VLOG produces a wide variety of events of many different genres: cabarets, musicals, straight plays and staged readings. The exact mix in any given calendar year depends in large part upon the interests and inclination of its membership.
Our main stage productions generally tend toward fully staged classical and contemporary Broadway musical theater, as well as operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan and the like.
Our cabarets and smaller performances are held in less formal, more intimate settings and are intended to showcase our members’ vocal talents.
Although VLOG is a non-Equity, membership company, auditions for all roles, including all principal roles, are open to everyone. Once cast, all performers are required to become dues-paid members of VLOG.
All events are cast only from those who attend an audition in person – pictures and resumes are not accepted by mail or any other method.
Please note that none of our performers are paid since we are a volunteer company.
Ensemble rehearsals are usually held two evenings during the week, with additional rehearsals for principals scheduled at other times.
VLOG always welcomes backstage and offstage volunteers. If you are interested in participating in a non-performing capacity you are encouraged to come to any audition night to let us know your interests and to meet with members of the company. If you have any other questions about VLOG, please feel free to use our contact page. Thank you for your interest in The Village Light Opera Group and we look forward to meeting you!
CURTAINS Character Breakdown:
LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI: Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. Vocal Range: Baritone
NIKI HARRIS: Pretty, naive ingénue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. Actress must have legit Soprano and good comic timing. Vocal Range: Soprano
GEORGIA HENDRICKS: Female half of the song writing team for Robbin’ Hood. Ends up taking on the leading lady role. Must sing and dance well. Vocal Range: Belt
CARMEN BERNSTEIN: Brassy Broadway producer. Terrific comedic actress who sings with a powerful voice. Vocal Range: Belt
AARON FOX: The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he’s separated. He’s a charming ladies’ man. Vocal Range: Tenor/High-Baritone
SIDNEY BERNSTEIN: The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving. Seeking a character actor with good comic timing. NON-SINGING ROLE.
CHRISTOPHER BELLING: English director. Very camp. Very funny. Vocal Range: Baritone
BAMBI BERNE: Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer. Bambi is an excellent dancer/comedienne who sings well. Vocal Range: Belt
DARYL GRADY: A theater critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out of town tryouts. NON-SINGING ROLE.
JOHNNY HARMON: The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Johnny is a character man who is gruff but lovable. He keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process. Vocal Range: Baritone
OSCAR SHAPIRO: The general manager. An agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money. Vocal Range: Baritone
BOBBY PEPPER: The choreographer and leading man – a Gene Kelly type who is the one shining star in an otherwise dire show. Vocal Range: Baritone
JESSICA CRANSHAW: Fading Hollywood star and a diva who has no right to be one. She is a terrible singer and actress who is the star of Robbin’ Hood. MOSTLY NON-SINGING COMEDIC ROLE
VARIOUS ENSEMBLE ROLES
About the Creative Team:
Michael Blatt, Stage Director
Michael is a New York City based director and actor. He has worked in Bergen, Norway where he directed a New Norwegian translation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Other directing credits include The Cougar Ball, a charity for The Actors Fund and The Phillis Newman Health Care Initiative; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and An Infinite Ache by David Schulner for the 2016 Actors Studio Repertory Season and Brigadoon at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center. Michael has just returned from Northern Michigan University where he directed a world premiere of the play Where a Certain Future by James Howard Carr. Michael has an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and a BFA from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. He is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and an associate member of SDC.
James Higgins, Music Director
James is happy to return to VLOG, having previously MD’ed Company, Anything Goes, and Urinetown. In his 25 years as a professional musician, he has performed in over 80 countries on all 7 continents. His new musical, The Great One, about hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s earth-shaking trade to the L.A. Kings, premiered to great acclaim this winter at Short North Stage in Columbus OH. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes (d. Marc Bruni), Living With Henry; Pre-Broadway: Jeanne La Pucelle (d. Martin Charnin); NYC: Gefilte Fish Chronicles (also at the White House!), Goddess Wheel by Galt MacDermot, Ludwig Live!, lots of cabarets and concerts; Regional: Slow Dance With a Hot Pickup by John Pielmeier (Agnes of God) and Emmy-winner Matty Selman, Ragtime, South Pacific, Candide, West Side Story, Music of the Night (North Shore Music Theatre), and many, many more. James is a music director and orchestrator living in NYC.