Auditions

Audition dates and times are subject to change. Please check this site to confirm.

To inquire about auditions, please email auditions@citytheater.org.

Noises Off by Michael Fryan   
Show dates: Oct 11-27, 2019
Audition dates: August 19 & 20 | 6:30 PM
(Audition dates are subject to change)

Director: Linda Sturdivant

Synopsis: Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant sardine all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. “The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” – The New York Times

Auditions will be an open call with cold reads from the script.

Casting 4 women and 5 men

Some actors play two characters: one onstage character and one off stage character.

FEMALE CHARACTERS

Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clacket: (Off Stage: Dotty) — A late-middle-aged American actress. Forgetful. Dating Garry, though she attempts to make him jealous by meeting with Freddy.  (On Stage Character: Mrs. Clackett) — A Cockney Housekeeper for the Brent’s home in England. Hospitable, though slow.

Brooke Ashton / Vicki: (Off Stage: Brooke) — A young inexperienced American actress. Pays no attention to other performers, either in performance or backstage.  She seems as though she is not really present – like she is somewhere else inside her head.  Is always losing her contact lenses. One-third of a Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle.  (On Stage Character: Vicki) — An English woman who works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger.

Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent: (Off stage Belinda) — Cheerful and sensible, a reliable American actress. She may have feelings for Freddy. (On Stage Character: Flavia Brent) — Phillip Brent’s English wife. She is dependable, though not one for household duties.

Poppy Norton-Taylor: American Stage Manager. Emotional and over-sensitive, and envious of Brooke, whom she understudies. Carrying Lloyd’s child. One-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.

MALE CHARACTERS

Lloyd Dallas:  The director of the play, Nothing On. Temperamental. One third of a Lloyd–Poppy–Brooke love triangle.

Garry Lejeune / Roger: (Off stage: Garry) — An American actor who never finishes a sentence.  Always is completing sentences with, “you know…” Easily fired up, repeatedly tries to attack Freddy after believing that Dotty was cheating on him with Freddy. Speech affectations disappear onstage but are ever present offstage. Dating Dotty. (On Stage Character: Roger) — An English Real estate agent who is attempting to rent Flavia’s and Phillip’s home, but uses it for his own personal benefit.

Frederick Fellows /Phillip Brent: (Off stage: Freddy) — An American actor with a serious fear of violence and blood. Gets nosebleeds easily. Often questions the meaning of his lines and moves. Blames himself often for things going wrong. (On Stage Character: Phillip Brent) — An Englishman who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes. He enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue, he will lose most of the year’s income.

Selsdon Mowbray / Burglar: (Off Stage: Selsdon Mowbray) — An elderly alcoholic Englishman who hides his bottles onstage. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he passes out. Is hard of hearing when he wants to be. (On Stage Character: Burglar) — Old Cockney man in his seventies, breaking into the Brent’s home.

Timothy Allgood: An over-worked American Assistant Stage Manager. Understudies Selsdon and Freddy.

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Live From WVL Radio Theater: It’s A Wonderful Life Adapted by W.V.R. Repoley
Show dates: Dec 6– 15, 2019
Please note there will be two shows on Sat Dec 7 and Sat Dec 14: 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM.

Audition dates: Oct 14 & 15 | 6:30 PM

Director: Linda Sturdivant

Synopsis: This 1940s “live broadcast” of Frank Capra’s beloved film takes us back to the Golden Age of Radio. George Bailey and all the residents of Bedford Falls, as you’ve never seen – or heard — them before in this fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre on a cold, snowy winter night. Due to the blizzard, the professional voice actors are unable to get through, but the show must go on — so a small but intrepid band of employees manage to create the dozens of movie characters and scenes using just their voices and a sound effects table.

Casting 2 men and 2 women

Lee Wright: A charismatic go-getter always full of energy. Foley artist. In love with Evelyn, and maybe took the Foley position just to be near her, although he wouldn’t admit it.  Dreams of an on-air acting job.

Plays: Joseph, George, Harry, Martini

Evelyn Reed: Daughter of the station owner, WVL’s secretary and general domestic support crew. Despite some amateur theatrics, has never gotten up the nerve to audition for a spot on one of her father’s programs.

Plays: Mary, Carter, Owner, Cop

Mays: Long time character actor and well-known to the WVL Listeners. In a secret relationship with Kitty, and scared to admit it to anyone. Very good with voices.

Plays: Franklin, Clarence, Gower, Bailey, Potter, Billy, Burt, Sam, Man, Mrs. Hatch, Tom, Pete, Tommy, Mick, Sheriff.

Kitty Dayle: Character actor. In a secret relationship with Mays but is fed up with secrecy. Very good with voices.

Plays: Violet, Ernie, Mrs. Bailey, Dr. Campbell, Tilly, Ruth, Maria, Mrs. Randall, Mrs. Thompson, Teller, Janoe, Zuzu, Driver.

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Little Women The Musical
Show dates: March 13– 29, 2020
Audition dates: January 6 & 7 | 6:30PM
(Audition dates are subject to change.)

Book by Allan Knee
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Music by Jason Howland

Director: Linda Sturdivant
Music Director: Sara Sturdivant
Choreographer: Mariel Roy

Synopsis: This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song and dress comfortably for a dance audition.

Casting 6 Women, 4 men, and an ensemble.

FEMALE CHARACTERS:

Jo March: the second of the four sisters; a passionate and determined young author, struggling to find her place in the world; independent and fiery, she rejects Laurie’s proposal before eventually becoming engaged to Professor Bhaer. Range A5-E3

Amy March: the youngest sister who yearns for a sophisticated life, Amy is the baby of the family and is used to getting her own way; ladylike and elegant, she eventually marries Laurie. Range F#5- -1

Meg March:  the eldest and most traditional of the sisters; prim and proper but romantic and sweet-natured; she marries and has twins with John Brooke. Range G#5-A#3

Beth March: the second youngest of the sisters; timid and musical, Beth encourages and helps her sisters selflessly; forms an unlikely friendship with the crotchety Mr Laurence but tragically dies of Scarlet Fever in Act 2. Range G5-A3

Marmee March: the backbone of the March family and manages to remain strong in spite of the difficulties she faces; only reveals her true fears and pain when she sings. Range Eb5-Gb3

Aunt March: a formidable and haughty great-aunt to the March sisters; exasperated by Jo’s lack of propriety, she decides to take Amy to Europe. Range F5-E3

MALE CHARCATERS:

Professor Bhaer: a sensible German professor boarding with Mrs Kirk. Persuades Jo that she is “better” than the “blood and guts stuff” she writes; falls in love with, and eventually becomes engaged to Jo. Range F#4-G3

Laurie Laurence: lonely and charming boy next door who becomes firm friends with the March family; proposes to Jo but eventually falls in love with and marries Amy. Range Bb4-Bb2

Mr. Laurence: Laurie’s grandfather; a stiff and stern elderly man who eventually shows his softer side and gives Beth the beloved piano that belonged to his dead daughter.

John Brooke: Laurie’s tutor; a reserved and hard-working young man who only shows his tender side when he falls in love with Meg. Range F#4 – C#3

Ensemble

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On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson
Show dates: May 8–24, 2020

Audition dates: March 30-31 | 6:30PM
(Audition dates are subject to change.)

Director: Linda Sturdivant

Synopsis: This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

Auditions will be an open call and will consist of cold readings from the script.

Casting: 2 women, 3 men, 1 teenage boy

CHARACTERS:

Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is a curmudgeon, as he feels his age entitles him to be. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea.

Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, Ethel is a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman.

Charlie Martin: The local delivery-by-boat mailman, Charlie is a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents.

Billy Ray: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe.

Bill Ray: Chelsea’s fiancé and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

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La Cage Aux Folles
Show dates: July 17-Aug 2, 2020

Audition dates: April 21 & 22 | 6:30PM
(Audition dates are subject to change.)

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Director: Linda Sturdivant
Music Director: Patrick Martin
Choreographer: Mariel Roy

Synopsis: After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the “star” performer ‘Zaza’. Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.

“This is Jerry Herman’s best musical yet–happier, more assertive, more buoyant than Hello Dolly! or Mame.” – The New York Post

“The schmaltziest, most old-fashioned major musical since Annie. Highly enjoyable.” – The New York Times

“Carry your maiden aunt off to La Cage aux Folles…It’s a family show, a glittering, fast stepping extravaganza.”-New York Daily News

Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song and dress comfortably for a dance audition.

CASTING 7 men and 3 women and an ensemble

ALBIN: Male 45-55 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
A performer of star quality; mature; great powerhouse of a Broadway voice; fine comic actor

GEORGES: Male, 50’s (Range: G2-F4)
A star; mature and attractive; good singer; energetic, loving and caring; must move well

JEAN-MICHEL: Male, 20 (Range: Baritone, A#2-G4)
Handsome; brunette; masculine, well-mannered, educated; desperately in love with his fiancée, Anne; acts, sings, and moves well

JACOB: Male, early 20’s (Range: Bb2-Ab4)
Black male butler/maid; brilliant comedian who sings and moves well

ANNE: Female, 18-21 (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Jean-Michel’s fiancée; lovely to look at; spunky; a superb dancer who acts well

EDOUARD DINDON: Male, Early 50’s (Range: Bb2-Eb4)
Anne’s father; right-wing radical politician; pompous; quirky; must sing, move well, and be a fine comedian

MARIE DINDON: Female, late 40’s (Range: F4-A5)
Anne’s mother; 48-52, shy, retiring, sexually repressed and sex-starved; good singer and actress who moves well; must look great in a leotard for the finale

JACQUELINE: Female, Middle Age (Range: B3-F5)
Mature, female friend of Georges and Albin; owns a chic restaurant; attractive, charming; very theatrical; not necessarily a singer

RENAUD: Male, Middle Age (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Mature, male friend of Georges and Albin; owns a small cafe; understudies both of the 2 leads

FRANCIS: Male, 40’s (Range: Ensemble, Part Flexible)
Male stage manager in Georges’ club; strong actor/dancer

THE LES CAGELLES (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
Chantal, Monique, Dermah, Nicole, Hanna, Mercedes, Bitelle, Lo Singh, Odette, Angelique, Phaedra, Clo-Clo

TOWNSPEOPLE (Range: Ensemble, Parts Flexible)
Madame Renaud, Paulette, Hercule, Etienne, Babette, Colette, Tabarro, Pepe