Fall 2023 Drama Clubs
Running August to December 2023
Wednesday and Thursday afternoon/evening
Eustis Community Center and Eustis Woman's Club
In partnership with the City of Eustis Parks and Recreation Dept, we are excited to announce out Fall 2023 Drama Club!
The Something New Drama Club is not your everyday "pay to play" children's production where you big bucks for your child to take a role as "tree #4! Our program focuses on developing the skills of the actor and exposing kids to all aspects of a theatrical production. This boutique style drama club is limited in number of participants and all shows presented are truly ensemble shows where your child will shine in the spotlight. While our shows are smaller in scale than many other programs out there, the experience that your child will have is second to none; and, the theatrical skills that they will develop are not found in other programs!
Our shows are all intimate plays that focus on truly diving into the characters, settings, time periods and relationships shown on the stage. The material and instruction challenges young actors to work to develop their craft. Through theatrical games, exercises, research and rehearsal participants learn both basic and advance acting technique all disguised as sessions of fun!
In addition, the participants handle all elements of the production, from acting to set design, sound to lighting.
This Fall, participants will not only perform our mainstage productions but will also have the opportunity to perform alongside professional actors at various different seasonal happenings including Dr. Grimley's Haunted Trail and Christmas events. Finally, as this semester's productions will take place in early November we will continue our drama club program into December offering participants who wish to the chance to learn the art of directing with a showcase of short scenes and plays at the end of the semester.
In all aspects, participants are coached by working theatre professionals, SAG and AEA members and educators. Our goal is to help your child find their voice in the theatre in whatever capacity that may be.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - By Vera Morris
Grades 3-12 NO AUDITION REQUIRED (Max 20 participants)
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm $249
Adapted from Washington Irving, here is a spooky show alive with hilarious action and fun.
It begins when Ichabod Crane, a lightly goofy schoolmaster, comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow with all his worldly possessions. He’s looking for a good life and a wealthy wife who will supply it. Once he sets eyes on the local beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, he’s sure his dream will come true. Unhappily for Ichabod, Katrina has a boyfriend who’s extremely jealous... the boisterous Brom Bones. To complicate matters the graveyard is haunted by a small army of restless spirits, including the most famous phantom of all, the Headless Horseman. At a party, Ichabod proposes marriage to Katrina, but is booted out by Brom and forced to make his way home through a terrible storm. In the dark, there’s something shadowy and towering intent on taking Ichabod’s life — the Headless Horseman! Poor Ichabod has to outrun the galloping phantom! Does he? No one knows for sure because the schoolmaster is never seen again.
The Butler Did It - By Tim Kelly
Grades 6-12 SELF TAPE AUDITION REQUIRED (5m, 5f will be cast)
Wednesday and Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm $249
This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written: but it has a decidedly American flair. Miss Maple, a dowager with a reputation for "clever" weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island where they are to impersonate their fictional characters. The hostess has arranged all sorts of amusing incidents: a mysterious voice on the radio, a menacing face at the window, a mad killer on the loose. Who is that body in the wine cellar anyway? Why do little figurines keep toppling from the mantle? Then a real murder takes place, and Miss Maple is outraged. She offers an immense reward to the "detective" who can bring the killer to justice. And what an assortment of zany would-be sleuths! When they're not busy tripping over clues, they trip over each other! Laughs collide with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked, and almost everyone turns out to be someone else!
This hilarious farce will truly challenge young actors to make strong character choices on stage and master their comedic timing. With a rigorous rehearsal schedule participants will be expected to commit to being at every rehearsal that they are called for and put in the hard work that will be needed to make this show a success.
To audition for this production, participants should self tape a 1-2 min comedic monologue and email the video or link to uploaded video to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8/18. Participants not cast in this production will be welcome to join the cast of Sleepy Hollow. Please know that casting will be done on a rolling basis as audition videos come in so it is best to send the audition videos early.
“The Butler Did It (Kelly)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com