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Cheaper by the Dozen

Auditions for this family comedy will be held Monday & Tuesday, January 13 & 14 at 6:30, in the Gateway Barn, 111 Main St, Southbridge. A large cast of men, women and children are needed for this show, slated for April 4, 5, 11, 12 & 13. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The large cast allows for a variety of novice and experienced actors. There are roles for children and teens, age 7-14, as well as adults. The story is fun, funny, poignant and sweet. Mary Gahagan is directing, with Barbara Day producing. Rehearsals will be Tues & Thursday, 6:30- 8:30pm.

Synopsis: This play is based on the story of an efficiency expert who brings his ideas and techniques to the running of his large family- with hilarious results. 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!

For more information, call Gateway at 508-764-4531.


Carole Hayes will conduct a 10-week acting workshop at Gateway Players Theatre, Inc, 111 Main St, Southbridge, focusing on character development and auditioning. The group will meet weekly on Mondays starting in February and will conclude with a public performance in April. Registration fee is $20 for Gateway members, $25 for non-members. Space is limited, so register soon. This workshop is funded in part by the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Carole is an accomplished educator, director and actor. She is well known in the area, and has been associated with Gateway Players, The Bradley Playhouse, The Complex and Worcester County Light Opera Company, as well as having taught at Bay Path Adult Ed program.


Info: Initially, the students participate in theater ganes /exercises and improvs to help them connect with each other. These exercises and improvs are designed to help the students develop acting tools to improve concentration, spontaneity , voice and character development.

The students are assigned scenes and monologues to be worked on the following weeks.

This is a nonthreatening, and enjoyable learning experience designed for both the beginning and intermediate actors.

The scenes and monologues are extremely varied , taken from classic and modern

theater and the students are encouraged to bring in anything they would like to work on. Monologues are required in all professional and college entrance auditions and are a necessity for any aspiring actor/student.