Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival 2017 Season – Auburn NY EPA (Three Days)
Producing Artistic Director – Brett Smock
The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / MGR Playhouse encourages the practice of non-traditional casting to expand opportunities for women, senior performers, actors of color and performers with disabilities.
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.
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.
Equity actor/singers for various roles in the upcoming 2017 season. See breakdown.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Director/Choreographer: Julie Tomaino Musical Director: Corinne Aquilina
1st rehearsal: May 25, 2017. 1st Performance: June 7, 2017. Closes: June 28, 2017. Seeking:
Male. 30s. Lead role. Handsome, charismatic, cool. A fearless gambler with a playful spirit and commanding presence. Tough when he needs to be. Smooth, easy vocal quality. Baritone.
Female. 20s-early 30s. Lead role. Prim Salvation Army officer. Naïve and sheltered, a missionary with a fighting spirit. Conservative, respectable, deeply passionate. Soprano.
Male. 30s-early 40s. Lead role. A charming fast-talker, the leader of the floating crap game. Great comic ability. Loveable, on edge, trying to get ahead. Baritone.
Female. 30s. Lead role. Lead singer at the Hot Box – a dodgy 1950s nightclub. Attractive, funny, loveable; she’s been around the block but hasn’t lost hope. A character actress with star quality. Tough and kind. Longs for a conventional family life away from New York City. Strong mover. Mezzo.
Male. 50s-60s. Sarah’s grandfather and member of the Save-a-soul Mission. A quiet presence, kind- hearted, and wise. Baritone.
Female. 40s-50s. Salvation Army matron. Authoritative and intimidating. No nonsense, plays by the rules. A soft heart under the tough exterior. Driven by charity. Mezzo.
Male. 40s-50s. Typical NYC cop trying to outwit and outmaneuver Nathan and his gambling comrades. Frustrated. Skeptical. Not quick. Non-singing.
Male. 30s-50s. Nathan’s best associate. Great comic ability. Bigger than life personality. Cheerful, lovable, big heart, voracious appetite. Loyal and sincere. Must move well. Big, bright, energetic tenor that brings the house down.
Male. 30s – 50s. Intimidating presence. High-rolling Chicago gambler. An outsider whose reputation precedes him. Tough, threatening, no-nonsense. Not sharp. Non-singing.
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Director/Choreographer: Brett Smock
Musical Director: Jeff Theiss
1st rehearsal: June 22, 2017. 1st Performance: July 5, 2017. Closes: July 26, 2017.
NOTE: All roles, with the exception of Leo Frank, require a southern dialect. The show takes place in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Actors should handle movement well. Must be incredible actor/singers.
Male. 30s-40. Baritone. A Northern Jewish man who runs the National Pencil Factory and is falsely accused of the rape and murder of Mary Phagan. Quiet, introverted, out of place in the South. Deeply feeling with a wide emotional range and intense vulnerability. Brilliant, versatile actor with strong presence.
Female. 25-35. Mezzo w/ strong high belt/mix. Leo’s Southern-Jewish wife. Passionate, driven, loving and loyal. A woman of strength and confidence, devoted to her proving her husband’s innocence. Star presence with wide emotional range and physical command.
Male. 30-50. Baritone. Prosecuting attorney. An intense, politically motivated man.
GOVERNOR JACK SLATON / MR. PEAVY / BRITT CRAIG:
Male. 30s-40s. Baritone (with high F). Slaton – Governor of Georgia who pardons Leo Frank. Must be a great mover; ballroom dance/partnering skills. Peavy – Guards Leo Frank’s cell in Milledgeville. Craig – A charming, drunken journalist for the Atlanta Georgian whose career is revived by the trial. Must be able to move.
FRANKIE EPPS / YOUNG SOLDIER:
Male. 16-18. Tenor. Frankie – Mary’s friend and love interest. Perky, fun loving and very charming. Solider – A young confederate soldier about to go off to war. Powerful contemporary tenor.
Female. 13-20. Mezzo. Young employee who is killed at the National Pencil Factory. No taller than 5’4”.
OLD SOLDIER / JUDGE ROAN/GUARD:
Male. 45-75. Baritone. Soldier – An older version of the young soldier, but he now has lost his leg. Roan – The sickly judge presiding over Leo’s trial.
TOM WATSON / DETECTIVE STARNES:
Male. 30s-50s. Tenor. Watson – Journalist, racist, zealot, editor of the Jeffersonian. Starnes – The arresting officer following the murder of Mary Phagan. Strong character actor.
MINNIE MCKNIGHT / ANGELA:
African-American female. 20s-40s. Mezzo Soprano. Minnie – Cook and servant of the Franks’ who gives damning testimony at the trial. Angela – House maid of Governor Slaton. Excellent, versatile actress. Must move well.
LUTHER ROSSER/ OFFICER IVY/GUARD:
Male. 20s-50s. Baritone. Rosser – Leo Frank’s unkempt lawyer, comes off as distracted and inefficient. Ivy – Police officer assigned to the case.
JIM CONLEY/NEWT LEE/RILEY:
African-American male. 30s-50s. Tenor. Jim – Janitor who works for Leo at the National Pencil Factory. A master manipulator and showman. Tells a very colorful story. Newt – Night watchman at the National Pencil Factory. Finds Mary Phagan’s body. Riley – House servant at Governor Slaton’s mansion. Excellent dramatic actor. An excellent actor with many colors and a strong commanding presence. Should move well.
MRS. PHAGAN / SALLY SLATON:
Female. 30-50. Soprano. Mrs. Phagan – Mother of Mary Phagan who testifies at the trial. Excellent dramatic actress with wide emotional range. Sally – Wife of Governor Slaton, elegant and refined. Partner/Ballroom dancing.
THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Director/Choreographer: Parker Esse
Musical Director: Corinne Aquilina
1st rehearsal: July 20, 2017. 1st Performance: August 2, 2017. Closes: August 23, 2017.
MISS MONA STANGLEY:
Female. 35-55. Alto. Owner and operator of The Chicken Ranch. A smart businesswoman who also plays housemother to the girls. She is a charming, attractive, and well-kept Madam with a heart of gold who really has a deep compassion for her girls and truly desires more to life underneath it all.
SHERIFF ED EARL DODD:
Male. 35-55. Baritone. He’s a down to earth good ol’ boy that is naïve to the power of the media. Loyal and fiercely protective to a fault who can tend to shoot off his mouth and gun before thinking, often landing him in the hot seat.
Female. 30-55. Mezzo. Housekeeper at The Chicken Ranch. Miss Mona’s confidante. She’s a sassy yet respectful true mother hen of the bunch. A powerful southern style blues/rock singer.
MELVIN P. THORPE:
Male. 30-55. Baritone. Believes he is a newsman first and foremost who thrives on sensationalistic news stories that he can turn into a spectacular theatrical event.
C.J. SCRUGGS / GOVERNOR OF TEXAS:
Male. 35-65. Baritone. Scruggs – A local insurance agent and president of the local Jaycees. Confident sidekick to Mayor Poindexter. The outspoken type to interject his thoughts on how the town should be run. Governor – A true Texas politician with a brilliant knack to sidestep all of the important issues.
Female. 22-35. Mezzo. A hardened city streetwalker on the outside, she also has a young son, which exposes her vulnerable maternal nature and strong drive to want to better herself and her situation.
Female. 18-27. Mezzo. An inexperienced, gawky farm girl who arrives at The Chicken Ranch after running away from home. Starts as a shy and inexperienced young girl and eventually becomes an optimistic and self-confident woman.
SENATOR WINGWOAH / MAYOR RUFUS POINDEXTER:
Male. 35-65. Senator – President of the Aggies Alumni Association. A family man who is a servant of the people and patron of The Chicken Ranch. Mayor – A local car salesman and mayor of the town. Likely never imagined he’d really have to make any responsible decisions or deal with a high profile issue.
Female. 30-55. Alto. Highly intelligent, wisecracking waitress at the Texas Twinkle Cafe. Has no faith in the local businessmen or sheriff to handle the issues at hand. Afraid to reveal her secret dreams to the rest of the world.
THE BANDLEADER / EDSEL MACKEY:
Male. 25-55. Baritone. Bandleader – Opens the show and is the occasional narrator of the story. Think “Prairie Home Companion” Mackey – The Country editor of the town newspaper. Educated with a liberal streak. Conforms to the local way of thinking as to not rock the boat too much.
GHOST: THE MUSICAL
Book and Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin
Music and Lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard Director: Stephen Brotebeck
Choreographer: Robin Levine
Musical Director: Jeff Theiss
1st rehearsal: August 17, 2017. 1st Performance: August 30, 2017. Closes: September 16, 2017.
Male. Late 20s to early 30s. Pop/Rock Baritenor. Sam is the hero of our story living in New York City with his long-term girlfriend, Molly. A strong and confident businessman, he has difficulty with the emotional, soulful side of love. His greatest obstacle is his fear of commitment. He fears that when he gets the things he wants in life, he will lose them. One day Sam is murdered by Willie Lopez and finds himself caught between worlds. When he finds out that Molly is in danger, he seeks to somehow protect her. He ultimately saves Molly and expresses his love for her, prior to his transfiguration into another realm. Should move well for physical theatre transitions, character movements, and illusions. Guitar skills a plus. Vocal Range: G2-Bb4
Female. Late 20s to early 30s. Excellent singer. Mezzo; strong belt/mix and strong head voice. Molly is an artist living in New York City with her boyfriend, Sam Wheat. Molly has an optimistic view on life and truly lives in the moment. In her relationship with Sam, she understands that a declaration of love requires vulnerability and surrender, but that is too great for him. When Sam is killed, she loses all of her zest for life and becomes a prisoner of her emotions. She struggles when she is asked to believe, through Oda Mae, that Sam’s ghost is with her and awakens to believe in something that is beyond this world. Vocal Range: G3-F5
ODA MAE BROWN:
African-American. Female. 20s-30s. Mezzo. Oda Mae Brown works as a medium and spiritual advisor out of a storefront in Brooklyn. A smart woman, she supports her entire family through her scam – talking to the dearly departed. Though she was told as a child that she had “the gift” by her mother and grandmother (who were both able to communicate with the dead), Oda Mae did not actually experience communication with the spirits until she encounters Sam Wheat during a spiritual session with another client. Through her encounter with the ghost of Sam, she ultimately is moved as much by Sam and Molly’s love as she is by the power to really talk to the other side. She is larger than life. Seeking an actress with strong comedic skills based in sincerity and truth. Some dancing required. Vocal Range: A3-E5
Male. 30s. Best friend of Sam Wheat. Carl desperately wants everything Sam has – including Molly. He has great passion for the things of life, which leads him to some suspicious business dealings involving Sam’s business accounts. He is not necessarily a bad guy at heart, just stuck in the material. After Carl hires Willie Lopez to mug Sam and Sam is killed, Carl really loses his grip and slides over to the dark side. Some physical theatre work needed for transitions.
Vocal Range: F3-A4
SUBWAY GHOST / ORLANDO JONES / ENSEMBLE:
Male. 20s-30s. Strong spoken word/rap skills required. The Subway Ghost helps and teaches Sam to use his otherworldly powers. Aggressive and spooky, but within the realm of truthfulness. Good physical actor required with strong movement skills and athleticism.
WILLIE LOPEZ / ENSEMBLE:
Male. 20s-40s. Willie is hired to mug Sam. This results in a fight, and Sam is killed. Extremely masculine, tough and intimidating. Strong movement skills and athleticism needed.
CLARA / ORTISHA JONES / FIRST NUN / ENSEMBLE:
Female. 20s-40s. AMAZING VOCALIST. Oda Mae’s sister and helper in her scam of speaking to the dearly departed. Strong comedic skills. Will also double in other roles. Vocal Range: D to D. Strong movement skills and athleticism needed. Range: B3-D5
LOUISE / OFFICER WALLACE / ENSEMBLE:
Female. 20s-40s. AMAZING VOCALIST. Oda Mae’s sister and helper in her scam of speaking to the dearly departed. Strong comedic skills. Will also double in other roles. Vocal Range: D to D. Strong movement skills and athleticism needed. Range: D#3-D5
HOSPITAL GHOST / LIONEL FERGUSON / ENSEMBLE:
Male. 30s-50s. Baritone. The Hospital Ghost is the first ghost Sam encounters. Great actor and singer required with a naturalistic attitude to him while hiding his sadness. Vocal Range: C to A. Will also double in other roles. Strong movement skills and athleticism needed. Range: C3-E4
MRS. SANTIAGO / BANK OFFICER / SECOND NUN / ENSEMBLE: Strong actress and singer. Plays multiple roles. Strong movement skills and athleticism needed. Range: D4-A5
ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE
By Ted Swindley
Director: Douglas S. Hall
Musical Director: Jeff Cox
1st rehearsal: September 8, 2017. 1st Performance: September 21, 2017. Closes: October 11, 2017.
20-30 Down to earth off-stage, when she hits the stage she moves effortlessly from a ballad that reveals the pain in her soul to a rip-roaring country tune that brings done the house. Dynamic and passionate actress who can embody the legendary country singer in voice and spirit. Ability to embody her unique musical style is more important than an exact imitation, but the ability to do both is even better.
40-60. A Texas housewife and fan of Patsy Cline. Bossy, determined, gregarious, loves life and people but does not suffer fools, has a no-nonsense attitude and a tremendous heart of gold. Comedic actress comfortable with direct interaction with the audience. She leads us through the show and must be able to adjust/respond with excitement and humor to the varied audience’s reactions each performance.
For appointments, AEA members please visit http://fingerlakesmtf.com/auditions
AEA members without appointments will be seen as time permits.
No calls please.
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Offices Westminster Presbyterian Church
17 William St, 2nd Fl
Auburn, NY 13021
WHEN (THREE DAYS)
Friday, January 27, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
no scheduled lunch break
Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
no scheduled lunch break
Sunday, January 29, 2017
10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Audition Start time is 10:45am
WHAT TO PREPARE
Prepare one full song or two contrasting 16 bars that show range and dramatic ability. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided. You may be asked to dance and/or read. Please bring appropriate dancewear and all shoes. Bring picture and resume.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult
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