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HAWKS MAINSTAGE & HOWARD DREW 2017–2018 AUDITION INFORMATION

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatree
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman and Jeff Horger
Youth Auditions: Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 am
Rehearsals begin: October 1, 2017
Performance Dates: November 17-December 23, 2017

Synopsis: It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey filled with lovely costumes, exquisite music, beautifully crafted sets and special effects second to none. Perfect for the whole family!


Children Auditions Saturday, August 26 at 11:00 AM.

What to Bring:
• Please come prepared with 16 bars of music prepared to sing. An accompanist will be provided.

• There will be a dance audition, please come dressed ready to move. No boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc. Please note, the audition space is in our lobby and you will be dancing on a carpeted floor.

• You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and personal/school/activity schedules handy in order to complete the form.

• To expedite the check in process – please bring a recent picture. Photos will not be returned.



Audition Location and Check-in:
• The Omaha Community Playhouse is located at 6915 Cass Street.

• Enter through the main doors and proceed to the check-in table located in the main lobby.

• The check-in table will open at 10:15 a.m.

• You will be given forms to complete and return, and an audition number. To expedite the check in process, please bring a recent photo. Note: photos will not be returned.


Notes for Parents/Guardians:
• Parents/Guardians are not allowed in the audition room.

• Parents/Guardians must be onsite the entire time the child is at the Omaha Playhouse to audition. Children that do not have a parent/guardian onsite will not be allowed to audition.


What to Expect at Auditions:
• The children auditions are usually well attended. Please be prepared for downtime while you wait for your number to be called.

• Wifi will not be available. We apologize for the inconvenience.



RIPCORD
Performs in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Auditions: Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Time TBD)
Rehearsals begin: December 3, 2017
Performance Dates: January 19-February 11, 2018

Synopsis: Pranks and practical jokes abound when cantankerous Abby and chipper Marilyn are forced to share the nicest room at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. As Abby attempts to get rid of her unwanted new roommate, a series of bets soon escalates into a hilarious game of one-upmanship as the two women try every trick in the book to claim their space in the apartment and their place in the world. Ripcord is a hilarious tale with a lot of heart.



PARADE

Performs in the Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Jeff Horger
Rehearsals dates: Rehearsals will begin in December and continue January 2nd - February 7th
Performance Dates: February 8th - March 4th

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.

The role of Mary Phagan has not yet been cast, and may be played by either a young actor or an adult. Any youth actors interested in auditioning for the role should email a video link of them singing a 16 bar cut of a song with musical accompaniment, as well as a headshot and resume to the Artistic Administrative Assistant by October 31st.


 

CHARACTERS

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
Youth Auditions Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
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.



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.


THE MOUNTAINTOP
Performs in the Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Denise Chapman
Auditions: Monday, February 26 at 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals begin: March 25, 2018
Performance Dates: May 4-27, 2018

Synopsis: An Olivier Award-winning play of historical fiction, The Mountaintop imagines the final night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After giving his speech, “The Mountaintop,” Dr. King returns to his room at the Lorraine Motel. When a mysterious woman with a secret agenda pays a visit to Dr. King, the resulting confrontation imaginatively explores destiny, legacy and mortality.






For additional information on auditions please call , ext. 110




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