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Audition Notice for

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…

Book, Lyrics and Music by Bruce Craig Miller

Based on the Poem by and the Life of Clement C. Moore

 

THE KELSEY PLAYERS
Director – Diane Wargo
Music Director – Pat Masterson
Choreographer – Samantha Otto
Stage Manager – Virginia McGowen

 ABOUT THE SHOW:

The excitement and wonder of the long-awaited midnight visit by Santa Claus, made famous in Clement Moore’s beloved poem, is brought to the stage in a fun and enchanting musical perfect for even the littlest ones.               Bring the whole family for this wonderful Kelsey holiday tradition. Stay and take a photo with Santa!

 PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7pm
Saturday, December 7 at 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, December 8 at 1pm & 4pm
Daytime School Performances Scheduled for Friday, December 6 and Monday, December 9 at 9:45am & 11:15am

 AUDITION DATES & TIMES:

  • Sunday, October 20, 2019  (12:30pm-3:30pm)
  • Monday, October 21  (6pm-8pm)
  • Callbacks by invitation, Tuesday, October 22 (6pm-8pm)

Appointments will last approx. 45 minutes

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

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

APPOINTMENTS AND QUESTIONS:
Please email us at KelseyTwas@gmail.com
**be sure to include name, age (adults just indicate adult), and gender of person auditioning and what date you prefer for your appointment.

 

PREPARE:

    • Short monologue or Christmas poem (NO LONGER THAN 1 MINUTE)
    • Short song with sheet music (we prefer Christmas Carols!)
    • Be prepared to move
    • Photo
    • Resume
    • Please bring a list of ALL conflicts between November 1 and December 10
    • Bring your Christmas cheer!

           

SEEKING:

Actors ages 7 and up.
Roles include Clement Moore’s children, adult townspeople for character roles, narrators and dancers.
Clement Moore’s children can be male or female. All roles are Non-Equity, unpaid
**Note: Clement Moore, Eliza Moore, Mr. Kringle and Diana Mouse are all precast.

 

 


Audition Notice for

CABARET (1998 version)

 Book by James Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

THEATER TO GO 
Director: Ruth Markoe
Music Director: Israel "Buzz" Herman   
Choreographer: Haley Schmalbach
Stage Manager: Dennis Tolentino

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Set in 1931 Berlin, as the Nazis are rising to power, is set in the cabaret underworld on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power. This unforgettable musical tells the story of Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, and his relationship with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their relationship blossoms amid the back room culture of the cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany. Cabaret is a raw and powerful jazz musical that explores the dark life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. The show has had numerous Broadway and London revivals and is the winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score for Kander and Ebb’s compelling musical numbers which include, “Willkommen”, “Money”, “Tomorrow Belongs To Me”, “Maybe This Time”, and “Cabaret”. Come to the Cabaret, your table’s waiting!

 


PERFORMANCE DATES:
Friday, January 31 & February 7, 2020 at 8pm
Saturday, February 1 & 8, 2020 at 8pm
Sunday, February 2 & 9, 2020 at 2pm

 

AUDITION DATES & TIMES:
Sunday, October 27, 2019 (11am-3 pm)
Monday, October 28, 2019 (7-10pm)
Callbacks by invitation, Saturday, November 2, 2019 (Time TBD)

 Auditions will be held on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus. Check the Kelsey Theatre sign board for a room location on the day of your audition. MCCC is located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

 


APPOINTMENTS AND QUESTIONS:
For questions or comments or if you are unable to make the audition, please contact Dennis Tolentino at dennistolentino1@yahoo.com or 732-485-7108 to make arrangements.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT HERE: Theater To Go AUDITIONS for CABARET


PREPARE:

  • Audition forms can be filled out ahead of time (will be emailed out the week prior) or at the time of your audition.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes proper to your slot if you need to complete an audition form on site.
  • Bring a headshot (or similar photo) and resume, or send vial email to dennistolentino1@yahoo.com
  • Know your conflicts to list on the audition sheet. Please be thorough.
  • Audition forms can be filled out ahead of time (will be emailed out the week prior) or at the time of your audition.
  • Vocal Audition: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a favorite or a jazz standard and please bring music in the proper key.
  • Dance Call:  Please wear comfortable dance clothing and appropriate footwear. Character shoes encouraged but not required.
  • Principal Roles: Please prepare a short monologue no more than 2 minutes. You will also be asked to sing and possibly to learn a few dance steps.
  • Please be prepared to stay for up to an hour


CHARACTER INFORMATION:

All roles are Non-Equity, unpaid.

 Emcee, Lead, Male/Female 20-50
Vocal range: middle C to high C#, tenor; the host/master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub--presented as a gender-questionable character comfortable with being close to both men and women; comedic, lovable; requires agile stage movement and dance; age range and appearance flexible, speaks with a German accent.

 Sally Bowles, Lead, Female, 20-35
Vocal range: low A to high C, soprano, strong belt; a British cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub, a quirky character who comes across as flighty, yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life as a cabaret performer; comfortable with stage movement and light dance; speaks with a British accent.

 Clifford (Cliff) Bradshaw, Lead, Male, 20-35
Vocal range: low A to high E, tenor; an American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin; presented as a closeted gay man exploring his sexuality; comfortable with stage movement and light dance; speaks with an American accent.

 Fraulein Schneider, Supporting, Female, 50+
Vocal range: low D to Ab above middle C, alto; a landlady who rents rooms in her large flat; comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz); speaks with a German accent.

 Herr Schultz, Supporting, Male, 50+
Vocal range: low G to high F, tenor; one of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a fruit shop; comfortable with stage movement and light dance; speaks with a German accent.

 Fraulein Kost, Supporting, Female, 25-40
Vocal range: low A flat to high F, alto/mezzo; another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers, she earns money by offering favors to sailors, presentation of the character should exhibit a strong sexual comfort and commanding nature; comfortable with stage movement; speaks with a German accent.

 Ernst Ludwig, Supporting, Male, 20-50
Sings in the chorus, vocal range flexible; a friendly and likable German, takes English lessons from Cliff, and smuggles funds for the Nazi party; comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz); age range is flexible, speaks with a German accent.

 Kit Kat Klub Girls, Ensemble, Female, 18-35
Various featured roles; seeking strong singers in all voice parts; the individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons; the ladies can be of various shapes and sizes--the key is that they are comfortable with their femininity and scanty costumes that show off sex appeal; features (“Two Ladies”, “Telephone Dance”, etc.) will be drawn from this group; excellent dance skills required.

 Kit Kat Klub Boys, Ensemble, Males & Females, 18-34
Various features; seeking strong singers in all voice parts; should be comfortable with portraying free in gender depictions; features (Bobby, Victor, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”, etc.) will be drawn from this group; excellent dance skills required.

  

REHEARSALS:

Rehearsals will begin in November and will be held Sundays from 1-5pm, and 2 weekdays from 7-10pm. 
Exact days will be determined by cast schedule.  Tech week (attendance is required): January 26-30.

 About Theater To Go:
Website: www.TheaterToGo.com FB: www.Facebook.com/TheaterToGoNJ

Theater To Go, under the leadership of Ruth Markoe, began in 1992 and has been providing quality entertainment in NJ and regionally since then.  It is best known for audience participation murder mysteries and other interactive comedy theater however has expanded to include full-length plays and staged readings.  T2G produced the award winning production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mark Violi’s historical drama ROEBLING: THE STORY OF THE BROOKLYN  BRIDGE, RIDING THE COMET at the NY Theater Festival Summerfest and A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Kelsey Theatre.

 

 


Audition Notice for
Neil Simon’s

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS

 Yardley Players
Director: Liz Wurtz

 

ABOUT THE SHOW
Barney Cashman a middle age married restaurant owner is going through a midlife crises and tries to join the sexual revolution in three funny separate affairs that fall flat.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES
Friday, February 14 & 21, 2020 at 8pm
Saturday, February 15 & 22 at 8pm
Sunday, February 16 & 23 at 2pm

 

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES
Monday, December 2, 2019 (7pm till 9pm)
Tuesday, December 3 (7pm till 9pm)

 

APPOINTMENTS & QUESTIONS:
AUDITIONS ARE 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

 BE PREPARED
Cold Readings from the script will be issued AT THE AUDITION

 

CHARACTERS

NOTE: The Part of Barney Cashman is already precast
All characters need to have comedic timing

 

Elaine Navazio – (35-45) A sexy sarcastic women who has been around the block loves cigarettes and other peoples husbands

 Bobbi Michelle – (25-35) A ditsy actress who’s escapades are wackier than the Mad Hatter.

 Jeanette Fisher- (45- 55) Barney’s wife‘s best friend depressed with life and full of doom and gloom.

 REHEARSAL INFORMATION
Rehearsals Maybe Monday Wednesday Sunday may change due to casting

 

 


Audition Notice for

PARADE

 music and lyrics by JASON ROBERT BROWN
book by ALFRED UHRY

presented by special arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (www.mtishows.com)

 

COMPANY NAME/INFO:

Playful Theatre Productions
Produced by SUZANNE SMITH and HILARY LEBOFF
Directed by FRANK FERRARA
Musical Direction by MIKE GILCH
Choreography by KAITLYN ANTHONY
Stage Management by RUTH KRESGE and NANCY SCHARF

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Playful Theatre Productions is very pleased to announce open auditions for Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Tony-Award winning musical, Parade.  The musical tells the true story of Lucille and Leo Frank, a young Jewish couple living in 1913 Atlanta, where the Brooklyn-born Leo manages a pencil factory.  Their decorous and passionless lives are disrupted when Leo finds himself accused of a horrific crime. In their retelling of the events that follow, Brown and Uhry explore the consequences – both obvious and subtle – of fear, prejudice, and assumption, the ability to find human decency in surprising places, and above all, the depth and strength hidden inside a single, seemingly unremarkable marriage.

The original Broadway production of Parade was recognized with Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book, along with seven additional nominations (including nominations for Brent Carver as Leo Frank and Carolee Carmello as Lucille Frank).  The Playful production will mark Parade’s area debut.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Friday, March 27 and April 3, 2020 (8pm)
Saturday, March 28 and April 4, 2020 (8pm)
Sunday, March 29 and April 5, 2020 (2pm)

 

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

Thursday, December 5, 2019 (7-10pm)
Saturday, December 7, 2019 (1-4pm)
Callbacks: TBD based on actor availability

 

APPOINTMENTS AND QUESTIONS:

In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended. 
To schedule an appointment, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090944a4a928aaf58-auditions (preferred) or call (267) 987-4113. 
If you are interested in auditioning but are not available for any of the audition dates, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we will make every effort to accommodate an early audition. 

 

PREPARE:

Actors are asked to prepare one complete song from musical theatre, ideally one that showcases both vocal and dramatic range.  Please bring sheet music in the desired key; an accompanist will be provided. Given the considerable musical demands of the show, a capella auditions or auditions using pre-recorded accompaniment cannot be considered. 

There will be no dance element at the initial audition; callbacks for some roles may include a brief dance combination.

Actors are asked to bring a full list of recurring or one-time rehearsal conflicts.  We are happy to construct the rehearsal schedule around reasonable conflicts.

 SEEKING:

The cast will consist of 17 actors (age 13 and up), depending on doubling.  Please see below for a breakdown of roles; all roles are open!  Please note that Southern accents are required for all roles except for Leo Frank, who will need to have an accent suggestive of Brooklyn.

 CHARACTER INFORMATION:

The Franks

LUCILLE FRANK (female, mezzo soprano with strong medium belt): A young woman, religiously Jewish but culturally Southern, who has married Leo Frank but doesn’t really know him.  As the play begins she has never been asked her opinion on anything, and never been given the chance to do anything more challenging than make watermelon pickles.  But she is a careful observer and a skilled judge of people, and underneath the innocuous hostess she plays in her daily life is a layer of steel.  Need an outstanding singer and actor; the real Lucille Frank was 25 years old in 2013 but we will consider actors of any age. 

LEO MAX FRANK (male, high baritone): A young man, religiously and culturally Jewish, born in Brooklyn and wishes he never left.  Leo is not an easy man to like.  He is prickly, fussy, anxious, and filled with a sense of righteous superiority over… well, nearly everyone.  He is also decent, kind, pathologically hard-working, and – most importantly – capable of change.   Need an excellent actor who is a strong singer and musician; the real Leo Frank was 29 years old in 2013 but we will consider actors of any age. 

The Children

MARY PHAGAN (female, reads 14-16, mezzo soprano): A teenager, friendly, outgoing, and popular.  Not perfect, not especially troubled – just an ordinary young woman living an ordinary life.  Her death (not depicted on stage) touches off the plot of the play.

FRANKIE EPPS (male, reads 15-20, tenor):  An acquaintance of Mary, Frankie is good-natured, impulsive, and a bit of a dope.  He’s carrying around a lot of mixed up ideas of what it means to be brave, and what it means to be a man, but under normal circumstances he’d probably grow up just fine.  Mary’s death changes Frankie in a fundamental way.

IOLA STOVER (female, reads 14-16, mezzo soprano): A friend of Mary’s, probably a bit of a troublemaker.  A bit of a leader in her peer group. 

ESSIE, MONTEEN (female, read 14-16, mezzo soprano): Two other young women who work at the pencil factory with Mary and Iola.  Both essentially well-meaning, if easily led.

Heroes, Villains, and Victims

JIM CONLEY (male, reads 30+, high baritone):  An African American man who works at the pencil factory managed by Leo.  He presents as cheerful, friendly, and guileless, but he is smarter than almost everyone he meets and he hides an unspeakable malevolence but he hides it very well.  

HUGH DORSEY (male, reads 40+, baritone): The solicitor general of the Fulton County Superior Court – and future Governor of Georgia – is an ambitious and skilled attorney.  He is a dyed-in-the-wool racist, liar, and cheat, but he wraps it in old-school charm enough to pass for respectable.  The real Hugh Dorsey was 42 years old in 1913, but we will consider actors of any age 40+.

THOMAS EDWARD (‘TOM’) WATSON (male, reads 50+, baritone): A longtime populist politician and now a widely circulated writer and newspaper publisher.  Watson is a virulent racist and anti-Semite, and grows increasing unhinged and zealous as the trial of Leo Frank proceeds.  Actor doubles in the smaller role of J.N. Starnes, the Fulton County Chief of Police.

BRITT CRAIG (male, reads 25+, tenor): A newspaper reporter, Britt Craig is motivated chiefly by: (1) boredom with his work and life; and (2) bourbon.  Via his reporting, inflames passions surrounding the Frank trial without really caring about the outcome… but does have enough innate decency to be horrified when the outcomes are horrific.

JOHN MARSHALL (‘JACK’) SLATON (male, reads 40+, baritone): Jack Slaton is the 60th governor of the state of Georgia.  He is a consummate Southern politician – charming, handsome, the life of every party and the best speaker at any event.  He is by all appearances a completely empty suit, with no morals or beliefs of his own.  But a decent man with genuine courage is hiding in there, somewhere or other.

NEWTON (‘NEWT’) LEE (male, reads 50+, bass-baritone): African American night watchman at the factory, he is gentle but physically imposing and probably mentally impaired to some degree. 

LUTHER ROSSER (male, reads 50+, any): Leo’s defense attorney.  He is not exactly incompetent, but he is profoundly lazy and easily manipulated.  Actor also doubles as Police Officer Ivey (a veteran patrolman) and Mr. Peavy (an elderly prison guard).  

JUDGE ROAN (male, reads 50+, bass-baritone): A stern trial judge who served in the Civil War on the losing side and still carries scars – both physical and mental – from that conflict.  He makes every conscious effort to be scrupulously fair in his conduct, but his feelings about the Northerners he still sees as enemies color his decision making. 

MRS. FRANCES PHAGAN (female, reads 30+, mezzo-soprano): Mary’s mother, a working-class Southern woman whose husband has died.  She is poor and life has dealt her every bad hand imaginable; she will grab at any way to hang on to her dignity and pride. Actor also doubles as Sally Slaton, the Governor’s perceptive wife.  Limited singing requirement.

MINOLA (‘MINNIE’) MCKNIGHT (female, reads 30+, mezzo-soprano): An African-American housemaid in the employ of Leo and Lucille Frank, Minnie has been ill-treated most of her life and still lives in fear of dire consequences.  She is essentially decent but not willing to put anyone else’s welfare before her own.  Actor also plays Angela, a sardonic maid in the Governor’s mansion.

CONFEDERATE SOLDIER (male, reads 16-40, tenor): A Confederate soldier; sings the opening song (“The Old Red Hills of Home”).  Also doubles in a number of smaller roles throughout.

 

REHEARSALS:

A brief initial meeting and/or a publicity photo shoot will be held in mid-December 2019; rehearsals will begin in earnest in the second week of January, and continue approximately three times per week (two weekday evenings and one weekend afternoon, specific days to be determined based on cast availability) until tech week. 

 

 


 

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