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CANDIDE - Clarence Brown Theatre Company Auditions

Posted: October 10, 2017

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CANDIDE - Chicago EPA
Clarence Brown Theatre Company


AUDITION DATE

Fri, Oct 27, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (CDT)
Lunch from 1-2pm

APPOINTMENTS

AEA Members can make an appointment through the member portal beginning Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 12pm.

CONTRACT

LORT Non-Rep LORT non-rep; $800/week minimum

SEEKING

Male and Female actors for the upcoming production of CANDIDE. See breakdown for details.

PREPARATION

- 32 bars of an appropriate song (Candide is fine, but not necessary.)
- One contemporary monologue (2 minutes max)
- Please bring headshot and resume.

LOCATION

Simon Casting
2558 W 16th St, 5th Fl
Chicago, IL 60608

PERSONNEL

Calvin MacLean - Director

OTHER DATES

First Rehearsal: July 24, 2018
First Preview: August 29, 2018
Opening: August 31, 2018
Closing: September 16, 2018

OTHER

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

Candide -Candide’s story is about having everything you once believed to be true taken from you. Certainly, he begins naïvely, and certain of his beliefs. As his certainties are challenged he falls into a broad range of emotions: despair, anger, doubt and disenchantment with the ones he holds most dear. But in this production, he is not gullible or dim – he learns, he forgives, his later wisdom is hard won. His songs are emotional, ranging from great joy to deep despair. His naivete is often funny. He tries to hold onto what “his master told him” with determination and passion. Tenor

Cunegonde -Part self-involved ingénue, part shrewd survivor, Cunegonde delights in worldly things. Her love for Candide is certain, but there are many other attractive options in the world. She likes wealth and power and is not ashamed to use her charm to get them. When Candide rejects her at the end, she is bereft – both because of his rejection and also because she has not been understood. She has survived, but is left unforgiven. Lyric Coloratura.

Maximillian -Cunegonde’s blood and Candide’s adopted brother. Handsome and vital, but also vain and ridiculous. He is one of the comic engines of the story – takes on many roles to survive. Throughout, he holds his position and privilege in high esteem. And is played for a fool in and by the world.

Paquette -A bit of a stock character – the smart sexy servant. She uses her allure to her advantage, and is pretty much run over by the world – still, she survives. Another comic engine in the action. Shrewd, sincere (in her way), available. Soprano/Mezzo.

Pangloss/Voltaire -An educator, if a bit of a pedantic one. As Voltaire, his narration views sardonically almost everything – especially his alter ego’s philosophy. As narrator, he may have sympathy, but not much patience with the naivete of the characters. He disavows even the over-long presentation of the story. As Pangloss, he is determined to defend his philosophy, even when its faults and his own hypocrisy is exposed. He is neither old, nor young; neither good, nor bad, he’s just mostly in error. He is smart, but he often plays the fool. He also plays Martin – the ultimate cynic in the story. Baritone

The Old Lady -She is smart and passionate, an opportunist. She is aware of how the world works, especially how men work. She outwits and manipulates them. She is Cunegonde’s duenna, companion, and instructor in the ways of the world. She also competes with her for sympathy and “stage time.” Mezzo soprano.

The Governor (and others) -Full of machismo, he is vain and enjoys his power. Along with Vanderdendur, perhaps the most operatic role in the show. Dramatic Tenor.

Vanderdendur (and others) -Fussy and obsequious, he cheats others without malice and without contrition. He is very much like The Beadle in Sweeney Todd. Comic tenor.


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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