Curtain's Up Theater Company will hold auditions for PIPPIN on May 13th, at 1:00 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Alfresco Performing Arts Center, 2041 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040.
Auditions are for all of those 16 Years and Older. It is strongly encouraged (but not required) to sing a song from the show to show broad, over-the-top character choices and interpretation. Be prepared to sing 16-25 bars. Be dressed and ready to dance. There will also be cold readings from the script. Having a strong familiarity with the show is a big plus!
Act Two Theatre will hold auditions for "The Boys Next Door" on Thursday, May 18 at 7pm and Sunday, May 21 at 1pm. No appointments. On Thursday, May 18, please arrive at 7pm, preferably, but no later than 8pm. On Sunday, May 21, please arrive by 1pm, preferably, but no later than 2pm. Callbacks by invitation. All parts available. 7 Men, 2 Women. Open Call.
You may choose to present a 1-2 minute COMEDIC monologue(optional) and/or cold readings from the script. Download and complete the Audition Form IN ADVANCE. This will allow you to focus on your audition and eliminate distractions and delays.
Audition forms will be available early in May on our website. Bring your acting resume, if available, and headshot (preferred but not required).
The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
Performance dates are 8 Performance dates are August 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13.
Evening shows begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday Matinees begin at 2pm.
Rehearsals leading up to tech week are Sunday afternoons and Tuesday & Thursday nights.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons beginning May 23.
Brief Character Description:
Arnold Wiggins is a man who lives with a mild mental disability who works at a movie theater as a janitor. He tends to be very obsessive compulsive. He is hyperactive and talks constantly. He's also often abused by coworkers and afraid to fight back. When he becomes angry or scared, Wiggins repeats the word 'nyеt', meaning no in Russian, and threatens to run away to Russia.
Norman Bulansky is a middle-aged man with mental disabilities who works at a doughnut shop. Eating doughnuts at his job has caused him to become overweight. His girlfriend, Sheila, lives at another group home. Bulansky is very proud and possessive of a large ring of keys.
Lucien P. Smith is a large African-American man who faces extremely debilitating mental disorders. Despite the fact that he cannot read, Smith insists on checking out armloads of books from the library. He is at risk of losing his disability funds, when the state senate accuses him of faking his mental condition. Smith doesn't understand what is around him when he goes to the "State Sneck" resulting in a profound scene.
Barry Klemper is a 28-year-old man with schizophrenia who believes he is a pro golfer. He gets highly agitated over small things. This is partly because Barry has had a traumatic life growing up. Later in the story, when Klemper's abusive father visits him for the first time in years, it proves harmful to his mental condition.
Jack Palmer is the social worker for the four handicapped men. He's found himself increasingly burned out and is thinking about a new line of work. At the end of the play, Palmer leaves the men and becomes a travel agent.
Sheila is Norman's girlfriend. Like Norman, she faces mental disabilities. She is also obsessed with Norman's prized keys and is "no skinny minnie herself".
Mr. Klemper is Barry's abusive father. During the course of play, he decides to visit Barry while in the Boston area.
Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara - Mrs. Fremus, a widow who lives next door; Mrs. Warren, a new neighbor; Clara, Sheila's mentally disabled friend. Note: The three parts above are played by one actress.
Mr. Hodges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clark - Mr. Hodges, Barry's golf student whose patience only goes so far; Mr. Corbin, the movie theater manager; Senator Clark, a dignified public servant. Note: The three parts above are played by one actor.
For more information and the audition form go to: www.acttwotheatre.com
Hard Road Theatre will hold auditions for "Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy" On May 22nd and May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Auditions will be held at Highland Upper Elementary Auditorium, 1600 Lindenthal Avenue, Highland, IL 62249. Please bring a broadway style piece to sing, and be prepared to learn a short dance routine. An accompanist will be provided - no recordings allowed. Performances will be held July 28, 29, 30, August 4, 5, and 6. For more information go to: www.hardroad.org
Christ Memorial Productions will hold auditions for "Meet Me in St. Louis" on June 24th, 2017. Auditions will take place at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 5252 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63128.
Production Dates: September 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p.m. & September 17, 24 @ 2:30 p.m.
Directed by: Dianne Mueller
For more information go to: www.CMPShows.org