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AUGUST RUSH - Aurora Civic Center Authority Auditions

Posted: August 13, 2018

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AUGUST RUSH - Chicago EPA
Aurora Civic Center Authority

AUDITION DATE

Mon, Aug 27, 2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Lunch: 1:30-2:30pm.

APPOINTMENTS

Equity Members may sign up for an appointment through the Member Portal beginning Monday, August 20th at noon.

CONTRACT

LOA LOA to COST; $741/week minimum.

SEEKING

Strong actor/singer/musicians of all genders, ethnicities, ages and types. Please see character breakdown for important casting specifications.

PREPARATION

Please bring ONE copy of your headshot/resume.
Actors may either 1) sing a self-accompanied song on their instrument of choice or 2) sing a short song and demonstrate proficiency on an instrument. (An accompanist will be provided for those choosing the second option.)

LOCATION

Actors' Equity Association - Chicago
557 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
Dial 011 at front door.

PERSONNEL

John Doyle- Director
Greg Jarrett- Music Director
JoAnn Hunter- Choreographer
Benton Whitley CSA of Stewart/Whitley- Casting Director
Jim Corti- Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre
Amber Mak- New Works Development Director, Paramount Theatre
Trent Stork- Casting Director, Paramount Theatre

OTHER DATES

NYC Workshop: Monday, January 21st - Friday, February 15th 2019
First Rehearsal at Paramount Theatre: Monday, March 25th 2019
First Public Performance at Paramount Theatre: Wednesday, April 24th 2019
Closing Performance at Paramount Theatre: Sunday, June 2nd 2019

OTHER

NOTE: This production has two components. A workshop in NYC and then the rehearsal and run of the production at the Paramount Theatre. Actors should be available for BOTH sets of dates.
Only Paramount Theatre personnel will be present at this EPA.
If any actors, ESPECIALLY CHILD ACTORS, are unavailable to come in for this EPA, they should submit to Trent Stork, Paramount Casting Director, at casting@paramountarts.com

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity monitor will be provided.
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.

BREAKDOWN

AUGUST RUSH A New Musical Based on the Warner Bros. Motion Picture
Screenplay by Nick Castle and James V. Hart, Story by Paul Castro and Nick Castle
AEA Lab in NYC – January 21-February 15th 2019
Production at the Paramount Theatre (Aurora, Illinois) 1st Rehearsals March 25th 2019, 1st Performance: April 24th 2019, Closing Performance: June 2nd 2019
Music and Lyrics by Mark Mancina, Book and Lyrics by Glen Berger, With Orchestrations and Additional Music by David Metzger
Directed by John Doyle, Choreographed by JoAnn Hunter, Music Directed by Greg Jarrett, Casting Director: Benton Whitley CSA of Stewart/Whitley, Casting Director for the Paramount Theatre: Trent Stork
SEEKING IMMEDIATELY (ALL ETHNICITIES):
NOTE: ALL should play an instrument
[EVAN TAYLOR /AUGUST RUSH] 11-year-old boy. An Orphan who runs away to New York to unravel the mystery of who he is and who his parents are. Musical prodigy. Savant-like ability to hear music wherever he is. Boy soprano. Must sing well. ALL ETHNICITIES. IDEALLY PLAY GUITAR AND BASIC PIANO.
[LYLA NOVACEK] Early/Mid-Twenties Woman, all ethnicities. Professional Cellist. Beautiful. Long-lost mother to Evan Taylor. Longing for more independence from the strict lifestyle her father has planned for her, she sometimes exhibits a bold and determined demeanor. Pop Rock Soprano. Must sing well. MUST PLAY CELLO.
[THOMAS NOVACEK] Sixties Man, all ethnicities. Lyla’s strict father and a man of undying principal - often to a fault. While at times harsh towards Lyla, he ultimately loves and cares for her deeply. Sings.
[LEWIS CHAPMAN] Early/Mid-Twenties Man, African American or mixed-race. Free-spirited. Indie rock singer with rock-star charisma. Handsome/Sexy. Falls in love with Lyla Novacek and is the long-lost father to Evan Taylor. MUST PLAY GUITAR WELL. MUST HAVE WIDE RANGE TERRIFIC POP/ROCK VOICE. (Lenny Kravitz vibe and vocal quality)
[RICHARD JEFFERIES] Thirties-Forties Man, all ethnicities. Social Worker. Well-meaning, but highly disorganized and overwhelmed. Empathetic. Must sing well and have strong comedic skills.
[ARTHUR X] To play a 15-19-year-old boy, reads as a teenager, actor of color. WIZARD’s recruiter and right-hand man. He’s a charmer, with a knack for luring potential followers for WIZARD’s cult. Street smart. Must sing well. MUST PLAY ELECTRIC GUITAR VERY WELL.
[WIZARD] Forties-Sixties Man all ethnicities. The Villain. Leader of a mystical-musical cult of buskers called "The Collective,” offering a home and spiritual inspiration to his followers. A supernatural, glam-rock, confidence man. Charming, alluring, and dangerous. MUST SING WELL.
[MS. GORDON] Forties-Fifties Woman. Music teacher at Julliard. Must have strong comedic skills.
[HOPE] HOPE: African American or Person of Color to play 8-14. Soloist in the Harlem Choir. Must sing well. IDEALLY PLAY BASIC PIANO.
[MALE ENSEMBLE] All ages and ethnicities to play various roles and instruments. Instruments include guitar, ukulele, horn, percussion, xylophone, cello, trumpet, and harmonica. Must sing well.
[FEMALE ENSEMBLE] All ages and ethnicities to play various roles and instruments. Instruments include guitar, ukulele, horn, percussion, xylophone, cello, trumpet, and harmonica. Must sing well.


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 audition.



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