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freeFall Theatre 2019/2020 Season Auditions


freeFall Theatre

St. Petersburg, FL

Equity Performer Auditions

(non-union & EMC seen as time permits)

AEA SPT Tier 6 Contract $493/wk AEA minimum (pending approval)

August 5th & 6th, 2019 from 10am – 6pm

Dates/Times:

10AM – 6PM, Lunch from 2pm – 3pm: Monday, August 5th, 2019 (ACCOMPANIST PROVIDED – actor/singer auditions MUST be this day)

10AM – 6PM, Lunch from 2pm – 3pm: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 (NO ACCOMPANIST THIS DAY – monologues ONLY)

Location:

freeFall Theatre

6099 Central Avenue

St. Petersburg, FL 33710

www.freefalltheatre.com

Personnel:

Eric Davis, Artistic Director

Chris Crawford, Associate Artistic Director

Michael Raabe, Musical Director

Audition Requests:

Send an email to Chris Crawford at auditions@freefalltheatre.com and indicate your preferred audition date, time frame, your union status (Equity, EMC, non-union), and your phone number and email address.  Please include a copy of your headshot and resume, if possible. If you do not have access to a computer, please call 727-498-5205 ext. 009 and leave a message for Chris Crawford with your preferred date and time frame (before lunch, after lunch, etc.). Deadline for requesting an audition time is close of business on August 2nd, 2019.

freeFall Theatre encourages attendance by performers of all races and ethnicities.  

THIS AUDITION IS A REQUIRED EQUITY PERFORMER CALL.  ALL EQUITY ACTORS WILL BE SEEN (TIME PERMITTING). IF YOU DO NOT GET AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE COME TO THE AUDITION AND WE WILL GET YOU IN DURING NO-SHOWS AND/OR EXTRA TIME.

ALL EMC AND NON-UNION ACTORS WILL NOT BE GIVEN AN APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME.  PLEASE ATTEND THE AUDITION, AND WE WILL DO OUR VERY BEST TO FIT YOU IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY WHEN THERE ARE NO AEA PEOPLE WAITING.  

Preparation:

Prepare up to two contrasting selections – a brief monologue and a 16-32 bar song selection (not to exceed 3 minutes total), OR IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE NON-MUSICAL AUDITIONS 2 brief, contrasting monologues (not to exceed 3 minutes total).  If singing, bring additional music in case we want to hear more from you. Performing material from the shows is acceptable. Please make your audition specific to our season in tone.  Bring a headshot and resume, stapled together.  Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided on the 5th but may not transpose.

Seeking:

Transformational actors and actor/singers of all races and ethnicities for our 2019/20 season.  

2019/20 Shows & dates:

The Turn of the Screw

Book by Jeffrey Hatcher

from the story by Henry James

Director: Timothy Saunders

Rehearses:  9/10/2019 – 9/26/2019 

Runs: 9/27/2019-10/27/2019 (possible extension through November 3rd)

Synopsis:

Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. But she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was himself found dead soon after under mysterious circumstances. Now the new governess has begun to see the specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late. But one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real, or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?

Breakdown:

The Man: Male 34-50

Seeking a very versatile actor who will play the narrator, the uncle, Mrs. Grose and the boy, Miles.  THIS ROLE IS CAST – seeking only emergency replacements at this time

The Woman: Female 20-33

Seeking a strong actress who will play the role of the governess. Employed to look after his orphaned niece and nephew by a man who makes it clear that he does not wish to be bothered about them, she finds herself engaged in a struggle against evil apparitions for the souls of the children.

The Lion in Winter
By James Goldman
Director: Chris Crawford
Rehearses: November 5th, 2019 – November 21st, 2019
Runs: November 22nd, 2019 – December 22, 2019 (possible extension through December 29th)

Breakdown:
Henry II King of England (age 50-60): Henry is 50 at a time when men were either old or dead. He is enjoying the final rush of physical and mental vigor that comes to some men not before the end but before the start of the decline.Alais: A French Princess (age 20-30). Alais is 23, serenely beautiful and gentle.
Eleanor: Henry’s wife (age 50-65). Eleanor is 61 and looks nothing like it. She has great temperament, authority and presence. She has been a queen of international importance for forty-six years and you know it. She is a genuinely feminine woman thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man’s world.
Richard Lionheart: The oldest son (age 24-34). Richard, at 26, looks like his legend. He is handsome, graceful and impressive. He has been a famous soldier since his middle teens, and justly so; war is his profession and he is good at it.
Geoffrey: The middle son (age 23-33). Count of Brittany and, at age 25, is a man of steely energy and verve. He is attractive, charming, and the owner of the best brain of a brainy family.
John: the youngest son (age 15- 20). John, at age 16 is a charming looking boy, sweet-faced, adorable, and spoiled.
Philip: King of France (age 17 – 23). Philip is impressive for a man of 17. He is well-proportioned and handsome. His manner is open, direct and simple. He has been King of France for three years and has learned a great
deal.






Marie and Rosetta (co-production with The Hippodrome)

By George Brant

Director: TBD

freeFall Dates:
1st rehearsal: 12/26/17
1st Preview: 1/20/18
Opening: 1/26/18
Closing: 2/11/18

Hippodrome Dates:
1st rehearsal: 2/25/18
1st Preview: 3/3/18
Opening: 3/8/18
Closing: 3/31/18

Synopsis:

Celebrated for her fierce guitar playing and swinging gospel music, singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a veritable legend. Throughout the 1930s and ’40s, Sister Rosetta performed gospel in the morning and swing music at the Cotton Club at night, to inevitably become a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll’s earliest icons. This “play with music” chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare for a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Breakdown:

Seeking performers who can commit to both contracts. 

SISTER ROSETTA THARPE
Female, African-American, early 30s – early 50s. Pretty, vivacious, an irrepressible spirit. She has a bluesy voice (and played a mean guitar). A diva who can take over a room vocally and with her personality. Plays spirituals that swing. MUST SING WELL AND BE ABLE TO PLAY GUITAR.


MARIE KNIGHT
Female, African-American, early 20s. A more traditional alto gospel singer (who played staid piano). Gorgeous, youthful, on her way to becoming a spiritual star. Has to have a strong voice, a buoyancy of spirit, a sense of comedy one moment and then go to the other side. MUST HAVE A GOSPEL VOICE AND BE ABLE TO PLAY PIANO.

Lone Star Spirits (co-production with The Hippodrome)

Book By Josh Tobiessen

Director: Stephanie Lynge

Hippodrome Dates:
1st rehearsal: 12/26/17
1st Preview: 1/20/18
Opening: 1/26/18
Closing: 2/11/18

freeFall Dates:
1st rehearsal: 2/25/18
1st Preview: 3/3/18
Opening: 3/8/18
Closing: 3/31/18

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN ENTIRELY CAST BY THE HIPPODROME

Dear World

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee

Based on The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux

As adapted by Maurice Valency

New version by David Thompson

Director: Eric Davis

Rehearses:  March 31st, 2020 – April 23rd 2020

Runs: April 24th, 2020 – May 24th, 2020 (possible extension through May 31st)

Synopsis:

In wartime Paris, the eccentric Countess Aurelia, also known as “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” lives in the cellar of a small bistro, ruing the loss of a long-ago lover and reminiscing about her past. When a heartless corporation decides to blow up the bistro to access the valuable oil beneath it, Aurelia and her band of motley friends conspire to save the café. Meanwhile, the Countess encourages the romance between a young executive named Julian and Nina, the bistro’s waitress.

Breakdown:

Actor 1 – Male – Prospector, Sargeant 

Actor 2 – Female – Nina

Actor 3 – Female – Countess Aurelia

Actor 4 – Any gender – President 1, Gabrielle

Actor 5 – Any gender – President 2, Constance

Actor 6 – Male – President 3, Sewerman

Actor 7 – Male – Julian

Actor 8 – Child of any gender – Mute

Oz (World Premiere)

Book by Eric Davis

Lyrics by Michael Raabe & Eric Davis

Music by Michael Raabe

Director: Eric Davis

Musical Director: Michael Raabe

Based on the Oz books by L. Frank Baum

Rehearses: 

Runs: June 27, 2020 – July 26, 2020 (possible extension through August 2nd)

Breakdown:

Still being created

Seeking:

We are looking for an ensemble of 6 musical theatre performers of any gender and ethnic background with a strong pop/folk/musical theatre sound to play various roles.