Auditions

The Laramie Project

AYE | An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

The Laramie Project, written by Moisès Kaufman, is a series of short scenes consisting of dialogue pulled from journal entries of company members, over 200 interviews of people in town, and news reports following the murder of a University of Wyoming gay student, Matthew Shepard, in 1998. The play examines the wide breadth of reactions to this incident and chronicles the life of Laramie for a year after its occurrence.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a play created by playwright and director Moisès Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

*** Parent Advisory: This performance contains strong language and mature themes.

Ages 13 & Up • Cost: $350.00

Director: Ian Moore
Associate Directors: Ruben Nagy & Julie Nagy

AUDTION DATES
ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY

Monday, January 11, 2016 * Students only! – By appointment only starting at 6:00 p.m.

Students will be scheduled an audition time. Please email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org.

CALL BACK
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

*** Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled. If the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form which will be given at the initial audition.

LOCATION
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Audition requirements for all participants:

1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.

2. READ THE PLAY. This play can be located online, Barnes and Noble and even the local library.

Additional requirements, review the following sides:

Rebecca Monologue on p. 490
Doc O'Connor Monologue on p. 494
Mormon Home Teacher Monologue on p. 523
Dennis Shephard Monologue on p. 528

Memorization is NOT required, only to be familiar with the play and characters to fully grasp the objective of the scenes in which you will be asked to read from.

3. *Parent Advisory: This performance contains strong language and mature themes. ALL students under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian sign a permission statement.

4. Keep Tuesday, January 12, 2016 available after 5:00 p.m. for a call back.

AYE | Algonquin Youth Ensemble
Algonquin Youth Ensemble students are enrolled by audition and are featured in the main stage production at the conclusion of the class. Students will work and learn with professionals in the field as part of an educational classroom experience. The AYE class will educate students on the principles of acting, warm-ups, script analysis, stage terminology, jobs and responsibilities that go into preparing for a performance, genre and history of a play or musical, performance articulation, vocal techniques and the process of working as an ensemble.
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advance

REHEARSALS:
Be advised that students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor’s role and all tech/performance dates.

Rehearsals (outside of classes) will begin on or around March 8, 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

CLASS TIMES FOR AYE STUDENTS:
In addition to evening rehearsals (TBA), all AYE participants must attend the following Saturday classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (9 classes total): 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16

TECH WEEK:
Technical Rehearsals will run April 18, 19, 20 & 21 – Evening tech rehearsals, specific time TBA.

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:00pm

The King and I

Music by Rodgers, Richard, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production featuring Local Adult Actors and the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

Director: Gina Lupi
Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien
Musical Director: Stephen Strouse
Producers: William Whitefield, Jan Topoleski and Julie Nagy

AUDITION DATES:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - by appointment only

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Adults)
Open call (please arrive no later than 7:30 p.m.)
Auditioners will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NOTE: All students under 18 who are cast in this production will be enrolled in the tuition-based 2016 Performing Arts Academy's ALGONQUIN YOUTH ENSEMBLE (AYE), A Musical Theatre Intensive Program. Acceptance through audition only! All must be able to attend scheduled performances, tech week, and all mandatory scheduled rehearsals.

*Actors, if for some reason you cannot attend any audition day listed above, please call Julie Nagy at 732.528.9224.

CALLBACKS
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

*Actors will be told at their initial audition whether or not they should attend the callback scheduled for Wed, January 20, 2016. If for some reason, the callback is a conflicting time, please indicate this on your audition form.

LOCATION OF AUDTIONS:
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan.

AUDTION REQUIREMENTS:
Audition requirements for all participants:
1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Additional requirements for Principal Roles
1. Prepare sides and musical selections posted below
2. Be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform simple dance movements given by choreographer.

Additional requirements for chorus (adult and children):
1. One (1) prepared song, either ballad or up-tempo not from The King and I (bring sheet music);
2. Be prepared to demonstrate the ability to perform simple stage movements.

Audition requirements for dancers:
1. Be prepared to demonstrate the ability to learn an advanced dance routine given by choreographer;
2. One (1) prepared song (optional - only needed if dancer is interested in being cross cast in other roles in the show)

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will begin on or around Feb 8, 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

CLASS TIMES FOR AYE STUDENTS:
In addition to evening and weekend rehearsals (TBA), all AYE participants must attend the following Saturday classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (9 classes total):
Sat., Jan. 30
Sat., Feb. 6
Sat., Feb. 13
Sat., Feb. 20
Sat., Feb. 27
Sat., March 5
Sat., March 12
Sat., March 19
Sat., March 26

TECH WEEK:
Technical Rehearsals will begin on Friday, March 25, 2015. All will be off on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2015.

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (2 shows)
Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. (MANDATORY BRUSH UP REHEARSAL)
Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (2 shows)
Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, 'The Small House of Uncle Thomas,' is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

AVAILABLE ROLES:
(THE ROLES OF THE KING AND LADY THIANG HAVE BEEN CAST)
The show requires 3 principal male roles, 2 principal boy roles, 3 principal female roles, and 5 minor male roles. A large chorus of adult male and female singers, dancers, boys, girls, and extras will also be cast at these auditions. Seeking Asian-American actors for the roles of The King and Lady Thiang. Seeking Asian-American and non Asian-American actors, singers and dancers for all other roles. Will consider AEA actors for the role of The King.

THE KING AND I Cast of Characters:
8 Men (3 principals - the King, Lun Tha, the Kralahome); 2 Boys (both are principals - Louis, Prince Chululongkorn); 3 Women (all are principals - Anna, Lady Thiang, Tuptim); 4 Male Featured Roles (Captain Orton, The Interpreter, Phra Alack, Sir Edward Ramsey); 9 Princes ages 15 and under (number flexible); 8 Princesses ages 14 and under (number flexible); 10-20 Royal Dancers; 6-12 Royal Wives; 2-6 Priests of Siam.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

ANNA LEONOWENS: Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano (Range b-d") 30-45. A strong-minded English widow and teacher with a 13 year-old son. Musical Numbers: Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Getting to Know You, Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You?, Shall We Dance?

TUPTIM: Soprano (Range c'-a# except for one note c'-g") 15-25 She is a present from the Prince of Burma to the King and is a strong character with real emotional range. Musical numbers: My Lord and Master, We Kiss In a Shadow (duet with Lun Tha), I Have Dreamed (duet with Lun Tha), The Small House of Uncle Thomas (narrator).

THE KRALAHOME: Non-singing role M 45-60. The King's principal advisor and keeper of the traditional ways of thought.

LUN THA: Tenor or High Baritone (Range c-g') M 15-25. The Emissary from the Prince of Burma who has brought Tuptim to the King of Siam and falls hopelessly in love with her in the process. Musical numbers: We Kiss in a Shadow (duet with Tuptim). I Have Dreamed (duet with Tuptim).

LOUIS LEONOWENS: Alto (Range g-b') M 12-15 Anna's son. Musical numbers: Whistle a Happy Tune, The Royal Bangkok Academy, A Puzzlement (duet with Prince Chululongkorn).

PRINCE CHULULONGKORN: Alto (Range g-a') M 13-17. Eldest son of the King and heir to the throne of Siam. Brought up to imitate his father's autocratic ways, but with his own self-doubts. Musical numbers: The Royal Bangkok Academy, A Puzzlement (duet with Louis).

CAPTAIN ORTON: Non-singing role M 40-65. Captain of the ship.

CHOW PHYA: Non-singing role M 18-50. Appears in opening and closing scenes only, and may be cross cast. Has some lines.

THE INTERPRETER: Non-singing role M 18-60. Interpreter for the King Appears in opening and closing scenes only, and may be cross cast. Has some lines.

PHRA ALACK: Non-singing role M 18-60. Secretary to the King.

SIR EDWARD RAMSEY: Non-singing role M 35-50. English diplomat and former friend of Anna and her husband. Involvement: Appears in only Act II, and may be cross cast.

ROYAL PRINCES AND PRINCESSES: Singing roles (Range eb'-g") M/F 8-15. In several scenes. Singing always as a group, with individual acting and a few lines. March in March of the Siamese Children. Musical numbers: The Royal Bangkok Academy, Getting to Know You.

ROYAL DANCERS: Non-singing roles M/F 15-30. Prominently featured in The Small House of Uncle Thomas Ballet. Both male and female dancers will be used ballet. May be double cast as wives or priests Involvement: Act I/Scene 2 - Dance for King, Act I/Scene 4 - One principal dancer, Act II/Scene 3 - Small House of Uncle Thomas- Six principle dancers & Six featured dancers.

ROYAL WIVES: (Range c'-g"). In the Ballet, sopranos c'-a"; altos c'-f") F 16-45. Wives of the King. Prominent in many scenes as a group; some individual dialogue lines. Present at "The March of the Siamese Children". Musical Numbers: The Royal Bangkok Academy, Getting to Know You, Western People Funny, The Small House of Uncle Thomas.

PRIESTS: (Range d-d') M 16-80. Buddhist Priests. In two scenes. Will be cross casted as guards, slaves, and townspeople.

AUDITION MATERIALS
Music (Click to Download PDF)
- Anna: Hello Young Lovers
- King: A Puzzlement
- Lady Thiang: Something Wonderful
- Louis: Whistle A Happy Tune
- Lun Tha: I Have Dreamed
- Prince: A Puzzlement
- Tuptim: Lord & Master

Sides (Click to Download PDF)
- Anna, King, Sir Edward
- Anna, Lady Thiang
- Kralahome, King, Anna, Tuptim
- Lun Tha, Tuptim
- Prince, Louis