Audition Notice for DCP’s Spring 2014 Play

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, directed by Rachelle Eves

This play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and deaf student, Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent and spoiled by her family. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

(*major roles)
5 Women
*Annie Sullivan, teacher of Helen (character age between 18 – 25)
*Kate Keller, mother of Helen (30 – 45)
Aunt Ev, aunt of Helen (45+)
Viney, housekeeper/nanny (35 – 60)
A servant (30 – 40)
5 Girls
*Helen Keller (8 – 12)
Martha, a playmate of Helen (8 – 12)
3 blind girls at Annie’s school (8 – 12)
4 Men
*Captain Keller, father of Helen (55+)
*James Keller, stepbrother of Helen (18 – 25)
Dr. Anagnos, Annie’s teacher and mentor (40+)
A Doctor, the Kellers’ family physician (40+)
2 Boys
Percy, a playmate of Helen
Jimmie, the young brother of Annie

(Old Town Hall, downstairs, 478 Main Street, Winchester)

Closed auditions for adult roles will be held Wednesday, October 23 from 6pm to 9pm, Friday, October 25 (note, this is a change from Thursday) from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, October 26 from noon to 4:30pm. A group audition for child roles will be held Sunday, October 27.

Contact the Stage Manager, Moira Law, to arrange your audition time at drama(at)moiralaw(dot)ca.

Rehearsals will start on January 4, 2014. Performance dates are May 2, 3 and 4 and May 9, 10 and 11, 2014.

Rehearsing for ‘Witness for the Prosecution’, by Agatha Christie

Photo of Rehearsal, Sept 14
Rehearsal in full swing at the Old Town Hall, for Witness for the Prosecution, by Agatha Christie.


Elizabeth Barton, director of our fall production keeps a sharp eye on the rehearsal of Witness for the Prosecution, a murder mystery by Agatha Christie.  Suzanne Steele, stage manager and her team are helping Martina Bols and Jim Perkins in the opening scene, debating the fundamentals of typing and the importance of accuracy.

Only 33 more rehearsals and it’s opening night.

After the Summer

I Know it’s not really over yet, but with the end of August come early evening, cooler weather (maybe) and outside choirs now that the bugs are gone. On the fun side, we can look at a great summer and the start of rehearsals for our Fall Production.

First, a huge thank you and congratulations to Lauren Casselman for putting together another winning team and a great show for the Youth Summer Workshop. To all those who helped in the many jobs that make this possible, thank you very much from me and the DCP executive.

We just had DCP’s Summer General Meeting, including a delicious potluck, a review of our constitution and a play reading of Mat Kelly and Vic Trepmontry very funny ‘Nanny Featherbottow and the Neighbour’s Corpse’. Thanks to all the readers. I think we will do more of these readings in the future. It’s relatively easy and so much fun. The amendments voted at the meeting should start appearing online on the DCP wiki in the next few weeks.

Work continues to achieve our next objectives: Mostly the production of Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ with a large cast directed by Elizabeth Barton. I am also meeting with Township staff to discuss the reservation process for the Old Town Hall and ensure that all the users of the Hall are happy with the way it is used and maintained.

I hope you all had as much fun as I’ve had so far. See you at the Hall.

JP Leduc
DCP President and Webmaster

Double Night at the Old Town Hall

Cast and Crew at the first reading of our fall show
Cast and Crew at the first reading of our fall show


imageElizabeth Barton, director or DCP’s Fall production of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” got her cast and crew together for a first reading of the play.  We all had a good time, between the twists and turns of the plot and the great snacks everyone had brought.  Now we just have to get started on those lines and accents.

At the same time, upstairs in the Old Town Hall, Lauren Casselman and her crew are in full rehearsal for the Youth Summer Workshop production of Alice in Wonderland.  Their performances will coincide with Dairyfest, in Winchester, August 9, 10 and 11.

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Youth Summer Workshop Auditions

As our Spring production is going so well (there are still a few tickets left for Saturday), I’d like to look just past it to the audition starting Monday night, May 6, for the cast or our Youth Summer Workshop 2013.

You have read the previous announcement of course:

Alice in Wonderland, a Family Musical, with Pantomime Features:

book/lyrics by Don Macrae, music by Ted Blackbourn and Don Macrae.
Auditions for kids age 12 to 17 will be at the Winchester Old Town Hall, 478 Main street, Monday May 6th, Tuesday May 7th, Wednesday May 8th at 7:00pm. (Please attend one of these days. Parents, please be prepared to stay for the first 15 minutes)

Contact Lauren Casselman if you have any questions or concerns

You don’t have to be a professional singer, but please come prepared to sing part of O Canada for us!
If you don’t like to be on stage but still want to be involved, we are also looking for people to work behind the scenes too- so come on by!
Performance dates:  August 9th, 10th, 11th, 2013

What you may not know is that Lauren Casselman is not only an excellent director but is making a name in singing too:  She just won the Company of Musical Theater Trophy: Senior Category Show Tunes at the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival.  She was also recommended for the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival Highlights concert  and asked to sing at the Ontario Provincial music festival in June.

It’s all very exciting!!


Spring 2013 Production Opens April 26th

Dundas County Players open 2013 season with “Pump Boys and Dinettes” presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.  Book, Lyrics and Music by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann.

This Tony nominated Broadway show, is a lighthearted and spunky musical production that has been around since the early 1980’s.  Set somewhere in North Carolina, it tells the story of four men who work at L.M. and Jim’s Gas Station and two women who waitress at the Double Cupp Diner.  These 6 characters transform an ordinary, typical and otherwise boring day, into a toe tapping even foot stomping occasion; celebrating friendship and life’s simple pleasures through the magic of music.

Under the direction of Terry Green and the musical direction of Colleen Howard, a small and talented cast promise to entertain you with country and gospel, ballads and blues, guitar and accordion… and even a waitress who thinks pots and pans make pretty good percussion instruments.

“Pump Boys and Dinettes ” is 90 minutes of pure entertainment. It will make you smile and laugh and hopefully, leave you feeling just a little more optimistic.

Performances will take place on April 26,27,28 May 3,4,5 at the Old Town Hall, 478 Main St. Winchester.  Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April, 26, 27, and May 3, 4.  There will be a 2:30 pm matinee on Sundays April 28 and May 5.

Tickets are $15 for adults ( $10 for youths 18 and under) and are on sale:

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at Winchester Video, 510 St. Lawrence St. Winchester, Ontario.