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Auditions

(Updated 4/15/2016)

March Auditions Dates for the 2016 Season announced!

Changes to these dates, notice of specific times for each audition, further information will be posted to this webpage – Please check back!

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Gretna Theatre casts locally and in New York City, and we cast both union and non-union.  We are working under an Actors’ Equity Association Letter of Agreement referenced to a COST contract (pending).  Below is the casting information for the 2016 season.  The following is a snapshot of our auditions – Check back for changes:
  • Lebanon, PA:  Equity Performer Auditions (EPAs) and Open Non-Union Auditions, Saturday March 12.  Local callbacks in late March.
  • NYC: Equity Performer Auditions (EPAs), Non-Union Open Call, Appointments, and Final NYC Callbacks March 14 – 18.
  • Strawhat Auditions in NYC.  We will attend all three days of the Strawhats March 19 – 21.  See the Strawhat Auditions website here.
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Show Season:

  • BRUCE IN THE USA: A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
    • Touring Concert – Already Cast.  Opens June 23, Closes June 26.
  • BREAKING LEGS, a Comedy by Tom Dulack
    • Rehearsals begin June 21.  Opens June 30, Closes July 3.
  • Disney’s TARZAN
    • Rehearsals begin July 5, Opens July 14, Closes July 24
  • IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, the new Broadway marriage musical comedy…with a twist!
    • Rehearsals begin July 12, Opens July 28, Closes August 6
  • 8-TRACK: THE SOUNDS OF THE 70s IN CONCERT
    • Rehearsals begin August 16, Opens August 25, Closes August 28
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General Audition & Season Info:

  • Gretna Theatre hires Equity and Non-Equity Performers for its summer season.
  • Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
  • If you are an AEA member, always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.
  • AEA CONTRACTS available (PENDING AEA APPROVAL):  four principal contracts for BREAKING LEGS, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and 8-TRACK.  For TARZAN there will be three principal contracts & one chorus contract with a rider to play a principal role.  Also one AEA stage manager contracted for the season.  All under LOA-COST PENDING APPROVAL.
  • We will hold auditions by appointment ONLY FOR SPECIFIC ROLES in New York on March 16; in addition we will conduct a season EPA in Lebanon, PA on March 12 and a season EPA in NYC on March 14.
  • NON-EQUITY ACTORS are hired both in NYC and locally.  Note that we will certainly consider non-Equity actors for roles listed as “seeking AEA submissions/auditions” as well.
  • Especially seeking terrific non-singing actors for the play BREAKING LEGS (see breakdown below).
  • CHILDREN:  Seeking two NON-UNION boys for  roles in TARZAN (see description below).  Note we will see children ONLY by appointment at NYC auditions.  Boys are invited to come to our LOCAL open call without an appointment.  To be seen in NYC you must submit through your agent/manager or email your materials
        • REHEARSALS are Tuesdays through Sundays during the day, typically 9:30 – 5:30, with Tech and Dress rehearsals prior to opening in both the afternoons & evenings.
        • PERFORMANCES are five per week – Thursdays at 2PM & 7:30PM, Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM (There will be no performance of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU on Sunday August 7, but there will be a special SATURDAY MATINEE of that show on August 6.)
        • Monday is the typical cast day off, though crew and actor/interns may be called that day for load in / load out of shows.
        • PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE AUDITION TIMES, PLACES AND REQUIREMENTS. We are unable to schedule “special” auditions outside those times listed due to the availability of our accompanists and directors.
        • It is incredibly rare for us to cast without an ‘in person’ audition.
        • IMPORTANT!  At the audition, please have your resume attached to the back side of your photograph, and be sure your full contact information is on your resume including where you live (we need to know for housing purposes if you are local, have the possibility of local housing, or are an out of town artist – whether we audition you in New York or locally). Note your correct height and weight as well as your vocal type on your resume. Have your music ready for the accompanist in your key and with the start and end places clearly marked. We may or may not have you sing your second piece, so sing what you consider your very best first.
        • NOTE:  These two children’s roles MUST be cast non-union; If cast from outside of the south central PA area and not commutable to the theatre, then housing will be provided in a private home for ONLY the young actor and ONE Parent or Legal Guardian who must be available to travel to and live in the Mt. Gretna area and may need to share a room with the young actor during the rehearsal period and throughout the run of the show; there is no provision for housing additional family or friends.

Sides and/or Music are available for each character within the individual show breakdowns (as PDF files noted in red below); HOWEVER for EPAs and Open Calls please be prepared with your own song or brief monologue. The sides and/or music are to be used for auditions BY APPOINTMENT or CALLBACKS ONLY.

STAGE MANAGERS:  Our  AEA stage manager from last season is scheduled to return for 2016.  Stage Managers may email a resume to Managing Director Joe Giardina.  Stage Managers may also attend the auditions for an initial interview if they choose to do so for future reference. Particular emphasis will be afforded to local AEA stage managers, who live within a 50-mile radius of Gretna Theatre and are able to commute to work daily.  Also seeking non-union assistant stage managers for all season who should email their materials immediately to Joe Giardina, Managing Director .

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LOCAL AUDITIONS – HELD IN LEBANON, PA:

SATURDAY, MARCH 12:  EQUITY PERFORMER AUDITIONS AND OPEN NON-UNION AUDITIONS (including for the young boys’ roles  in TARZAN).  ANYONE MAY ATTEND SATURDAY’S CALL,  BUT BE AWARE AEA MEMBERS ARE GIVEN FIRST PRIORITY AND WILL BE SEEN IN ORDER OF THEIR ARRIVAL AND SIGN-UP.  There will be time slots to sign up for throughout the day as you sign in.

Place:  MOVEMENT LABORATORY, 720 Cumberland Street (rear entrance; come upstairs to studios), Lebanon, PA
Directions and Parking Info:  AUDITIONS DIRECTIONS TO MOVEMENT LABORATORY
Time: 10AM – 6PM
              • AEA Performers will have a specific sign-up sheet and they will be seen first and in the order of sign-up.  AEA Actors are required by our agreement with the union to be seen first.  Official AEA sign-up list for union performers will be posted no earlier than 9AM, and unofficial lists will NOT be honored. AEA Monitor is not required at this call.
              • NON-UNION Performers – Official non-union sign-up list will be posted no earlier than 9AM, and unofficial lists will NOT be honored.
              • For musicals, all must be prepared with 16-32 bars of an up-tempo song and a ballad with sheet music in their key ready for the pianist. Sing what you feel is your very best first as we may not need to hear your second song.   Accompanist will be provided and if you choose to sing from the shows we will have the musical scores.
              • For BREAKING LEGS, for this local call only, sides (script parts) will be provided for those who do not have a prepared monologue, so arrive a little early to peruse them before your audition.  Actors may perform a prepared monologue, preferably appropriate to the character(s) for which they wish to be considered (note accents required for individual characters in breakdown below).
              • ALL must have a recent photo and current resume. Resume must include your contact info (address, telephone(s) and email).  In lieu of a resume with ALL the above info, you may print the audition form (Local Audition BLANK FORM), fill it out fully and staple it to the back of your photo.
              • Please do NOT submit your materials by email if you plan to attend the EPAs and/or open auditions – we will collect your materials in person at that time!
              • For those requested to attend, LOCAL CALL BACKS in LEBANON, PA will be held at the same location later in March.

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NEW YORK CITY AUDITIONS:

MONDAY, MARCH 14 – AEA: Equity Peformer Auditions  9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (One Hour Lunch)

LOCATION:  NOLA STUDIOS, 250 West 54th Street,  11th Floor,  New York City,  NY (Studio B for Waiting Area)

 

Contract:  AEA-LOA referenced to COST (pending approval).

Equity Performer Auditions Rules in effect, a Monitor will be provided.

Note:  Gretna Theatre is required to hire one of the four AEA actors under a Chorus Contract for TARZAN, but that performer will be signed to a rider to play a principal role.  All AEA contracts for the other shows being cast are principals.

 

Seeking performers for the 2016 summer season for the roles noted in the casting breakdowns below.
Please prepare songs, 16 to 32 bars of an up-tempo and a ballad, bringing music in your key.  Non-singing roles bring a comic monologue appropriate to the character.  Total audition time should not exceed two minutes.  Bring picture and resume, stapled together.

Callbacks from this EPA will be held Thursday, March 17 and 18, at Nola Studios, 250 West 54th Street, NYC.
Please do NOT submit your materials by email if you plan to attend the EPAs – we will collect your materials in person at that time!

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 – OPEN CALL 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (One Hour Lunch) 

NOLA STUDIOS,  250 West 54th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY.   (Studio B for waiting area.)

Official sign-up list will be taken OUTSIDE the building by a theatre representative at 8:00AM, unofficial lists will NOT be honored whether downstairs or upstairs. Waiting room upstairs will NOT be available until 9:00 AM.  Audition appointment times will be assigned when you sign in, so that you may leave and return without losing your place. There will be stand-by slots per hour as well. Be prepared with photo & resume stapled together. For musicals, prepare 16-32 bars of an up-tempo and a ballad, bringing music in your key.  Accompanist provided. Sing what you feel is your best first as we may not need to hear the second song. For the play BREAKING LEGS prepare a brief comic monologue appropriate to the character, noting accents as required in breakdown.

Please do NOT submit your materials by email if you plan to attend the open auditions – we will collect your materials in person at that time!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 - BY APPOINTMENT*

*Equity and Agent Submissions only – please see the cast breakdowns below, especially for major roles. We will be happy to consider other submissions as well, however our appointment slots are VERY limited.

CALLBACKS from all NYC auditions will be THURSDAY, March 17  in NYC to read/dance/sing as needed.

Please be sure to check the rehearsal and performance dates of each show for your availability. Housing and round-trip transportation or reimbursement is provided to out of town artists.

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CAST BREAKDOWNS FOR 2016 SEASON

DUE TO THE SHORT PERIOD OF REHEARSAL FOR EACH SHOW, SPECIAL CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE PERFORMED THESE ROLES PREVIOUSLY.

BRUCE IN THE USA: A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND

Touring Concert Event – Already Cast.

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BREAKING LEGS

By Tom Dulack
Rehearsals Begin June 21, 2016
Opens June 30, Closes July 3 (five performances)
Director: TBA
NOTE: There will be 4 AEA performer contracts (Pending AEA Approval).  Those listed with an asterisk (*) are roles that MAY be cast AEA and will be listed in casting notices as such.  All other roles will be cast non-union.

Males (5)

*Terence O’Keefe (late 40’s to early 50’s) a playwright and English Professor.  A good-looking, physically fit man with some boyish charm.  He is not in any way the image of the bumbling, absent-minded, ivory-tower English teacher.  To his female students he is a stud, and the object of their sex fantasies.  A world traveler, urbane, sophisticated.  But he is an intellectual and he’s shy, feels out of place in Angie’s restaurant and awkward about his reason for being there – to ask for money to back his new play.  Must be excellent actor with presence and good comic timing.  Leading role.  Terence Sides

 *Lou Graziano (55) the proprietor of the Italian restaurant.  A stereotypical Italian father who would like to see his daughter married BUT still working for and living with the family. To him, food and drink are not only important , they are the basis of and solution to everything.  He enjoys a good gamble and in addition to the restaurant dabbles in “other types” of business in association with his friends Mike and Tino.   Excellent comic character actor.  (Role originally played in NYC by Vincent Gardenia).  Leading role. Lou Sides

*Mike Francisco (late 50’s) THIS ROLE IS CAST, will accept submissions for possible future replacement.  Friend and business associate of Lou’s who is sometimes “mistaken” for a mobster.  An exotic Sicilian-American who wears dark glasses, and an abundance of flashy gold chains and jewelry; he is suspicious and irritable, and he suffers from chronic indigestion which somehow never stops him from eating and drinking just about everything he shouldn’t.  He tells us: “You probably notice when I laugh I don’t move my lips” and consequently when he does laugh it sounds as though he is being strangled.  Excellent comic character actor.  (Role originally played in NYC by Philip Bosco).  Leading role. Mike Sides

*Tino De Felice (50’s) a business associate and sort of side-kick to Mike.  Among his many business interests, he is primarily a real estate developer.  In contrast to Mike, he dresses soberly and is a man of few words and even fewer social graces.  Excellent comic character actor.   Featured role. Tino Sides

Frankie Salvucci (50’s) a horse-player and not a good one.  A loser in debt to the others.  He is a pale, nervous, beaten little man trying to maintain a front of false heartiness and joviality.  Excellent comic character actor. (Role originally played in NYC by Larry Storch). Will most likely be cast non-union.  Supporting role.  Frankie Sides

Females (1)

Angie (age 28)  Lou’s daughter.  Keeps the books for her father’s restaurant and helps manage the place.  A flamboyant, tough and sexy “Italian Princess” type with a mouth on her.  Brunette with great figure and legs which she shows off in her tight mini-skirts and high heels.  Must be excellent actor with great presence and comic timing. Will most likely be cast non-union. Leading role.  Angie Sides

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Disney’s TARZAN®

Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins
Book by David Henry Hwang
Rehearsals Begin July 5, 2016
Opens July 14, Closes July 24 (five performances per week for two weeks)
Director/Musical Staging:  TBA
Choreographer: Judy Williams Henry
Musical Director: TBA

NOTE:  The doubling of roles, understudy assignments, use of TYA interns and assignment of ensemble vocal parts will be determined after completion of auditions.   There will be 4 AEA performer contracts (Pending AEA Approval.  3 principal and 1 Chorus with principal rider).  Those listed with an asterisk (*) are roles that MAY be cast AEA and will be listed in casting notices as such.  All other roles will be cast non-union.

Males (13)

*Kerchak (Baritone Ab2-Gb4, 40-50)  The gruff bull-ape who leads the Gorilla tribe.  Kala’s mate.   Fierce and stern but able to display glimpses of tenderness.   Excellent actor/ singer with big sound and commanding stature/presence.  Leading role. Kerchak Sides & Music

Young Tarzan (Boy Soprano C3-E4 to portray age 10) Human child who loses his parents and is raised by apes.  Curious with keen ingenuity.  Desperately wants to fit in with his ape family.  This major role is written for the “unchanged” boy soprano voice.  Solos are challenging and mostly in the high register.  Must be excellent actor/singer in good physical shape who would be comfortable shirtless and in a loin cloth style costume.  Featured role, MUST be non-union; If cast from outside of the south central PA area and not commutable to the theatre, then housing will be provided in a private home for ONLY the young actor and ONE Parent or Legal Guardian who must be available to travel to and live in the Mt. Gretna area and may need to share a room with the young actor during the rehearsal period and throughout the run of the show; there is no provision for housing additional family or friends. Young Tarzan Sides & Music

 Young Terk (Boy Tenor G3-B4, 10-15) Sarcastic adolescent ape who is an outcast because of his meager size and inability to keep up  physically with his ape siblings.  He compensates with his eloquence and intelligence and finds a kindred spirit in Young Tarzan.  Must be excellent actor/singer with a “teen tenor” pop sound in good physical shape who would be comfortable shirtless and in ape style costume. African American.  Featured role, MUST be non-union; If cast from outside of the south central PA area and not commutable to the theatre, then housing will be provided in a private home for ONLY the young actor and ONE Parent or Legal Guardian who must be available to travel to and live in the Mt. Gretna area and may need to share a room with the young actor during the rehearsal period and throughout the run of the show; there is no provision for housing additional family or friends.  Young Terk Sides & Music

 *Terk (Tenor Eb3-B4, 20’s) Sarcastic ape. Tarzan’s best friend since childhood.  He thinks he knows it all and often relies on his sense of humor to get by.  Must be excellent actor/singer with good comic timing and a rock/pop/soul tenor voice with good understanding of groove and ad-lib vocal skills.  This role is written to be sung consistently in the upper register.  African American.  Featured role. Terk Sides & Music

*Tarzan (Lyric Bar/Tenor B2-Bb4, 20’s) Vulnerable, fearless young man raised by apes and still untainted by civilization. A young and attractive leading juvenile type.  Excellent actor/singer with a long, lean, athletic physique and physical agility who will look and feel comfortable in loin cloth costume.  Acrobatics/flying experience a plus.  Role is written for a pop style high baritone or tenor with solos primarily written in the high register and requiring a good belt mix.  Leading role.  Tarzan Sides & Music

Porter (Baritone  B2-C4, 50-60) A bumbling British professor and gentleman traveling to Africa to prove his theory on social habits of apes.  A single father to Jane, he maintains his even temper and demeanor at all times.  Slightly eccentric with a kind of mad-scientist enthusiasm.  Role is written for a baritone but solos can be “spoken”.  Excellent character actor with good comic timing and ability to do British RP accent.  Featured role.  Porter Sides & Music

 Clayton (non-singing role, 30-45) Brutish English expedition guide and the villain of the show.  Hired by Prof. Porter to lead scientific research trip but in reality plans to hunt apes for profit.  Greedy and self-centered macho male who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.  Excellent character actor with great presence and comic timing and ability to do British RP accent.  Featured role.  Clayton Sides

Note: Especially seeking ethnically diverse members for the ensemble.  Roles of Father, Leopard and Snipes will be also be cast from those listed below and MAY  include several TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) interns/company members.

THREE Ensemble Males (Tenor 18+) Excellent dancer/singer to portray multiple roles which may include ape, expedition crew member, plant or other animals.  MAY  understudy one or more principal roles.

THREE Ensemble Males (Baritone 18+) Excellent dancer/singer to portray multiple roles which may include ape, expedition crew member, plant or other animals.  MAY  understudy one or more principal roles.

Females (10)

*Jane Porter (Mezzo/Belt F#3-F5, 20’s) Proper, well-bred British young lady, but also a bit of a tomboy.  An independent adventurer and botanist.  Attractive ingénue with a bit of a motor mouth due to her fascination and passion for the expedition.  She falls in love with Tarzan.  Excellent actor/singer with a legit voice but ability to belt to a D5 and have a feel for pop style phrasing and show power in both her high and low registers. Good comic timing and British RP accent.  Leading role. Jane Sides & Music

 *Kala (Mezzo/Alto mix E3-Eb5, 35-45) Motherly ape who raises Tarzan as her own.  Kerchak’s mate.  She is incredibly strong with the depth of emotion equal to, if not greater than, any human.  Excellent actor/singer with great presence.  Role requires a warm, mature sound with understanding of pop style phrasing and an ability to sing a low G in full voice.  Typically cast African American but could be Asian, Latina or other ethnicity. Leading role.  Kala Sides & Music

Note: Especially seeking ethnically diverse members of the ensemble.  Role of Mother will also be cast from those listed below and MAY include several TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) interns/company members.

 TWO Ensemble Females (18+ Soprano)  Excellent dancer/singer to portray multiple roles which may include ape, expedition crew member, plant or other animals.  MAY  understudy one or more principal roles.

TWO Ensemble FemaleS (18+ Mezzo w/belt)  Excellent dancer/singer to portray multiple roles which may include ape, expedition crew member, plant or other animals.  MAY  understudy one or more principal roles.

TWO  Ensemble Females (18+ Alto/Sop. Mix)  Excellent dancer/singer to portray multiple roles which may include ape, expedition crew member, plant or other animals.  MAY  understudy one or more principal roles.

TWO Ensemble Females (18+ Alto)  Excellent dancer/singer to portray multiple roles which may include ape, expedition crew member, plant or other animals.  MAY  understudy one or more principal roles.

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IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU

Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove
Music by Barbara Anselmi
Additional Lyrics by Michael Cooper, Will Randall, Carla Rose Fisher, Ernie Lijoi, Jill Abramovitz
*Tentative Rehearsals Start Date is July 12.
**Opens July 28,  Closes August 6 (ten performances)  *Rehearsals MAY start one week later and have only one week of performances to close on August 6.
Director/Choreographer:  Dennis Courtney
Musical Director: TBA

NOTE: There will be 4 AEA performer contracts (Pending AEA Approval).  Those listed with an asterisk (*) are roles that MAY be cast AEA and will be listed in casting notices as such.   All other roles will be cast non-union.  The show is primarily an ensemble acting piece and therefore almost all roles are “leads” in their own way.

Males (7)

*Murray Steinberg (Tenor, 50’s to 60’s) Father of the bride.  Usually defers to his domineering wife Judy rather than cause trouble.  Loving and supporting husband and father with a sardonic outlook.  Excellent comic actor/singer.  (Role originally played in NYC by Chip Zien).  Murray Sides & Music

Marty Kaufman (Lyric Baritone/2nd Tenor, late 20’s to early 30’s) Attractive but not overly handsome typical “good Jewish boy”.  The bride’s ex-boyfriend who has always secretly been somewhat in love with her older sister. Excellent young comic character actor (think young Jerry Seinfeld) with a good pop sound and physical agility. (Role originally played in NYC by Josh Grisetti).  Will probably cast non-union.  Marty Sides & Music

*George Howard (Baritone, 50’s to 60’s) Father of the groom.  The ultimate WASP who is not happy about his son marrying a Jewish girl.  Handsome and successful, you could imagine him drinking cocktails at the club with his golf buddies in a Polo shirt.  Excellent former leading man type with good comic timing.  Must be able to dance an excellent soft-shoe. (Role originally played in NYC by Michael X. Martin)  George Sides & Music

Brian Howard (Tenor, 28-30) The groom.  Handsome WASP type juvenile/young leading man.  Must have great pop voice, comic timing and ability to dance an excellent soft-shoe.  Due to the “twist” in the plot, the actor must be comfortable with a believable same-sex kiss. (Role originally played in NYC by David Burtka).  Will probably cast non-union.  Brian Sides & Music

Greg Madison (Tenor, 28-30) The best man.  Handsome juvenile/young leading man.  A dynamite pop tenor voice with strong top/falsetto.  Must also dance or move well.  This role also requires that actor be comfortable with a believable same-sex kiss. (Role originally played in NYC by Nick Spangler). Will probably cast non-union.  Greg Sides & Music

Albert (Baritenor/character voice, 45-60) The Wedding Planner.  Obviously gay.  Quintessential organizer who tries to please everyone and keep things running smoothly.  Excellent comic character actor with a definite “flair”. (Role originally played in NYC by Edward Hibbert).  Will probably cast non-union.  Albert Sides & Music

Walt/Uncle Morty (Bari-tenor, 45-55) Doubles as the hotel wait staff acting as a kind of Greek Chorus who sees/hears and comments on almost everything and as the bride’s Uncle who doesn’t always pay attention to what is going on.  Excellent comic character actor/singer who moves well.  Would like to cast same actor to play both but MAY consider casting two different actors. (Role originally played in NYC by Adam Heller).  Will probably cast non-union.  Audition with your own Comic Monologue for this character.

 Females (6)

*Jenny Steinberg (Mezzo with Strong Belt mix, early 30’s) Sister and co-maid of  honor to the bride.  Overweight but attractive.  A career woman who is supposedly happy still being single.  Excellent actor/singer with star quality and a dynamite voice.  (Role originally played in NYC by Lisa Howard).  May cast either union or non-union. Jenny Sides & Music

*Judy Steinberg (Alto/Belt, 50’s – 60’s  ) SEEKING STAR NAME THAT A NON-NYC AUDIENCE WILL RECOGNIZE. Mother of the bride.  Typical Jewish mother who is elated that her daughter is marrying even if it is to a WASP.  Domineering but with a smile but can also be hard as nails and not afraid to say what she thinks as she pushes for and usually gets her way in almost everything.  Excellent actor/singer with terrific comic timing and presence. (Role originally played by in NYC by Tyne Daly).   Judy Sides & Music

Rebecca Steinberg (Sop.w/mix, 28-30) The bride.  Slim and attractive  ingénue type.  Preferably brunette.   Excellent actor/singer with a good pop mix.   Due to the “twist” in the plot, the actor must be comfortable with a believable same-sex kiss. (Role originally played in NYC by Sierra Boggess).  Will probably cast non-union.  Rebecca Sides & Music

*Georgette Howard (Alto/Belt, 50’s to 60’s) THIS ROLE IS CAST, will accept submissions for possible future replacement. Mother of the groom and married to George.   The ultimate WASP who is always groomed to the nth degree.  Under the lady-like exterior is a heavy drinker who enjoys a very active sex life with her husband.  She doesn’t want to cut the apron strings to her son and is less than thrilled that he is marrying a Jewish girl, let alone any girl.  She can insult you with a smile or a glance not to mention her biting wit.  Excellent comic actor/singer with presence. (Role originally played in NYC by Harriet Harris).    Georgette Sides & Music

 Annie Sheps (High Belt, 28-30) African-American.  Co-maid of honor and best friend of the bride.  Attractive with a good figure.  Excellent actor/singer with good comic timing and dynamite voice with strong top belt who moves well.  Due to the “twist” in the plot, the actor must be comfortable with a believable same-sex kiss. (Role originally played  in NYC by Montego Glover). Will probably cast non-union.  Annie Sides & Music

Mimsy/Aunt Sheila (Mezzo/Belt mix, 45-55) Doubles as hotel wait staff acting as a kind of Greek Chorus who sees/hears and comments on almost everything and as the bride’s Aunt who is happiest when things don’t go well for the mother of the bride.  Aunt Sheila is bit overweight, likes to drink and will chase anything in pants.  She could be a real “cougar” if given the chance.  Excellent comic character actor/singer who moves well.  Would like to cast same actor to play both but MAY consider casting two different actors. (Originally played in NYC by Anne L. Nathan).  Will probably cast non-union.  Audition with your own Comic Monologue for this character.

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 8-TRACK: The Sounds of the 70s in Concert

Conceived by Rick Seeber
Rehearsals Begin August 16, 2016
Opens August 25, Closes August 28 (five performances)
Director/Musical Staging:  Dennis Courtney
Musical Director: Trevor Pierce

NOTE: There will be 4 AEA performer contracts.

General Role Requirements: Performers age 18-30 with exceptional pop-rock voices and charisma who can connect with the audience.  All must move well.  Esp. seeking performers of all ethnic backgrounds.

Males (2)

TENOR – “The Lovable Loser” Typically cast African American.  A happy soul.  Shy. Perhaps a bit geeky.  The lovable loser who never gives up.  The Real Pop Thing with monster top soaring range:  Bottom E Flat with Belt to B and Strong mix to C#. A solid mix/head voice to E.  Must move well.  The Tenor – Music

BARITONE – “The Lover” Confident, alpha-male rock singer with an intensity of purpose.  A young leading man.  Pop-Rock Baritone/Second Tenor: Bottom A to top A (full voice) with Falsetto to D.  Must move well  The Baritone – Music

 Females (2)   

 SOPRANO – “The Seeker” Typically cast African American.  Alluring and attractive young leading woman.  Soulfully searching for a spiritual path through the decade in which the show takes place (the 1970s).  Pop Second Soprano with tons of soul:  Bottom E Flat with Belt to C.  Strong mix to F# and legit (head voice) to G.  Must move well  The Soprano – Music

ALTO – “The Feminist” Radiating a new-found pride, rock-chick power, seductiveness and vulnerability.  Great Pop-Rock Sound:  Bottom E Flat with Belt to B.  Strong mix to C#.  Solid mix/head voice to E.  Must move well  The Alto – Music

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Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Performers

NOTE: The primary responsibility of ALL that are cast as TYA Company members is the rehearsal, preparation and performance of 5 mostly  original one-hour musicals.  In the 2016 season this will include the popular “Freckleface Strawberry.”  The others are usually based on classic fairy tales.  All TYA shows are performed on the main-stage of the playhouse in front of a large audience of children and adults. Each show rehearses for three hours per day for two weeks with a performance scheduled for specific Saturday mornings during the season (there are a few additional mid-week morning shows and multiple weekend shows for the Mt. Gretna Art Show in August).  SOME members of the company MAY be contracted as “Interns” to appear in one or more of the main-stage AEA productions. SOME or ALL MAY be contracted as TYA performers ONLY. This will be determined when all casting is complete and official offers are made.   With the exception of one or two roles which might require actual child performers to job in, TYA company members must be at least 17 years of age. ALL must be charming with an ability to “connect” to the children in the audience. Good comic timing, improvisational skills and ability to move well are also needed. Dance skills are a plus.

ALSO would like to hire a member of the TYA Company to act as Choreographer for each show and be responsible for movement ranging from simple staging to actual dance forms (tap, ballet, jazz where appropriate to the shows).

Males (4)

Young Leading Man (Lyric Baritone 17+) Tall, attractive singer/actor with great voice to play mostly “Prince” or other “hero” type leading roles. Charming with a “winning” smile.  tya leading man (prince) sides

2nd Juvenile Lead (Tenor 17+) Attractive and fun singer/actor with strong voice to play secondary leads like the “brother” or “best friend” to the leading man or woman in each show. Fun-loving and out-going personality.  tya 2nd male (jack) sides

Young Comic Character (Bari-tenor 17+) Excellent singer/actor with strong comic ability to play the “comic-relief ” roles like “Court Jesters” or “Elves” or “Animals”.   Often the narrator or storyteller of the troupe. Physical comedy and agility (like acrobatics, pratfalls, etc.) is a plus.  tya comic male (baker) sides

Older Character (Baritone 17+). Excellent young character actor/singer who can convincingly play “older” roles     like the “Fathers” or “Kings” or “Villains”. Big voice and imposing physical presence is a plus.  tya character male (narrator) sides

Females (4)

Young Ingenue Lead (Soprano 17+) Attractive singer/actress with strong “legit” soprano voice to play mostly “Princess” or other young “heroine” type leading roles. Charming and warm personality.  Must move well and actual dance ability would be a plus.  tya leading female (cinderella) sides

2nd Ingenue Lead (Alto/Belt 17+) Attractive singer/actress with strong “belt” voice to play mostly “sister” or “best friend/sidekick” to the leading woman or man in each show. Fun-loving and out-going personality. Preferably a dancer.  tya 2nd lead female (baker’s wife) sides

Young Comic Character (Alto/Belt) Excellent singer/actress with strong comic ability and big “brassy” sound to play the “comic-relief” roles like “Step-sisters” or “Red-Riding Hood” or “Bad girls.” Big voice with ability to do physical comedy.  tya comic female (little red riding hood) sides

Older Character (Mezzo/Alto 17+) Excellent actress/singer who can convincingly play “older” roles like “Queens” or “Mothers” or “Witches”.   Ability to be both warm and scary as needed. Big voice and good comic timing.  tya character female (jack’s mom & witch)

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We look forward to seeing you at one of our 2016 Season Auditions!