Audition and Casting Information

Audition Schedule   December 5th

Vocal Call for BBAJ and Hair             Dance Call Dance Project 2018

9:30   Group A                               9:30   Group C

10:30            Group B                               10:30            Group D

11:30            Group C                                11:30            Group E

12:30            Group D                               12:30            Group A

1:30   Group E                                1:30   Group B

12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

December 5th

Hair Vocal Call Backs

2:30 to 6:30

6:30 Dinner Break

7:30 to 9:30

December 6th 9:30am to 10:30pm

Callbacks for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

And Dance Call Dance Project 2018

January 16th and 17th  6:30 to 10:30

Callbacks for Hair.

On line sign up closed,  please see stage management staff 9am Dec 5th.

 

Audition Information For

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and HAIR.

Audition Requirements: For the initial audition, please prepare a pop/rock song of your choosing from the 1960’s to present day that reflects the worlds and sentiments of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and HAIR. We will be looking for stylistic accuracy and a high performance level energy balanced with technical savvy. If you play an instrument, you may choose to accompany yourself at the initial audition. Please note all instruments and level of proficiency on your audition sheet and be prepared to show your skills at the call-back.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Director, James Barry

Musical Director, Carl Hann

This show is best cast with a variety of physical and ethnic types. Comic character actors who can sing are preferable over musical theater types. All must be adept with diverse performance styles – capable of broad yet sharp characterizations as well as sudden beat shifts. Facility with deadpan comedy and vacant expressions a must.

Andrew Jackson [20s-early 30s, male] A roguish, man’s president. Deeply charming and sexy, so much so that you somehow don’t mind he’s a violent, arrogant, bigoted idiot. Fights passionately for what he believes in. Personifies “strong but wrong.” Ages throughout the show so should be able to play young. Must be adept at deadpan comedy. High baritone rock. Up to a G belt. Guitar-playing a plus.

Martin Van Buren [mid 20s-mid 30s, male] Jackson’s right hand man. In over his head. A buffoon, well-intentioned and utterly lovable. Think Nicely-Nicely. Doubles as other roles.

Rachel Jackson [mid 20s-mid 30s, female] Jackson’s wife. Deeply religious and devoted, even maternal, to Jackson. Good if older than Jackson. Strangely alluring, not overtly sexual. Amy Sedaris-type. Doubles as other roles.

The Storyteller [late 30s-late 60s, female] Milquetoast, oppressively good-natured narrator. Wears a Puff the Magic Dragon-style sweater, thick glasses, and her hair in a bun. Loves history, loves Jackson, and loves telling the audience about both. Being in this show might be the most exciting moment in her life. If played by a younger actress, can double with other roles.

John C. Calhoun [late 20s-mid 30s, male] Gentlemen senator from the South. Sinister, good-looking, charming, and brilliant. A vain mastermind. Wears the finest clothes. The most restrained of the cabal. Tall, thin. Doubles as other roles, usually with Andrew Sr. Baritone.

Henry Clay [late 20s-mid 30s, male] A backwoods version of Calhoun’s villainous senator. Think Crispin Glover. Greasy hair. Wears weasel pelts. Over-the-top and vivacious. Transparent in his villainy and revels in it. Tall, cadaverous. Doubles as other roles, usually with Black Fox. Baritone.

James Monroe [early-mid 30s, male] President of the United States. Old school American aristocracy. Foppish and overwhelmed. Exasperated by Jackson’s overreaching as well as by the idiocy of his advisors. Doubles as other roles.

John Quincy Adams [early 20s-early 30s, male] Former President’s son. Whiny, spoiled, demanding. All grown up, has joined the Calhoun-Clay cabal. Really, really wants to be President. Like, right now. Think Bud Frump. Doubles as other roles. Baritone.

Black Fox [mid 20s-mid 30s, male] Native American chief. Intelligent, somber, with a hint of danger. Used to work alongside Jackson, an alliance that led him to tricking and betraying other tribes for Jackson. By the end of the show, he’s forced to beg his friend for mercy. Doubles as other roles, usually with Clay or Calhoun.

Male Soloist [late teens-mid 20s, male] Brooding, intense rocker with powerful, emotive indie rock voice. Angsty, good-looking, young, hip. Think The Killers or Blink-182. Doubles as other roles. Rock baritone. Not musical theater.

Ten Little Indians Soloist [20s, female] Self-confident, attractive singer with powerful, emotive indie rock voice. Dark, mysterious, hip vibe. Doubles as other roles. Dresden Dolls alto-belts up to a Bb. Not musical theater.

Lyncoya [5-8, male] Adopted Native American son of Andrew Jackson. Sweet disposition with a wild streak.

Bandleader [late teens-20s] Dark and dangerous.

Various Frontiersmen, Indians, and Soldiers (20s-30s, male) Double as other roles.

Various Frontiersmen, Indians, Soldiers (20s-30s, female) Double as other roles. Very strong pop voices.

The spirit of the show really encourages a light-on-its-feet, low-tech approach to the design. The scene changes should be instantaneous and actor driven. It’s best to avoid any automation and, even in the elaborate rock sequences, it would be preferable to achieve the spectacle effects without moving lights or video. Simply, the show will be increasingly successful the more it’s staged and designed like a play and the less like a musical.

The Native Americans: While this show is not politically correct by any measure, the depiction of Native Americans throughout the musical should be done tastefully and respectfully. One of our intentions in writing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was to explore our collective national responsibility towards a genocide that most Americans seem to forget, ignore, or, perhaps worst, have collectively come to peace with. To portray the Native Americans as cartoons or old Hollywood stereotypes undermines the message of the show.

On line sign up closed,  please see stage management staff 9am Dec 5th.

HAIR – THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL

Darren Lee, Director

David Sisco, Musial Director

 There will be NO NUDITY in this production. Seeking a TRIBE of actors, singers and dancers with strong personalities who are individuals, uninhibited and confident with themselves and their bodies. The company should be ready and willing to explore developing a show and expressing themselves through scene work, song, dance and group improvisation.

PRINCIPLES

  • BERGER – Male, 20s, the charismatic leader and social activist who pushes boundaries. He is the soul at the center of the Tribe. The others look to him for guidance. He welcomes and embraces this responsibility while balancing his personal needs with those of the Tribe. Sexy, confident, spontaneous, strong actor/singer. Sings “Donna” and “Hair.”
  • Vocal range: Rock tenor, A#2 – Bb4
  • CLAUDE – Male, 20s, Berger’s best friend. The idealistic young soldier going off to war despite the protests of his Tribe of friends. There is conflict between his upbringing and society’s expectations for him and the progressive attitudes of his peers. Ultimately deciding for himself, the path that most resonates with his corebeliefs. Thoughtful, Handsome, strong actor/ singer. Sings “Manchester England” and “Where Do I Go.”
  • Vocal range: Tenor, C3 – F#4
  • SHEILA – Female, 20s. intelligent NYU student and social activists. Challenges the expectations of her social upbringing. She overcompensates for her outward appearance by boldly speaking out against injustice and embraces the progressive views and sexual attitudes of the Tribe. Attractive, strong actress/singer. Sings “Easy to Be Hard” and “Good Morning Sunshine.”
  • Vocal range: mezzo, A3 – C5
  • CRISSY – Female, 20s, innocent, pure, flower child, missing her former lover. Sings “Frank Mills.”
  • Vocal range: Legit mezzo, folksy, A3 – C#5
  • JEANIE – Female 20’s, wise, sweet and creative, a follower. Sings “Air” and “Walking in Space”
  • Vocal range: mezzo belt/mix, G3 – Eb5
  • HUD – Male, African-American, 20s, energetic, spiritual, grounded, soulful, both introspective and in your face, Strong actor/mover. Sings “Colored Spade” and “Ain’t Got No.”
  • Vocal range: Bass-Baritone, B2 – D4
  • DIONNE – Female, African-American, 20s, sassy, enthusiastic, spirited, soulful, strong singer/mover. Sings “Walking in Space”
  • Vocal range: High belt/mix, F4 – Eb5
  • WOOF – Male, 20s, Playful, outspoken, in touch with his inner child and spirit animal, both shocking and sweet. Strong actor/singer/mover. Sings “Sodomy.”
  • Vocal range: Baritenor, D3 – G4
  • MARGARET MEAD – Male actor to portray a bigger than life version of Margaret Mead a respected and often controversial academic who popularized the insights of anthropology in modern American and Western culture. Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution. Sings “My Conviction.”
  • Vocal range: Character tenor, E3 – A4

ENSEMBLE:

MOM – Female, to play 30s – 40. Very straight, conservative, condescending, suburban Mom and otherroles. Open on vocal range.

DAD – Male, to play 30s – 40. Very straight, conservative, condescending, suburban Dad and other roles. Open on vocal range.

MALE “TRIBE”: all ethnicities. All types. Collaborative, strong versatile singer/character actors who move well. Will play multiple roles. Open on vocal range.

  • Walter: Sings “What a Piece of Work is Man.”
  • Vocal range: Tenor, D3 – G4
  • Steve: Sings “Don’t Put it Down” and “Walking in Space.”
  • Vocal range: Baritenor

FEMALE “TRIBE”: all ethnicities. All types. Strong versatile singer/character actors who move well. Will play multiple roles. Open on vocal range.

  • Ronny: Sings “Acquarius” and “What a Piece of Work is Man.”
  • Vocal range: High belt/mixer: Eb4 – Eb5
  • Leata: Sings “Walking in Space.”
  • Vocal range: Mezzo belt
  • Lead Singer: Sings “White Boys
  • Vocal range: High Belt/Mix, E4 – G5
  • Lincoln: Sings “Abie, Baby/Four Score”
  • Vocal range: Mezzo belt

FEMALE/MALE DANCE ENSEMBLE/”TRIBE”: all ethnicities, collaborative, strong dancers who can sing and act. Open on vocal range.

PERFORMERS OF ALL ETHNIC AND RACIAL BACKGROUNDS

ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

For the initial audition, please prepare a pop/rock song of your choosing from

the 1960’s to present day that reflects the worlds and sentiments of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and HAIR. We will be looking for stylistic accuracy and a high performance level energy balanced with technical savvy.

If you play an instrument, you may choose to accompany yourself at the initial audition. Please note all instruments and level of proficiency on your audition sheet and be prepared to show your skills at the call-back.

IMPORTANT: We are looking to create our own unique production of HAIR, inspired by the singular talents of the individuals we cast. Although research is encouraged, please refrain from imitating or mimicking the performance or vocal stylings of previous performers or cast recordings. This is why the David Sisco has provided you with access to both the vocal line and accompaniment of each call-back song. Take advantage of them!

On line sign up closed,  please see stage management staff 9am Dec 5th.

Dance Project 2018

Dance Project 2018

Inspired and Created by Dr. Lauri Young (who will also serve as our Musical Director)

Directed and choreographed by Rusty Curcio

This year the Dance Project will be an exploration of the universal human conditions of extreme grief, guilt, redemption, fighting through adversity, hope and the many pathways to spirituality.  All of the music will be performed live with a select group of singers (most likely 3-4 men and 3-4 women) and professional musicians.  Some of the works to be included are selections from Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns, Copland’s Rodeo, Barber’s Adagio, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2, Blessings by Laura Story as well as original text pieces based on the Catholic Mass, Jewish prayers and the Muslim call to prayer.

We are looking for 6-10 dancers.  No specific number of men or women.  Dancers with strong technical ability and versatility will be considered as well as those with strong organic movement ability, bravery and creativity.  All the dancers should be creative and have an imagination past what is and what could be.  The audition will consist of some improv work and a taught combination.  I encourage everyone to audition, as you never know what may inspire us.  But, you are not required to audition unless interested in working in such a manner on this type of performance.

On line sign up closed,  please see stage management staff 9am Dec 5th.

 

 

 

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