Auditions for Summer Theatre

AUDITIONS for youth 11 and older are set in April for The ACT 2 Theatre Company’s June show, two one-act plays.

Please complete this form before coming to auditions:

youth auditionsThe Directors: Cricket Hall and John Hall are co-directing this.

Show Dates: June 21st- June 24th (the 24th is a matinee)

Audition Dates:
April 20th 6 pm
April 21st 12pm
April 22nd 2pm
or by private appointment, if you cannot make these times.

Ages 11 and up.


The Emperor’s New Clothes by Steven Schutzman –
In this comic retelling of the classic story, two con men escape jail, with bumbling detectives in hot pursuit. Soon they trick the vain, fashion-conscious Emperor into letting them create the royal garments for his daughter’s wedding. The garments, they say, will not only be of the highest possible style, they will have the magical property of being invisible to fools unworthy of their positions. What fun to watch fools prove they are not foolish in this land of super-charged pride and vanity.
The Emperor’s New Clothes will be Produced by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers, LLC.

Highly Theatrical Terms by C. P. Stancich –
This is a fast-paced performance piece for young actors. Taking on various characters in a series of scenelets and monologues, actors explore concepts and definitions in drama (hence, “Highly Theatrical Terms”). The result is an exercise in timing and pace that is both funny and audience pleasing.
Highly Theatrical Terms will be Produced by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


The auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts and improv games. If you are interested in seeing the sides ahead of time, please email Cricket at with Summer Youth Plays in the subject line. Thanks. If you are interested in working tech for the show we would love to have you please email John at with Summer Youth Plays in the subject line. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Theatre for Kids!

Directed by Nicole Davis
This season our kids theatre program is exploring character development and the elements of story building with Superheroes and Supervillains – Write Your Own Adventure. The kids will be creating original characters and building stories for the characters to live through. The program will run over 12 weeks with the kids meeting 2 or 3 times a week to work through character choices and write their tales. The final product should be a zany and imaginative collection of comic style stories certain to make you laugh.

The show is Thursday, April 12, Friday, April 13, Saturday, April 14, at 7pm and Sunday, April 15th at 2pm.

Here’s the event and here’s how to contact M.T. Pockets.

The Rustic Mechanicals Announce Cast and Tour Locations for Richard III

Full Press Release Here

Shakespeare’s immortal tale of ambition, lust, and murderous treachery will be brilliantly updated and brought to life by The Rustic Mechanicals this spring. A savage civil war between two royal families has just concluded. But even as the newly installed King Edward takes the reins of power, his ruthless younger brother Richard sets in motion a monstrous scheme to claim the crown for himself. Enlisting the aid of equally duplicitous allies in the court, Richard embarks on a merciless, single-minded campaign of betrayal, seduction, and cold-blooded murder to achieve the goal that has obsessed him all of his tortured life.

Audiences will have their first opportunity to see the show on Thursday, April 12 at a “Pay-What-You-Will Preview.” The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. There is no set ticket price for this performance. Audience members are encouraged to decide what they can give to support the troupe and this performance.

The troupe’s first ever opening night “Shakespeareance” will take place on Friday, April 13. Fifty lucky audience members will be treated to a gourmet dinner, a pre-show Q&A with members of the creative team, a live performance of Richard III, and a post-show dessert meet-and-greet reception with the audience and company.

Reservations are required for this event, and there are only 50 tickets available. The menu includes stuffed cranberry apple roasted pork loin, lemon garlic roasted chicken, roasted root veggies, golden mashed potatoes, a savory caramelized onion bread pudding, salad, homemade bread, fresh fruit, cheese, and vegetable starters.

Tickets are $75 for a couple or $40 for an individual. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with curtain at 8:00 p.m., and the reception immediately following the show.

The first weekend of the tour will conclude with performances on Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. Tickets for the troupe’s MAC performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

The Rustic Mechanicals, now in their fifth season, have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of nearly thirty West Virginia artists.

Joshua Brooks headlines the production in the eponymous role of Richard III.

Audiences will also see Daniel Crowley as Buckingham, Isaac Covey as Catesby, Sean Marko as Lord Hastings, Bailey Kershner as Queen Margaret, Kayla Hudimac as Queen Elizabeth, and Samantha Huffman as the Duchess of York.  James Matthews will be seen as Clarence and the Cardinal; while John O’Connor will be portraying King Edward, the Lord Mayor of London, and the Archbishop; and Travis Teffner will be playing Rivers and Richmond. Rounding out the cast is Sarah Young as Lady Anne and Tyrrel, and Kyle Stemple as Prince Edward and several other roles.

For more information about The Naked Villainy Tour of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, email or call 1-855-VTC-8588.

Mid Year Update from the UUA

The start of this new UUA presidency is an historic opportunity to reassess and realign our work. The call to live up to our most deeply-held values, to push forward on the journey towards the Beloved Community, is both clear and challenging. This mid-year update is an opportunity to share what is underway at the UUA and what Unitarian Universalists can expect to see in the coming year. We are excited to share the ways in which the UUA is advancing its core mission of equipping congregations, training leaders and advancing our values in the world.

Watch and Read the Update here

Viewing of Documentary 13th at UU Fellowship of Morgantown

At the UU Fellowship, Morgantown on November 9, at 6:30 p.m. Free. This movie has been well received, receiving praise from the Washington Post (some of their words below). The movie was nominated for an Oscar.
“Slavery technically ended over 150 years ago. But Ava DuVernay wants you to take another look at the amendment that abolished it. Her documentary “13th” is a powerful look at how the modern-day prison labor system links to slavery. The film offers a timely and emotional message framed by the election and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“13th” received a standing ovation at the New York Film Festival, where it became the first documentary to open the prestigious festival. The title refers to the 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery. But DuVernay zeroes in on the amendment’s exception clause, which states that slavery and involuntary servitude are illegal “except as a punishment for crime.”

The Rustic Mechanicals Present the Forget and Forgive Tour

“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”

Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. It starts October 12th and ends October 29th

For more information about The Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, email or call 1-855-VTC-8588.

Act 2 Theatre Company Presents Dead Giveaway

The ACT 2 Theatre Company presents


a mystery comedy by Pat Cook.
Directed by Lydia Mong.

October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30pm
October 8 and 15 at 2:00pm
at The McCrory Marketplace
318 Main Street
Clarksburg WV

$10 per person payable at the door.

For Reservations…
Include your name, date you will attend, number in your party, and an email or phone number so we can confirm.

Cast to be announced following auditions this summer.

Synopsis adapted from the publisher Eldrige Publishing…
“Dr. Hugh Bernard has hired Angie as a cook and cleaning woman to “find out what’s going on.” Strange things have been happening in the house where five elderly women live “boarding house” style. All, apparently, hate each other. And they keep losing one housekeeper after another. What keeps these women together? What dark secret are they all hiding? And why do they all keep dying? Find out in this comedy chiller, where you’re not sure who or what to believe, who is really murdering who. And finally, what really happened to Jinx, the cat?”



It’s always a good idea to make reservations. Here’s how.


Email us via by providing your name, the date of performance you want to attend, and number of people in your party. Make sure the subject line says SHOW RESERVATIONS.


We don’t have a business office, but we do have a Google Voice phone number (304-918-0010) where you can call and leave a message telling us your name, which performance you want to attend, and the number of people in your party.


Image Credit: Lydia Mong and Act 2 Theatre Company – Caption for photo: It starts with the first reading of the script. Pictured from left to right Mona “Moe” McCarthy, Sue Orr, Beverly Donitzen, Cyndy Simons-Straight, John Hall, Lindsay Morgan, Bev Oliver, Phyl Charnes, Linda O’Connor, and Cricket Hall (back to camera).