Seeking Mr. Falker

7 03 2011

We just finished two great days of auditions for my new family musical Thank You, Mr. Falker at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, but we are still missing a key part: Mr. Falker! Mr. Falker (baritone or tenor) is Trisha’s caring teacher who helps her overcome her obstacles and learn to read. This is a very special show for its intergenerational bonds, with a cast ranging from 8-year-olds to an endearing grandpa.

If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding family theater experience, please contact the Morgan-Wixson (MWTYES@gmail.com) or me (staylorellis@gmail.com) for more info. We will be holding callbacks this Tuesday night from 6:30 – 8:30pm and happy to schedule auditions earlier that evening or at another convenient time. Original audition information can be found here.

Thank You, Mr. Falker, A New Musical

Part of the L.A. Festival of New American Musicals
World Premiere

Adapted from Patricia Polacco’s popular book

Book and lyrics by Andrew Bentz
Music by Sarah Taylor Ellis

Directed by Lane Williamson
Music direction by Sarah Taylor Ellis
Choreography by Christopher Albrecht

Produced by Mary Morra & Jennifer Polhemus

Thank You, Mr. Falker is about Trisha, a young student who is eager to read, to taste the “sweetness of knowledge” that her grandfather has always revered. But she struggles with a learning disability, where words and letters on the page are all mixed up in her brain. Trisha falls behind with her schoolwork and endures classmates’ taunts until her new teacher, Mr. Falker, helps her to blossom and eventually triumph. The book is based on Patricia Polacco’s own struggle with a childhood reading disability. This production is supported in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica, and will feature live music performed by Jennifer Lin.

Roles are available for youth and adults. Please come out to audition for an exciting world premiere musical through Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre: Y.E.S. (Youth Education/Entertainment Series), AATE’s Outstanding New Children’s Theatre Company 2008.

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