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Auditions for Opening Night by Norm Foster


Audition 1: Sunday, August 10th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Audition 2: Monday, August 11th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, August 13th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

By both appointment and drop in. To schedule an audition appointment and receive sides prior to the audition, please send a preferred date/time, resume and headshot to Valley Center Stage Auditions. Drop-ins are also encouraged and sides will be available the night of the audition

Show dates: Thursday - Saturday October 16th - November 1st

Auditions will be reading from the script.


Auditions will be held at Valley Center Stage, 119 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045

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About Us

Valley Center Stage is a community theatre in its 9th season with over 75 shows since 2003 with annual productions of A Christmas Carol in story theatre style, and recent shows including The Wind in the Willows (also in story theatre style), The Foreigner, Moon Over Buffalo, Dracula, The Curious Savage, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and many others over the years, children theatre shows like Jack and the Beanstalk and The Emperor's New Clothes, interactive murder mysteries, old time radio shows, and special events. You can view a sampling of the quality of our shows produced by Valley Center Stage and see some photos of recent shows.


OPENING NIGHT by Norm Foster – A romp around the theatre as Ruth and Jack celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with dinner and a play. It’ a dream come true for Ruth; Jack would rather be home watching the 7th game of the World Series. Throw in a cynical director, his needy girlfriend, some actors with issues, Foster’s witty, fast paced dialogue and you have a hilarious comedy in which nobody escapes unchanged.  Ed Farolan from once commented that Norm Foster was the Neil Simon of Canada. On reviewing Opening Night he writes, "After seeing this play, I changed my mind and would rather say now that Neil Simon is the Norm Foster of the United States. Indeed, this play surpasses any of Neil Simon's comedies. Practically every line spoken by the actors gets a guffaw or a giggle from the audience."

Dramatis Personæ:

All roles are open.

Ruth Tisdale: (F mid 40s) An accountant in the mayor’s office and wife of Jack, is enamored of being backstage in the VIP lounge.  She feels the thrill and excitement of being one with celebrities.  Ruth thinks acting is a noble profession and she wants this night to ignite the flames of passion in her marriage.

Jack Tisdale: (M mid 40s) Husband to Ruth, a hardware salesman (specifically varnish), who is unhappy about being at this silly play on the night of the 7th game of the World Series.  Simple but ultimately very loving.

Michael Craig: (M mid 30s-40s) Once promising Shakespearian actor, now out of work except for a stint in hardware commercials where he plays a talking wrench.  A VIP guest invited to the “opening”, looking to do some networking to restart his career.

Richard Hyde-Finch: (M late 30s-40s) The director.  Lives with and in a long term relationship with Cilla.  A self-important cad.  He is a master director in his own mind.  This is his night, a critical night, a night of life and death.

Cilla Fraser: (F 35 years old) Lives with and in a long term relationship with Richard.  Owner of an established Art Gallery.  Sophisticated and urban, her biological clock is ticking and now more than ever she needs a commitment from Richard.

Clayton Fry: (M late 50s-60s), An older established British actor, very sweet and charming.  Armed with lines remembered from long ago, he sweeps women off their feet - lots of them.  Hired to play the role of an older farmer, you may not want him churning butter with your young daughter.  Must have strong British accent.

Tom Delaney: (M Early 20s) A young actor trying to break into the business.  Waits tables in the VIP lounge.  Sweeps in and out throughout the show and may get his first big break tonight.  Young and earnest.

Libby Husniak: (F Early 20s) The ingénue.  Her first big role.  Very eager.   Innocent and ditzy, or is she?