HADESTOWN - Walter Kerr Theatre Auditions

Posted: November 27, 2018

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HADESTOWN - NYC ECC / Female Singers
Producing Org TBD

AUDITION DATE
Tue, Dec 11, 2018
2:00 pm (EST) Female Singers

CONTRACT
Production (League) $2095/week min

SEEKING
Equity Singers for the ensemble. See breakdown for details on chorus parts.


PREPARATION
All should prepare 16-32 bars of a NON MUSICAL THEATER song (folk, rock, jazz, gos, etc). All should bring music for an accompanist as well as their book of music.

Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.

LOCATION
Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6504
4th floor, room 412

PERSONNEL
Producers: Dale Franzen, Mara Isaacs, Hunter Arnold, Tom Kirdahy
Book, Music, and Lyrics: Anais Mitchell
Director: Rachel Chavkin
Choreographer: David Neumann
Music Director: Liam Robinson
Casting Director: Duncan Stewart, CSA & Benton Whitley, CSA of Stewart/Whitley
General Manager: RCI Theatricals

OTHER DATES
Venue/Theater: Walter Kerr Theatre
First Rehearsal: On/About February 11th, 2019
First Preview: On/About March 22nd, 2019
Opening Night: On/About April 17th, 2019

OTHER
NOTE FROM CREATIVE: We welcome performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and body types.
We are seeking actors with unique, vibrant singing skills. Certain roles will also require strong instrumental abilities. Actors of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In general, we are not looking for conventional “music-theatre style”/vibrato singers. We are seeking singers capable of pure tones and/or vibrato that feels informed by jazz/rock/gospel.

ECC Procedures are in effect for 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
FATE 1: Soprano. (F#3 – E5). Any age, female, any ethnicity. Powerful, calculated, and cold. Operate as one of the “voices in the heads” of the other characters. All of the Fates MUST play an instrument of some kind and be skilled with harmonies. Essential for all Fates to be good movers. This track must play THE VIOLIN.
FATE 2: Alto/Mezzo/ Soprano. (G3 – E5). Any age, female, any ethnicity. Powerful, calculated, and cold. Operate as one of the “voices in the heads” of the other characters. All of the Fates MUST play an instrument of some kind and be skilled with harmonies. Essential for all Fates to be good movers. This track must play ACCORDION.
FATE 3: Low alto. (F3 – C5). Any age, female, any ethnicity. Powerful, calculated, and cold. Operate as one of the “voices in the heads” of the other characters. All of the Fates MUST play an instrument of some kind and be skilled with harmonies. Essential for all Fates to be good movers. This track must play PERCUSSION (Tambourine, Auxiliary Percussion, etc.)
FEMALE SWING 1: Alto/Soprano, 20s-30s, Female, any ethnicity. Will cover EURYDICE, FATES and FEMALE WORKERS. EURYDICE: Alto/Soprano (E3 – E5). A practical leading heroine with an extremely vulnerable underbelly, a haunted bird. She takes the leap to the underworld as a step towards something reliable. There is both toughness and delicacy in her being and her singing; she uses a belt for some songs, real subtlety for others. Must play the violin and/or accordion, percussion. They should be physically strong and great dancers.
FEMALE SWING 2: Alto/Mezzo, 30s-50s, Female, any ethnicity. Will cover PERSEPHONE, FATES, and FEMALE WORKERS. PERSEPHONE (E3 – C5): Goddess, playful, mercurial, fun and sexy. Persephone is not too feminine and lets her sharp edges show. She is the seasons and is cut from the same cloth as Orpheus. She must have a wryness and intelligence that she uses sharply for both entertainment and as a defense mechanism. Must play the violin and/or accordion, percussion. They should be physically strong and great dancers.
MALE SWING 1: Tenor/High Tenor, 20s-40s, Male, any ethnicity. Will cover ORPHEUS and WORKERS. ORPHEUS: falsetto up to G#. (A2 – F5). 20s to 30s, male, any ethnicity. Orpheus is an optimist, an idealist, a counter-culturalist. There should be something special about his pipes. Not a conventionally handsome leading man, Orpheus should feel unique and have the sensitive soul of an artist. MUST PLAY GUITAR. They should be physically strong and great dancers.
MALE SWING 2: Baritone/Bass, 30s-50s, Male, any ethnicity. Will cover HADES, HERMES and WORKERS. HADES: G1 – Eb4 (will consider G2 – Eb4). ord of the Dead. Powerful, immortal and deeply in love with Persephone. Needs to have a major seductive power and strong authoritative presence. Tyrannical and a bit menacing. HERMES: (D3 – B4), is the narrator/guide/emcee of the story. Charismatic, often mysterious, with a trickster-ish quality. They should be physically strong and great dancers.

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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