Auditions at the Footlight Club

Auditions for Promises, Promises
Auditions for The Mousetrap

Promises, Promises
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Based on the Screenplay THE APARTMENT by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond


Directed by Jamie Alley
Musical Direction: David Wright
Choreography: Todd Rinehart

Nominated for eight Tony Awards in its initial Broadway run, and four for the revival, Promises, Promises is based on the 1960 Oscar-winning film The Apartment. This raucous comedy features a book by Broadway legend Neil Simon with songs by the powerhouse composing team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Songs include popular hits of the 60s such as "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "A House is Not a Home", "I Say a Little Prayer" and title song "Promises, Promises". This is the story of a nice guy, in a world where niceness goes unnoticed and unrewarded. Chuck Baxter wants to be a romantic figure, but girls don't remember his name. For a full synopsis, please visit http://www.tamswitmark.com/shows/promises-promises/

Stage direction by Jamie Alley; music direction by David Wright; choreography by Todd Rinehart.

Auditions will be held by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 & 16 , from 7-10PM at The Footlight Club, Elliot Hall, 7a Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain MA. Sign up for auditions at http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4AA8AD2CAAFF2-promises

If you have questions email: mcolford@gmail.com

THE AUDITION:
Please prepare 32 bars from a show written in the time period/style period (50s to 70s book musicals or something written to be retro). Singing auditions will be in two groups, 7 - 8pm and 9 - 10pm. Please bring music in the proper key (no acapella). There will be a dance call for everyone from 8 - 9pm. Seeking strong female dancers. Please sign up for either the 7pm or 9pm timeslots. Walk-ins will be considered if time allows. Remember, everyone must attend the dance call from 8 - 9pm.

Please bring your headshot, resume and a completed audition form. Once you have signed up, an audition form will be e-mailed to you.

THE CALLBACKS:

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 PM.

REHEARSALS:

Rehearsals are expected to begin in January, with a first reading-thru in mid-December. A full rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. All cast must be available during Tech Week.

THE PRODUCTION:

Performance dates are 8PM, April 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8pm and April 9 at 2pm.

THE CHARACTERS:

***Note: Age range is approximate; actors should be able to convincingly play that range on stage. ***

MEN

Chuck Baxter (late 20s) youthful, enthusiastic, extrovert but LIKEABLE (Tenor II (F4))
J.D. Sheldrake (40s) handsome, acerbic, conflicted (Baritone)
Mr. Dobitch (40s-50s) go-getter party guy
Mr. Eichelberger (40s-50s) short, nervous
Mr. Kirkeby (40s-50s) "Larry Tate"-like
Mr. Vanderhoff (40s) sharp, suave, smooth
Dr. Dreyfuss (50s) funny and big-hearted, NY "character" (Baritone)
Karl Kubelik / Ens. (early 30s) earthy and loud
Company Doctor / Ens.
Lum Ding Waiter / New Young Exec. / Ens.
Bartenders (Eddie Roth, etc.) / Night Watchman / Ens.

WOMEN

Fran Kubelik (22-28) pretty, burdened, "still waters run deep" type, introvert but LIKEABLE (Mezzo (Eb5))
Peggy Olsen (30s) sharp, sarcastic, been around, truth-teller
Marge MacDougall (30s) ready for trouble but nervous, likes her cocktail (Alto)
Sylvia Gilhooley / Helen Sheldrake / Ens. (30s) S. is a NY "character", Helen a walk-on
Barbara-Orch. Voice / Ens.-will be featured in the ensemble as well as singing with the orchestra
Kathy- Orch. Voice / Ens.-will be featured in the ensemble as well as singing with the orchestra
Patsy- Orch. Voice / Ens.-will be featured in the ensemble as well as singing with the orchestra
Sharon- Orch. Voice / Ens.-will be featured in the ensemble as well as singing with the orchestra
Vivien Della Hoya / Ens. (20s-30s) / strong dancer
Ginger Polansky / Ens. (20s-30s) / strong dancer
Lum Ding Hostess / Miss Wong / Ens. (20s-30s) strong dancer
Company Nurse / Ens.

LOCATION:

Eliot Hall, 7a Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA

The Mousetrap
by Agatha Christie


Directed by Frank Moffett

Performance Dates: February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2017 @ 8 pm
Tech Dates: January 30 - February 2
Rehearsals will begin after Thanksgiving.

Location: The Footlight Club, Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Audition Dates:
Tuesday, November 15 - 7 to 10 PM
Wednesday, November 16 - 7 to 10 PM

Callbacks (if needed): Thursday, November 17 at 7 PM.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. We ask all interested arrive as close to 7 PM as possible. Bring your headshot and resume (if you have it). Audition forms will be available to fill out the night of auditions.

If you have questions email: jgelzleichter@footlight.org.

THE CHARACTERS:
*Age range is approximate; actors should be able to convincingly play that range on stage.*

Mollie Ralston: 25 - 40, the wife of Giles Ralston, Mollie is the young owner of Monkswell Manor, a Victorian era estate that has recently been converted into a guest house.

Giles Ralston: 30 - 45, Mollie's husband of one year, Giles is the co-host of Monkswell Manor.

Christopher Wren: 25 - 40, A flighty, obviously neurotic young man, Chrisopher Wren is a guest at Monkswell Manor.

Mrs. Boyle: 40 - 55, Stern and generally unpleasant, Mrs. Boyle is a guest at Monkswell Manor.

Major Metcalf: 40 - 60, A typical retired British military officer, Major Metcalf is a guest at Monkswell Manor.

Miss Casewell: 35 - 55, A bit masculine in her demeanor, Miss Casewell, another guest at Monkswell Manor, remains mysteriously aloof from the other guests.

Mr. Paravicini: 30 - 45, An unexpected guest at Monkswell Manor, Mr. Paravicini is there only because of his car became stuck in a snowbank during a terrible blizzard.

Detective Sergeant Trotter: 30 - 50, A late arriving guest at Monkswell Manor, Detective Trotter is trying to establish a relationship between any of the guests and a murder already committed at another location.

Synopsis of The Mousetrap

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish!


*Please note that the Footlight Club is a community, non-equity theater. The Footlight Club welcomes and encourages qualified performers of all ages, ethnicities and abilities to audition. Auditions are open to all.