Fireside Theatre
Fort Atkinson, WI




Back to The Fifties And Church Basement Ladies – Chicago EPA


Call Type: EPA

Dinner Theatre
Fireside Dinner Theatre Agreement;
$650/wk Minimum

Ed Flesch – Director – BACK TO THE FIFTIES /
Curt Wollan – Director – CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES /
Mary Ehlinger – Musical Director – BACK TO THE FIFTIES /
Dennis Curley – Musical Director – CHURCHBASEMENT LADIES


1st rehearsal: May 22, 2017 in Wisconsin.
Runs June 8 – July 23, 2017.

1st rehearsal: July 10, 2017 in Wisconsin.
Runs July 27 – September 10, 2017

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will be provided.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Actors for the upcoming productions of BACK TO THE FIFTIES – A Revue and CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES.

Please see breakdown for more information.


BACK TO THE FIFTIES – Attractive, energetic men and women who can sing in various styles of 1950’s rock and pop, move well, can handle comedy, and can work well with audiences. All races and ethnic groups are welcome.


MRS SNUSTAD (VIVIAN), 50’-60’s She is the most conservative of the ladies and the matriarch of the kitchen. Her word is not to be tested and her decisions are final. She is a mix of Shirley McClain as “Weeser”, Bea Arthur as “Maude” “Doris” in Everybody Loves Raymond and the Mom in Golden Girls.

Vocally hers is the highest voice of the ladies. Low – A flat below middle C, no lower than a B flat below middle C. High – E, a major 10th above middle C.

MRS ELROY ENGELSON (KARIN), 40’s She is second in line to take over the kitchen. She is neat and tidy in appearance and quite pretty in a very conservative way, almost looking like Jackie Kennedy with everything perfectly in it’s place.
The middle voice. Low – A flat below middle C, and High – D

a major 9th above middle C. Should have a comfortable belt.

MRS GILMER GILMERSON (MAVIS) late 40’s – late 50’s and is a farmer’s wife and a grandmother. She is the most physical comedienne of the three ladies because of her “jump in and work” attitude. She appears rather disheveled even when dressed up for a wedding. She is somewhat butch, but not gay. Everyone loves her.

The lowest of the voices – Low – A flat below middle C. High – D, a major 9th above middle C.

SIGNE (Beverly) ENGELSON 20’s She is the daughter of Karin, and has just started college at the University of Minnesota. She is pretty like her mother, and very sweet, but not afraid to challenge Mrs. Snustad and speak her mind in a respectful way.
Low – A below middle C. High – G flat above middle C.

PASTOR E. L. GUNDERSON 40’s – 50’s The ladies all seem to have crushes on him in a respectful “pastorly” way. He is goaded by the fact that he comes from a family of Pastors, and his brother, not he, inherited his father’s church down the road. He is a bit competitive, and finds that he can truly relax when in the kitchen. He has a very friendly and intimate relationship with God, almost like “Tevye” and he knows that the church runs best when the kitchen is happy.
Low – B flat, a major 9th below middle C. High – G flat above middle C

AEA Members may schedule an appointment online through the Member Portal beginning Monday, March 20 at 12:00 PM.




Actors’ Equity Association – Chicago Member Center
557 W Randolph St
1st Fl
Chicago, IL 60661

Dial 011 at front door.

Monday, March 27, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Lunch from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


BACK TO THE FIFTIES Prepare a short rock or pop song from the 1950’s. CHURCH BASEMENT LADDIES Sing a short song in a classic Broadway style of the show. Bring headshot and resume.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult

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