Auditions

Auditions for the 2013-2014 Season


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rebecca Bernstein

Audition Dates: Sunday, Sept. 15 & Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: Nov. 1 – 10, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

NOTE: Due to stage renovations at Lambert Hall, this production will be held at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr. (near Heights & 6th)

Roles available:

Katherina (Kate) Minola – the “shrew” of the title
Bianca – sister of Katherina; the ingenue
Baptista Minola – father of Katherina and Bianca
Petruchio – suitor of Katherina
Gremio – elderly suitor of Bianca
Lucentio – suitor of Bianca (spends some of play disguised as Cambio, a Latin tutor)
Hortensio – suitor of Bianca and friend to Petruchio (spends some of the play disguised as Litio, a music tutor)
Grumio – servant of Petruchio
Tranio – servant of Lucentio (spends some of the play disguised as Lucentio)
Biondello – servant of Lucentio
Vincentio – father of Lucentio
A Widow – wooed by Hortensio
A Pedant – pretends to be Vincentio
A Haberdasher
A Tailor
Curtis – servant of Petruchio
Nathaniel – servant of Petruchio
Joseph – servant of Petruchio
Peter – servant of Petruchio
Nicholas – servant of Petruchio
Philip – servant of Petruchio
An Officer
Servants

Characters appearing in the Induction (the framing scenes):

Christopher Sly – a drunken tinker
A Lord – plays a prank on Sly
Bartholomew – a page
Hostess of an alehouse
Huntsman of the Lord
Players
Servingmen
Messenger


A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL

Written by Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus

Audition Dates: Sunday, Oct. 20 & Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: Dec. 6 – 15, Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm

Roles available for adults and children of all applicable ages:

Santa Claus – He narrates the story
Big Bad Wolf – Scrooge
Philip Charming – aka Bob Cratchit
Bale (a Little Pig) – charity rep
Twig (a Little Pig) – charity rep
Brick (a Little Pig) – charity rep
Jack – Scrooge’s nephew and former giant slayer
Cinderella Charming – aka Mrs. Cratchit
Gretel Charming – a Cratchit child
Hansel Charming – a Cratchit child
Tabitha Charming – aka Tiny Tim and former little match girl
Jacob Midas – Marley’s ghost who loves his bling
Meriwether – Christmas Past and Cinderella’s fairy godmother
Little Bo Peep – Scrooge’s schoolmate in the past
Humpty Dumpty – another past schoolmate
Little Wolf – young Scrooge
Fan – Scrooge’s sister who’s sort of an Ugly Duckling
Fezziwig – Young Scrooge’s boss and shoemaker
Elf – an employee
Medium Wolf – Young adult Scrooge
Goldilocks – Scrooge’s former love who likes things JUST RIGHT
Old King Cole – Christmas Present and merry old soul
Queen of Hearts – Christmas Future
Snow White – party guest
Rumplestiltskin – party guest
Miss Muffet – party guest
Peter Piper – party guest
Mary – Jack’s quite contrary wife
Black Sheep – passerby on Christmas morning


THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Sam Sigman

Audition Dates: Sunday, Jan. 5 & Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: Feb. 14 – Mar. 1, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

Roles available:

D’Artagnan
Sabine – D’Artagnan’s younger sister
Athos
Porthos
Aramis
Cardinal Richelieu
Rochefort / Stanley
King Louis XIII / D’Artagnan’s Father / Basille / Fouquet / Fache
Treville / Duke of Buckingham
Ravanche
Raffian
Innkeeper
Debris
Milady / Old Woman
Cosntance Bonacieux / Adele / Sister at School
Queen Anne / D’artagnan’s Mother / Elise / Mother Superior / Abbess


WILLY WONKA

Words & music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley.
Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy A. McDonald
Based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl

Audition Dates: Sunday, Feb. 23 & Monday, Feb. 24 at 6 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: Apr. 11 – 20, Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm

Roles available for adults and children of all applicable ages:

Willy Wonka – Charismatic owner of the chocolate factory
Charlie Bucket – Unassuming young man who has a golden ticket
Mr. Bucket – Charlie’s father
Mrs. Bucket – Charlie’s mother
Grandpa Joe – Charlie’s grandfather
Augustus Gloop – Portly Bavarian young man
Mrs. Gloop – Augustus’ mother
Violet Beauregarde – Preppy, happy, full of life. Best friends with her mother
Mrs. Beauregarde – Violet’s mother. Mirror image of her daughter
Veruca Salt – Spoiled rotten. Displays faux kindness and real brattiness
Mr. Salt – Rich, doting father of Veruca
Mike Teavee – Self-indulged nerd who only cares about his electronic devices
Mrs. Teavee – Mother of Mike. Even more nerdy than he is
TV Reporter – Male or female; very professional news reporter
Oompa Loompas
Rainbow Chorus
Squirrels – Younger cast members
Grandparents (3)
Candy Man/Woman
Mr. Wonka’s Secretary – Non-speaking role

Most roles require good singing voices. Auditioners be prepared to cold-read from the script, as well as sing a song; you may bring an instrumental accompaniment disc or sing a cappella.


BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Shawn Havranek

Audition Dates: Sunday, Mar. 16 & Monday, Mar. 17 at 7 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: May 2 – 17, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

Roles available:

Corie Bratter – female 21 – 32
Paul Bratter – male 24 – 33
Telephone Man – male 35 – 55
Victor Velasco – male 45 – 65
Mrs. Ethyl Banks – female spoken 45 – 58
Delivery Man – male 55 – 65 (cameo)


SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating & Kyle Hall.
Music & lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe
Directed by Amanda K. Slusser & Matt Zipko

Audition Dates: Sunday, Apr. 13 & Monday, Apr. 14 at 6 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: May 30 – June 8, Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm

Roles available:

Tom – A young teacher who has just received his degree. Male, 20-30
Dina – Tom’s mature side. Thoughtful, grounded, and the voice of reason.  Female, 20-30
Dori – Tom’s goofy side. Endearing, cute, and very playful.  Female, 20-30
George – Tom’s romantic side. Typically sweet and caring.  Male, 20-30
Joe – Tom’s cool side. Very slick and laid back, but also fun loving. Male, 20-30
Shulie – Tom’s sweet side. An earnest and sweet ingenue who plays guitar. Female, 20-30
Ensemble Singers & Dancers

All roles require good singing voices


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: THE MUSICAL

Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Music & lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by Sean K. Thompson

Audition Dates: Sunday, June 8 & Monday, June 9 at 7 – 9 pm
Location: Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

Production Run: August 1 – 23, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm

Roles available:

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein – Male, age 20s/30s.
The Monster – Male, age indeterminate. Played by a bigger man – the bigger the better.
Igor – Male, age 20s/30s
Inga – Female, age 20s. Yodeling is a plus
Elizabeth Benning – Female, age 20s/30s.
Frau Blücher (whinny..!) – Female, age 30s/40s.
Inspector Hans Kemp – Male, age 40s/50s
Blind Hermit – Male, age 40s/50s (may be doubled with Kemp)
Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein – Male, age 40s/50s. Frederick’s infamous grandfather
Ziggy – Male, age 30s. Well-intentioned village idiot
Swing cast, at least 4 male and 4 female, with plenty of featured roles, lot of juicy lines and singing, including a barbershop quartet. We are looking for people with strong dance/movement training. This group will portray gravediggers, villagers, medical students, passengers, mad scientists and various supporting roles

All roles require good singing voices



Contact: 713-838-7191 for directions to the theatre or more information.

All of UpStage Theatre’s auditions are open to the public and you need not have any prior stage experience. Auditions are typically cold readings from the scripts. Musicals typically require a song to be performed. Please bring with you a resume with a headshot if you have them.