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FUN HOME

Howard Drew Theatre
Performance Dates: August 17 - September 16, 2018
Rehearsals Begin: July 2, 2018

Synopsis: Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The story concerns Bechdel's discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist.[1] It is told in a series of non-linear vignettes connected by narration provided by the adult Alison character

SHREK

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: September 14 - October 14, 2018
Rehearsals Begin: July 30, 2018

Synopsis: Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun

Character Descriptions

SHREK (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 20s, 30s or 40s, Vocal range top: G#4 Vocal range bottom: A2) Our story's title character. A big, green, terrifying ogre who lives alone on a swamp. He embarks on a journey to rid his land of fairytale creatures and, along the way, falls in love with Fiona. Begins as a grumpy hermit, but reveals his layers and eventually becomes the hero.
** This role requires the actor to wear stage makeup and prosthetics.
Gender: Male

FIONA (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 20s or 30s Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: F3) The beautiful princess of Far Far Away, she transforms into an ogre every night when the sun sets. Rescued by Shrek and eventually falls in love with him. Quirky, blunt, and multi-talented, she is not an ordinary princess.
** This role requires the actor to wear stage makeup and possible prosthetics.
Gender: Female

DONKEY (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 20s, 30s or 40s Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: C3) A talking donkey who joins Shrek on the run from Farquaad's guards. Quite the chatterbox, he is not deterred by Shrek's looks and practically forces himself into his good graces. Easily frightened and pushy, but also an optimistic with heart.
** This role requires the actor to wear stage makeup and possible prosthetics.
Gender: Male

LORD FARQUAAD (any ethnicity- Actor must be able to play 20s, 30s or 40s Vocal range top: D5 to Vocal range bottom: B2)The comically short, ruthless ruler of Duloc. He is in search of a princes to marry so that he can become king. Has an intensely unfair bias against fairytale creatures that stems from a resentment of his father. Self-absorbed, lonely, and cruel.
** This role requires the actor to perform on stage, on their knees.
Gender: Male

DRAGON (any ethnicity- Actor must be able to play 20s, 30s or 40s Vocal range top: Eb5 to Vocal range bottom: F3) A dragon that has been charged with guarding Princess Fiona in her isolated castle. She eventually falls in love with Donkey and attempts to keep him there forever. Imposing and flirtatious, but tired of her job as the glorified baby-sitter.
** This role requires the actor to wear stage makeup and possible prosthetics.
Gender: Female

GINGY(any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play teens, 20s, 30s or 40s Vocal range top: C#5 to Vocal range bottom: B3) A gingerbread man initially kidnapped by Lord Farquaad. His wit and resolution help him both avoid trouble and inspire the rest of the fairytale creatures. Puppet. Can be operated by actress appearing as Sugar Plum Fairy.
Gender: Female

PINOCCHIO (any ethnicity- Actor must be able to play teens, 20s, 30s or 40s Vocal range top: F#4 to Vocal range bottom: E3)The leader of the fairytale creatures. He is an animated puppet whose nose grows every time he lies. Plenty of sass with a penchant for lying.
** This role requires the actor to wear stage makeup and prosthetics.
Gender: Male

ENSEMBLE(all ages & ethnicities) Fairytale Creatures (Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, Three Bears, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, Elf, Dwarf, Three Blind Mice); Angry Mob; Happy People; Guards; Knights; Rats
** These roles require the actors to wear stage makeup and possible prosthetics.

SHE KILLS MONSTERS

Howard Drew Theatre
Auditions: July 16th and July 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Performance Dates: October 12 - November 4, 2018

Synopsis: A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: January 18
- February 10, 2019

Synopsis: 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Of mice and men

Howard Drew Theatre
Performance Dates: February 15 - March 17, 2019


Synopsis: Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: How should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands?

Bridges of madison county

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: March 1 – 24, 2019
Rehearsals Begin: January 20, 2019

Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller and Tony award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown, Bridges of Madison County tells the tale of two people caught between duty and desire. Francesca is a dedicated, Iowan housewife, living a simple, yet dispassionate, life. Everything changes when her family goes on a trip to the State Fair in Indianapolis, leaving Francesca behind to take care of the house. Francesca is taken aback by a handsome National Geographic photographer named Robert, who asks for directions to the covered bridges of Madison County. The two connect; starting an emotional four-day love affair that has repercussions long after it’s over.

Character Descriptions

FRANCESCA (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 30s - 40s) A beautiful Italian woman, generous, luminous, and funny, now married to a farmer and living in Iowa
Gender: Female

RICHARD “BUD” JOHNSON
(any ethnicity- Actor must be able to play 40s - 50s) Francesca's husband. An Iowa farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, but always exhausted and irritated that things haven't gotten easier.
Gender: Male

ROBERT KINCAID (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 30s, 40s, 50s) A ruggedly handsome, worldly, visionary photographer.
Gender: Male

MARIAN (any ethnicity- Actor must be able to play 30s - 40s) Robert's former wife, a musician.
Gender: Female

CHIARA (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 30s - 40s) Francesca's sister still living in Italy.
Gender: Female

MICHAEL (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play teens) Francesca and Bud's son
Gender: Male

CAROLYN (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play teens) Francesca and Bud's daughter
Gender: Female

MARGE (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 40s, 50s, 60s) Francesca's neighbor, sassy and nosy
Gender: Female

CHARLIE (any ethnicity - Actor must be able to play 50s, 60s, 70s) Marge's husband.
Gender: Male

ENSEMBLE(all ages & ethnicities) Townspeople

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: April 12 - May 5, 2019

Synopsis
: Out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is working for someone else. Complicating events, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend, who is none other than Stanley. Complicating events still further is local mobster Charlie the Duck, who has arranged his daughter Pauline's engagement to Roscoe despite her preference for over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle. Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, several unlucky audience volunteers, an extremely elderly waiter and Francis' pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly, Charlie's bookkeeper, and food.

MEN ON BOATS

Howard Drew Theatre
Performance Dates: May 3 - 26, 2019

Synopsis:Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true (ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one armed captain, and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chard the course of the Colorado River. 

RAGTIME

Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Performance Dates: May 31 – June 30, 2019
 
Rehearsals Begin:
April 14, 2019

Synopsis:Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred.

Character Descriptions

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (Actor must play 40s, 50s - Vocal range top: Eb4 to Vocal range bottom: D3) Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives. African - American.
Gender: Male

COALHOUSE WALKER JR. (Actor must play 20s, 30s - Vocal range top: A4 to Vocal range bottom: G2) A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build. African-American.
Gender: Male

EMMA GOLDMAN
(Actor must play 30s to 40s - Vocal range top: D5 to Vocal range bottom: B3) Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman. Russian-American.
Gender: Female

EVELYN NESBIT (Actor must play late teens, early 20s -Vocal range top: D5 to Vocal range bottom: B3) Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage.
Gender: Female

FATHER (Actor must play 30s, 40s, 50s - Vocal range top: F4 to Vocal range bottom: A2) Mother's professionally successful husband. Fancying himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner.
Gender: Male

GRANDFATHER (Actor must play 60s, 70s) Mother's very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything.
Gender: Male

HARRY HOUDINI (Actor must play 20s, 30s - Vocal range top: G4 to Vocal range bottom: E3)The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the 'American Dream.' Hungarian-American.
Gender: Male

LITTLE BOY (Actor must be of independent reading ability - Vocal range top: D5 to Vocal range bottom: E4) Mother and Father's son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Gender: Male

LITTLE GIRL (Actor must be of independent reading ability - Vocal range top: Bb4 to Vocal range bottom: C4) Tateh's daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Latvian-American.
Gender: Female

MOTHER (Actor must play 30s, 40s, 50s - Vocal range top: F#5 tp Vocal range bottom: G3) The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others.
Gender: Female

SARAH(Actor must play 20s - Vocal range top: F#5 to Vocal range bottom: G#3)Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. African-American.
Gender: Female

TATEH (Actor must play 30s, 40s, 50s - Vocal range top: F#4 to Vocal range bottom: Bb2)The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic. Full of genuine drive and heart. Latvian-American.
Gender: Male

YOUNGER BROTHER (Actor must play 20s - Vocal range top: F#4 to Vocal range bottom: B2) Mother's younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman's teachings.
Gender: Male

ENSEMBLE (All ages and ethnicities) Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Harlem Citizens, Immigrants To America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers


HAWKS MAINSTAGE & HOWARD DREW 2018–2019 AUDITION INFORMATION
Omaha Community Playhouse will hold adult and youth season musical auditions for all five musicals for the 2018-2019 season in May, including auditions for Fun Home, Shrek The Musical, A Christmas Carol, The Bridges of Madison County and Ragtime. Actors interested in these shows should plan to attend. There are two dates for adult auditions and one date for youth auditions. Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Those auditioning should enter through the main lobby entrance and proceed to the check-in table.

ADULT AUDITIONS
Who: For actors 16 years and older of all genders and ethnicities When: Saturday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. check in, 12:00 p.m. start and Sunday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. check in, 6:00 p.m. start

YOUTH AUDITIONS
Who: For actors 15 years and younger (independent reading level) of all genders and ethnicities
When: Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. check in, 10:00 a.m. start

REQUIREMENTS
Actors please be prepared with the following:
• Sheet music with 16 bars ready to sing (an accompanist will be provided)
• There will be a dance audition, so actors should be dressed to move (no boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc.)
• You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and schedules available to complete the form.
• A recent photo to attach to your audition form. Please note, the photos do not need to be professional and will not be returned.
• Should you not have a photo, one will be taken at the time of the audition.
SHOW DATES
Fun Home: August 17 – September 16, 2018, (Howard Drew Theatre)
Shrek The Musical: September 14 – October 14, 2018 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
A Christmas Carol: November 16 – December 23, 2018 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)
The Bridges of Madison County: March 1 – 24, 2019 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Ragtime: May 31 – June 30, 2019 (Hawks Mainstage Theatre)

There will be additional auditions held at later dates throughout the season for the following non-musical productions: She Kills Monsters, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Of Mice and Men, One Man, Two Guvnors and Men on Boats, as well as Alternative Programming auditions. Those dates will be announced at a later time. Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse, inclusive casting.For additional information on auditions please call Breanna, 402-553-4890, ext. 110 or email.

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. 110.
*Audition dates are subject to change The play features 11 songs played live by a skiffle band (think “rockabilly”) that will most likely be made up by members of the ensemble. Different songs will feature different cast members. Not everyone will have a solo, but every cast member will sing in a group at some point. The ability to play a musical instrument is an advantage but not a necessity (specifically – piano, drums, guitar, and bass).