ABC Players to Hold Open Auditions for ‘Kiss Me, Kate’

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ABC Players will hold public auditions for Kiss Me, Kate on December 9 and 10, 1-4 p.m., on The Stage at 30 Public Square, a new performance space at Stuart’s Opera House.

Those auditioning should prepare to sing without accompaniment a one-minute song NOT from Kiss Me, Kate. Auditionees will read from the script and perform some basic dance moves (so flip-flops are not appropriate for the auditions). Only actors who can look at least 16 will be considered; there is no upper age limit. Auditionees do not need to come on both days of the auditions.

The “Auditions” section of the ABC Players Web site ( has links to a role list and downloadable Audition Information Forms to fill out and turn in at the auditions (blank forms will also be available at the auditions).

Although there will be a couple of rehearsals in mid-December, regular rehearsals will begin in January and will typically be on Monday through Thursday evenings leading up to performances at Stuart’s Opera House on March 2-3 and 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on March 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. There will be some Sunday afternoon dance rehearsals.

“ABC Players” is the nickname of the Athenian Berean Community Players, a local, all-volunteer community theater group that has been enjoying making theater magic since 1973. Check the “Past Performances” link at to get an idea of the types of shows the group has done and the high production values they maintain.

Kiss Me, Kate is Cole Porter’s biggest hit and winner of the first Tony Award for Best Musical. The show includes such favorites as “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Why Can’t You Behave?” “Wunderbar,” “I Hate Men,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” and many others.

Please contact the show’s director, Sylvia Abbott, at 740-593-5427 or for answers to any questions about schedule conflicts or other issues. Those interested in technical theater (stage crew, sound, lights, set construction, props, costumes) should come to an audition and make their interests known; no experience required, apprentice training available.