Saturday, 30 May 2015
 
GENERAL AUDITION INFO

No appointments are needed.

Just show up and you will be seen in the order you arrive. Of course, if you're asked to stay to read and/or dance, you may be around a while.

If auditioning for a musical, prepare a brief song in the style of the show and have sheet music in the proper key. Also, bring proper footwear to dance in if needed.

For non-musicals, you will be given pre-selected sides from the script.

CALLBACKS: We often don't need to see people at a callback. Sometimes we see all we need to at the initial auditions. Not being called back does not mean you are not being considered for the production.

CASTING: We do our best to be respectful to all who audition by reaching out to those who have not been cast. We ALWAYS ask those cast to keep that information to themselves until we have reached everyone who was not cast - unfortunately, that doesn't always happens and our best efforts at sparing hard feelings are thwarted.

Generally, our rehearsals run Monday thru Thursday evenings from 7pm to 10pm.

   
   
 
Upcoming Auditions

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR -  April 20 & 21, 2015
(Shakespeare on the Green)

OLIVER - Summer Youth Theatre production
Tentative: May 28 & 30, 2015

   
   
 
Oliver! (our 25th Summer Youth Theatre production)

OLIVER!

Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart,

based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Directed by Brian J. Bianco

Music Direction by Chris Piro

Choreography by Emily Frangipane

 

OLIVER! is the tale of an orphaned boy in Victorian London born into a life of poverty and misfortune: shunned, out-cast, abused but still hopeful to find a place to belong. Full of an assortment of characters for all our age ranges including Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, Mr. Bumble, the Widow Corney, the Sowerberrys, as well as memorable musical numbers such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Where is Love?," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," "As Long As He Needs Me," "Oom-Pah-Pah," and "Who Will Buy!" Nominated for nine Tony Awards, winner of three.

 

YOU MUST BE ENTERING 4TH GRADE

THRU AGE 21 TO PARTICIPATE.

 

Auditions and Crew Sign-Ups:

Thursday, May 28, 7:00-10:00pm (high school to age twenty-one)

Saturday, May 30, 12:00-4:00pm (entering 4th through 8th grade)

Possible callbacks May 31.

 

Audition Preparation:

16 to 32 bars (or one verse and chorus) of a song that shows off

your vocal range and projects personality and character.

NO pop or hip-hop, please. PLEASE BRING SHEET MUSIC FOR PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT - NO ACAPELLA.

 

All auditioning performers will learn a dance combination.

Please dress comfortably for movement or bring a change of dance clothes with you. Please wear appropriate footwear: NO flip-flops, sandals, open-toed shoes, Crocs, Heelys or bare/stocking feet.

 

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN:

Oliver Twist — a workhouse boy about 10 years of age
Mr. Bumble - The Beadle. A large, pompous man of about 55
Widow Corney — a sharp-tongued, domineering widow of 50; the Workhouse Mistress
Mr. Sowerberry — the Undertaker
Mrs. Sowerberry — his overseer
The Artful Dodger — Fagin’s brightest pupil; an undersized 12 to 18-years-old
Fagin — an elderly receiver; runs training academy for young pickpockets
Nancy — 23 years old; a graduate of Fagin’s academy, and Bill’s doxy
Bet — a teen-aged lass in Fagin’s establishment; idolizes Nancy
Bill Sykes — a villain in his prime
Mrs. Bedwin — the Brownlows’ Housekeeper

Noah Claypoole — the Undertaker’s pimply apprentice
Charlotte — the Sowerberrys’ sluttish young daughter
Charles Bates and other Boys in Fagin’s establishment
Old Sally — a pauper
Old Lady
Mr. Brownlow — an old gentleman of wealth and breeding
Dr. Grimwig — a Doctor
Boy
First Woman
Second Woman
Night Watchman
First Bow Street Runner
Second Bow Street Runner
Gentlemen and ladies of London
Chai
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Workhouse Boys
Workhouse Assistants
Bow Street Runners
Street Vendors (Criers)
Crowd of Onlookers and Passersby

 

Performances:

August 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm

and August 9 and 15 at 2:00pm

at The Sterling farms Theatre Complex.

 

Rehearsals:

Mandatory First Company Meeting and Ad Canvass Day:

 June 13 for all cast, crew and parents.

 

Rehearsals begin June 15 and will be held Monday to Thursday evenings, 6:30pm to 9:30pm and some weekends during the day (after July 4) at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex.

 

Tech and dress rehearsals are August 1, 2, 3 and 4

and run as late as 11:00pm.

 

Cut-off date for any and all cast and crew conflicts is July 20, 2015:

All cast and crew must be available from July 20

through closing performance (no exceptions).

 

For more information contact Education Director: Brian J. Bianco at brian@curtaincallinc.com.

   
   
 
Mary Poppins

June 8 & 9 – 7:30pm to 10pm each night.
(Children will be seen from 6:30pm to 7:30pm)

Directed by Ben Frimmer
Music Direction by Greg Chrzczon
Choreography by Kari Sweeeny Efferen

Rehearsals will begin July 20th.
Performances run September 11 through October 17.

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, great dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft. The perfect show for the entire family.

Seeking a large ensemble cast from age 15 through 60 and up. (Younger
 performers needed for Jane & Michael.)

AUDITION PREPARATION: 16 to 32 bars (or one verse and chorus) of a song that shows off your vocal range and projects personality and character. NO pop or hip-hop, please.

PLEASE BRING SHEET MUSIC IN THE PROPER KEY FOR PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT – NO ACAPELLA.

YOU MAY BE ASKED to learn a dance combination. Please dress comfortably for movement or bring a change of dance clothes with you. Please wear appropriate footwear: NO flip-flops, sandals, open-toed shoes, Crocs, Heelys or bare/stocking feet.

Character breakdown:

MICHAEL BANKS (p​lay the age of a 9 year old) ­ Cute & cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him. Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents.

JANE BANKS
​(play the age of an 11 year old) ­ The high­spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

NOTE: The roles of Jane & Michael will be double cast.

MARY POPPINS​(20­-35 years old) ­ Jane and Michael Banks’s new nanny. Practically perfect in every way. A mezzo soprano with strong top notes, she should be able to dance well. She can have a more traditional soprano sound, but precision and diction is the key. Range: Mezzo­soprano or soprano with strong lower range

BERT​(30­-45 yrs old) ­ The narrator of the story & a good friend to Mary Poppins. An everyman, with many occupations, he has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent, and is a song­ and­ dance­ man (tap).

WINIFRED BANKS ​(30­-45 yrs old) ­ George’s wife & Jane and Michael’s mother. A former actress, who is busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to only associate with “the best people” as well as be a model wife and mother. She has a great warmth and simplicity to her tone.

GEORGE BANKS​ (35­-50 yrs old) ­ The father to Jane & Michael Banks, a banker to the very fiber of his being. Demanding “precision & order” in his household, he is a pipe­and­slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children. His emotional armor, however, conceals a sensitive soul. A baritone, George may speak­sing as necessary.

MISS ANDREW ​(40­-60 yrs old) ­ George’s overbearing scary nanny. She is a bully who only knows one way of doing things ­ her way. A soprano with an alto belt, there can be some heaviness to her voice along with the range.

MRS. BRILL​ (50­-60 yrs old) ­ The housekeeper & cook for the Banks family. Overworked & harassed, she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed. Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath.

ROBERTSON AY​ (20­-30 yrs old) The houseboy to the Banks family. Lazy, sleepy, and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless. He doesn’t do a lot of singing, but his “Spoonful” solo can be a fun surprise.

FEATURED PLAYERS:​
BANK CHAIRMAN​ (50­+ yrs old) ­ The head of the bank where Mr. Banks is employed, is an Edwardian stuffed­ shirt. He can speak/sing his lyrics if necessary.

BIRD WOMAN​ (50­+ yrs old) ­ She tries to sell her bird crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist. Sings “Feed the Birds.” There can be a gruff, folksy quality to her voice that reflects the hardness of her life.

ADMIRAL BOOM​ (50­+ yrs old) ­ A retired Royal Navy man & neighbor of the Banks family. A physically large man with a loud and booming voice, he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark. Can be any vocal range as needed. If Admiral Boom doubles as the Bank Chairman, he can be a baritone.

JOHN NORTHBROOK ​(30­-50 yrs old) ­ An honest businessman seeking a loan to build a factory for his community. He speaks with an accent from Northern England.

KATIE NANNA​ (30­-40 yrs old) ­ Jane and Michael’s nanny at the beginning of the show. Overwhelmed and upset, she has absolutely had her fill of the Banks children.

MISS LARK​ (30­-40 yrs old) ­ The haughty next­door neighbor of the Banks family who treats her dog, Willoughby, as if he were her child.

MISS SMYTHE​
(40­-50 yrs old) ­ The Bank Chairman’s humorless secretary.

MRS. CORRY​
(40­-50 yrs old) ­ Owns a magical gingerbread shop. She is a mysterious woman of great age who speaks with a Caribbean accent (or any accent that would make her seem exotic).

NELEUS​ (16­-24 yrs old) ­ This dancing statue is a small & lonely being. This role is a wonderful opportunity to feature one of the strong dancers in your ensemble.

PARK KEEPER​ (40­-60 yrs old) ­ Uniformed and officious, he makes sure no one breaks park regulations. His life is defined by rules, but he secretly hankers after his childhood.

POLICEMAN​ (30­-50 yrs old) ­ A neighborhood fixture who is respected by the households on his beat.

QUEEN VICTORIA​ (40­-60 yrs old) ­ A statue in the park.

VON HUSSLER ​(30­-50 yrs old) ­ A businessman seeking a loan from the bank for a shady business deal. He speaks with a German accent.

ENSEMBLE:  Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose an audition from the
list below to view its details.
GENERAL AUDITION INFO
Upcoming Auditions
Oliver! (our 25th Summer Youth Theatre production)
Mary Poppins

For more information, call 203-329-8207 x11 or read about auditions on our Website.
Click here for an audition form PDF version.

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