Algonquin Arts

Auditions

Kiss Me, Kate

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Written by Samuel and Bella Spewack
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

Directed by: Gina Lupi
Musical Director: Robert Sammond
Choreographer: Randy Accardi

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan. Please enter the theatre through the lobby where staff will check you in and direct you to the appropriate space.

AUDITION DATES

Tuesday, July 24 @ 7 pm - Open Call
Thursday, July 26 @ 7 pm - Open Call
Saturday, July 28 @ 11 am (Call backs to follow immediately)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of an upbeat song and a ballad in the style of traditional musical theatre. Both songs may not be requested. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No self-accompanying or a cappella. Dress comfortably in order to dance. Scene selections will be provided.

Please be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts. Rehearsals will are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-to-late August.

PERFORMANCES
8 Performances:
Saturday, October 6 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 13 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 14 - 3 p.m.
Friday, October 19 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 - 3 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
Kiss Me Kate is a play within a play featuring a group of actors at a theatre in Baltimore on opening night of The Shrew, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Taming of the Shrew. The basic story is boy has girl, loses girl, so he tries again and gets her back - a happy ending with lots of comedy in between. It pays homage to Shakespeare, operetta and vaudeville, featuring comic players in the form of 1940's gangsters. It is a musical comedy with tap, jazz and soft-shoe dance opportunities.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Fred Graham - 30 to 40's+, strong baritone, commanding presence. He is actor, director and producer of the play within the play The Shrew and plays Petruchio - he has the lion's share of Shakespearean dialogue. He is also Lilli's ex-husband.

Lilli Vanessi - 30 to 40's+, strong mezzo soprano. She is an actress of stage and screen, proud, haughty, much like her character Katherine in The Shrew, but also vulnerable. Ex-wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.

Lois Lane - 20 to 30's, strong mezzo belter. She is an actress, the quintessential airhead ingenue but with lots of charisma and charm. She also plays Bianca in The Shrew.

Bill Calhoun - 20 to 30's, strong tenor or baritenor. He is a ne'er-do-well actor who has a bit of a gambling problem. Is a Broadway hoofer, so he should dance well. He also plays Lucentio in The Shrew.

Harrison Howell - 50+, does not sing. Dignified gentleman from Georgia, very political, sometimes played as a general or retired general. He is a little stuffy and kind of a hick and can have a bit of a Southern accent. He is engaged to Lilli Vanessi.

First Man (Gangster) - 30-50+, comic baritone or tenor. He is the archetypical gangster complete with accent. Does some soft shoe in "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" so should move well. Also appears in The Shrew (unexpectedly).

Second Man (Gangster) - Qualities the same as the First Man, but a bit more reserved and dryer of wit.

Harry Trevor - 50+, sings in the ensemble. He is an actor who appears mostly in The Shrew as Katherine and Bianca's father, Baptista. He has mainly Shakespearean dialogue.

Hattie - Any age, good voice. She is Lilli's dresser and sings "Another Op'nin', Another Show" and sings in "Too Darn Hot". Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.

Ralph - Any age, sings in the ensemble in "Too Darn Hot" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show", may be featured as soloist as well. Is the stage manager of The Shrew. This role can be played by a woman as well (name will be changed).

Stage Doorman - Any age, sings in the ensemble in "Too Darn Hot".

Paul - Any age, tenor or baritenor. He is Fred's dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in "Too Darn Hot" so he should sing and move well.

Gremio and Hortensio - Any age, tenor or baritenor. Actors who appear in The Shrew. They will also sing in the ensemble of both The Shrew and in "Too Darn Hot". Both are featured in several numbers and should sing well and move well.

Ensemble - Actors, stage crew, wardrobe, etc, who sing in the ensemble throughout, both in modern day and in The Shrew. Many opportunities for small sung and danced solos. Some of the many ensemble roles have names such as Truckman, Banker, Chauffeur, Singing Girls, Messenger and Cab Driver.Too Darn Hot". Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.

Ralph - Any age, sings in the ensemble in "Too Darn Hot" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show", may be featured as soloist as well. Is the stage manager of The Shrew. This role can be played by a woman as well (name will be changed).

Paul - Any age, tenor or baritenor. He is Fred's dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in "Too Darn Hot" so he should sing and move well.

Gremio and Hortensio - Any age, tenor or baritenor. Actors who appear in The Shrew. They will also sing in the ensemble of both The Shrew and in "Too Darn Hot". Both are featured in several numbers and should sing well and move well.

Company ensemble -
5 - 10 strong female dancers/ singers
5 - 10 male actors to portray Actors Stagehands, 'Paduans' etc. Opportunities for solos; roles such as 'Pops' Stage Doorman, the Haberdasher, Padua Priest, Musicians, Messenger, Driver & Aides (Flynt & Riley) to the General.

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AYE: A Charlie Brown Christmas

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production
Featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)

Directed by Joseph Stefanelli
Choreographed by Jessica O'Brien

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION DATES
Friday, September 7 @ 4-8 p.m. - OPEN CALL
Saturday, September 8 @ 9-3 p.m. - OPEN CALL

This is an Algonquin Youth Ensemble production featuring students through high school age.

CALL BACKS
Saturday, September 8, 2018: 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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.

AUDITION 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.
3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection. Bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist provided.
4. Cast will feature students in age-appropriate roles.
5. Students ages 8-17 who are cast in this production will be required to participate in the Algonquin Youth Ensemble. This class is tuition free as of 2017.

PERFORMANCES
Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. (Education Series Performance*)
Friday, December 14 at 11:45 a.m. (Education Series Performance*)
Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.

*Algonquin Arts Theatre can provide students with a letter detailing participation to submit to school.

SCHEDULE:
BEFORE YOU AUDITION, be advised that all actors must be available for rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role. It is mandatory for actors to be available for all scheduled tech rehearsals/ performances. Conflicts will not be accepted after the cast has been announced.

CLASSROOM SCHEDULE: September 29-December 8
Classes start Saturday, September 29 and meet each Saturday through December 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No class on November 10 & 24. Students up to age 17 will be required to attend all AYE classes.

(9-Classes) 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

REHEARSALS:
To begin in October of 2018 and will exercise on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 4 - 8 p.m. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned.

TECH WEEK
December 10-13. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 5 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
The classic animated television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:
Charlie Brown - The story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero. Charlie Brown was created as caricature of the average person. Acquainted with losing more than winning.

Snoopy - Charlie Brown's lovable dog. Human-like dog with the ability to "speak" his thoughts to the reader. Many of the human characters in Peanuts have the uncanny knack of reading his thoughts and responding to them.

Lucy - Linus' older sister; a bossy, crabby girl. Lucy delivers mean remarks with the greatest of ease, usually showing no emotion whatsoever, and then moving on with whatever she was doing. She has a tendency to go off on loud and rambling tangents when she is with Charlie Brown.

Linus - Lucy's younger brother. Though young, Linus is unusually smart and acts as the philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Gospels. Juvenile aspects of his character are also displayed; for example, Linus is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket - for which he is often mocked by other characters - and often sucks his thumb.

Pig Pen - Known for his perpetually filthy overalls, the cloud of dirt and dust that follows him wherever he goes. When he takes a deep breath (to sing, for example), the dust rises briefly around him. In spite of his best efforts, it appears that he cannot stay clean.

Frieda - A chatterbox with naturally curly hair, of which she is extremely proud. This self-love of and belief that others are jealous about her hair leads people to believe that she is rather vain.

Schroeder - He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the toy piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular.

Violet - Consistent personality trait is that she tends to be a bit of a snob, very conscious of appearances and status. It is implied that her family has a higher-class position than others.

Sally - Younger sister to Charlie Brown. Has a "take it easy" approach to life, preferring to slide by while doing as little work as possible. Her favorite pastime is watching TV.

Patty - Peppermint Patty, often acts as a sort of "mother-hen," looking out for the younger characters; however, she also sets the tone for the strong female characters.

Shermy - Portrayed as Charlie Brown's superior at the things that mattered to Charlie Brown, especially athletics. Athletic-physical characteristics.

**At Algonquin Arts Theatre, our produced Main Stage performances work closely with the Education Department. This gives us an opportunity to educate students in all areas of the performing arts including performers, writers, production management and behind-the-scenes (tech). Through our Performing Arts Academy (PAA) each semester (Fall-Winter, Winter-Spring & Summer) we offer a program called the Algonquin Youth Ensemble | AYE. AYE is an audition-only, comprehensive instructional, full immersion theatre education program. The Algonquin Youth Ensemble is a class first. There is not a tuition fee to participate in this particular arts education program, if selected. Students will be selected based on their audition alone. Not all who audition will be cast/ selected for the program. Transcending the typical theatre program, AYE members not only have the opportunity to study theatrical disciplines with experienced professionals, but also must apply what they've learned in a fully mounted main stage production. In addition to studying acting, singing and dancing, members work side-by-side with professional directors, designers, actors and musicians through a full rehearsal schedule and performance run of a major musical/ play production. Open to students ages 8-17, participants commit not only to daily/weekly classes, but also to all rehearsals and performances, often participating in production and administrative activities as well.

AYE: Taming of the Shrew

AUDITION DATES
Friday, January 4 @ 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 5 @ 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This is an Algonquin Youth Ensemble production featuring students through high school age.