THE SORCERESS (Di Kishefmakherin) **Updated** - Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre Auditions

Posted: September 4, 2019

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THE SORCERESS (Di Kishefmakherin) - NYC EPA

Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre

**Updated Preparation**

AUDITION DATE
Tue, Sep 10, 2019
9:30 am - 5:30 pm (EDT)
Lunch 1 to 2

CONTRACT
Special Agreement $525.00/week for AEA Members ($400.00/week for Non Union)

SEEKING
Equity actors for various roles for The Sorceress (Di Kishefmakherin), An Operetta.

All should be excellent singers with strong music reading skills, ability to sing and act in foreign languages (experience with Yiddish and Hebrew a plus) and be able to move well.

The cast of 20 requires versatile actors who are excellent singers, strong movers, and outstanding character actors, who are able to portray multiple characters of different ages with age range from 20s- 60s.

PREPARATION
Please be prepared to sing a song from light opera, operetta, or legit, traditional musical theater repertoire. Material from the operetta literature is preferred. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in your proper key and bring a headshot and resume, stapled together. In addition, Actors may be asked to repeat back a line of Yiddish.

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


PERSONNEL
Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director

Written By: Avrom Goldfaden
Director: Motl Didner
Musical Director: Zalmen Mlotek
Choreographer: Merete Muenter
Casting: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA

IN ATTENDANCE AT EPA:
Musical Director: Zalmen Mlotek
Director: Motl Didner
Choreographer: Merete Muenter
Casting: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA

OTHER DATES
Rehearsals begin November 11, 2019

Show opens on December 1, 2019 and closes on December 29, 2019.

Venue: Off Broadway’s Safra Hall at the Museum Of Jewish Heritage, NYC

OTHER
Stage Managers: There are no stage management positions available at this time. Stage managers may drop off resumes at the audition to Jamibeth Margolis for future consideration. Stage managers also may send resumes to John Alden Hooper at the National Yiddish Theatre at for future consideration at JHooper@nytf.org
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
Synopsis: This 1879 operetta by the “father of Yiddish theater” was the first Yiddish theater piece produced in America by Boris Thomashevsky—at the age of 14. A fairy-tale-like story of an innocent young heroine, her wicked stepmother, dashing fiancé, an itinerant peddler, and a local witch is set to a delightful musical score full of memorable tunes.
Seeking:
Mirele – Female. Ingénue, early 20’s. Lyric soprano to a high Bb.

Markus – Mirele’s fiancée, leading man. 20’s – early 30’s. Tenor with a comfortable G sharp.

Hotsmakh – An itinerant peddler, comic relief, character role. Male. 40’s-60’s Baritone to a High F.

Basye – Mirele’s wicked stepmother. Mother 40’s – 50’s. Light singing role, mostly spoken text. Mezzo/ soprano

Bobe Yakhne – The witch. Traditionally played by a man 30’s – 50’s. Ability to sing using a voice of a Witch.

Avromtshe– Mirele’s father. Male. 50’s or 60’s. Baritone to a High E flat.

Lize– Basye’s daughter. Female. Teens or 20’s. Soprano to a high G.
Komisar (Constable) – Male, big, tough. 30’s – 50’s. Baritenor to an F.

Handler (Seller In The Marketplace) – Female. 20’s – 60’s. Has a solo song and needs a strong mezzo-soprano and belt.

A Katsef (Butcher) / Zorekh (A Tavern Owner) – Male. 30’s – 50’s. Baritenor to a
High F.

Koyne (Customer) – Female. 20’s – 60’s. Soprano to a High G.
Elyokem– Male. 50’s – 60’s. Baritone to a High E Flat.

Meydl 1, Meydl 2, Meydl 3, Meydl 4– Bobe Yakhne’s assistants. 4 Women. 20’s - 30’s. Mix of mezzo-sopranos and sopranos.

Organ Grinder – Male. 30’s – 50’s. Baritenor.

Khaimets – A Tavern Owner - Male. 30’s – 50’s. Baritenor.
Ensemble – Female, 20’s. Various women in the town. Lyric soprano to a high Bb.
Ensemble – Male 30’s – 50’s. Various men in the town. Baritone to a High F.
All roles are open to performers of all ethnicities.
The cast of 20 requires versatile actors who are excellent singers, strong movers, and outstanding character actors, who are able to portray multiple characters of different ages with age range from 20s- 60s.
Note #1: We are seekingperformers with excellent acting skills, strong vocal skills, dance training and a working acquaintance with Yiddish or a great ear for language. The Sorceress is performed entirely in Yiddish (with English supertitles).


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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