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HAWKS MAINSTAGE & HOWARD DREW 2017–2018 AUDITION DATES

Season Musical Auditions - Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 - 6:30 pm


In an effort to be as respectful and efficient as possible with regard to our volunteer’s schedules and the wide variety of performance opportunities throughout the city, OCP will be holding season musical auditions which will take place Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30 pm.

Actors 16 yrs and up interested in MAMMA MIA!, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PARADE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, and SINGIN' IN THE RAIN should plan to attend.

What to Bring:
To expedite the check in process - please bring a recent photo to attach to your audition form. Please note, photos will not be returned.

Sheet music with a 16 bar cut ready to sing (an accompanist will be provided). Though our musical season contains a variety of musical styles, choose a song that best shows off your voice that you feel the most confident about! OCP directors will use the callback process to learn if you can sing a specific musical style.

There will be a dance audition, so please come dressed to move (no boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc. )

• There will be a second dance call specifically for tap dancers. Actors wishing to participate in the second dance call should bring tap shoes or hard sole shoes.

• You will be asked to fill out an audition form, which will ask which shows you are interested in. Please select what show or shows you are interested in.

• OCP directors do not expect you to know your full schedule a year in advance, but please list any conflicts that you are aware of at the time of the audition.  Should you be called back for a specific show, you will be asked for additional conflicts during callbacks. 
 
• Please have all necessary contact information to complete the form.


After season musical auditions, all actors will be notified of which musicals they are being called back for. Actors will also be given the callback dates and times. Should you wish to not attend callbacks for a specific show, you may decline.

Note to actors attending season musical auditions and are interested in MAMMA MIA! - Callbacks for MAMMA MIA! will be held on June 12 and 13.

Should you have any questions or are unable to attend the season musical auditions, please email the Artistic Administrative Assistant.


MAMMA MIA!
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatree
Directed by Jeff Horger
Season Musical Auditions 16 yrs and up - Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsals begin: July 30, 2017
Performance Dates: September 15-October 15, 2017

Synopsis: It’s the late 1990s. Donna has been raising her daughter Sophie by herself for the past 20 years, unaware of which of the three potential men in her life was Sophie’s biological father. Donna and Sophie have lived peacefully on the Greek Island where Donna last saw the 3 men 20 years ago, but now that Sophie is about to get married, the 3 men show up for the wedding, unaware of their own potential paternity. This light-hearted and absurd musical is set to a 1970s Disco/Rock score consisting entirely of songs by the band ABBA.


Character Descriptions:
DONNA (35 - 45) A former nightclub singer who had to grow up in a hurry when she had a baby at the age of 20. She is struggling with the fact that her 20 year old daughter is getting married. Hard-edged, independent, and toughened by a hard-lived life, she still manages to retain the spark of her youth. She’s basically the missing link between the 2nd and 3rd waves of feminism.

TANYA (25 – 45) Donna’s former bandmate. She has spent the past 2 decades bouncing from husband to husband and accumulating a small degree of wealth. She tries very hard to maintain a youthful lifestyle through partying, drinking, and plastic surgery. She’s the inappropriate aunt you always wished you had.

ROSIE (35 - 45) The third member of the band, and most likely the glue that kept it together when they were on the road. She is the more practical one of the group, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t ready or capable of having a fun time. She’s the aunt you would call with your one free phone call.

SAM (35 - 45) An architect from the US. He was a bit of a rascal back in the day, and he still carries a bit of that with him. He has led a successful life, but not one without regrets.

BILL (35 - 45) A writer of world travel, he is a burly explorer with an investigative mind. He is generally happy-go-lucky in his demeanor and although he is far from controlling, he doesn’t like it when secrets are kept from him.

HARRY (35 - 45) An English socialite whose current mousey disposition is in contrast to the glam rocker he tried to be in youth. He is happy with his current state in life, but yearns for the societal freedom he had as a young man.

SOPHIE (early 20s) Young, rambunctious, and ready to go forth, live life, and experience the world. She loves her mother and her fiancée, but still feels like her identity is incomplete without a complete family unit.

ALIE & LISA (early 20s) Sophie’s best friends. They don’t live on the island, but wouldn’t have missed her wedding for all the world. They are spunky, fun-loving, and ready to party.

SKY (early 20s) Sophie’s fiancée. He used to live a white collar existence on the mainland, but he traded it in for the freedom of a blue collar existence on the island. He loves Sophie a great deal, but is frustrated by the fact that he can’t fulfill her every need.

EDDIE & PEPPER (early 20s) Sky’s buddies. Not particularly bright. Not particularly useful. More likeable than frat boys. They enjoy their simple existence on the island.

ENSEMBLE – This is a heavy dance show, with members of the ensemble playing multiple roles throughout the production. Many of them will appear in swimsuits, beachwear, and other less conservative forms of dress.



A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatree
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman and Jeff Horger
Season Musical Auditions 16 yrs and up - Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsals begin: October 1, 2017
Performance Dates: November 17-December 23, 2017

Character Descriptions:
FRED – Son-in-law to Ebenezer Scrooge

JAKE– Street vendor

NELL - Street vendor

BOB CRATCHIT – Employee of The Counting House

JACOB MARLEY – Deceased business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

MR. FEZZIWIG – Former boss and mentor of Ebenezer Scrooge

MRS. FEZZIWIG - Wife to Mr. Fezziwig

BELLE FEZZIWIG - Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig

YOUNG SCROOGE

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT

MRS. CRATCHIT - Wife of Bob Cratchit

MARTHA CRATCHIT - Eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit

MILLIE - Wife of Fred

TOPPER– Friend of Fred’s

LUCY - Girlfriend of Topper

BEGGAR

MYRTLE CROW - Lower-class charwoman

MRS. DILBER - Lower-class charwoman




PARADE
Performs in the Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Jeff Horger
Season Musical Auditions 16 yrs and up - Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsals begin: December 2017
Performance Dates: February 9-March 11, 2018

Synopsis: This musical dramatizes the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Northern Jew who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering thirteen year-old Mary Phagan. It deals with the sadly relevant themes of racial and religious prejudice, southern society, and the shortcomings of the American justice system. At the same time, it also tells a tragic love story that reveals both the beauty and the fragility of the human condition, even under the most trying of circumstances. Contains adult language, including racial epithets, disturbing imagery, and scenes of mob violence.

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR: This is not a simple show. This is not an easy show. There is complicated music, intricate harmonies, and irregular rhythms throughout the score from start to finish. The ensemble is heavily involved in every element of this production, and will play a big role in creating the world of the show. The show will be a challenge not only in that it requires an investment of time and effort, but also that it deals with challenging subject matter.

Character Descriptions:
LEO FRANK (late 20s - early 30s) A white Jew from New York, living in Georgia. Scrawny, bug-eyed, neurotic, and pessimistic about many things. Critical of Southern society. Loves his wife Lucille, but is to physically and emotionally distant to express it. Maintains his dignity even when in fear for his life. Speaks with a Yiddish/New York hybrid dialect.

LUCILLE FRANK (early - mid 20s) A white Jew from Georgia. Despite her husband’s distaste for the culture, she is a true Southerner through and through but can see through the deception. Seemingly gentle and mousy, but resourceful and resilient when it matters. She loves her husband Leo.

MARY PHAGAN (early – mid teens) A young white southern girl. Innocent and naïve, but full of life and playfulness. She is the victim of a ghastly and unspeakable crime.

FRANKIE EPPS (16 – 25) A young white southern boy. Simple and charming, he does not understand the complexities of the society in which he lives. Dangerously uneducated and uninformed.

JIM CONLEY ( mid 20s – mid 30s) A black Georgian scoundrel who understands better than most how southern society works. He is secretly an escaped convict, with possibly even darker secrets. He is pompous and proud, even when his back is against the wall. Self-preservation is his number one concern, which often manifests itself in the form of over the top showmanship.

NEWT LEE (early 40s – early 60s) A simple black Georgian who desires a simple and uncomplicated life. He is physically intimidating, but underneath is a gentle giant.

BRITT CRAIG (late 20s – late 30s) A white Georgian drunk. The most functional of alcoholics, he would be considered a washed up reporter if the bar weren’t set so low. Desperate for a big scoop and a big break, he seeks out the truth with more concern for selling papers than promoting informed behavior in the community.

JOHN SLATON (mid 30s – early 50s) A white southerner with a rising political career. The Governor of Georgia, highly concerned with public perception and popularity polls. Purposefully social, fun at a party, and perhaps a bit of a flirt. Recognizes that maintaining his personal values conflicts with his political role.

HUGH DORSEY (early 30s – late 40s) Middle aged white Georgian. District Attorney for the city of Atlanta, and the prosecuting attorney in the Leo Frank case. A devout Christian concerned about upward mobility in society. His hunger for political success and recognition can make him ruthless, brutish, and manipulative at times.

MRS. PHAGAN (early 30s – early 40s) A white southern woman from the lower class. She has suffered many hardships in her life, and often turns to religion to find an answer to her troubles.

IOLA, ESSIE, and MONTEEN (early teens – 25) – 3 local girls who are friends with Mary. When tragedy strikes, they let their grief cloud their judgement.

TOM WATSON (late 30s – early 60s) A white Georgian zealot. His religious and racial prejudices undermine the integrity of the Jeffersonian, the newspaper for which he is the editor. A fear-monger who spreads his gospel through hate. A high-ranking member of Georgian society.

JUDGE ROAN (early 50s - early 80s) An old white Georgian. The judge in the murder trial of Leo Frank. Frail and sick. A product of his circumstances, he is committed to both the ideals of Georgia and the Confederacy.

LUTHER ROSSER (mid 30s – early 50s) A white southern “Good Old Boy”. He is the defense attorney in the Leo Frank trial. Although his demeanor could make him easy to dismiss, he is well versed in the rules of southern society and knows his place within it. Energetic, buffoonish, and occasionally quite crude.

LAW ENFORCEMENT (early 20s – early 50s) There are several police officers, detectives, and prison guards involved in the proceedings of the Leo Frank trial.

SERVANTS (early 20s – early 50s) There are several black Georgians who serve as chauffeurs, nurses, and other occupations, serving the higher members of society. Although not slaves, these individuals are well aware of the inequalities inherent to the system and while they are willing to smile in public, they are not afraid to speak their minds in private.



JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatree
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Season Musical Auditions 16 yrs and up - Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsals begin: January 14, 2018
Performance Dates: March 2-25, 2018

Synopsis: James and the Giant Peach is a brand-new musical guaranteed to mesmerize theatregoers of all ages. A compelling story by beloved author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda) and music composed by the award-winning team of Pasek & Paul (La La Land, A Christmas Story, television’s Smash), a young orphan named James accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree. Strange things start to happen and James soon discovers a world of magic and adventure full of friendly insects and learns that love and family can be found in unexpected places.


Director Note:
While the characters descriptions refer to specific genders, the director is open to casting actors of ANY gender, ANY ethnicity and ANY age for ANY role. Anyone can play any of these parts!

Character Descriptions:
LADAHLORD - A strange, magical storyteller. Often inserts himself into the story, in disguise, to help push the action forward.

JAMES - A lonely young boy who lacks confidence. Having lost both his parents in a freak accident, he feels he belongs nowhere in the world. However, when given the right encouragement he becomes resourceful and innovative. A good friend.

SPIKER - James' mean aunt. A thief and a scoundrel. Shrewd and opportunistic. Very tall and thin.

SPONGE - James' other mean aunt. Also a thief and a scoundrel, but not nearly as bright as her sister. Very corpulent, she often has her mind on food.

SPIDER - A normal spider who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Her husband was killed and eaten by Spiker and Sponge. She is warm and friendly to James. This actor also plays Woman with Purse and Reporter 1

GREEN GRASSHOPPER - A wizened grasshopper who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. An excellent musician. Has his eye on Ladybug. This actor also plays Man with Wallet and Garden Guild

CENTIPEDE - An ornery centipede who becomes human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Hates humans, in part because Spiker and Sponge fumigated his family. Prickly and rude, everyone thinks he is a pest. This actor also plays Buzz, the Hollywood agent.

LADYBUG - A motherly ladybug who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. Respectable and classy, she has a warm, caring heart. Has her eye on Grasshopper. This actor also plays Matron Nurse and Reporter.

EARTHWORM - An earthworm who has become human-sized after eating a crocodile tongue. A bit of a scaredy-cat. He is neurotic and worried about everything, but is very friendly and brave when called upon. This actor also plays Bobby Cop and Bitzi Botana.

ENSEMBLE - Crowd, Karl Kreatour, Reporters, Vagrants, Garden Guild, Bobby-Cops, Willy Wonka, Oompa Loompas, Hollywood Agents, Seagulls, New Yorkers.






SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Season Musical Auditions 16 yrs and up - Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm
Rehearsals begin: April 15, 2018
Performance Dates: June 1-24, 2018

Synopsis: The beloved movie musical Singin’ in the Rain comes to life on stage with charm, humor and stormy weather that has made it an enduring classic. This tale of a famous on-screen couple from the silent films who prepare to transition to the age of “talking pictures” combines the best of Hollywood and Broadway with music that will keep you smiling, dances that will keep your toes tapping and special effects that will take your breath away. Songs such as “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Fit as a Fiddle,” “Good Mornin’” and of course “Singin’ in the Rain” will whisk you away to a simpler time.

Director Note - Casting actors 16 years and up, all ethnicities and genders who love to sing and dance!

Character Descriptions:
ZELDA ZANDERS - A flapper socialite and actress on her ninth marriage, she is Lina's friend and informant.

R.F. SIMPSON - A successful, magnanimous, film producer. He leads the other characters in creating a new movie musical.

ROSCOE DEXTER - A famous film director with theatrical mannerisms and tendencies. Frequently frazzled and works with Lina and Don.

COSMO BROWN - A wacky and playful on-set pianist for silent films. Don's best friend and former dance partner.

LINA LAMONT - A slow-witted silent film diva with a big personality and a harshly unpleasant voice. She is Don's regular co-star.

DON LOCKWOOD - A suave Hollywood actor and dancer. Cosmo's best friend and Lina's regular co-star.

ROD - An excitable film agent bordering on manic. He works for Simpson.

KATHY SELDEN - An earnest, talented actress with whit and charm. She falls in love with Don and performs as Lina's speaking and singing voice.

PRODUCTION SINGER - The lead tenor in Monumental Pictures' first movie musical.

MISS DINSMORE - Lina's vocal coach. She is the "mother hen" type with caring affection for the younger performers.

ENSEMBLE - Movie Stars, Film Crew, Actors




STUPID F@#KING BIRD
Performs in the Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Suzanne Withem
Auditions: Monday, July 31 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals begin: September 5, 2017
Performance Dates: October 13-November 12, 2017

Synopsis: This “sort-of adaptation” of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov tells a story in which an aspiring young director battles against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress competes with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist and everyone discovers just how complicated life, art and success can be. This irreverent, modern and very funny remix of a classic play will incite you to consider how art, love and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR: Adult actors of all ages, genders, and ethnicities will be considered. Below are descriptions of what is indicated in the scripts (Posner’s and Chekhov’s), and not prescriptions for what must appear on stage.

Character descriptions:
MASH – (20s-30s) sarcastic, nihilistic, mildly depressed, and frequently cross, in love with Con; she serves as Emma’s cook/neighbor/helper; she sings and plays the ukulele*

DEV – (20s-30s) a mostly amiable guy, an earnest peacemaker who’s love for Mash is at odds with his friendship with Con; he sings and may play an instrument*

NINA – (20s) exuberant, lithe, charming, and charmed by the world around her; she’s a bit naïve but makes up for it in confidence and enthusiasm; she likes older men

CON – (20s-30s) a passionate and intense budding playwright in search of new forms; he’s in his 20s or 30s, but often behaves younger, the way that grown men who were spoiled as children often do; he’s deeply in love with Nina, but with maybe a bit of an Oedipal thing going on, too

EMMA – (40s-50s) a famous and successful actress, she’s regal, elegant, proud, and selfish; she is exactly 19 years older than her son Con, but she would prefer if you mistook her for his big sister, thank you very much

TRIG – (30s-40s) a successful playwright, he’s thoughtful, quiet, humble and unassuming in this very assuming little way that makes sure you can’t help but notice how humble he is; he is officially “with” Emma, but his eyes tend to wander

SORN – (50s) Emma’s older brother; he’s good-natured and accommodating, a bit bumbling at times, but well-meaning and kind

*Actors interested in auditioning for Mash or Dev should come prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a song, either a cappella or accompanying themselves with the instrument of their choice



SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Directed by Jeff Horger
Auditions: Monday, February 12 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals begin: February 26, 2018
Performance Dates: April 12-May 13, 2018

NOTES ABOUT AUDITIONING

WHAT TO PREPARE: All actors will be asked to perform a Shakespearean monologue or sonnet of their choosing. The piece should be no more than 1 minute in length and can be comedic, dramatic, or romantic. Actors are encouraged to prepare the piece beforehand, but memorization is not a requirement. There will be a small selection of Shakespearean monologues available at auditions for those who are not able to prepare their own piece beforehand.

MUSIC: Auditions will contain a short dance routine and a song will be taught to the group. Actors do not need to prepare any music beforehand and although dressing for movement is advised, dance attire is not required.

DIALECTS: The characters in this play range from upper class nobles to lower class scoundrels, and from accomplished stage actors to back alley gangsters. All of them, however, have some sort of British dialect. Actors will be asked to demonstrate a British dialect at auditions. Perfection is not expected and casting is not dependent on the successful execution of said dialect, but we need to know what we’re dealing with from the start.

Character descriptions:
WILL SHAKESPEARE (late 20s – mid 30s, any race) A poet trying to leave his artistic mark on the world. He is cunning, intelligent, sexual, and anything but confident.

VIOLA DE LESSUPS (mid 20s – mid 30s, any race) A young romantic isolated by her own nobility from the art she so desperately craves. She adores poetry and is in love with the idea of love. Passionate, confident, and full of life.

NURSE (late 30s – mid 50s, any race) Viola’s caretaker. Frustrated by Viola’s tendency to buck societal trends, but devoutly loyal to her charge.

QUEEN ELIZABETH I (early 40s – early 60s, any race) The head of state and the face of an entire nation. She enjoys the theatre, especially when there’s a dog involved. She is wise and calculated, not necessarily cold, but well aware of the societal structure that she not only adheres to but represents.

KIT MARLOWE (late 20s – early 40s, any race) A well respected playwright, although he needs to keep working to pay the bills. A little older, a little wiser, and a lot more confident than Will, he is both his mentor and his closest friend.

NED ALLEYN (late 20s – mid 30s, any race) One of the most popular actors of the day. A leading man who has drank his own Kool-Aid 100%. Although seemingly egotistical, selfish, and opinionated at a glance, he takes his craft very seriously and has the deepest respect for committed theatre artists.

RICHARD BURBAGE (early 30s – late 40s, any race) An accomplished stage actor who relishes his fame above all else. He is melodramatic, completely over the top, but undeniably talented. Pompous but likeable. He has earned enough success as a performer that he owns and operates his own theater.

LORD WESSEX (mid 30s – mid 40s, any race) A man with a title but no money, a fact that fills him with frustration and insecurity. He has been trained in the noble arts of etiquette and swordplay, but is bad with words and worse with people. An unlikeable prig.

HENSLOWE (late 30s – late 50s, any race) Owner of The Rose Theater. He is a business man at heart, more concerned with turning a profit than creating fine art. He doesn’t understand the intricacies of theatrical structure, but he knows what he likes: broad comedy. Calling him an idiot is an overstatement, but not a huge one.

FENNYMAN (mid 30s – late 50s, any race) A ruthless loan shark who finances theatre plays in return for a piece of the profit. He enjoys the theatre but knows very little about it. He is a bit of a gangster, unafraid to get his hands dirty when his clients are unable to repay their debts.

JOHN WEBSTER (late teens – early 20s, any race) A young man drawn to the theatre because of its potential for horrific gory scenes and bloody battles. A trouble maker by nature and a pain in the neck in rehearsals. A bit of a harmless psychopath.

TILNEY (early 30s – mid 50s, any race) The Master of Revels for the English crown. Although his chief responsibility is to oversee royal festivities, he is concerned with stage censorship, which makes him both respected and feared by professional theatre artists, especially those seeking to create new works.

ENSEMBLE – There are 5 female tracks and 7 male tracks, all of whom will play multiple roles in the ensemble. Artistic and functional in their responsibilities, these are the individuals that make this show work.





For additional information on auditions please call , ext. 164




Auditioning for a Musical
Those auditioning for a musical are asked to come with a prepared song (16-32 bars) and take part in a dance audition. An accompanist is provided.

Auditioning for a Play

Those auditioning for a play will be asked to read from the script provided at auditions.

Researching Shows
The Omaha Community Playhouse no long offers script check-out. If you would like to know more about a show prior to auditions enter the title into a search engine for reviews, information about the author, video clips, etc. 

Performance Runs
The Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre performances are Wednesday through Sunday. The Howard Drew Theatre performs Thursday through Sunday. Productions run from four to six weeks. Each actor in a production receives four complimentary tickets for the first weekend of the show. OCP offers two auditions dates for every production. You only need to attend ONE of the audition dates to be considered for the production.

Additional Information
For additional information on auditions please call 402-553-4890, ext. 164.

*Audition dates are subject to change