Christmas Carol Auditions

September 2nd, 2016


AUDITION DATES:  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM and MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM.  Christmas Carol will be directed by Keith Liles and auditions will consist of readings from the script.  This is a large cast show and we need people of all ages to come out for the show.  All ages from Scrooge to Tiny Tim are needed.  Come and join HRT for all the fun.

Fine Arts Workshop

June 30th, 2016

Next week, our summer workshop for children starts on July 5th.  Everyone at HRT is excited to get started with our great kids!  Our children will be learning about many aspects of theatre while getting ready for a production of Aladdin Jr.  They will perform Aladdin Jr twice at the end of the workshop on July 23rd at 7:00 PM and July 24th at 2:00 PM.  Admission is $8.00 and tickets are available at the door.  Come out and support our HRT kids!

My Way

January 27th, 2016

The show is cast and rehearsals are going great! Come and see Jeri Keith Liles, Eddie White, Wade Hodges and Amy J. Langdon perform all the great music of Frank Sinatra.  Grab your honey and come and enjoy this great show.  We think this show will make a great date night show.

Auditions for The Addams Family

January 18th, 2016


We will have auditions for The Addams Family on February 29 and March 1 at the Stewart Theater at 7:00 PM.  This show needs a large cast.  Please come prepared to sing a short song, dance a little and read from the script.  More information will be posted as we get closer to the dates. 


December 12th, 2015

We are looking for a pianist for our next production of My Way, the Music of Frank Sinatra!  We need someone to play for rehearsals and for the show.  If you are interested, please email us from the website and we will be in touch ASAP!

Opening Night!

November 10th, 2015

We open with two terrific shows on Thursday night!  Come see Twas the Night Before Chrismas and Christmas…Unwrapped!  Come down to the theatre!  Tickets are available at Dunn Area Tourism Authority, online here at the website and at the door of the show.  Show dates November 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 PM and November 22 at 2:30 PM.  Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and youth.

Two Shows for the Price of One!

October 31st, 2015

That’s right.  That is what HRT is giving you for Christmas this year.  Two shows for the price of one.  Not only are we doing our Christmas show, Twas the Night Before Christmas, we have invited the Home Drama Players to present their Christmas show, Christmas … Unwrapped.  So beginning at 7:30, we will have the first show, Christmas…Unwrapped.  We will break for intermission where you can go partake of some delicious snacks in the lobby.  The popcorn always smells so good!  We will follow our intermission with Twas the Night Before Christmas.  A great night of theatre brought to you by your theatre.  Come and support the arts in Harnett County!


October 2nd, 2015

Hi.  I am Dennis McCool and I have the fun task of directing the next show for Harnett Regional Theatre.  It is entitled Twas the Night Before Christmas and was written by one of my favorite stage authors, Ken Ludwig.  This will be the fourth show of Ken Ludwig’s that HRT has put on (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Lend Me a Tenor and The Fox on the Fairway).  I have been involved in all of them so far, acting in one and now directing one of his scripts for the third time.  As previously listed in another post, auditions for this show will take place this coming Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at the Stewart Theater in Dunn, NC located at 114 N. Wilson Avenue.  There is nothing for you to prepare ahead of time.  Readings will be from selected parts of the play itself.  What follows is a short synopsis of the play and then character sketches of the roles available.


Twas the Night Before Christmas is a story we all know and have all probably read growing up, only this version is a bit more exciting.  The play begins with Uncle Brierly attempting to read the traditional version only to be interrupted by a mouse that is in fact stirring.  But, the real fun begins when it is revealed that Santa left both Emily and her mouse friend, Amos off the ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ lists thus skipping their house all together.  At this point, an elf named Calliope comes to investigate and whisks Emily and a reluctant Amos Mouse off to the North Pole to save Christmas.  The ensuing adventure is a hilarious and chaotic mix that includes rogue elves, airplane rides, a case of mistaken identify, a confused Santa, an elf cheer, sword fighting, characters rapping out songs and the quest for Santa’s ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ lists.  There is no shortage of enthusiasm, exhilaration and elation during this Ludwig written adventure.  Designed to appeal to children of all ages (yes, even adults) hopefully it will stir all of you who are young at heart during this time of year to be laughing and singing along with the chronologically youngest in the audience.

Character Sketches:

The play is written for 3 males and 2 females.  Though depending on the number of people auditioning it could be 3 females and 2 men.  This will be explained as you read on.  Three of the roles play two parts and one role plays three.  Again depending on the number of willing participants auditioning, the actual number of people given a role to play may increase.

Uncle Brierly who doubles as Sir Guy of Gisbourne: Age can be anywhere from 35 to 60. He is a jolly man who you would want to be around at Christmas while his counter role is just the opposite.  A dastardly spoilsport who has it out to ruin Christmas for everyone.

Emily: She is Uncle Brierly’s niece. Mid-teenager.  Could be younger if mature enough, could be older if can play younger convincingly.  She is a young girl who has a zest for life.

Amos the Mouse who doubles as his twin brother, Amos of Kansas.  He is cool and calm on the surface but the embodiment of a nervous mouse underneath.  Mid-teens.  Would possibly consider a young adult for the role.  It would be questionable as to whether a younger person would be considered because of the comedic timing required of this character.  But no decision is set in stone at this point.  This is also the role that might be played by a female who would be trousered and would take on the role of the male mice.

Calliope who also doubles as Britannia Sneed:  An elf who is loving, sweet and nuturing and is the embodiment of Christmas magic.  Female, 20’s to 30’s (even though she is 518 years old).

Mulch, the side kick to Sir Guy of Gisbourne, also plays Wendall Sneed and Santa Claus (though it would nice to find a separate actor to portray Santa).  As Mulch, he is clueless and dorky which leads to some madcapped adventures.  Male 20’s to 40’s.

The Doubled Characters:

Sir Guy of Gisbourne:  An ex-elf who is too wicked for the North Pole to handle, the “Fallen Angel”.

Wendall and Britannia Snead:  Married to each other and are the wacky friends of Uncle Brierly. This is a chance for both actors to use different dialets throughout their portrayal of these characters.

Amos of Kansas:  The western twin of Amos the Mouse. Philosophical and relaxed. A good guy to have in a tight spot.

HRT To Present “It’s A Wonderful Life” next Friday

November 5th, 2014

10520909_10152418928816301_2357611005177813475_oHarnett Regional Theatre will present the second show of their 2014-2014 season, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starting November 14th. The show, based on Frank Capra’s film, is directed by Ruth Mills. Performance dates are November 14, 15, 20-22 at 7:30pm and November 23 at 2:30pm at the Stewart Theatre in Downtown Dunn. Admission for the show is $10 for youth and seniors and $15 for adults. HRT will host a “Family Night” on November 20 where all tickets will be $9. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre the night of the performance, Dunn Area Tourism Authority, Glass Doctor of Central Carolina or online at

Regarded as a holiday classic around the world, Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s 1939 short story The Greatest Gift. George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born. It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Awards and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Best Films Ever Made.

Harnett Regional Theatre is a community theatre in Dunn, NC whose mission is to educate and entertain by providing the opportunity for participation in high quality theatre for the people of Harnett County and the surrounding areas.

Fore more information, please visit HRT’s website at

Photo Caption: Pictured Left to Right: Jeannine Beasley (Aunt Tilly), Billy Ray Godwin (Uncle Billy), Tyler Henry (Young George/Pete Bailey), Peter Klisiewecz (Tommy Bailey), Jenna Marie Burkart (Janie Bailey), Krista Wilson (Mary Hatch), Tim Morris (George Bailey), Olivia Godwin (Zuzu Bailey)

“A Christmas Story” To Open This Friday

November 13th, 2013
From Left to Right: Mary Hill (Mother), Alijah Garrett (Randy), Dennis McCool (The Old Man), Noah Massengill (Ralphie)

From Left to Right: Mary Hill (Mother), Alijah Garrett (Randy), Dennis McCool (The Old Man), Noah Massengill (Ralphie)

Harnett Regional Theatre is set to open the second show of their season, “A Christmas Story” this Friday, November 15th. The show is the stage version of the classic holiday film based on the stories of Jean Shepherd and is under the direction of Vicki Wade.

The show continues November 16, 21-23 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 24 at 2:30pm. All shows are at the Stewart Theater in Downtown Dunn. Admission is $10 for youth under the age of 18 and senior citizens over the age of 60. Adults are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre the night of the performance, at the Dunn Chamber of Commerce or RET House Interiors. A special “Family Night” will be on Thursday, Nov 21st where tickets are $9 for that night only.
The cast includes Rick Stephenson (Ralph), Noah Massengill (Ralphie), Mary Hill (Mother), Dennis McCool (The Old Man), Alijah Garrett (Randy), Amy Langdon (Miss Shields), Sam Medlin (Flick/Desperado One), Alexander Klisiewecz (Schwartz/Desperado Two), Evan Wilkins (Scut Farkas/Black Bart), Alyssa Ellen (Helen), Ronnie West (Esther Jane), Rodney Ellen (Santa), Sarah McCormick (Elf), Curt West (Cowboy/Tree Lot Salesman/Deliveryman/Neighbor). The students in the show include Alexis Alexander, Kalista Capps, Carson Edwards, Sydney Johnson, Erin-Elisabeth Taylor, Alex West.
Christmas is coming to Hohman, Indiana, and all nine-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is the legendary official Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock. The problem is that every adult in his life, beginning with his mother, is afraid he’ll shoot his eye out with it. Ralphie’s attempts to persuade Santa and his parents that he should get the Red Ryder gun form the basis for this heartwarming and nostalgic look at growing up in a small town in America in 1938.

Harnett Regional Theatre is a community theatre in Dunn, NC whose mission is to educate and entertain by providing the opportunity for participation in high quality theatre for the people of Harnett County and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit HRT’s website,