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    The Stafford Players is the extracurricular theater group for Stafford High School.

    It includes Theater Club and the International Thespian Society, and produces several plays throughout the year.

    For specific information on current and upcoming productions, scroll to the bottom of the page, below the calendar.

    International Thespian Society & Stafford High School Theater Club
    2019-2020 Officers

    President... Jovan Long
    Vice-President (Operations)... Thomas Newsome
    Vice-President (Membership)... Niko Toro
    Secretary... Emily Hamlett
    Historian... Katelyn Pates
    Junior Representative... Austin Cox
    Sophomore Representative... Max Redman


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  • The Phantom Tollbooth
    Cast List

    The Clock… Ava Mullanaphy
    Milo… Austin Moore
    The Whether Man… Hayden Kendall
    Six Lethargarians… Jillian Hughes, Ella Dover, Genevieve Brown, Victoria Lynch, Kat Patterson, Kylie Schindel
    Tock, the Watchdog… Austin Cox
    Azaz The Unabridged, King of Dictionopolis… Nathan Davis
    The Mathemagician, King of Digitopolis… Jovan Long
    Princess Sweet Rhyme… Erin Haugen
    Princess Pure Reason… Shay Barney
    Gatekeeper of Dictionopolis… Allison Szuminski
    Three Word Merchants… Sarah Pendergraft, Katelyn Newman, Lynell Boyd
    The Letterman (Fourth Word Merchant)… Molly Murillo
    Spelling Bee… Jenna Johnson
    The Humbug… Aidan Doty
    The Duke of Definition… Dawn Buffington
    The Minister of Meaning… Mira Dover
    The Earl of Essence… Richard Sangree
    The Count of Connotation… Tyler Gilkerson
    The Undersecretary of Understanding… Jordan Yule
    A Page… Kayla Conti
    Kakafonous A. Dischord… Craig Hughes
    The Awful Dynne… Scott Henderson, Caiman Walker, Remeck Doyle
    The Dodecahedron… McKenna Stine
    Miners of the Numbers Mine… Molly Jackson, Kaylee Reiter
    The Everpresent Wordsnatcher… Gwendolyn Ware
    The Terrible Trivium… Abigail Rhodes
    The Demon of Insincerity… Martha Surles
    Senses Taker… Noah Farnsworth


    IMPORTANT: Please be sure to have a parent/guardian at the
    Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm.


    FIRST REHEARSAL: Monday, September 16, 2:30-5pm

  • The Phantom Tollbooth
    Audition and Production Information

    NOTE: The Saturday Rehearsals are on November 9, 16 & 23 (10am-6pm)

    There are also non-school day reheasals on TUESDAY, November 5, and Monday, November 11 (10am-6pm)

    PRE-AUDITION MEETING: Wednesday, August 21 (2:30pm-4pm)
    This is the Theater Club Meeting, at which we will be discussing the audition process and materials, and the production. Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

    AUDITIONS: Wednesday, September 4 (2:30-5pm)

    CALL-BACK AUDITIONS: Wednesday, September 11 (2:30-5pm)
    Students will be invited to the Call-back Auditions based on the initial auditions.

    Auditions and the Meeting will take place in the Auditorium.

    Auditions will consist of:
    ACTING: Performance of the Audition Scenes. Students should practice these scenes prior to auditions. It is recommended that students read the character descriptions and synopsis to be familiar with the characters and story. They should also give thought as to which characters for which they are best suited. Students do not have to memorize these scenes, but should be very familiar with the text of the scenes.
    MOVEMENT: Students will participate in very basic movement exercises and improvisations based on the animals and other characters in the play.

    Production Information, Character Descriptions, Story Synopsis, a list of Audition Scenes, and the complete Script are available on under The Stafford Players Files below this post.

    Please complete the Audition Form in advance (it will also be available to be completed at Auditions) by following this link:


    In order to be considered for casting in this play, a student must submit a completed Student Participation and Parent Notification Form by the time of Call-Backs on Wednesday, September 11. NO STUDENT WILL BE CAST WITHOUT SUBMITTING THIS FORM. It is available with the audition files under The Stafford Players Files on the Stafford Players web page.

    Your student has auditioned for THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH – The Stafford High School Fall Play. If he/she is cast, we ask that you attend the Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm. The purpose of this meeting is to organize support for this production. Without the support of parents, we would be unable to provide great opportunities for students in theater at Stafford High School.

    THE STAFFORD PLAYERS WEB PAGE: www.staffordschools.net/Page/18526
    This is our page on the new Stafford High School website (staffordschools.net). The cast list will be posted on The Stafford Players web page by September 15. Students who are cast should check this regularly. Also, be sure to like & follow The Stafford Players on Facebook.

    An important fundraising component for the Stafford High School Theater Department is the sale of advertisement space in the program for our fall play, The Phantom Tollbooth. Therefore, cast and crew members of The Phantom Tollbooth will be expected to sell THREE (3) Program Advertisements.

    Students in the CAST & CREW will be expected to do a shift at our table at the Expo Center Craft Show during the weekend of October 19 & 20, and the CREW will be expected to participate in the hanging of posters and banners during the weekend of November 16 & 17.

    The Cast and Stage Crew will meet on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, October 15.
    The Cast will rehearse twice a week, through October 25.
    The full Stage Crew will begin attending rehearsals on Tuesday, November 12.

    After-School Rehearsals Include:
    Monday, September 16 (2:30-5pm) First Read-Through & Cast / Crew Meeting
    Two Days a Week TBD, September 16 – October 25 (2:30-5pm)
    Monday – Friday, November 4 – 15 (2:30-5pm)
    Monday – Friday, November 18 – 26 (2:30-6pm)

    Non-School Day Rehearsals Include:
    Tuesday, November 5 (10am-6pm)
    Saturdays, November 9, 16 & 23 (10am-6pm)
    Monday, November 11 (10am-6pm)

    Monday – Thursday, December 2 – 5 (2:30-7pm)
    Monday – Wednesday, December 9 – 11 (2:30-7pm)

    Friday – Saturday, December 6 – 7 at 7pm
    Thursday – Saturday, December 12 – 14 at 7pm
    Matinees on Saturday, December 7 & 14 at 2pm
    Also: Tuesday, December 10, during the school day, for elementary school students. (Time TBD)

The Stafford Players Files (Audition Materials, Forms, Information etc.)

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  • The Trial

    Cast List

    Noah Farnsworth, Scott Henderson, Hayden Kendall,
    Jovan Long, Austin Moore, Ava Mullanaphy,
    Katelyn Pates, Abigail Rhodes, McKenna Stine, and
    Austin Cox as Joseph K

    Tamia Barnes, Hope Fuller, Emily Hamlett,
    Thomas Newsome, Max Redman, Niko Toro

    Stage Crew:
    Genevieve Brown, Kayla Conti, Nathan Davis, Caeleigh Feindt,
    Jenna Johnson, Adam Kolafa, Kylie Schindel, Allison Szuminski,
    Gwendolyn Ware, Jack Weisenberger


  • The Trial
    The Stafford Players 2019-2020 One-Act Competition Play

    Production Information (revised 5/9/19)

    SCHEDULE CHANGE: Due to a revision to the SCPS School Year Calendar, rehearsal on Friday, August 30 will be 10am-6pm, and there will NOT be rehearsal on Saturday, August 31.

    AUDITIONS: Friday, May 17 (2:30-5pm)
    CALL-BACK AUDITIONS: Thursday, May 23 (2:30-5pm)

    NOTE: We will be casting 8-10 students. Auditions will consist of readings from the Audition Scenes. Please rehearse/prepare in advance and bring your calendar/schedule and complete student/parent contact information.

    MATERIALS FOR AUDITIONS: Audition Scenes, Production Information and the Audition Form are available under The Stafford Players Files (on this webpage) and in the Theater Classroom.

    Please complete the AUDITION FORM in advance (It is a paper form, available in the Theater Room. It can also be found under The Stafford Players Files, on this webpage.)

    FIRST CAST MEETINGS / REHEARSALS: Tuesday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 4 (2:30-5pm)

    SUMMER REHEARSALS: The cast will rehearse periodically throughout the summer, dates based on the students’ schedules. These will be scheduled around trips, work and other summer activities.

    FALL CREW MEETING: Tuesday, August 20 (2:30-5pm)

    Monday – Friday, August 13 – October 25 (2:30-5pm) (Until 6pm the week of Oct. 21)
    Saturday, August 17 (10am-6pm); Friday, August 30 (10am-6pm)
    Saturday, September 14 (10am-6pm); Saturday, September 28 (10am-6pm)
    Saturday, October 12 (10am-6pm); Saturday, October 19 (10am-6pm)
    Saturday, October 26 (10am-6pm)

    * CREW will begin attending rehearsals Wednesday, October 2, and will attend all rehearsals following this date. (Stage management & partial crew will be needed for the August & September rehearsals.)

    FALL DRESS REHEARSALS: Monday – Tuesday, October 28 – 29 (2:30-7pm)

    FALL PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, October 29 (7pm)
    FALL SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday, October 30 (1pm)
    VTA CONFERENCE: Wednesday, October 30 – Sunday, November 3 (in Norfolk, VA)
    * The cost of attending the VTA Conference will be $200 per student, and students will need to bring money for meals.

    WINTER REHEARSALS: Monday – Friday, January 7 – 24 (2:30-5pm) (until 6pm the week of January 20, which immediately precedes the Regional Theatre Festival.)
    Saturday, January 11 (10am-6pm) Monday, January 20 (10am-4pm)

    VHSL 5D Regional Theatre Festival: Saturday, January 25 (at Stafford High School) (Snow Date: Saturday, February 1)
    VHSL State Theatre Festival: Saturday, March 7 (Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA)

    The date for the VHSL regional theatre festival is tentative. It is expected that students participating in the festival play will change any plans that conflict with the date for this festival and the rehearsals which will be scheduled to prepare for it.

    In the event that Stafford advances to the state level, weekday after-school rehearsals will be added as needed (2:30pm-5pm, or until 6pm on days immediately preceding the festival performance.)

    On their cast / crew information forms, students were asked to list any periods of time during the Summer during which they will be out of town and unavailable to meet with the directors, as well as conflicts with the above schedule or other extracurricular activities in which they will be involved in the Fall and Winter and when they occur. (Allowances may be made at the discretion of the directors for reasonable conflicts which are reported at a later date, such as medical appointments, which are not foreseeable at this time. These conflicts should be submitted by the first rehearsal on August 13. However, please do not schedule appointments, events or trips on August 17, August 30, September 14, September 28, or from October 1 through November 3, or on January 11. Excessive conflicts and absences will result in removal from the production.)


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