Orinda Starlight Village Players Announce 2019 Season and Auditions

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Cast from last year’s production of Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web. (L-R) Lisa Marie Taylor, Genevieve Di Natale, Claire Stevenson and Dan Phillips.

    Theater lovers and fans of mysteries have a chance to take to the stage as the Orinda Starlight Village Players (OrSVP) hold auditions for the season.
    Auditions take place Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center Carpentry Room. Come prepared to read from the scripts. No prepared monologues are necessary.
    This all-volunteer group has been presenting live theater in Orinda for more than 30 years and is always looking for new members both on and off stage.
    The first production of the season will be Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution directed by Suzan Lorraine. OrSVP is well known for its productions of Agatha Christie plays. Lorraine has been directing the Christie shows for the past several years to great acclaim, carrying on the tradition set by OrSVP Founder Charlotte Meyer. Lorraine will need a variety of adult ages for this show. Rehearsals begin in April. Performance dates are May 31, June 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29.  
    The second production is John Bishop’s The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, directed by Eddie Peabody. Peabody directed and starred last season in P.G. Wodhouse’s Good Morning, Bill. Rehearsals begin in June. Performance dates are July 19, 20, 26, 27, Aug. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.
    The third production, directed and adapted by Malcolm Cowler, is Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White. Cowler is a familiar face for OrSVP audiences, having been involved with over 35 productions, including his adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Cowler is looking for a number of adults for this mystery. Performance dates are Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 and 28.
    OrSVP is completely volunteer run with no paid staff. Anyone interested in any aspect of theater may contact the group at www.orsvp.org or 925-528-9225 or email info@orsvp.org.
    “This is a great place to get your feet wet in community theater, so do come play with us in the park,” says Lorraine.

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