Wednesday, March 24, 2010


ANNIE and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will be directed by NCT Artistic Director Casey Hushion. ANNIE runs July 24-August 1 and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS runs September 18-26.

auditions for young female singers ages 5 to 13 in appearance are on Saturday, May 1st.

ANNIE auditions for male and female singers ages 21 and older in appearance are on Sunday, May 2nd.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS auditions for adults only may be requested for submission on

For all specific times and additional audition information such as sheet music requirements, rehearsal schedule and performance schedule, please click here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

World Theatre Day - March 27

International Message by Dame Judi Dench

Judi DenchWorld Theatre Day is an opportunity to celebrate Theatre in all its myriad forms. Theatre is a source of entertainment and inspiration and has the ability to unify the many diverse cultures and peoples that exist throughout the world. But theatre is more than that and also provides opportunities to educate and inform.

Theatre is performed throughout the world and not always in a traditional theatre setting. Performances can occur in a small village in Africa, next to a mountain in Armenia, on a tiny island in the Pacific. All it needs is a space and an audience. Theatre has the ability to make us smile, to make us cry, but should also make us think and reflect.

Theatre comes about through team work. Actors are the people who are seen, but there is an amazing set of people who are not seen. They are equally as important as the actors and their differing and specialist skills make it possible for a production to take place. They too must share in any triumphs and successes that may hopefully occur.

March 27 is always the official World Theatre Day. In many ways every day should be considered a theatre day, as we have a responsibility to continue the tradition to entertain, to educate and to enlighten our audiences, without whom we couldn’t exist.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cinderella Cast Announced

Paolo Montalban (Prince Christopher) reprises his role from the hit Disney movie Cinderella as "Prince Christopher." Broadway/National Tours: The King & I, Man of La Mancha, Pacific Overtures, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Film/TV: Adjustment Bureau, Just Wright, Live from Lincoln Center: Camelot, Law & Order: SVU, The Great Raid.

Jessica Rush (Cinderella) Broadway's Gypsy and Guys & Dolls. National Tours: Mamma Mia! and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Jimmie Lee Brooks III (Chorus)
Jennifer Cannon (Chorus)
Andrew Chappelle* (Chorus)
Joseph Cullinane* (Chorus)
Leah Darby* (Chorus)
Harriett D. Foy (Fairy Godmother)
Jennifer Frankel* (Joy, Stepsister)
Stacey Harris* (Chorus)
Christine Hunter* (Queen Constantina)
Caroline Jordan (Chorus)
Robert Mark Kaufman (Chorus)
Everett Quinton (Stepmother)
Peyton Royal* (Chorus)
Stephen Schellhardt* (Lionel, Royal Steward)
Mary Simmons (Chorus)
C.E. Smith* (King Maximillian)
Louise Stewart* (Grace, Stepsister)
Lilly Tobin (Chorus)
Lee A. Wilkins* (Chorus)

Do you have your tickets yet? Click here if you don't - it will be an entertaining evening for the entire family! The show runs April 10-18 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Girls Night Out!

It is amazing how magical the words "Girls Night Out!" can be! I sent out an email to some of my friends asking them to come see The Full Monty with me on Wednesday night, and had 44 "yes" responses! It was a perfect evening. Sally Struthers and Joe Coots came to greet us in the Backers' Club before the show and couldn't have been friendlier!

All the girls plus Sally and Joe

One of my friends asked me how long I had known Sally, because she acted like we were best friends. She is precious! Joe is a wonderful, personable character as well, who seems to love having a good time. All of my "girls" sat near each other at the show, and I have never heard so much deep-belly laughter coming from a group of women in my life. We were giddy, and it was positively therapeutic!

To me, life is all about making memories and we certainly made them that night. Only six of us "younger" women were crazy enough to brave the late-night entertainment, but sleep deprivation is a small price to pay for the fun we had after the show at Cabaret Night at Solas with the cast. The music was beautiful as many of the cast members sang some of their favorite songs. They graciously let us take pictures with them after the entertainment. That's a big thrill for those of us who admire talent from afar, and it made us feel like we were really getting the NYC/Broadway (or at least the Raleigh/Glenwood Ave.) experience.

Janice McKenzie & Joe

Joe and Wanda Stevenson at Solas

My daughter, Mary Beth, getting some sugar from Joe!

Family photo with Joe

Edythe Poyner, Josie Hall and myself at Solas with Ken Griggs, cast member "Teddy" of THE FULL MONTY

Edythe (who had a walk-on role that night!) and myself

Thanks for a wonderful evening!

Debbie Woody

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Come to Cabaret Night Tomorrow!

You are invited to join the cast of THE FULL MONTY at Cabaret Night - an intimate, up-close-and-personal event where some of the cast members will sing some of their favorite musical theatre selections and more.

Cabaret Night will be held at Solas, located in downtown Raleigh on Glenwood Avenue, and will start immediately following the Wednesday evening performance. The event will be on the second floor and there will be no cover.

Solas is located at 419 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27603.

We hope to see you there!