AUDITIONS FOR ARTS CENTER PRODUCTIONS OF
FOREVER PLAID & GYPSY
Auditions for “FOREVER PLAID,” the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina early spring musical production, are Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM. The Director/Choreographer is Mark Martino, with Musical Direction by Steven Freeman. First rehearsal is March 10, Performances March 28-April 4. Must be available during entire rehearsal and performance period.
Please prepare a 32 bars of a song either from the show or in the style of the show. Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Accompanist provided. Dance Callbacks are after the call. Please have Jazz shoes.
Auditions are by appointment only. For more information about roles and to schedule an appointment, call Gail Ragland at 843-686-3945 ext. 236 or email her at GRagland@artshhi.com.
ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE
FRANCIS: The leader of the group. He has the most confidence and takes care of his fellow PLAIDS making sure everyone (including the audience) knows what is supposed to happen next. He has asthma which acts up whenever the numbers are too fast, or the choreography too energetic. He has a great deal of compassion for the music and the group. Second tenor to Ab – sings “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “Chain Gang.”
SPARKY: The “cut-up” of the group. He is always looking for ways to crack jokes. He is very sharp and loves singing his tailor-made solos. He wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment. Baritone to G# - sings “Perfidia” and “Catch a Falling Star.”
JINX: The shy one. He is terrified-doesn’t always remember what song or step comes next. He occasionally gets a nose bleed when he sings above an A. Finds his voice and his confidence when he blows the roof off of the theatre when he belts out the high Bb in his solo: “Cry” Tenor to Bb – sings “Cry”
SMUDGE: The worrier. Has a chronic nervous stomach and worries about everything: the props, the audience, the running order. Convinced the audience won’t like him and reluctant to perform. He is dyslexic regarding his left and right foot so choreography is a challenge. Underneath the nervous tics and the thick glasses however is a sexy matinee idol waiting to burst out – which it does when he throws off the glasses and belts out “Rags to Riches.” Bass to G (needs a true bass bottom sound for “16 Tons”) – sings “16 Tons” and “Rags to Riches.”
Rehearsals for GYPSY begin on April 7, 2015, and performances run from April 29-May 24, 2015. Actors must be available for all rehearsals and performances.
About the show
Considered by many to be the greatest American musical of all time, Gypsy tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainer-turned-stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, and her domineering stage mother. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics and Jule Styne's infectious music produced more than its share of Broadway standards, including "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together Wherever We Go," and the climactic "Rose's Turn." This popular show has appeared on Broadway five times, with the original production winning eight Tonys including Best Musical. Each time the show was on Broadway, it was a resounding success and Tony-award winner.
Auditions are by appointment only. Performers should prepare a song either from the show or in the style of the show. Accompanist provided.
Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. A monitor is not provided. Character descriptions are attached. For more information about roles and to schedule an appointment, call Gail Ragland at 843-686-3945 ext. 236 or email her at GRagland@artshhi.com.
ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE:
Baby June, 8-10 yrs old, petite. Under 4’11.” The adorable center of Mama Rose’s act. Baby June has to sing (“Let Me Entertain You”), Required: dance: tap), splits, Optional: baton.
Baby Louise, 8-12, 4’8” – 5’1”, A tomboy, has to dance, but follows Baby June – soft shoe, basic tap.
Boys – must be 4’11 or shorter. Newsboys in Baby June’s vaudeville act and members of the show vaudeville team. Dance: tap. Lots of enthusiasm, belt singing.
Adult Principal Roles
Mama Rose - age range 38-45, ages to late 50's/. Strong belt voice.
Aggressive, strong actress with a vulnerability. Some dance ability.
Louise (Gypsy) - ages early 20’s. Very strong actress, sweet voice with a kick. Must physically be able to play a stripper. Strong dance background.
June: Early 20s, excellent dancer/singer
Herbie - Male 40=50. Some singing ability (baritone) and some dance
(ballroom). Strong character actor.
Tulsa – Early 20’s. Very strong singer/dancer. Charismatic.
Adult Supporting Roles
Mazezeppa - age 30-40. Stripper with a strong gravel sounding voice quality. Hard-nosed. (No nudity for all strippers; costumes may be revealing.)
Electra - age 20-30's. Stripper. Excellent dancer. Singer.
Tessie Tura - age 30. Stripper. Good actress, singer, excellent dancer.
Heart of gold with an edge.
Uncle Jocko - Buffoon, hard-nosed child hater who hosts a children's talent show. May double as other smaller roles.
Pastey - sleazy stage manager of a 3rd rate burlesque house. Any age.
Mr. Goldstone - one scene where he just gets moved around.
Weber Theater Manager - any age.
Adult Ensemble Roles
Ensemble - various men to double as Pop, Kringelein, Cigar. Ages 25-55.
Hollywood blondes - 4-6 females. 18-22. Strong dancers.
Farm Boys - The newsboys grown up. Same number as the newsboys. Must act sing and dance.Women - Miss Cratchitt, hard-nosed secretary. Stage Moms for Uncle Jocko, Gypsy's maid.