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EMMA - Chicago Shakespeare Theater Auditions

Posted: September 16, 2019

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EMMA - NYC appointments

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

CONTRACT

CAT CAT, Tier 6 ($981 minimum)
TYA

SEEKING

Equity actors for roles in EMMA (see breakdown).

SUBMIT TO

submissions@lscasting.org

PERSONNEL

Book, Music & Lyrics: Paul Gordon
Artistic Director: Barbara Gaines
Director: Barbara Gaines
Musical Director: Roberta Duchak
Choreographer: Jane Lanier
Casting Director: Laura Stanczyk; Brick Wall Theatrical

OTHER DATES

Auditions: end of the week of September 16
First rehearsal: 12/27/19
First preview: 1/28/2020
Opening: 2/5/2020
Closing: 3/22/2020 (including possible one-week extension)

OTHER

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 submit.

BREAKDOWN

Story line: Jane Austen’s beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon’s lyrical melodies.

[EMMA WOODHOUSE] Female-identified, early 20’s. Open to all ethnicities, diversity strongly encouraged. A 19th-century English aristocrat, both beautiful, vivacious and self-absorbed, whose penchant for matchmaking leads to unwanted results and comic mishaps. With a lack of skill she tries to arrange marriages for those around her, while remaining clueless as to her own heart. Must be a classically trained actress, with outstanding comic timing and skilled at English dialects. An extremely vocally demanding role, must have a thrilling alto voice and incredible vocal stamina. Some pop sensibility welcome. British RP dialect required.

[MR. KNIGHTLEY] Male-identified, 35. Open to all ethnicities, diversity strongly encouraged. A local land-owner and old friend of Emma Woodhouse and her family. A 19th-Century English aristocrat with a strong moral center and a tendency to scold and lecture Emma on her lack of compassion for others. He must be handsome but in a slightly less obvious way so that we may still believe that Emma would prefer the far more handsome and dashing Frank Churchill. Must be a trained classical actor with a strong English dialect. Must possess outstanding comic talent and have a dry, dead pan wit. Vocally, must have a thrilling Bari-tenor voice with some pop sensibility. Too legit a singer will not be the right match for the score. British RP dialect required.

[HARRIET SMITH.] Female-identified, early 20’s. Open to all ethnicities, diversity strongly encouraged. An awkward and shy girl, she is Emma’s make-over project as she tries to find the perfect husband for her new friend. She has a pure and innocent heart and takes Emma’s every word as Gospel. She is of a lower class than Emma and her dialect and speech must reflect that inequality (but not so far as Cockney). It is essential that she be a superb comic actress with a quirky sensibility and an outstanding legit soprano voice. British RP dialect required.


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 submit.

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