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FPT Auditions:

The Importance of Being Earnest

director John Tolley

PERFORMS:      September 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21

NEEDED:             9 people to play ages 18-70 (5M/4W) who can handle farce

WHEN:                Sunday, June 16 at 6 pm

AUDITION:         read from the script

WHERE:              First Presbyterian Church 300 W. Wayne St
across the street from the Allen County Public Library (but the entrance you want to use is on the Berry Street side of the building)

Questions, or conflict with the audition time?
Call or text Thom 260-416-4461
or email Thom at
or email John Tolley at

2019–2020 Season

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The Christians

by Lucas Hnath Thom Hofrichter directs
January 3**, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13*, 18, 19, 2019

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more that a modest storefront. Now he presides over a membership of thousands, with a church that includes a coffee shop and a swimming-pool sized baptismal font. But on the day the church has paid off its mortgage, Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his congregation’s beliefs.

Pastor Paul: Austin Berger
Associate Pastor Joshua: Riley Newsome
Elder Jay: David McCants
Congregant Jenny: Alora Nichole
Wife Elizabeth: Jennifer Poiry


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde • directed by John Tolley
September 5**, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15*, 20, 21, 2019

Auditions: Sunday, June 16 at 6pm

A brilliantly clever comedy has two wealthy London bachelors each pretending to be “Earnest” to win the love of two young ladies who have an avowed preference for that name. And all must navigate around the intimidatingly proper Lady Bracknell. Wilde’s trivial comedy for serious people is one of the greatest plays ever written.



by Christian O’Reilly • directed by Rae Surface
October 10**, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20*, 25, 26, 2019

Auditions: this show is already cast

This compassionate, gentle comedy finds Dan and his dog Chapatti crossing paths with Betty and her nineteen cats. A tender story of lonely animal-lovers rediscovering the importance of human companionship in a tale of beauty and poignance. The show features FPT’s Artistic Director Thom Hofrichter and his wife Nancy Kartholl. $5 of every individual ticket purchase goes to the ACSPCA.


Christmas Songs and Stories

compiled/directed by Thom Hofrichter
November 30, December 1*, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019

Auditions: casting by invitation only

The best loved songs and stories of the Christmas season. Act One has reindeer and Santa, and is secular. Act Two is a stirring reminder of the real meaning of the season, celebrating Christ’s birth through song and scripture. A perfect way to prepare your heart for the Christmas season.


The Santaland Diaries

by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello • directed by Thom Hofrichter
December 20, 21, 2019 —TWO SHOWS ONLY

Auditions: this show is already cast

A man recounts working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland in NYC. From one of our funniest American humorists, with a satirical style reminiscent of Mark Twain, comes this merrily subversive tale—just the antidote if the holidays have overwhelmed you. Kevin Torwelle reprises his Crumpet, the elf. NOTE: This show is rated R for content.


Beyond Glory

a play by Stephen Lang, from the book by Larry Smith • directed by Thom Hofrichter
January 2**, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12*, 17, 18, 2020

Auditions: Sunday, August 4 at 6pm in the theater

Eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam tell firsthand accounts of their actions which resulted in them receiving the Medal of Honor. Beyond Glory gathers these men who look back on the defining moments of their lives, and they teach us the meaning of courage, duty, and ultimately, humility.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Tennessee Williams • directed by Brian Ernsberger
February 20**, 21, 22, 28, 29, March 1*, 6, 7, 2020

Auditions: Sunday, November 24 at 6pm

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winner gathers a family on a steamy Mississippi night to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The tone is gay, but the mood is somber for old evils poison the gaiety—sins of the past, greedy hopes for the future, an eagerness to believe the lies that surround them. An American classic—superb theater.



The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare • directed by Thom Hofrichter
April 16**, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26*, May 1, 2, 2020

Auditions: Sunday, November 10 at 6pm

In Shakespeare’s tale of mystery and magic a jealous king accuses his wife of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events. But what begins as tragedy evolves into a fantastical journey—from wrath to redemption to reconciliation. Shakespeare’s fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal shows a genius at the height of his powers.



*Sunday Matinee curtain at 2 pm; All other shows are at 7:30 pm
**Thursday preview—all tickets $12 Tickets are $20/$18 for seniors (65+) Groups of 20 or more
purchased in advance are $15 per ticket

The first 30 full-time students are free with reservations—student tickets are $10 when purchased at the door