Monday, November 21, 2016

Auditions: 'TAKE ONE' a new musical comedy at 4th Wall Theatre

4th Wall Theatre will hold open auditions for all roles for its upcoming 20th Anniversary M.I.D. Stage production of TAKE ONE, a new musical comedy by former Saturday Night Live writer Jeff Ward. The show will be directed by NYC-based director Nancy Robillard, music directed by Markus Grae-Hauck, and stage managed by Emma Iacometta. The show will be presented March 3-5, 2017, at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, where the company is in residence. Rehearsals will begin in early January, 2017.

4th Wall’s M.I.D. (Musicals-In-Development) Stage Series gives emerging writers the chance to see and hear their work in the context of a fully memorized, fully staged workshop. All three performances will be followed by audience talkbacks with the cast, director, and creator of the show.

TAKE ONE is the story of the disastrous, hilarious first versions of three great things we are all familiar with. It’s a history-spanning musical comedy that explores the struggles that come with the act of creation, even for the gods. Writer/composer Jeff Ward is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He wrote jokes for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” from mid-Colin Quinn through mid-Tina Fey, and writes music and comedy for National Public Radio and the comedy group Euphobia. Director Nancy Robillard has a number of world premieres to her credit and directed off-Broadway and regionally at Luna Stage, Northern Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, MetroStage, Boulders Dinner Theater, and Cumberland County Playhouse; she has also directed workshop productions like this one at The Kennedy Center, The Dramatists Guild, The Lark, and Hudson Stage.

AUDITIONS are scheduled for Thursday, December 8th from 7 to 10 pm, and Sunday, December 11th from 3 to 6 pm. Sign-up begins at 1/2 hour prior to the audition start time, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than 8 pm on the 8th or 4 pm on the 11th. Auditions will be held at a location to be announced soon, either in Bloomfield or Montclair, NJ. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Thursday, December 15th, beginning at 7 pm at a location to be announced.

4th Wall is seeking a strong adult cast (17 and over) of at least 7 terrific actors/singers/movers to double and triple the various roles in the three acts (see character list below). Come to auditions prepared to sing 32 bars of a standard musical theatre song; no rock or pop material, please. Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for weekday evening and weekend daytime rehearsals beginning January 3, 2017. Non-union; no pay.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN - Unless otherwise noted, all roles are written in ranges that can easily be sung by trained musical theatre singers, and most songs can be transposed based on casting.

Act One: “The Ballad of God”
All characters as depicted in the Book of Genesis and classical art.
GOD (tenor)

Act Two: “The Ludovico Technique”
MICHELANGELO – 28-year-old paint-spattered mad genius (tenor)
POPE JULIUS II – Forceful, domineering “Warrior Pope”
LEONARDO DA VINCI – Eminent Renaissance man
RAPHAEL – Young, absurdly handsome Court painter
SAVONAROLA – Tonsured Dominican friar; inquisitorial
LUDOVICO – 17-year-old man-of-all-work hired by Pope Julius

Act Three: “Intervention!”
RICHARD RODGERS (“DICK”) – 41-year-old neurotic composer
CELESTE HOLM – Starlet, as seen in “All About Eve” and other films
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN – 48-year-old lyricist, “cockeyed optimist” and family man
ROUBEN MAMOULIAN – Middle-aged director-producer; Russian accent
HOWARD DA SILVA – 34-year-old character actor and “heavy” (bass-baritone a la Jud Fry)
LORENZ HART (“LARRY”) – Diminutive, balding 48-year-old alcoholic. But lovely.

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