed from memory. Provide piano sheet music if possible.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Based upon the final novel of Charles Dickens, left unfinished before his death, Drood is a hilarious, exciting musical story where the audience picks the ending! Drood was the first Broadway musical ever written with multiple endings, chosen by the audience in a live vote at each performance. Click here for a synopsis and more info.

Performances are December 6th, 7th and 8th

BHS Summer Fine & Performing Arts Camp Presents: 13 the Musical

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming performance of 13: A grown-up story about growing up!

When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done.

The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors.

With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.


Performances are:

Friday, July 27th at 7PM

Saturday, July 28th at 7PM

Sunday, July 29th at 2PM

Get your tickets here!


Auditions Are Coming up for the Summer Fine & Performing Arts Workshop!

Bayonne High School Drama Society Announces Auditions
for the Summer Fine & Performing Arts Camp

Auditions and Interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6PMto 8PM
in the Alexander X. O’Connor Auditorium at Bayonne High School. Please enter
through door 22, on the tennis-court side.

The Bayonne High School Department of  Art, Music and Drama is pleased to present a Summer Fine & Performing Arts Camp in July of 2012.

The camp will run from Monday, July 2nd through Tuesday,
July 31st.

Daily classes will be offered in:
‚ÄĘ Acting

‚ÄĘ Dance

‚ÄĘ Vocal Technique

‚ÄĘ Painting & Drawing

‚ÄĘ 3-D Design

‚ÄĘ Ceramics

‚ÄĘ Instrumental Music

Students ages 8 to 18 are eligible to participate. Classes will be grouped according to

Students enrolled as performing arts participants will produce the musical AIDA, by Elton John & Tim Rice, with performances on July 27th-29th.

Fine Arts students will have a gallery showing of their work on July 30th & 31st.

Camp tuition is $500. (Families with multiple children enrolled will receive a
discounted rate.)

Auditions and Interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 6PMto 8PM
in the Alexander X. O’Connor Auditorium at Bayonne High School. Please enter
through door 22, on the tennis-court side.

Performing Arts Students:

Prepare to perform a song from memory, from a Broadway
musical. Be prepared to dance.

Fine Arts Students:

Bring a portfolio of their work- not mandatory- and
be prepared for a brief interview.

About “Into the Woods”

On April 20th, 21st & 22nd, BHS Drama Society will present a Student, Faculty, & Alumni production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, “Into the Woods”.

Whether or not you are familiar with the musical, everyone knows the familiar fairy tale characters that make up the cast. The story of Cinderella and Prince Charming, complete with her wicked step-mother and step-sisters, meets the tales of Jack & the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood (and the wolf!), and Rapunzel. A ‘childless Baker’ and his Wife set out on a quest into the woods to attempt to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child. The pair must find the following ingredients:

A cow as white as milk

A slipper as pure as gold

A cape as red as blood

Hair as yellow as corn

The curse was placed by the Witch, who promises to reverse the curse when all four ingredients are found.

A fast-paced and suspenseful adventure deep within the woods takes many twists and turns as the characters attempt to get what they wish for and find their ‘Happily Ever After’- including the consequences of these wishes, that traditional fairy tales conveniently ignore. In Act Two, all of the characters must deal with what happens AFTER “Happily Ever After.” As they face a genuine threat to their community, they realized that all actions have consequences, and their lives are inescapably interdependent, but also that interdependence is their greatest strength.

(Synopsis adapted from Sondheim.com).


The powerful message within Sondheim’s Into the Woods is presented through incredible music & lyrics that weave an exciting, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, adventure!

The Cast (in order of appearance):

Narrator                                              Mark Squitieri, Sr.+

Cinderella                                           Sarah Martinez*

Jack¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Nick D’Amato*

Baker                                                    Dave Murray++

Baker’s Wife¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Laura Bassett+

Cinderella’s Stepmother¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Eldora Martinez**

Florinda                                               Amanda Rosati*

Lucinda                                                Jessica Scrozynski*

Jack’s Mother¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Kirsten Ayalla*

Little Red                                             Brittany Baran*

Cinderella’s Father¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Dominic Crisonino*

Cinderella’s Prince¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Brendan Wahlers+

Rapunzel                                              Emily Szymansky*

Rapunzel’s Prince¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mark Squitieri, Jr.**

Grandmother                                     Carmella Trapp*

Steward                                                 Jonathan Timoldi*

Snow White                                         Caleigh Higgins*

Sleeping Beauty                                 Rosemary Elling*

* student

** BHS Alumni

+ BHS Staff

++ Guest Artist

BHS Drama will present this timeless & powerful musical on April 20th & 21st at 7PM and on April 22nd at 2PM in the Alexander X. O’Connor auditorium. Tickets can be purchased via the “Seat Yourself” icon on the right, or by calling (201) 858-0071.