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2017/2018 ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING AUDITION DATES 



AUDITIONS FOR THE FIRST 5 STAGED READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 and THURSDAY, JUNE 29 at 7:00pm.

Actors should come with a list of potential rehearsal conflicts. Actors auditioning for a musical should bring a 16 bar cut of a song to sing. Cold readings will also take place.


1776

Musical staged reading

Performance date: July 17th

Rehearsal dates: July 5th – July 16th

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

In an effort to provide more performance opportunities for women actors and to look at familiar works of theatre through a different lens, this staged reading will be fully cast with women playing all roles. Cis and trans women are encouraged to audition.


CHARACTERS

THE CHARACTERS PORTRAYED IN THIS PRODUCTION ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS AND THEIR WIVES. WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND RACES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION FOR ALL ROLES.

 

Cry-Baby

Musical staged reading

Performance date: July 31st

Rehearsal dates: July 18th – July 30th

It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of "The Daily Show."

CHARACTERS

WADE ‘CRY BABY’ WALKER – The leader of a gang known as the Drapes. A misunderstood young man who acts like a rebel, but has a sensitive side. (soloist)

ALLISON VERNON-WILLIAMS – A pretty, fun, and intelligent girl. She is a square, but wants to be a Drape. (soloist)

CORDELIA VERNON-WILLIAMS – Allison’s protective Grandmother. She keeps many secrets from the other characters. (soloist)

DUPREE W. DUPREE – Wade’s best friend and a Drape. He is always energetic and positive. (soloist)

BALDWIN BLANDISH – Allison’y boyfriend who is an enthusiastic square. He is the lead singer of a group called The Whiffles and has strong opinions on politics. (soloist)

PEPPER WALKER – Wade’s tough sister. She is a drape and pregnant for the third time. (soloist)

WANDA WOODWARD – A Drape who just wants to be Jane Mansfield. There are many rumors circling about her, but she is really a sincere and pure girl. (soloist)

MONA “HATCHET-FACE” MALNOROWSKI – A Drape that many others fear. She always carries around a switchblade and is not to be messed with. (soloist)

LENORA FRIGID – Desperately wants to be a Drape. She is in love with Wade. Girl is crazy. (soloist)

THE WHIFFLES – Baldwin’s doo-wop group and best-friends. They want to have a hit on the radio. (4 part harmonizers)

ENSEMBLE – This show features a large ensemble of both serious and comedic characters, all of whom sing with the ensemble.

 

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

Staged reading

Performance dates: August 7th & 28th

Rehearsal dates: TBA

Millenium Approaches

In the first part of Tony Kushner's epic, set in 1980's New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer's marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.

Perestroika

In the second part, the plague of AIDS worsens, relationships fall apart as new ones form, and unexpected friendships take form.

CHARACTERS

TBA


John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

Staged reading

Performance dates: September 18th

Rehearsal dates: TBA

It's 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.

CHARACTERS

CHIEF GILLESPIE – Chief of police in Argo, Alabama.

VIRGIL TIBBS – A black homicide detective from California.

SAM WOOD – A police officer in Argo, Alabama.

ENSEMBLE – Ensemble actors will play multiple roles