Virginia Stage 2012-2013 Season
— Equity Principal Auditions
Associate Artistic Director: Patrick Mullins
Norfolk, VA LORT D: $566/week minimum
Equity Principal Auditions:
Friday, July 13, 2012 at Pearl Studios 500
10:00 AM — 6:00 PM 500 8th Ave, 12th floor
Lunch from 1:30 – 2:30. New York, NY.
Prepare a brief monologue, or a brief song, or a one-minute monologue with 16 bars of a song. Have a contrasting piece ready in case asked. An accompanist will be provided. Bring picture and resume, stapled together.
The 2011-2012 Season:
By: August Wilson. Director: Derrick Sanders
1st rehearsal: August 28, 2012. Runs: September 25 - October 14, 2012.
Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play! – Perhaps the best-loved of August Wilson’s ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle, Fences tells the story of a family trying to stay together while reaching for their dreams. Former sports hero Troy Maxson leans on his son to realize his own unfulfilled dreams in this masterpiece of American theater.
Seeking: Troy, Rose, Cory, Gabriel, Lyons
By: Deborah Brevoort. Director: Chris Hanna
1st rehearsal: October 9, 2011. Runs: October 30 - November 18, 2011.
World Premiere! – Next in VSC’s renowned American Soil series, (The series that brought you SCKBSTD-A New Musical by Bruce Hornsby) this moving new story follows a group of military spouses brought together by duty and bound by honor and friendship. Fates intertwined, the group transcends their differences as they stand by one another through a dramatic crisis that changes their lives forever.
Chandra Rose. African-American, 40s. Her husband is Curtis Bowles, the Commanding Officer for RIVRON One, a unit of the Navy Riverines patrolling the rivers in Baghdad. A therapist from New York City, she is newly married and new to the Navy.
Mrs. William Spencer Yates. Sometimes referred to as the “Old Gal.” An elderly Navy widow, whose husband was killed in the Korean conflict. He was an Admiral. She’s 70 years old and has gray hair. She comes straight out of the 1942 book The Navy Wife.
Marcia Lowe. Early 40s. Her husband Daryl is a Senior Officer in the Riverine unit, second in command under Chandra’s husband.
Vicky Corrino. Filipino. Late 30s. Her husband Jim is senior enlisted in the Riverines. Vicky is the Ombudsman for the Riverine unit.
Joella “Jo” Smith. White. Age 17. Her husband, Jo-Jo, is lower enlisted, and is serving as a gunner in the Riverines. She is covered with tattoos, has a dog collar around her neck and wears her hair in a Mohawk. She is poor and uneducated.
Lt. Roberto Gonzalez is a junior officer in the Navy. He should be played by a Latino actor in his 30’s.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
By Charles Dickens, adapted by Patrick Mullins. Director: Patrick Mullins
1st rehearsal: November 13, 2012. Runs: December 4 - December 23, 2012.
Ebenezer Scrooge and his travels with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future reawaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us. A play with period music. Instrumentalists encouraged to audition.
Seeking: Mrs. Dilber, Christmas Present, Christmas Past.
Book and Lyrics by Charles Leipart. Music by Eric Schorr. Director: Ken Roberson
1st rehearsal: December 18th, 2012. Runs: January 15 – February 3, 2013.
World Premiere! – In this saucy ‘n swingin’ new musical, a scientific-minded princess is determined to turn her frog into a prince in time to save the kingdom. Princess Clementine may just get the Prince of her dreams and a happy ending, unless he’s just another horny toad…
Update 7/11/12 – Breakdown added:
(The cast size is 12: 6 men, 6 women; multi-racial, multi-cultural--very important!)
Special skills: All performers should have capabilities for high-style language, physical agility and comic-timing--and the ability to create dimensional characters without the aid of elaborate costume design, make-up or special effects)
Late 20s; Beautiful, intelligent, scientific-nerdy, and extremely confident in her opinions. Knows what she wants and is determined to get it. A sparkling mezzo soprano, but should feel comfortable jazzing it up. A young Barbara Cook, Vocal range: B flat to G
20s; Quirkily appealing. He’s cute, but not cloyingly so— and not too tall. A frog of colorful ethnic origins (perhaps of Hispanic, or Pan-Asian, or African, or Pacific Islander descent!) Modest, meditative fellow, compassionate, easy-going. Desperately in love with the human Princess Clementine. Vocal range: High Baritone/Low Tenor, C to G
50s; A wise, beneficent ruler, a true ‘philosopher king’, who cares deeply for the welfare of his people, his kingdom and the happiness of his daughters. Father to the Princess Clementine and Hortense. Vocal range: Baritone, B flat to E
Late 40s; Beautiful, practical, proud of her taste in clothes and interior decorating. A Queen of North African origins; Feels herself to be the more practical and realistic partner of her royal marriage. Doesn’t care for disruptions of any kind. Wants both her daughters happily married. Vocal range: Mezzo, B to E
20s; beautiful and sexy, but spoiled younger sister (mysteriously of Pan-Asian origins, possibly a foundling?) to Clementine and unhappily wed to handsome prince Claus. A comedienne with a strong vocal belt. Jealous of her elder sister and unsatisfied in her marriage. Vocal range: Alto, A to high F (must belt up to D)
30s; German-born husband to Hortense. Matinee-idol handsome, well-meaning, but not very bright. He married Hortense to inherit her father’s kingdom. Vocal range: Hight Baritone, C to F
FOUR TAOIST MASTERS:
Mixed ages and races (Taoist Masters gathered from the various races and corners of the Universe); 2 men, 2 women, they comprise our singing quartet, jazz and do-wop skills required, as well as comic style. The Masters are our timeless and universal consciousness who weave a humorous contemporary viewpoint through the entire show, linking scenes and aiding the characters. Vocal description: actor/singers skilled in harmonies, but with interesting individual voices. One man should be a high tenor, the other a high baritone. One of the women should have high soprano notes and a great belt.
(1 Man, 1 Woman): TWO shape-shifting beings of contrasting ethnicity appear variously as Peasants, Tao Maidens, Suitors, Frog Damselle, Courtiers. Man: Low Tenor, C to G. Woman: Soprano, A to A flat (with a capability to belt)
THE WHIPPING MAN
By Matthew Lopez. Director: Jason Minadakis
1st rehearsal: February 5, 2012. Runs: February 26 – March 17, 2013.
War-ruined Richmond, 1865, is the setting for this new drama about faith, family and the costs of freedom. Soldier Caleb, raised a devout Jew, returns home disillusioned and faithless. While he and his family’s former slaves work to rebuild their lives and restore their shared faith, secrets threaten their new-found freedom.
Seeking: Simon, Caleb, John
THE ODD COUPLE By Neil Simon. Director: Patrick Mullins
In this classic American comedy of opposites, old habits die hard but friendship stays true. Newly divorced, a sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writer test their friendship by becoming roommates. Along the way hilarity ensues as they fall back into the behaviors that troubled their ex-wives.
1st rehearsal: March 12, 2011. Runs: April 2 – April 21, 2013
Seeking: Oscar Madison, Felix Ungar, Murray, Cecily Pigeon, Gwendolyn Pigeon
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