KELSEY THEATRE OPEN AUDITIONS

Kelsey Forward Initiative is committed to actively assisting Kelsey Theatre in advancing an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all productions and programs offered by the resident theatre companies. We acknowledge the need for growth and are committed to learning from our past mistakes. We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, socio-economic statuses, nationalities and abilities. 

 

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Neil Simon’s

Come Blow Your Horn

Come Blow Your Horn is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals

 

Produced by Yardley Players

Producer Marge Swider

Director: Liz Wurtz

Yardley Players and Kelsey Theatre are committed to advancing an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, andante-racism in all productions and programs offered by the resident theatre companies. We acknowledge the need for growth and are committed to learning from our past mistakes. We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, nationalities and abilities.

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Neil Simon’s first show Come Blow Your Horn is set back in 1962. Alan Baker a 30ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare. Alan welcomes rebellious, eager and awkward younger brother into his den of iniquity. The parents lose their temper and minds and can’t understand why anyone would want to move out and live on their own until they are married.

PERFORMANCE DATES

Friday, November 4 and November 11, 2022 at 8:00pm

Saturday, November 5 and November 12 at 8:00pm

Sunday, November 6 and November 13 at 2:00pm

 

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

  • Saturday, August 27 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Sunday, August 28  12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Wednesday August 31 will be callbacks if needed at 7:00pm

Auditions will be held on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus.

MCCC is located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

PREPARE

Cold Readings will be given from the script

QUESTIONS ANDAPPOINTMENTS

AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN APPOINTMENT YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THERE IS AN OPENING. 

*** CALL LIZ WURTZ AT 215-945-4114 ***

CHARACTERS

Roles are open to performers of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, body types, and abilities.

  • Alan Baker – (30’s) Bachelor has women eating out of his hands. Smooth talker everything going his way
  • Buddy Baker – (20’s)  Awkward younger brother trying desperately to get away from his parents. Needs to be able to transform into the smooth talking brother.
  • Mr. Baker  (50 +) Old fashioned, boisterous, things need to be his way. Must have good Comedic timing
  • Mrs. Baker – (50 +) Smothers and Loves her boys. Has written the book on the art of emotional manipulation. Must have good Comedic timing.
  • Connie Dayton – (20’s) Actress who would give it all up to be married. Sensible and Logical. Alan’s main girl
  • Peggy Evans – (20’s) Gullible, Rich, Flirtatious, Ditsy neighbor of Alan’s

THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE

by Mark Brown presented by special arrangement with

DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

 

PRODUCTION COMPANY: The MTM Players

DIRECTOR: Rob Michael Lasky

STAGE MANAGER: Rachel Jenkins

The MTM Players and Kelsey Theatre are committed to advancing an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, andante-racism in all productions and programs offered by the resident theatre companies. We acknowledge the need for growth and are committed to learning from our past mistakes. We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, nationalities and abilities.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The Trial of the 19th Century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England's most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. Some of your favorite Dickensian characters return for a comedic sequel of ‘A Christmas Carol’ of which Charles Dickens himself would approve!

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 at 7pm

Saturday, Dec 10 at 2pm & 7pm

Sunday, Dec 11 at 2pm & 7pm

AUDITION DATES & TIMES:

  • Sunday, October 9, 2022 (11am-5pm)
  • Monday, October 10, 2022 (7pm-10pm)
  • Callbacks – if needed – by invitation only at a date TBD

Auditions will be held on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus. Check the Kelsey Theatre signboard for a room location on the day of your audition.

  • MCCC is located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

Special Information About Auditioning:

  • As of March 7, 2022, proof of Covid-19 vaccinations is no longer required to enter an MCCC facility; however, this may change if the community spread levels increase.  For more information, visit their website http://kelseytheatre.org.  
  • However, for the safety of all involved, ALL Cast/Crew are required to be fully vaccinated (with at least one booster shot) to participate.  Please be prepared to present your Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination Card upon arrival for your audition. We will make a note of it and won’t have to ask for it again once verified.
  • Masks are optional but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to be worn inside the Kelsey Theatre and CM Classrooms unless you are auditioning, rehearsing, or performing.
  • IF YOU TEST POSITIVE OR ARE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE OR ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS, CONSIDER SUBMITTING A VIRTUAL VIDEO AUDITION.

APPOINTMENTS AND QUESTIONS:

You must sign-up for auditions at our sign-up page: http://tinyurl.com/MTMScroogeAuditions

Virtual audition submissions will be accepted until Monday, October 10th at auditions@mtmplayers.org .

The link will also be available under audition information at our website: http://www.mtmplayers.org.

Please email Director Lasky at director@mtmplayers.org with any questions.

PREPARE:

    • 2 to 3-minute classic comic or dramatic monologue (Dickensian-in-nature encouraged). YOU MAY BE ASKED TO STAY TO READ FROM THE SCRIPT – BE PREPARED TO STAY.
    • Photo (We will take your picture if you have none)
    • Resume, if available. If not, fill out and bring the form included in the audition packet.
    • Fill out the included conflict calendar and bring with you to the auditions.    

SEEKING:

Roles are open to performers of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, body types, ages (over 18) and abilities.

Seeking 6 men and 2 women with doubling and tripling for 15 characters. See Character Information for breakdown and splits. Many characters are as you remember from the original ‘A Christmas Carol’ or ‘Scrooge’

All roles are non-Equity and unpaid.

CHARACTER INFORMATION:

Character Breakdown (ALL characters use British accents – Dickensian-Era):

  • EBENEZER SCROOGE (M identifying, of a certain age – miserly, curmudgeonly, Scrooge-like)
  • JACOB MARLEY/BOB CRATCHIT (M identifying, 30s+ DOUBLE ROLE)
  • FRED/CHRISTMAS FUTURE (M identifying, Scrooge’s adult nephew, DOUBLES AS NON-SPEAKING CHRISTMAS FUTURE)
  • CHRISTMAS PAST/FAN/BELLE (F identifying, 20s-30s, TRIPLE ROLE. Must be able to show different characters without leaving the stage. Voice inflections and facial versatility a plus)
  • SOLOMON ROTHSCHILD (M identifying, adult. Defense attorney for the specters. Confident, affable, sincere)
  • JUDGE PEARSON (M identifying, of a certain age – newly crowned King of Humbug – Sarcastic, unmoving)
  • MRS. CRATCHIT/SARA WAINWRIGHT/MRS. DILBER/THE TRANSLATOR (F identifying, 30s+, QUADTRUPLE ROLE. Bob Cratchit’s wife, High Class fundraiser for the poor, Scrooge’s charwoman, and the translator for Christmas Future. Versatile actress needed to show different characters.)
  • THE BALIFF (Mr. Connolly) (M identifying, adult, age non-specific. Comic relief in the courtroom)

REHEARSALS:

  • Rehearsals will begin shortly after the audition process with our read-through and meet-n-Greet.
  • Plan on three rehearsals per week – two weekday evenings which will be determined by cast availability at 7:00pm (No Friday rehearsals) and Sundays at 6:00pm (excluding Sunday, November 27, 2022, for Thanksgiving Weekend).  We may add Saturday morning rehearsal if needed. Not all actors will be required to attend every rehearsal which will be dependent upon the blocking/rehearsal schedule for your character(s).
  • ALL AUDITIONERS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR EVERY TECH WEEK REHEARSAL DEC 4, 2022 – DEC 8, 2022, AND MUST ALSO REMAIN FOR LOAD-OUT FOLLOWING THE DEC 11TH EVENING PERFORMANCE.

 


The Kelsey Forward Initiative is committed to actively assisting Kelsey Theatre in advancing an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all productions and programs offered by the resident theatre companies. We acknowledge the need for growth and are committed to learning from our past mistakes. We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, socio-economic statuses, nationalities and abilities.


 

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