Gadzooks! Cinderella! (It Ain't Shakespeare!)

By Nick Schweitzer

Directed by Stephen F. Murray

A Shakespearean troupe has to perform a British holiday panto to make money. (Don't know what a "panto" is? Google it!) As they present the recognizable characters and story of the fairy tale, they try to slip in some of the Bard's most familiar lines and soliloquies only to be reminded:"this ain't Shakespeare!" Cross-dressing is an essential part of the panto tradition (think Monty Python, not La Cage aux Folles) with at least one lead female character played by a man. Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly treat, a charming alternative to traditional holiday fare.

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Friday, December 4 and Saturday December 5 at Stoughton Village Players Theater, 225 East Main Street; Stoughton, WI
Shows start at 7pm; tickets are $10, and all proceeds benefit the McFarland and Stoughton Food Pantries.

Performances at the Bartell Theater: December 11-19, 2015

Performance Times:
Friday-Saturday, December 11-12 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 13 @ 4pm
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, December 16-17-18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 19 @ 4pm

Ticket Prices: General Admission: $20 Kids under 12: $10 Sunday 12/13 and Wednesday 12/16: $15

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be held at 7pm each night at the MercLab, 930 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Madison, WI (East Washington at Fair Oaks, behind the tire store)

The audition will consist of cold readings and theater games; no other preparation is necessary. Persons with special skills (juggle, perform acrobatics, roller-skate, hula-hoop, play an instrument, etc.) are of special interest to us!

Roles available:
DAME: (F/M, age 40-60) possible cross-dressing role
CINDERELLA: (F, age 20s)
PRINCE: (M/F, age 20s) possible cross-dressing role
FAIRY GODMOTHER: (M/F, age 20-60) possible cross-dressing
Step Sister 1: (M, age 20-40) cross-dressing role
Step Sister 2: (M, age 20-40) cross-dressing role
Others: (any gender or age): King; Baker; Butcher; Mayor; Herald; Candlestick-Maker; Tailor; Cobbler; Carpenter; Horse