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Audition for STRAYS, Channel Your Inner Pet!

Audition for STRAYS, Channel Your Inner Pet!

Strays Logo2-LoRezCome channel your inner cat and dog and audition for STRAYS, THE MUSICAL on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 pm on September 23-24 (callbacks September 25) at the Honey McGee Playhouse in Sherman Texas.

STRAYS explores furry foibles from the PETS’ point of view. The actors give voice to a variety of cat and dog characters in this hilarious–and often moving–musical review “drama-dy” that seeks to edu-tain audiences about normal pet behavior while honoring the bond we share with them.

STRAYS seeks up to 25 actors, singers and dancers, from kids to adults. Families (parents and kids) are encouraged to audition together. Rehearsals are at the Honey McGee, Sunday through Thursday evenings beginning September 28 with performance three nights only November 6, 7, 8 at the Honey McGee. The show will be rehearsed in individual scenes, so actors won’t be needed at every rehearsal. Families will be scheduled at the same time frame.

MagicStraysHOW TO AUDITION

No experience is necessary. Auditions consist of filling out a form, singing a short selection of your choice (or simple music will be provided), reading scenes from the script, and demonstrating your best cat and/or dog character. A pianist will be available for you to bring sheet music, or bring your own CD for your song and/or dance audition. Dancers may be asked to learn a short routine.

There are up to 20 individual speaking/singing parts; you may be cast to play more than one role or given additional lines and/or solo verses in company songs. STRAYS includes music styles from pop rock to blues, calypso, gospel and musical theater, and even rap, country-western, jazz, and Celtic. The show will be performed with full orchestration via CD recording.

KarmaStrays4AVAILABLE ROLES!

Featured roles for men include BOY PUPPY (age 13-20), CHOW HOUND (adult bass/baritone), OLD DOG (adult tenor), LUCKY CAT (adult, talk-singer), DOG RAPPER (any age), and HUMAN-OWNER (adult).

Featured roles for women include GIRL KITTEN (soprano/actor age 13-20), QUEEN CAT (soprano/adult), OLD CAT (non-singing, mature), CAT RAPPER (any age), PETS TRIO (any age, close harmony), DANCE CAT (solo-modern/ballet), and HUMAN-OWNER (adult).

Several featured roles may be played by either males or females of any age, and include BLUESY DOG, BEGGING DOG, WISH CAT, and GOSPEL CAT (all mid-range solos), EGO DOG (non-singing), and DANCE PETS (any age).

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THE SECRET GARDEN show just closed at the Honey McGee Playhouse, and this gorgeous set will be re-purposed and used for STRAYS.

STRAYS will be co-directed by Frank Steele and Amy Shojai, with assistance from rehearsal pianist Dr. John McGinn and choreographer Kaitlyn Casmedes. In addition, Steven Milward is technical adviser. Anyone interested in technical/crew positions is encouraged to attend.

For further information contact Amy Shojai, (amy@shojai.com, 903-868-1022). You can also fill out an audition form online at the Theatricks website.

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FREE PREVIEW PERFORMANCE FOR STRAYS

 

Strays Logo2-LoRez(Sherman, TX, 10-17-13) – Local playwrights, co-authors Amy Shojai and Frank Steele, have cast STRAYS, THE MUSICAL with five popular local performers. The completed original show will feature a dozen catchy songs, an ensemble cast, and laugh out loud dialogue.

A free preview of the music from STRAYS, THE MUSICAL will be performed locally at Trinity Lutheran Church on October 27 from 7-7:30 pm. The show will also be the featured entertainment on Friday, November 1st in Dallas at the 19th Annual Cat Writers Association Conference.

STRAYS, THE MUSICAL explores furry foibles from the PETS’ point of view. The actors give voice to a variety of cat and dog characters in this hilarious–and often moving–musical review “drama-dy” that seeks to edu-tain audiences about normal pet behavior while honoring the bond we share with them.

Playwrights Amy Shojai and Frank Steele are both passionate pet advocates. STRAYS, THE MUSICAL is written especially with pet lovers in mind. “We hope the completed show will benefit animal welfare organizations in their fund raising efforts, as well as entertain pet lovers,” they say. STRAYS is their fourth co-written show. The duo most recently wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed original show KURVES, performed at the Rialto in Denison.

The cast for the STRAYS preview performances include both Steele and Shojai, with Theresa Littlefield and Gil Nelson (both performed in KURVES), and local orchestra teacher SuEllen Davis. Not only talented singer/actors, the cast brings their love and understanding of cats and dogs to their performances.

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Cast for the preview/premier performance of songs from STRAYS, THE MUSICAL: L-R: Amy Shojai, Frank Steele, SuEllen Davis, Gil Nelson and Theresa Littlefield

The music includes solos, duets and full company numbers in styles ranging from pop rock to blues, calypso, gospel and Celtic. The 30-minute performance is accompanied by recorded full orchestral arrangements.

“The performance is a preview only, intended to offer a taste of what to expect from the full two-hour show,” say the playwrights. “We’re looking for feedback from the audience after the performance. That helps fine tune the future show.”

Shojai and Steele plan to hold open auditions (all ages, singers and nonsingers alike) for the premier of the full show at a future date. The completed show’s monologues, scenes and music are written to be modular, to allow only the cat portions, only the dog sections, or both to be performed, based on the audience demographic.

See the free preview performance of music from STRAYS, THE MUSICAL on Sunday, October 27, 7:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Travis Street in Sherman.  To learn more about the performance at the Cat Writers Conference in Dallas, refer to http://www.catwriters.com for more information.

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Rainbow Pets and Strays The Musical

Today I’m at BLOGPAWS and having a paw-some time meeting friends and making new ones. Next week I’ll post pictures and a recap of the experience. But today, I wanted to share a new recording of a song close to my heart, that is featured in STRAYS, THE MUSICAL (currently in revisions) with my co-author Frank Steele. The actors portray…you guessed it!…cats and dogs. Everything is from the pet’s point of view.

As songs are finalized I’ll post samples here on the blog. We will premiere some songs from the show at the Cat Writers Association 20th Anniversary Conference, in Dallas, and hope the completed script will be a positive edu-tainment/fund-raising vehicle for a wide range of pet-centric groups.

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KURVES Pictures

2.Maxine&Mabel

Maxine enters and opens up MAXINE’S GYM.” 1.Maxine enters

8.Boots&Ronnie

“Tell them a story, stall for time, blow some smoke!”” 7.Mabel&Max

10.Boots, Max, Mabel

Maxine tries to sneak a call for help.” 9.Maxine

12.Boots

Boots sings, “My flame for chicks burns like a zippo, I like ’em thin. I like ’em hippo…”” 11.Mabel,Max,Boots,Fingers

14.Boots&Celia

Maxine sings, “Curves, when the road seems straightest there’ll be curves, when the path seems safest there’ll be curves…”” 13.Maxine

19.Mabel,Fingers,Max

Ronnie and Jane get the drop on Boots.” 18.Ronnie,Boots,Jane

21.Celia

“My sister, in the most beautiful dress in the world.”” 20.Fingers,Max

27.Ronnie

“He’s a man?! I thought it was two guys and five babes…”” 24.Boots

31.Mabel

“It’s time to stop your bellyaching.”” 28.Mabel,Ronnie

32.Boots,Fingers,Mabel,Jane

34.Max,Celia,Ronnie

“And I’ve actually walked into the ladies room with you, Max, talk about a man of mystery.”30.Boots,Mabel,Fingers[/caption

36.Celia,Max

“Thirty years is a long time, Max, I can’t just pick up where we left off.”” 35.Celia,Max

38.Max,Ronnie,Celia

“Very nice to meet you, Willy. I’m Mabel. And I’d love to see your lunchbox.”” 37.Mabel,Fingers

40.Boots, Jane

“Stop it! What does the reason matter. Do you still love him?”” 39.Celia, Ronnie

42.Fingers

“I don’t say stuff all el-o-quent-ish the way educated people do, but I’ll do my bestest.”” 41.Mabel, Fingers

44.Ronnie, Troy

Troy enters through the back door. “Ronnie! Mother called, she was getting worried.”” 43.Mabel,Ronnie,Fingers,Troy

46.Company

“The back door’s jammed, I nearly broke my…whatsis trying to get it open.”” 45.Ronnie, Troy,Max,Boots

49.Ronnie, Troy

Troy sings, “Because you fit, you’re part of my picture, we both fit, we’re inside the frame…”” 47.Ronnie,Troy

50.Celia,Max

“The guy died in prison 15 years ago.”” 48.Ronnie,Troy,Max,Boots,Jane

“It fits!”” 51.Jane

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