Performing Arts

We’re excited to announce that auditions for this year’s lineup of Templeton Players Productions will take place on Thursday, April 21 (6-8:30PM) and Sunday, April 24 (4-6PM) at Fenimore Art Museum.

This year, the program continues to evolve, with two exciting new productions: a recently unearthed farce from the 19thcentury, and a new musical version of Box and Cox with a score by Arthur Sullivan, accompanied by a period pump organ!

This is also a paid acting opportunity! Each actor will receive $75 per performance day as part of the Templeton Players Troupe!

Curious about what the program is like, or what’s going to be different this year? Read on!

What are The Templeton Players?

The Templeton Players are The Farmers’ Museum’s resident theatre troupe. For several months each summer (July to early-September) we have separate casts in rep, performing rotating two period productions on our bucolic open-air Leatherstocking Stage. Rehearsals will take place in May and June, with performances in primarily in July/August. Casts perform exclusively on Saturdays or Sundays, and typically, actors are assigned one performance day every week(though we remain flexible to accommodate schedules), which features two performances on the stage in our Country Village’s Tavern Green.


How do I sign up for an audition?


  • If you would like to sign up for an audition slot, please click on the link below and write your name next to whichever date and time you prefer. Without singing up on this form, we will not be able to guarantee you a slot. If you are unable to open the shared document at this link, please let me know in an email reply, and I will get you signed up for any available slot of your choosing!
  • If you have a short piece prepared (approximately 2 minutes or less), and would like to perform it at your audition, you are absolutely encouraged to do so! If you do not, don’t worry, we will have a selection of sides (below) for you to read/sing from each play. An accompanist will be present to play for you should you be interested singing a selection from Cox and Box.
  • If you want to familiarize yourself with the scripts, you’ll find drafts of both below!


2022 Templeton Players Productions:


    Cox & Box: A Musical Comedy

    • Based on the play by John Maddison Morton, adaptation by F.C. Burnand, music by Arthur Sullivan
    • Directed by Mike Tamburrino
    • Casting Breakdown: 3 male-identifying characters, but gender-blind casting will be a consideration as long as you can sing the role.
    • Vocal Types:
      • Cox – Baritone
      • Box – Tenor
      • Sgt. Bouncer – Bass
    • Synopsis:
      • Conniving landlord Sgt. Bouncer, after realizing that his two tenants (Mr. Box and Mr. Cox) have opposing schedules, desperately tries to maintain a scheme where the two men share the exact same apartment. However, it only takes one oversight before his plan begins to crumble…
    • Script:
      • Linked above, though the shortened version attached is not final! Vocal score and sides also linked above!
    • Recording:
  • Petticoat Perfidy

        • by Sir Charles Young
        • Directed by Mike Tamburrino
        • Casting Breakdown:
          • 3 female-identifying characters, but gender-blind casting will be a consideration.
        • Synopsis:
          • When Mrs. Mountrevor returns home from a journey abroad, she decides to throw a lavish party for all her friends… to which no one shows up. As she and her quick-witted French maid Juliette scramble to make it appear that her drawing room has recently hosted gaggles of socialites, they receive an unexpected visit from an old acquaintance, the pompous Mrs. Norwood Jones, who brings an unwelcome bit of news with disastrous and hilarious results!
        • Script:
          • Linked above! Along with sides!

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