- Must be 18 years or older.
- 32 bars (a verse and a chorus) of a Broadway song. If you don't know any Broadway songs, prepare a pop, rock, gospel or country song. Bring sheet music if you have it but also be prepared to sing acapella.
- If you are NOT a singer, please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic or dramatic monologue.
- Bring a headshot and resume if you have it. If you don't, no worries. Just come anyway!
The feature length version of My Name is Paul has completed filming and is now in post-production. Hopefully we will be able to see it sometime this year or next depending on how long the editing and scoring take. I've seen some the footage and the cinematography is excellent!
"The short was selected Globally into multiple Film Festivals on 4 continents and was the Short Film winner at Kingdomwood Film Festival, Films with Valor in Acapulco, Mexico and the Redemptive Film Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia."
After showing the potential of the story, they have expanded it with the help of Tara Lynn Marcelle into a feature length movie. Also, after having shown the potential with the short film, they have brought in a team of investors to make sure they have the resources to do everything to the best of their ability with the feature. From what I've seen they have the footage to make it even better. Now it's up to the editors.
The theatre is something special. Meme Simmons knows that. She was drawn to it as a child. First singing in the choir at age four then performing in high school plays for five years since she did her first musical with the high school when she was still in the eighth grade.
From high school she went straight to college in New York City. Eventually landing roles in off-broadway productions and touring companies.
Now she's back in her hometown bringing her theatrical talent to the people of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Here she has established Debbie's Angels Productions to produce shows and teach acting with the help of her relatives and friends.
In Jacksonville she has helped produce a musical at Southwest High School and directed theatre classes for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Debbie's Angels produced a musical called Broadway After Dark last year and has plans for two more adult performances this year and one for kids.
Check them out below in their recent appearance on The David Letterman Show.
It was the The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, that took him from being a character actor to a star. Before that movie he did not consider himself a leading man. So not wanting to mess up what he had established as a character actor he initially turned down the role. Mike Nichols had to personally call him and convince him to take the part of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate pondering what to do with the rest of his life. Good thing he did.
In addition to his work in theatre and film he has also waded into the director pool with Quartet, a movie about a home for retired musicians and singers. In the interview below he tells about how he directed the actors and has some great stories about acting from his long career.
As a youngster he invented film roles for his friends to re-enact with him but put away these thoughts when his father died in an auto accident in 1989. Then he turned his attention to law enforcement. Only occasionally participating in movies for a couple of decades. He has been very active in films since 2010 including acting, writing, producing, and working in various crew positions. It seems to be in his blood; the passion he has for film and performing.
"I held an audition in Jacksonville back in 2010. I wanted to make a movie for fun. Nothing fancy...
But I had met Samantha. She convinced me I could do so much more with The Hollow Oak. And we have been at it ever since." - Chris Maney
This production has come a long way since the first audition in 2010. Some roles have been re-cast and a lot of effort has been put forth in scouting locations, blocking scenes, setting up and tearing down equipment, not to mention the editing and sound design.