ROCK ODYSSEY - Equity Performer Auditions
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, FL)
Theater for Young Audiences contract Salary: $438.75/weekly minimum
Book: Stephen Cole
Music & Lyrics: Billy Straus
Director/ Choreographer: Douglas Love
Two weeks of daytime rehearsal begins: September 17, 2012 (Monday through Saturday)
Two weeks of daytime performances begin: October 1, 2012
Last Performance: October 12, 2012
This is a remount of the acclaimed production of Rock Odyssey for Miami-Dade county students at the Center, free of charge. High adventure and high comedy are tied together in this rock musical from Emmy award winning composer Billy Straus and Kleban award winning playwright, Stephen Cole. It’s an original spin on Homer’s classic tale that wowed the 2011 5th grade class of Miami-Dade county. (www.arshtcenter.org)
Equity Performer Auditions:
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
10 AM – 6 PM Knight Concert Hall Joyce and M. Anthony Burns Green Room
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami FL 33132
Callbacks: July 27 10:00am-6:00pm
For appointments call: 786-468-2283. Equity walk-ins as time permits.
Actors should prepare 2 songs; 16 bars that showcase a contemporary Broadway voice and 16 bars that show us an edgier “rock and roll” sound. (Be prepared to sing entire song if requested.)Actresses auditioning for PENELOPE should bring a gospel-type song as one of their selections
Bring sheet music in correct key; accompanist provided but may not transpose.
Bring picture and resume, stapled together.
Actors will also be asked to read from the script. Sides will be emailed at appointment confirmation.
CASTING: 8 Men and 2 Women who sing very well and move well. Actors should be able to sing in a contemporary Broadway “Rock” style.
mid to late 30s - vain and self centered hero - a powerful, muscular warrior with a big ego. Should have a strong singing voice with a rock and roll edge. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.
30s – 50s - Father of all the Greek gods. Should have good comic timing and a booming bass voice.
16 – (actor should be over 18) Odysseus’s son. Angst-filled teenager in a hurry to grow up – should have boy band looks and a voice to match. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.
mid to late 30s – Odysseus’s wife: strong, smart and beautiful. She should possess a strong soulful voice. Gospel singers are encouraged to audition. Actress also plays CIRCE a mischievous and sensual goddess.
20s – the beautiful goddess of war with a strong alto belt. She has empathy for Odysseus and pleads his case to her father Zeus. This actress also plays the goddess, CALYPSO – an airhead type – obsessed with Odysseus.
20 – 30’s our narrator, the messenger god who jumps in and out of the action of the play. A skilled comic actor with a great singing voice should have several different comic characters inside of him - like Robin Williams. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.
20s – early 40s our villain, the god of the seas. He hates Odysseus’s boldness and uses his powers to keep our hero away from his home and family for 16 years. This actor should be able to sing like Elvis – or some other iconic Rock figure. He also plays the CYCLOPSE a boisterous one-eyed monster in a full body puppet. This actor engages in choreographed stage combat.
20s – 30s to play Odysseus’s men and Penelope’s suitors: NESTOR, SEYMOUR, MELANTHIUS, AJAX, AGAMEMNON and ANTINOUS. These strapping comic actors should be able to play multiple roles convincingly, should have great timing and be able to perform physical comedy and light slapstick. They should move well and sing very well. They also operate puppets. One of these men will play the comedic role of AEOLUS – the very, very old god of the winds. These actors engage in choreographed stage combat
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