Auditions | posted November 4, 2014
by WILLY RUSSELL
directed by DAVE ALAN THOMAS
AUDITION DATE: Monday, December 8 at 6:30pm
PERFORMANCE DATES: March 13-29
THE PLAY: Musical. The captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate, and a mother’s haunting secret.
Please arrive early to fill out paper work. If you have a headshot and a resume, they are appreciated, but not required. A callback, if absolutely necessary, could be held on December 9th.
All actors auditioning will sing first: Prepare 16-32 bars of an uptempo selection (preferably in the style of the show) that showcases your voice. Also prepare one contrasting selection. A Capella and CD/MP3 recording auditions will not be allowed. Performers should bring correctly marked sheet music for the pianist double sided, hole-punched and in a binder. Performers may also provide their own accompaniment (i.e. guitar). Performers who play instruments (especially violin, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet) are strongly encouraged to bring their instrument as well.
After the song, actors may present a prepared 1-2 minute monologue of your choice in a Liverpool (Scouse) accent or a close derivation. If a monologue is not available, actors may read a short side from the script.
Following the reading, some actors may be asked to learn a dance/movement piece. Please wear comfortable clothing that moves well.
MRS. JOHNSTONE: Female, 32-40 (Range: Mezzo)
Has a naturally maternal character, embracing new life and being a caring person. Often makes rash decisions on impulse rather than thinking carefully over the consequences of her actions. She has a strong, generous character knowing almost instinctively what’s right and wrong, although her circumstances make it hard for her to be a straightforwardly ‘good’ person. She is uneducated and is superstitious.
NARRATOR: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Rock Tenor, G3-G4)
“Did y’ hear the story of the Johnstone twins?” Takes the audience through the important sections of the story. Truthful, yet ominous at times. Also appears as Milkman 1, Gynaecologist, Bus Conductor, Milkman 2, Teacher, Rifle Range Man.
MRS. LYONS: Female, 30’s (Range: Mezzo Soprano, B3-D5)
Mrs. Johnstone’s employer. Kind with good intentions, but puts herself first—no matter the cost. She adopts Edward out of desperation towards her own insecurities. She is a compulsive liar who gets in over her head.
MR. LYONS: Male, 30-40 (Range: Ensemble/Non Singing)
Proper Gentleman from the upper class. He is tricked into thinking his wife has had a child while he was on an extended business trip. Constantly busy, and leaves the homely responsibilities up to his wife.
MICKEY: Male, Plays 7*-20’s (Range: Bari Tenor, D3-E4)
Blood Brother raised in the poor part of town by Mrs. Johnston. A trouble maker pressured by the rules of society.
EDWARD: Male, Plays 7*-20’s (Range: Tenor, D3-A4
Blood Brother raised in the upper class by Mrs. Lyons. Grows up with a privileged life due to his foster parents—From his opportunities with education to women.
SAMMY: Male, Plays 7*-20’s (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Mickey’s Brother. A bully and bad influence on Mickey. Constantly a trouble maker.
LINDA: Female, Plays 7*-20’s (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible
A lovely girl from the neighborhood. Finds the attention of both Mickey and Edward.
Catalogue Man, Finance Man, Children*, Policemen, Neighbors, Wedding Guests, Doleites, Councillors, Nurses, Judge
*Please note that the young roles will be played by adult actors acting as children.
Auditions | posted August 19, 2014
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
written by Ken Ludwig
directed by Bradley M. Akers
AUDITION DATE: Sunday, September 28 at 2:00pm
PERFORMANCE DATES: December 5-21
THE PLAY: Based on the holiday classic, takes you on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! “A momentum and ebullience worthy of the Pixar era animate this world-premiere play… Such a playful spirit romps through ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, you might think the show itself was a product of Santa’s workshop.” – The Washington Post
AUDITION INFO: The audition will consist of cold readings from the script and a physical comedy movement section.
3 Men, 2 Women
Ages are suggested by the script and director. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.
UNCLE BRIERLY (50s – 60s) A bit of a portly man with a hearty laugh and a charming smile. Brierly is the kind of man who is everyone’s uncle and is just the kind of man you want to be around at Christmas time. The actor playing Brierly will also play Sir Guy of Gisbourne.
EMILY (10 – 15) A little girl with a zest for living! Her passion, energy and playful nature shine brightly, making her the perfect addition to a Christmas family. Casting Note: We will consider teenagers and young adults.
AMOS (10 – 15) A mouse who is calm, cool and collected…on the surface! Underneath, he is the embodiment of a nervous mouse. The actor playing Amos will also play Amos of Kansas. Casting Note: We will consider teenagers and young adults.
CALLIOPE (20s – 30s) An elf with the true embodiment of Christmas magic. She is loving, sweet and nurturing. The actor playing Calliope will play Britannia Sneed.
MULCH (20s – 40s) The side-kick to Sir Guy of Gisbourne. He is clueless and dorky, which leads to a madcap adventure! The actor playing Mulch will aslo play Wendell Sneed and Santa Claus.
SIR GUY OF GISBOURNE: An ex-elf who is too wicked for the North Pole to handle. “The fallen Angel”.
BRITANNIA SNEED: A whacky friend of Uncle Brierly’s. Married to Wendell Sneed, the ideal candidate will be able to experiment with different dialects.
WENDELL SNEED: A whacky friend of Uncle Brierly’s. The ideal candidate will be able to experiment with different dialects.
AMOS OF KANSAS: The Western twin of Amos. He is philosophical and very relaxed.
Auditions | posted August 5, 2014
ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS
by Richard Bean
directed by JC Wells
Sat, Aug 23 from 1-4 pm and Sun, Aug 24 from 3-6 pm
Casting is age flexible, cold reading from the script
CAST OF CHARACTERS
The show is Commedia dell’arte. Character types are in parenthesis
CHARLIE ‘CHARLIE THE DUCK’ CLENCH: 50s, Brighton based but originally London (Pantalone)
PAULINE CLENCH: his daughter, Brighton (Clarice)
HARRY DANGLE: 60s, crooked attorney, Rottingdean / tries to be posh Brighton (Lombardi). Partner in Dangle, Berry and Bush attorneys.
ALAN: the son of Dangle (Silvio)
DOLLY: 30s, an employee of Clench, Brighton (Smeraldina)
LLOYD BOATENG: 50s, a friend to Clench, Ex London/Jamaican (Brighella)
FRANCIS: Essex Boy (Truffaldino)
RACHEL CRABBE: mid-20s, London (Beatrice Rasponi; 1st Master)
STANLEY STUBBERS: mid-20s, Home counties, privately educated (Florindo Aretusi; 2nd Master)