On Golden Pond


February 24 & 25, 2015



Directed by Steven Lindsay



Auditions are Tuesday, February 24, and Wednesday, February 25 2015, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Audition appointments are available by calling the Artisan Box Office at 817-284-1200 or by emailing , held at Artisan Children’s Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, just off the main theater lobby.

Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to read cold from the script during the initial audition. Call backs will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 immediately after auditions, if needed. Those who the Director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 3 hours.



Rehearsals will generally be Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, beginning March 9th. PERFORMANCES will be April 24 thru May 16, 2015 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights with Saturday matinees. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.



This charming love story follows Ethel and Norman at their summer home in Maine. Time is now against them, but in rediscovering the joys of living, another summer on Golden Pond may await.


ROLES (may be double cast):

3 men (able to play 40’s to 80’s)
1 boy (able to play a 13-year-old)
2 women (able to play 40’s to 80′s)
Some roles will require a Maine, Northeastern, Upper North, or New England dialect



CHARLIE MARTIN (44) Charlie is a local man who has known the Thayers most of his life. He is described as big and round with a weathered face from spending so much time on the lake, and he has been the mailman for many years. Only two years older than Chelsea, he has been harboring feelings for her since their youth. Charlie is helpful, sincere, and sociable, but he has never married.

BILL RAY (45) Chelsea’s fiancé, Bill Ray, is a dentist from California. He is father to thirteen-year-old Billy. Bill is an honest person who confronts issues in a straightforward way. Bill stands up to Norman’s attempts to intimidate him. This shows a great deal of maturity and self-confidence, and it wins Norman’s approval and respect.

BILLY RAY, JR. (13) Billy Ray is the thirteen-year-old son of Bill Ray. Billy is short, smart, and struck by the awkwardness that comes with his age. Like Norman, Billy masks his self-doubt by appearing confident and comfortable with himself. Billy is unusual in that he is not intimidated by Norman, as many people are. He is adaptable, open-minded, and expressive. As his friendship with Norman deepens, he becomes wiser and more sensitive.

ETHEL THAYER (69) Ethel is Norman’s sixty-nine-year-old wife. She is energetic, loving, and sociable. She is good at handling Norman’s crankiness and fatalistic outlook, and she challenges his negative behaviors and attitudes. She is also decisive and calm under pressure. Ethel is very compassionate with Norman’s health problems and memory loss. Her nurturing attitude extends to the rest of her family and friends, and she likes to make their lake house feel like a home. Among her favorite things about the lake are the loons.

Unlike Norman, Ethel is very interested in maintaining relationships with her neighbors and extends her warmth and welcoming to them. Ethel is nonjudgmental, good-natured, and encouraging.

NORMAN THAYER, JR. (79) Norman is a retired college professor who is spending the summer with his wife at their lake house in Maine. He has many of the ailments common to people his age, including arthritis and palpitations, but his most pressing health issue is his slow mental decline. Although Norman’s pace has slowed, he retains his humor and boyishness. At the same time, he is distinguished and respectable. Norman enjoys solitary activities, such as reading and fishing. He has a sarcastic sense of humor, and he can be impatient, insensitive, and intolerant. Norman’s tough exterior intimidates most people, so when someone stands up to him (like Bill) or answers sarcasm with sarcasm (like Billy), Norman shows respect.
Norman spends the summer grappling with issues of aging and mortality; he makes a surprising friend in Billy, Chelsea’s boyfriend’s teenage son. Softened by this unlikely friendship, Norman is more open to the idea of trying to mend his relationship with his daughter.

CHELSEA THAYER WAYNE (42) Chelsea is the only child of Ethel and Norman. She is forty-two and divorced, and she has a strained relationship with her father, because she tried so hard to please him when she was a child and never felt that she met his expectations.. Chelsea is described as pretty, tan, and athletic-looking, but slightly heavy. She calls Ethel “Mommy,” but calls Norman “Norman.” Chelsea still feels a bit like a little girl around her parents. She talks to her mother openly about her own resentment toward her father, and although she complains that Norman never really talks to her, she is reluctant to talk to him about matters of substance, too. Chelsea takes a great stride toward maturity when she tells her father outright that the two of them have been mad for long enough and that she wants a healthy father-daughter relationship with him.


The Music Man


March 30 & 31, 2015

by Meredith Willson

Directed by Eve Roberts
Musical Direction by Richard Gwozdz
Choreography by
Stage Management by Cassondra Plybon



Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 7pm – 10pm. Auditioners need only make one appointment for one of the available days. Audition appointments can be made by emailing or calling the Artisan Box Office at 817-284-1200. Auditions will be held at the Artisan Annex at 404 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053 (the former Belaire Movie Theater lobby)



Come prepared to dance and also sing 32 bars in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided.
CALLBACKS are Saturday April 4, 2015. Those who the Director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours. For more information please refer to Artisan audition information at



Rehearsals begin the week after auditions and are generally Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7-10pm and Saturdays late morning to early afternoon. Rehearsals are in the Artisan Annex at 404 East Pipeline Road.



Performances are held at Artisan Center Theater, 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst. Performances run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights with Saturday matinees from May 22 – July 3, 2015



THE MUSIC MAN is a classic, flag-waving, feel-good, American musical comedy, with a refreshing subtext – footloose con man sets out to fleece a fictional Iowa town during the early days of the twentieth century, but instead learns a lesson in moral responsibility from the town’s comely librarian. This “All American Musical Favorite” features songs such as 76 Trombones, You Got Trouble, Goodnight My Someone, Till There Was You, The Wells Fargo Wagon, and many others. What a wonderful lead in to the 4th of July!!!!


CHARACTER LIST (may be double cast):

HAROLD HILL – A charming con man – leading man; baritone: A flat – High F
MARIAN PAROO – haughty/beautiful town librarian/piano teacher – leading lady; Soprano: Low G – High A
MRS. PAROO – Marian’s traditional Irish mother; Mezzo-Soprano: A flat – E flat
WINTHROP PAROO – Marian’s lisping baby brother; Alto: C – E flat
CHARLIE COWELL – a rival traveling salesman
MAYOR SHINN – A blustery politician; non singing
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN – Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife; Alto: D – D
ZANEETA SHINN – the mayor’s oldest daughter who has a crush on Tommy (intense dancing)
THE QUARTET – Ewart Dunlop, Oliver Hix, Jacey Squires, Olin Britt (A barbershop quartet) – four judgmental school board members (sing barbershop quartet style)
MARCELLUS WASHBURN – Harold’s comic sidekick – supporting; Tenor: G – High A
TOMMY DJILAS – the town’s juvenile delinquent who has a crush on Zaneeta (intense dancing)
AMARYLLIS – Marian’s young piano student; Alto: C – E
ALMA HIX – Gossipy wife of a Quartet member
MAUD DUNLOP – Gossipy Wife of a Quartet member
MRS. SQUIRES – Gossipy Wife of a Quartet member
ETHEL TOFFELMIER – The “pianola” girl


Guys and Dolls


June 1 & 2, 2015

Directed by John Wilkerson


The Secret Garden


July 20 & 21, 2015

Directed by Joe Sturgeon


Arsenic and Old Lace


September 7 & 8, 2015

Directed by Steven Lindsay


Irving Berlin's White Christmas


September 21 & 22, 2015

Directed by John Wilkerson



Artisan Center Theater is a 196 seat theater-in-the-round located at 444 East Pipeline in Hurst, Texas.  Artisan produces 9 main stage shows (family friendly dramas, comedies, and musicals) and 9 children’s shows a year. Artisan was recently named Best Theatre Group by Dallas A-List Voters and is entering its 13th season as one of the top community theaters in the country.  More information can be found at