Auditions Announced for AIDA at Plaza Theatre Company
Plaza Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming production of Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA. The production will be directed by JaceSon P. Barrus with assistant direction by Kimberly Billins-Oliver and Jay Cornils, stage management by Lindsay Batt, choreography by Tabitha Ibarra and assistant choreography by Eden Barrus and Alina Jennings. The initial audition is being held on Tuesday, March 12th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Audition appointments are available by visiting www.plaza-theatre.com and clicking 'Auditions'.
The audition will be held at Plaza Main Street which is located at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne.
*NOTE - The role of AIDA has been pre-cast
All auditioners should prepare 32 bars of a song of their choice. Accompanist will be provided and use of the piano is preferred. Audio playback is acceptable (CD or off your phone - but please have the track ready to go on your phone). Those auditioning will be asked to present a cold reading from the show which the Director will provide on site. The directors will spend around 5 minutes with each individual performer at this initial audition.
*NOTE - The director and producers are seeking to cast the show with performers of the accurate cultural background to portray these characters. Additionally, performers of any ethnicity, race, color, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, and who are differently abled are welcome and encouraged to audition.
A call back audition will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at 7:00pm. The call back will be held at Plaza's Dudley Hall location which is located at 305 S. Anglin Street in Cleburne. Only those who the directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 3 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION. The guidelines and Credo can be found at plaza-theatre.com/auditions
The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on May 17th and playing thru June 15th. Rehearsals will commence on about March 30th and will usually take place Monday and Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. We will add some Wednesday night rehearsals as opening approaches. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Aida and Radames' love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
ABOUT THE THEATRE
Plaza Theatre Company is a 276 seat theatre-in-the-round located at 305 S. Anglin Street in Cleburne, TX. The Company produces around 10 shows a year usually in the style of family-friendly comedies and musicals. PlazaCo opened in November of 2006 and is currently producing its 127th show. The Company has been the proud recipient of over 60 Column Awards including winning "Best Musical" in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016 and "Best Play" in 2014 in addition to recently being named "Best Theatre Group" by the WFAA A-List for 2011. Further information about PlazaCo is available by visiting http://www.plaza-theatre.com
*NOTE - The role of AIDA has been pre-cast, all other roles are OPEN
AIDA - A beautiful Nubian Princess, daughter of King Amonasro, who truly loves her people and will sacrifice everything for their happiness. ( Mezzo-Soprano: Low F - High F)
RADAMES - A handsome, Egyptian Captain, son of Zoser, who enjoys the adventures of war without realizing its devastation. He is a good man who wants to be a better man. (Tenor: A flat - B flat)
AMNERIS - A beautiful, if materialistic, Egyptian Princess, daughter of the Pharaoh. (Mezzo-Soprano: Low E - High F)
MEREB - A young Nubian slave and servant to Radames, who is faithful to his Nubian heritage and dreams of a better life for his people. ( Tenor: G - B flat)
ZOSER - A manipulative and evil Chief Minister of Egypt, father of Radames. He is power-hungry and lives without scruples. (Baritone: F - F)
PHARAOH - Leader of Egypt and father of Amneris.
NEHEBKA - A Nubian slave. (Mezzo-Soprano: A - D)
AMONASRO - King of Nubia and father of Aida. An honorable and peaceful man.
ENSEMBLE - Ministers; Soldiers; Egyptian Men; Palace Women; Nubians; Guards
Males: Low G - High A: Females: Low B flat - High A flat