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Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse proudly announces a call for submissions for the first show in our 45th season,

JUST DESSERTS!

 

It’s sweet. It’s savory. It’s five strangers putting their hearts, reputations, and baking skills on the line to become the crème de la crème of bakers at a county fair. The heat is on to create three different types of desserts during the finals. A determined young woman dreaming of opening her own bakery. A sexy nail technician who wants to fit in. A shy school nurse who doesn’t want to be there at all. A mysterious man from Brooklyn who arouses suspicion about his past. And the reigning champion who is confident she’ll garner yet another victory this year. They’ll all get their just desserts at the Jefferson County Bake-Off! There’s a little mystery, a little romance, some potential cheating, and some back-stabbing — exactly what you expect when the competition is fierce — and the results are deliciously satisfying!

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Director for this regional premiere of JUST DESSERTS is Ashley Mills Becher, who recently directed the beloved children's musical Seussical, and has performed in Circa '21 shows Winter Wonderland, Saturday Night Fever, and Holiday Inn. Quad Cities' favorite, Ron May, who has been music director for such hits as Beehive the '60s Musical and Saturday Night Fever, will be stepping in again as music director.

 

Becher and May are seeking highly skilled performers to fill the following open roles:

 

BRANDY:              

Age range: Mid-late thirties.

Vocal range: Mezzo-Soprano (if possible, belt to B and mix to D)

Nail technician at Bea’s Hive of Beauty. Twice married, twice divorced, she believes that winning the bake-off will help her gain the approval of the wives of her boyfriend’s pals.

 

EMMA:                      

Age range: Early twenties.

Vocal range: Mezzo-Soprano (if possible, belt to B and mix to D).

Must be able to tap dance.

Just graduated from business college with a degree in accounting. She is ambitious and driven to succeed. While she loves baking, she views the competition as an opportunity that will bring her closer to becoming a professional chef.

 

JEAN:                         

Age range: Early to late forties.

Vocal range: Mezzo-Soprano (mix to Bb)

Submission needs to include a ballad as well as the up-tempo Broadway-style song.

A school nurse. Baking is her way to make people happy. So eager to please that others (including her sister) take advantage of her. Although shy, she’s the one who takes charge in a crisis.

 

LOU:                          

Age range: Early forties to fifty.

Vocal range: Baritone or High Baritone to F

A big bruiser of a man from Brooklyn who has recently moved to Jefferson County. His appearance and reluctance to share personal information lead to some wild speculation about his past. Lou dreams of opening an Italian restaurant.

 

MILDRED               

Age range: Mid-fifties to early sixties.

Vocal range: Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano (mix or legit to C5)

CEO of a department store, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and four-time champion of the Jefferson County Bake-Off, she pulled herself up from nothing to gain her current status. Her sweet manner belies her ruthlessness as a competitor.

 

ZACK – The Master of Ceremonies (doubles as Brandy’s boyfriend DONNY)

Age range: Mid-thirties to forty.

Vocal range: Baritone or High Baritone to F

Meteorologist at local news station. Vapid and perfectly groomed, he’s full of smiles for the audience, but unable to cope when things go wrong. Doubles as DONNY, a Middle-aged car salesman who adores Brandy. 

 

 

Production dates, including 2 weeks of rehearsals, are March 3 – May 14, 2022. Those interested in being considered should submit a resume, photo, video of a verse & chorus of up-tempo Broadway style song, and a short comic monologue. All roles in this professional production are paid.

 

Questions and submissions should be sent to
Denny Hitchcock at dpjh@circa21.com
no later than Monday, Dec. 20, 2021