Friday, January 28, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Pauper Winter Benefit Cabaret!

Dear Talented Singers and Dancers,

Have you been waiting for your share of the spotlight? Well Pauper Players’ Winter Cabaret is your chance! Don’t miss your opportunity to shine on the Pauper stage, while helping us raise money for the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment— a local arts charity.

We’re looking for song and/or dance numbers— solos, duets, and groups. Just send your name, group members’ names, and the title of your act to Performer slots will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis, so don’t delay!

The Winter Cabaret will be held on Friday February 25th at 8:00pm, in the Union Cabaret. All performers will need to arrange for their own accompaniment, and we will be happy to put you in touch with the accompanists we know. Karaoke tracks are also a very good option.
We hope you’ll join us for this exciting new event!


The Pauper Players Executive Directors,

Elissa, Olivia, and Ben


Don't forget to buy tickets this week for Broadway Melodies 2011, featuring Glee!: The Musical, Mean Girls: The Musical, and A Very Tarantino Musical. The shows will take place at 8PM in the FPG Student Union Cabaret, February 4th through 8th (next Friday through Tuesday). Tickets can be purchased in the Union Box office (919.962.1449) -- $5 for students and $10 general admission. See you there!

Friday, January 21, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Broadway Melodies TICKETS Onsale!


Tickets are now on sale for Pauper Players' Broadway Melodies 2011 -- a musical revue written and directed by students. The show will feature "Mean Girls: The Musical" by Wendy Hua and Olivia Myrick, "A Very Tarantino Musical" by Alex Koceja, and "Glee!: The Musical" by Nick Culp.

The productions will take place February 4th through 8th (Friday through Tuesday) at 8 PM in the Student Union Cabaret on the bottom floor. Tickets are on sale NOW in the Union Box office -- 5$ for students and faculty, and $10 for general admission.

Please contact Executive Directors--Elissa Rumer, Olivia Myrick, or Ben Boecker--at for further comments or questions; or please feel free to peruse the Pauper Players' website for additional details ( Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (uncPauper)!

ALL SHOOK UP Cast List!!!

The cast list has been posted!!! "All Shook Up" rehearsals will begin after the close of Broadway Melodies, and the show will run from April 1st through April 5th. Mark it in your calendar! Thank you to all who auditioned and congratulations to those who were cast!!

Chad: Jack Utrata

Natalie/Ed: Natalie Pelletier

Dennis: Ben Muller

Sandra: Cydney Swofford

Dean: Justin Courmoyer

Lorraine: Emily Ellis

Sylvia: Olivia Myrick

Jim: Josh Alexander

Matilda: Kelsey Reinhard

Earl: George Barrett


Julia Adelman

Dominique Barnes

George Barrett

Emily Bohbrink

McKinney Brown

Jessica Cruz

Hunter Gray

Lauren Josey

Kayla Lively

Cameron Nadler

Josh Peterson

Haley Scruggs

Korde Tuttle

Anna van Venrooy

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


To Everyone Who Auditioned:

Thank you so much for auditioning for UNC-CH Pauper Players' Broadway Melodies 2011. We were absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of talent we saw over the past two nights. We saw a total of 76 auditioners (a Pauper record) for Broadway Melodies and it truly breaks our hearts that we cannot cast each and every one of you.

Before you read the remainder of this email, please mark down the dates for auditions for Pauper Players' spring production of All Shook Up, directed by Nick Culp, which we STRONGLY encourage each and every one of you to audition for. All Shook Up auditions will take place next Tuesday, January 18th and Wednesday, January 19th in Hill Hall 107, with callbacks on Thursday, January 20th in Person Choral. An audition folder will be placed in the Union Folder Hub by tomorrow evening. We encourage all of you to audition. Please do not hesitate to contact producer Elissa Rumer ( with any questions regarding auditions.

IMPORTANT -- TO ACCEPT A ROLE, PLEASE E-MAIL ELISSA RUMER (PRODUCER) at Please read the cast lists carefully, as some people have been cast in multiple sets.

Please note that there will be a READ-THROUGH for all the BWM sets tomorrow night from 7:00-10:00 pm in the Student Union Room 3206. If you will be unable to make it to the read-through, please e-mail Elissa ASAP.

**Attached to your e-mail are copies of each of scripts for all three sets. You will need to print out a copy of your script(s) to bring with you to the read-through tomorrow.

Below are the cast lists:

Glee!: The Musical
  • Will: Jack Utrata
  • Rachel: Olivia Myrick
  • Finn: Wesley Miller
  • Emma: Emily Ellis
  • Sue: Rosalee Lewis
  • Kurt: Adam Pasour
  • Mercedes: Cierra Hinton
  • Artie: Ben Muller
  • Tina: Jessica Cruz
  • Quinn: Caroline Bowden
  • Puck: Jo Saberniak
  • Brittany: Kayla Lively
  • Santana: Maria Palombo
  • Mike: Brainard Burrus
  • Matt: Edmund Poliks
  • Kristin Chenoweth: Ben Phillis
A Very Tarantino Musical:
  • The Bride (Uma Thurman): Jessica Sorgi
  • Samuel L. Jackson: George Barrett
  • "Stage Manager": Melissa Parker
  • Elle Driver (Darryl Hannah): Mackenzie Webel
  • Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox): Dominique Barnes
  • Nikki Bell (Vernita's Daughter): Cierra Hinton
  • Hattori Hanzo (Sushi Chef): Andrew Isenhour
  • O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu): Ashley Dean
  • Donny Donnowitz (The Bear Jew): Ben Muller
  • Go-Go (Crazy Chick): Kelsey Reinhard
  • Vincent Vega (John Travolta): Cam Nadler
  • Budd (Michael Madsen): Alex Thompson
  • Pai Mei (played by Lt. Aldo Raine): Ben Phillis
  • Bill (played by Col. Hans Landa): Jo Saberniak
  • Bebe (The Brides Daughter): Kaitlin Baden

Mean Girls: The Musical:
  • Cady Heron: Devon Haas
  • Janice Ian: Allison Rae Stewart
  • Regina George: Mackenzie Webel
  • Gretchen Weiners: Hayley Wright
  • Karen Smith: Cydney Swofford
  • Ms. Norbury: Jessika Brust
  • Rainbow Child: Mary Morris
  • Aaron Samuels: Jack Utrata
  • Damien: Andrew Isenhour
  • Principal Duvall: Ben Phillis
  • Coach Carr: Nathaniel Linger
  • Chorus:
    • Josh Peterson
    • Hunter Grey
    • McKinney Brown
    • Turner Popalis
    • Anna van Venrooy
    • Meredith Parks
    • Dominique Barnes
    • Hayley Scruggs
    • Kallie Wray
    • Sharon Lin

Please do not forget to e-mail Elissa Rumer at to accept your role, as well as to print off your scripts prior to tomorrow evening's read-through.

Congratulations to all of those who were cast, and thank you to all who auditioned. We hope to see each and every one of you next week at auditions for All Shook Up.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Auditions, Auditions, Auditions!

Check out the press release below for the Spring production of "All Shook Up!" Check out our "All Shook Up" facebook event, and don't forget to also audition for "Broadway Melodies 2011" this Monday and Tuesday!


The University of North Carolina Pauper Players is announcing auditions for our spring production, All Shook Up, directed by Nick Culp and music directed by Grace Lloyd. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 18th, and Wednesday, January 19th, with callbacks on that Thursday, January 20th. Auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday will take place in Hill Hall, room 107. Callbacks on Thursday will held in Person Chorale Hall. Please note that sign-up sheets will be available in the Union Hub beginning this first week of the semester, and tentative show dates are Friday April 1st through Tuesday April 5th in the Historic Playmakers Theater.

Please note that for this specific audition, everyone should bring a 1-2 min selection of a musical theatre standard that shows off your vocal range and quality. Please bring sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided; a resume is optional. There will be no scales done prior to your audition, so please plan accordingly. In addition, please be prepared to dance, preferably on the night that you sing. The dance auditions will be held that Tuesday and Wednesday from 9PM-10PM. Everyone will be required to come to one of the dance auditions; please be dressed appropriately.

Break legs!

Please contact Executive Directors--Elissa Rumer, Olivia Myrick, or Ben Boecker--at for further comments or questions; or please feel free to peruse the Pauper Players' website for additional details (