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"A Tea With Zora and Marjorie"

by Dr. Barbara Speisman





Dr. Barbara Speisman, playwright of A Classic Theatre’s February production will take her place onstage to talk with audience members after each performance of “A Tea With Zora and Marjorie.”   The actors portraying Zora and Marjorie (Rhodie Jackson and Nancy Grote) will also be available to answer questions from the audience.


Director Jean Rahner has been in rehearsal for the production and Dr. Speisman has attended several rehearsals, travelling from her home in Tallahassee to do so.  “Dr. Speisman has been a wonderful resource for the actors and for me during rehearsals.  She has given us the benefit of her personal insight into the characters, which has enriched our understanding of the relationship between these two fascinating women.”


Ticket sales are brisk, so don’t wait to make your reservations to see this unique look at two of Florida’s revered women writers.


Performances are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday Feb. 18-20 at 7:30pm and Sunday Feb. 21 at 2:00pm at the Gamache-Koger Theatre in Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., Downtown St. Augustine.  Tickets: $20


There is an ADDED SPECIAL PERFORMANCE Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30pm

at the Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center, 102 ML King Ave., St. Augustine, FL.

Tickets for this performance are $20 for Show Only and $25 for the Show and Museum Tour ($5 to the Restoration Fund).


Tickets available online at  For information email or call 904-501-5093.



And are continuing with some very exciting prospects to fill the role of Debbie McDade!


Director Deborah Dickey held auditions in St. Augustine at the St. Augustine Community School of the Performing Arts. Barbara Mattingly was the accompanist for the singers auditioning. It was an exciting beginning to this audition process.  Deborah Dickey will be seeing actor/singers in Gainesville and again in St. Augustine by appointment.


We even had a very talented (and famous) person come out to audition for the part of “Whistler!”  You have no idea how difficult it is to whistle!  Can you?  Not to let the cat out of the bag…but this person could really whistle  -- with trills!  We all applauded!


This is just another part of this process we go through each time we put together a show…hoping just the right person will magically appear to fill the role.






Feb. 15, 2016



Seeking Singer/Actors


St. Augustine, FL- A Classic Theatre (ACT) will hold auditions for the St. Augustine Premiere of "Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade," a new musical play written and directed by Deborah B. Dickey.


Auditions will be held at the St. Augustine Community School of the Performing Arts, located at 214 San Marco Avenue, on Monday, March 7 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.


Auditions will be by appointment only and will consist of cold readings from the script, as well as vocal auditions. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a classic or contemporary (50’s pop, jazz or blues) piece. An accompanist will be provided. No recorded accompaniment permitted. Actor/singers are asked to provide a current photo and list of previous experience.  Call (904) 315-1122 to schedule an appointment.


Available Roles:   2 females + 1 whistler (male or female)

                              Debbie McDade (African American), age range 25-45

                              Amanda (African American), age 16-25

                              Whistler (flexible)


Rehearsals begin mid-March and performance dates are May 8 at 3 pm and May 9-12 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be at the Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center located at 102 Martin Luther King Blvd. in St. Augustine. All performers will receive a paid honorarium.


Sweet Emmaline recounts the remarkable life story of St. Augustine vocalist, Debbie McDade, who made her way to a career on the New York stage in the 1950s as a soloist with Count Basie’s band. She sang with Earl "Fatha” Hines and received her stage name, Debby Moore, from the great Louis Armstrong, who became her mentor and friend. With a mixed repertoire of pop and jazz standards, she went on to record some of her own compositions. Debbie’s recordings reveal the light and lovely style of a singer who could whistle as well as she sang!


A Classic Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to presenting new, historic and classic plays for St. Johns County.  For further information contact ACT at




AUDITIONS for the St. Augustine Premiere of "THREADS OF SILVER AND GOLD: Women of the Panama Canal", a new play written and directed by Deborah B. Dickey in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Auditions will be held at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, located at 2200 A1A South, on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 from 7-10 pm.  Performances will be in October of 2015. Actors will be asked to read from the script and should bring a current photo and a list of previous experience.


Through a grant from the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere, and in collaboration with the Panama Canal Museum Collection and the Latin American Collection at UF Smathers Libraries, Deborah Dickey created THREADS OF SILVER AND GOLD in honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, often called the Eighth Wonder of the World.


First presented in February, 2015 at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, this multi-cultural drama uses poetry, historical documents and the personal accounts of the women who journeyed to Panama to witness the building of the Canal and is told from the perspective of a British and a North American Bride whose experiences stand in marked contrast with the story of West Indian families who came seeking a better life. Full of heroism and striving, the play celebrates the pioneering women who left behind family to face enormous challenges as they witnessed the realization of the 400 year old dream to join the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Told through humor and insights, these women exemplified the resilient spirit of “the women who made the canal and then made it home.”


The multi-ethnic cast includes roles for 2 men and 6 women.

With the exception of the role of Theodore Roosevelt, all other actors play multiple roles as the play shifts from the construction period in Act 1 to 1987 in Act 2. 

Other characters are:

(1) Male African-American or Latino actor,

(3) African-American or Latino women, 

(2) White American women and

(1) British woman.

Age range for all actors is from 20-60.


For further information use the Contact Us form or email at


Love, Loss and What I Wore


by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Anne Kraft, Director


When: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7pm-9pm (come early to complete paperwork)

Where: St. Augustine Beach City Hall Annex 

What: Bring headshot (or small photo) and resume.  

          Read from script. If you have a favorite piece, you may also read that.

Seeking: 5 females, all types, ages 25-60. (mature)


A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects -- mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black.  Comedy/drama. 

If you would like to read the script prior to auditions, contact Anne Kraft at



Rehearsals at 7-9pm at the Beach City Hall Annex

4/6, 4/8, 4/9

4/13, 4/15, 4/16

4/20, 4/22, 4/23

4/27, 4/29, 4/30

5/4, 5/6, 5/7

Tech and Dress rehearsals at Gamache-Koger Theater

Fri. 5/8, Sat. 5/10 and Sun. 5/10  Times TBD



At the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center of Flagler College, downtown St. Augustine

Monday 5/11, Tuesday 5/12 and Wednesday 5/13

7:30pm curtain




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