Firelands College Theatre

Did you know there was a theatre on the BGSU Firelands campus? There is! McBride Auditorium in the North Building is open and waiting for you!

Whether you are interested in performing or prefer to remain out of the spotlight, the Firelands College Theatre program at BGSU Firelands offers numerous ways for people to get involved both on and off stage. There are a variety of theatre courses such as, The Theatre Experience, Acting Principles, Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Performance, Basic Scenic Construction and Painting, Lighting and Sound, Performance Studies, and Directing.  Students also have the opportunity to earn credit by performing in productions as well as working in the scene shop or on a stage crew. Whatever your passion, there is something just right for you!

About the program:

  • BGSU Firelands is the only Ohio regional, branch campus of a university with a Guest Artist Program and a Resident Youth Theatre Program – Caryl Crane Youth Theatre.
  • Between Firelands College Theatre and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre, we produce several major productions each year. Students play an integral role in every aspect of production.
  • Firelands College Theatre welcomes high school students through the PSEOP program, and non-traditional students to theatre courses and stage productions.
  • You can complete 2 years of your Theatre major/minor at BGSU Firelands, and several of our courses fulfill BG Perspective requirements.
  • Through a unique partnership with the Sandusky State Theatre and Terra State Community College, BGSU Firelands theatre students have the opportunity to earn credit while participating in productions at the State Theatre. 
  • Our scene shop is open Monday-Friday from 1 – 5 pm. Stop by and see students at work.
  • Join the Student Theatre Guild and get to know other theatre students.

 

David Gilmore

David Gilmore

Position: Technical Director
Phone: 419.372.0823
Email: dgilmor@bgsu.edu
Address: One University Drive
1012 Ceder Point Center
Huron, OH 44839

Mr. Gilmore received his M.A. degree from BGSU in the area of scenic design. He taught theatre technology at Findlay University as a graduate student. He has designed productions for the Huron Playhouse, the Firelands College Theatre, and for Caryl Crane Youth Theatre. His design credits include: Once Upon A MattressBabes In ArmsTender TimesThe Lion, The Witch, and The WardrobeYankee DoodleThe Lion Who Wouldn't, and Raggedy Ann & Andy. He performed in the title role of CCYT's first Firelands production, The Pied Piper. His experience with the various theatre's has given him 40+ acting credits to date. David has also performed at Cedar Point on the week-ends in the Fall; playing diverse roles including the insane narrator of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell Tale Heart.

Open Auditions for the BGSU Firelands College and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre


Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS
Saturday, March 9 at 10 am
McBride Auditorium
BGSU Firelands College

BGSU Firelands College Theatre, partnering with Caryl Crane Youth Theatre, is holding open auditions for its upcoming production Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, March 9, 2019, in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands College beginning at 10 am. CATS will be presented at BGSU Firelands College, April 26- May 5, 2019.

Seeking dancers, singers and actors ages 10+ for the production!

Great roles available for actors, singers and dancers, ages 10 and up. No experience necessary! To participate in CATS, you must be age 10 or above by the first rehearsal on March 18, 2019. Rehearsals will be weekday evenings between 5 pm – 9 pm*. Roles may be double-cast for this production.

*Due to the nature of the piece, we will rehearse by songs and you will only be called at rehearsals of the songs you are featured in. (i.e. you may only be called from 5-7 or 7-9 on a given rehearsal night).

AUDITION MUSIC

Ladies - Please learn "Macavity" from CATS. Lyrics can be found below. Memorization required if over the ages of 12. The selection and sheets with the lyrics will be available at the audition for those ages 10-12.

Reference recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jug_kXgUmHs

Gentlemen - Please learn "Mister Mistoffelees" from CATS. Lyrics can be found below. Memorization required if over the ages of 12. The selection and sheets with the lyrics will be available at the audition for those ages 10-12.

Reference recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EdsnFZy9g8

DANCE CALL

All: There will be a dance call after the singing audition. You may or may not be asked to stay and dance. You may be asked to sing additional material if the director needs to see more. If a singing is needed, sides will be available at check-in. There will be no callbacks for this production.

We will be casting 6-8 non-dancing PIT SINGERS for the production. Specifically seeking strong singers who can read music and hold tight harmonies. Less rehearsal will be required for the PIT SINGERS.

As with all BGSU Firelands College Theatre and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre main-stage productions, there is NO tuition**. We ask that a $20 donation be made by each cast member to help cover the costs of scripts and musical materials as well as costumes. The Cast List will be posted on Sunday, March 17 by 5 pm. The first full-company rehearsal will be March 19 at 5 pm in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands College.

** Please note that for CATS, each dancer will be responsible for the purchase of their own jazz sneakers. Gentlemen will also be responsible for the purchase of a traditional (not full) dancebelt. Ladies will also be responsible for the purchase of a nude leotard.

More information is available by calling 419.372.0732 or emailing carylcraneyouththeatre@gmail.com.

AUDITION LYRICS

Ladies: MACAVITY

And when the larder's looted or the jewel case is rifled
Or when the milk is missing or another peke's been stifled
Or the greenhouse glass is broken and the trellis past repair
There's the wonder of the thing Macavity's not there

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
There never was a cat of such deceitfulness and suavity
He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare
What ever time the deed took place Macavity's not there

Gentlemen: Mr. Mistoffelees

He can play any trick with a cork
Or a spoon and a bit of fish paste
If you look for a knife or a fork
And you think it is merely misplaced
You have seen it one moment and then it is gone
You find it next week lying out on the lawn

And we all say
Oh! Well I never was there ever a cat so clever as magical mister mistoffelees
Oh! Well I never was there ever a cat so clever as magical mister mistoffelees


SCHEDULE

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule for CATS
(you will only be called for the numbers you are in and rarely, if ever for a full 4-hour night)

T, March 19, 5 pm -8 pm
W, March 20, 6 pm - 9 pm
TH, March 21, 5 pm -9 pm
Sat, March 23, 9 am - 12 pm
Sun, March 24, 1 pm - 4 pm
M, March 25, 5 pm - 9 pm
W, March 27, 5 pm - 9 pm
Sat, March 30, 9 am - 12 pm
Sun, March 31, 1 pm - 4 pm
Sat, April 6, 9 am - 12 pm
Sun, April 7, 1 pm - 4 pm
M, April 8, 5 pm - 9 pm
T, April 9, 5 pm - 9 pm
W, April 10, 5 pm - 9 pm
Th, April 11, 5 pm - 9 pm
Sat, April 13, 9 pm - 12 pm
Sun, April 14, 1 pm - 4 pm
M, April 15, 5 pm - 9 pm
T, April 16, 5 pm - 9 pm
W, April 17, 5 pm - 9 pm
Th, April 18, 5 pm - 7 pm (Holy Thursday)
Sat, April 20, 9 pm - 12 pm
M, April 22, 5 pm - 9 pm
T, April 23, 5 pm - 9 pm
W, April 24, 5 pm - 9 pm
Th, April 25, Preview 7 pm
F, April 26, Opening Night, 7:30 pm
Sat, April 27, 2 pm matinee
Sun, April 28, 2 pm matinee
Th, May 2, 5-8 pm Brush-up rehearsal (tent)
F, May 3, 10 am student matinee, 7:30 pm performance
Sat, May 4, 2 pm matinee
Sun, May 5, 2 pm Closing Performance

It looks like a big commitment, but reminder that most students will be in 3-4 numbers total and will not be required at every rehearsal. 2-3 x per week for most until Tech Week.