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Overdue Theatre Company is in search of actors for their next production, Stephen Sondheim's Company.

Synopsis:

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse; the habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood. 

Stephen Sondheim's Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre, and features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of the composer's best-known songs

Audition Date:

Sunday, December 2, 2pm - 7pm

Callbacks:

Tuesday, December 4, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Audition information:

Provide a resume & headshot as well as all conflicts from December 17 - March 10 (excluding the week of 12/23 - 12/29)

Perform 16-32 bars of a comparable song with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. (Please, no a capella auditions.)

Sign up here to reserve your audition time: http://bit.ly/CompanyAuditionsODTC

Video auditions will be accepted. Please email OverDueTheatre@gmail.com with your headshot, resume, any conflicts, and 16-32 bars of a comparable song before December 1, 2018.

(Show Dates: March 1-3 & 8-10)

Character Age Range: 20-70

Character Descriptions:

Robert, Male, Baritone, The story's protagonist, a keen observer who appears to be happy. He is the only one in his circle still single. Terrified of marriage, but fears a lifetime of loneliness.

Sarah, Female, Alto, Harry's hypercritical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and loving.

Harry, Male, Baritone, Sarah's husband. He is a recovering alcoholic. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages.

Susan, Female, Mezzo, A delicate southern belle. Peter's wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections towards Robert.

Peter, Male, Baritone, Susan's husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships.

Jenny, Female, Soprano, Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time.

David, Male, Tenor, Jenny's husband; relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return.

Amy, Female, Alto, A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate.

Paul, Male, Tenor, Amy's fiancé. Patient with her neurotic nature. Fully commits to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same.

Joanne, Female, Alto, Acerbic and demanding. Too old to be part of the young crowd but would not fit well with the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband, Larry.

Larry, Male, Tenor, Joanne's husband. Stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife's behavior but knows when to put his foot down.

Marta, Female, Mezzo, A girlfriend of Robert's. Intensely modern, seeking adventure and excitement in the City.

Kathy, Female, Mezzo, A former girlfriend of Robert's, now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving. Dancer.

April, Female, Mezzo,  A girlfriend of Robert's. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable.


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The Monroe Actors Stage Company will hold auditions for Is He Dead? on February 11 and 12, 2019 at the Historical Capitol Theatre Building, 202 South Main Street in Waterloo, Illinois. Performance dates: 7:30 pm April 5-7 and 12-14, 2019. Sunday matinees staged at 2:30 pm on April 7 and 14.

The comedy, based on a play by Mark Twain, lampoons greed, deception, languages, and art critics.Twain’s humor includes techniques known to comedians: absurdity, analogy, hyperbole, farce, irony, parody, puns, wordplay, satire, slapstick, understatement and prat falls.

Is He Dead? focuses on the real-life famous  French painter,  Jean-Francois Millet. A fictionalized character for the play, Millet is persuaded to fake his death; the value of his paintings will skyrocket after his “demise."

Millet impersonates his imaginary sister to collect the anticipated wealth and the ruse grows more absurd, the plot becomes entangled, love gushes and wanes, and the nonsense continues until it erupts in a glorious moment when Millet is caught dancing in drag on his own coffin.

The script requires  four women and seven men, and three cameos double cast. The characters range from age twenty plus to seventy plus for both genders. The physical comedy requires younger actors to be energetic, strong, and vigorous—two of the senior women and senior gentlemen not so much.

MASC  is a non-profit community theater company. All participation is by volunteers. No actors, directors or production crew are paid.

Audition Process: Please prepare a two to three minute comedic monologue, a story or a joke; include gestures and movement. An original two to three minute stand-up is welcome—content should be appropriate—no offensive language, please. Do not risk offending anyone with language or sexually graphic content. Secondly, auditions will require readings from the script. It is expected that actors come prepared. No roles are pre-cast. Actors not prepared with a monologue can audition, but will likely be penalized in casting.

Accents: The principals need accents: French, British, German and Irish. It is not expected that accents be accurate. Resumes and headshots accepted, but  not required. Forms will be competed at the audition. There are two dates for auditions: you are not required to come to both, but you are welcome if you choose to attend both for a second audition.

More information and brief character descriptions can be found on the MASC website: 
wwwmasctheatre.org. Director can be reached at laneclass@gmail.com.


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