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MIRETTE - Mainstreet Theatre Company Auditions

Posted: December 15, 2015

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City of Rancho Cucamonga/ Mainstreet Theatre Company | Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal

Monday, January 25, 2015
3:00PM - 7:00PM
Sign-up begins at 2:00PM

TYA Minimum - $475/wk

Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 North Mentor
Pasadena, CA 91106

Diverse group of actor/singers, some of whom need circus skills. Please see breakdown for details.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that shows your range. Time permitting, you may be asked for a second choice, or to read a short piece from the play.

Other Dates
First rehearsal:March 29, 2016
First performance:April 18, 2016
Official opening:April 23, 2016
Closes:May 8, 2016


Music by Harvey Schmidt/Lyrics by Tom Jones/Book by Elizabeth Diggs; Director:Casey Stangl; Musical Director: Janice Rodgers Wainwright; Circus Consultant: Rob Mermin; Producer: Murry Hepner
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.

EPA rules in effect.
Sign-up begins at2:00PM
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.


MainStreet is thrilled to be producing this BRAND NEW VERSION of the family musical about the unusual friendship between a strong-willed girl and a tightrope walker who’s lost his nerve. Based on the Caldecott Award Winning Picture Book by Emily Arnold McCully, Mirette is a story that celebrates both the joys and the struggles of being a performing artist. The musical is the last collaboration of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, best known as the creators of The Fantasticks. Playwright Elizabeth Diggs has revised her original two-act book for the musical into a 60 minute version suitable for Young Audiences.

Our 9-show week includes morning weekday performances as well as weekend matinees for the public. We are looking for a diverse group of actor/singers – some of whom need circus skills!

AEA Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Set in 1890s Paris, Mirette tells of the most unusual friendship between a strong-willed ten year-old girl and a jaded tightrope walker. Young Mirette is delighted when she discovers her mother's grumpy new boarder is none other than the Great Bellini, whose glorious tightrope-walking days were cut short when he lost his nerve. Demonstrating an innate talent for balancing, she convinces the reluctant Bellini - against her mother's wishes - to teach her his craft. But when Bellini, determined not to disappoint the girl, stages a comeback performance only to find himself paralyzed with fear, it is Mirette who must climb the wire and help him regain his courage.

Please check our study guide for a complete synopsis of the story:

Character Breakdown

Madame Gateau [Female, 40-50] Contralto. Range: F3 - E5
The proprietor of a small hotel in Paris that caters to Music Hall Artistes. Cautious, pessimistic, and extremely protective of her daughter, Mirette.

Mirette [Adult Female to play 10 yrs. old] Alto/Lyric Mezzo. Range: F3 - D5
Madame Gateau’s daughter and assistant. Dreams of becoming a circus performer. Forms a close connection with Bellini. We are not asking actors to actually walk on a high wire, but this role requires balancing and acrobatic/gymnastic skills to convey the “tricks” done on a wire.

Bellini: [Male, 30-40] Baritone. Range: G2 - F4
A retired high wire walker – a dark, brooding man with a mysterious past, who is passionate about his craft. We are not asking actors to actually walk on a high wire, but this role requires balancing and acrobatic/gymnastic skills to convey the “tricks” done on a wire.

Tabac [Male, 20-30] Baritenor. Range: G2 - Ab4
A juggler, and jack-of-all-trades. Desperately poor and down on his luck. Must have juggling skills or be a quick learner!

Madame Rouspenskaya [Female, 40-55] Mezzo Soprano. Range: F#3 - G5
A singer with a “grand manner”. Russian. She has been on the scene for years. Her age is a secret. Circus skills not specifically required, but does require a Russian Accent. [THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST]

Clouke [Male, 20-30] Baritenor. Range: G2 - Ab4
An acrobat. Shares an extremely close connection with Claire, his partner. Must have acrobatic/gymnastic skills or be a quick learner!

Claire [Female, 20-30] Alto/Mezzo. Range: G3 - F5
An acrobat. Shares an extremely close connection with Clouke, her partner. Must have acrobatic/gymnastic skills, or be a quick learner!

Max [Male, 40 – 60] Baritone. Range: G2-F4
A worldly impresario and promoter of talent. Circus Skills not specifically required, but highly encouraged. May double as an “Artiste” in some scenes.

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