Auditions

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

by Simon Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Jessica Franz

AUDITION DATES

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2pm-5pm
The Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

SYNOPSIS

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows the story of 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

EXPECTATION AND PREPARATION

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Prior to auditions, please read and familiarize yourself with the play and the role/s that interest you. Callbacks will be held on February 18th from 7pm – 10pm at The Arts Asylum.

Please bring a current resume and headshot (if available). Also bring all known conflicts from April 14th through June 2nd.

Rehearsals will begin April 14th. A typical rehearsal schedule runs from Sunday (either 2pm – 5pm or 7pm – 10pm) through Thursday evenings. (week nights from 7:00 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m.) Rehearsals will be held at the Arts Asylum in Harrison Hall downstairs until moving to the stage upstairs on May 6th.  The show requires specific and interactive physical movement. No dance training necessary.

Cast members are required to assist with strike following the final performance on June 2nd. Cast members may also be asked to assist with costuming the show.

PRODUCTION DATES

May 23 – June 2, 2019, 8 performances
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
All performances take place at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

We strongly encourage submissions for Principal & Supporting Roles from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Indigenous, Latino or Multi-Ethnic and we encourage actors to indicate interest in any roles that fit their gender identity at auditions.

Age ranges are approximate and not intended to exclude actors from consideration.

Seeking a cast of 5 men and 5 women for the roles of:

  • Christopher: male; 15yrs. 3mos. 2dys.; somewhere on the autism spectrum; exacting; highly observant to precise detail; likely a mathematical savant; this is an endurance role, the only time Christopher is not on stage is during intermission
  • Siobahn (pronounced Shevon): female; 20s-30s; Christopher’s special needs teacher; also serves as a narrator
  • Ed: male; 40s; Christopher’s father; single; handy-man; has been raising Christopher by himself for the past 2 years
  • Judy: female; 40s; Christopher’s run-away mother; struggling to handle the needs of her son
  • Ensemble 1: female; 40s-50s; primary role is Mrs. Shears, Christopher’s divorced neighbor whose dog has been brutally killed; also plays Mrs. Gascoyne, the principal at Christopher’s school, and 2 other characters.
  • Ensemble 2: male; 40s-50s; primary role is Roger Shears, Christopher’s prime suspect; also plays 4 other characters.
  • Ensemble 3: male; 20s-30s; primary role is Policeman; also plays 3 other characters.
  • Ensemble 4: male; 50s or older; primary role is Reverend Peters, he and Christopher might as well be speaking different languages; also plays 3 other characters.
  • Ensemble 5: female; 20s; primary role is Punk Girl who has a tension filled interaction with Christopher in the London Underground; also plays 3 other characters,
  • Ensemble 6: female; 60s or older; primary role is Mrs. Alexander, one of Christopher’s neighbors who manages to actually connect with Christopher but reveals information that shatters his understanding of his world; also plays 1 other character

For more information, visit our website at www.thebarnplayers.org or contact Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at emagnitude@me.com

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our organization.  Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

MAMMA MIA

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally conceived by Judy Craymer

Featuring classic ABBA songs…
“Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”, “The Name of the Game”, “Voulez Vous”, “SOS”, “Doesn Your Mother Know”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take A Chance On Me”, “Super Trouper”, “Waterloo”, “The Winner Takes It All” and many, many more!

Directed by Eric Magnus
Musical Direction by Michelle McIntire
Choreography by Valerie Martin

AUDITION DATES

Saturday, May 4th from 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, May 5th from 7pm – 9pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO.

NOTE: If you have worked with this Director or Musical Director before, there is no need to come to the open call. Please email your interest to the director at emagnitude@me.com by Friday, May 3rd.

EXPECTATION AND PREPARATION

Auditions will be an open call and will consist of singing a prepared 32 bar selection of a rock or pop song in the style of the show.

Please Provide: Sheet Music…no CDs & NO ACAPPELLA auditions. An accompanist will be provided.

Headshot/Resume (if available)

Invited Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at The Arts Asylum. Please be prepared to read scenes and sing songs from the show (sides will be provided) and dance. If you are auditioning, please make sure to clear your schedule that evening, as callbacks are critical to putting together the strongest ensemble for this ensemble piece. You will be notified by email if you are invited to callbacks.

Rehearsals will begin July 8th at Prairie Baptist Church, 75th & Roe. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday 2pm – 5pm & Monday - Thursday nights from 7 – 10pm. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week (8/18 – 8/21)

PRODUCTION DATES

August 22 – September 1, 2019
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2:00pm
All performances take place at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th in Kansas City, MO.

SYNOPSIS

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

We strongly encourage submissions for Principal & Supporting Roles from artists who self-identify as Black, White, Asian, Indigenous, Latino or Multi-Ethnic and we encourage actors to indicate interest in any roles that fit their gender identity at auditions.

Age ranges are approximate and not intended to exclude actors from consideration.

PRINCIPAL ROLES

  • DONNA (late 30s - early 50s) Attractive and free-spirited. Sophie’s Mother. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel / casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist who also has a zany and vulnerable side. Strong rock belt with a great low range and terrific high belt to C#.
  • SOPHIE (18 - 25) A very special young woman who is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage. Pop soprano.

SUPPORTING ROLES

  • TANYA (late 30s - early 50s) A former singer in the “Dynamos”. Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, funny, and witty.
  • ROSIE (late 30s - early 50s) Also a former singer in the “Dynamos” who now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown.
  • SAM (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. High rock baritone to Ab.
  • HARRY (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. British financier, wealthy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings. High baritone, tenor.
  • BILL (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man.
  • SKY (late 20s) Sophie’s fiancé. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s taverna and marry Sophie. Strong rock baritone to Ab.

FEATURED ENSEMBLE ROLES

  • LISA (18-25) Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky.
  • ALI (18-25) Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie.
  • PEPPER (20s) Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good dancer. Baritone / tenor.
  • EDDIE (20s) Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Also a dancer role. Baritone / tenor.

ENSEMBLE ROLES

All Ensemble Actors must be strong actors / singers who move well and are confident and adept at creating fully realized, strong, textured characters. The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles. We are seeking full range of male & female voices and ages.

For more information, please contact Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at emagnitude@me.com.

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

Upcoming Audition Dates
More information will be posted when available.

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