PLAYHOUSE ON PARK SEASON 5: LOCAL AUDITIONS
OCTOBER 6, 7, 2013
7pm - 10pm
Seeking AEA and NON-AEA performers for the following productions. All roles paid. Each show rehearses for 3 ½ weeks prior to opening. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Auditions are by appointment only and will be scheduled in five minute increments. Please prepare 1 monologue and 1 song (accompanist provided) or 2 contrasting monologues and bring a headshot and resume. Auditions will be held at Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford, CT. TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION: Call the box office (860-523-5900) Ext. 10 or email info@PlayhouseOnPark.org.
Directed by Sasha Bratt and Dawn Loveland.
Runs November 15-16, 2013
Continuing a tradition started in 2012, Playhouse on Park presents an international festival of world-premiere one-act plays. Esteemed playwrights from all over the world express their responses to the political issues in their countries, from the economy and education to gender equality and civil rights.
Seeking Men and Women ages 18-60
The Main Street Kids’ Club: A Mathstart Musical
by Scott Ferguson and Michael Mahler based on the Mathstart books by Stuart J. Murphy.
Directed by Kevin Barlowski
Runs Nov 16-24, 2013
Inspired by the award-winning series by Stuart J. Murphy, THE MAIN STREET KIDS' CLUB: A MathStart Musical tells a tale of adventure, mystery, friendship and math. Six stories, each focusing on a different mathematical concept, have been deftly woven together and adapted by Scott Ferguson (SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!), with lyrics by Scott Ferguson and Michael Mahler, and music by Michael Mahler.
Seeking: 3 males and 3 Females. Aged 18-30
||A silly jokester who is superstitious. He is aggressive, inventive, free-spirited, and a bit dim.
||A total sweetheart and eternal optimist. She is smart, attentive, friendly, and caring.
|The leader of the Math club who comes up with all of the ideas. A true team player and epitome of sunny disposition.
|| A pessimistic tomboy who loves to antagonize Danny. Sarcastic at times, yet genuinely playful, she is heartfelt and sincere.
||A great thinker who loves math. She is very smart and enjoys sharing her stories to help educate her friends.
||A great reader who is not the best at math, he is a recent transfer to school and is trying to find acceptance through the elite Math club.
Lend Me A Tenor
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jerry Winters
Runs Jan 22- Feb 9, 2014
Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. The great tenor Tito Morelli, a.k.a. Il Stupendo, is scheduled for a one night only engagement. When a mishap puts the star out of commission, the theatre manager puts his assistant on the stage in his place. What follows is a night of mistaken identity and hilarious chaos. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
Seeking: 4 men, 4 women
|The Cleveland Grand Opera's general manager. Father to Maggie. A blowhard who often loses his temper at the slightest mishap. 40-60
||Saunders' long-suffering assistant, who is forced to take Tito's place in the role of Othello. 20-30
||Saunders' daughter, and Max's girlfriend. She has a great admiration for Tito. 20-30
||The world's most renowned opera tenor, and notorious ladies man. 30s
||Tito's long-suffering wife, with an "Italian temper". Leaves Tito early in the play, but ultimately returns to him. Loves Tito, despite his philandering. 28-40
||The opera's ingenue soprano, who is "flinging her way" to the top. A seductive woman (and she knows it). 20-30
||Chairwoman of the Cleveland Opera Guild, who considers herself a "grande damme." She wears a silver dress which, Saunders says, makes her look "like the Chrysler Building." 50-70
||A comic relief character who has an ongoing feud with Saunders. An obnoxious opera fan, the Bellhop keeps showing up at the hotel suite at the wrong moment, trying to get an autograph and a photo of Tito Merelli. Saunders ends up chasing the Bellhop around the hotel suite, and trying to strangle him. 20-50
Higgins in Harlem (World-Premiere)
by Lawrence Thelen
Directed by Lawrence Thelen
Runs March 5-23, 2014
HIGGINS IN HARLEM is PYGMALION reset in Harlem in 1938. All characters are African-American.
Seeking 4 men, 5 women:
||(a professor of phonetics) – 40s, exceptionally intelligent though narrow-minded and fastidious; well bred though lacking social graces.
||(a scholar) – 50s, smart, generous of spirit; a true gentleman.
||(a homeless girl) – 20s, determined, pretty, and smart but lacking the education to utilize it. She carries herself with dignity.
||(Henry’s mother) – 60s, intelligent, well bred, no-nonsense, graceful with a sharp tongue.
||(Eliza’s father) – 40s, streetwise, a smooth talker, though ultimately a coward.
||(a socialite) – late 40s/early 50s, patient and graceful; socially adept though not the brightest bulb in the lamp.
||(Mrs. Hill’s son) – 20s, nice, innately happy, idealistic, romantic. He lacks the motivation or desire to make anything of himself.
||(Mrs. Hill’s daughter) – early 20s, pretty but not living up to her potential. Not intelligent but she thinks she is.
||(Henry’s housekeeper) – 50s, compassionate though formal and steady.
A Year With Frog and Toad
by Willie Reale and Robert Reale based on the books by Arnold Lobel
Directed by Kevin Barlowski
Runs May 3-11, 2014
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA, the Theatre of Young Audiences version of Robert and Willie Reale's Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons.
Seeking: 3 men, 2 women ages 18-40
BIRD, TURTLE, SQUIRREL, MOTHER FROG, MOLE: Female
BIRD, MOUSE, SQUIRREL, YOUNG FROG, MOLE: Female
BIRD, SNAIL, LIZARD, FATHER FROG, MOLE: Male
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Dawn Loveland
Runs May 16-18
High atop a railroad trestle that spans a bone dry creek, two teenagers plan to race across the bridge against an oncoming locomotive. At first their scheme adds excitement to their life in a small factory town during the Great Depression, but their sensual experience, dawning sexuality and confusion awakens dangerous passions in an era of stifled ambitions. With theatrical flourish, humor and lyrical finesse, Naomi Wallace delves into a world where people struggle to change lives that bear down upon them.
Seeking 3 males, 2 females
||Actress to play a 17 year old girl
||Actor to play a 15 year old boy
||early forties, Dalton’s mother
||late forties – Dalton’s father
||early fifties, male
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
by William Finn and Rachel Shienkin
Directed by Susan Haefner
Runs June 11-July 12, 2014
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of misfits for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
Seeking 5 men, 4 women
|| An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.
|| The Vice Principal. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years' absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an "incident" at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in "a better place" now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.
||The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance.
|LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNENIERRE (SCHWARTZY)
||Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.
||A recent transfer from Virginia, Marcy placed ninth in last year’s nationals. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called "Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows." She is also not allowed to cry.
||The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.
|RONA LISA PERETTI
|| The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward.
|| A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive.
||A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.