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Mid-Ohio Players, Actors Guild of Parkersburg set auditions for upcoming shows

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Players in Marietta and the Actors Guild of Parkersburg are holding auditions Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for “You Can’t Take it With You” and “The Producers,” respectively.

“You Can’t Take it With You” is a 1936 comedy about the eccentric Martin Vanderhof family. It was made into a movie by Frank Capra in 1938.

Auditions will be held 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the upstairs at the Players Theater annex next door to the theater at 227 Putnam St. Actors needing other arrangements can contact Director J.R. Wells at president@midohiovalleyplayers.org.

Roles include Penelope and Paul Sycamore and their daughters Essie and Alice, Rheba the maid, iceman Mr. De Pinna, Essie’s husband Ed, Rheba’s boyfriend Donald, Martin Vanderhof, Alice’s boyfriend Tony Kirby and dance teacher Boris Kolenkhov.

The show opens April 22 and will be presented April 23, 29 and 30 and May 1.

“The Producers” was originally scheduled for April 2020, but the pandemic kiboshed the opening and the show was postponed until this season. However, several actors cast in the original production are no longer available, including one of the main characters, Max Bialystock.

Auditions will be held 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the upstairs rehearsal hall at the Actors Guild playhouse, 724 Market St.

Directed by Brent Null, “The Producers” is about Bialystock and accountant Leo Bloom and their plan to produce a flop, “Springtime for Hitler,” then take the money from numerous little old ladies who invested in the show. Rather than becoming a flop, “Springtime for Hitler” becomes a success and the two risk prison for their fraud.

Roles to be cast include Bialystock, Carmen Ghia and ensemble members. Those auditioning will be asked to prepare 16 bars of music from any Broadway musical except “The Producers” to sing at the auditions. Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.

“The Producers” opens 8 p.m. April 22 and will be presented April 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1, 6 and 7.

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