Executive Board Update

Good Evening,
The Charles Seller Foundation regrets to announce that Tom Russo has stepped down from his position of Secretary due to unforeseen circumstances not allowing him to fulfill his duties this summer.

When an officer resigns from his or her position it becomes the constitutional duty of the remaining executive board members to ensure the completion of tasks and overall function of the organization. The Executive Board will uphold this responsibility and ensure the success of this summer’s production.

In spite of this development, we are still excited to begin auditions for our summer show tomorrow, and hope to see many of you there!

As always, any questions can be directed to thecharlessellerfoundation@gmail.com

Thank you!

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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