THE GREAT GATSBY - Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities Auditions

Posted: January 21, 2014

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The Great Gatsby - EPA
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities|Arvada, CO

Date of Audition:
2/10/2014


Call Type
Equity Principal

Time(s)
Monday, February 10, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lunch break1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lunch break1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Contract
LORT Non-Rep
Minimum $600/wk

Location
Arvada Center
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard
Arvada, CO 80003


Seeking
Experienced actors with strong acting abilities are needed. See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles.

Preparation
Actors should prepare 1 minute dramatic monologue of the style and period of the piece. Audio and video submissions will not be considered. A current headshot and résumé are required. Equity members must have a current equity ID card.

Other Dates
REHEARSALS: Begin on:Tuesday, April 8, 2014
OPENING:Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CLOSING:Sunday, May 25, 2014

Other
www.arvadacenter.org/auditions

Personnel
Rod A. Lansberry - Artistic Producer
Gavin Mayer - Director

· EPA Rules are in effect.

· A monitor willnotbe provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

Appointments
Auditions are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling Arvada Center Box Office(720) 898-7200. Do not contact the production staff.

Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


Breakdown

Jay Gatsby- Early 30’s – lives an extravagant life that he finances with the money he has earned by illegal means. He likes showing off and always throws big parties at his mansion. Believes his only possible chance to get Daisy back is being rich. Trying to get his love back is the only thing he lives for. Little by little he loses his sense of reality completely. He is a dreamer, but to complete his dream of living a perfect life he has to reunite with Daisy.

Nick Carraway – 30 years old - he is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their secrets. He is trusted and treated as a confidant. With his Midwestern sensibility he finds the East an unsettling place, and he becomes disillusioned with how wealthy socialites lead their lives.

Daisy Buchanan- Early – mid 20’s - Daisy is a woman who likes to play with men she loves to exaggerate and extemporize. She fascinates most men and she enjoys being the center of attention. She also hopes to be liked and popular among the men around her. She wants to impress them. She enraptures men with her transparent nature and has a strong desire for love. She has learned to think only of herself whether other people get hurt or not.

Tom Buchanan- Early 30’s –“The Athlete” and “The Polo-Player”. He is seen as an idol. Good-looking, sporty and though guy who has verifiable “physical accomplishments”. He is a sturdy, muscular man with “arrogant eyes”. He commands attention through his boisterous and outspoken behavior. He comes from an old social and immensely wealthy family. He is very egoistic and has a high opinion and violent tendencies.

Jordan Baker – Early – mid 20’s - Jordan is the young, single woman of wealth, admired by men wherever she goes. She is savvy and comes off as somewhat shallow in her approach to life. Being a famous professional golf player, she represents the new type of woman in the 20s. She is harsh, self-sufficient and does not need a man to help and guide her through life. Jordan is a very sportive and also masculine woman with an erect carriage. She always wants to win whatever it takes.

Myrtle Wilson- Mid- 30’s- Myrtle is a representative of the lower class who longs to gain entrée into the world of the elite by having an affair with Tom wherein she exhibits all the power and dominance she finds lacking in her everyday life. She eventually suffers a tragic end at the hands of her lover's wife. Myrtle would rather be treated like a dog by someone who has money instead of being cared for by someone who has no money.

George Wilson – Mid-Late 30’s- Myrtle's unassuming husband. "a blond, spiritless man” who is faintly handsome and pale. His only hope for starting a new and better life somewhere else. Wilson is ”so dumb he doesn’t know he’s alive”. He runs a garage and and seems trapped by his position in life

Meyer Wolfsheim – 50-60’s- Wolfsheim seems to have a dark past. A professional gambler, Wolfshiem is attributed with fixing the 1919 World Series. Wolfshiem helped build Gatsby's fortune, although the wealth came through questionable means.

Lucille McKee/Mrs. Michaelis – McKee – Neighbor of Myrtle in NYC, silly and vapid.

Michaelis- George Wilson's restaurateur neighbor who comforts Wilson after Myrtle is killed. One of the few charitable

Chester McKee/ Waiter/Cop – McKee- Artist, effeminate and snobby.


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