It’s Summer Theatre time all the time - even when it snows!
Get ready for a season of comedy and musicals! Here’s our schedule for the 2015 season:
Oliver, the musical
Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy
Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
Denim King, a musical
Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
Auditions: Information for Children
There will be two groups of children in Oliver. The other two shows do not have children.
Group One: Boys, and young girls who can characterize boys. No auditions are needed for this group but you must be willing to attend all rehearsals and a contract will be sent to you ensuring that commitment. A parent or representative will be asked to help in rehearsal or during the run of the show, dividing duties so they can also enjoy watching the production. These children will rehearse early and be able to leave early. They will not be in the final curtain call unless a parent or adult representative sits with them in the audience until the end of the show. They will receive two complimentary tickets and ten tickets at the Lees-McRae employee price which is half. Rehearsals will begin about June 9 and the last show is July 3. Age 5 and up through the appearance of a teen.
Group Two: Most likely only boys unless girls can realistically characterize boys. Electronic audition is required (see below for specifics on electronic submission). These positions are rehearsal intensive and may go late. These children will receive a $100 stipend. A parent or representative will be asked to help in rehearsal or during the run of the show, dividing duties so they can also enjoy watching the production. They will receive two complimentary tickets and ten tickets at the Lees-McRae employee price which is half price. Rehearsals will begin about June 9 and the last show is July 3. Age 10-13 (with looks 8-13). Maturity and “endurance” is of utmost importance.
Oliver: A very slim, winsome boy. Would love to have an older boy who looks seven or eight but can go up to the look of age ten. Needs to sing “Who Will Buy” from the lyric “Who will buy” through “There must be someone who will buy.” Girls may not audition for this role. Acting should be in British accent. Electronic submission with acting/song.
Artful Dodger: Needs to look 12-13. Strong, good dancer/mover. Needs to sing the first verse of “Consider Yourself.” Clear and understandable cockney accent. Electronic submission with example of cockney and song.
Auditions: Information for Adults
Oliver (Performances June 26 - July 3) | Directed by Janet Speer
If you are interested in a specific role, or you have never worked with us before, submit an electronic audition (see below). Actors auditioning for Nancy must sing “As Long as He Needs Me,” beginning with “as long as life is long,” a strong belt at the end. Acting should be cockney. Actors auditioning for Fagin must sing “Reviewing the Situation,” starting with “What happens when I’m seventy” through the end. Acting should be cockney. Need actors/singers/dancers.
Lend Me a Tenor (Performances July 15 - 19) | Directed by Michael Hannah
Please submit an electronic audition (see below) or contact Michael Hannah for personal audition at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Denim King (Performances August 1 - 7) | Directed by Janet Speer
This is a young script that was performed at Blowing Rock Stage Company several years back on the Moses Cone story. The Blue Ridge Parkway and several other organizations have expressed great interest in this local story. A musical with music by John Thomas Oaks. Several strong roles. Most likely you will not have access to the script, so send a general acting/singing electronic submission (see below). Need Actors/singers and good “movers.”
Record a 90-second video audition package. Post to YouTube and send the directors a link or you may send a DVD or contact the director for “cloud” possibilities. If you are auditioning for a musical, you must include both acting and vocals. Please do not submit vocals only. If you are auditioning for Oliver, Artful Dodger, Fagin or Nancy, please see specifics above. We are continuing to accept applications but are deep into casting at this time.
Information for Non-local Actors
Actors are housed on our campus at Lees-McRae. We will not be housing minors so these participants must be local or have a place to stay within reach of rehearsals each night.
Payment for actors will be negotiated with each director. All adult actors are paid. Salaries range from $100-$1500 total (this includes rehearsal and performance). We seldom use Equity actors.
College students may apply for internships which include technical, management and acting talents. Tuition is paid and there is a stipend of $1000 for the summer. Housing is provided. Auditions for acting should follow the above requirements. Others may provide resume.
Technical and Management Positions
Technicians and stage managers are welcome to apply. We will most likely not be looking for designers (we will know more on that in the coming weeks). We do not need directors, choreographers or music directors.
Contact Janet Speer at email@example.com.
Submit a cover letter and resume to Erin Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.