Brainerd Community Theatre

'Xanadu' - The Musical
Brainerd Community Theatre
CLC Brainerd Campus - Chalberg Theatre
July 28, 29, 30 and August 3, 4, 5, 2021
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Company auditions announced for Brainerd Community Theatre 2021-22 Season

In a departure from past audition practices, Brainerd Community Theatre will hold auditions for its entire 2021-22 season of plays. Auditions will be held on August 2, 6 and 7.

BCT Director Patrick Spradlin is looking to cast a core company of actors who will possibly participate in multiple productions in the season. “We think casting a company of actors has several advantages: it allows community actors a chance to play varied roles in different plays; it gives actors a ‘head start’ in working on the material; it showcases to the community the talents of actors across different types of dramatic literature; and it helps our directors in their planning process.”

Those who audition will be considered for roles in BCT’s season of four plays. The plays are:

‘Wait Until Dark,’ a thriller by Frederick Knott adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. The play has roles for 4 men, an adult woman and a younger actress, aged 10-14. Story: Susan is a blind woman imperiled in her own apartment by a trio of dangerous criminals. As the tension builds, Susan discovers her blindness might be the key to her escape. The play was adapted into a 1967 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. The production will begin rehearsals in mid-September with performances scheduled October 21-23 and 28-30.

‘Elf,’ a musical by Thomas Meheen and Bob Martin with music by Matthew Sklar. The play has roles for up to 20 cast members, with principal roles for 6 men and 4 women and a younger male actor, age 12-16. Story: young orphan Buddy mistakenly crawled into Santa’s sack of gifts and was transported to the North Pole, where he was raised as an elf. However, his enormous size and lack of toymaking ability cause him to face the truth. He returns to New York to find his birth father and begin life as a human. Adapted into a classic 2003 holiday film starring Will Farrell. The production will begin rehearsals in early October with performances scheduled December 9-11 and 14-16.

‘Amadeus,’ a history-inspired drama written by Peter Shaffer. The play has roles for six men and two woman (principals) with additional non-speaking roles for several men and women. Story: the play is the fictional account of the intersecting lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, court composer to the Emperor of Austria. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play when it premiered in the U.S. in 1981. The film adaptation won the Oscar for Best Picture. The production will begin rehearsals in late November with performances scheduled February 10-12 and 15-17.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. The play has roles for five men and five women, including the title role to be played by a young woman (12-18), a young man of same age range, and up to three non-speaking extra roles. Story: based on the writings of a young girl whose family was in hiding from the Nazis during the occupation of Amsterdam, it is a tale of fear and hope, laughter and tears, all told from the perspective of a young woman determined to survive. There have been several film adaptations of the play. The production will begin rehearsals in mid-February with performances scheduled April 21-23 and 28-30.

BCT Director Patrick Spradlin will direct ‘Wait Until Dark’ and ‘Amadeus.’ Local community theatre directors Travis Chaput and Beth Selinger will direct ‘Elf’ and ‘Anne Frank,’ respectively.

Those who audition are not committed to performing in all four shows, noted Spradlin. “If a person’s schedule allows them time for only one production, that is perfectly fine. However, if actors want to be considered for roles in multiple productions we will most certainly do that. In fact, we’re hoping there will be actors willing to commit to more than one production, since that would achieve the goals we set for company auditions.”

Auditions will consist of readings from the four scripts, with ‘Elf’ auditioners asked to prepare a musical theatre song of up to 12 bars. Actors auditioning for the main role of Buddy are further asked to have ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ prepared to sing. The directors ask that auditioners come with known schedule conflicts in hand for the time periods outlined previously. The company auditions will take place in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. The dates and times are: Monday, August 2 and Friday August 6, 6:30 p.m., and Saturday August 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Auditioners are encouraged but not required to sign up in advance for an audition time.  Access the sign-up form and additional Information about the auditions by using the button below.

Those needing further information are encouraged to contact the directors:

Patrick Spradlin [email protected]
Travis Chaput [email protected]
Beth Selinger [email protected]  

About 'Xanadu' - The Musical...

‘Xanadu’ is based on the 1980 film of the same name which starred Olivia Newton-John (which was, in turn, inspired by the 1947 Rita Hayworth film ‘Down to Earth’). Written by Douglas Carter Beane, the music and lyrics were written by Jeff Lynne of the mega-hit group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and John Farrar, writer of such songs as ‘Have You Never Been Mellow’ and ‘You’re the One That I Want,’ chart-toppers for Newton-John. Several ELO songs are in the show’s score, including ‘All Over the World,’ ‘Strange Magic,’ and ‘Evil Woman.’

The story revolves around Venice Beach, California artist Sonny Malone, so dissatisfied with his sidewalk mural of the Greek Muses (daughters of Zeus) that he determines to kill himself. On Mount Olympus, Clio, the youngest, perkiest Muse, convinces her six sisters to travel to Venice Beach (rising out of the sidewalk mural) to inspire Sonny. Zeus's rules require that Muses must always be disguised from mortals. Clio changes her name to something contemporary: "Kira". Quickly inspired, Sonny decides that he can combine all the arts and "something athletic" all into one spectacular entertainment: a roller disco.

Two of Clio's sisters, Melpomene and Calliope, are jealous that Clio is the leader of the Muses and that Zeus had promised "Xanadu" to Clio. They plot to discredit Clio and cause her banishment by tricking her into breaking one of Zeus's rules: a Muse must not fall in love with a mortal, so they will curse "Kira" and Sonny to fall in love. What follows is a titanic battle of mortals versus gods, mythical creatures and all-too-human jealousy, ending happily, of course. 

The production is directed and choreographed by Amy Borash. Her previous BCT productions include last summer’s ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’, ‘Church Basement Ladies', and the ABBA-inspired musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ Featured in the cast are several performers well-known to area audiences for their work in dozen of productions.

Travis Chaput plays the mortal Sonny Malone. His inspirational Muse Clio/Kira is portrayed by Nicole Rothleutner. The pair were most recently seen in the Lamplighter Theatre production of ‘The Last Five Years.’ The role of real estate mogul Danny McGuire is played by Kevin Boyles, last appearing on the Chalberg stage in ‘Mamma Mia!’

Sharon Hartley, veteran performer in numerous theatre productions throughout the area, plays eldest sister Muse Melpomene. Bri Engels, Rachael Kline, Macy Judd, Jayden Friedel, and Jacob Hanson play multiple roles, including sister muses, mythological creatures like Medusa, Cyclops, Aphrodite, Eros, and Centaur. Each of these performers have appeared in past BCT productions like ‘Marvelous Wonderettes', ‘Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream',‘ Young Frankenstein', and many others. Overseeing the shenanigans of the Muses is Erik Paulson as Zeus. Paulson is a long-time veteran of the local community theatre scene in musicals, comedies and the occasional drama.

The production team includes George Marsolek and Tim Leagjeld as scenic designers and Heidi Eckwall as lighting designer. Curtis Jendro is sound engineer. Dave Borash is production stage manager

'Xanadu' The Musical rehearsal photography provided by John Erickson, Art Matters Studio and Gallery

About the Community Theatre

The Brainerd Community Theatre, part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center, serves as a cultural hub for the Brainerd Lakes area, and enjoys a 50-year tradition of providing year-round theatre entertainment. Students and community members alike are welcome to be a part of the productions, both onstage and backstage. Productions are staged year-round, with a robust summer theatre program serving the resort population of the area.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s just for CLC students, right?

Not at all! As a community theatre we involve the entire community. Auditions are open to everyone. And we’d love to have you backstage, if being onstage is not your thing. Our shows are always a mix of community members, students, former students, and people of all ages.

You have to have a lot of acting experience to get a role, right?

Not at all! We love having first-time actors in our productions, along with seasoned performers. You have to start somewhere, so why not start with one of our productions.

It takes a lot of time, doesn’t it? 

The short answer is: maybe. That depends on how much time you have to give. Rehearsals for our productions typically last anywhere from 4 to 5 weeks, with another two weekends of performances. We try to work with your schedule as much as we possibly can so that you can participate. The crews who run our shows are generally committed to three weeks of time. We respect your time. We understand you’re making a sacrifice of time to be with us. We think you’ll find it’s well worth it.

How do those actors memorize all those lines? 

The one question most actors are asked. The answer, of course, is one sentence at a time. 

I don’t want to act. What else have you got?

We are always glad to hear this question! For every actor on stage there are at least three people working behind the scenes to build scenery, paint it, hang it, find props, help with costuming, focus the lighting, run the controls, manage the stage, usher the audience….it takes an army! We’d love to have you enlist! You may rise to the rank of general!

Who do I contact if I want to join up, or just have more questions than these? 

For information about upcoming plays, auditions, and work on stage, contact Patrick Spradlin at [email protected] or at 218-855-8255. For work back stage, contact George Marsolek at [email protected] or at 218-855-8204. To be added to our audition announcement email list, or to ask about opportunities to usher or help promote our work, contact our box office at [email protected] or at 218-855-8199.

Scenes from 'The Odd Couple' by Neil Simon

Photography provided by John Erickson, Art Matters Studio and Gallery

Past Productions

Talking With by Jane Martin

Scotland Road by Jeffrey Hatcher

Past productions continued...

2020-21 Season:
Talking With
Scotland Road
The Marveolous Wonderettes
Sh-Boom! LIfe Could Be A Dream
2019-20 Season:
A Long Trip - BCT's first live streamed play
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
All My Sons
Mamma Mia!
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
2018-19 Season:
The Sunshine Boys
A Few Good Men
Boeing, Boeing
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
The Elephant Man
Church Basement Ladies
2017-18 Season
Play On!
The Woman in Black
Mr. Burns-A Post Electric Play
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Young Frankenstein-The Mel Brooks Musical
Neil Simon's "Rumors"

2016-17 Season:
Clarence Darrow
Flowers for Algernon
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Hansel and Gretel
2015-16 Season:
Steel Magnolias
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
The Seafarer
Relatively Speaking
Monty Python’s Spamalot
2014-15 Season:
The Foreigner
The Mousetrap
The Servant of Two Masters
Blithe Spirit
The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel & Gretel
2013-14 Season:
The Rimers of Eldritch
I Hate Hamlet
Jack the Ripper, Monster of Whitechapel
The Weir
Dearly Departed
2012-13 Season:
The Glass Menagerie
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Season’s Greetings
The Diary of Anne Frank
Brighton Beach Memoirs