Here’s some basic information that applies to all shows, then the specifics for each. We are so looking forward to seeing you!
Open Auditions: Feb 17 10am-4pm & Feb 18 1-5pm at the Mountain Heritage Center
AUDITION PROCEDURES: Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and have a headshot/resume that details their credentials (plus 16-bars of a song if auditioning for a musical). All actors should be prepared to read from the script. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS: Rehearsals will be held at the Mountain Heritage Center located at 113 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville and at Parkway Playhouse, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive. Performances will be at Parkway Playhouse. Any/all known conflicts should be disclosed prior to or at auditions and confirmed at the first company meeting. Additional calls for the purposes of costume fittings, research, PR, and other issues pertaining to production will be scheduled as needed by the Production Manager/Stage Management.
COMPENSATION: Actors who present a professional audition and meet the associated criteria will be paid a modest stipend.
NOTIFICATION: ASAP via email or phone call no later March 31. Due to time constraints the theatre will only notify those persons we intend to cast. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.
Company Meeting/1st Rehearsal: April 9, 2018
First Tech: April 29, 2018
Performance Dates: May 5-19, 2018 (weekends only)
SUMMARY OF SHOW: Skeptical novelist Charles Condomine invites self-proclaimed medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance, hoping to gather material for a new book. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine’s late wife, Elvira, his home and life are quickly turned into shambles as his wife’s ghost torments both himself and his new bride, Ruth.
AUDITOR(S): Jenny Martin (Director)
CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 2 men, 5 women
Charles Condomine: In his forties, Charles is an intelligent and urbane English novelist. Charles is the husband of Ruth Condomine and deceased first wife, Elvira. Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present. His interest in spiritualism as a subject for a novel leads Charles to ask Madame Arcati to dinner and a seance. He is skeptical but becomes a believe when the ghost of his first wife appears – and stays.
Ruth Condomine: A smart looking woman in her mid-thirties, Ruth is the wife of Charles. She is a bit jealous of Charles’s relationship with his first wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira appears. Ruth acts as a concerned wife, trying to restore Charles to normalcy.
Dr. Bradman: A pleasant-looking middle-aged man, Dr. Bradman is a friend of the Condomines who is invited to dinner and the seance. He is entirely skeptical of anything to do with the occult but tries his utmost to go along with the proceedings for the sake of Charles’ research.
Mrs. Bradman: The wife of Dr. Bradman, Mrs. Bradman is middle-aged and a bit faded. Simple and naive, she is quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating. Madame Arcati: A middle-aged spiritualist, Madame Arcati is a striking woman. She is not too extravagant but has a definite bias toward the barbaric. Elderly but spry, Madame Arcati comes into the play talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. She is eccentric, effusive and boisterous.
Elvira: Charles Condomine’s deceased first wife, Elvira returns as a ghost with a goal. In the process, she makes Charles’s and Ruth’s lives very complicated. Only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she socializes with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth.
Edith: The Condomine’s maid, Edith is always in a hurry. She is nervous and tears around at breakneck speed trying to do things right and make a good impression.
Company Meeting/1st Rehearsal: May 6, 2018
First Tech: May 27, 2018
Performance Dates: June 2-16, 2018 (weekends only)
SUMMARY OF SHOW: This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.
AUDITOR(S): Dwight Chiles (Director)
CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 2 men, 4 woman
Bernard: An American playboy living in Paris, Bernard is happily engaged to three different women, none of whom know about the others.
Gloria: An American airline stewardess from NYC, Gloria is engaged to Bernard. She is a go-getter and sexy.
Bertha: Bernard’s housekeeper. Bertha is always exhausted and exasperated.
Robert: An old time friend of Bernard’s, Robert shows up unexpectedly at Bernard’s Paris home.
Gabriella: An Italian airline stewardess, Gabriella is also engaged to Bernard. She is passionate and feisty.
Gretchen: A German airline stewardess, Gretchen is also engaged to Bernard. She is strong and beautiful.
Company Meeting/1st Rehearsal: May 20, 2018
First Tech: June 24, 2018
Performance Dates: June 30-July 14, 2018 (weekends only)
SUMMARY OF SHOW: The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomesthe neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that
he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
AUDITOR(S): Erika Tyner (Director); Courtney Malone (Music Director); Julie Becton Gillum (Choreographer)
CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 7 men, 6 women, 3 boys, 1 girl, and ensemble
Oliver Twist (male) Age: 8 to 12
Vocal Range: A2-G4
A workhouse boy about 11 years of age.
Fagin (male) Age: 50 to 70
Vocal Range: C2-F3
An elderly receiver – runs training academy for young pickpockets.
The Artful Dodger (male) Age: 14 to 18
Vocal Range: A2-D4
Fagin’s brightest pupil – an undersized 16.
Bill Sikes (male) Age: 30 to 45
Vocal Range: A1-D3
A villain in his prime.
Nancy (female) Age: 20-25
Vocal Range: F2-E4
23 years old – a graduate of Fagin’s academy, and Bill’s doxy.
Bet (female) Age: 14 to 18
Vocal Range: A2-E4
A 15 year old lass in Fagin’s establishment – idolises Nancy.
Mr. Bumble (male) Age: 35 to 60
Vocal Range: C2-A3
A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse.
Mrs. Corney (female) Age: 40 to 55
Vocal Range: C3-G4
A sharp-tongued, domineering widow – the Workhouse Mistress.
Mr. Brownlow (male) Age: 55 to 70
An old gentleman of wealth and breeding.
Mr. Sowerberry (male) Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: C2-E3
Mrs. Sowerberry (female) Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: C3-G4
Mr. Sowerberry’s wife and his overseer.
Charlotte (female) Age 18 to 25
The Sowerberry’s sluttish young daughter.
Noah Claypole (male) Age: 18 to 25
Mr. Sowerberry’s pimply apprentice.
Mr. Grimwig (male) Age: 30 to 50
Mrs. Bedwin (female) Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: C3-B3
The Brownlow’s Housekeeper.
Old Sally (female) Age: 50 to 70
Charley Bates Age: 10 to 18
A boy in Fagin’s establishment.
Ensemble: workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow street-runners, street vendors and crowd, etc.
Company Meeting/1st Rehearsal: June 18, 2018
First Tech: July 22, 2018
Performance Dates: July 28-August 11, 2018 (weekends only)
SUMMARY OF SHOW: A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.
AUDITOR(S): Dwight Chiles (Director); Sarah Fowler (Music Director); Tina Pisano-Foor (choreographer)
CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 5 men, 5 women
Jesus (male) Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.
John the Baptist/Judas (male) He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.
Nick (male) Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.
Telly (male) Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings “All Good Gifts” he must be a very good singer.
George (male) The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.
Anna Maria (female) A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”
Lindsay (female) The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on.
Uzo (female) The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” kind of warmth to her.
Morgan (female) Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in fact once played this role).
Celisse (female) The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar.
Company Meeting/1st Rehearsal: July 29, 2018
First Tech: August 19, 2018
Performance Dates: August 25-September 8, 2018 (weekends only)
SUMMARY OF SHOW: Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.
AUDITOR(S): Michael Lilly (Director)
CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 5 men, 1 woman
Margot Wendice: The charming, naive, and wealthy wife of Tony, Margot has no idea that Tony knows of her past affair with Max, nor does she suspect that Tony is planning to murder her.
Max Halliday: An American murder mystery writer, Tony had an affair with Margot during the time Tony was playing professional tennis tournaments in America. He is still in love with Margot and comes to visit the couple in London.
Tony Wendice: Margot’s husband, Tony is a former professional tennis player who married Margot for her money. He is selfish and arrogant and has an elaborate scheme to murder Margot because of jealousy over a past affair between Margot and Max.
Captain Lesgate: An old schoolmate of Tony’s and a convicted criminal, Lesgate is now being blackmailed by Tony into murdering Margot. He seems willing to do anything for money.
Inspector Hubbard: A British Inspector of Police, Hubbard is a bit eccentric, but thoughtful and thorough.
Thompson: A police officer.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised] has already been cast.
Good luck to you all!