Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
By Neil Simon

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Director: Jan Topoleski

Audition Dates
Tuesday, December 1: 7 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2: 7 - 9 p.m.

All roles are open. Seeking talented, funny, performers over 18 with excellent comedic timing. Please bring a picture/resume.

Audition sides can be found below.

Auditioners will be seen in the order in which they arrive. Please arrive no later than 8.30pm and report to outer lobby to sign in. Be aware this script contains copious amounts of profanity used for comic effect. Email for more information.

Audition Location
Victoria J. Mastrobuono Studio at Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736

Rehearsals will start on or about Monday December 14, 2015

Saturday, January 16 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 17 • 3 p.m.
Friday, January 22 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 • 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 24 • 3 p.m.

Playwright Neil Simon got his first big break in the early '50s as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's fabled television series Your Show of Shows, and this comedy takes a fictionalized look at the backstage chaos that went into producing one of the landmarks of television's golden age. Max Prince is the star of The Max Prince Show, a popular comedy-variety series that is a major hit on the East Coast, but network executive insists that it's too sophisticated for the Midwest, and urges Prince to dumb down his act. Between the tensions of producing an hour of top-quality comedy each week and being pestered about his ratings, Prince is beginning to unravel. His last line of defense against both the network and the ratings are his writing staff, which spends its days coming up with business for the show while hurling humorous invective at each other and anyone else within earshot. Keeping up a running commentary on the writing, fighting and wacky antics is Simon's alter-ego Lucas Brickman.

Character Breakdown

Lucas Brickman - 20s to 30s: The youngest and the newest member of the writing staff for "The Max Prince Show" Lucas is shy, yet ambitious, and wants to prove himself to the other writers, whom he greatly admires.

Val Slotsky - Mid 40s: The head writer. The most politically aware of all the writers. He emigrated from Russian at age 12, but still carries a strong accent.

Helen - 20s: Max’s female secretary. Attractive in a quirky way. Completely out of her element in the writer’s room. She has misguided aspirations to be a comedy writer.

Max Prince - 40s to 50s. A bigger-than-life comic actor who is the mega-star of a hugely popular television variety show "The Max Prince Show." Based on Sid Caesar and "Your Show of Shows." He cannot help but dominate a room entirely. He is often manic, changing quickly from warm, infectious laughter to sullen anger.

Milt Fields - Mid 40s: The flamboyant "gag" man. A joke-a-minute comedy wholesaler who deals in fast paced patter.

Ira Stone – 30s to 40s: A hypochondriac who comes in late every day with a new ailment. His humor is wrapped around despair. Always fighting with Brian.

Carol Wyman - Mid 30s: She has a strong and quick defense system that comes with being the only female writer on the staff. Politically Aware.

Brian Doyle - Mid-30s to mid-40s: An Irish-American with a biting sense of humor and acerbic outlook on life. He is a heavy smoker, heavy cougher and heavy drinker. Always fighting with Ira.

Kenny Franks - 30s: Considered the "boy genius" of the group but also the most sophisticated of the writers. Sharp dresser.

Audition scenes for Laughter on the 23rd Floor:

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 EnsembleL

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

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - open call (please arrive no later than 8:30 p.m.)
Auditioners will be seen on first come first serve basis.

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - open call (please arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.)
Auditioners will be seen on first come first serve basis.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - by appointment only
*Students only 6 to 17

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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 4 p.m. (ages 6 to 17)
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (Adults)

*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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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?

LADY THIANG: Soprano or high Mezzo-Soprano (Range c#'-g") 30-50. First wife of the King, who loves him very much, tries to protect him even though she cannot take direct action. Musical Numbers: Something Wonderful, Western People Funny.

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 KING OF SIAM: Baritone (Range c-e') M 35-50. A demanding and chauvinistic absolute ruler who nevertheless struggles with European philosophical ideas and desperately wants his kingdom to be seen as "scientific". Although he is filled with uncertainty and self-doubt, he possesses a commanding stage presence. Musical numbers: A Puzzlement, Song of the King, Shall We Dance.

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.

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

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Algonquin Arts Theatre announces open auditions for their upcoming production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE which will open on May 13, 2016 and run for six performances, closing on May 22, 2016 at AAT. Produced by AAT's Artistic Director, William Whitefield and AAT's Technical Director, Jan Topoleski, the show will be directed by Robert Johanson, with musical direction by Stephen Strouse and choreography by Amy Solomon-Kohn. Rehearsals will start on or about Monday, April 4, 2016. All roles are open. Seeking talented, funny, improv-savy performers of all ages with excellent comedic timing and strong singing voices. There are some cameo roles that require little or no singing. Please bring a picture/resume and prepare the scene and song for the character for which you are interested in auditioning. Auditions will be at Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736 on Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Auditioners will be seen in the order in which they arrive. Please arrive no later than 11 a.m. and report to outer lobby to sign in. Email for more information. Seeking the following roles:

Character Breakdown


Rona Lisa Peretti - Former winner of 3rd Annual Spelling Bee and now host/judge - very together, strong voice - wants the Bee to move smoothly and she works very hard to keep audience interested and informed. Winning the Bee was the highlight of her life.

Vice Principal Douglas Panch - Last-minute substitute judge - gives out spelling words, very dry - depressed with his life, but wants to impress Rona.

Mitch Mahoney or Ms. Mahoney - Comfort Counselor, bouncer - part of his/her community service - wishes to help kids feel better about losing - Gospel voice.


Olive Ostrovsky - A loner whose parents are always absent. She is brilliant - she spends a lot of time with her dictionary - and looking into the audience to see if her dad has arrived. Very shy, but she blossoms during the Bee. Great belt.

Schwarzy (Loraine Schwartzandgrubbeniere) - She speaks with a lisp and has two gay dads who she wants to make proud - all three of them are over achievers - youngest member of Bee - keen sense of justice - good voice.

Marcy Park - She is a new student just transferred in, brilliant, athletic, very bright, exceptional at whatever she attempts - baton twirling, piano, martial arts, you name it - good voice.

Chip Tolentino - He is the returning champion, dreamboat, his body's going through a lot of changes - great tenor with lots of high notes.

Leaf ConeyBear - Nerdy, offbeat, adorable guy - a second alternate who never expected to compete - wants to show his large family that he is smart. He wears homemade clothing and protective helmet. Highly amused and amazed by everything.

William Barfee' - He is very odd, spells things out with his foot, real character - a bully, combative, parents divorced, does not expect kindness from anyone except his mother - surprised by friendship and learns to care for someone else. Has many health problems.


Olive's Mom and Dad - GREAT singers - she's in an ashram in India, dad always 'at work'.

ConeyBear's Mom and Dad - Like the Weaselys, maybe all red-headed.

(These two sets of parents could be the same actors - one first act, the other second.)

ConeyBear's siblings - Any number - his cheering section, all smarter than their brother.

Schwarzy's Dads - Carl (intense and competitive) & Dan (more laid back), two gay fathers who desperately want their daughter to win, contrasting, sing a little.

Jesus Christ - In a vision - deity invoked by a speller in need.

Audition songs for Spelling Bee:
Click titles to download .pdf files.

OLIVE: #2 My Friend the Dictionary to measure 59
CONEYBEAR: #4 I'm Not that Smart, whole song or #11A I'm Not that Smart (reprise), shorter version
BARFEE': #5 Magic Foot to measure 65 (and jump to end measure 82)
RONA: #6B Rona No. 2
MITCHELL (MS. or MR) (man or woman) #7 Prayer to measure 56 - Rousing gospel song in suitable male or female key (song key can be lowered for a female).
CHIP: #9 Chip's Lament, whole song
SCHWARZY: #10 Woe is Me to measure 66
MARCY: #12 I Speak 6 Languages
TRIO: OLIVE, MOM, DAD - #14 I Love You - whole song
PANCH and Cameos - can sing songs of their choosing

Audition scenes for Spelling Bee:
Click titles to download .pdf files.

pages 7 & 8 - Rona and Panch
pages 12, 13 - Leaf Coney Bear, Mr. & Mrs. Coney Bear, Panch
pages 26, 27 - Schwartzy & Dad - Carl & Dan
pages 36, 37 - Chip, Panch, Rona
page 38 - (big speech) Mitch/Mr. or Ms. McConnel
pages 44, 45 - Olive, Barfee
pages - 56, 57 - Jesus, Marcy

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