Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Picture The Cannon Theatre is excited to announce its auditions for the musical "Lucky Stiff", a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Steve Flaherty-----Directed by Shawn Cannon.

The musical is about Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, that lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed by his blind lover. Harry learns that he stands to inherit $6,000,000 from his uncle – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. In a quest to gain his uncle’s inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

The auditions are on Thurs., January 7, and Fri., January 8, at 6:30-9:30, with callbacks on Sat., January 9th starting at noon. Each applicant needs to prepare at least 16 bars of a song from a musical----accompaniment will be provided.
There will then be a cold reading from the script.

The shows will be on April, 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, with an matinee on the 10 also.
Rehearsals will be on either Monday or Tues. nights, and Saturdays during the day.

Please e-mail Shawn Cannon at thecannontheatre@gmail.com for an audition time, or call 978-760-3397.

Character descriptions:

Harry Witherspoon male tenor 28 – 36 lead (British accent)
Annabel Glick female alto 26 – 36 lead
Rita La Porta female alto 30 – 50 supporting (New Jersey accent)
Dr. Vincent (Vinnie) DeRuzio male baritone 38 – 50 supporting (Jersey/Italian accent)
Luigi Gaudi male tenor 46 – 54 supporting (Italian accent)
Dominique Di Monaco female alto 23 – 33 supporting (French accent)
Body of Anthony Hendon male mute 45 – 60 supporting
3 parts----playing various roles 20 – 65 chorus

HARRY WITHERSPOON A shy sweet-natured and insecure young Englishman, working as an underpaid shoe salesman in a dreary London suburb. Lonely, and beset by dogs and prying neighbors in his boardinghouse, Harry knows that life is passing him by, but feels incapable of making any changes or taking chances.

ANNABEL GLICK A representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Annabel is a young woman with a natural bent for causes. She takes life very seriously, and denies herself any small pleasures, for fear that if she waits for happiness to knock, it won't. Instead, she dedicates herself to good works. Annabel is the type who wears protests buttons and carries a bag full of useful things like tire guages and granola bars.

LUIGI GAUDI A boisterous and gregarious Italian. Luigi is a pivotal character, although his part is relatively small. He wears a beard, and perhaps an eye patch. As Tony Hendon, all disguises come off to reveal he is Rita's love interest.

RITA LA PORTA A woman with an extremely volatile nature and a severe case of nearsightedness. Rita is passionate, impulsive, jealous, manipulative and very insecure about her looks, which is why she rarely wears her glasses. She is also putty in the hands of the man she adores. Things often get out of control when Rita is present. She is a chain smoker.


VINCENT (VINNIE) DI RUZZIO Rita La Porta's brother. An optometrist. A nervous and conservative man, a pillar of the community and a person who would never do anything out of the ordinary, risky or controversial. Vinnie is allergic to smoke.

ENSEMBLE PLAYERS (2 Men, 2 Women) These performers double a variety of parts, including an English landlady; boarders; an English solicitor; travelers on a train; a French waiter; a bellhop; tourists; gamblers; an emcee; a French nightclub entertainer--(Dominique DiMonaco) ; a nun, a Texan, etc

Monday, November 9, 2009


Thanks for everyone that tried out! So much talent out there!

I must admit that I didn't get the turn-out this time for auditions that I had hoped for, so I am giving some actors dual parts, etc. This is making me pause and wonder if I should do a musical for children/teens in the spring or whether I will just do an adult one.... I have been having a hard time finding a good musical for kids----they tend to be so cheesy----so I have a lot of decisions to make!

If any of you have an opinion about this---I'd love to hear about it----either in comment form or e-mail me....at thecannontheatre@gmail.com!

Now, for James and the Giant Peach!

Cast List:

Mother: Lisa Forsyth
Father: Tommy Nanto
Narrator 1: Emily Hardy
Narrator 2: Helen Orton
Auntie Sponge: Kerry Fenton
Auntie Spiker: Devon Christensen
Little Old Women: Abby Collins, Jordan LeBlanc
Crowd Members: Lisa Forsyth, Tommy Nanto, Brooke Peterson, Jordan LeBlanc, Abby Picciano
James: Ben Whatcott
Grasshopper: Elise Wankel
Glow-worm: Megan Peterson
Earthworm: Maren Vail
Centipede: Aydan Bahe
Ladybird: Courtney Adema
Spider: Emma Manning
Captain Jane: Lisa Forsyth
1st Officer: Tommy Nanto
2nd Officer: Brooke Peterson
3rd Officer: Jordan LeBlanc
4th Officer: Abby Picciano

Congratulations to all the great actors! I am really excited to get started!! Our first rehearsal will be this Thurs.----starting at 3:30 until 5:30. We will be having a read-thru, then blocking the first scene. I will hand out the calendar at that time, as well as the scripts. Please remember to bring a snack and bottled water or you can buy water for a dollar at the theatre.

Looking forward to it!

Also---if any of you were planning on attending "Rookery Nook"-----make sure and get your tickets now for next week, as this weekend is already sold out----and next week will go quickly!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


The Cannon Theatre is super excited to announce auditions for the Winter play, "James and the Giant Peach"!! This much loved book by Roald Dahl has been adapted into a superb play by Richard George.

It is the story of an orphan, James, that is sent to live with his aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after his parents are tragically killed in an unfortunate incident involving a Rhinoceros. A chance meeting with an old man, and his gift of the strongest magic, marks the beginning of an amazing adventure involving seven fantastic insect friends, scary sharks, squawking seagulls and one very large peach.

The auditions are open for ages 8-18, and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 to 5:30, Friday, Nov. 6 at 3:30 to 5:30, and Sat., Nov. 7 at 11:00-2:00, at The Cannon Theatre, 410 Great Rd., Littleton, MA. No need to prepare anything, as each person trying out will be asked to read from part of the script when they get there. Be sure to contact Shawn at thecannontheatre@gmail.com for an audition time!

As for the cast of characters:

Narrator #1
Narrator #2
Narrator #3
Auntie Sponge
Auntie Spiker
James Trotter
Little Old Person
Crowd Member
First Officer
Second Officer

The play will be rehearsed every Thurs. starting on Thurs., Nov. 12 at 3:30 until 5:30, except during Thanksgiving week, Christmas and New Years break. There will also be tech rehearsals on Mon., Feb. 8, and Tues., Feb. 9.
There will be a total of 11 weeks counting the production which will be on Thurs., Feb. 11, Friday, Feb. 12 and Sat., Feb. 13, 2010!

There will be a fee associated with this production. The fee will be $225.00 per student/cast member-----these fees are used towards the costuming, scripts, theatre usage, makeup, and for the sets, etc. used for this production. We have been able to put all monies that have come in----back into the theatre, and for this, we appreciate your support!! There will also be acting techniques taught, costuming, hair and makeup tips covered, as this production will be a learning process as well!

See you at the auditions! Call Shawn at 978-760-3397, if you have further questions.

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Season!

I must apologize for not getting the details out for the new season of 2009-2010! I have been reading scripts and perusing music for our Spring Musical and have not been happy with what is out there for kids and teens. It has been frustrating to say the least!

So, now I have finally found a musical that I am really excited to be doing, but because it is from the Broadway Junior series, I must jump over barrels and through hoops to get it approved to do. Therefore, the delay.

I am anticipating that I will have the entire season announced by the middle of Sept. now.....
Please come by and get a magnet, by the end of Sept.----as I will have them-----FREE----for all of you that have become my loyal patrons. I anticipate that each year will get easier to decide and put together, as I will have everything in place. I already have ideas for the 2010-2011 season----and imagine that each year will get easier to be organized and get the word out!

Thank you for your patience!

As for "Rookery Nook", we had some amazing tryouts and David Nanto has cast that show. We have actors from as far away as Sudbury and Framingham, so we are definitely going to be tapping into new areas about The Cannon Theatre! This is really exciting for me, and I hope that I will have everyone's support to get out and see this show in November 2009!

The cast list is as follows:

Gertrude Twine: Lori Forsyth
Mrs. Leverett: Kerrie Doty
Harold Twine: Andy Remillard
Clive Popkiss: Ben Koffel
Gerald Popkiss: Phil Berry
Rhoda Marley: Anya Ross
Putz: Jeff Adams
Admiral Juddy: Larry Lickteig
Poppy Dicky: Emma Bridges
Clara Popkiss: Jordyn Peterson
Mrs. Fossett: Tammy Adams

Stage Manager: Steve Hardy
Technical Director: Bret Bahe

Producer: Shawn Cannon
Costumes: Shawn Cannon and Brinna Jones
Sets: Bret Bahe

The dates of the show? November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21----at 7:00 p.m.
I am in the process of getting an on-line source for ticket sales, and I will post that information, as soon as I get it done!
But if you want to e-mail me for tickets----you can still do that----they are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students with ID's and seniors 65 and over----and $8.00 for kids 12 and under----at thecannontheatre@gmail.com.

Hope to see you all at the show!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Auditions for A New Play!

The Cannon Theatre announces auditions for Rookery Nook by Ben Travers - A classic British Farce!

Newly married playboy Gerald Popkiss is headed to Rookery Nook for a relaxing vacation with his new wife Clara and mother-in-law. But, when his mother-in-law suddenly falls sick, Gerald is forced to continue on alone.

Upon arriving, he meets a beautiful young girl who has been thrown out of her house next door and who is wearing nothing but her pink silk pajamas. His sense of chivalry dictates that he offer her help. But, with his prior reputation, a sister-in-law nearby, and Rookery Nook's meddling maid, he quickly finds himself over his head.

Roles for 5 Men and 6 Women

Audition Dates: 8/20 (7-9pm) and 8/22 (1-5pm)
Email Director David Nanto at DKNANTO@YAHOO.COM for information and to arrange an audition time!
Rehearsals will begin on Sept 8th Evening, and continue on Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings.

Performance dates: Nov 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Rookery Nook Roles

Gerald Popkiss (25-35)---a cheerful, good natured and reformed playboy who is newly married.

Clive Popkiss (25-35)---a roguish and slightly mischievous playboy who is always looking for excitement.

Gertrude Twine (30-45)----a strong, domineering, and condemning woman, doesn't trust her new brother-in-law, and loves to know what is happening in her town.

Harold Twine (35-45)----a meek hen-pecked husband, has developed the nervous habit of chewing his straw hat.

Rhoda Marley (20-30)----a lovely and outgoing young woman, lives with her frightening father-in-law.

Mrs. Leverett (40-60)----a maid who jusggles her large family and her work, loves gossip, and ates impropriety.

Putz (50-60)----a strong willed and rigid German with an explosive temper. Could be a dual roll with Admilral Juddy.

Admiral Juddy (50-60)----a blustering former British officer with a propensity to swear in Chinese. Could be a dual roll with Putz.

Poppy Dickie (20-30)----a beautiful, flirty local girl, spends most of her time looking for her next boyfriend. Brief song and dance.

Clara Popkiss (20-30)---monor role. A new bride who is shocked to find her husband in an uncompromising situation.

Mrs. Possett (50-60)----minor role. A matronly woman who is suffering from an un-named illness.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I am recovering from The Pirates of Penzance. The show was a lot of work, but was a HUGE SUCCESS!! We ended up selling out every performance and the feedback was tremendous!

A huge thanks to all the brilliant cast and crew! I couldn't have done it all without you. I am in the process of picking the new shows for the 2009-2010 season, and will be announcing them in July, so check back often!

The next thing on the calendar is our Improv Workshop, on Friday, July 10. We have someone visiting and teaching the workshop, Hailey Smith. Please check out the writeup, as well as see her picture on the right hand side of this page. She is amazing, and I have been able to see her in action on stage, as well as work with her a few times, and she really knows her stuff!

So, get signed up soon, as space is limited!! You can e-mail me and I will let you know the address where you can mail your check.

Keep a look out for our new FALL PLAY! We have a guest director who will be directing a British farce, so watch for tryout times, as well as more info. on the play. This play will be open for tryouts for only adults and teens, so inform those actors that you know to check back to the website.

Its an exciting time for our little theatre----I appreciate your support!

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Pirates Of Penzance

We are in rehearsals now and the show is looking GREAT! This classic musical is written by Gilbert and Sullivan, and is the story of a young man, Frederic, and his being raised by pirates, and of course we have pretty daughters, a Major General, and hilarious policeman! The musical is geared for the whole family, and can be enjoyed by all ages.

The tickets are now on sale and are available for purchase. The shows are Thursday, June 18, Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids 12 and under.

The tickets go fast, and there will probably not be any left at the door, so please e-mail me to hold your tickets now! I will set them aside and then you can mail me the check and pick up your tickets at the door. The e-mail address is thecannontheatre@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to great crowds! Thanks for supporting this new theatre in Littleton!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Cannon Theatre Musical Theatre Classes 2009

I am excited to announce the weeks for the Musical Theatre Summer Camps/Classes 2009! These classes run four days, four hours a day and are fast-paced, frenetic, but fun, fun, fun!

I write the shows using character parts, and music from favorite musicals and movies, then we work on acting techniques, vocal techniques, movement, costuming, and hair and makeup. At the end of the week, we put on a show for friends and family. The classes are held at 12:00 until 4:00 each day, and they are for ages 8-16 years of age.

The dates are as follows:
Session One: Monday, July 13- Thurs., July 16
Session Two: Monday, July 20- Thurs., July 23
Session Three: Monday, Aug. 3- Thurs., Aug. 6
Session Four: Monday, Aug. 17-Thurs., Aug. 20

The cost for each week is $190.00 with a $10.00 supply fee. There will be a 10% discount if you register and pay before the end of June, or if your child is taking more than one session, or if you have two or more siblings taking classes! Click on the registration form in the side bar at the right to download and print out the form. Send it in with your check made out to Shawn Cannon or The Cannon Theatre and mail it in to the address on the form.

I am getting excited for the classes this year! Be sure and check out the pictures from the Musical Theatre Summer Classes 2008 on the side bar, and please e-mail me with any questions at thecannontheatre@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pirates Of Penzance Is Cast!

After a really great auditioning process, I am happy to announce that we have a cast for "Pirates of Penzance"! There were so many talented kids that tried out, so the choices were difficult, but I think that this cast is going to be fabulous!

So here they are:

Major General-------James Whatcott
The Pirate King-------Rachel Marshall
Samuel, the pirate lieutenant-----Katherine Barlow
Frederic, the pirate apprentice-----Tony Veilleux
Ruth, Frederic's nursemaid------Emily Hardy
William, a pirate-------Ben Whatcott
Douglas, a pirate-------Stephen Marshall
Richard, a pirate-----Tommy Nanto
Robert, a pirate------Elise Wankel
Zachary, a pirate------Aydan Bahe
Sergeant of Police------Lisa Forsyth
Policeman Paul------Emily Durham
Policeman Porter------Emma Manning
Policeman Patrick------Victoria Bourque
Mabel, a daughter--------Jackie Ordemann
Kate, a daughter--------Lauren Winn
Isabel, a daughter------Rebecca Stark
Edith, a daughter------Tessa Muir
Rebecca, a daughter-----Lilia Heinold
Elizabeth, a daughter-----Karina Heinold
Laura, a daughter------Laura Barlow
Amelia, a daughter------Mira Krishraswamy

Please mark your calendars for the performance dates! They are Thurs., June 18, Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20; at 7:00 p.m, at the Cannon Theatre, 410 Great Rd.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

"The Pirates Of Penzance"

This past weekend The Cannon Theatre opened its doors for its first show, and sold out every night! The show, "A Little Princess" went really well, with audiences reacting positively to the great cast, the amazing accents, and the intimacy of the theatre experience. The cast and crew did a great job---but now we need to move on to our next show.

"The Pirates of Penzance" is the spring musical and will be performed on Thurs., June 18, Friday, June 19, and Sat. June 20. The tryouts will be on Thurs. March 5, at 3:30-6:00 and Sat., March 7 at 12:00-5:00 p.m., for ages 8 to 18 years old. Please check out the particulars on the right side of this web page.

Yes, right under the photos!!

Also, keep watch for the photos of the Open House and "A Little Princess". I will be posting them through Flick'r as soon as I get a minute or two.

A great big thanks to all who participated in Princess....and for those parents that donated time and food to the cause. I really enjoyed working with all of you and your amazing kids.

So, lets get out to those Pirate auditions....I am looking forward to some great singer/actor/dancers! Contact Shawn for a time slot at thecannontheatre@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

We Are Adding Another Show!

"The Little Princess" rehearsals are going amazingly well! We did several scenes at the Open House, and the audience was very appreciative of all the kids' hard work. Great job, kids!

The Open House went really well, also, and I enjoyed meeting new people and getting names for my e-mail list for future camps and voice lessons. Thank you to all of my voice students that sang for the Open House----you guys did a fantastic job! I am going to post some pictures from the Open House in my next post, but I wanted to let everyone know that we are going to add another show of "A Little Princess", as I have gotten a lot of tickets sold already and want to make sure that everyone that wants to, can see this wonderful play.

So, that said, we will be having the show on Thurs., Feb. 12, Friday, Feb. 13 and Sat., Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m.!

So, be sure and get your tickets soon! If you are interested in tickets, please e-mail me at thecannontheatre@gmail.com. Tell me how many you want and the date that you want them on. Then I will e-mail you promptly as to the availability and you can send your check in the mail to the address that I will provide you. You can also stop by the theatre at 410 Great Rd. on Mon, Tues., and Wed. between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 to get tickets! The theatre seats only 60 people, so I don't know if there will still be seats if you just show up for the performance, so try to get your tickets early!

The cost of the tickets are: $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Please try to keep babies and toddlers at home, as there isn't really anyplace to take out little ones that might get antsy---Thank you!

Hope to see you all there!