Casting/Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for The Western Stage!

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AUDITIONS!

December 9, 2017 – SpringFEST Auditions

LIVE! A Musical Showcase, Emma: A Pop Musical, The Princess Who Had No Hair

January 20, 2018 – General Auditions

It Can’t Happen Here, The Secret Garden, Hair, The Ballad of Juan Jose, Legacy of Light, The Drowsy Chaperone

 

Email Casting Coordinator Malinda DeRouen at TWScasting@gmail.com to make your audition appointment!

 

It Can’t Happen Here

By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen
Based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis

1st Rehearsal – April 14; Tech Starts – May 25

STUDIO THEATRE

June 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23

Lewis’ tale keeps insinuating itself into our lives because of its insight into American politics. It tells of the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sound familiar? A frightening reminder of just how fragile democracies really are.

It Can’t Happen Here Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Doremus Jessup                40-50

The liberal democratic editor of the local newspaper with a strong sense of justice.

 Emma Jessup                     40-50

The wife of Doremus.

Sissy, Philip, Mary Jessup         20’s

The Doremus children.

 Lorinda Pike                      40-50

Local bar owner and liberal activist.

Berzilius “Buzz” Windrip         40-50

Charismatic, populist Senator, later President.

 Shad Ledue                         30-60

Doremus’ hired worker.

 Effington Swan                   30

Military judge.

 Townspeople, Politicians, Minute Men

 

 

The Secret Garden, The Musical

Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

1st Rehearsal – May 5; Tech Starts – June 15

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

June 23, 24, 29, 30 & July 1, 7, 8, 13, 14

The Secret Garden Character Descriptions

Based on a beloved Victorian children’s story, with a soaring musical score, this is the story of ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who is sent off to the Yorkshire Highlands to live with reclusive, long-suffering relatives she has never met. Mary’s feisty and determined spirit peels away the gloomy sadness that surrounds her uncles and invalid cousin showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Mary Lennox             Lead                  Mezzo               10-15

Recently arrived to Misselthwaite Manor from India, she is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, after her parents and everyone she has ever known has died in a cholera outbreak. She is spoilt child, now bewildered and alone. Initially she is petulant and rude, but evolves into a girl full of spirit. In her heart she is a warm girl.

 Archibald Craven      Lead                  Tenor                 35-45

Mary’s crippled uncle and now guardian — a reclusive man haunted by the memory of his beloved late wife Lily, lost in childbirth. He is a deeply unhappy, reclusive man who has been preoccupied with his loss for 10 years.

Colin Craven              Supporting        Boy Soprano     10-12

The invalid son of Archibald. Colin has been sickly since his mother died giving birth to him. He had no company other than his dour uncle and servants. He us capable of being very rude and petulant, but is essentially sweet-natured.

Lily Craven                Lead                  Soprano             25-35

The spirit of Archibald’s wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie. She is a benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece.

Dr. Neville Craven  Supporting      Baritone            22-35

The younger brother of Archie, Neville is Colin’s physician. He is resentful of his position as the younger brother. A humorless, bitter man.

Martha                       Supporting        Mezzo               22-35

Mary’s chambermaid. She is Mary’s first friend, giving her advice and inspiration. Extremely warm, optimistic, good-hearted girl, feisty and courageous.

Dickon                       Supporting        Tenor                 16-28

Martha’s younger brother who introduces Mary to the gardens and the wild things of the Cornish Moor. He has a magical understanding of plants and animals, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle.

Ben Weatherstaff      Supporting        Baritone            45+

Ben is the head gardener. He tended Miss Lily’s garden until his back prevented him from doing so. He is loyal to the late Lily. Rough and gruff, but essentially kind.

Mrs. Medlock            Supporting        Speaking Only 35+

The housekeeper at the Craven residence. Confident, business- like, mean. Shows little warmth.

Mrs. Winthrop           Cameo               Speaking Only 40+

The headmistress of a school. Believes in strong discipline.

Major Shelley             Cameo               Speaking Only 25+

An army officer.

Mrs. Shelley               Cameo               Speaking Only 25+

Wife to Major Shelley.

The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals and as a “Greek chorus”, commenting on events for the living and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble.

Ayah                           Supporting                 Alto           20-40

Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver.

Fakir                           Supporting                 Tenor        25-40

Fakir is an Indian Holy man.

Rose                            Supporting                 Mezzo      25-35

Sister to Lily, mother to Mary. Seen first as Mary’s uncaring mother, then in ghostly form. Beautiful, vain and spoilt. In life, lacking in maternal qualities.

Cpt. Albert Lennox   Supporting                 Tenor        30-35

Rose’s husband and Mary’s father, a military man, who also returns as a ghost. A warm and loving father.

Alice                           Supporting                 Soprano    25-35

Rose’s friend. Well to do.

Lt. Peter Wright        Supporting                 Baritone   25-35

An army officer.

Lt. Ian Shaw               Supporting                 Tenor        25-35        

An army officer.

Major Holmes           Supporting                 Bass          30-45                          

An army officer.

Claire Holmes           Supporting                 Soprano    25-30

Major Holmes’ wife. A well to do lady.

 

 Hair

Book & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt McDermot

1st Rehearsal – June 23; Tech Starts – August 3

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

August 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31 & September 1

Hair is more than just a musical: it is a social and cultural phenomenon, a jubilant assertion of life and freedom and a cry of protest.  The show was born out of protest, but its spirit is one of affirmation.  Hair brought counter-cultural values to a mass audience and helped loosen up a whole generation.

Hair Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Claude                        Lead                  Rock Tenor       18-35

A lover of life and the picture of a young man next door of the 60’s. A charismatic leader who struggles with the conflict of what his heart tells him is right and what the authorities around him lead him to believe.

George Berger          Lead                  Rock Tenor       18-35

The tribe leader. A social activist recently kick out of high school. High energy, athletic, wild. Strong presence and, though he may be a young man, he is looked up to.

Sheila                          Lead                  Rock Alto          18-35

A second semester student and passionate protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love, loves Berger but fascinated by Claude. Wants to change society through peaceful protest.

Jeanie                         Supporting        Alto                    18-35

A follower, not a leader. Incredibly sweet, understands Claude better than anyone. Wise, passionate, creative and pregnant.

Crissy                Supporting                 Mezzo               18-35

A flower child mourning a lost love. The youngest female of the tribe

Dionne              Supporting                 Mezzo               18-35

Energetic and lots of fun. Great with comedy and ad-lib vocals.

Hud                   Supporting                 Rock Baritone  18-35

Speaks his mind. High energy, spiritual performer with a strong voice and presence.

Woof                  Supporting                 Rock Tenor       18-35

High energy, versatile performer. Looks up to Berger and Mick Jagger

Tribe Members

This is not a typical musical chorus, as the entire cast is a true ensemble. Tribe members sing lead in many featured songs and play many roles in the show including the principals, parents, historical figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.

 

 

American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

By Richard Montoya

1st Rehearsal – August 11; Tech Starts – September 14

STUDIO THEATRE 

September 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 & October 5, 6, 7

As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.

American Night Character Description

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Juan José

A Mexican citizen who is in the process of becoming an US citizen to better the life of his family.

 The following characters will double as multiple smaller roles:

 Lydia

 Ben Pettus

 Harry Bridges

 Mexican Revolutionary

 Dona Tencha

 Mrs. Finney

 Viola Pettus

 Johnny

 

 

Legacy Of Light

By Karen Zacarias

1st Rehearsal – September 8; Tech Starts – October 19

STUDIO THEATRE

October 27, 28 & November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

Two women scientists, living hundreds of years apart, explore the meaning of love, motherhood, family, art and science in this contemporary comedy. Legacy of Light juxtaposes the story of an 18th Century mathematician and scientist, who became unexpectedly pregnant at 42, and that of a 21st-century physicist desperately trying to conceive a child.  Legacy of Light, equates the laws of physical science with human love and uses magical realism in some dreamlike moments to draw together serendipitous stories.

Legacy of Light Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Emile du Chatlet       40’s

She is a beautiful, intelligent scientist.

Voltaire                      50’s

Voltaire is Emile’s lover. A playwright and wannabe scientist.

Saint-Lambert

Emile’s handsome young lover.

 Olivia                          40’s

Modern professional woman. Scientist.

Millie                          20’s

Modern young woman.

Peter                                    40’s

Olivia’s husband.

 

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

1st Rehearsal – September 22; Tech Starts – November 2

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

November 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 & December 1, 7, 8

A loving send-up of the frivolously inconsequential stage musicals of the Jazz Age, a fan known only as Man in Chair gives a spin to the original cast recording of one such musical.  The recording comes to life. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. A bona fide madcap escapist American musical comedy.

The Drowsy Chaperone Character Descriptions

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Man in Chair             Bari-tenor        25+

Narrates the show as he plays the Broadway recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone”, a music theater aficionado and recluse who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He is truly happiest listening to his collection of Broadway show records. He is the only-non-stock character in the show, seen on stage throughout, whilst generally shy in demeanor. Funny and charming, grounded in reality.

 Janet Van de Graff       Mezzo            25-35

Star of Feldzieg’s Follies who is retiring from show business to marry Robert Martin. She is the classic 1920’s starlet and ingénue. Strong dancer. 

Robert Martin              Tenor              20-30

The groom who is in love with Janet Van de Graff. He is the classic 1920’s leading man: charming, handsome, and a matinee idol. He is cheesy, cheerful, and optimistic.

The Drowsy Chaperone Alto              40-50

Janet’s alcoholic confidante, carefree, often because she is drunk, an experienced “woman of the world” who couldn’t care less what the world thinks, a melodramatic diva to be reckoned with who gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in.

Adolpho                      Baritenor           40-50

An over confident womanizing cad who is very impressed with himself. A vigorous, vaudeville-style buffoon.

Mrs. Tottendale         Alto                   45+

The wealthy widow and host of the wedding. She is eccentric and forgetful, but always charming. She is oblivious to the mayhem that surrounds her in the show. Charming and bubbly.

Underling                   Baritenor          30-60

Mrs. Tottendale’s unflappable butler and manservant. Stoic, dry and sarcastic.

Mr. Feldzieg              Baritone            30-50

Broadway producer who will do anything to stop the wedding and get Janet back in show business. Nervous, insensitive and impatient.

Kitty                            Soprano             20-40

1920’s blonde chorine. She is the traveling companion of Mr. Feldzieg and is trying to get the role of leading lady in his show. Nasal and annoying, but not mean.

George                       Tenor                 20-40                 

The Best Man. He is loyal, sincere, and anxious. He is a good friend to Robert and works hard to keep the wedding from being derailed.

Gangsters 1 & 2         Baritone            20-40

Two happy-go-lucky gangsters who are posing as pastry chefs. They are stereotypical Broadway gangsters, with complicated wordplay. Comedic and physical.

Trix, the Aviatrix      Mezzo               25-50

A confident female aviator. She is a strong and confident woman living a life of adventure. A take-charge kind of gal.

Ensemble                   ALL TYPES

Strong singers and dancers with tap experience.

 



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Email Malinda at TWScasting@gmail.com to make an appointment!

 

 

 

 



 

To be considered, please contact Casting Coordinator, Malinda DeRouen for more information.

Are you interested in being considered for future shows? You can always send us headshot and resume. Contact the Casting Coordinator for more information. 

 

Thank you for your interest in being a part of The Western Stage!

 

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