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    Forge Theatre brings high-quality, year-round live theatrical entertainment to the Phoenixville community. Located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville, Forge offers a repertory of six productions a year. Our ongoing mission is to enrich and entertain our community by providing a superior theatre experience.

    When you visit the theatre, please observe our "Good Neighbor Policy" by not parking on First Avenue. Thank you.

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    Forge Theatre
    P.O. Box 474
    241 First Avenue
    Phoenixville, PA 19460
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General Information

Forge auditions are open to the public, no matter the level of experience, and are generally held on two dates in order to allow the most number of people to fit it into their schedule.  Some directors prefer a prepared audition, others do cold readings from the script, still others may do both.  Be sure to check the audition page for the specific show you are interested in for audition information.  Please note:  Forge is an all-volunteer organization.  There is no compensation of any kind.

When you come to the theatre, please observe our Good Neighbor Policy and DO NOT PARK on First Avenue.

Questions?  Contact us by email: forgetheatrephoenixville@gmail.com



Auditions for Forge Theatre’s 1 Actstravaganza

Forge Theatre proudly presents – 1 ACTStravaganza – a delightful evening of one act comedies – this July 20, 21, 22, 23 (matinee).

Open auditions will be held at the theatre, 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville, Monday May 8th  and Wednesday May 10th @ 7PM.

For more information contact Hal Holzer @ 610-495-8583 or halholzer@verizon.net.

Here is a breakdown of the works being presented:

Teddy – directed by Burt Merriam – Cast 3F, 3M, some flexibility

A profane cat faces a series of catastrophes at the hands of his well- intended master and an overzealous veterinarian but somehow, he perseveres.

Chair Trilogy – directed by Mercedes Duran – Cast – 6F, 2M

A single chair acts as a  thread that connects three touching vignettes, each of which examines the complexities of a relationship.

Must the Show Go On – directed by Amy Borla – Cast 1F, 3M

A drunk in the tech booth, a sick actor, and a busted zipper – can the actors pull off opening night when everything is going wrong?

Cadaver Lab – directed by Phyllis Bastarache – Cast – 2F, 2M, some flexibility

An oddball look at one med student’s interaction with her new friend, her assigned cadaver – one who likes to crack jokes.

Civil Strife – directed by Burt Merriam – Cast – 1F, 2M

This  subtle battle of the sexes is played out in the comfortable home of an American upper-crust couple, but just who is the winner?

Mind Games – directed by Mercedes Duran – Cast – 2F

What do games like Boggle, Risk, Poker tell you about yourself? An introspective view of one’s self via gaming strategy.

Tree Animal – directed by Suki – Cast – 1F

Will there be any compromise when an overbearing mother tries to get her stubborn  child to come down out of a tree?

Our 56th Season!


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek

Sept.  8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24*, 29, 30, Oct. 1*
Auditions: June 4, 6 @ 7:00

Rehearsals Tues., Thurs., and Sun. nights from 7-10

Show runs September 8 – October 1
Directed by Wendy Mirto

Two men compete to swindle women out of $50,000. One is a charming con man and the other an arrogant rival who believes in conning just about anyone.


Director Wendy Mirto is looking for energetic men and women of all ages. Come prepared to sing with 16 to 32 bars of music that will show off your range. No a cappella. Be prepared to dance. We will have cold readings from the script. For more information contact Wendy at wmirto@comcast.net.

Based on the popular 1988 film, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con-artists living and playing in the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson who makes his lavish living by charming rich women out of their money. The other, a small-time grifter named Freddy Benson, swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, these men attempt, unsuccessfully, to work together to con several rich women at the resort, only to find that the small French town isn’t big enough for both of them. They finally agree to a contest; the first one to swindle $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, is the winner and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will have audiences laughing and singing all the way home.

Character breakdown:

Lawrence (45-70) A wise, and sophisticated mature con-artist. A distinguished, cultured physical style. Needs to be able to affect German/ Austrian accents for Act II. Sings with an Austrian accent in Act II.                                                                                                                                 G2 – Bb4 (Tenor)

Freddy (25-45) An immature, inexperienced and crass con-artist. Becomes Lawrence’s apprentice. Physical comedy. Pretends to be a wheelchair confined veteran and Lawrence’s lunatic, younger brother Ruprecht.                                                                                                               A2 – B4 (Tenor)

Andre (30-60) French accent. The Chief of Police and Lawrence’s French assistant. Distinguished, businesslike persona.                                                                                                   F2 – F4 (Baritone)

Miriam (30-60) A wealthy socialite, one of Lawrence’s victims, a romantic, becomes Andre’s love interest.                                                                                                                                   E3 – C5 (Alto)

Christine (25-50) Another victim. (or is she?) An American heiress vacationing on the French Riviera and the target of Lawrence and Freddy’s bet. Sweet innocent look and appeal (needs both a standard American and a Brooklyn accent)                                                A3 – F#5 (Mezzo-Soprano)

Jolene (25-55) An American oil heiress from Oklahoma vacationing on the French Riviera. New money, over the top, spunky, high-energy, Southern firecracker.                                     A3 – D5 (Alto)

4-5 women of all ages to play and sing various roles. The Ensemble is featured in every other role in the show including: Renee, Sophia, Lenore, Nuns, Maids, tourists, etc. These parts include singing, dancing, lines and characterization.

4-5 men of all ages to play and sing various roles. The Ensemble is featured every other role in the show including: Gerald, Renee’s jealous husband, Croupier, Conductor, Waiters, Hotel Manager, tourists, etc. These parts include singing, dancing, lines and characterization.


The Laramie Project
by Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project

Nov 3, 4, 10, 11, 12*, 17, 18, 19*
Auditions: July 24, 26 @ 7:00
Directed by Cindy Schneider

Actors portray 60 interviews about the reaction to the 1998 hate crime murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

The 1940’s Radio Hour
by Walton Jones

Jan. 5, 6, 7*, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20, 21*
Auditons: Sept 10, 12 @ 7:00
Directed by Greg Morton

Music, dancing and old-time sound effects mark the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in 1942.

The Dixie Swim Club
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

Feb. 23, 24, March 2, 3, 4*, 9, 10, 11*
Auditions: Nov 5 @ 2, 6@7:00
Directed by Linda Mandlowitz and Nance Brown

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang

April 13, 14, 20, 21, 22*, 27, 28, 29*
Auditions Jan 7, 9 @ 7:00
Directed by Hal Holzer

This humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes explores the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings during a visit by Masha, who supports the other two.

Avenue Q School Edition
Music/Lyrics/Original Concept by Robert Lopez & Jeff MarxBook by Jeff Whitty

June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17*, 22, 23, 24*
Auditions:Feb 25@2, 26@7:00
Directed by Marnie Herzfeld and Steve Reazor

A coming-of-age parable, it addresses and satirizes the issues and anxieties faced when becoming an adult. This PG13 version features the same songs/storyline and lots of puppets.

Character Breakdown

A fresh-faced kid just out of college and the protagonist. Puppet.
Gender: Male                     Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: G4         Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Kate Monster
A Kindergarten teaching assistant, who is a bit older than Princeton. Puppet.
Gender: Female                 Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F#5        Vocal range bottom: G2
A slacker who lives with Rod. Puppet.
Gender: Male                      Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A4          Vocal range bottom: A2
An investment banker who is Republican and a closeted homosexual. Puppet.
Gender: Male                        Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E4             Vocal range bottom: A2
Trekkie Monster
A reclusive creature obsessed with the Internet and all it has to offer. Puppet.
Gender: Male                         Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F#4           Vocal range bottom: A2
A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge. Puppet.
Gender: Female                     Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Db5            Vocal range bottom: F3
The Bad Idea Bears
Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types. Puppets.
Gender: Female                     Age: 20 to 40
Vocal range top: D4              Vocal range bottom: Eb3
Mrs. Butz
Crabby and ancient. Kate’s boss. Puppet.
Gender: Female                      Age: 50 to 65
A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve.
Gender: Male                           Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: E4               Vocal range bottom: B2
Christmas Eve
A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan.
Gender: Female                       Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F#5              Vocal range bottom: B3
Gary Coleman
Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lives on the Avenue and is superintendent of the apartment buildings.
Gender: Female                        Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Bb4               Vocal range bottom: G#3
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