Dennis has been on the professional stage in England and America for about 40 years. In that time he has performed in well over 120 different shows from Shakespeare to Farce and has won many accolades including best supporting actor in a number of plays and festivals. Dennis has directed plays as well as producing, dialect coaching, performing, speaking, voice over and emceeing hundreds of events around the world. You may have seen Dennis on the stage in a number of professional stages in the local area. He is most known for his comedy roles such as Selsdon in Noises Off and Psuedolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, but he has enjoyed some great dramatic roles such as Martin Dysart in Equus (in our own Vero Voce Theatre!) and Mr. Frank in The Diary of Ann Frank at Metropolis Performing Arts Center.
Dennis is an acclaimed speaker and well known for his humorous yet insightful presentations around the world. He has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica!) and enjoys travelling and making new friends. He has owned and run a number of performance and arts based companies including Dance schools, Theatre and video production companies in both his native England and his home of 20 years in The USA.
Sara Caligiuri is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with degrees in Music and English. During her time at IWU, Sara participated in the touring Collegiate Choir under the direction of Dr. Scott Ferguson, as well as main stage opera productions, most notably as Marchellia in Le Nozze di Figaro. She also had the pleasure of premiering three original roles in her time at IWU, including two with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. Sara has also directed an original opera entitled Madness Majestica by composer Richie Zola in collaboration with the IWU New Music Series. In addition to her time at IWU, Sara also spent a semester in Milan, Italy studying opera with the Assistant Director of La Scala, Stefano Simone Pintor. Sara specializes in teaching opera technique, as well as musical theatre.
Parent Meeting: Tue, July 23, 2019 5:30 PM
Casting: Tue, July 23, 2019, 5:30-8:30 pm
Those who wish to have a speaking/singing role will read from the audition sides posted below and sing an excerpt of "I've Got A Golden Ticket" (audio recording below)
Rehearsals: Tue & Th, 5:30-8:30 pm July 23-Sep 19, 2019
Tech Week: MANDITORY! Mon-Fri, Sep 23-27, 2019, 5-9 pm
Performances: Sat, Sep 28, 2019 5 pm & Sun, Sep 29, 2019 2 pm & 4 pm.
Directed by Dennis Brown
Vocal Direction by Sara Caligiuri
Choreography by Maeve Krzysiak
Assistant Director, Jayde Steinke
Audition Sides: Please be familiar with the following sides. You may be asked to read for any of them. The casting team will choose your side. This does not mean that you are being considered for only the role you read.
Location: Vero Voce, 3755 East Main St, STE 158, St Charles, IL 60174
For more info on the show and songs go to https://www.mtishows.com/roald-dahls-willy-wonka-kids