ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER 2018-19 **Updated** - Orlando Shakespeare Theater Auditions

Posted: May 8, 2018

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Orlando Shakepeare Theater 2018-19 Season - NYC EPA
Orlando Shakespeare Theater

**Updated Personnel**
AUDITION DATE
Mon, May 14, 2018
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
LOA LOA and SPT contracts; See breakdown for salary info
SPT

SEEKING
Equity actors and actor/singers for various roles in the upcoming season. See breakdown.

PREPARATION
All prepare a brief monologue.
Those auditioning for In the Heights ALSO prepare 16 bars of a song from or in the style of the show. Bring sheet music. Accompanist provided.
Total audition time NOT to exceed 2 minutes.
Bring ONE picture and resume.

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


PERSONNEL
Jim Helsinger, Artistic Director
Josh Ceballos, Music Director and Accompanist
Paige Gober, Company Manager
(all are expected to attend the auditions)

OTHER
EPA Procedures are in effect for this 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
IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Director: Nick DeGruccio, Choreographer: Kim Ball, Music Director: Josh Ceballos
Salaries: AEALOA $703(17/18 rate, 18/19 rate pending)
1st reh: 8/14/18. Runs 9/7-10/7/18. Margeson Theater
Usnavi De La Vega – 24. Dominican. Owner of De La Vega Bodega, his parents emigrated from the Dominican? Republic and have since passed away. The play’s narrator and the eyes and ears of his Washington Heights neighborhood. Loving, charming, charismatic, witty, hard working, and loyal. Strong actor, excellent rapper and singer, high baritone/tenor to G4. Must move well.

Nina Rosario – 19. First generation Puerto Rican - American. Freshman at Stanford. Intelligent, hard working, and driven. Trying to make her family proud while navigating adulthood. A beacon of hope and inspiration to all who know her; she represents the opportunity outside of “the heights.” Strong belt/mix to an E. Must be a good mover.?

Kevin Rosario – 40s. Spanish speaker. Puerto Rican, immigrated to NY. Nina’s father. Owner of Rosario Car Service. Upstanding, proud, and devoted patriarch who is hard working and verging on worn down. He is stubborn, hot tempered at times and can be quick to act without thoughts of repercussions. Stands firm in his beliefs and traditions. Strong baritone to E4. Non-dancing role.

Camila Rosario – 40s. Spanish speaker. Puerto Rican. Nina’s mother. Co-owner of Rosario’s. A smart, sharp tongued, fierce, and loving mother. strong singer-belter (G3-B4) Must move well.

Benny – 24. African-American singer/rapper. Rosario Car Service employee. Attractive and masculine with an air of lingering boyish energy. He once was a street punk and hoodlum. Kevin saw promise in him and helped shape him to be a responsible, hard-working young man. Driven, aspiring businessman. Excellent rapper and pop tenor voice to Ab4. Good mover.

Vanessa – 19, Latina. A shampoo girl at Daniela’s Salon. Beautiful, vivacious, sexy, driven and intelligent with a strong sense of humor. She wants to get out of the barrio, worldly and urban. Strong dancer with an excellent high belt to E5.

Sonny – 16. Dominican. Usnavi’s cousin. Streetwise yet a goofball. Charming and adorable, he feigns a persona of perceived cool masculinity. He is someone that needs guidance or risks ending up a street punk. Strong comedic timing. Excellent rapper and tenor to Bb4. Good mover.

Abuela Claudia – Mid-late 60s. Cuban. Raised Usnavi though not his blood grandmother. Loving matriarch for the entire community. Deeply loving and unwaveringly optimistic with a surprising sense of humor. Full of wisdom, life experience, memories and years of hard work. Excellent singer. Spanish speaking a plus; belter (f#3 to C5). Non-dancing role.

Daniela – 30s – 40’s. Latina, Spanish speaker. Owner of Daniela’s Salon. Brash, funny, and outspoken. Meticulous about her physical appearance. The gossip queen of the neighborhood. Excellent singer with strong comedic timing. Belter (G3 to C5). Good mover.

Carla – 20s – 30’s. Latina. Works at the salon. Daniela’s sidekick. Sweet and likeable. Strong in her faith, she is a pure, sweet, innocent, and loving woman who is devoted to her family and friends though she is easily taken advantage of because of her naivety. Strong dancer and singer with comedic timing. Spanish speaking a plus.

Graffiti Pete – 18 - 20’s. Latino. Local graffiti artist. Sonny’s best friend. Always hanging out on the streets, dancing to his boom box music, spraying any surface he can. Must have "swag". Fantastic Hip Hop dancer, rapper/singer; Spanish speaking a plus. Break dancing skills and acrobatics are a plus.

Piragua Guy – 30s – 40s. Latino. Spanish speaker. He walks the hot and humid streets of Washington Heights selling piraguas (flavored ice shavings) to earn a living. Strong sense of humor and great sense of pride. A local institution. Excellent high tenor with sustained A4. Good mover.

Ensemble – To play various ages, ethnicities, and members of the local community. Residents of Washington Heights. Strong hip-hop and Latin dance skills are a plus. Excellent singers/dancers (dance in multiple styles - Latin to hip hop).
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THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP - A PENNY DREADFUL
By Charles Ludlam
Director: Jim Helsinger
Salaries: AEALOA $703(17/18 rate, 18/19 rate pending)
1st reh: 9/18/18. Runs 10/12-11/18/18 (possible extension through 11/25/18). Goldman Theater
LORD EDGAR / JANE TWISDEN / AN INTRUDER / IRMA - Male. Any ethnicity. 30-50s. Quick comic timing and the ability to transform from Lord of the manor, to maidservant, to a mysterious intruder. Seeking very strong comic able to play a multitude of characters, both male and female.
LADY ENID / NICODEMUS / ALCAZAR / PEV AMRI - Male. Any ethnicity. 30-50s. Quick comic timing and the ability to transform from Lady to limping servant to exotic Egyptian guide. Seeking very strong comic able to play a multitude of characters, both male and female.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Jim Helsinger, Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens
Director: TBA
Salaries: AEALOA $703(17/18 rate, 18/19 rate pending)
1st reh: 11/5/18. Runs: 11/30-12/30/18. Margeson Theater
A retelling of the classic Dickens’ tale. Please prepare appropriate British accents for each role.

EBENEZER SCROOGE – ROLE IS CAST. UNDERSTUDIES WILL BE CONSIDERED. Male 60-70. A rich but cheap, conniving merchant, a cruel man that cares nothing for other people, who changes to a loving person overnight.

MARLEY / FEZZIWIG / PRESENT / OLD JOE / ENSEMBLE – Male. Any ethnicity. 45-60s. Jacob Marley – The spirit of Scrooge’s business partner, now wearing the crushing chains of his sins. Fezziwig – Happy middle class merchant, laughing and jolly. Christmas Present - An oversized giant of a spirit, strong, full of laughter and love.Old Joe – pawn shop owner, disgusting low-life, cockney accent.

MRS. CRATCHIT / CHARITY COLLECTOR / ENSEMBLE – Female. Any ethnicity. 40-50. Mrs. Cratchit – wife of Bob Cratchit, a kind woman, crushed by poverty. Charity Collector – a jolly woman, collecting donations for the poor.
BOB CRATCHIT / ENSEMBLE – Male. Any ethnicity. 40s. Bob Cratchit – Clerk to Scrooge. A very kind, humble, poor man. Also plays various characters.
FRED / ENSEMBLE – Male. Any ethnicity. 20s-30s. Fred – Scrooge’s nephew, a kind young businessman, determined to keep up his spirits. Also plays various characters.

BELLE / MARTHA / ENSEMBLE – Female. Any ethnicity. 20s. Belle – Scrooge’s fiancée, a beautiful and strong young woman. Martha – Bob Cratchit’s daughter, fun loving but poor.
CHRISTMAS PAST / BELINDA / ENSEMBLE - Female. Any ethnicity. 16-20 years old. Christmas Past – A kind spirit. Belinda Cratchit - Full of hope, but also a bit sassy, a teenager. Also plays Laundress, Party Guest and more.
FAN / BELINDA – Female. Any ethnicity. 12-15 years old. Fan – Scrooge’s sister, she is dying but still luminous with love. Lucy Cratchit - Full of hope and fun loving. Also plays Beggar Boy, Fred’s Guest, and more.

TINY TIM / ENSEMBLE – Male. Any ethnicity. 8-11 years old. Tiny Tim – young crippled son of Bob Cratchit. Very sweet and kind to other. / Turkey Boy – excitable young street boy. Also plays various characters.
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A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2
By Lucas Hnath
Director: Cynthia White
Salaries:AEA SPT 7 $530(18/19 rate)
1st reh: 12/11/18. Runs 1/4-2/3/19 (possible extension through 2/10/2019). Goldman Theater
NORA - Female. Any ethnicity. Mid-40s to Mid-50s. An independent, intelligent, and very successful author. Seeking very strong, commanding actor who is great with language.
TORVALD - Male. Any ethnicity. Mid - late 50s. Nora’s estranged husband. Mild-mannered, keeps his feelings and emotions close to the vest, though he has many. Seeking strong actor who is great with language.
ANN MARIE - ROLE IS CAST. UNDERSTUDIES WILL BE CONSIDERED. Female. Any ethnicity. Late 60s - mid 70s. The Helmer’s nanny. Honest, blunt, and big-hearted.
EMMY - Female. Any ethnicity. 18. Nora’s and Torvald’s daughter. An old soul and a romantic; wise and mature in some ways, but still 18.
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HAMLET and GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS in Repertory
Salaries:AEA LOA $703(17/18 rate, 18/19 rate pending)
Performed on alternating nights. Gertrude and Claudius is a prequel to Hamlet. The plays will be performed together in the same time period (Early Middle Ages) with the most actors playing the same roles in both plays.
1st reh: 1/1/19. Runs 2/8-3/24/19.

HAMLET
By William Shakespeare
Director: Brian Vaughn
HAMLET - Male. Any ethnicity. Late 20s - early 30s. Prince of Denmark. Morally tormented, indecisive, brash, impulsive. Good with a sword. Violence notice: sword fight choreography with Laertes ending in death.
CLAUDIUS - Male. Any ethnicity. Mid 40s to mid 50s. King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle. Murderous usurper of the throne. A man of appetites and sinister ambition. Violence notice: poisoned and stabbed by Hamlet.
GERTRUDE - Female. Any ethnicity. Mid 40’s to mid 50’s Queen of Denmark, Hamlet's mother. Recently married to Claudius. Mother torn between love and duty to her son and her own weakness for power and status.
POLONIUS - Male. Any ethnicity. 60s. Lord Chamberlain of Claudius's court. Pompous, funny, conniving old man. Father of Laertes and Ophelia. Violence notice: stabbed by Hamlet.
OPHELIA - Female. Any ethnicity. Early - mid 20s. Polonius's daughter, Hamlet’s love. Beautiful, innocent young woman whose sanity is put into jeopardy after being used as a pawn in ambition’s machinations.
HORATIO - Male. Any ethnicity. Mid 20s - early 30s. Hamlet's close and loyal friend.
LAERTES - Male. Any ethnicity. Late 20s - early 30s. Polonius's son and Ophelia's brother. Hot-blooded man of impulsive action. Seeks to avenge the death of Ophelia and Polonius. Good with a sword. Violence notice: fight choreography with Hamlet, stabbed by Hamlet.
HAMLET’S FATHER’S GHOST - Male. Any ethnicity. Mid - late 50s. Specter of Hamlet's recently deceased father. Magnanimous king and loving father who calls Hamlet to avenge his murder.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN - Males. Any ethnicity. Mid 20s - early 30s. Two slightly bumbling courtiers, former friends of Hamlet used by Claudius in his scheming against Hamlet.
Guards, Courtiers, Troop of Players: Male and female, various ages.
GERTRUDE AND CLAUDIUS
By Mark St. Germain Based on the novel by John Updike (world premiere)
Director: Jim Helsinger
GERTRUDE - Female. Any ethnicity. Ages from 17-50s during play. Queen of Denmark. Strong, independent and beautiful. As a young woman she enters into a political marriage to Amleth, but over the years falls in love with his brother, Claudius. She struggles with her marriage, her troublesome son Hamlet, and her growing love for Claudius. Seeking strong actress able to play ages from 17-50. Intimacy notice: Gertrude and Claudius are sexually intimate onstage; no nudity is involved.
CLAUDIUS - Male. Any ethnicity. Ages from 20s-50s during play. Younger brother of Amleth. A traveler and diplomat. Falls in love with his brother’s wife. Intimacy notice: Gertrude and Claudius are sexually intimate onstage; no nudity is involved.
KING RORIK/ENSEMBLE - Male. Any ethnicity. late 50s - 60s. Gertrude’s Father, King of Denmark. An old warrior trying to adjust to a new world of Christianity. Deeply loves his daughter, but fights with her over his choice of husband. Seeking strong commanding actor.
KING AMLETH - Male. Any ethnicity. 40s - 50s. Son of Gerwindel of Jutland. Husband of Gertrude, Father of Hamlet, Brother of Claudius. A burly nordic warrior and blunt politician. Lacks subtlety. Seeking strong commanding actor.
HERDA/ENSEMBLE - Female. Any ethnicity. Any age. Ladies maid to Gertrude. Pious and devout.
POLONIUS - Male. Any ethnicity. Ages from 40s-70s during play. Lord Chamberlain of Claudius's court. Pompous, funny, conniving old man. Father of Laertes and Ophelia.
HAMLET/ENSEMBLE - Male. Any ethnicity. Prince of Denmark. Appears as a voice offstage at birth and then as a young man at the end of the play. Brash, impulsive, with a cruel sense of humor. Loves clowning and the theatrics.

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RICHARD II
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Jim Helsinger
Salaries:AEA LOA $703(17/18 rate, 18/19 rate pending)
Director: Eleanor Holdridge
1st reh: 3/5/19. Runs 3/29-4/28/19
ACTOR 1 – Richard II / Ensemble – Male or Female. Any ethnicity. 20’s-30’s. King of England. Young, brash, impulsive, selfish and unwilling to listen to good advice. Cruel sense of humor. Learns to be a better person after losing the throne. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking excellent verse speaker.
ACTOR 2 – John of Gaunt / Ensemble – Male or Female. Any ethnicity. 60-70s. Uncle of the King and the richest man in England. Deeply loyal to King and country and broken hearted to see the King destroying England with bad leadership. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking older character actor with strong verse skills.
ACTOR 3 – Henry of Hereford / Ensemble – Male or Female. Any ethnicity. 30s-40s. A strong leader who is banished, but returns to England to dethrone Richard to become Henry IV. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking strong leading actor with excellent verse skills.
ACTOR 4 – Thomas Mowbray / Green / Northumberland / Ensemble – Male or Female. Any ethnicity. 30s-40s. Mowbray - challenges Hereford to a duel and is banished by Richard. Green - sycophant follower of Richard. Northumberland - Crafty leader who creates a conspiracy against Richard. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking strong leading actor with excellent verse skills.
ACTOR 5 – York / Ensemble – Male or Female. Any ethnicity. 60s. Last surviving uncle of Richard II. Tries to keep England intact for the King, but eventually joins with Bolingbroke to dethrone Richard. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking strong character actor with excellent verse skills.
ACTOR 6 – Queen / Ensemble – Female. Any ethnicity. 20s-30s. A french princess and devoted wife to Richard. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking young actor with excellent verse skills.
ACTOR 7 - Bushy/ Ensemble - Male or Female. Any ethnicity. 20s-30s. A sycophant follower and flatterer of Richard. Selfish and Brash. Also plays various ensemble roles. Seeking young actor with excellent verse skills.



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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