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Audition Form Preview-You may cut, paste, print and fill out at home. Printed ones will be available on 3/2/13.

Posted by Bess Taylor on February 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Markham /Marshall Theater Group


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Title of Play:    TWO ROSES AND A CAT





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Phone: ____________________________________

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E-Mail: _____________________________________________________________  



Date: ___________________________________________________    


Age: ( 8-18 )___________ Height: ___________    Weight: __________     Eyes: ____________   



BRIEF Previous Theatre Experience (if any, not necessary): 








Allergies, medications, special challenges:



Scheduling conflicts:  Please circle any dates that you know you may not be able to attend. We may not use ALL of these dates, so don’t worry if you may have to miss one or two. We MAY add or subtract some dates, as usual.

FRIDAYS 4-5pm:     4/5,    4/12,    4/19,    4/26,    5/3,    5/10,    5/17,    5/24

SATURDAYS 10am-noon:  3/30,    4/6,   4/13,   4/20,    4/27,   5/4,   5/11,   5/18

Performance dates: FRI MAY 31 7pm / SAT JUNE 1 3pm  If held over: FRI JUNE 7 7pm / SAT JUNE 8 3pm

(If we get a chance to play the Delaplane Strawberry Festival, that will be Memorial Day Weekend, 5/25 or 5/26)


OTHER possible schedule conflicts:



PLEASE BE AWARE that participation is free and no-one is guaranteed any role in the troupe. We are not so interested in people who only wish to be stars, but prefer those who want to develop their acting skills.

Real actors need to be tough and just as ready to take on any role wholeheartedly as they are to accept a rejection and gear up for the next opportunity. ONLY THOSE CHOSEN for this particular cast will be notified within two weeks from the audition date.

In an attempt to be gentle, we will quietly post on our website news page when the all the roles have been filled and accepted by participants. If you don’t make the cut this time, PLEASE try again next time. You may also choose to join us for improv classes this summer.


Participating cast members and their parents will be asked to sign an agreement of participation and release form.


TRY-OUTS for MTG's Spring Production

Posted by Bess Taylor on February 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)



for Markham Theater Group’s Spring Production

“Two Roses and a Cat”

a scriptless re-telling of “Snow White and Rose Red” and “Puss-in-Boots”


from 10 am until noon at the Marshall Community Center

4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall VA (540) 422-8580

Actors aged 8-18 with or without previous experience are invited to join us at 10am to fill out application forms, have a quick photo taken, and discuss this exciting improvisation-based production. Please be prompt and prepared to stay for the entire two hours! After forms and info, we will have an improvisation session where we will play improv games and get to know each other. Parents may stay and watch, but will be asked to stay toward the back of the auditorium to allow the kids to handle things on their own. We’d like to see creative, expressive, well-mannered and co-operative actors who can contribute positively to the making of a play. Not everyone will be chosen to join the troupe, but we would like to include as many truly interested people as possible.

Rehearsals will be most Fridays from 4-5pm and Saturdays from 10am until noon, starting on Saturday, March 30th at the Marshall Community Center. Performance dates will be May 31 and June 1, with held-over dates June 7 and June 8th.  

Only audition if you are available for rehearsals and performances, please.

The troupe will develop the plays through improvisation, without scripts. This is a challenging and exciting method of creating a play. Everyone in the troupe will be involved with creating and directing the show and everyone will have a chance to explore many theatrical roles.


 Audition and participation are free of charge, but parents may be asked to help with some tasks and/or supplies as needed. Participants and their parents or guardians will be asked to sign an agreement of participation.

To RSVP or for further info call Bess Taylor at (540) 364-4638 or email her at [email protected]

Fundraising Event for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

Posted by Bess Taylor on January 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Markham Theater Group is proud to be serving as mentors to a local Destination Imagination group who want to help raise funds for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization dedicating to challenging young people to become better at group interaction and problem solving through creative projects. This DI group of local students are all Markham Theater Group veterans that have chosen to try to raise money for St. Jude's, which specializes in finding cures for terminally ill children at no cost to the patient's  families.

The performance will consist of five short improvisational plays based on well-known fairy tales, and presented for young children. Children will be invited on stage to help play parts in the plays, if they would like to do so. There are no lines to read or rehearse, it will all be made up on the spot. Please come and join in on the fun!

Admission is any donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The show will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 3pm in the large meeting room at the Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Rd, Marshall VA. For more information call MTG at (540) 364-4638, or Marshall Community Center at (540) 422-8580. SNOW DATE is FEB 23.

Coming up in 2013

Posted by Bess Taylor on January 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The Markham Theater Group is joining forces with the Marshall Community Center to form a new project: Marskham/Marshall Theater Group.  We will hold classes and produce plays at the Marshall Community Center in Marshall, VA. We think this will give more people an opportunity to become involved, since the town of Marshall is central to northern Fauquier County. It will help us to access the county's fine resources and help the county to find grant money to improve MCC.

The Marshall Community Center has a very nice auditorium, classrooms and storage space we can use, plus it houses the Marshall Branch Library, which we think would be a great place to hang out before and after rehearsals for those participating, and for family members to wait in during rehearsals.They can read books and magazines, use the computers, and even hook up to the library's Wifi.

In the works right now are plans for our spring production of "Rabbit Hill" as well as our regular summer improvisational theater workshops. Keep an eye out here and at MCC for notices about try-outs and registration. We should have more info for you in February. Please check back!

Congratulations on show, a trophy and an award!

Posted by Bess Taylor on December 6, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Many thanks again to everyone who helped our "Secret Garden" performances go so well. The cast and crew worked hard, and we've been hearing wonderful things about the play.

MTG participated in the Marshall Christmas Parade on December 1, 2012 and got our second trophy! (See photo here.) This time we got second place in the Marching/Dance/Music category- I suspect because of our very enthusiastic singing! Thanks to Hartland Orchards for driving us in their 1948 truck, BB&T of Marshall for sponsoring us and to Anne Michael Greene of Fauquier Realty who gave us refreshments afterward.

We also received a Voluntary Service Award certificate from Fauquier County Parks and Recreation on December 5th in recognition of our good work on the shows we've put on at the Marshall Community Center this year.

Here's hoping we all have a lovely holiday season and a splendid new year!

Celebrate the Holidays with "The Secret Garden"

Posted by Bess Taylor on November 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Have relatives coming to town for Thanksgiving? Why not take them to a play?

Come and celebrate the holidays with the Markham Theater Group's production of The Secret Garden. This play was written by a Fauquier student and features a cast made entirely up of public, private and home-schooled students who live in Fauquier county. The play is around an hour long, so even young theater-goers can manage it, and costs only $5 per ticket- less than the average movie admission! So come and see your neighbors performing live theater and support the fine arts in our area this holiday season with MTG's The Secret Garden.


November 24- 7pm at The Old Markham Schoolhouse, 3212 Stone Church Rd., Markham VA. $5 admission. Very limited seating, reservations recommended, call (540) 364-4638 for the Markham show only. Sorry, this small upstairs theater is not handcapped accessible.

November 30 and December 1- 7pm both nights at the Marshall Community Center,  4133 Rectortown Rd., Marshall VA. $5. admission. Call (540) 422-8580 for reservations to the Marshall shows only. Handicapped accessible.

The Markham Theater Group will also participate in the Marshall Christmas Parade at noon on December 1st. (Rain/snow date December 8th.) See you there!


MTG Haunts Community Center Oct 26 & 27 at 7pm

Posted by Bess Taylor on October 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Marshall Community Center (The John Marshall Library building, 4133 Rectortown Road in Marshall) is having a Haunted House fundraiser on Friday, October 26th and Saturday October 27 from 7-9 each night, and the Markham Theater Group is providing the ghouls!

Enjoy a spooky tour through the Marshall Community Center at night! Tours begin every twenty minutes. Family friendly! Popcorn, cider and trick-or-treating included.

Tickets are just $2 each, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Markham Theater Group, so please come and have fun supporting MCC and MTG. Pre-purchase your tickets at the Marshall Community Center front desk today, or call MCC at (540) 422-8583 for more information.

This event is sponsored by Fauquier Realty.

Preview Scene went very well!

Posted by Bess Taylor on October 9, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow- wait until you see the new curtains at the Marshall Community Center! They are gorgeous! I added three photos from our preview of Scene 1 at the curtain dedication there on October 6th on our Secret Garden photos page. (You can tell them from our Old Schoolhouse photos because they are the ones with the fabulous blue curtain in the background.)

We had so much fun doing Scene 1 for the curtain dedication. The stage really feels much more theatrical with the curtains, which were purchased through a grant from the Loeb Foundation. Our hosts, the Marshall Community Center were very accomodating, and Skip Glascock's bluegrass band Cobbler Mountain Grass were terrific, and seeemed to be very impressed with our talented young playwright and players, commenting favorably about them between songs during their set! I was very proud of everyone. Thanks to the cast of Scene 1 for giving a great impression- they were all off script for this preview! And many thanks to the ever-helpful Paul Hicks and the parents and friends who helped load and unload the truck with us. You are the backbone of this volunteer theater group!

"Secret Garden" Preview Oct 6 6pm at MCC

Posted by Bess Taylor on September 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As part of the dedication of the new stage curtains at the Marshall Community Center, the Markham Theater Group will present a scene-in-the-working from our current play "The Secret Garden", which has just begun rehearsals. We will be in costume, but likely will have scripts in hand. This is a free event, so please come out and cheer us on!

The festivities will begin at 5pm with a dedication of the new patio bench, followed by refreshments, then the 6pm curtain dedication in the auditorium, the MTG preview scene, and a performance by Skip Glascock's bluegrass band. Admission for all this is free.

The Marshall Communuty Center is located in the Marshall Library building, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall VA. The phone number there is (540) 422-8580.

"Secret Garden" cast chosen

Posted by Bess Taylor on September 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We are truly grateful to all the wonderful people who auditioned for our upcoming prduction of "The Secret Garden". As of this writing, everyone who has been cast in the show has been notified and has accepted his/her role in the play.

Please remember that not everyone who is a great actor gets into every show and that sometimes other factors such as height or scheduling conflicts may make us choose one player over another. We value everyone who volunteers time to be in a play and hope very much that you will come and try again next time!

If you were not chosen as a cast member but still want to help in other areas of the production such as crew, please drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know. We'd love to hear from you.


Bess Taylor

MTG Director