Auditions for BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

Catskill Community Players announces auditions for its spring play, Bull in a China Shop, by C. B. Gilford, directed by Gary Koutnik.

It’s a comedy about six ladies ‘of a certain age,’ who live together and lust after a young(er) police detective who lives across the street. They plot to draw him in to their clutches by attracting his professional attention; unfortunately, he’s a homicide detective. Believe it or not, hilarity ensues as one lady after another is found stretched out on the sofa, felled by poison, ready – with her still-breathing colleagues – to welcome the dashing policeman to their home. But when a younger female reporter shows up, and forces them to share his attention, the ladies need to step up their game…

There are, obviously, quite a number of wonderful women’s parts (one or two a little shorter than the others…), as well as the detective. There are a number of parts that could be male or female, including the detective’s sarcastic partner. We’re looking forward to having a great time creating a very funny play full of rich characterizations.

Auditions: When:
Sunday, March 18, 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
You do not need to come to both auditions
No prepared pieces necessary

Auditions: Where:
South Kortright Central School auditorium (directly across the hall from the main entrance)
From Oneonta: Take State Rt. 23 to Stamford, turn right at the light onto Rt. 10; go about six miles and start looking for the school on your left after passing through Hobart.
From Delhi: Take Rt. 10 north out of town about 14 miles; school is on your right.

Friday and Saturday evenings, May 18 & 19; Sunday matinee, May 20 at South Kortright Central School.
We’re working on a plan that would add another weekend at the Worcester Wieting Theater, possibly a dinner theater, as has been done before.


The Catskill Community Players present The Real Inspector Hound, a one-act comedy by Tom Stoppard, at the Wieting Theatre in Worcester, on Friday, November 18th, Saturday, November 19th at 8:00 pm, preceded by a pre-show Dinner offered at the Worcester Inn, and Sunday November 20th at 2:00 p.m., with a post-show dinner at the Inn. This one-act play, actually a play within a play, revolves around two theatre critics, played by Gary Koutnik and Charlie Reiman, who are watching a play which is a send-up of a classic “whodunit”. A dead body is found at Muldoon Manor in Essex, the radio announces a madman is on the loose, and soon Inspector Hound (played by Dr. Ben Friedell) shows up at the scene of the crime. But is he the real Inspector Hound?

Diana Friedell is directing and producing the play and comments, “this is the funniest show I’ve ever directed, and this will be the 2nd time I’ve directed it- last time was in 1987, also at the Wieting Theatre.” Several actors are reprising the exact same role they played in 1987, including Dr. Friedell as “Inspector Hound”, Gary Koutnik as the critic, “Birdboot,” Sam Goodyear as the Radio voice, and Abbey Koutnik as “Lady Cynthia Muldoon”. Rounding out the cast are Scott West, reprising his role as “Simon”, the mysterious stranger, Charlie Reiman as “Moon”, Alyssa Christman playing Miss Drudge, the maid, Cassandra Miller as “Felicity Cunningham”, and Joe Mungavin, playing Magnus Muldoon.

There are six menu choices for dinner, being offered by Chef Jack at the Worcester Inn, Dinner price includes dessert and salad; bar and gratuities not included.

To reserve your Dinner & Theatre ($35 adults, $30 students/Seniors) or to see the play alone ($15 adults; $10 students, seniors) call the Worcester Inn, call 397-8500. For further information, or menu details find Catskill Players on Facebook or on the web at: or CALL Diana at 607-433-2089.

Audition Announcement: The Real Inspector Hound – Fall 2011

Catskill Community Players
Audition Announcement
The Real Inspector Hound – Fall 2011

WHO: Catskill Community Players, Diana Friedell, Director
WHAT: AUDITIONS for Fall Comedy- “The Real Inspector Hound” by Tom Stoppard
WHEN: Sunday, October 9th- 1:00-3:00 p.m.
AND Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Wieting Theatre, Main Street in Worcester

The Catskill Community Players are holding auditions for all interested in acting to fill the roles in The Real Inspector Hound, a one-act comedy by Tom Stoppard. This is a hilarious award-winning comedy that calls for 3 women and 5 men, and a radio voice.

This one-act play, actually a play within a play, involves two theatre critics reviewing a play who get caught up in a murder-mystery with the on-stage actors. A dead body is found at Muldoon Manor in Essex, the radio announces a madman is on the loose, and soon Inspector Hound shows up at the scene of the crime. But is he the real Inspector Hound?

Diana Friedell, a veteran director and actor from Oneonta will direct and produce the show, which will be shown at the Wieting Theatre in Worcester, preceded by a special theatre dinner at the Worcester Inn across the street, on November 11th, 12th and a matinee showing on Nov. 13th .

The roles called for are Moon and Birdboot, the two theater critics (middle aged or so), Mrs. Drudge (the Maid), Simon (the mysterious handsome visitor who both Cynthia and Felicity fall for), Lady Cynthia Muldoon, (the very proper lady of the Manor) Felicity (the young friend of Lady Cynthia, Inspector Hound (Parody of a Scotland Yard Inspector), and Major Magnus Muldoon (the wheel-chair ridden elder relative, obviously disguised).

Selections of the script can be read at or in its entirety by searching on-line. Auditions are open to anyone interested in acting, experienced or not.

For further information please call or e-mail Diana Friedell (433-2089; and for more info about Catskill Community Players, a 40-year old theater company, please go to, or find us on facebook.

Anne of Green Gables

The Catskill Community Players are proud to present Anne of Green Gables, a play by Alice Chadwicke adapted from the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

The stern Marilla (played by Rebecca Newman) and her warm-hearted brother Matthew (Joe Mungavin) hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne (played by Rachel Adams & on Sundays by Alyssa Christman) by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affect everyone around her — even, eventually, the cold Marilla! We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. (Joshua Turan).

The play is directed by Dave Turan, with original music written and performed by Lissa Sidoli. This is a family show, appropriate for all ages, including children who are able to sit through a long show.

There is also a raffle for an “Anne of Green Gables” Collector’s Porcelain Doll.  Raffle tickets are available at all performances, or by calling 326-7908, and the winner will be drawn at the last performance — no need to be present to win.

The play will run for two weekends and be presented in two different Theaters.

WORCESTER, June 10-12:

Evening performances begin at 7:30PM Friday and Saturday, June 10th and 11th, at the Wieting Theater in Worcester,  preceded by dinner at the Worcester Inn at 5:30, with a Matinee performance at 2PM Sunday, June 12th, followed by Dinner at the Worcester Inn. Tickets Prices for Dinner AND Theatre in Worcester are $35 for Adults, $30 for Students and Seniors, and Kid’s Menu (ages 10 and under) for $20.  For tickets to the Show only:  Adults $15; Students:  $10.   Tickets can be reserved for the Worcester performances & Dinner menu choices made by calling the Worcester Inn (607-397-8500).

STAMFORD, June 17-19:

Anne of Green Gables will be presented for the second weekend in Stamford, at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday June 17th, 18th, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 19th at the Carriage House at RAG’s 76 MAIN!, Stamford, NY. There will also be a Dinner Special for Theatre Go-ers offered at Gabriella’s  before the evening presentations and on Sunday after the matinee. To reserve your tickets  for the 76 MAIN! Stamford production and for dinner details call Roxbury Arts Group at 607-326-7908. Tickets to the show only are the same as the Worcester Wieting prices, listed above.

For more information, find Catskill Community Players on Facebook, or on the web at:, or go to 

Anne of Green Gables is produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Auditions — Anne of Green Gables

The Catskill Community Players are seeking actors & actresses of all ages for their spring production of “Anne of Green Gables”, an adaptation of the classic L.M Montgomery novel by Alice Chadwicke. There are four potential audition times to choose from: Auditions will be held at the Worcester Inn, Main St. in Worcester on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday March 20th at 3:00 p.m. Auditions will also be held at 76 MAIN!, in Stamford, NY on Saturday, March 19th at 2:00 pm and Sunday, March 20th at 12 Noon.

The show’s director, David Turan, is looking for 4 males, and 10 females, from age 12 to Adults and Seniors, but Dave notes that many teenage actors are needed. The plot revolves around Green Gables, which is the home of lovable Matthew Cuthbert and his stern sister, Marilla. They agree to adopt a boy to help with the farm work. But they are dismayed when Anne Shirley, a girl in her teens, is sent by the orphanage by mistake! Anne touches Matthew’s heart with her vivid imagination and her charitable viewpoint, but it takes time to reach the tender heart beneath Marilla’s hard exterior. Then there is young Josie Pye, a boy named Moody Spurgeon and Matthew, Anne’s kindred spirit.

The play will be presented on June 10th, 11th, and 12th as a Dinner plus Theatre at the Worcester Inn and the Wieting Theatre in Worcester. A second weekend of performances will take place on June 17th, 18th and 19th at the Carriage House at 76 MAIN!, Stamford, NY.

Hope to see you there!

For more information about roles & scripts please call or e-mail director David Turan. For more information about Catskill Community Players, visit our website at, or find us on Facebook!