“Seussical: the Musical” Now Playing through March 7!

Portal Players Dramatic Society proudly presents “Seussical: The Musical”, by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Co-Conceived by Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Print“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

10361280_430684327089019_7354847201576448063_nThe Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Seussical is fun for the whole family!


A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline – Auditions

ACloserWalkPatsyCline“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” is being considered for production by Portal Players Dramatic Society (Port Alberni) next season. In order to evaluate their proposal, directors Peter Wienold and Denis Levasseur will hold pre-auditions for the performers in this show. One female lead is needed to portray Patsy Cline; four adult male roles, which are usually played by a single actor, can be split out for two actors.

Women auditioning for the role of Patsy Cline will need to sing these three songs (a music track will be provided): I Fall To Pieces, Crazy, and Walkin’ After Midnight. An ability to yodel is an asset, and we’ll ask to hear your best attempt!

Men auditioning for the role(s) of Little Big Man (Radio DJ) and the comedians will be asked to do their best improvised introduction (as though broadcasting on radio) of the above named songs; to tell a selection of at least three jokes of their own choosing; and to read selections from the script.

The directors are also looking for backup singers, in the style of The Jordanaires. An all-male backup group is preferred, or a mix of men and women. Existing groups that are comfortable with this music style are encouraged to audition together. Groups should bring a piece of music to sing acappella, and be prepared to sing backup to a recording of “Walkin’ After Midnight”. Individuals are also welcome to try out for these group parts. Note that there is a live band on stage as part of this show, although these are not band auditions.

To help auditioners prepare, a package of music tracks and information is available in advance by contacting Denis Levasseur at denlev@shaw.ca.

“A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” originated at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver in 1991, had successful runs at the Chemainus Theatre Festival recently, and has played across North America to adoring audiences. It is a family-friendly show, and one of only two musical productions that are sanctioned by the Patsy Cline estate.

Auditions are at The Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street, Port Alberni on Tuesday February 24th and Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 pm. Performance dates, if approved, are anticipated to be on weekends throughout November, 2015. For more information, please contact Peter Wienold at thegraphicsfactory@mac.com or Denis Levasseur at denlev@shaw.ca.

Presenting, the Portal Players Dramatic Society 2014/15 Season

The Woman in Black

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, November 1 (2014) – Now closed, Thank You for your support!

Seussical the Musical

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, February 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, March 6, 7 (2015)
Sunday Matinees, 2:00 pm, February 22, March 1 (2015)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm,  May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 29, 30 (2015)


One Act Summer Playhouse Series

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm, July 17, 18, 24, 25 (2015)

theatrebcPortal Players will also be hosting the 2015 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival at the Capitol Theatre, presenting the best of live theatre  from May 16 to May 23, 2015.