Auditions | posted October 22, 2013
(a play with music)
by Claudia Shear
directed by Lee Hamby
musical direction by Zeek Smith
AUDITIONS: Sunday, Nov 3 at 5pm
Performance Dates: January 24 – February 9
1 female / 2 males : ages 25-45. all characters play multiple roles
ABOUT THE PLAY
Dirty Blonde is a play with music. Part Mae West docu-drama, part love story, and part vaudeville, the story centers on Jo, an aspiring actress who admires West for her determination to beat the odds. She, along with two male cast members, regale audiences with re-enactments of the turns of West’s showbiz career in a celebration of Mae West’s independence and bravely bawdy spirit. “I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde.”.
WOMEN: be prepared to do a Mae West impersonation
MEN: be prepared to do a W.C Fields impersonation
ALL: Please prepare 32 bars of a Vaudeville, Old Standard or Golden Age Broadway style song. Also be prepared to read from the script.
Auditions | posted June 21, 2013
SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
stage and musical direction by Zeek Smith
AUDITIONS: Saturday, Sept 7 at 2pm
Performance Dates: December 6, 7, 13, 14, *15, 20, 21, *22
1. Please bring two (2) contrasting songs from the musical theatre repertoire written after 1990. Music from the show is accepted. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. A cappella and CD/MP3 auditions will not be considered.
2. Please provide a resume and headshot as well as scheduling conflicts from Sept-Dec.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend
MAN #1 D to High C (w/ extension to F)
MAN #2 Low F – High A (2+ octaves)
WOMAN #1 Low F – High G (2+ octaves)
WOMAN #2 Low F – High G (2+ octaves)
Earlier this year ABET staff were thrilled to be awarded the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Arts and Cultural Education Grant through the Jacksonville Cultural Council for a second time. This was given in order to implement a second inter-generational Reminiscence Theatre Project. As before, Creative Drama Students from the Saturday morning class partnered with a group of seniors from the Bennie Furlong Senior Centre in Jacksonville Beach.
The seniors took part in a twelve week reminiscence project at the center, which began on Friday, January 18 and ran until April 5. The purpose of this group was to explore, share and celebrate their lives and memories in a group. On February 2 and 9 they visited the children at the theatre and shared stories with them about their unique childhood memories. Then the children, during their Saturday morning class, began the process of dramatizing some of the stories told to them during those gatherings. In addition, local seniors with a professional background in theatre joined the Saturday rehearsals to lend their expertise in direction, acting, vocal coaching, video, set design and dancing to the production.
On April 13 and 14 the seniors who took part, and their families and friends, were invited to come to the theatre as honored guests to see the performance that they so generously contributed material to and to further celebrate their lives. The performance was made up of four vignettes set in 1941, 1945 and 1959. The performance was entitled THE PAST AS PRESENT 2.
Both aspects of Project were facilitated by Aine Healy-Richardson who has a background using Reminiscence work as part of her role as an Occupational Therapist working with Seniors in London and Ireland and who runs the Children’s Creative Drama Workshops at ABET.
“I am so grateful to the sponsors for recognizing this innovative way of working with the children, who’s educational goal is to learn how theatre comes from real life stories and how that process comes about. Because the children hear the stories orally, and directly from the story-tellers, they are hugely excited to receive their scripts once the story-lines have been agreed upon. You can see how gratifying it is for them to see the stories come to life. The same looks are reflected in the eyes of the seniors when they see their stories come to life on stage. The members of the Reminiscence Group have been very vocal about their appreciation of the time afforded to them to look back and reflect on their lives and the opportunity to share their memories with the children in this way. The additional focus on reaching out to seniors with a background in theatre to come forward to help with the production enhanced the project immeasurably and made it a truly inter-generational journey”. ~ Aine Healy-Richardson
Comments from the Reminiscence Group members
“It’s been wonderful to hear the memories of other seniors. Reminiscing as a group helped me to get back in touch with that younger spirit within me and helped me to see how interesting our senior citizens are. I think it reminded all of the seniors of how much we still can share with and benefit others. It’s great to know that companies like yours (Blue Cross and Blue Shield) are helping children to learn how to work with others to create something like this play. You’re giving them positive directions for the future.” ~ Chris Hayden
“This was my first time to take part in a Reminiscence Group and it was a wonderful experience. The whole activity brought back so many memories that would probably have remained hidden had it not been for this group and the Children’s questions.” ~ Maura Wilburn
Comments from the Children
“It was very interesting to learn about how in the past, people were masters of recycling. Everything was reused and nothing was wasted. I really enjoyed talking to the seniors and learning about the past. History is one of my favorite subjects, so hearing about personal experiences from a person instead of a text book point of view was brilliant.” ~ Samantha Selders
“The Reminiscence project has been a terrific experience! I learned a great deal of American history along the way, from victory gardens to the theme to Bonanza.” ~ Jack Tucker
“I have never worked with seniors before and it was very fun learning about victory gardens and party lines. I’m glad we have cell phones now and that we don’t have to sit still to talk on the phone. I liked to hear about their greatest adventures and their households. They had to travel by bike and train a lot! I liked learning about their childhood and I love the yakkity yak!” ~ Tess Miller
“I learned about how important things we take for granted were back then. Like for example, hair curlers, chocolate and a refrigerator or ice box. I also think it’s cool how different life was back then and how different it is now. I also enjoyed the rehearsals and listening to the seniors tell us their stories.” ~ Cady Dorrian