Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New York Stage Casting: March 11, 2008, Sponsored by Show Business Weekly

Theatre by the Sea, RI Wed. Mar. 19, 10 AM - 2 PM. At Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26th St. (between. 6th & 7th Aves.) NYC.

Theatre By the Sea (Matunuck, Rhode Island) is casting its 2008 season. Salary, travel, lodging provided. Season includes: Ain’t Misbehavin’, George M!, Evita, and The Producers. Season runs May 13-Aug 31. Seeking: Singers: male and female, 18+, all ethnicities, for all roles. Sign-up begins at 9:30 AM. Singers may be called back to dance March 20; additional callbacks will be held March 20 & 21 if necessary. Be prepared to sing two contrasting 16-bar selections appropriate for the season. Producers will run all aspects of the audition.

Aint' Misbehavin' Vocal Selections: $12.95

George M! Vocal Selections: $11.95

Evita Vocal Selections: $13.95

The Producers Vocal Selections: $19.95

The Comet of St. Loomis, CT Sun. April 6 & Mon. April 7, 7 PM both days. At Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave South Milford, CT.

Auditions are being held for The Comet of St. Loomis by Ed Simpson. 6 roles are available: four male & two female. Actors will read from the script. The Comet of St. Loomis will be directed by Tom Rushen. For more information, email him at ZenRipple@yahoo.com.

Comet of St. Louis

Acting Edition: $7.50 (Call 800 322-0595 to order)

Seussical - Open auditions

Wed. Mar. 26, 10 AM - 4:30 PM; sign-up begins at 9 AM. At Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26th St., 5th floor. NYC. Theatreworks/USA is holding OPEN auditions for Seussical. Equity TYA Tier 2 contract; $460/weekly/ $54 per diem.Be prepared to sing 16 bars of contemporary musical theatre song or something from Seussical. Bring music in the correct key. Piano accompaniment will be provided. Sides will also be provided at the audition. Equity audition procedures are NOT in effect. No Equity monitor provided. Producer runs all aspects of the audition. All actors will be signed on as Assistant Stage Managers. ALL CHARACTERS MUST BE STRONG SINGERS & DANCERS. This is a shortened TYA version of the Broadway musical Seussical. All MUST be versatile singer/actor/dancers with comedic flair. Also must be able to carry tight harmonies. All characters begin as Schoolyard Kids. They are archetypical middle-schoolers. They become animals through imagination rather than prosthetics. All characters are 19-25, but read younger. Seeking: Cat In The Hat: Male or Female. Extremely hip. Impish, mischievous, a tongue-in-cheek quality, a sense of irony, anarchy and mockery. The Cat is a force of good, of humor, of wit, adventure and magic and anarchy! Must be great with creating a variety of characters and accents. Extremely good physical comic. Horton The Elephant: Stocky Male. Bari-tenor. Simple, sincere, somewhat out of place in a hip, cynical world. He’s sincere, earnest, heroic and true to himself. Gertrude: Female. Soprano with mix/belt. She is insecure. She feels she isn’t good enough, pretty enough, talented enough. She is shy. She is awkward. She’s in love with Horton. Requires great physical-comic skills. Mayzie: Sexy, Female. Soprano with mix/belt. Mayzie is selfish and self-centered, and charming. A Teen-Pop Princess. Bosses the Bird Girls around. Knows how to use her femininity to get what she wants. Sour Kangaroo: African-American. Soprano with mix/belt. Very Bossy. A Know-It-All. Sassy and Lively. She travels everywhere with her stuffed kangaroo. Wickersham Brothers: Asian, Latino, African-American, Caucasian, etc. Bari-tenor. They are middle school tough guys who get pleasure out of teasing and tricks, but who would never do anything truly bad. They are gleefully mischievous. Bird Girls: Asian, Latino, African-American, Caucasian, etc. Soprano with mix/belt. Sassy Gal pals who love looking pretty, strutting their stuff, hanging out with that cool Mayzie. Mr. And Mrs. Mayor: Doubling from Wickersham & Bird Girl. Real, decent “Americans” who have read just a little too much Dr. Spock. They need a facility for creating a strong character while retaining their humanity. Must have versatile character abilities. Jojo: A small young man who can play a child. Tenor. An urban kid with an unbridled imagination that enables him to solve problems, find his way, and ultimately save the world. Honest. A little bit mischievous. A dreamer.

Seussical the Musical Vocal Selections

Vocal Selections: $19.95

Bordertown - AEA and non-AEA Directions Theatre Company is holding AEA/non-AEA auditions (AEA Showcase Code approval pending) for a production of a new play, Bordertown, by Steve Ives.Rehearsals begin late March/early April. Show dates are April 23 - May 11 at the 14th St. Theater. Small Stipend. Auditions are by appointment only; sides will be provided. Submit headshots and resumes by email to auditions@redirectionstheatre.com. State in your subject title what role(s) you wish to be considered for. Seeking: Wyatt: 18-year-old busboy at the Last Exit Café, Wyatt somehow balances extreme intelligence with equivalent naivete. He is sensitive, polite and remains hopeful about the world despite the series of unfortunate occurrences which have plagued his life. Sedona: 21-year-old waitress at the Last Exit Café, Sedona is a bona fide spitfire. A beautiful and outspoken hell-raiser, she is crass, clever and colorful. Her omnipresent attitude has somehow gotten her through a life which she always questions, while being too impatient to wait for the answers. George: The crotchety and bitter owner of the Last Exit Café, George is a tough-looking and acting man in his early 40’s. After a life filled with disappointments and let-downs, George has become a bear of a man, rarely smiling or allowing himself to show kindness to the people whom, deep down, he actually cares about. Hank Jones: 50s-60s. An elderly stranger who nobody recognizes, Hank seems to have stumbled upon the Last Exit Café when in fact he is there for a specific reason even he is uncertain of the implications of. Hank is polite and old-fashioned, a throwback to simpler times gone by despite the complex reasons surrounding his presence at the café. Little Mick MacCauley: Late 20s-mid 30s. An underworld criminal thug, Mick makes a living as hired muscle despite his lack of stature. Full of fire, fury and attitude, he is a dangerous man and has no problem letting people know it. Abject nihilism has led him to a life of self-serving amorality, often at the expense of addressing his true self. Not surprisingly, his reasons for being at the Last Exit Café are less than well-meaning. Miles: A wiry man in his early 30’s, Miles and his best friend Otto are on their way to Mexico when a storm forces them off the road and into the Last Exit Café. He is an intense man with a ricocheting stare as if he is being perpetually chased by something. Miles is extremely intelligent and eloquent, likeable despite the fact he seems like a man who could snap at any moment. Otto: A tremendous African American man seemingly in his 30s, Otto is surrounded by mystery, perpetuated by the fact that he absolutely never speaks. He has a very expressive face however, and seems to watch and deeply ponder everything and everyone around him. He arrives at the café with his best friend Miles, whom he shares a past with and is extremely loyal to. Meter Guy: Supposedly arriving to check the meter, Meter Guy is in his 20s or 30s and seems way too intelligent for such a menial job. Conversely, his goofy frenetic energy would be equally at home in a mental institution. Officer Becky Sexton: Late 20s-Early 30s. The local beat cop, Becky comes to the Last Exit Café every evening for the reputedly amazing coffee. She is fond of the café and the small town she has lived and worked in for her entire life, and takes her job of protecting them quite seriously. Her dedication to her job and town have come at the expense of other inner urges, which sometime rear their heads at inopportune moments despite her better judgment. Woman In White: Late teens-mid 20s. Perhaps real and perhaps a figment of Wyatt’s imagination, she reputedly arrives at the Last Exit Café every night at the same time. All that is known of her is that her beauty is only matched by the profound sadness she seems to radiate.

Swing!, Union & Non-Union Surflight Theatre, located 2 hours south of NYC on the Jersey Shore, is seeking submissions for its upcoming production of Swing. Director/Choreographer: Paula Sloan, Casting: Gail Anderson. Rehearsals begin 3/27, Opens 4/11, closes 4/27. Seeking male and female dancers with swing dance training and/or who have done the show before. Send resumes to gail@surflight.org or Gail Anderson, Casting Swing, Box 1155, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Union and non-union performers. Pay.

Mountain Playhouse – OPEN Auditions by Appt. Sat. Mar. 15, and Sun. Mar. 16, 12 - 5 PM, both days. At Green Gables Restaurant, 7712 Somerset Pike. Jennerstown, PA. Driving directions: www.mountainplayhouse.org.

Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, PA, is holding open auditions by appointment for its 2008 season. CORST Z, $672/week minimum. Producer: Teresa Stoughton Marafino. Stage Director: Chan Harris. Choreographer: Jacob Toth. OPEN auditions by APPOINTMENT: For an appointment, call (814) 629-9201 x118. Accompanist provided both days. Prepare a brief comic monologue and 16 bars of a standard Broadway song. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Resumes should include current mailing address, phone number and e-mail address (if performer has e-mail). Theatre’s statement: “As a stock theater, we try to hire a company of players that will appear in as many consecutive productions as possible—with three productions usually being the minimum. However we will hire jobbers for a particular show should the demands of the production require it.” All dates are in 2008.

Stand by Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story by Mark St. Germain. Director: Guy Stroman. First rehearsal: May 20. Runs June 3 - 15. Musical. Tammy Wynette, the woman behind the legend; the first lady of country music. Comic/dramatic story of her triumphs, tragedies and relationships with the five husbands she stood by (including George Jones), her beloved daughters, her strong-willed mother and two of her friends. Includes 26 songs. Seeking: Seeking male actors who play bass, piano and guitar and seeking female actor who plays guitar for: Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Meemaw, George Richey, Young Tammy, Euple Byrd, Don Chapel, Billy Sherrill, Burt Reynolds, Michael Tomlin.

Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith. Director: Daniel Gidron. First rehearsal: June 4. Runs June 17 – 29. Two crooks, three cops and eight doors! Setting: Two adjoining rooms in an economy motel, early AM. Two inexperienced police officers have been sent to videotape a meeting between the local mayor and the town’s accountant, with the aim of uncovering an embezzlement scheme. But the day is not starting off well. Can the cops manage to capture the crooks without resorting to… unnecessary farce? Seeking: Eric Sheridan: male, 30s. Police officer. Bookish, even-keeled guy who finds himself completely out of his element when called upon to express his feelings for a woman, lie to his boss, disguise himself as someone else, and stand up to an armed mobster – while not wearing any pants. Billie Dwyer: female, 20s/30s. Police officer; Eric’s partner. Excitable and entirely unthreatening, she seemingly lacks every skill necessary for police work, but is as eager to succeed as she seems destined to fail. Karen Brown: female, 30s. Accountant; has always taken pride in her accountant-like, professional demeanor – until this morning, when she finds herself filled with a sexual hunger, and unable to keep things in control. Mayor Meekly: male, 50s - 70s. An Innocent, with a capital “I”. Affable, gentle fellow. Not too quick on the pick-up, but a sweet, sweet soul. Agent Frank: male, 20s - 50s. Head of security at Town Hall, and, frankly, the wrong man for the job. Though he presents a gruff exterior – borrowed from some film noir detective, perhaps – he is frequently – and, at moments of crisis, invariably – a man frightened by his own shadow. Todd: male, 20s - 50s. Speaks with a pronounced Scottish accent. A professional hit man. Cool, quiet and perceptive when at his best, but more frequently an angry Scotsman – and the angrier he becomes, the thicker his accent gets, until he is entirely indecipherable. Mary Meekly: female, 50s - 70s. The mayor’s wife. Small in stature and unfailingly sweet, she seems, in every way, the perfect match for her husband.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Music: Alan Menken. Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book: Linda Woolverton. Director: Chan Harris. Choreographer: Jacob Toth. Musical Director: TBA. First rehearsal: June 16. Runs July 1 – 20. Lavish musical based on a classic French fairytale that includes all the songs (plus more) from the animated feature film. Beast, Belle, Lefou, Gaston, Maurice, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Babette, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Ensemble.

Stonewall's Bust by John Morogiello. Director: Daniel Gidron. First rehearsal: July 8. Runs July 22 - August 3. World premiere. Farce about Paul, a professional skeptic from NYC, who accidentally breaks a priceless statue of Stonewall Jackson at a Confederate heritage museum owned by his girlfriend's mother. Embarrassed and fearful, Paul claims the statue “just fell off” the pedestal, setting in motion a series of ever larger lies and misunderstandings that eventually lead to an exorcism on live TV, and a hard choice between his personal safety and the woman he loves. Seeking: Paul Streyker: 28. Liberal Northern city boy, living with Nancy. Ben Stiller type. Content with the status quo. Nancy Weller: 27. Smalltown Southern debutante who has spent most of her years since high school living in a Northern city and loves it. Wishes Paul would propose. Liddy Weller: 58. Nancy’s mother. Old Southern money fallen on hard times. Genteel, likable. Bathsheba Polk: 55. Housekeeper/curator for Liddy. Secretly jealous of Liddy’s place in society. Writes a religious column for the local paper. Kim Polk: 27. Bathsheba’s daughter, assistant editor of the town paper. Ex-cheerleader who is somewhat embarrassed by her poor past and pleased with her current success—particularly snagging Slab. Slab: 29. The town sheriff, engaged to Kim. Nancy’s former high school love. Big, handsome, laconic. Doesn’t trust yankees or liberals, and is unable to distinguish between the two. Earl Templeton: 60. Wealthy televangelist with his own TV show and theme park. Cameraman.

Be My Baby by Ken Ludwig. Director: Tom Schaller. First rehearsal: July 23. Runs August 5 – 17. New comedy. An irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, both in their late 50s, are brought together when his ward marries her niece. When the young couple decides to adopt a newborn baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is, they despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love. Seeking: John Campbell: Mid 50s. Very matter-of-fact and unsmiling. Very Scots. Maud Kinch: English woman, 50s. Rather behind the times. Christy: Man, about 25. Good-looking and likable. Scots. Gloria: 19, American. Rich, vivacious and very sure of herself. One Man and One Woman: Play all other parts.

Glorious! by Peter Quilter. Director: Guy Stroman. First rehearsal: August 6. Runs August 19 - 31. Comedy. Real-life story of a famous soprano, known more for the laugh factor than her musical talents. Florence Foster Jenkins had a passion for singing, but a voice which left audiences crying with laughter. From her bizarre recording sessions and unbelievable recitals to an ultimate triumph at New York's Carnegie Hall - this is a true, heart-warming story about a group of eccentric friends who lived their dreams. Seeking: Florence Foster Jenkins: 60s/70s. Eccentric American lady. Bad singer. Character sings (badly) in the show. Cosme McMoon: Early 30s, male. Pianist (plays in the show, and sings a little). Quiet at first. Agreeable and complimentary. Dorothy / Maria / Mrs. Verrinder-Gedge: Multiple role for one actress. Dorothy: Florence’s friend, of a similar age. Maria: Florence’s Mexican cook and housemaid. Mrs. Verrinder-Gedge: American lady of late middle age.

The Road to Washington: The Making of A Man, The Making of A President by Rob Barron. Director: Chan Harris. First rehearsal: September 2. Runs September 17 – 28. World premiere play for the “Pittsburgh 250” celebration. Depicts the battles of war as well as the personal battles that Washington encountered throughout his life. Act I begins on July 3, 1754 on a battlefield at Fort Necessity, PA and continues with a series of flashbacks. Act II follows Washington through military ventures including the “Massacre of the Monongahela.” Play ends with a series of vignettes documenting Washington’s leadership roles which led to victory in the American Revolution. Seeking: George Washington: male, early 20s. Tall, distinguished, outwardly confident. A leader. Actor must be at least six feet tall. The play is still being written. The Theatre states that “The remaining roles will be “ensemble” parts in which actors will be playing multiple roles.”

Biloxi Blues Tues, Mar. 18, 6 - 10 PM and Wed, Mar. 19, 6 - 8PM. Callbacks will be held Mar. 19 from 8 - 10 PM. At Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY. Appointments are requested, but walk-ins will be welcome.

The Scene Stealers, a Westchester based community theater group, is looking to cast their production of Biloxi Blues written by Neil Simon. Prepare 1-2 minute monologue and headshot if available. Duration: May 1 - June 28. Non-Union. No Pay. Seeking: 9 actors and actresses will be cast, 6 men ages 18-22 (playable) and 1 man 25-50; and 2 women ages 18-22 and 25-45. Visit www.thescenestealers.org for more information. Contact David Cheris at info@thescenestealers.org.

Biloxi Blues

Acting Edition: $7.50

Dear World - Open Auditions by APPT in NYC Fri., Mar. 14, 10 AM - 2 PM, by APPT. At Nola Studios, 250 W. 54th St., NYC.

The Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA, is holding auditions for two characters in its production of Dear World. LOA $439/week minimum. Producer: Susan Atkinson. Artistic Director/Stage Director: Keith Baker. Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman. Book: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Based on Giraudoux’s “The Madwoman of Chaillot.” Choreographer: Greg Daniels. Musical Director: TBA. First rehearsal: April 8. Runs: April 8 – May 18. With significant revisions (in 2006), the show is now a 13-character musical. Theatre’s casting note: “All performers must move and sing extremely well.” Seeking: Gabrielle: One of the three madwoman. Close friend to both Aurelia and Constance. A virgin, but acutely aware of her own sexuality. Carries around her invisible dog, Dickie. Range: low F to high E. Julian: Nina’s love interest. Ardent young man. Intelligent but innocent. Requires a strong actor to complete Julian’s remarkable transformation and journey through the piece. This character grows and emerges right before our eyes. Range: low G# to high F#. The producer will run all aspects of this call. Equity Principal Audition procedures are not in effect, and no Equity Monitor will be provided. For an appointment or to ask questions, contact Adam Goldstein at Adam@brtstage.org or (215) 785-6664. Prepare two 16-bar selections: one up-tempo and one ballad. Music should be appropriate to the style of the show. ABSOLUTELY NO ROCK. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to read sides at the audition. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

Dear World

Dear World Vocal Selections: $10.95