Audition and Casting Information

Auditions for SISTER ACT &

DANCE PROJECT 2020

December 3rd and 4th

Vocal call will be 12/3/19 in the morning.

Dance call for both shows will follow in the afternoon.

DANCE PROJECT callbacks will be in the evening.

SISTER ACT callbacks will be held all day on 12/4.

There will be different vocal and dance groups.

Sign Up On Line is now closed, please contact Mary Omilian to be added to the audition list or contact the SM Staff in Main Hall 11 on Tuesday at 9am.

 

 

 

SISTER ACT

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner

Additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane

Directed and choreographed by Rusty Curcio

Musical Direction by Dr. Lauri Young

REQUIREMENTS and INSIGHT          

Alan Menken has created some of the most challenging and fun musical arrangements for women.  A lot of the show is written with disco influence but a lot of it is also just straight-ahead Menken.  For the audition, you can bring in either a 16-bar cut of a 70s-disco pop song or 16-bar cut of a contemporary musical theatre song.  If there is a character you want to play, choose material that suggests that character.  Have two contrasting selections prepared in the event you are asked to sing a second song.  We would prefer that you not sing from the show.  Make sure you show the extent of your high belt range.  We are looking for people who have strong vocal technique that will know how to perform music which is this vocally strenuous in a healthy way.

The show is full of many character roles for the ensemble who will sing, dance and act.  The nuns, specifically, are many different types and characters.  Please show us how interesting and unique you are.  Show your sense of humor, work habits and ability for comedic timing.  Do not be boring!!!

Although not a dance show, all actors must be good movers.  The nuns have very difficult, idiosyncratic Supremes style choreography while singing this challenging and delightful music.

The ensemble will also play back up fantasy dancers and singers for a few big production numbers.

The stage musical has been written with many satires, cliché’s and gender/racial specific jokes and innuendos.  Please understand that we are a college with a limited pool for casting and trust that the artistic leadership will honor the heart of the show and do it justice.

All those auditioning will sing and dance. Callbacks will be made from those two first rounds.

Lauri has been wanting to do this show for many years! So, happy it can happen!

It is a delightful show full of humor, great music and so much heart with an inspiring and human message.

 DELORIS VAN CARTIER  (E3-F#5)

Excellent singing voice (Disco, R’n’B,Gospel)

Strong Actor

Excellent movement and good comic timing required.

An aspiring disco diva wannabe performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world with a mega-watt dream of Donna Summer glory. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, quick on the quip but ultimately caring – she has no faith in anything or anyone but herself. But discovers what faith and humanity really are.  MOTHER SUPERIOR (A5-D3)

(Strong unwavering Alto with Mezzo capability)

Strong vocal and acting required

Must appear between early 50’s to early 70’s.

An old-school Catholic traditionalist with a spine of steel, a will of iron, an acid tongue, and a hidden heart. The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Firm, but fair & dignified. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings.

SISTER MARY ROBERT (A5-F#)

(Mezzo soprano with belt capability)

Excellent vocal and good movement required.

Must appear between 16 to early 20’s.

A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent, teetering on the decision of whether to take her final vows or leave the convent to rejoin the world that intimidates her so. Her shy and soft-spoken personality masks a huge, powerful singing voice.

SHOULD HAVE AN “UNEXPECTED” HUGE BELT.

SISTER MARY PATRICK (G-E)

Excellent vocal and good
movement required.

Good comic timing.

Must appear between 35-50.

Upbeat, fun, filled with love and delight in God, food and friendship. Enjoys every minute of life. A larger-than-life character. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable. Has a heavyset physique.

SISTER MARY LAZARUS (B4-F3)

Strong vocals

Very Strong comedic timing

Must move well

Must appear between 50-70, Sister Mary Lazarus is one of the more experienced nuns of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music.

SISTER MARTIN-OF-TOURS

Strong vocals

Must move well

Good comedic timing

Should appear between 40-60

Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity.

SISTER MARY THERESA

Strong vocals

Good comedic timing

Must move well

Must appear between 60-70. Mary Theresa is the oldest of all the nuns at the convent. Decrepit at a glance, hard of hearing but secretly packs a punch.

MICHELLE (top F5)

Must appear between 20-30. One of Deloris’s backing singers in Curtis’s club. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Excellent vocals and movement required.

TINA (F5-Ab3)

Must appear between 20-30 One of Deloris’s backing singers in Curtis’s club. A little thick and naive. Excellent vocals and movement required.

MONSIGNOR O’HARA (Baritone)

Should appear between 40 -60.

Strong character actor.
One of the heads of the convent. A gentle, kind man who is a bored, uninspired preacher. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. The Monsignor will try anything to raise money to save the convent.

Must have a strong Barry White impression.

CURTIS  (A2-Ab4)

Strong Vocals

Stronger Actor

Must move well

Should appear between 30-40.

A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Smooth and calculating. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence. A super cool, super confident, super smooth bad guy with soul. He is a tough narcissist with flair, sex appeal, and charisma. He is elegant and dangerous.

Needs to be extremely strong-voiced with big range.

EDDIE SOUTHER (B4-Ab2)

Excellent Vocals

Strong Actor

Should move well

Must appear between 25-35.

The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. A sweet guy who dreams of being confident, but faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero.

Tj

Strong vocals

Excellent comedic timing

Strong actor

Movement required.

Must appear between 16-30. Curtis’s undersized nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, but constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. He’s well-intended, but doesn’t always have the brain power to think ahead.

JOEY (Bb2-Eb5)

Good vocals

Must have comedic timing.

Movement required.

Must appear between 30-40.

One of Curtis’s thugs. Big, burly, and fiercely loyal. He is the heavyset one of the trio. Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Wants to please Curtis and be dangerous, but isn’t quite capable of it.

PABLO (C4-F5)

Good vocals

Good comic timing.

movement required.

Must appear between 25-40. One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish. Thinks he’s something of a ‘love-God’!

 ERNIE (SPOKEN)

Character part

Must appear between 25-35,

One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.

ENSEMBLE

Denizens (Bar patrons of a seedy bar – waitresses, drag queens, prostitutes) Homeless people
Altar Boys
Fantasy Dancers

There is the potential for many doubling of roles – that will be worked out throughout the audition process.

Sign Up On Line is now closed, please contact Mary Omilian to be added to the audition list or contact the SM Staff in Main Hall 11 on Tuesday at 9am.

Leaves Fall and Flowers Spring, Breezes Blow and Snow ShowersDance

Project 2020

An exploration of nature’s four seasons.

Choreographed by Carissa Bellando

Music by George Winston

Calling dancers of all levels

Dress in clothing that will show the line of your body in a color that represents your favorite season.

Bring yourself and your imagination.  Be warmed up and ready to dance at the time of your audition.

No shoes needed.  The audition and performance will be executed barefoot.

Sign Up On Line is now closed, please contact Mary Omilian to be added to the audition list or contact the SM Staff in Main Hall 11 on Tuesday at 9am.