Equity Principal Auditions
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
10 AM to 2 PM *UPDATED*
Pearl Studios NYC "500"
500 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY
Equity actors who sing
note: only the role of Mary Cassatt is available. Roles of Young and Adult Marie Van Geothem and Edgar Degas have been cast.
Please sing a contemporary musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided.
Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.
1st Rehearsal: September 16th, 2014
Opens: October 25th, 2014
Closes: November 30th, 2014
Part fact, part fiction, Little Dancer is inspired by the obscure fourteen-year-old ballerina who posed for the famed Degas sculpture, 'Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.'
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman
Music Director- David Loud
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.
Part fact, part fiction, Little Dancer is inspired by the obscure fourteen-year-old ballerina who posed for the famed Degas sculpture, “Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.” The show is set in the glamorous and lurid world of the Paris Opera Ballet, and follows Marie Van Goethem as she struggles to keep her place in the ballet corps, torn by her family’s poverty, her mother’s irresponsibility, the demands of Degas and the lure of wealthy men. Ultimately, this is the story of a girl on the verge of womanhood who inadvertently becomes the most famous dancer in the world.
The following roles have been CAST. Actors may be considered for possible replacements.
YOUNG MARIE VAN GOETHEM
THIS ROLE IS CAST. The very young dancer who posed for the famed Degas sculpture “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” Marie is smart, tough, funny, streetwise and resourceful. She is fiercely protective of her little sister, Charlotte, and helps to support her dysfunctional and poverty-stricken family by working as a “little rat” at the Paris Opera Ballet, but also by stealing. Her goal is to become a full-fledged ballerina so she can lift her family out of their dire circumstances. She is vulnerable to the harsh conditions which surround her, but she is talented and determined to succeed. History does not tell us what ever happened to the real Marie after she left the ballet. Needs to be a fantastic dancer, actor, and sing as well as possible. Must have exceptional classical ballet technique (pointe). Alto (Bb – Db).
ADULT MARIE VAN GOETHEM
THIS ROLE IS CAST. Now a woman in her fifties, weathered by time and circumstance. We do not know how she has spent the years since being a ballerina, except that she has lived an interesting life. All we know is that she has returned to see the sculpture that was made of her when she was young, in order to find some closure for a life that was diverted from the dance. She has the same character traits as young Marie—a feisty sense of humor, a toughness, pride and vulnerability. Beautiful singing and acting. Soprano (A – G), moves well.
THIS ROLE IS CAST. Famed impressionist painter and creator of the sculpture ”Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” A cranky middle-aged man, a confirmed bachelor, notoriously insulting and witty. He is losing his eyesight and is terrified of not being able to work any more. Great acting, good singing. Baritone (Ab – E).