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ICCT Auditions: Assassins

ASSASSINS
Book by John Weidman
Music/Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

SHOW INFO:
September 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30pm
September 16 & 23 at 2:00pm

Directed by Jaret Morlan
Music Direction by Jessica Palmer

AUDITION DATES, TIME, AND LOCATION:
Sunday, July 1 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm; ICPL Meeting Room B
Monday, July 2 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm; ICPL Meeting Room A

CALLBACKS:
Tuesday, July 3 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm; ICPL Meeting Room A

AUDITION PROCESS:
– No scheduled time slots, walk-ins only.
– Your picture will be taken to provide visual reference to the audition form. Headshots are not required, but will be accepted.
– Please prepare to list your previous experiences. Resumes are not required, but will be accepted.
– Please bring an exhaustive schedule of conflicts for the rehearsal process.
– Auditions will take 10 minutes or less, so please give yourself enough time to complete paperwork prior to auditioning; 15 minutes prior or more.
– Please prepare 16-32 measures of a show tune to sing; an accompanist will be provided, but acapella is also acceptable.
– You will be asked to read a scene from the script; sides will be provided at the door for you to prepare with.
– Director/Music Director may ask you to read or sing additional material without preparation.
– Callbacks will be announced online by 11:00am on Wednesday, July 3 and will be held that evening.

REHEARSAL INFO:
– First read-through will be held on Sunday, July 29 from 1:00-4:00; will include a music rehearsal.
– Rehearsals will be Sundays 1:00p-4:00p and Mondays-Thursdays from 7:00p-10:00p. You may not be called for the entire time. Great effort will be made to only call you when you will be used.
– All cast members are required to participate in all scheduled set-work days.
– Tech will be Sunday, September 9 from 10:00a-5:00p, with a lunch break.

SYNOPSIS:
A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Assassins requires skilled singers who are also versatile actors.

CAST BREAKDOWN:
Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963). Male, 20-30. Vocal range: G4 (top) to C3 (bottom). The Balladeer is a folk singer and the narrator of the show; the voice of America. He is also revealed in the final scenes to be Lee Harvey Oswald who assassinated President John F. Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. A suicidal, dejected shipping clerk.

John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865). Male, 25-35. Vocal range: G4 (top) to F2 (bottom). Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins.

Charles Guiteau (1841-1882). Male, 35-45. Vocal range: Ab4 (top) to A2 (bottom). Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.

Leon Czologosz (1873-1901). Male, 25-30. Vocal range: G4 (top) to G#2 (bottom). Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical.

Giuseppe Zangara (1900-1933). Male, 30-35. Vocal range: A4 (top) to B2 (bottom). Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented immigrant.

Samuel Byck (1930-1974). Male, 40-45. Vocal range: G4 (top) to D3 (bottom). Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.

Lynette “squeaky” Fromme (1948- ). Female, 25-30. Vocal range G5 (top) to A3 (bottom). Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.

Sara Jane Moore (1930- ). Female, 40-45. Vocal range: Eb5 (top) to F3 (bottom). Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.

John Hinckley (1955- ). Male, 25-30. Vocal range: G4 (top) to A2 (bottom). Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student.

The Proprietor. Male, 30-50. Vocal range: F4 (top) to Gb2 (bottom). A mysterious man who runs the shooting gallery at a carnival. He is a dark and manipulative presence throughout the show.

Ensemble. 2-3 Male, 2-3 Female, 1 Male child. Bystanders; Tourists; Reporters; Photographers, the ensemble plays many different roles throughout the musical and are featured in 2-3 songs that feature the ensemble. In addition to the various roles, the below three roles will be cast from the members of the ensemble.

Emma Goldman (1869-1940). Female, 30-40. Turn-of-the-century Anarchist agitator and feminist. Terse and stubborn. An inspiration to Czolgosz.

David Herold (1842-1865). Male, 20-25. One of John Wilkes Booth’s confederates. Aided Booth in his attempted escape.

Billy. Male, 8-10. Sara Jane Moore’s whiny son.

NOTE TO PARENTS: This musical contains adult themes & language. Additionally, guns are used heavily in the show and the character of Billy has a gun pointed at him in one scene. The director will work closely with the child and their parents to create a healthy, educational, and fun environment for the child. Parents will be expected to attend rehearsals.

If you have any additional questions regarding the audition or rehearsal process, please email the director, Jaret Morlan, at jaretmorlan@gmail.com. If you have a conflict that prevents you from attending either audition date, please email and we will attempt to accommodate you.

Auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

Auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry

Directed by Brian Tanner

Performance dates: December 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10

About the Show:

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Audition Information/Roles:

The cast will consist of 5 or more actors (at least 2 females, 3 males). Casting is flexible. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. As this is a radio production, actors will need to be prepared to portray multiple characters within the same scene.

Audition Dates:

Auditions will be held at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center in Iowa City:

  • Sunday, October 29th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Monday, October 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Additional questions can be sent to the director, Brian Tanner via email at: tannermojo@gmail.com

 

Auditions for ‘SHE KILLS MONSTERS’

Auditions For She Kills Monsters

 

She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen

Directed by Nate Sullivan

Performance dates: Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4, 5

About the Show:

WINNER – 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Audition Information/Roles:

Cast Info:

Agnes (20s) – our hero, a young woman who feels painfully average. Recently, she lost her parents and younger sister in a car accident and is picking up the pieces. Uses sarcasm as a shield. Has difficulty forming bonds with people.

Tilly (teens to 20s) – Agnes’ fallen sister, a hardcore geek and closeted lesbian. In real life, she was meek and often picked on by “the cool kids”, but in the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons, she is Tillius the Paladin, a certified butt-kicker and heroic champion of all that is good and right.

Chuck (teens to 20s) – a dyed-in-the-wool geek and Dungeon Master extraordinaire, Chuck is Agnes’ guide through the world of Dungeons & Dragons. He’s a bit sassy and has an oddball sense of humor. Chubby and self-conscious about it.

Miles (20s to 30s) – Agnes’ boyfriend, well-meaning but a bit out-of-touch. He is not equipped to help her deal with the loss of her family, but he tries anyway. Totally clueless (and a little judgemental) when it comes to matters of geekdom.

Vera (30s to 40s) – Agnes’ only friend. She’s a foul-mouthed guidance counselor who dislikes Miles and finds Agnes’ whole Dungeons & Dragons thing more than a bit silly. Can come through in the clutch, though.

Lilith (teens to 20s) – An axe-wielding Demon Queen and Tilly’s in-game girlfriend. She has a propensity and a talent for violence and can chop down more than her share of goblins. In the real world, she’s Lilly, a normal teenage girl whom Tilly has a crush on.

Kaliope (teens to 20s) – An athletic and alluring Dark Elf and the group’s resident wilderness expert. She’s a bit obtuse when it comes to the finer points of human emotion. In the real world, she’s Kelly, a recent convert to the world of nerdiness. Kelly has cerebral palsy and walks with the aid of crutches.

Orcus (teens to 20s) – The FORMER Overlord of the Underworld, Orcus now prefers to spend his days watching TV and eating Cheez Whiz. He gets dragged along for the ride and spends most of his time wise-cracking. In the real world, he’s Ronnie, a geeky teen and the brother of Kelly.

Steve (teens to 20s) – A great mage who somehow gets himself killed over and over and over again, without putting up much of a fight. In the real world, he is also Steve and shy teen and total pushover.
Evil Gabbi and Evil Tina (teens to 20s) – A pair of blood-sucking demons who bully Agnes and Tilly and just generally put the party through hell. In the real world, they are Gabbi and Tina, a pair of popular cheerleaders who bullied Tilly and just generally put her through hell. Dance/Cheer experience a plus.

Audition Dates:

Auditions will be held at the Iowa City Public Library:

  • Sunday, August 20, 1:00-5:00 – Meeting Room A
  • Monday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 – Meeting Room A

(Callbacks, if needed) Thursday, August 24, 6:00-9:00 – Meeting Room B

Audition Information:

Actors do not need to prepare a monologue. Sides will be provided for cold readings. Please come prepared with a list of conflicts between now and Nov. 5.

Roles for 7 women, 3 men and a varied ensemble of monsters and puppet operators. The ages, ethnicities and other demographics of most characters are flexible and preference will be given to the best fit for the role. Stage combat is involved for most roles. Some actors may be asked to play multiple roles or to also serve as monsters and puppet operators.

Copies of the script are available at the second-floor info desk at the ICPL.

Any questions can be posted below or emailed to nate.j.sullivan@gmail.com