Casting “Casa Valentina,” a story set in 1962, when most men went to the Catskills to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when faced with the opportunity to become an official organization, these “self-made women” had to decide whether public recognition would help them gain a place in open society or spell their own personal disaster.
George/Valentina : Male, 40-49 Married to Rita, with whom runs Casa Valentina; an insurance salesman type as a man, strong and poised as a woman; the center of the group; stable and comfortable within the life he’s created for himself, but rattled by the encroaching forces which threaten it; needs an actor with real classical experience (appears in and out of drag).
The Judge/Amy : Male, 60-69 A regular at Casa Valentina; large and imposing as a man, and a clunky sort of Tug-boat Annie woman; older and more repressed than most of the others; we watch his transformation (appears in and out of drag).
Charlotte/Isadore : Male, 50-59 The ultimate WASP, a buttoned-down strict disciplinarian; a school marm. Not your favorite aunt; an activist and a snake; opinionated and manipulative; appears in drag only.
Jonathan/Miranda : Male, 20-29 Making his first visit to Casa Valentina, masculine, shy, and bookish; the youngest of the group; a teacher, overly polite and cautious, excited, but frightened and insecure; has never worn women’s clothing in public before (appears in and out of drag).
Albert/Bessie : Male, 50-59 Chubby; Willie Loman by day, Ethel Mertz at night, fixture at Casa Valentina; quick-witted and friendly, fond of quoting Oscar Wilde, unaffectedly feminine; appears in drag only.
Michael/Gloria : Male, 20-29 A regular at Casa Valentina, very handsome and sexually charged chap who is accustomed to compliments whether dressed as a male or female; the most modern and sexual of the group; appears in drag only.
Theodore/Terry : Male 64-80 A regular at Casa Valentina; sweet and gentle and slightly silly like a favorite old auntie, but there’s a hard-won integrity and sense of self underneath; appears in drag only.
Rita : Female, 40-49 Married to George; co-owns and operates Casa Valentina; on the outside, she’s a classy lady who owns a wig shop on 5th Avenue but underneath, she’s a resigned, determined, but worn earth mother; her love of the girls barely covers an inner sadness.
Eleanor : Female, 40-49 The Judge’s daughter; brittle, cold and angry.
We asked, and ‘Anything Goes‘ Director Nick Sugar answered! Check out our fabulous Q&A session (below) where this legendary director talks dogs, bad acting habits, and directing at Town Hall Arts Center.
BORN:in Denver Colorado, grew up in Bear Valley. Also lived in Hong Kong, LosAngeles and New York.
EDUCATION:Attended John F. Kennedy High School and received a BFA from Loretto Heights College. Also attended UCLA, Actors Center International in Los Angeles and Tarkio College in Missouri.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…
MUSICAL?Cabaret, worked on the production six times. Do I hear seven?!?
DOGS OR CATS?Love dogs and have two, Olive, a one year old Scotty mix I recently rescued and Tin Tin, a cavapoo (king charles and poodle mix). I also volunteer with Colorado Puppy Rescue. So come visit me if you are looking for a new puppy at coloradopuppy.org!
CITY?New York is one of my favorite places and I return to the city several times a year.
THE BEST INVENTION IN HISTORY IS?The coffee maker!!
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS?Listen to a musical!
YOU’RE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND…perfect, love warm weather and tan very nicely.
WHAT TWO ITEMS DO YOU BRING?My two dogs!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DIRECTING AT THAC?This will be my ninth season!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST?Life, warm sunshine, gardening, photography, color, dancing, I love directing and choreographing all theater! I love knowing that I am a small part of sustaining this amazing art form and hopefully inspiring other people in the process.
WHAT ARE THE WORST HABITS AN ACTOR/ACTRESS CAN DEVELOP? Forgetting to have fun. Settling.
HOW DO WE GET A ROLE WITH NICK SUGAR?Audition and keep auditioning. Everyone is not right for every show and when people audition and come to call backs I am also thinking about casting shows in the season ahead. Keep studying and strive to be a better artist. Do something every day that is feeding your art and spirit!
WHO/WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION?I draw inspiration from the world around me and the art and talent from the people who influence me in a positive way.
CAN WE FOLLOW YOU? FB? TWITTER?My website is NickSugar.com and you can find out about all my theater projects, news and photos.
WHY SEE ANYTHING GOES?The music alone is worth coming to see Anything Goes! It is a fantastic score by Cole Porter. Plus it is filled with great comedy and the cast is full of talented artists! You will not be able to resist tapping along and cheering our live band!
• Fall Actor’s Playground classes are in full swing, and the kids are having a blast! Looks for some upcoming pictures and guest blogger, Seth Maisel, Director of Education, in the coming weeks.
• Auditions are posted for two more shows in the 2012-2013 Season: Forever Plaid and 9 to 5: The Musical. More details here.
• We are getting ready for Colorado Gives Day, December 4, 2012. Stay tuned for a fun interactive lead up to this great fundraising day for Colorado non-profits!
That’s it for this week everyone have a great weekend!