May 1, 2022

Merely Players’ Studio Series Presents:


Rehearsal dates: June 27 – July 1, 2022, and July 4 – July 7, 2022

From 12 PM to 4 PM

Performance dates: July 8 and 9 at 7 PM

Rehearsals and performances at Merely Underground

Age range: 8th grade through College in 2022-23


The Merely Players’ Studio Series is an exciting addition to our annual mainstage shows, developed with the intent of fostering local talent and providing theatre artists and community audiences with an array of theatrical experiences and opportunities. The Studio Series is designed to inspire artists who are a part of our artistic company to envision and develop their own theatrical projects, with the encouragement, mentoring, resources, and financial support of Merely Players.


Tell Me About This Show:

DAMSELS is a free opportunity to participate in a musical intensive experience where each actress will get personal coaching on voice and character.  The show uses original music numbers to tell the stories of famous tragedies throughout western literature from a female perspective. It features 4-6 female leads who are able to sing and act. The play is targeted at young adults and appropriate for teenagers, covering serious issues in a sensitive manner. PG-13.


Who’s behind it?

Anya Klumpenhower, a theatre major attending Covenant College, wrote this show by combining stand-alone songs with an abstract musical format. A Merely Players regular, she has previously guided youth theatre at DAC and at Troupe 1096. She brings her experience to direct and produce this show locally.


Who’s in it?

Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Lucy (Dracula)

Bertha (Jane Eyre)

Justine (Frankenstein)

Ophelia (Hamlet)

Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)

Desdemona (Othello)

Cordelia (King Lear)

Pandora (The myth of Pandora)

Eurydice (The myth of Orpheus)

Helen (The Illiad)

Calypso (The Odyssey)


We also welcome techies!



June 27 – July 9, 2022

Rehearsals 12 PM – 4 PM at Merely Underground. A Rehearsal Schedule with specific calls will be distributed before the first rehearsal.

Performances on July 8th and 9th at 7 PM

Directed by Anya Klumpenhower



 Submit auditions by May 15, 2022

Send auditions and any questions to

 For your audition, please submit a video of yourself performing around 32 bars of a song from a modern musical or pop song, preferably something with a more serious tone. Since this show is mostly singing, this video also serves as your acting audition, so make sure to be expressive in your body as well as your voice.

Fill out the following information and submit this page along with your video:


Phone number:

Age/year in school in fall of 2022:

Approximate vocal range:

Voice type (soprano, alto, etc):


List any schedule conflicts during the rehearsal period  (please note that conflicts may prevent you from being cast):

List any recent acting or singing experience, or attach a resume.

February 8, 2022

The Merely Players production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 has been cancelled for this season. We will be contacting all ticket holders. Thank you for your understanding.

January 11, 2021

We are pleased that Merely Players won several 2021 Broadway World Denver Awards:

Best Direction Of A Play

Mona Wood-Patterson / Liz Gray – MEN ON BOATS

Best Performer In A Streaming Play


Best Sound Design Of A Play Or Musical

Anthony Kingsley – MEN ON BOATS

Best Costume Design Of A Play Or Musical

JoAnn Nevils – MEN ON BOATS

Most Anticipated Upcoming Production Of A Play


We appreciate the kindness of everyone who voted for Merely Players’ shows, and we congratulate the award recipients. Here’s to more exciting theatre in 2022!

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