Sioux Falls Auditions – April 24-25 – 5 to 9:00 pm
Callbacks – April 26th – 5-9 pm
University of Sioux Falls – Meredith Auditorium in the Jeschke Fine Arts Center
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We will produce Mystery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with 11 Performances at the Orpheum Theater (Aug. 30 – Sept. 15). Rehearsals will begin in July. We need a truly stellar cast with strong vocals. There are 7 leads to fill plus 12 ensemble/swings. $300 minimum for each cast member. If you are an accomplished singer, but do not have much theater experience… please audition anyway. You will not regret it! This experience will only benefit you as a person and a performer. That’s a promise. The writer/director will be holding live auditions in Sioux Falls the week after Easter. You can send any information about yourself and experience in advance to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also text or call him at (860) 305-1061.
Lights Up produces original, highly professional and entertaining musical theater from a Christian worldview. Mystery is a thrilling contemporary show full of plot-twists and unexpected turns. It is a fun, thought-provoking and deeply moving global “treasure hunt” like nothing in the world. The message of wonder and grace are key to unlocking the hidden treasure!! Please prepare about two minutes of a song and two minutes of dialogue (unmemorized is fine). You will also do some cold reading.
Sam Zimmer – (Hollywood/Broadway actor) In his mid 40’s – Sam is an atheist who lost his wife to cancer five years earlier and now raising his young daughter Inesa. He’s an atheist and very cynical, but still searching for answers to his toughest questions.
Emma Zimmer – a couple of years younger than her brother Sam (Archaeologist/Feminist/Christian) – based on a real Archaeologist. Strong alto is ideal.
Inesa Zimmer (can be 9 or 10 in age). She’s an accomplished dancer, very smart and challenges her father’s thinking. Need an accomplished dancer who can act.
Audrey Cavanaugh (Hollywood Actress looking for real meaning in life… later becomes key to saving Inesa’s life). Needs to belt and have a very diverse voice. A lot of soloing.
Talon Meyer (Sam and Audrey’s agent… evil villain, complicated con man) – Intense acting and vocals needed.
Cora Vandal – Need to be in her 20’s. Inesa’s new nanny – a total con with some good still in her… she has a fascinating connection to Sam. Funny, high-energy role. A lot of soloing.
Anton Witkowski – Mid to late 40’s. (British/Polish lawyer and journalist)… former atheist, as C.S. Lewis once was. – His grandparents are holocaust survivors from Poland) – Tenor solos.
The rest of the ensemble will be in many scenes as various characters, including scene 2 (above, which only has the 8 leads in the video). Throughout the show there are MANY period costume changes and a lot of prop and set work during scenes.
Mystery is the story of one family’s search for buried treasure somewhere in Eastern Europe. Through experiences of tragedy and loss over the years, they are driven to all extremes to find this treasure. But…history has secrets and many riddles must be solved. Along the way, the colorful characters in this story must face their enemies and the evils of this world, while grappling with important issues of life. In the end, their discovery becomes a matter of life and death. Influenced by the works and lives of C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ravi Zacharias, J.F. Baldwin, G.K. Chesterton, Bram Stoker and more.
Click here to Watch some videos from our first run.
“When We Were Five” – “The Odyssey”
Anton Witkowski sing “Grace” in response to the evils of the Holocaust
Talon Meyer and the monsters sing “The Deadliest Monster”
Sam Zimmer and the five year old version of himself in “Wonder”
Audrey Cavanaugh and cast sing “Chasing After the Wind”
Inesa Zimmer dances in the scene “Innocence”
Sam, Audrey and Cast sing “1975
Sam and Inesa Zimmer sing “Love You With My Life”
“Brent, we had a wonderful evening and the show was GREAT…great twists… and I have to say, in my opinion, the strongest collection of songs to date.” – Geno Mulcahy (Veteran Sound Engineer)
“I enjoyed the musical immensely and was especially touched by the perspective on pain and suffering, and the impact on innocence. Brent answers questions that so many atheists and angry people have. I loved the way the story weaves together the young boy with the adult version of himself and the impact of pain on his life. Free-will brings pain and suffering but it also brings grace. You can’t have grace without free will – Powerful message.” – Karen
“I especially appreciated the professional quality of the script, the singing, and the acting. The plot was well-developed and the message clearly presented. I would travel 1200 miles to see it again” – Vernon
“Loved the cinematic’s and was surprised by the professionalism and the
venue” – Loomis High School student
“Best Grosvenor production to date…by far my favorite!! All his shows are outstanding and I can’t wait for the next one.” – Audrey
“My wife and I were SO impressed by “Mystery.” It was always interesting, very professionally mounted, acted, and sung – and it was also very moving, touching on a number of “mysteries” of life and death. You did a terrific job – just as one would expect!”
“Mystery was dramatic, high energy and truly made the audience think about the meaning of life. I continue to be thoroughly impressed with the talents of the cast and crew of Lights up Productions. Mystery in particular is a must see!” – Stacy
“Absolutely amazing production…hitting real life issues..songs were catchy..and touching..cast was beyond talented and really flowed together..I laughed..I cried… I had goosebumps..but most of all I heard the message that GOD needed me to hear..Thank you for the invite! – Nyree
“Mystery is new, innovative, exciting, and impactful! As always, the set, lighting, acting, and writing was all done with excellence. In the writing, Brent does not leave one detail unattended, which makes for 2.5 hours of deep, rich content, with entertaining and thought-provoking performances. It is clearly a culmination of years of study and careful crafting. This show responds to, and refutes the challenging questions of “logical” academia with Biblical truth and fact in a relevant way. This is most needed and necessary today.” – Amy
“This show is a fast-paced musical that asks the age-old questions about faith. It is technologically remarkable…the music is moving and riveting and the performances are strong! Mystery packs a powerful punch!” – Michael Lamb (Director/Producer/Entertainer and veteran in the business)
I hope you catch the vision of “Lights Up” and join our mission. Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue on our journey. Our desire is to touch hearts and lives with stories, songs and musicals that have real meaning. Our life and time on Earth is like a vapor. Let’s make it count for eternity. -Brent Grosvenor