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Audition Notice

If/Then

Music by Tom Kitt

Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

 

The MCCC Academic Theatre and Dance Department and Kelsey Theatre are pleased to announce open auditions for their production of If/Then.

COMPANY INFO:

Company: MCCC Academic Theatre & Dance

Producer: Jody Gazenbeek-Person and M. Kitty Getlik

Director: Robert A Terrano

Music Director: Scot Hornick

Vocal Director: Josh Wilson

Choreographer: Jody Gazenbeek-Person

Set Designer: Robert A. Terrano, Jody Gazenbeek-Person, Jeff Cantor

Costume Designer: Kate Pinner

Lighting Designer: Chris Ghaffoor

Sound Designer: Evan Paine

Production Stage Manager: Melissa Gaynor

 

PERFORMANCE DATES

Fridays, April 17th & 24th, 2020 at 8pm

Saturdays, April 18th & 25th, 2020 at 8pm

Sundays, April 19th & 26th, 2020 at 2pm

 

Performances will be held at the Kelsey Theatre on Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.

 

AUDITION DATES:

Friday, November 15th, 2019 – 7p-10p

Saturday, November 16th, 2019 – 10a-4p

 

DANCERS ONLY – Sunday, November 17th, 1p

 

CALLBACKS:

Sunday, November 17th, 2019, 1p

 

Auditions will be held in room CM122 (the Studio Theatre) on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus. MCCC is located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor NJ 08550

APPOINTMENTS AND QUESTIONS:

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be seen on a time-available basis. To sign up for an audition appointment, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/n8eYSWqqtsFwvoDU9

 

Questions can be directed to Production Stage Manager Melissa Gaynor at 617.388.8785 (text preferred) or email Melissa.Gaynor.stagemgr@gmail.com

PREPARATIONS:

Please note: you do NOT need to be a student at MCCC to audition for If/Then.

 

Please bring a headshot and resume to your audition, along with your completed audition form and conflict calendar.  These forms will be emailed to you within 48 hours of registering for your slot.

 

ACTING: Please prepare a monologue no longer than 3 minutes in length. There will be cold readings from the script as well. 

SINGING: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show.  You may be given music from the show to learn while at the audition.

 

DANCING: Anyone wishing to ONLY dance in the show will not need to sing or prepare a monologue.  Please sign up for the dancing slot on Sunday at 1p. 

 

All other dancing auditions will be a part of call backs.

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:
With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, If/Then is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical. If/Then simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives that we lead, as well as the lives that we might have led.

Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.

If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today and all of the possibilities of tomorrow. With a powerhouse role for a leading lady and rich and complex supporting roles, this show celebrates dynamite talent and the power of great storytelling..

 

ABOUT REHEARSALS:

We will do a meet & greet and read through prior to the end of the semester.  Rehearsals will begin on January 27th, 2-3 nights per week.  Weekend rehearsals will be added as needed.  A weekly rehearsal schedule will be sent out by Stage Management with any updates or changes.


 

CHARACTER INFORMATION:

 

Elizabeth

An urban planner, newly returned to New York City.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: A3 - E5

 

Josh

A doctor and Army Reservist.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: C2 - A#4

 

Kate

Elizabeth's neighbor, a kindergarten teacher.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range: A3 - F5

 

Lucas

Elizabeth's college friend, a community activist.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: B2 - Ab4

 

Anne

Kate's girlfriend

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range: E4 - C5

 

Stephen

Elizabeth's grad-school colleague, a city planner.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: D3 - D4

 

David

A pediatric surgeon.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range: C3-A4

 

Elena

A city planner.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 26

Vocal range:E4- C5

 

Ensemble

Various citizens of New York City.

Gender: Any
Age: 18+


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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