FALSETTOS, BILLY ELLIOT & GRAND HOTEL - Signature Theatre Auditions

Posted: December 20, 2017

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FALSETTOS, BILLY ELLIOT & GRAND HOTEL - Arlington VA EPA
Signature Theatre

AUDITION DATE
Tue, Jan 02, 2018
9:00 am (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

APPOINTMENTS
No advanced appointments. AEA members seen on first come, first serve basis.

CONTRACT
LORT Non-Rep
LORT B ($914/week) and D (($676/week).

SEEKING
Equity Actor/Singers for various principal roles and ensemble in the following three shows in the upcoming 2018-19 season:

FALSETTOS, BILLY ELLIOT & GRAND HOTEL

PREPARATION
Please prepare a short song. Auditions may not exceed 3 minutes. Accompanist will be
provided. Bring 1 copy of your picture/resume stapled together

LOCATION
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206-3435
Please report to the 2nd floor lobby.

PERSONNEL
Kelly d’Amboise, Resident Casting Director, Signature Theatre (expected to be in attendance at the EPA)

OTHER DATES
See breakdown for each show's production dates.

OTHER
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.
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
FALSETTOS
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Directed by Joe Calarco
ARK Stage: LORT D ($676/week min)
1st Rehearsal: August 20, 2018
Running: September 18 - December 23, 2018
All parts to be understudied
TO BE CAST:
MARVIN: 30’s – Jewish. A devoted husband and father, witty, smart, funny and charming. He struggles to maintain his traditional family unit, while reconciling his deep lust and love for WHIZZER. High baritone.
WHIZZER: 20’s-30’s – Extremely handsome, athletic, and charmingly confident. Has a tempestuous relationship with MARVIN. Tenor.
TRINA: 30’s – Jewish. Wife to Marvin, Mother to Jason. Charmingly neurotic and extremely thoughtful in her effort to understand her conflicting feelings resulting from her divorce from Marvin. She consults Mendel, her husband’s psychiatrist, connecting with him and eventually marrying him. Soprano/Belt.
MENDEL: 30’s-40’s - Jewish. Marvin’s psychiatrist who marries Trina and enters into the tumultuous world of her life with her son, her ex and her ex’s lover while struggling with his own conflicting feelings. High baritone.
JASON: 13 - Jewish. Marvin’s and Trina’s son – bookish and awkward – Jason’s impending Bar Mitzvah, his parents’ divorce and the entrance of WHIZZER into his life heighten his already awkward pubescent years, leaving him confused, frustrated, and struggling to sort it all out. Tenor.
CHARLOTTE: 30’s - One of the ‘lesbians from next door’ – Charlotte is a passionate and inspired doctor alarmed by the mysterious illness that is killing her gay male patients. Very nurturing, a wonderful partner to Cordelia, she is also tough. Alto/Mezzo.
CORDELIA: 30’s – The other ‘lesbian from next door’ – Cordelia is Dr. Charlotte’s partner – maternal, altruistic and lofty, she runs her own kosher catering business, and aims to make a good home, but also desperately craves to be of value and useful to the world, she has lofty and altruistic aspirations. High belt voice.
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BILLY ELLIOT
Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
MAX Stage: LORT B ($914/week min)
1st Rehearsal: October 2, 2018
Running: October 30 – December 23, 2018
Possible Extension: December 30, 2018
Possible Extension: January 6, 2019
All parts to be understudied

TO BE CAST:
BILLY ELLIOT: 10-13, Ballet dance skills necessary. A young boy who stumbles upon a ballet class and finds wonderful freedom of expression and escape from his troubled young life in working class England. He must bear the brunt of disapproval from his family and resolve to stay true to himself and his passion for dance. Strong singer, dancer, and actor. Clear tone but not a boy soprano.
DAD: 40’s-50’s, Billy’s firm, gruff, and stoic father. A widowed miner struggling to make ends meet in a working class profession with a work strike in effect. Still scarred by his wife’s death, Billy’s newfound love of dance sets him into a rage, but he comes around and finds love and support for his son and his art. Baritone.
GRANDMA: 60+. Billy’s eccentric and sometimes aloof grandmother. A widow, she struggles with the memories of her abusive, late husband, and finds solace through dance. Strong singer and mover. Alto.
TONY: 20’s-30’s. Billy’s brother. A passionate but lazy working class miner. Disrespectful toward his father and extremely disapproving of Billy’s newfound love of dance. Hotheaded, scrappy, and tough loving. Baritenor.
MRS. WILKINSON: 40-50’s. The local ballet teacher who teaches through tough, hardnosed, and honest discipline. She softens when she realizes Billy’s passion and prospects, developing an important relationship with him and becoming his mentor. A true believer in expressing oneself through dance. Strong Mix/Belt and strong mover.
DEBBIE WILKINSON: 9-12 years old. The ballet teacher’s daughter, very opinionated and sometimes argumentative. She is initially disapproving of Billy’s dancing and harbors a childhood crush on him. Strong actor.
MICHAEL: 10-13. Billy’s fun-loving and carefree best friend. A wonderful example of someone who embraces pure freedom of expression. Strong actor, good singer.
GEORGE: 45-60. The town boxing coach and a working class miner by trade. He is the emcee at the local Christmas party ever year.
ENSEMBLE: Seeking a diverse group of men and women to round out the show. Strong singers, strong dancer, and strong movers to play a varied mix of miners, police officers, ballet dancers, etc.
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GRAND HOTEL
Book by Luther Davis
Music and Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest
Additional Music by Maury Yeston
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
MAX Stage: LORT B ($941/week min)
1st Rehearsal: March 4, 2019
Running: April 2 – May 12, 2019
All parts to be understudied
To Be Cast:
OTTO KRINGELEIN: late 40s-early 50’s. A terminally ill bookkeeper from the small town life looking to live life to the fullest while he can. Humble, charming, joyous, lovable, generous, and grateful. Tenor.
BARON FELIX VON GAIGERN: late 20s. The picture of debonair. Dashing, charming, and optimistic but flat broke. Seeking his own legacy. A good guy who lives and loves fast, living in the now. Passionate and romantic, falls in love with Grushinskaya. Tenor.
HERMANN PREYSING: mid 50’s. General Director of a large textile mill. A solid burgher blinded by money and terrified of losing his life style. He cheats, lies, and manipulates to get what he wants. Baritone.
COLONEL-DOCTOR OTTERNSCHLAG: 60’s. Wounded by gas and shrapnel in WW1, he is a cynical, tortured, and ruined man. Omnipotent and functions as the narrator of the piece. The character has only one eye, and one leg is missing/paralyzed. Character baritone.
ERIK: mid 20’s. The assistant concierge who is deeply loyal in love with his pregnant wife. He struggles between making a living for his growing family and being present in his family’s daily life, working long hours to provide. Hard work at the hotel will likely lead to his missing the birth of his child. Eager to start a family. Intelligent, ambitious, devoted. Baritone.
ZINNOWITZ: mid to late 40’s. A Berlin lawyer. The secretary for the textile mill company under Preysing's direction. Encourages Preysing to lie. Ambitious, greedy, and willing to do whatever it takes. Baritone.
FLAEMMCHEN: early to mid 20’s. A pretty girl with moxie just off the bus with dreams of Hollywood. Constantly in conflict between her ambition and her morals. She is charming, gamine, flirtatious, and has great sex appeal. Strong dancer or mover. Alto with Belt.
ELIZAVETA GRUSHINSKAYA: mid to late 40’s. The still-beautiful and enchanting, world famous, Russian Prima Ballerina constantly proclaiming her last performance. Hanging on to her old life and identity as a superstar, feeling old and irrelevant until she is revived by the young Baron's love. Demands only the best from herself and for her fans, extremely hard on herself. Ballet experience a plus. Mezzo.
RAFFAELA: late 30’s to early 40’s. Confidante, secretary, and Elizaveta's long time dresser. Secretly longing for and in love with Grushinskaya- deeply devoted and fiercely protective of her. Hardworking, reliable, and smart. Mezzo.
ENSEMBLE: a varied group of actors to play hotel employees including Bellboys, Telephone Operators, the Chauffeur (a tough talking gangster posing as a Chauffeur), Witt (Company Manager of Grushinskaya’s ballet troupe), Sandor (an impatient Hungarian theatre Impresario), Rohna (the Hotel General Manager), Madame Peepee (the lavatory attendant), Male Scullery Workers, and the Jimmys (a pair of African American entertainers at the Grand Hotel. They are charming waiters who really are a show business song-and-dance team. Must tap and 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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