Siblings Vanya and Sonia gave up their chances to have a normal life in order to care for their elderly parents while their older sister, Masha, became a glamorous movie star. Their quiet lifestyle is interrupted when Masha comes home for the weekend with her hunky new boyfriend and turns their world upside down with a startling piece of news.

Make plans now to join in on the fun by attending auditions for:

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

When: January 28, 2017

Where: Looking Glass Playhouse

Time: 1 P.M.

Production Dates: March 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, & 19, 2017

Auditions will consist of a cold reading of the script.

For more information, please contact the director.

Jason Koonce

(618) 799-8638

4 Women:

Sonia and Masha – 40-60s

Nina – 18-late 20s

Cassandra – 18+

2 Men:

Vanya – 40s-60s

Spike – 18 to early 30s*

*Due to the fact that the character spends large portions of the show in his underwear, no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to audition for the role of Spike.*

Vanya- (40-60s) Brother to Sonia and Masha. Vanya has spent his entire adult life at home taking care of his aging parents. He is mostly at peace with the way his life has turned out, but is bothered by how modern society has become so dependent on convenience, which is shown in his play and outburst in Act Two. He is very easygoing and does his best to appease both his sisters and often gets caught in between them.

Sonia (40-60’s)- Vanya and Masha’s younger adopted sister. Sonia has spent her adult life caring for her aging parents and forgot to have a life of her own in the meantime. She is deeply unhappy and upset about this fact. She is very insecure about herself, especially when she compares herself to Masha. She is very hotheaded and prone to outbursts when she thinks she is being mistreated or that her life is unfair. During the play, she comes into her own and figures out how to shine apart from Masha. Must be able to do a passable Maggie Smith impression.

Masha (40-60’s)- Oldest of the three siblings. She is a C-list movie star that starred in an action franchise called “Sexy Killler” that has made her rich and famous. She is VERY glamorous and used to hogging the spotlight from everyone and getting her own way. Despite her success, she is somewhat vulnerable about the fact that she was never a “serious” stage actress. Because of her relationship with Spike, actress must be comfortable with physical intimacy (TBD after casting).

Spike (18-early 30’s)- Masha’s much younger, aspiring actor boyfriend that she has been dating for three months. He is VERY comfortable with his body and likes to show it off to others. He is a typical millennial and while generally a nice guy, he can be a little bit of a bro at times. Although he is genuinely attracted to Masha, his eye likes to wander and he often teases her by flirting with Nina and Vanya . Because of his relationship with Masha, actor must be comfortable with physical intimacy (TBD after casting) and must be at least 18 in order to audition. Must be willing to walk around in some form of underwear.

Nina (18-late 20’s)- Niece of Vanya and Sonia’s neighbors. Nina is an aspiring actress and is a huge fan of Masha. She is very innocent and naïve and thinks everything is sunshine and rainbows and has no clue about the harsh realities of life. She is very well read in classic literature, but has strangely never seen Snow White. She forms a deep friendship with Vanya and performs his play for everyone in Act Two.

Cassandra (Any age)- Vanya and Sonia’s cleaning lady. Like her Greek mythology namesake, Cassandra is psychic and makes predictions about the lives of the other characters. Her predictions are mostly right, if not always coherent or on topic. She practices voodoo and may or may not actually ever clean.

RockyHorror family

Cassie Gillespie, left, as Columbia, Leigh Reidelberger as Magenta, Russ Reidelberger as Frankenfurter and Brian Scheppler as Eddie in The Looking Glass production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on stage Aug. 5 and 6. Emily Knowles Provided.



Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical rendition of Verdi’s original 1871 opera Aida brings the message and story to a more modern level of theater. The musical Aida contains all the key elements for a powerful story. This is a passionate and tragic love story between the heroine Aida, a Nubian princess, who has been captured by the Egyptians, and Radames, a captain of the Egyptian army. We watch their romance evolve through backdrop of war, plundering, and oppression. Then we meet Aida’s Egyptian counterpart, the princess Amneris, who is presently engaged to Radames. The backdrop of war and violence is symbolic of the war that occurs within Aida, Radames, and Amneris as they struggle to come to terms with the choices that they must make not just for themselves, but for each other and their people.  Will this Pyramid Love story have a happy or tragic ending?  Sit back as the story unfolds and enjoy your trip to ancient Egypt.  


As with any large scale effort, this one wouldn’t have come to fruition without the hard work of SO many people. Love to my wife Kim, daughter Sophia, all of the parents, guardians, actors, techies, musicians and last but certainly not least, my PHENOMENAL production team.  Surround yourself with people you enjoy working with, and it won’t seem like work at all.  I hope you all know how much I value your talent, efforts, imagination and friendship.


Fun Facts

  • AIDA is well known as an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. It opened in 1871 to great critical and commercial acclaim and continues to be performed as an opera around the world today.
  • AIDA was initially conceived as an animated film by Disney executives; however, Sir Elton John suggested it be turned directly into a stage production instead.
  • AIDA premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000 and ran for nearly 2,000 performances.
  • Heather Headley originated the title role and won both the Tony Award® and Drama Desk for her performance.

AIDA has been performed all over the world including Germany, Australia, Hungary, Brazil, China and New Zealand, and translated into fifteen languages. The show has yet to be performed professionally in the UK despite it being the home country of both the lyricist and composer, Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice.


This classic story centers around Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wis to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves farther away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.


Audition Date: Saturday March 12, 2016 1 P.M.
Performance Dates: May 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
Candidates for roles must be prepared to sing 16 measures of an upbeat Broadway tune with our accompanist (please bring sheet music, no accapella or recorded music), and do a cold reading from the script.
For more information please contact directors
Glenn Saltamachia
Anne Ecker
Who: the Looking Glass Playhouse
What: upcoming production of The Glass Menagerie
When: March 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2016…Performances are at 7:30 except Sunday matinees which are at 2:00
Where: 301 W. St, Louis St., Lebanon, Il…618-537-4962…
The Looking Glass Playhouse is proud to present the encore performance of Tennessee Williams’ touching classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” as the 4th show of the 2015-16 season. The talented ensemble includes Colin Dowd as Tom, Rachel Mullis as Amanda, Joanna Ferbrache as Laura, and Benjamin Hopkins as Jim.  Dan Schmid directs, with assistance from Dawn Schmid. Brad Sanker designed the set. Lights are by Jason Koonce and Kelly Schmid did costumes. Emma Breckel is stage manager and Anne Ecker produces.
Production dates are: March 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2016.  All shows are at 7:30 except our Sunday matinees which are at 2:00. 
Reservations are encouraged and may be made through our online ticketing service although patrons without Internet access may still place orders by telephone at 618-537-4962.  Please remember, though, that there will be no return calls made for ticket sales made through our telephone lines, except for groups, season ticket exchanges, or in the event that a show is sold out. Sales made through our online ticketing service allow patrons to select their own seats on the evening that is best for them. Internet customers will also receive online confirmation of  their seats. Please see our website for further details: 

Every year during Christmas Carol we raffle off a very special gift to one of our patrons, two tickets for the remainder of the season, that is a $72 value.  This year we are very excited to announce our winner, Ruby Ferren. Thank you to everyone who entered, and thank you to everyone who made this years Christmas Carol such a success. This production is one of the Looking Glass Playhouse’s biggest fund raisers and we couldn’t do it without all of you.

Thank you, merry Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Bryan Rauckman

As I was sorting out the “Christmas Carol” rehearsal schedule, I started to mutter to myself, “Why on earth am I doing this again?” But when the night of our first rehearsal dawned and I saw the excited faces of all our new children and families… and I saw how our “Christmas Carol” veterans hugged and joked about years past…I remembered why…. “Christmas Carol” is not just another show of production… is is less about music of lines of dance… and more about connection between people…. Connections that are new and shiny and bright…and connections that are maybe a little “rusty”…a little worn…but connections that have stood the test of time… Not just between cast and crew but also our audience members who come every year to “linger longer” with the cast and share a cookie or two and some warm cider….And so I dedicated this production to all of you whom “Christmas Carol” is not merely a show… but a tradition… a tradition of love and respect and Family…a celebration of friendships new and old…a connection to the lives we’ve lived… the lives we have… and the lives and loves and friends yet to come…. God bless us, everyone!

Gigi Dowling Urban

By 1840 Charles Dickens was considered the greatest author in the English speaking wold. Dickens was touring America in 1842 and while visiting St. Louis, expressed a desire to view one of our famous Midwest prairies. Arrangements were made for Dickens and his entourage to visit the Looking Glass Prairie outside Lebanon. Dickens first traveled to Belleville and then to Lebanon where he was a guest at the Mermaid House. The celebrated author wrote of his experiences in his book “American Notes for General Circulation.” While Dickens had very little of a positive nature to note of his travels in the metro east area, he fondly recalled his night in Lebanon and the charming inn owned by a retired sea captain.

American Notes” was not well received by the public. The English had no interest in Dickens American travels and the Americans were offended by his observations. Dickens next book also failed. Dickens was in need of a “Hit.” That is when he struck upon the concept of “A Christmas Carol.” It is important to notes that Christmas, as we know it today with holiday celebrations and decorations did not exist in Dickens time. In the autumn of 1843 Dickens locked himself in his room and within a few short weeks completed “A Christmas Carol.” His agents considered the manuscript another failure and were not willing to undertake the expense of publishing the short story. Dickens, however, felt differently. As a result, the author spent his personal funds to publish the manuscript. “A christmas Carol” went on sale on Christmas morning, 1843 and was an instant success. The initial printing of the story sold out on the first day and three printings were completed by January 1844. Historians credit dickens with bing responsible for restoring the secular importance of Christmas. Today, the names of Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas are known throughout the world. Contrary to local lore, Dickens was clear as to the sources for the sources for inspiration for the short story and those sources did not include his visit to Lebanon or any of his western travels.

This years production of Charles Dickens’ most beloved classic is promising to be a great production. We have many of our favorite cast members returning and lots of new faces we can’t wait to add to our theater family.

With tickets selling out in under two weeks we couldn’t be more excited. For those of you who missed your chance to purchase tickets we will have a waiting list starting one hour before each performance. You must show up at the theater to add your name to the waiting list. In the case that any will call tickets are not picked up 15 minutes before the start of the show those tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis to the people on the waiting list. There is no guarantee that we will be able to fit in everyone that is on the waiting list.


Christmas Carol is more than a show.  Yes it tells the story of Scrooge, but what it really tells is the story of family.  Every year the Christmas Carol family gets together for two weeks and toils over decorations, building set, sewing costumes, learning dances and remembering lines.  On our first set night several of the cast and family members got together to bring the pieces into place.  This year was probably one of the easiest set builds I have seen. While it is not completely done, I can tell already it is truly going to be a beautiful backdrop for our story.  I wish we could share pictures but that would give away some of the special effects we have in store this year.
A huge thank you to the dozen helpers we had on the first construction night.   Also thank you to the team from The Elephant Man for their assistance in prepping the stage and allowing us to reuse several set pieces.  A good stage set helps guide the audience to see our actors in the right time period and right place for the story.  Sometimes we spend hours getting just that right look for something that is only seen for a few moments. I am always amazed by the talent and commitment we see begin the curtains to make everything look so good.
Over the next couple of weeks our prop team will dress the stage with furniture, curtains and a touch of home to bring Scrooges house and work area to life.  Lights will be set to help set the mood and to set the shadows for our ghostly entrances.  By the time the cast is on stage for their first rehearsal the streets of London and the age of Charles Dickens will hauntingly fill the theater.
I hope that you were able to get tickets to this amazing “family” event.  I know that our stage family is excited to tell the story and excited to share the Joy of Christmas with the audience and each other.  As we always say, “the best seats in the house are on stage”.
Brad Sanker
Set Designer
LGP Board Member