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Theatre Group is back with fall productions; spring 2022 musical proposals sought

WESTFIELD-This fall, the curtain will once again go up as Westfield Theatre Group productions take center stage at the Westfield Woman’s Club.

John Farrell, chairperson for the Westfield Theatre Group (WTG), added that directors interested in showcasing a spring 2022 musical have until May 1 to submit a proposal.

“We are always looking for new people that would like to direct shows for our spring and fall productions,” said Farrell. “If you have a show you are passionate about, please contact us with the show you would like to propose and how and why you would like to do that show.”

The WTG is a department of the Westfield Woman’s Club, located on Court Street.

A preliminary proposal form for directors is available at https://www.westfieldtheatregroup.com and inquiries can be emailed to [email protected]

Farrell also noted that shows in the works include two one-act plays by Steve Henderson, and the production of “She Loves Me” which was originally scheduled to run in March 2020.

The one-act plays by Henderson are titled “Spontaneous Combustion” and “Morse Code.”

“Spontaneous Combustion occurs in three hilarious scenes – a grocery store, a restaurant, and a counselor’s office,” said Henderson, adding, “many surprises at each.”

Henderson said the second show tells the story of two brothers, each facing a terrible situation that the other “knows little or nothing about.”

“As Nick Morse covers his room and self with dots, simultaneously spouting a rambling soliloquy, he is interrupted by his brother Chris who seems to have stopped by to play some basketball,” said Henderson. “However, there is a lot more to his visit than that.”

Henderson promises the Morse brothers “hilariously” unravel a gut-wrenching tale.

Production dates for Henderson’s plays are set for Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

“We will have auditions for Steve’s show in June,” said Farrell, adding, “Auditions most likely will be virtual but we are abiding by state COVID guidelines.”

A person does not need to become a member of the WTG to audition, but if they are cast and accept a role, they do have to become a dues-paying member.

Farrell said the musical “She Loves Me” will be staged in December.

“We will not be having auditions as of now for ‘She Loves Me’ as the majority of the cast plans to come back at this point,” said Farrell.

The Westfield Theatre Group production of “She Loves Me” will be staged in December at the Westfield Woman’s Club.

“She Loves Me” explores the life of Georg Nowack, manager of Maraczek’s Parfumerie, who becomes “ruffled” when his boss hires the headstrong Amalia Balash as a salesgirl. Without giving too much away about the show, Nowack learns he and Balash are anonymous lonely hearts penpals.

On a related note, a free virtual Broadway Trivia Night is slated April 24 at 7:30 p.m., and participants can sign up by sending an email to [email protected]

“After the success of our first Broadway themed trivia night in December, we are back with another trivia night that will test your ability to Name That Musical,” noted Farrell, adding that prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.

“Once you RSVP, you’ll receive further instructions on how to connect to the event,” he said.

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