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Auditions

(Updated 1/3/2017)

Audition Dates for the 2017 Season Announced!

Gretna Theatre is holding auditions for:           

  • All Roles in our 2017 Summer Mainstage Season
  • Acting Interns for the 2017 Theatre for Young Audience (TYA) productions & consideration for the 2017 Summer Mainstage Season Ensemble
  • Note: Interns will serve in other areas of the theatre throughout the season for a well-rounded internship.

All Auditions are by Appointment Only and will be held at Elizabethtown College.

Specific Room to be confirmed upon registration.

Auditions for 2017 Mainstage Musical Productions and Internships

  • Friday, January 13th from 3 PM to 5 PM at 5 minute intervals.
  • Friday, January 27th from 3 PM to 5 PM at 5 minute intervals.                                                                                     Musical Candidates: Prepare your best 32 bars and a short monologue.  Monologue NOT to exceed 60 seconds.

Auditions for Plays

  • Friday, January 20th from 4 PM to 6 PM at 5 minute intervals.                                                                                 Candidate will prepare a monologue NOT to exceed 60 seconds.

Additional Auditions Musicals and Plays

  • Saturday, February 4th from 10 AM to 4 PM at 5 minute intervals.  Location To Be Announced

Appointments will be made via email only – no calls please.

Please email THREE preferred Dates & Times to to info@GretnaTheatre.org 

Appointments will be confirmed by theatre staff who will then ask you to submit a HEADSHOT & RESUME via email.

2017 show dates and descriptions available on the website.                                                               

Note: TYA titles are not yet confirmed.

Please see character breakdowns below.

The information included in this notification is complete.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL GRETNA THEATRE REGARDING AUDITIONS.

“BROADWAY BOUND” 

EUGENE – Lead – Late Teens to Early 20s

STANLEY – Lead – Early 20s

KATE – Supporting – 50s

BLANCHE – Supporting 40s to 50s

JACK – Supporting – 50s

BEN – Supporting – 70s to 80s

 

  “CIVIL WAR VOICES” 

 

PRINCIPAL ROLES:

Women:

  • Elizabeth Keckley – Alto – African American

Age 30-55

Must be an accomplished actress and powerhouse singer, able to “belt” spirituals as well as have the warmth and depth of more tender material.  She must be able to portray a wide range of emotional life, from the humiliation of slavery to the exhilaration of being confidante to the First Lady in the White House.

  • Harriet Perry – Soprano

Age 20-30

Attractive, romantic Southern leading lady, young and “head over heels in love” with her husband, Theo.  Role requires more of a “pop” soprano/mix sound rather than a legit operatic soprano.

Men:

  • Theo Perry – Tenor/Bari-Tenor

Age 20-30

Attractive “male heart throb” leading man type.  He is a Southerner who is very romantic and completely in love with his wife, Harriet.  This role also requires more of a “pop” sound rather than a legit voice.

  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain – Baritone

Age 25-40

Strong heroic type.  Fights for the Union Army.  Powerful presence & strong acting chops needed.

  • Harris/Joseph Henry Harris – Bass Baritone

Age 22-40

Casting 1 strong actor to play both roles.

Harris is the modern day “narrator/anchor” whose commentary weaves the piece together.  He is the “author” of the piece.  Must be an excellent storyteller with a strong emotional range.

Joseph Henry Harris is the great-great uncle of Harris.  He was a Southerner with real reservations about the wisdom of secession.  He is the “conscience” of the piece.

ENSEMBLE ROLES:

In addition, 5 ensemble members (3 men and 2 women) will be cast to play a variety of supporting roles.  They must all sing and act well.

Man #1 – Must be African-American with exceptional bari-tenor voice to portray Celebrant, Sgt. Buck and Cook (a slave).

Man #2 – Strong actor/singer to portray Slave Owner, Fire-Eater, Governor of Maine, General Hunt, and other Confederates.

Man #3 – Strong actor/singer to portray President Abraham Lincoln.  Should be tall and lean.  Also plays several other character roles, both Union and Confederate.

Woman #1 – Strong actor/singer (alto) to portray Mary Todd Lincoln and various other character roles.

Woman #2 – Strong actor/singer (soprano/mix) to portray Cornelia Harris and various other character roles.

“MAN OF LA MANCHA”

MIGUEL de CERVANTES/DON QUIXOTE/ALONSO QUIJANA – Baritone – Lead – 40s – 50s

CERVANTES’ MANSERVANT/SANCHO PANZA – Tenor – Lead – 30s -40s

ALDONZA (DULCINEA) – Soprano – Lead – 20s -30s

ANTONIA – Mezzo-Soprano – Supporting – 20s

PADRE – Tenor – Supporting – Any Age

DR. SANSON CARRASCO (THE KNIGHT OF THE MIRRORS)  – Baritone – Supporting – 40s – 50s

INKEEPER

FERMINA

MARIA

HOUSEKEEPER

BARBER

CAPTAIN OF THE INQUISITION

THE DUKE

ATTENDANTS TO THE KNIGHTS

JOSE

TENORIO

PACO

JUAN

ANSELMO

PEDRO

GUITAR PLAYER

ENSEMBLE

“THE GAME’S AFOOT”

MADGE GIESEL – 40s

SIMON BRIGHT – 20s

DARIA CHASE – 30s

INSPECTOR GORING – 30 – 40s

AGGIE WHEELER – 20s

MARTHA GILLETTE – 70s

WILLIAM GILLETTE – 40s – 50s

FELIX GEISEL – 40s

“GATHERING BLUE”

CHARACTERS:

KIRA, to play mid-teens, has a physical disability (leg), she never leaves the stage, smart, attractive, grows from shy to strong throughout the play, beautiful lyrical high alto/soprano, who can sing a blend of folk/pop/broadway sound. LEAD

MATT, a boy from the Fen ideally 10-15, small, funny, charming, high-energy, quirky, rambunctious, streetsmart, surviver, loyal.  clear, character voice LEAD

VANDARA, a 30s-50s strong, loud, her pain has made her mean,  needs at least strong character singing voice

JAMISON, late 30s-50, ambitious, rich baritone.  Appears sweet and persuasive but ominous. LEAD.

THOMAS, the Carver, a teenage boy, nice, smart, calm, resigned, not too charactery,  just over an octave (currently E3-D4) LEAD

ANNABELLA, an elderly woman 60+, rich alto voice, soulful with wisdom, and jaded but clinging to hope.LEAD

JO, a little girl (Ideally about 10-12 years old, can look younger) beautiful, sweet voice for a young girl, Range of just over an octave. (currently C4 to D5)

THE SINGER, very old (45-70, gorgeous rich singing voice) Featured

CHRISTOPHER, a blind man, Late thirties to 50, similar age to Jamison.  ideally truly with a disability. Range of at least octave (currently A4-A5) High baritone or tenor. (Possible double for the Singer) Featured

MATT’S MOTHER (at least mid 30s, character woman)

MATT’S SISTER (same age as JO, (doubles Jo)

ADRIAN and HELENA, Villagers

DIGGERS, VILLAGE MEN AND WOMEN, THE COUNCIL OF GUARDIANS. A GUARD, TENDERS, FEN MEN AND WOMEN