‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ to Be Produced by Home Made Theater

On the Cover: (left to right) Dianne O’Neill, Joe Frederick, Michael J. Madsen, John Love. All Photos: Dawn Oesch

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Moonlight & Magnolias, Home Made Theater’s limited-run, eight-show staging ofplaywright Ron Hutchinson’s2004 comedy, about how the film adaptation of Gone With the Wind was hammered out in five days by producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming and script doctor Ben Hecht, will be performed at Saratoga Arts’ Dee Sarno Theater starting the first weekend of December.

Directed by Theresa Storti, Moonlight & Magnolias features a four member cast comprised of actors Joe Frederick, John Love, Michael J. Madsen and Dianne ‘O’Neill.

(left to right) John Love, Joe Frederick, Michael J. Madsen

A comic farce based on actual historical events – five weeks into shooting the Civil War epic, Selznick realized the script and original director were awful  — Moonlight & Magnolias also deals with serious questions about race and the position of Jewish executives in the Hollywood of 1939.

Moonlight & Magnolias will be performed on Fridays, and Saturdays, December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th at 7:30PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays, December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th at 2:00PM. The Dee Sarno Theatre at Saratoga Arts is located at 320 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

Ticket information and subscriptions to Home Made Theater’s entire 2021-22 season are available on the company’s website, www.HomeMadeTheater.org, or by calling 518-587-4427 during regular business hours. For more information about Home Made Theater, you can visit the group’s website, www.HomeMadeTheater.org, the company’s Facebook page, or by contacting the General Manager, Eric Rudy, at eric@homemadetheater.org

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Home Made Theater Holds Open Auditions for They’re Playing Our Song

Home Made Theater announces open auditions for their February musical production of They’re Playing Our Song, book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. The show will be directed by Eric Rudy with musical direction by Richard Cherry and choreography by Arlette St. Romain.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 5th and Monday, December 6th from 7-9 pm by appointment only. Dance auditions will be incorporated into callbacks, which will be Tuesday, December 7th and/or Thursday, December 9th (depending on demand). The auditions will be held at Home Made Theater’s rehearsal space at the Wilton Mall near JC Penney. There are 8 roles available to men and women aged approximately mid twenties and up. Actors of any ethnicity or gender identification are encouraged to attend.

They’re Playing Our Song is a funny, romantic show about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist, not unlike Carole Bayer Sager. Professionally, their relationship works beautifully, but personally they hit a few bumps; romance blossoms; conflict rears its head; and comic sparks fly.

Performances are February 11th-13th and 18th-20th, at 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. All performances will be at the Dee Sarno Theater, in Saratoga Arts. Rehearsals begin Monday, December 13th and will be Sunday through Thursday evenings. There will be no rehearsal from December 21st through January 2nd.

Actors should prepare a song of their choice. Please bring sheet music in your key; a pianist will be provided. Also bring a current photo, a resume, and a list of potential conflicts from the date of the first rehearsal through closing (conflicts can be worked around if known about in advance). Photos cannot be returned. Readings will be from the script. For a detailed flyer or to make an audition appointment, visit Home Made Theater’s website, www.HomeMadeTheater.org. For questions call 518-587-4427 during regular business hours.

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