Auditions for ‘Whose Wives Are They Anyway?’ January 10th & 11th

Strauss Theatre Center is holding auditions for the first show of 2021, Whose Wives Are They Anyway?, on January 10th and 11th. Director Terri Larson Cunningham is looking for 8 adult actors, 5 female and 3 male, for this fast-paced farce.

Auditions will be held at Strauss Theatre Center on Sunday, January 10th from 5pm-9pm and on Monday, January 11th from 7pm-9pm. All participants are asked to have a 1-2 minute monologue prepared and memorized for the audition.

For details about the characters, check out our Auditions page.

We will be following the safety guidelines where you will have your temperature checked and you are asked to wear a mask and social distance when not auditioning for the show. We will not have more than 50 people in a setting. You will check in at the Box office, and auditions will be held on the Strauss Mainstage.

To peruse the script, email Donna at bom@strausstheatre.com or call 318-323-6681.

Meet the Cast: Gabby Ballew of “A Christmas Carol”

My name is Gabby Ballew, and I am a junior Communications major at ULM. I work at Newk’s Eatery as a Certified Trainer. Some of my favorite hobbies include singing, playing my guitar, and playing the piano. I also like to make covers of songs that I like. I have been in 3 shows outside of Strauss. These shows include High School Musical (2015) and Little Shop of Horrors (2017 at West Monroe High School and The Phantom of the Opera at ULM (2019). This is my debut at Strauss, and I hope there are more shows in the future. I would like to say thank you to my family and friends for believing in me and supporting me through thick and thin. I would like to give a special thank you to my brother Peyton for convincing me to be in the show and for being proud of me and supporting me throughout the show. “A merry Christmas to you all.”

Watch Gabby in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Emmanuel Capers of “A Christmas Carol”

My name is Emmanuel Capers, I am 25 years old. I have a bachelors in Arts and Humanities from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I have performed in many operas, concerts and musicals at ULM and the Strauss Theatre. My most recent performance at Strauss was Godspell under the direction of Terri Cunningham. I am excited and honored to be a part of A Christmas Carol this year!

Director’s Note: I saw Emmanuel in Godspell and was excited to have him join our cast. The man is very talented, and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him better over the past few weeks with this show. Only regret is that I didn’t get to know him sooner, he’s a great guy!

Watch Emmanuel in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Oz Wilkins of “A Christmas Carol”

Oz Wilkins is a student at Geneva Academy. His hobbies are whiffle ball, plate stacking and slug slinging. This is his first show at the Strauss and one of the highlights of his year. 

Director’s Note: Oz has had to fill in as both the Carol Boy and Boy Scrooge in this show. A tall order for any first time actor but he’s done the job well and I’m happy to have him as past of the cast.

Watch Oz as the Carol Boy & Boy Scrooge in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Jonathan Hilleke of “A Christmas Carol”

Jonathan Hilleke is a student at Geneva Academy and is allergic to double rainbows, false teeth and Yankees fans. He’s happy to be part of his first show at the Strauss Theatre. 

Director’s Note: Jonathan’s grown a lot as an actor in this show. I hope he continues to pursue his interest.

Watch Jonathan in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Adam Hilleke of “A Christmas Carol”

Adam Hilleke is the only child in NELA to ever receive the esteemed “Subterranean Soil Treatment Award” for his study in ant hills. He’s a student of Geneva Academy and is excited to be in his first show at the Strauss.

Director’s Note: I’m not sure but Adam may be having the most fun of anyone in the cast during rehearsals. He’s also smiling and gets along well with his fellow castmates.

Watch Adam in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Mattie Cross of “A Christmas Carol”

Mattie Cross is a student at Geneva Academy and is experiencing being a part of her first show ever. To put it in her words “This sure beat feeding spoons of dirt to my siblings and telling them it’s a protein bar!”

Director’s Note: I’m very pleased to have Mattie as part of our cast. She’s done a great job adjusting to the roll of Fan.

Watch Mattie as Fan in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Wade Purvis of “A Christmas Carol”

Wade Purvis has been in two performances: Charlie in The Music Man and backstage/extra in Sister Act. He lives in West Monroe and is married to Lisa Purvis with son, Tony, and daughter, Tori.

Director’s Note: Wade is one of the most positive guys I’ve met at the Strauss. Always with a greeting and smile, its been great getting to know him during this production.

Watch Wade in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Peyton Ballew of “A Christmas Carol”

My name is Peyton Ballew, and I am a native of West Monroe, Louisiana. My last/previous time on the Strauss Mainstage was Mamma Mia! back in 2019. I am a full-time artist and owner of a local gallery, Studio Ballew. When I am not on stage, I love to paint, listen to music, and watch musicals. I enjoy being involved in various organizations, like the Monroe Zoo, NELA Arts Council, Biedenharn, etc. I am very happy to be back on the Strauss stage once again with a talent. Many thanks to my family for supporting my journey in the theatre industry and taking me to almost every rehearsal.

Watch Peyton as a Gentleman in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.

Meet the Cast: Nyah Onderko of “A Christmas Carol”

Nyah Onderko is a student at Geneva Academy. After years of dancing and singing around the house, her parents finally gave in and let her audition for a show. She is very excited to be in her first theatre production.

Director’s Note: I’m happy to be a part of Nyah’s very first show! She’s got a natural talent and takes direction well. A pleasure indeed to work with. I hope to see her in many more productions in the future.

Watch Nyah in A Christmas Carol streaming December 21-January 1. For tickets and information, call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681 or go online at StraussTC.com.