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16/17 Local Season Auditions

 

August 9 & 10, 2016 from 9am-5pm• freeFall Theatre • 6099 Central Avenue • St. Petersburg

To make an appointment, please email auditions@freefalltheatre.com and specify your name, preferred date and time and union status. DO NOT CALL

CUT-OFF TIME FOR SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS IS 5PM ON AUGUST 1ST, 2016.  NO APPOINTMENTS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER THIS TIME.  IF YOU DO NOT GET AN APPOINTMENT, YOU CAN COME ON THE DAY OF THE AUDITION AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT YOU IN.

Please prepare either 16-32 bars of a song and a contrasting monologue OR 2 brief monologues (not to exceed 3 minutes total).  Seeking both Equity and non-equity professional actors and actor/singers for various roles in freeFall Theatre’s 2016-17 season.

Season includes:

  • Assassins (John Weidman, book; Stephen Sondheim, music-lyrics; Chris Crawford, dir.; Michael Raabe, music dir. Rehearsals begin Sept. 13; runs Oct. 8-Nov. 6, with possible extension through Nov. 13)
  • Peter and the Starcatcher (Rick Elice, book; Wayne Barker, music; Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, novel; Chris Crawford, dir.) in rep with
  • Peter Pan (TBD, book; Eric Davis, dir.; Michael Raabe, music dir. Rehearsals begin Nov. 15; runs Dec. 10, 2016-Jan. 29, 2017)
  • Red Velvet (Lolita Chakrabarti, writer; Eric Davis, dir. Rehearsals begin Jan. 31, 2017; runs Feb. 25-Mar. 26, with possible extension through Apr. 2)
  • End of the Rainbow (Peter Quilter, writer; Michael Raabe, musical dir. Rehearsals begin Apr. 4; runs Apr. 29-May 28, with possible extension through June 4)
  • Marie Antoinette (David Adjimi, writer; Eric Davis, dir. Rehearsals begin June 20; runs July 15-Aug. 13, with possible extension through Aug. 20)

Equity and Non-Equity professional actors 18+ of all ethnicities

Compensation & Union Contract Details:

Pays: $443/wk. Equity minimum (pending). Equity SPT Tier 6 Contract

Breakdown

ASSASSINS
John Wilkes Booth 
(1838-1865) Age: 25-35 Baritone F2-G4: Male: tall & distinguished. Assassinated Pres Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in D.C. on 4/14/1865. Foreman & inspirational celebrity to other assassins. Has genteel Southern accent. Political zealot – is the pioneer of American assassination.
Leon Czolgosz 
(1873-1901) Age: 25-35, Bass Baritone G#2-G4. Male: slight of build: Assassinated Pres.McKinley at Pan American Exposition in Buffalo on 9/6/1901. Young poverty-worn radical. An anarchist who, in killing William McKinley, decided to take matters of government into own hands for sake of the common man.
Charles J. Guiteau 
(1841-1882) Age: 35-45, Tenor A2-Ab4, Male: average in stature; Assassinated Pres.Garfield in waiting room of Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in D.C. on 7/2/1881. Dashing but mad. Intense libertine; requires a multi-personality characterization and flair for the dramatic
Giuseppe Zangara 
(1900-1933) Age: 30-35, Tenor B2-A4, Male: short; speaks in heavy Italian dialect; Zangara blamed capitalists and “kings” for his medical conditions; attempted to assassinate Pres-elect FDR as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on 2/15/1933. —instead killing Mayor Cermak of Chicago.
Samuel Byck 
(1930-1974) Age: 40-45, D3-G4, Male; Heavy set; was disgruntled at government & all it stood for. Attempted to assassinate Pres.Nixon by hijacking commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in Santa Claus suit.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme 
(1948- ) Age: 25-30, Mezzo A3-G5, Female; slender, pretty. Attempted to assassinate Pres.Ford at Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on 9/5/1975. Pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.
Sarah Jane Moore
(1930 – ) Age: 40-45, Mezzo F3-Eb5, Female; middle-aged and frumpy. Former FBI informant 5 times married, nearly assassinated Ford at St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on 9/22/1975— the 2nd such attempt on his life in 3 weeks. Provides much of comic relief in the show; requires an actress with good comic timing.
Lee Harvey Oswald
(1939-1963) Age: 20-25, G3-C4, Male; slight to average build; Assassinated President Kennedy from Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on 11/22/1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.
John Hinckley 
(1955- ) Age: 25-30, Baritone A2-G4, Male; blond & husky; used sociopathic obsession with Jodie Foster as excuse to attempt assassination of Reagan as he left Washington Hilton in D.C. on 3/30/1981.
Ensemble: 2 men & 2 women. Plays various roles throughout the show including Emma Goldman, The Proprietor, The Balladeer, David Herold, etc.

Not seeking role of “Billy” at these auditions.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER in rep with PETER PAN

PETER (also plays TBD role in Pan): (Early – Mid 20’s) Boy who doesn’t miss much. Nameless, homeless, friendless at beginning of play, and hero by end.

MOLLY ASTER(also plays Mrs. Darling in Pan): (Early – Mid 20’s) Raised to believe females can do anything males can. Natural leader at time when girls are mostly followers. Must have an excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong enough singer for featured solos, Mix/Belt to a C#

SMEE (will also play TBD role in Peter Pan): (Early – Mid 30’s) First mate to The Black Stache. Simple-minded but single-mindedly dedicated to his Captain’s every whim. No first name, and, from the day he was out of diapers, packed off somewhere to be subservient to somebody. His motto: “Tis good to be busy.” Must have an excellent British accent. Featured singer. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong singer, Tenor 2 up to F’s comfortably

MRS. BUMBRAKE (will also play TBD role in Peter Pan):(40’s – Early 50’s) Molly’s Nanny. A brave British widow with a big heart and a love of alliteration. A no-nonsense, good-time gal, who liked a rough shag and a quick drag too, back in the day. Still has enough of her girlish charm intact to turn a sailor’s head and leaven his dreams. Stiff in the lip, loose in the hip, fun on a ship. Also plays TEACHER, formerly a salmon, now an ancient, knowledgeable mermaid. Must have excellent British and Scottish accents.

CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT 
(will also play TBD role in Peter Pan):
(Late 30’s – Early 40’s) Captain of the sports teams at Trinity School, now commander of the fastest ship in Victoria’s fleet, the Wasp. If you don’t ask, he won’t tell about his school boy crush on Leonard Aster, also a student at Trinity. Years later, he would lead an expeditionary team to the South Pole, freeze to death, and become an iconic British hero, Scott of the Antarctic. Must have an excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Baritone/Tenor 2, up to F#          

THE FOLLOWING ROLES OF THE BLACK STACHE, BILL SLANK, GREMPKIN, ALF, LORD ASTER, TED, & PRENTISS HAVE BEEN CAST. Actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. 

THE BLACK STACHE
(also plays TBD role in Pan) ROLE CAST (Early – Late 30’s) Long after most everyone else had gotten out of the Pirate business, the Black Stache stuck it out. Searches the 7 seas for hero worthy of his hatred; opponent worthy of his villainy. Ruthless, heartless, just little bit stupid. Must be excellent comedic actor who is comfortable with featured singing. Strong British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong singer, Baritone/Tenor up to G#

BILL SLANK
(also plays TBD role in Peter Pan):
Role CAST (Late 30’s – Early 40’s) Vicious Captain without skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, & always into disaster. Would sell his own mother for ship to command, would kill his best friend for leg-up from stinking hole he calls home. Must have excellent British and convincing Tropical accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
PRENTISS
(also plays TBD role in Pan) ROLE CAST (Early – Mid 20’s) Bit older than Peter. Ambitious, hyper-articulate, logical, yearns to be leader even as he knows it’ll never happen; teeny-tiniest touch of cowardice. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Baritone/Tenor 2 E’s & F’s
TED
(also plays TBD role in Pan) ROLE CAST (Early – Mid 20’s) Orphan. Obsessed with food: finding of, eating of, pining over, dreaming about. Most talented of the boys; natural actor, easy wit, maybe even a poet. Called “Tubby” by Prentiss, though not due to girth. Must be funny and real: comic responsibility is vital. Ability to play an instrument a plus. Particularly interested in violin or viola. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong singer (baritone / tenor 2).
LORD LEONARD ASTER
(also plays TBD role in Pan). ROLE CAST (Late 30’s – Early 40’s) Very model of Victorian English gentleman, loyal subject to the Queen, devoted father, faithful friend. A Starcatcher – dedicated to protecting the earth and all who dwell there from the awesome power of Starstuff. Must have excellent British accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Baritone/Tenor 2 E’s & F’s
GREMPKIN
(also plays TBD role in Pan) ROLE CAST (Early – Mid 30’s) Mean and malodorous schoolmaster from St. Norbert’s Orphanage for Lost boys. Known as Angel of Anguish Also plays FIGHTING PRAWN: King of Mollusk natives. Must have excellent British and convincing Tropical accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
ALF
(will also play TBD role in Peter Pan): ROLE IS CAST (35 – 45) Gruff and butch exterior. Should be big, physically imposing, perhaps even overweight, while still agile and comfortable with movement. An “old” seadog who’s prouder of achieving the rank of “Mister” than he should be, given the state of the competition. A white knight in search of a damsel, any damsel. A romantic at heart, without ever having read a poem. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility; might be his bow legs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart. Blue-collar English accent a plus. Seeking a tenor to a solid A

RED VELVET
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
Red Velvet is an imagined version of true events. Some of the characters are based on real people – Ira Aldridge (1807-1867), Margaret Aldridge (1798-1864), Pierre Laporte (1799-1841), Charles Kean (1811-1868), Ellen Tree (1805-1880)

Available Roles:
CASIMIR/HENRY FORESTER
Casimir: White male, 20’s, German speaking Polish stage-hand. Inexperienced, low status and likes Halina. Henry: White male, 20’s, English actor. Political, self -interested, ambitious and earnest.
HALINA WOZNIAK/BETTY LOVELL/MARGARET ALDRIDGE
Halina: White female, 20’s. Polish journalist. Bright, ambitious, frustrated with her life. Betty: White female, 20’s, English, actress. Self concerned, not clever but pleasant. Margaret: White female, 30’s, English, wife of Ira Aldridge, plain. Solid, trustworthy, Ira’s rock.
TERENCE/BERNARD WARDE
Terence: White male, 50’s, English, Ira Aldridge’s valet and dresser. Loyal, hard working. Bernard: White male, 50’s, English, actor. Old school, a bit lazy, opinionated and insecure.
IRA ALDRIDGE
(same actor plays Ira at 26, then at 60)– At 26: Black male, 26, American, actor. Ambitious, keen, passionate and optimistic. At 60: Black male, 60, American, a leading actor. Grand, impatient, ferocious and unwell.
CONNIE
Jamaican female, any age, experienced, servant. Older than her years and the voice of truth
CHARLES KEAN
White male, 30’s, English, actor (son of Edmund Kean). Grand but without the talent to support it. Suffers from being Edmund’s son.
ELLEN TREE
White female, late 20’s, English, a leading actress. Talented, motivated, classical but progressive.
PIERRE LAPORTE
White male, mid 30’s, French, manager of the theatre. Gay, revolutionary, entrepreneurial.

END OF THE RAINBOW
A play with music about the final years in the life of Judy Garland, “End of the Rainbow” triumphed in London’s West End in 2010/2011 and on Broadway, at the Belasco Theatre, in 2012. The show received 3 Tony nominations and 4 Olivier nominations, including Best Play.
Judy Garland
(mid 40s to early 50s) Seeking a strong actress-singer/singer-actress who can credibly play Judy Garland and accurately portray Judy Garland through her songs and the emotional highs and lows of her later life. Physically thin and looks older. This is not to be an impersonation but should be able to sing in the Garland style. Must be able to portray the calm as well as manic periods of Garland’s life physically and vocally. 
Mickey Deans
(early 30’s) Judy Garland’s newest husband. Tall and physically imposing. Handsome with an appearance of a “caring” side but is domineering and controlling. Charming, but can be argumentative and physical. Definitely has a selfish dark side with the underlying quality of possible violence.
Anthony
(late 40’s to early 50’s) – English or Scottish. Judy’s accompanist and musical advisor as well as sometimes spiritual guide. Gay and soft spoken with a clever edge. Gentle and caring with an inner strength. Ethical and honest. Skilled pianist. Must be able to accompany Garland in scenes. Is capable of support and understanding, and yet is aware of the inevitable outcome ahead. 
BBC Man / Hotel Porter / ASM
(30’s – early 40’s) Strong character actor able to play various types and characters. Must be able to speak various British dialects. 

MARIE ANTOINETTE
In David Adjmi’s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.
MARIE ANTOINETTE
– Queen of France
LOUIS XVI
– Her husband
JOSEPH/MR. SAUCE/GUARD
– Joseph: Her brother, Mr. Sauce: A Shopkeeper
AXEL FERSEN
– A family friend she’s attracted to
YOLANDE DE POLIGNAC/MRS. SAUCE – Polignac:
A false friend, Mrs. Sauce: Mr. Sauce’s wife
THERESE DE LAMBALLE
A true friend
A SHEEP
ROYALIST
REVOLUTIONARY 1,2,3/GUARD:
All played by one man


Will not be looking for the role of THE DAUPHIN (her 10-year-old son) at these auditions.


Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.