Patio Playhouse auditions are open to all and do not have any fees associated with them. We encourage actors of all skill levels to come join us at our auditions.

Auditions are generally held 8-12 weeks before a production opens. Once info is ready, we will post a link below that will include the dates, times, locations, time slot sign-ups (if necessary), and what you should have prepared.

Upcoming Audition Dates:

Auditions for Footlight Frenzy at Patio Playhouse 116 S, Kalmia St. Escondido

In person on either Monday, February 20 or Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Callbacks (if needed) by Invitation only Thursday, February 23, 2023

Written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, and Bud Slocomb

Based on “Fleeting Moment” by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, Mark Blankfield, Brandis Kemp, and Mitchell Kreindel

Directed by Tim Arends


In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt “School for Unusual Children”, an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has been Broadway director.  His near hysterical direction and the group’s questionable talent turn the production into a shambles.  The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are “performing”, and it is hard to tell which is sillier.  This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with us watching the fun from the “back” of the stage!  This fast-moving slapstick farce is from the creators of Bullshot Crummond and El Grande de Coca Cola!

NOTE – This is a physical comedy.  All characters, at some point, fall down.  Benny and Paul have the major stunts.

SHOW RUNS: April 28, 2023 to May 21, 2023

PERFORMANCES: Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm and Sundays at 2pm

REHEARSALS: February 27 to April 27 2023

This is a non-equity, volunteer position.

Patio Playhouse encourages diversity and prioritizes safety in their productions.  For more information, please read our Policies and Procedures on Diversity, Inclusion, and Consent.


In person auditions will consist of sides from the script.  Have a resume and headshot available and know future conflict dates through the rehearsal period and performances (April 28-May 21).

Content Warning:  This show contains sexual innuendo, drug use, and intimacy (kissing), as well as the physicality of stunt work.


All roles are open for all ethnicities.  Roles are gendered and will be open to anyone comfortable portraying that gender.  We are considering all ages (18 and older) for all roles.

PAUL BECKER (Male) – Mild manner school principal.  Married to Laura.  Father of 2 children.  Devoted but hen-pecked husband.  Plays Nicky Vandermorgan – a hopeful young jazz composer and heir to the Vandermorgan fortune.  Kisses Laura.  Changes on stage (down to boxers).  Should not be afraid of heights.  Some stunts.

LAURA BECKER (Female) – PTA President.  Married to Paul.  Mother of 2 children.  Takes medication for “her nerves”.  Has a tendency to babble (ad lib) when medication is not working.  Plays Addie Starr – Nightclub singer, engaged (later married) to Nicky.  Kisses Paul.  As Addie, kisses Chas (Alex).  Should not be afraid of popping balloons.

TONY LANGDON (Male) – Maniacal has-been Broadway director who sees this show as the way back to the big time.  At times gets so upset/angry that he blacks out and cannot remember what happened for the past 5 minutes.  Plays Uncle Julian Vandermorgan – Nicky and Gwen’s cantankerous elder uncle who controls the money.  Should not be afraid of heights.

DEBBIE TURNER (Female) – Drama teacher.  Wants to break out of this little town and head to Hollywood.  Plays Gwendolyn Vandermorgan – debutante who falls for bad men.  Kisses Benny.  Appears onstage in various stages of undress.

ALEX MALONE (Male) – School accountant.  Thinks he’s a ladies’ man (he is NOT) and prefers partying to performing.  Plays Chaz Courtney – polo playing cad who IS a ladies’ man.  As Chas, kisses Addie (Laura).  Some stunts.

BENNY DRIBBLE (Male) – School janitor.  Stage Manager for show.  Nerdy, shy, unsure of himself.  Ends up playing Johnny Chicago – The gangster.  Think James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson rolled into one character.  Owns the Hotsy Totsy Club.  Kisses Debbie.  Should not be afraid of heights.  Should be good with physical comedy.  Some stunts.

NOTE:  Understudies may be cast for this production.  There is no guaranteed understudy performance scheduled.  In the event of need, a put-in rehearsal will be scheduled if possible.

For additional information or questions, contact Tim Arends at

Footlight Frenzy is presented through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals


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