Presenting the cast of "Cheaper by the Dozen"

Dad – Maxwell Steele
Mother – Miranda Robinson
Anne – Alyssa Hall
Ernestine – Emily Peters
Martha – Cassie Thomas
Frank – Tanner Luetjen
Bill – Sam Steele
Lillian – Jia Watson-Fisher
Fred – Micah Madden
Dan – Nehemiah Auxer
Jackie – Isabella Foster
Mrs. Fitzgerald – Lydia Hall
Dr. Burton – Andrew Abernathie
Joe Scales – Connor Jeffers
Mr. Brill – Jonathan Coleman
Larry – Seth McKee

Thanks to all 56 students who auditioned.  There were a lot of difficult decisions.  We hope to see everyone back at the auditions for the spring musical!

For those who received a part, we will have our first read-through tomorrow (Tuesday, September 5) from 3:15-5:30 in my room.  If you are unable to attend, please let Mr. Madden know.  There will not be any other rehearsals for the week.  Rehearsal schedules will be made available at the end of this week after everyone turns in their list of conflicts.  Our first rehearsal will be on Monday, September 11.  We are looking forward to a great show! 

Fall Play Announced!

This year's fall play will be the comedy "Cheaper By the Dozen", published in 1948 and later adapted into multiple motion picture versions (the plot is quite different from the Steve Martin version you may have seen!). Dramatic Publishing offers this synopsis:

Suppose you're an attractive high-school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective!

Auditions will be held Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31 from 3:15 to 5 pm in Mr. Madden's room. Auditions are open to 6th through 12th graders--this show has a wide variety of ages in the cast, including middle school ages! You only need to attend one day--please sign up for your day on the bulletin board across the hall from the girls' bathroom. There are nine male and seven female roles (see the bottom of this page for more description of characters). Before you audition, please click here to read about the expectations for cast members.

Our show will be performed in our new auditorium on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th (two shows on the 4th).

Audition results will be posted on this page (mingovalley.org/cast) a few days after auditions.

ROLES:

(M) Dad – Self-assured, proud of his wife, proud of his family, short tempered, orderly
(F) Mother – Gracious, very patient, not a disciplinarian
(F) Anne – Eldest child, independent, confident, wants to be noticed by boys
(F) Ernestine – Second of the children, independent, narrates portions with Frank
(F) Martha – Third of the children, nosey, likes a guy on a motorcycle
(M) Frank – Oldest son, fourth child, leader, narrates portions with Ernestine
(M) Bill – Fifth child, ornery, snoops in people business, escorts Anne on dates
(F) Lillian – Sixth child, quiet, loving
(M) Fred – Seventh child, buddies with Dan
(M) Dan – Eight child, buddies with Fred, has a mischievous dog
(F/M) Jackie – Ninth child, follows the crowd
(F) Mrs. Fitzgerald – Housemaid, kindly woman, at times frustrated with the chaos
(M) Dr. Burton – Family doctor, plain, outspoken
(M) Joe Scales – Cheerleader, cocky, tries to date Anne
(F/M) Mr./Miss Brill – Teacher, no love for children, out to prove them wrong
(M) Larry – Clean-cut, patient, confused, tries to date Anne