Local Performers Needed for Large and Diverse Casts of Asolo Rep’s 2014-2015 Shows, Including South Pacific; Many Roles for Children Available

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Asolo Rep to Host Local Auditions for the 2014-15 Season
 
***For Immediate Release***
April 17, 2014
 

Local Performers Needed for Large and Diverse Casts of
Asolo Rep’s 2014-2015 Shows, Including South Pacific;
Many Roles for Children Available

(SARASOTA, April 17, 2014) — Asolo Repertory Theatre will host musical and dramatic auditions for Equity and Non Equity roles for its 2014-15 season on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 8:30pm and Monday, April 28, 2014 from 3 to 7pm at Asolo Rep. Specific room locations will be confirmed when auditions are booked. From South Pacific to The Matchmaker, Asolo Rep is casting for a variety of roles in several different productions. 

Actors must be available for callbacks in August (specific callback dates will be announced in July.) Actors auditioning for dramatic roles must prepare two monologues, no more than three minutes total. Actors auditioning for musical roles must prepare a 90-second monologue and either a a brief song (musical theatre, pop/rock, or gospel) or 16 bars of a song (musical theatre, pop/rock, or gospel).  An accompanist is provided. Actors must bring two copies of their pictures and résumés, glued or stapled together. If singing, please bring sheet music.

 
Auditions are by appointment only. For an appointment, please email [email protected] or call 941.351.9010 ext. 3313 with a message stating your preferred day and time, Equity status, and whether or not you will be singing. Email bookings are strongly preferred.
 
Mertz Theatre (LORT B):

 
South Pacific music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan            
Directed by Rob Ruggiero
 
[EMILE DE BECQUE] – 40-55. A wealthy, cultured and dignified French plantation owner with grit and glamour who falls in love with Nellie; Strong baritone; actors with operatic background strongly encouraged.
 
[ENSIGN NELLIE FORBUSH] – Mid 20s-40. An optimistic and simple Navy nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas who falls in love with Emile; must have subtle comic timing, strong mezzo.
 
[NGANA] – 10-12. Sweet and youthful, innocent. Must be Asian-American.
 
[JEROME] – 8-10. Playful and energetic. Must be Asian-American.
 
[BLOODY MARY] – 35-55. A shrewd Tonkinese/Vietnamese souvenir dealer who is also trying to find her daughter a rich husband; brassy, sexy, charactery; must have great subtle comic timing; strong mezzo.
 
[LIAT] – 18-25. Heartbreakingly delicate, beautiful and the picture of purity; must move well. Tonkinese/Vietnamese. 
 
[LIEUTENANT JOSEPH CABLE] – 18-30. A young, formal and good-looking officer who falls in love with Liat; must be masculine with a good physique and believable as a member of the Army; soaring Tenor (E3 to G4).
 
[LUTHER BILLIS] – 30-45. A shlubby, mediocre entrepreneur; friend to all and a man with a lust for the ladies; must be funny, masculine and believable as a member of the army; strong baritone.
 
[STEWPOT] – 25-35. A funny, shlubby character man with a strong tenor singing voice (up to high A); one of the sailors and Luther Billis’ cohorts.
 
[PROFESSOR] – 25-35. A funny character man of the studious type; strong singer; one of the Sailors and Luther Billis’ cohorts. Also plays Yeoman Herbert Quale. Flexible voice part.
 
[CAPTAIN GEORGE BRACKETT] – 40-60. A pompous yet competent officer who hides a heart of gold; strong actor; baritone.
 
[COMMANDER WILLIAM HARBISON] – 35-50. Officious Navy man; Brackett’s second-in-command and right hand man; strong actor; must sing, voice part flexible.
 
[SAILOR] – Mid 20s – Mid 40s. Must be believable as member of the army. Strong bari-tenor. Also covers Billis and Stewpot.
 
[Henry] – Mid 20s – Mid 40s. Tonkinese/Vietnamese. Also plays a Sailor. Flexible voice part.
 
[LIEUTENANT BUZZ ADAMS] – 20s-30s. Must be believable as a member of the army. Also plays a Sailor and covers Lt. Cable. Tenor (E3 to G4).
 
[RADIO OPERATOR BOB McCAFFREY] –  20s-30s. Must be believable as a member of the army. Also plays Shore Patrol Man and a Sailor. Baritone.
 
[ENSIGN DINAH MURPHY] – 20s-30s. Strong and capable, but fresh and appealing. Believable as a Navy nurse. Also covers Nellie. Mezzo.
 
[FEMALE ENSEMBLE] – Any age, plays multiple roles. Flexible voice part.
 
[FEMALE ENSEMBLE] – Any age, plays multiple roles. Flexible voice part.
 
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Peter Amster
 
[CORNELIUS HACKL] Late 20s – Mid 30s. Charming and easygoing, an experienced salesman who is professionally confident but also knows when to be deferential. Energetic, with a barely explored thirst for life. Earnest, well-meaning, the heart of an adventurer in the body of a common man.
 
[COOK] 20s – 40s. Working class, comic type. An everywoman.
 
The roles of CAB MAN, MALACHI STACK, FLORA VAN HUYSEN, DOLLY LEVI, GERTRUDE, HORACE VANDERGELDER, BARNABY, ERMENGARDE, AUGUST, JOE SCANLON, MINNIE FAY, AMBROSE, RUDOLPH, and IRENE MOLLOY Have Been Cast.
 
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Greg Leaming
 
[MARGIE WALSH] Late 40s – Mid 50s. Lean, strong, tough. Native of Boston’s South End (“Southie”). Someone who has had to fight for everything she gets, but who understands both the bitterness and the beauty of life. Fierce, independent, street smart, someone who knows how to read people.
 
[JEAN] Late 40s – Mid 50s. Tough and strong, funny, a bit mouthy but with a good heart. Native of Boston’s South End (“Southie”). Doesn’t take nonsense from anyone, and she gives as good as she gets.
 
The roles of DOTTIE, KATE, MIKE, and STEVIE Have Been Cast
 
Both Your Houses by Maxwell Anderson
Directed by Frank Galati
 
[ALAN McCLEAN] Late 20s – Late 30s. Fresh faced and somewhat innocent despite his years. Someone who wants to do what is right and looks for the best in everyone and everything. Charming, funny, principled. A “boy-next-door” type of leading man.
 
[EDDIE WISTER] Early 30s – Early 40s. Trim, well-dressed, upper class. Country club elite. Would be purely debonair but for the aura of political wheeling and dealing that hangs about him.
 
[MARJORIE GRAY] Early 20s – Early 30s. Upstanding, optimistic, and sweet, yet with a quiet inner strength and no small amount of savvy. Charming, deft, and diplomatic.
 
[MARK] Early 20s – Late 20s. Youthful, bright-eyed, eager. A mailroom clerk with an arch sense of humor.
 
The roles of SIMEON GRAY, SOLOMON FITZMAURICE, MISS McMURTRY, LEVERING, FARNUM, BUS, EBNER, MERTON, DELL, SNEDEN, PEEBLES, and WINGBLATT Have Been Cast
 
Our Betters by W. Somerset Maugham                                     
Directed by Michael Donald Edwards
 
[FLEMING HARVEY] Early 20s – Late 20s. Sweet and honorable, perhaps a bit naïve, but good-hearted and kind. Has boy-next-door good looks and a firm set of principles.
 
[ANTHONY PAXTON] Early 20s – Late 20s. Strikingly handsome, well-dressed, engaging manners, charming smile. A picture perfect matinee idol.
 
[THORNTON CLAY] Early 30s – Early 40s. Has enough money to enter high society, but doesn’t quite have the demeanor to match. Slight sense that he would do anything to try to belong, vaguely grasping quality. Yet also a bon vivant and social butterfly.
 
[DUCHESSE DE SURENNES] Early 40s – Early 50s. Opulent, bold, sensual. Outwardly self-assured, though internally insecure. Something regal about her, but it’s gone to seed a bit. She overdoes everything just a shade too much, takes everything just a step too far. Rubinesque of form.
 
[PEARL GRAYSTON] Late 20s – Mid 30s. Fashion-forward and daring, she is at the cutting edge of absolutely everything. She lives to have fun, outrageous, and audacious. Beautiful, wealthy American heiress, yet there is something hard about her. Strong, and knows how to get what she wants, yet keenly aware of how others see her and that it’s not always complimentary.
 
[PRINCESS DELLA CERCOLA] Early 30s – Early 40s. Tall, beautiful, statuesque, a presence with gravitas. Elegant features, gentle, and kind, but with a bit of a tragic air. Carries her wealth with distinction and grace.
 
The roles of ERNEST, ARTHUR FENWICK, BESSIE SAUNDERS, LORD BLEANE, and POLE Have Been Cast
 
It Only Takes a Moment
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
 
A world premiere small cast musical featuring the work of Jerry Herman. A resident of Miami, Jerry Herman has graciously granted Asolo Rep permission to produce the first-ever production of a new, fully staged revue of his vast canon of songs. This work is still in development – information may change.
 
Male Early 20s – Mid 30s. Flexibly talented singer-dancer. Flexible voice part.
 
Male Early 20s – Mid 30s. Flexibly talented singer-dancer. Flexible voice part.
 
Female Early 20s – Mid 30s. Flexibly talented singer-dancer. Flexible voice part.
 
Female Early 20s – Mid 30s. Flexibly talented singer-dancer. Flexible voice part.
 
Female Early 20s – Mid 30s. Flexibly talented singer-dancer. Flexible voice part.
 

Historic Asolo Theater (LORT D):

 
TBA by TBA
 
Production to be chosen – currently considering several small cast, contemporary works with bite. As several pieces are under consideration, information will change.
 
Asolo Rep is also seeking mature men and women, young men and women, and children to fill understudy roles throughout the 2014-2015 season.


Casting Statement by Asolo Repertory Theatre
 

“Most Equity roles for the 2014-2015 season have been cast from our resident company.  Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. All roles except bit parts are understudied. Asolo Repertory Theatre is committed to equal opportunity employment and a flexible, non-traditional casting policy. “Non-traditional casting” is defined as the casting of ethnic minorities, senior actors, female actors, or actors with disabilities in roles where race, ethnicity, age, sex or ability is not germane.”

Media Contact:

Sasha Fields
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941-351-9010 ext. 4800
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