Brainerd Community Theatre Fall/Winter 2023
Brainerd Community Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for
By Pulitzer Prize winning author David Marguiles
Auditions to be held in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 PM
and Monday, March 6 at 6:00 PM.
A limited number of Zoom video audition slots are also available by appointment prior to March 5.
Please contact [email protected] to schedule.
Collected Stories begins rehearsals in mid-March and runs from April 27 to May 6. Due to the small cast size, rehearsal times are flexible and will be determined after casting is completed. About the Play: “The conflict between the established artist and the adulatory fan who becomes a protégé, disciple, colleague and friend – and finally threatening rival – is one of those great topics… It resurfaces in Donald Margulies’s provocative new play, COLLECTED STORIES, which confronts the prominent short-story writer Ruth Steiner with her student turned confidante turned competitor Lisa Morrison. What is new here is that the women are teacher and student both in academia and in life, that they come from different social milieus, and that for her first novel, Lisa has also cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, to wit her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. As always, Margulies is literate, intellectually stimulating, and able to create characters of both dramatic and human interest. And he sustains this interest through six scenes covering six years that only briefly leave Ruth’s cozily messy, book-infested Greenwich Village apartment. Here two worlds clash in age-old, ecumenical dueling, led up to by great mutual emotional investment, and all the more bitter for it.” – NY Times
Audition Needs: A one-minute prepared monologue is highly encouraged, but not required. Also be prepared to read from the script. Please also come with a sense of your personal calendar and upcoming conflicts.
Casting 2 female characters. Ages are relative to how the character should appear to the audience, NOT the expected age of the actor.
Ruth Steiner, a college professor nearing retirement
Lisa Morrison, protégé of Ruth, 21-31 years old
The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center and Central Lakes College are committed to a supportive environment for the growth and development of students and artists from diverse cultural, ethnic, economic and educational backgrounds.
9 to 5 : The Musical
A Brainerd Community Theatre production
9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.
Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?
JANUARY 24, 25, 26, 31 & FEBRUARY 1, 2, 2023 @ 7PM
ADDED: JANUARY 28 @ 6PM
9 to 5 Cast
Liz Davies - Violet Newstead
Maren Martin- Doralee Rhodes
Nicole Rothleutner - Judy Bernly
Kevin Boyles - Mr. Franklin Hart
Jana Johnson - Roz Keith
Al Carney - Dwayne Rhodes
Jesse Brutscher - Joe
Kevin Klawitter - Dick Bernly, Detective
Joey Haasken - Josh Newstead
Kate Davis - Missy Hart, Featured Dancer
Rachael Brutscher - Kathy, Dance Captain,
Rachel Martin - Margaret Pomerance
Macy Judd - Maria Delgado, Featured Dancer
Marc Oliphant - Bob Enright, Ensemble
Baird Brutscher - Mr. Tinsworthy, Ensemble
Olivia Armstrong - Ensemble, Candy Striper
Travis Chaput - Ensemble
Jenna Hanson - Ensemble, Featured Dancer
Devin Knopf - Intern, Ensemble
Mackenzie Papillon-Renford - Ensemble
Rhonda Schmidt - Ensemble
Kayla Van Santen - Ensemble, Featured Dancer Audrey Wiseley - Ensemble
Kryston Wiseley - Ensemble, Featured Dancer
Rehearsal Scenes from 9 to 5
Photography by Maren Martin & Rachael Brutscher
Brainerd Community Theatre
A Christmas Carol
Photography by Maren Martin
Brainerd Community Theatre
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Photography by Maren Martin
Rehearsal scenes from Sister Act Summer 2022:
Photography by Rachel Martin
Clarence Darrow rehearsal images Spring 2022:
Photography by John Erickson, Art Matters Gallery and Studio
Patrick Spradlin as Clarence Darrow
Elf - The Musical, Cast Rehearsal Fall 2022:
Photography by John Erickson, Art Matters Studio and Gallery
Cast images from Wait Until Dark...
photography by John Erickson, Art Matters Studio and Gallery
Maren (Goff) Martin as Susan
Kevin Yeager as Roat
Nick Kory as Mike
Brainerd Community Theatre's productions of 'Amadeus', 'Elf - The Musical' and 'Wait Until Dark' are recipients of grant funding provided by: Five Wings Arts Council
Brainerd Community Theatre Company
The BCT company hails from towns throughout the area. “We have members from Brainerd and Baxter, of course, but we also have several from Little Falls, Crosby, Pillager, Staples, Crosslake, Jenkins, Pine River, Nisswa, Fort Ripley, Breezy Point, Merrifield, Buffalo, and Minneapolis,” said Patrick Spradlin, BCT Director.
BCT’s season opens on October 21 with the suspense thriller ‘Wait Until Dark.’ The cast for the production includes Lily Cameron, Dave Endicott, Macy Judd, Nick Kory, Maren Martin, Brian Rhett, and Kevin Yeager. Spradlin will direct.
‘Elf: The Musical’ will premiere on December 9, directed by Travis Chaput. The cast includes Phyl Bell, Jesse Brutscher, Ryan Deblock, Jake Denning, Lindsey Derry, Mya Frank, Peyton Freeman, Jaydon Friedel, Lydia Jendro, Cy Johnson, Jana Johnson, Macy Judd, Rachael Kline, Maren Martin, Rachel Martin, Katie Nelsen, Regina Nelsen, Marc Oliphant, Maureen Paulus, Melissa Peterson, Abby Pratt, Emily Pratt, Mackenzie Pratt, Brian Rhett, Martha Rustad, Elli Salo, Rhonda Schmidt, Anika Seitzer, Attly Speer, Krystin Wiseley, and Lauren Yeager.
‘Amadeus,’ a drama based on the last 10 years of Mozart’s life, will open on February 10 under the direction of Spradlin with a cast of Isaak Anderson, Phyl Bell, Deb Binda, Gary Binda, Alan Bock, Brianna Engels, Sharon Hartley, Larissa Hynes, Bri Keran, Kevin Klawitter, Nick Kory, Lisa LeBlanc, Maren Martin, Matt Munoz, Shelly Munoz, C.J. Nichols, Marc Oliphant, Mike Paulus, Nicole Rothleutner, Erik Sanbeck, Patti Scott, and Kevin Yeager.
The history-based drama ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ will conclude the season when it opens on April 21. Directed by Beth Selinger, the cast is comprised of Isaak Anderson, Alan Bock, Jesse Brutscher, Dave Endicott, Mya Frank, Jaydon Friedel, Macy Judd, Jenny Kiffmeyer, Nick Kory, Marc Oliphant, Mike Paulus, Rhonda Schmidt, Rebecca Timmins, and Kevin Yeager. The creative team for the company consists of Heidi Eckwall (lighting design), Tim Leagjeld and George Marsolek (scenic design), Dawn Krautbauer, Heather Pearson, and Ruthie Gmeinder (costume design), Curtis Jendro (sound and video design), Gina Singer (specialty props), Amy Borash (choreographer), and Koreann Martin (vocal direction). Lorri Jager is company manager.
Photograph and BCT photography 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?
To be added to our audition announcement email list, or to ask about opportunities to usher; work backstage or help promote our work, contact our box office at [email protected] or at 218-855-8199.
Brainerd Community Theatre past productions...
'The Odd Couple' by Neil Simon
'Talking With' by Jane Martin
'Scotland Road' by Jeffrey Hatcher
Past productions continued...
The Marveolous Wonderettes
Sh-Boom! LIfe Could Be A Dream
A Long Trip - BCT's first live streamed play
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
All My Sons
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Sunshine Boys
A Few Good Men
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
The Elephant Man
Church Basement Ladies
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"
Flowers for Algernon
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Hansel and Gretel
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The Servant of Two Masters
The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel & Gretel
The Rimers of Eldritch
I Hate Hamlet
Jack the Ripper, Monster of Whitechapel
The Glass Menagerie
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The Diary of Anne Frank
Brighton Beach Memoirs