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Saturday, May 11th and  Tuesday, May 14th

The Waldo Theatre has announced audition dates for Tanglin’ Hearts, an original comedy with country songs which will be staged at The Waldo early this fall. An open casting call for this Community Theatre musical production will be held at The Waldo on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 1pm and Tuesday evening, May 14, at 6pm. Callbacks will be Saturday, May 18, 2024.

Members of the local community are invited to audition for the four female and six male roles (see below), with characters ranging in age from 20s to 60s. All roles require singing ability and the ability to learn simple choreography.  The five performances are currently scheduled for September 28 & 29, and October 4, 5 & 6, 2024. Rehearsals will begin in mid-July.

About the Auditions:

Auditionees should be prepared to deliver a 2-3 minute monologue of your choice, and a song, either country or musical theater, no more than 2-3 minutes long. An accompanist will be available. Bring either sheet music, a musical instrument to accompany yourself, or a recorded backing track and a means of playing it. Resumes are welcome, but not required. Sides will not be used in the initial audition but may be used during invited call-backs.

About the Production:

This production is the East Coast premiere of Tanglin’ Hearts. Book and lyrics are by actress, playwright, and Edgecomb resident Zora Margolis with music by Peter Spelman. Tanglin’ Hearts, inspired by Shakespeare’s As You Like It, promises to be a fun and funny, toe tappin’ good time for audiences of all ages. The play will be directed by Lynna Henderson with musical direction by Guy Scott and choreography by Niall Lessard. Tanglin’ Hearts is being co-produced at The Waldo by George Bates and Zora Margolis.


Tanglin’ Hearts is a story about love and longing, betrayal and loyalty, families and greed.  When Jesse Wells, a country singer-songwriter returns home to Arden County, Texas after a few years on the road, he finds out that his brother Webb is about to sell their family ranch to greedy local big-shot Ben Fredericks, as part of his massive and destructive recreational development, Benworld. Jackie, who runs The Tip-Toe Inn, a honky-tonk saloon where the locals gather—and some hide way—is the lone holdout against Ben’s unscrupulous plans. As the story unwinds, all are not who they seem, truths are revealed, hearts are mended like broken fences, and the complexities of simple lives carry on….just like in a country song. 

Tanglin’ Hearts Character Roles:

Duke Fredericks, Age 50-60 - A successful businessman

Rowdy Turner, Age - 20s A hayseed ranch hand

Ben Fredericks, Age 50-60, Duke’s brother, a greedy land developer

Rosalind Fredericks, Age Late 20s - Duke’s daughter and an aspiring country singer

Jesse Wells, Age Mid 30s - A country singer-songwriter

Jackie Jackson, Age 50ish - Proprietor of a honky-tonk cafe

Phebe Jackson, Age 20s - A nubile country girl, Jackie’s daughter

Celia Fredericks, Age Late 20s - Ben’s daughter, Rosalind’s cousin and BFF

Webb Wells Age Mid 30s - Jesse’s brother, Ben’s stooge

Cal Mantee, Age 40s – An ambitious evangelical preacher

For questions, please email

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