OLNEY THEATRE CENTER 2019-20 SEASON MUSICALS **Revised** - Olney Theatre Corporation Auditions

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Olney Theatre Center 2019-20 Season MUSICALS - NYC EPA
Olney Theatre Corporation

**ASL Interpreter will be provided at this Musical EPA**
AUDITION DATE
Wed, Jan 02, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EST)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
COST Tier 1; 712/wk

SEEKING
Equity actor/singers for various roles in the upcoming season MUSICALS.

PREPARATION
Please prepare a brief song from your book OR a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. Auditions should not exceed 2 minutes. An accompanist will be provided. And lastly, please bring a copy of your headshot and resume

LOCATION
Actors' Equity New York Audition Center
165 W 46th St
16th Fl
New York, NY 10036

PERSONNEL
In attendance at EPA: Jenna Duncan - Associate Artistic Director, Rachel Grandizio - Casting Associate
Olney Artistic Staff:
Artistic Director: Jason Loewith
Sr. Associate Artistic Director: Jason King Jones
Associate Artistic Director/Director of Musical Theatre: Christopher Youstra
Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director: Jenna Duncan

OTHER
ASL Interpreter will be provided at this Musical EPA
EPA 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
ABOUT OLNEY THEATRE CENTER:
Located ten miles north of Washington, DC in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is a $6M/year professional regional theater offering nine member productions annually in four spaces on its fourteen-acre campus. Founded in 1938 as a summer stock company on the Straw Hat circuit like Westport Playhouse and Williamstown, the company turned professional and year-round in the 90s, but not before hosting some of the theater's most extraordinary performers: Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Sir Ian McKellen, Tandy & Cronyn, Olivia de Havilland, and many more stars of stage and screen have trod the boards. With a more recent turn towards new work, creatives with Tony Awards, OBIEs, and MacArthur Genius Grants have premiered their work here, like Moises Kaufman and Sergio Trujillo, among others. Along with Baltimore's Centerstage, Olney Theatre Center is one of Maryland's two state-designated theaters.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jason Loewith since 2013, the theater's artistic reinvigoration has been noted by The Washington Post, Washingtonian and many others; his first production at the theater, A Chorus Line, garnered the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Musical in 2014; in the world of new plays, his production of Andrew Hinderaker’s COLOSSAL won Best New Play in 2015, and the theater was nominated for twelve nominations for 2016. Loewith is best known as the Lucille Lortel Award-winning librettist of Adding Machine: A Musical.


Olney Theatre Center is committed to hiring actors who reflect the diversity our world; actors of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are encouraged to audition.

CABARET
Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Book: Joe Masteroff
Performance Space: Mainstage
Rehearsals Begin: July 30, 2019
Tech Begins: August 24, 2019
Previews Begin: August 28, 2019
Opening: August 31, 2019
Closing: October 6, 2019
Possible Extension Through: October 13, 2019

Synopsis
Cabaret is a based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it revolves around the relationship between Cliff Bradshaw, an American writer who is coming to Berlin to search for inspiration for his next novel, and Sally Bowles, a British cabaret performer who performs at the Kit Kat Klub where much of the musical is set. As their relationship develops, so does a romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and one of her boarders, a Jewish fruit vendor named Herr Schultz. The club and story are overseen by The Emcee, who presides as the club and the country are slowly destroyed as they move toward the full reign of the Nazi Party.

THE EMCEE: Kit Kat Klub host and overseer of the events of the musical.

SALLY BOWLES: A British cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Club who begins a romance with Cliff Bradshaw.

CLIFF BRADSHAW: An American novelist traveling to Berlin to find inspiration for his next novel and finds Sally.

FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER: A landlady who rents a room that Cliff stays in.

HERR SCHULTZ: One of Fraulein Schneider’s boarders, Jewish, runs a fruit shop and falls in love with Schneider.

ERNST LUDWIG: A friendly German who takes English lessons from Cliff but is revealed to be a member of the Nazi Party

FRAULEIN KOST: Another boarder in Schneider’s house.
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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
Music: Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics: Arthur Freed
Book: Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Performance Space: Mainstage
Director: TBA
Rehearsals Begin: October 8, 2019
Tech Begins: November 2, 2019
Previews Begin: November 8, 2019
Opening: November 14, 2019
Closing: January 5, 2020

Synopsis
At the height of their careers, silent film stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont have just opened their newest picture, The Dueling Cavalier. However, once the first talking picture is released and is a hit, the producer of The Dueling Cavalier decides to adapt the film into a talkie. One problem, Lina's voice is unbearable. Cosmo, Don's best friend, convinces the producer to dub over Lina's voice. Aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, who Don has fallen in love with, agrees to provide the voice of Lina in The Dueling Cavalier, which has been renamed The Dancing Cavalier. When Lina finds out that Don is in love with Kathy, she is livid and demands that Kathy remain uncredited for her work. While at the premiere, Lina is forced to lip-synch while Kathy is singing behind the curtain. Then Don raises the curtain to reveal that Kathy is the real star of the show.

DORA BAILEY: A Hollywood reporter, always has the latest gossip.

ZELDA ZANDERS: Lina’s best friend, always adds a dramatic flare to everything she says.

OLGA MARA: A silent film star.

R.F. SIMPSON: Producer of all of Don and Lina’s films, most recently The Dueling Cavalier, his main motivation is to make money even if it means reshooting the film.

ROSCOE DEXTER: The director of The Dueling Cavalier.

COSMO BROWN: Don’s loyal best friend, a jokester and always able to make light of a situation and cheer Don up.

LINA LAMONT: Famous silent film actress, believes that her romance with Don continues off the screen, has an intolerable voice, which is why she has found success in silent films.

DON LOCKWOOD: Successful silent film actor with humble beginnings, leading man to Lina’s leading lady however he does not return her affections, he falls in love with Kathy.

KATHY SELDEN: An aspiring actress who by chance gets the opportunity to be the voice for the famous Lina Lamont, she ends up falling in love with Don and rising to stardom.

MISS DINSMORE: Lina’s vocal coach

SAM: The sound engineer.
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MISS YOU LIKE HELL
Music and Lyrics: Erin McKeown
Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Performance Space: Mainstage
Director/Choreographer: TBD
Rehearsals Begin: March 3, 2020
Tech Begins: March 27, 2020
Previews Begin: April 1, 2020
Opening: April 4, 2020
Closing: May 3, 2020
Possible Extension Through: May 10, 2020

Synopsis
A regional premiere of the musical by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes and singer/songwriter Erin McKeown. The story follows Beatriz, the mother of Olivia and an undocumented immigrant from Mexico at risk of being deported. After living apart for many years, Beatriz and Olivia take a cross-country road trip together.
OLIVIA: Half Latina, Beatriz’ daughter, 16

BEATRIZ: Mexican-American, Olivia’s mother, late 30s-early 40s.

PEARL: African-American, 16

MO: Southern, in retirement

HIGGINS: also, Southern, also in retirement

MANUEL: Peruvian, a day laborer, 30s-50s
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PIPPIN
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Book: Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse
Performance Space: Mainstage
Important Dates
Rehearsals Begin: May 12, 2020
Tech Begins: June 5, 2020
Previews Begin: June 10, 2020
Opening: June 13, 2020
Closing: July 19, 2020
Possible Extension Through: July, 26 or August 2, 2020

Synopsis
With the help of the Leading Player and a traveling troupe of actors, Pippin returns home from university in search of his true purpose in life. The young prince tries to prove his devotion to his father and the throne by going to war. However, the Leading Player convinces Pippin to usurp the throne from his father and kill him. After begging the Leading Player to bring his father back to life and falling in love, Pippin must decide where his true happiness lies.

LEADING PLAYER: Leader of a traveling troupe of actors who accompanies Pippin on his journey to find happiness.

PIPPIN: A young prince in search of his purpose in life.

CHARLES: Pippin’s father and King of the Holy Roman Empire.

FASTRADA: Pippin’s manipulative stepmother.

BERTHE: Pippin’s grandmother, she believes in him and hopes he finds success in all of his endeavors.

CATHERINE: A widow and mother of Theo, she falls in love with Pippin.

THEO: Catherine’s son.
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THE MUSIC MAN (Workshop)
Music and Lyrics by: Meredith Willson
Book: Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Co-Directed by: Alexandria Wales and Michael Baron
Performance Space: N/A
Rehearsals: April 2-7, 2019

Synopsis
During a 6-day workshop we will explore songs and scenes from The Music Man to look at the musical with a cast made up of both deaf actors and hearing actors. This workshop will not have a public performance. Some roles are cast and therefore not listed in this breakdown.

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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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