Friday, October 18, 2013

Auditions:’Master Class’ for Pennington Players



The Pennington Players will hold open auditions for a February/March 2014 production of Terence McNally’s Master Class. The show will be performed at Kelsey Theatre, on the campus at Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ). Performance dates are: February 21, 22, 23, and February 28, March 1, 2, 2014 (Friday and Saturday night performances at 8:00PM; Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00PM).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7 PM to 9:30 PM

Saturday, November 23, 2013 11AM to 3 PM

Callbacks (as needed: by invitation only) Monday, November 25, 2013 7 PM to 9 PM


· E-mail at

· Audition forms and information are available on the Pennington Players’ website:

· Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be seen on a time-available basis. 

· Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre; for maps and directions, please visit

ABOUT THE PLAY: Maria Callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience. She's glamorous, commanding, larger than life—and drop-dead funny. An accompanist sits at the piano. The play is based on master classes that Callas taught at the Juilliard School. Over two 6-week periods in 1971-72, Maria Callas taught a master class "The Lyric Tradition" for young, beginning professional singers at the Juilliard School. Included in this course was a series of semiweekly 2-hour public working sessions with the variety of voices and repertoires in the class, intended to pass on her knowledge and experience to the students collectively, as well as to the public at large. When she died in 1977, she was 54.

The following roles are open:

Maria Callas (f –mid 50’s) non-singing role with extensive monologues. This is a tour-de-force for the actress playing the role; she is on stage the entire time. Those auditioning for Callas must prepare the 2 monologues provided and they must be fully memorized. Those auditioning may also be asked to do a reading from the script. Email or visit the Pennington website for the Callas Monologues.

NOTE: Those auditioning for any of the following roles, must prepare the aria cited for the role. It is suggested that sopranos prepare both arias cited, but it is not required. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella singing or recorded accompaniment will be allowed. You may be asked to do a cold reading from the script.

Sophie De Palma (f –mid 20’s) operatic soprano with dialogue; sings: “Ah non credea mirarti” from Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Sharon Graham (f –mid 20’s) operatic soprano with dialogue; sings: “Vieni t’affretta” from Verdi’s Macbeth

Anthony Candolino (m –mid/late 20’s) operatic tenor with dialogue; sings: “Recondita armonia” from Puccini’s Tosca

ABOUT REHEARSALS: First read thru will be either November 30, 2013, or December 2, 2013. Rehearsals with the actress cast as Maria Callas will begin in December. Most rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday afternoons until a few weeks prior to opening night. Additionally, the majority of early rehearsals will be with “Maria Callas” only, due to the significant amount of monologues and stage time. Rehearsals with the accompanist and the 3 singers and dialogue rehearsals with the singers will begin in January. Once the ground work for all the roles has been laid, we will start putting the various pieces together. There will be very little need to have everyone at all the rehearsals until a few weeks before the show opens. The only 2 people with significant stage time are Maria and the accompanist.

MONOLOGUES: Maria Callas

Those auditioning for Callas must prepare the 2 monologues and they must be fully memorized. These monologues are representative of the extent of memorization needed by the actress playing Maria. It is not an exaggeration to state that out of a 43 page script there are at least 20 pages that are ONLY Maria Callas! The rest of the time she is in dialogue with the other characters.

E-mail at or visit website for monologues:

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