Meet Our 2019 Assistant Stage Manager, Sidney Mejia!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are excited and proud to announce our Assistant Stage Manager for our 2019 Production, Sidney Mejia.

Sidney Mejia is a junior at North Arlington High School where she is the treasurer of her class, a basketball cheerleader, color guard member, and Stage Manager of the drama club. Sidney has been part of the drama club since 6th grade and has experience in both props and stage management. She has participated in over 10 productions including CSF’s 2018 musical “Shrek”. Off the stage, Sidney enjoys baking and listening to show tunes . She looks forward to studying political science and film in college. This summer, Sidney is over joyed to be returning to CSF as Assistant Stage Manager and is excited to be supporting such an incredible cause!

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Meet our 2019 Stage Manager, Brooke Olsen!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are excited and proud to announce our Stage Manager for our 2019 Production, Brooke Olsen.

Brooke Olsen is a recent graduate from Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies. Her past experiences with stage management include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and much more. When not in rehearsal, you can always find Brooke watching the Harry Potter movies or Game of Thrones. She is excited to be able to work with the Charles Seller Foundation for the first time and to help raise money for the cute Sawyer Jane!

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James and the Giant Peach Auditions!

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The Charles Seller Foundation & Talent Time Players are proud to announce auditions for our 2019 Production, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach! Auditions will be held on May 15, 17, and 20.

Check in’s begin promptly at 5:30. Actors will be seen in the order they check in, starting at 6pm. Check in’s will end promptly at 8:30.

Please bring 32 bars of a broadway style song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring dance shoes or sneakers and be prepared to move.

Call backs will be May 21st from 6-9pm by invitation only.

General Members of The Charles Seller Foundation must be between the ages of 13 and 30. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Character Breakdown:

Ladahlord
A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: 18 to 30
Male Vocal range top: A4
Male Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Female Vocal range top: A5
Female Vocal range bottom: Bb3

James
A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: 13 to 18
Male Vocal range top: G5
Male Vocal range bottom: G3
Female Vocal range top: G6
Female Vocal range bottom: G3

Spiker
James’ mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.
Gender: Female (or male dressed in drag)
Age: 16 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Sponge
James’ other mean aunt. Also, a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.
Gender: Female (or male dressed in drag)
Age: 16 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

Spider
A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James.
Gender: Female
Age: 13 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Green Grasshopper
A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug.
Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Centipede
An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest.
Gender: Male
Age: 13 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Ladybug
A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper.
Gender: Female
Age: 16 to 30
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Earthworm
An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything but is very friendly and brave when called upon.
Gender: Male
Age: 13 to 30
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C2

Ensemble
Buzz the Hollywood agent, Bitzi Botana, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Woman with Purse, Reporter 1, Man with Wallet, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Matron Nurse, Crowd, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers.

Gender: Any
Ages: Any

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Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book By Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Meet our 2019 Orchestra Director, Allan Daleus!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are proud and excited to announce our Orchestra Director, Allan Daleus.

A Bloomfield Native, Allan Daleus is a sophomore music education major at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. He studies his primary instruments, clarinet and bass clarinet, under Professor KeriAnn DiBari-Oberle and plays in the MSU Symphonic and Campus Bands, the MSU Wind Symphony, and the MSU Clarinet Choir. Allan is currently the Vice President of MSU’s National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter. Recently, he began his work at the John J. Cali School of Music Extension Division where he teaches theory and clarinet lessons. Outside of the music school, Allan is still very involved in his craft by arranging, conducting, and providing private instrumental and theory lessons in communities around New Jersey. Previously, Allan was the Music Director for Bloomfield High School’s Spring Productions from 2015-2017 where his responsibilities included arranging/composing the music and putting together, rehearsing, and conducting the pit orchestra. He also founded and served as the Bloomfield Middle School Wind Ensemble’s conductor from 2016-2018. As a freelancing musician, Allan has played shows such as Once Upon A Mattress, All Shook Up, Seussical, The Pajama Game, Legally Blonde, The Wiz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, and others.

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Meet our 2019 Music Director, Tom Russo!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are excited and proud to announce our Music Director for our 2019 Production, Tom Russo.

Tom Russo is happy to be back, along side accompanist Leigh Weinman, for his 5th summer with The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players. Tom has assistant musically directed and musically directed the past 4 shows for Talent Time which include, Legally Blonde, Footloose, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Shrek. He loves coming back year after year to help raise money for a person in need. He would like to thank the Executive Board, Matt and Courtney, and Gabbyi for giving him the opportunity to MD again this summer. He is excited to be working alongside such talented and dedicated people to raise money for Sawyer Jane.

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Meet our 2019 Co-Directors, Courtney McManus and Matt Vaccaro!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are proud and excited to announce our Co-Directors for our 2019 Production, Courtney McManus and Matt Vaccaro!

Courtney McManus is a 6th grade English teacher in Rutherford, and a current student in the M.A. Theatre Studies program at Montclair State. She has directed and choreographed multiple musicals in the Rutherford school district, including most recently Mamma Mia! at RHS. She studied Irish step dancing with the Ardmore Academy, and has dabbled in other forms of dance such as hip hop and ballroom. She is excited to be working with CSF this summer to raise money for such a wonderful cause.

Matthew Vaccaro is a 4th grade Math teacher in Rutherford, and a current student in the M.A. Educational Leadership program at Montclair State. He had directed multiple musicals in the district, including most recently Mamma Mia! at RHS. In his free time, he can be found singing and hosting karaoke nights in the area. He is looking forward to working with CSF on such a great project.

 

Meet our 2019 Producer, Gabriella Ramirez!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are proud and excited to announce our Producer for our 2019 Production, Gabriella Ramirez.

Gabriella Ramirez is a current student at Georgian Court University as a Digital Communications Major, with a Concentration in Digital Journalism and a Minor in Women Studies. Her experience in the performing arts includes performing and directing in dramas and musical theatre at both the college and high school level, including the most recent Green Day’s American Idiot as Whatsername at the University of Delaware. As a student, she works towards her dreams of producing children television shows. She is very excited and honored to accept her first role as a producer, especially with The Charles Seller Foundation.

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2019 Production Team Applications Are Open!

The Charles Seller Foundation and Talent Time Players are in search of our Production team for 2019!

Each summer our members, who are in their mid-teens to early thirties, produce and perform a musical in which all profits benefit a family in the Bloomfield area who is burdened with high medical bills. Our work is both a rewarding and educational experience that allows our performers to not only grow professionally, but also fosters lifelong relationships.

We are actively searching for Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Technical Directors, and Stage Managers who want to throw their hats into the ring to be a part of this amazing foundation this summer. All positions are open for lead and assistant roles. Time commitment for all positions will be from the end of May to early August.

Due to our status as a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization we are unable to pay our production team. We understand that this is a large task to take on with that in mind. We do, however, hope you choose to donate your time to this 69 year old tradition.

If you are interested in applying for a position on our production team please fill out this application: https://goo.gl/forms/DqOMVpLY4UXBN24H2

The application will be available until March 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Please reach out to us via email at thecharlessellerfoundation@gmail.com with any questions.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

2019 Beneficiary – Sawyer Jane Barrow

The Charles Seller Foundation is thrilled to announce that our 2019 Beneficiary is Sawyer Jane Barrow of Bloomfield, NJ!

Sawyer is a 9-month-old who was born with a Vein of Galen Aneurysmal Malformation, or VGAM. VGAM affects the large veins that returns blood from the brain to the heart. Sawyer’s VGAM was diagnosed in-utero via an ultrasound, and was deemed very serious. She was born at 35 weeks and spent the first month of her life in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has since been treated at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is currently stable.

Sawyers parents, Keith Barrow and Natalie Rodriguez, are both Bloomfield natives. Keith graduated from Bloomfield High School in 2012, and the Barrow family has lived in Bloomfield for more than 70 years.

The Charles Seller Foundation is so excited to work with Sawyer and her family this year!

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