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Off Broad Street Players Dive into New Year with ‘Carousel’ Rehearsals, ‘Fences’ Auditions

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Press Release | No Comments

January 5, 2015 — Just days into the new year, the Off Broad Street Players (OBSP) have already launched into what promises to be one of the most impressive seasons in the organization’s history. Rehearsals continue for the Millville-based community theatre group’s upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and OBSP will host auditions for August Wilson’s Fences this week. The musical and play kick off an expanded list of offerings OBSP will present in two venues in 2015.

In Carousel, OBSP Founder and Artistic Director Walter Webster directs a cast of more than 30 performers bringing to life Broadway’s classic story about a carousel barker, the unlikely romance he develops with a young millworker, and the others in her small Maine town. Featuring such classics as “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “If I Loved You,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the OBSP production features Frank DiMauro as Billy Bigelow, Rachel Burghen as Julie Jordan, Arielle Egan as Carrie Pipperidge, Taylor Brody as Enoch Snow, Kaitlyn Cox as Nettie Fowler, Meghan Moses as Mrs. Mullen, David Halter as Jigger Craigin, and Laney Moore as Louise. Carousel opens OBSP’s 2015 season with performances on February 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m.; February 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.; and February 12 at 7 p.m. at the historic Levoy Theatre. Tickets are available at www.levoy.net.

Auditions for August Wilson’s Fences, the second show of the season, will be held this Tuesday and Thursday, January 6 and 8, at 7 p.m. at the Glassworks in Millville, which will serve as OBSP’s second performance venue and host the production’s performances on March 20, 21, and 22. The Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicles the struggles of a 1950s urban black family confronting the ongoing challenges of racial and generational divide.

“We are very excited about what promises to be our biggest season yet,” said OBSP Board President David Halter. “We are aggressively expanding our offerings to include a second venue while still featuring in our season some of Broadway’s greatest shows, the very best talent in the region’s community theater scene, and absolutely one of the best entertainment values in Southern New Jersey. It’s going to be a great season!”

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