Wanted Actors Aged 12yrs And Up

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre plans to start 2010 with auditions for Traveling Troupe's "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck". Auditions to follow include "Sarah Plain and Tall" and "Doubt".
Dec. 29, 2009 - PRLog -- Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts
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December 28, 2009


2010 Winter Auditions – Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Anyone who ever wanted to act, from the novice to the most seasoned actor, is welcome to audition for our productions. From musicals, comedies, Shakespeare to children's productions there is something for everyone. Below is a list of upcoming auditions for our current season. For more information about specific auditions, please contact is by calling the theatre at (616) 222-6650 ext. 4. Those planning to audition will be asked to read from a script. For musical auditions, come with a prepared song and be ready to take part in a dance audition. Some auditions require advance registration.
Traveling Troupe
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
Based on the story by Beatrix Potter
Music by Steve Liebman Book & Lyrics by Katherine Paterson and Stephanie Tolan
Performances begin February 27th

Director: Penelope Notter
Music Director: Kayle Clements
Choreographer: Mary Rademacher
Call NOW for an appointment: 222-6654 or 222-6653 Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm
Monday, Jan.4: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan: 5: 6-9 p.m. Callbacks Jan.6: 7:00 p.m.
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Please prepare 16 bars of a song (showtune recommended) and bring the sheet music for our accompanist. Auditions are scheduled for 10-12 persons every half-hour. Everyone sings and then we teach a short dance combination. Most audition periods take 30 minutes.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your audition time and bring with you your conflict calendar.
Recommended dress is clothes and shoes you can move/dance comfortably in.
CASTING NEEDS: 3 Men, 4 Women. Ages: 12-Adult; see Character descriptions below.
REHEARSALS: Most will be in the evening, Monday – Friday from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm beginning with January 11, 7:00 p.m. A detailed schedule is available after the show is cast and conflicts resolved. Rehearsals will not conflict with Theatre Wheel or performance classes at GRCT.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Traveling Troupe performs in area schools one morning a week for ten weeks beginning the week of March 8th. Each Troupe member will miss no more than 10 half-days of school/work. There will also be four 11am matinee performances on the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stage Saturday February 27th, Saturday March 13th, Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th. A performance is scheduled for Festival 2010, June 5 @ 11:00 am.
ABOUT THE PLAY: “Ducks don’t have the patience to hatch their own eggs”, says Henrietta Hen, “Flibberty-gibbets, the lot of them!” In this light-hearted musical adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale, Jemima Puddle-Duck determines to prove the conceited Henrietta wrong. In the woods she encounters a fine, polite gentleman with a splendid bushy tale and pointed ears who offers his summer house as a nesting place. Dreaming of omelets and roasted duck, the “gentleman” fox sings that his dreams are about to come true. Will Jemima survive to raise a brood of “precious little loves”?

Character Descriptions:
Jemima- Alto: Is a duck; she is not the sharpest tool in the shed. She has focus issues and is slightly oblivious to the ways of the world. She is a flibbertigibbet. (Some dancing required.) Age teen-adult

Henrietta-Alto: She is a hen. Henrietta is no nonsense, rather bossy, in control, bird. She has little patience for Jemima. A very motherly type. Older Teen--Adult

Rebeccah-Alto- Is Jemima’s sister-in-law, therefore also a duck. She is also a flibbertigibbet. She is a social butterfly with accepting little or no responsibility except she does worry about Jemima. Age teen- adult

Kep-Baritone: He is a collie, and the watch dog of the farm yard. He’s like Lassie, protective, cool-headed and loyal. Older teen -adult

Pudgy-Baritone/alto: He/she is a Fox-hound pup. He/she is a sibling to Lean. He/she is plump and loves to eat and play. He/she is sweet and cute and not very bright. Age 12-15

Lean-Baritone/Alto: He/she is a Fox-hound pup. He/she is a sibling to Pudgy. He/she is thin and also loves to play and romp. He/she is sweet and cute and not very bright. Age 12-15

Fox-Baritone- The fox is a fox with all the stereo typical tendencies. He appears to be a kind and caring gentleman to Jemima. (Some dancing required.) Older teen -adult

Sarah Plain and Tall
Children’s Comedy/Drama : April 23 – May 2
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
From the Newberry Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan

Director: Penelope Notter
Auditions by Appointment: Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 2010
Phone 222-6654 (after February 1, 2010)
Sunday, Feb. 28: 2-5 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 1: 7-9 p.m.
Callbacks Mar. 2: 7:00 p.m.
Rehearsals March 8 7:00 p.m. (None during Spring Break)

Cast Needs:
4 Men Ages 20s and Up
4 Women Ages 20s and Up
3 Girls Ages 8-14
1 Boy Age 8-12

PERFORMANCE DATES: Wed thru Sat 7:30pm and Sun 2pm; April 22-May 2, 2010. 10 AM School Matinees April 22, 23, April 29, 30, 2010.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Set in the early 1900s, this charming, heartwarming story tells a universal tale of a single-parent family trying to cope. Jacob Witting and his two children, Anna and Caleb, place an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife and mother. Encouraged by her new sister-in-law who wants her out of the house, Sarah Wheaton, an “old maid” from Maine responds. In her letter, she proposes visiting the Witting family for a month to see how things work out: “I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall.” Narrated by Anna, the story unfolds in a series of flashbacks from that sometimes tumultuous month. Sarah is a surprisingly strong, unconventional, and independent woman, and Jacob has very set ideas of what a “woman’s place” should be. As they come to know each other, adults and children learn a few things about themselves as well.

Drama : June 4 – 13, 2010
By John Patrick Shanley; 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Director: Paul Dreher
Open Auditions April 25-26
Monday, April 25: 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26. 9 7-9 p.m.
Callbacks April 27: 7:00 p.m. (as Necessary)
Rehearsals Begin April 28: 7:00 p.m.

Cast Needs:
1 Man, late 30s and 4 Women aged 20-60+
1 Woman, 50s/60s
1 Woman, 20s
1 Woman, late 30s, African American

Audition Requirements:
All Actors will be asked to read from the script.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Set at a Catholic school in 1964, Doubt centers on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a black student. He denies the charges, and much of the play's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority. Ben Brantley of the New York Times writes, "[Doubt is] a superb new drama …written with an uncanny blend of compassion and detachment, it is an inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective drama. Even as DOUBT holds your conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally. It is tight and absorbing. One of the years ten best."

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