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Auditions for The Sound of Music

posted Mar 28, 2014, 2:54 PM by Jonathan Dunski

Landmark Musicals production of 
The Sound of Music
Directed by Dan Yurgaitis

Rolf Gruber (low tenor or baritone, dance, 17) Potential suitor to Liesl, he is the telegram delivery boy, later Nazi soldier. He is a very pleasant young man, somewhat aggressive but in a gentle way.
Liesl von Trapp (mezzo, dance, 16) The oldest child, who blossoms into a young lady with an interest in boys. She has a maternal edge to her and cares very deeply for her younger siblings.
Friedrich von Trapp (boy soprano, pure singing voice, age 14) He has a tough exterior, very much trying to be "the man" of the family.
Louisa von Trapp (mezzo/soprano, age 13) She displays a rebellious attitude.
Kurt von Trapp (boy soprano ,age 10) He is gentle and mischievous.
Brigitta von Trapp (mezzo/soprano,age 9) She is smart, reads a lot.
Marta von Trapp (mezzo/soprano, age 7)She is very sweet and gentle.
Gretl von Trapp (mezzo/soprano, age 6) She is the youngest and must have the cute factor.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., choreography
12:30-4:30, vocal auditions
Sunday, May 11, 2014
9 a.m.-10 a.m., choreography
10 a.m. -11 a.m., vocal auditions
12 p.m.-3 p.m., readings
4 p.m.-6 P.M., vocal and readings callbacks
To make an appointment:
After 5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays; anytime on weekends
Auditions will be held in the Performing Arts Building,
Sandia Prep, 532 Osuna Road NE

For more info:

Board Meeting

posted Mar 17, 2014, 8:50 PM by PLAY Conservatory   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 8:52 PM ]

Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Apartment Association of New Mexico
6755 Academy Rd NE, Suite B
(In the Academy Office Park between Burlison and Truchas – across from the Arroyo del Oso golf course.

Downloadable Art

posted Feb 11, 2014, 12:04 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 12:19 PM ]

One of our students, Elijah Skenandore, who is 11 (almost), created this art in celebration of PLAY Conservatory.  It's our gift to you.  Click on the image to enlarge and download.

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Won't you consider helping PLAY Conservatory? Make an online donation in the "Show Your Love" campaign.  Click here to donate.

Board Meeting

posted Feb 11, 2014, 11:51 AM by Jonathan Dunski

Saturday, February 15, 2014
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Apartment Association of New Mexico
6755 Academy Rd NE, Suite B
(In the Academy Office Park between Burlison and Truchas – across from the Arroyo del Oso golf course.)

Board Meeting

posted Nov 19, 2013, 9:09 AM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Nov 20, 2013, 8:18 AM ]

Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Apartment Association of New Mexico
6755 Academy Rd NE, Suite B
(In the Academy Office Park between Burlison and Truchas – across from the Arroyo del Oso golf course.)

Director Takes a Beat

posted Nov 13, 2013, 10:53 AM by Jonathan Dunski

I teach my acting students about beats.  A beat in drama is not the same as it is in music.  Most times, a beat means there’s a pause, a moment of silence when no words are spoken.  But it’s more complex than that.  I like to think of a beat as a moment of transition.  It is the moment between moments, really.  At a beat, although nothing may be said verbally, the action is still progressing.  Between the “moment before” and the “moment after” the beat, an inner switch is flipped; a valve turns.  Energy is in flux.  Whether long or short, a beat is packed with meaning.  It’s a moment when the character is discovering, deciding, advancing, or intensifying in some way.  At each beat there is a verb to play.  Sometimes the playwright declares where beats should go in a text; sometimes the director interprets them.  Ultimately it’s up to the individual actor to decide where to place the beats and how to play them effectively.

As a leading player in the PLAY Conservatory story, I’m ready to take a beat.  To take a moment for myself.  So I am embarking on a 12-month sabbatical from my administrative and creative duties for PLAY Conservatory. 

Let me tell you about the “moment before.”  It’s been a highly productive 6 ½ years for PLAY Conservatory.  Since summer of 2007, PLAY Conservatory has mounted 25 productions.  Of those25, I have directed 19.  I have served as producer on all of them, sometimes with the help of another theater company, usually serving as my own marketing manager and playbill editor.  Consider that at least 6 or 7 contracted artists and staff and a fleet of volunteers manage each production, and you can see that countless (mostly volunteer) hours have been invested in establishing the PLAY Conservatory process and product.    

In addition to building our shows, I have served as Board President since the organization became a non-profit business in 2009.  And for the past 12 months, I have doubled (reluctantly) as Treasurer, too.  While it was never a dream of mine to serve as an executive director of a non-profit, those tasks lay before me, and somebody needed to step up to do them.  So I did.  Now my plate has become not just full, but overloaded.  I recognize that by having too many jobs, I’m not being 100% effective at any of them.  And although the organization has grown by leaps and bounds, it is not poised to be sustainable.

I’ve got to give myself a break.  During my sabbatical, I will do all kinds of rejuvenating activities.  Things I love to do, but haven’t been able to focus on:  health and wellness, friendships and family, home and garden, acting and playwriting.

Furthermore, we’ve got to take steps to make sure that if anything were to happen to me, PLAY Conservatory will endure.  So in the next year, PLAY Conservatory will go forward with a new challenge to delegate all the tasks that I had been doing, and ultimately to come up with a business structure that is more sustainable and more balanced.  Now more than ever, we need dedicated and results-oriented people to serve on the board.  We need resources to provide compensation to managers and teaching artists who were previously working either for free or at an undervalued rate.  We should think of PLAY Conservatory as a mainstay of this community, and not as an itinerant one-man show. 

I’m not going away completely.  But I will be scaling back my time investment from 40+ hours per week to about 16 hours per month.  I’m calling on our community of volunteers and artists to make up the difference.

Since the beginning of PLAY Conservatory, the community of parents has been the driving force of this organization.  It was parents who wanted a summer program at St. Pius X High School.  Likewise, parents wanted the organization to be a non-profit.  Parents wanted more variety in our programming.  Parents wanted a rewards system.   I and a handful of dedicated workers delivered such things and more, to build the organization to its current size, serving over 100 students per year at a cost of about $100,000.  Thus I believe that it will be the parents (or grandparents) who will come forward to take the organization into the next stage of development.  One in which we have a business plan, a home studio, and a full time staff.  This effort will require dauntless board members, and a pool of resources as broad as it is deep.

So after 25 plays, I’m taking a beat.  You may not hear much from me, but trust me… things are still happening.  Wheels are turning.  The action is advancing.  And we all can’t wait to see what happens next.


Jonathan Dunski

Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof

posted Nov 6, 2013, 10:21 AM by Jonathan Dunski

Producer MYRA COCHNAR invites the students of PLAY Conservatory to audition for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.


9 PERFORMANCES, March 15-March 30, 2014

The Rodey Theatre on UNM campus

VOCAL AUDITIONS 6:30-10 p.m., Friday, December 13,

2 p.m.-6 p.m.,Saturday, December 14

An accompanist will be provided.  Please bring music in your key.  Songs from the Fiddler on the Roof score are permitted.

To book your appointment, please call Stage Manager VICKI SINGER at 505 417-8600.

Dance call for men, Saturday, 10 a.m-1 p.m.


Location to Be Announced

GARY JOHN LA ROSA, Director and Choreographer

ANDREW ALEGRIA*, Music Director

*Andrew served as Orchestra Conductor for PLAY Conservatory’s “Shrek the Musical”



For full information, go here:

Tevye’s daughters:

Tzeitel: Eldest daughter (19) who takes after her mother. (Mezzo-Soprano: Low B-D sharp).

Hodel: Rebellious and romantic (17).  Strong, emotional singer/actress.  (Mezzo-Soprano: Low B-E)

Chava:  Intelligent thinker; she is Papa's "little bird" (15).Strong actress/singer/dancer. (Mezzo-Soprano: Low B-C)

Sphrintze: to read 10 - 12 years, good actress.

Bielke: needs to read 8 - 10 - years, lovable and adorable.


Motel: a tailor.  Tzeitel's suitor.  Comic, character actor, 20's.  A simple man. A nebbish.  (Baritone or Tenor: E -High F sharp) 

Perchik: a student and revolutionary.  Hodel's suitor, 20's.  Charismatic actor/singer.  Wants to and believes he can change the world. (Baritone: B - High E) 

Fyedka: a Russian soldier.  Chava's suitor, early 20's.  Spunky, smart and handsome and knows it.  Strong actor/dancer/singer.  

Mendel: Rabbi's son.  Narrow minded and stubborn, good actor/singer/dancer, late teens to mid twenties (Baritone: B-E Flat) 

Sasha: a Russian soldier.  Tenor soloist. Needs strong and impressive tessitura for "To Life."  Strong dancer. 

Yeshiva Boys: Two young boys (8 - 12 years old).  Non-singing/speaking.  Appear in one scene only.    


Return of the Cranes Celebration

posted Oct 30, 2013, 3:21 PM by Jonathan Dunski

The Annual Open Space Return of the Cranes Celebration and Information about Sandhill Cranes

In Albuquerque in the fall we celebrate one of our most beautiful and cherished seasonal visitors, the Sandhill Crane.

One of the best places for watching the Sandhill Crane is the Open Space Visitor Center, which is located adjacent to farm fields managed by the Open Space Division as wildlife habitat. Since its official opening in 2006, the Visitor Center has become a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, as it allows for unique views of Sandhill Cranes and other bird species, with the spectacular backdrops of the Sandia Mountains and the Cottonwood forests of the Rio Grande.


Nov 16 & 17, 2013


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM


In Albuquerque in the fall we celebrate one of our most beautiful and cherished seasonal visitors, the Sandhill Crane.
Activities include children's crafts and games, viewing scopes, crafts, workshops, and more!

*Activities include:

Book of Cranes Exhibit
Silk Paintings Exhibit and Sales by Judith Roderick
Waking Up Crane film
Web of Life Foundation
Albuquerque Origami Society
Viewing Scopes
8:00 AMBosque Bird Walk, Judy Liddell & Barbara Hussey, authors of Birding Hot Spots in Central New Mexico
9:00 AM:  Tai Chi with the Cranes, Sifu Dug Corpolongo
10:00 AM:  Cranes for Kids, Wendy Brown, Wildlife Biologist, USFW
11:00 AM:  Silk Painting Demonstration, Judith Roderick, Artist
11:30 AM:   Tin Punch Workshop, Joshua Willis
12:00 PM:  Stories of Wolves, film by Web of Life Foundation founder, Elke Duerr
1:30 PM:  Love in the Bosque, a musical by Phil Bock
3:00 PM:  Love in the Bosque, a musical by Phil Bock
4:00 PM:  Fly-Out Walk at Los Poblanos Fields, Bill Pentler

Performances Cancelled

posted Oct 26, 2013, 3:28 PM by Jonathan Dunski

Both of today's performances of Captain Louie Jr. have been cancelled due to street closure.  Fourth Street will remain closed throughout the night as the investigation of the gunman continues.

If you hold tickets for today's performances, you may exchange them for any of the 4 remaining performances.  We apologize for these cancellations -- truly circumstances beyond our control.

Our thoughts are with the injured police officers and their families.

We hope to see you soon for a happy time at the theater. 

Auditions: To Kill A Mockingbird

posted Oct 7, 2013, 8:21 AM by Jonathan Dunski

Mother Road Theatre Company will hold auditions for children's roles 
for the company's spring co-production with Albuquerque Little 
Theatre for To Kill A Mockingbird, book by Harper Lee, play by 
Christopher Sergel, When: Sunday, October 27th at 2 pm. Director, Staci 
Robbins, is looking for 2 caucasian boys, ages 9 to 12 for the roles 
of JEM and DILL, and 1 caucasian girl, age 8 to 11 for the role of 
SCOUT. Also looking for 3 to 4 African-American boys and girls, ages 8 
to 15 to play TOWNSPEOPLE. 

The auditions will be held at the MRTC 
rehearsal space located at the corner of Jefferson and Osuna (just off 
I25). All children auditioning will be asked to read from the script. 
Please bring resume and photo. 

For more information email:

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