Play On Auditions

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The Little Theatre of Bedford will be holding auditions for it’s next production the hilarious comedy Play On! by Rick Abbott and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Audition Dates: December 10 and 11
from 6-8 @ Little Theatre of Bedford

Play On! is a ‘play within a play’ story of a small theatre group trying to put on a murder mystery in spite of mishaps, malaprops, and maddening interference from the amateur author. Directed by Rachel Fishback, Play On! Normally, it’s in bad taste to openly laugh at such an unfortunate performance, but for Play On!, it’s highly encouraged!

Show Dates: March 1, 2, 3 and March 8, 9, 10 2019

Roles available for Actors and Actresses ages 16-75.

Aggie Manville – stage manager M/F (18-70)
Gerry Dunbar – director M/F (20-75)
Henry Benish – Actor M (30-55)
Polly Benish – Actress F (30-55)
Smitty – High schooler Actress F (16-18)
Saul Watson – Actor M (30-55)
Billy Carewe – Actor M (20-35)
Violet Imbry – Acteress F (20-35)
Louise – Sound tech M/F (18-70)
Phyllis – Playwrite M/F (25-70)

The script is very adaptable for several of the characters to be played by either a male or female.

Directed By: Rachel Fishback

For more information concerning the auditions call the box office: 812-279-3009 or contact us thru this Facebook page

Little Theatre of Bedford 1704 Brian Lane Way, Bedford, In 47421


Once on this Island Auditions

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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT! Auditions for our first show of the year, the musical “Once On This Island,” will be held on July 24, 2018. To audition, you MUST complete the linked google form, as well as the doodle poll within the form that will allow you to sign up for a specific audition slot. If you are unable to make the 24th, please contact the director, Wendy Miller, at to set up an alternate audition time. All information needed to audition is contained in the Google form. The majority of parts available are for older teens (age 16+) and adults, though there is one role each for a young girl and boy, age 7-10.

“Once On This Island,” written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is based upon the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, and represents a tropical and tragic retelling of the story “The Little Mermaid.” The story takes place on an island, on which people are separated by class–the rich and the poor. Ti Moune, a peasant girl on the poor side of the island, saves the life of a rich boy, Daniel, who lives on the wealthy side of the island. The power of the love between Ti Moune and Daniel brings together people of different social classes.

NOTE: Once On This Island was written to be performed by a diverse cast, in which race (dark skin versus light skin) provided the tension between the two sides of the island, but its authors also provide alterations to the script to change the tension to poverty versus wealth, in the event of a non-diverse cast. People of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition, and we will use the authors’ script alterations in the event of a non-diverse cast.


Auditions Announced for “Dixie Swim Club”

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Auditions for “The Dixie Swim Club,” Little Theatre of Bedford’s third production of the 2017-1018 season, are as follows:

 Director is Penny May

 December 4th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  In the  lobby of Little Theatre (1704 Brian Way Lane)

December 11th from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  – In the lobby of Little Theatre (1704 Brian Way Lane)

December 12 Call backs if necessary – time to TBA

 Auditions open to adult women – five parts available – play features women aging over time – so auditions are not restricted to a certain age group.

 Read-Thru will be Monday December 18th – Scripts and Rehearsal schedule to be handed out at this meeting.

First Rehearsal is on January 4th  at 6:30 p.m.

 Performance Dates:  Feb 23,24,25 – then Mar 2,3

Auditions Announced for “It’s a Wonderful Life”

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   Little Theatre of Bedford will hold auditions for its production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on September 18 and 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the theater located at 1704 Brian Lane Way in Bedford.

    The large cast calls for 12 men, 10 women, and 6 children ages 6-12.  Those auditioning do not need to prepare anything according to the play’s director Tomi Carroll.  There are also several nonspeaking roles.  For more information, contact the director at 812-276-3449 or via email at

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” is based on the classic film of the same name and will be the second production of the season, debuting in December.  The first production, “Sleuth,”  opens September 29.

    Anyone performing in a Little Theatre of Bedford production must be a member of the theater.  Membership is included in a season ticket, which are now on sale for the 2017-18 season.  

Memberthon 2017

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STARTS AUGUST 27 at 7:00 P.M.

It’s a fun celebration as we look back at the past and look forward to future of Little Theatre of Bedford.  Includes rare photos, and videos never seen or rarely seen for years.

Auditions set for “Sleuth”

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to perform “Lend Me a Tenor” this season. We have instead decided to perform a show that has never been done before at Little Theater.
We will be holding auditions for “Sleuth” this coming Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm. The show is a very small cast of 3 men, aged 21-60+, all with rather large roles. If interested, you can likely find the 1972 movie version with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.
We need to get the word out about these auditions so please like and share this with your friends!
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Josh Landers

Darla, Darling of the Stage

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Darla, darling of stage
by Bob Bridge (Times-Mail, Bedford)
Reprint courtesy and with permission of Bob Bridge and Times-Mail
Rachel Fishback, director of Little Theatre of Bedford‘s upcoming production of “The Miracle Worker,” is billing one of her cast members as an individual who has “risen from Death Row to center stage.”
Powerful stuff, huh?
When Rachel speaks, I listen. Viewing her as the Wicked Witch of the West in a performance of “The Wizard of Oz” left me both inspired and … embarrassingly intimidated.
Rachel is excited about “The Miracle Worker” for a number of reasons. Her daughter, Katie, is portraying Helen Keller while Wendy Miller is playing Annie Sullivan.
But the thespian meriting the most thunderous acclaim thus far is Darla Miller, Wendy’s rescued pit bull. Darla portrays Helen’s dog, Belle.
Rachel seriously contemplated omitting Belle’s brief scene from the production.
“Working with animals can be very difficult and adds an element of stress for this first-time director,” she explained. “But after meeting Darla at Wendy’s home, I decided to cast her as Helen’s dog.”
She was drawn to Darla’s demeanor.
“She was so gentle and calm with a house full of strangers, which included several small children,” Rachel recalled. “Wendy was confident Darla was up for the part and the audience.”
Thus, a star was born.
Wendy rescued Darla in 2013.
“She was discovered tied up behind a house in southern Indiana,” Wendy explained. “Her owners had left, and she had been abandoned.”
The dog was in dire shape. She was missing fur and had developed a skin condition.
Darla was taken to a shelter and was placed on the list of animals to be euthanized.
“She was put on this list not because of anything she did, but because of how she looked,” Wendy explained. “She was a large pit bull with a huge head and a skin condition. She was also dark brown, and dark brown and black dogs are less likely to be adopted. She was not likely to catch the eye of a prospective adopter, and space needed to be made for other dogs.”
However, Davida Miller, a staff member at the shelter and an active participant in a rescue group, took an interest in the pit bull. She fed her high quality chow that effectively cleared her coat. Davida worked tirelessly to make certain Darla would not be destroyed.
Wendy and her husband Tim adopted Darla and Wendy now serves as a board member with Fat Heads Rescue. She partners with Davida to save other pit bulls.
Wendy claims Darla is cherishing her moment in the spotlight.
“She loves coming to the theatre, mostly because of all the attention she gets,” Wendy explained. “She’s not nervous at all on stage, and she flawlessly portrays the character of a loving dog. After all, that’s all pit bulls are — dogs.”
To learn more about Fat Heads Rescue, you can visit, or check out the organization on Facebook.

“The Miracle Worker” is slated for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. The final show is Oct. 9 with the curtain rising at 2 p.m. You can purchase tickets by calling (812) 279-3009 or via the web at
It’s customary to bestow leading ladies with floral bouquets following the final performance. In this particular case, Snausages and Beggin Strips probably will be preferable.
Savor the spotlight, Darla. Fame is fleeting.
Contact Columnist Bob Bridge at (812) 277-7282 or