Jobs & Auditions

10/3/2014

freeFall Theatre is seeking young actors to play children’s roles in our production of A Christmas Carol: A New Musical

Auditions will take place starting at 7:00pm on Monday, October 20th at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave, St. Petersburg

Seeking:

  • TINY TIM – the young son of Bob Cratchit. Weak and crippled, but full of true goodness and hope.
  • 3 GIRLS (ages 8-16) to play Cratchit children & various schoolchildren
  • 3 BOYS (ages 8-16) to play Cratchit children & various schoolchildren
  • A Christmas Carol: A New Musical
    Book and Lyrics by Keith Ferguson, Music by Bruce Greer
    Director: Eric Davis
    Music Director: Emi Stefanov
    Rehearses: 11/10/14 – 11/29/14, Runs: 11/29/14 – 12/24/14

    Young actors will earn a $100 stipend for the run.  Roles will be double-cast so that each actor will only be responsible for about half of the performances (12 to 13 each). Every effort will be made to respect the young actors’ school schedules – we typically rehearse them evenings & weekends. During the week before Thanksgiving, some actors may be asked to rehearse Tuesday & Wednesday day.

    For all young actors who would like to audition, please prepare the following:

    1 – Learn the entire song (both the boy & girl parts to be sung as one song):

    A Family Christmas - Reprise (audio recording)
    Sheet Music

    2 – Please pick ONE of the following scenes to learn, and be prepared to perform on stage with your best British accent.  The script can be found at this link: A Christmas Carol Script.  The page numbers of the scenes and a dialect recording are listed below.

    BOYS

  • TURKEY BOY (gets a turkey for Scrooge, age 8-14) – pp 74-75: Turkey Boy Scene
  • PETER CRATCHIT (Oldest Cratchit boy, age 12-16) – speech on p. 68: Cratchit Scene 2
  • BOY SCROOGE (Young Ebeneezer, age 12-16) – pp 24-26: Fan Scrooge Scene
  • TINY TIM – (Youngest Cratchit son, age 5-7) speech on p. 45, dialect example is: Cratchit Scene 1.  You can also begin to learn the song God Bless Us Every One
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    GIRLS

  • FAN (Scrooge’s 8-12 year-old sister)  - pp 24-26: Fan Scrooge Scene
  • BELINDA (2nd oldest Cratchit girl, 8-13) – pp. 43-45: Cratchit Scene 1
  • MARTHA (Oldest Cratchit girl, 11-16) pp. 44-45 Cratchit Scene 1
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    Below, you’ll find clickable links to:

    the original cast recording:  Original Cast Recording
    the sheet music: Sheet Music
    and recordings of the children’s lines with a British dialect: Dialect Recordings

    If you have questions, please e-mail auditions@freefalltheatre.com.

     

    9/24/2014

    Production Lighting Interns Needed

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    We are looking for student interns for shop prep work, load in, and focus for “Into the Woods” at freeFall Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL

    No pay – Lunch provided – Option to observe tech process after focus – name in program

    Dates Needed (Can do as much or as little as you want):

    Friday 9/26/14: Shop Prep 10am-5pm
    Saturday 9/27/14: Shop Prep 10am-5pm (if needed)

    Sunday 9/28/14: LOAD IN 10am-6pm
    Friday 10/3/14: Rental Equipment Load In 10am-2pm

    Saturday 10/4/14: Focus 10am – 6pm

    Previous experience with theatrical lighting preferred. Must have reliable transportation to and from St. Petersburg,FL. Must be able to lift heavy theatrical lighting equipment. No fear of ladders/heights.

    CONTACT: Cody Basham, ALD cody@mikewoodld.com if interested.

     

    8/24/2014

    As of today, all roles in Into the Woods have been officially offered and accepted. Thanks to those of you who auditioned both live and via video.

     

    8/9/2014

    Thanks to those of you who came in for our 2014/2015 season call.  If you missed it, unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate any additional auditions. We saw some fantastic actors and are busy determining casting for our upcoming season.  We do appreciate your time and talents, and we ask that you respect ours: As they say, “Don’t call us – we’ll call you.”

     

    7/11/2014

    2014-2015 Season Auditions

    freeFall Theatre is seeking transformational Equity and Non-union professional actors/singers for our 2014-2015 season.

    Dates/Times:

    Mon, August 4, 2014: 10am – 6pm, lunch 2-3 (accompanist provided)
    Tues, August 5, 2014: 10am – 6pm, lunch 2-3 (accompanist provided)
    Wed, August 6, 2014: 1pm – 6pm (NO accompanist)

    Location:

    freeFall Theatre
    6099 Central Ave
    St. Petersburg, FL  33710

    Audition Requests:

    Send an e-mail to Jim Sorensen at auditions@freefalltheatre.com, and indicate your preferred audition date and approximate time. (ie, “Monday, August 4th around 4:00″)  Please include a copy of your headshot & resume, if possible.

    Preparation:

    Prepare up to two contrasting selections – monologues, songs, or one of each – not to exceed 3 minutes. Singing from the shows is acceptable. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided, but may not transpose.

    Season shows/dates:

    Into the Woods
    Book by James Lapine, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
    Director: Eric Davis
    Music Director: Michael Raabe
    Rehearses: 9/22/14 – 10/11/14, Runs: 10/11/14 – 11/9/14

    A Christmas Carol: A New Musical
    Book and Lyrics by Keith Ferguson, Music by Bruce Greer
    Director: Eric Davis
    Music Director: Emi Stefanov
    Rehearses: 11/10/14 – 11/29/14, Runs: 11/29/14 – 12/24/14

    The Buffalo Kings
    by Natalie Symons
    Director: Eric Davis
    Rehearses: 12/29/14 – 1/17/15, Runs: 1/17/15 – 2/8/15

    Bright Lights, Big City
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, based on the Novel by Jay McInerney
    Director: Eric Davis
    Music Director: Michael Raabe
    Rehearses: 2/9/15 – 2/28/15, Runs: 2/28/15 – 3/22/15

    Harvey
    by Mary Chase
    Director: James Rayfield
    Rehearses: 3/23/15 – 4/11/15, Runs: 4/11 – 5/3/15

    The Tempest: Esta isla es mía
    from the play by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Davis
    Director: TBA
    Rehearses: 5/4/15 – 5/23/15, Runs: 5/23/15 – 6/14/15

    Mame
    Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert Edwin Lee, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman
    Director: Eric Davis
    Music Director: Michael Raabe
    Rehearses: 6/22/15 – 7/12/15, Runs: 7/11/15 – 8/9/15

     

    Casting breakdowns:

    (Roles will be double-cast, ie, some actors will play more than one role in the show.)

    • CINDERELLA – A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Female, 20-30 yrs old. G3 – G5
    • CINDERELLA’S MOTHER – Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree. Female, 40-55 yrs old. E4 – F4
    • CINDERELLA’S PRINCE – Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing. Male, 30-40 yrs old. B2 – F4
    • CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER – The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella. Female, 40-50 yrs old. A3 – F#5
    • FLORINDA and LUCINDA – Cinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of abusing Cinderella. Female, 25-35 yrs old. C4 – Ab5
    • GIANT – Voiceover. The Giant’s wife is an angry and vengeful ‘monster.’ She is seeking restitution for her loss. Female, 40-60 yrs old. Speaking Role.
    • JACK – The feckless Giant killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed. Male, 20-30 yrs old. B2 – G4
    • JACK’S MOTHER – Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed. Female, 50-65 yrs old. Bb3 – Gb5
    • LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD – ** ROLE IS CAST ** A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive. Female, 15-20 yrs old. Bb3 – F5
    • MYSTERIOUS MAN – A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer. Male, 50-65 yrs old. G2 – Eb4
    • NARRATOR – An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience. Male, Any Age. G2 – E4
    • RAPUNZEL – A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world. Female, 20-30 yrs old. B3 – A5
    • RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE – Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor. Male, 30-40 yrs old. C#3 – E4
    • THE BAKER - A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles. Male, 35-45 yrs old. Ab2 – G4
    • THE BAKER’S WIFE – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors. Female, 35-45 yrs old. F3 – G5
    • THE WITCH – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive. Female, 45-55 yrs old. F3 – G5
    • WOLF – Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey. Male, 30-35 yrs old

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    A separate audition call will be scheduled for the young actors in the early part of October.  Please do not audition at the season call if the only role you are interested in is one of the children in A Christmas Carol.

    • SCROOGE – ** ROLE IS CAST ** an old man whose great wealth has turned his heart to stone. Deaf to the needs of his fellow men, Scrooge must journey through his past to regain the spirit of charity and kindness he had as a young man.
    • MAN 1 – plays BOB CRATCHIT, OLD JOE – Baritone

    BOB CRATCHIT – a hardworking clerk in Scrooge’s employment. Dedicated to his family, especially his young son Tiny Tim. Cratchit maintains a kind heart, even in the face of Scrooge’s mean-spiritedness.
    OLD JOE – a ragpicker who scavenges off the dead

    • MAN 2 – plays JACOB MARLEY, FEZZIWIG, TOPPER, THOMAS – Bass/Baritone

    JACOB MARLEY – returned from the grave to warn SCROOGE of the consequences of living the life of a miser. FEZZIWIG – A kind-hearted bank-owner who helps Ebenezer Scrooge get his start
    TOPPER – A guest at Fred’s party
    THOMAS – Married to Caroline, indebted to Scrooge

    • MAN 3 – plays FRED, YOUNG EBENEEZER – Tenor

    FRED – warm and compassionate, Scrooge’s nephew, feels sorry for the old man, yet still obligated to him, being family
    YOUNG EBENEEZER – saving his money and running from a life of poverty, Young Ebenezer is still happy and sociable and deeply in love with Belle

    • MAN 4 – plays GENTLEMAN 1, SCHOOLMASTER, GHOST OF PRESENT, GRAVEDIGGER – Baritone

    GENTLEMAN 1 – looking for a donation from Scrooge
    SCHOOLMASTER – Young Ebeneezer’s schoolmaster
    GHOST OF PRESENT – a large jovial man who wears a long cape and has a wreath on his head
    GRAVEDIGGER – loots Scrooge’s corpse/bedchambers

    • MAN 5 – plays GENTLEMAN 2, DICK WILKINS, GHOST OF FUTURE – Tenor

    GENTLEMAN 2 – looking for a donation from Scrooge
    DICK WILKINS – Scrooge’s friend, fellow employee at Fezziwig’s
    GHOST OF FUTURE – frightful apparition of Scrooge’s future. Walks on stilts.

    • WOMAN 1 – plays MRS. CRATCHIT – Mezzo/Soprano

    MRS. CRATCHIT – a wonderful wife and mother, hopeful and generous

    • WOMAN 2 – plays GHOST OF PAST, VIRGINIA, CAROLINE ***ROLE IS CAST*** – Mezzo/Soprano

    GHOST OF PAST – a young, twinkly, spritely apparition, full of the Christmas spirit.
    VIRGINIA – a guest at Fred’s party
    CAROLINE – Married to Thomas, indebted to Scrooge

    • WOMAN 3 – plays MRS. FEZZIWIG, CHARWOMAN – Mezzo

    MRS. FEZZIWIG – the cheerful wife of MR. FEZZIWIG the banker. Happy to reach out and help her fellow man
    CHARWOMAN – loots Scrooge’s corpse/bedchambers

    • WOMAN 4 – plays BELLE, TOPPER’S WIFE, LAUNDRESS – Soprano

    BELLE – young, lovely, and goodhearted. Truly in love with young Ebenezer, but saddened when it comes time to return his ring.
    TOPPER’S WIFE – A guest at Fred’s party
    LAUNDRESS – loots Scrooge’s corpse/bedchambers

    • TINY TIM – the young son of Bob Cratchit. Weak and crippled, but full of true goodness and hope.
    • 3 GIRLS (ages 8-16) to play Cratchit children & various schoolchildren
    • 3 BOYS (ages 8-16) to play Cratchit children & various schoolchildren

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    • NICK WALKER – fifteen – typical teen, but injured in a recent hate crime. Plays guitar.
    • HAROLD KING – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Nick’s grandfather, mid-seventies. Showing beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. Plays guitar well.
    • OLIVE KING – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Nick’s mother, mid-forties. Recently separated from her husband and moved back in with her parents.
    • ESTELLE KING – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Nick’s grandmother, late-sixties. A woman of high Buffalo society.
    • STUART WALKER – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Nick’s father, mid-forties. Graduate of West Point.
    • SAM KING – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Nick’s uncle, early-forties. Visiting his parents from Florida, grateful for a break from a troubled marriage.
    • PETE BURKE – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Mid-thirties. Ex-con and owner of a chain of religiously-themed mini-golf courses.

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    (Roles will be double-cast, ie, some actors will play more than one role in the show.)

    • JAMIE – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Mid 20′s New Yorker reeling from a year of devastating events. Attractive and vulnerable.
    • TAD – Jamie’s best friend, party animal, selfish, smart, charismatic.
    • MOTHER – Jamie’s mother who we see as a youthful Mom and then on her death bed.
    • MICHAEL – Jamie’s younger brother.
    • AMANDA – Jamie’s supermodel ex-wife.
    • VICKY – Tad’s cousin, a Princeton student, pretty and likeable.
    • CLARA – Jamie’s boss, her hard exterior masks marshmallow inside.
    • COMA BABY – A newspaper headline who comes to life in Jamie’s mind.
    • MARY O’BRIEN MCCANN – A missing NYU student who appears in Jamie’s mind.
    • CHUCK BEAN – A rambunctious “on-the-town” reporter.
    • ELAINE – Oden club girl.
    • THERESA – Elaine’s “friend” and fellow clubbie.
    • ELISE – 14 going on 32, club girl who Jamie meets at Odeon (role will be played by an adult actress)

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    • ELWOOD P. DOWD – ** ROLE IS CAST ** an independently wealthy, educated son of one of the town’s foremost families. Elwood is a charming eccentric who’s best friend is Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Well-mannered, friendly and kind.
    • MYRTLE MAE SIMMONS – Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s Niece). Both Veta and Myrtle are about the business of finding Myrtle a man to marry: a mission that is made impossible with Elwood and Harvey constantly popping in. Myrtle is extremely self-centered.
    • VETA LOUISE SIMMONS – Elwood’s younger sister, Veta has returned to the family home after the death of her mother and is intent on landing a suitable husband for her daughter Myrtle Mae. She is very concerned about fitting into society and all the social proprieties that that involves.
    • MRS. ETHEL CHAUVENET – an old friend of the family. She is a member of the town’s social circle that Veta desperately wants Myrtle to break into. (played by same actor as BETTY)
    • RUTH KELLY, R.N. – a pretty young woman who appears to have some sort of love/hate relationship with Dr. Sanderson.
    • DUANE WILSON – the muscle of Chumley’s Rest, a devoted orderly responsible for handling the patients who will not cooperate voluntarily.
    • LYMAN SANDERSON, M.D. – A young and highly qualified psychiatrist, hand-picked by Chumley. His talent is only surpassed by his vanity.
    • WILLIAM R. CHUMLEY, M.D. – an esteemed psychiatrist and the head of Chumley’s Rest He is a difficult, exacting man who will go to any length to protect the reputation of his sanitarium.
    • BETTY CHUMLEY – Dr. Chumley’s kind and talkative wife (played by same actor as ETHEL)
    • JUDGE OMAR GAFFNEY – an old family friend of the Dowds and the family’s lawyer.
    • E.J. LOFGREN – cab driver

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    • MAN – ** ROLE IS CAST ** plays all characters in the show

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    (Roles will be double-cast, ie, some actors will play more than one role in the show.)

    • AUNTIE MAME – ** ROLE IS CAST ** A glamorous and eccentric woman who takes her nephew, Patrick, into her care after his father has passed away.
    • AGNES GOOCH – Patrick’s nanny and Mame’s personal secretary.
    • YOUNG PATRICK DENNIS – Mame’s ten year old nephew who, after being orphaned, becomes her ward.
    • ADULT PATRICK – Young Patrick as an adult
    • VERA CHARLES – Best friend to Mame and an actress of the stage.
    • BEAUREGARD BURNSIDE – A wealthy southern gentleman who marries Mame.
    • GLORIA UPSON – A well-to-do girl from an upper class family.
    • PEGEEN RYAN – A young and pretty decorator that Mame hires to remodel her apartment at Beekman Place.
    • DWIGHT BABCOCK – A stuffy and meddlesome bank representative who supervises Patrick’s father’s estate and his upbringing with Mame.
    • ITO, male, baritone, 16-30, supporting
    • MOTHER BURNSIDE, female, soprano, 60-80, supporting
    • SALLY CATO, female, mezzo, 31-45, supporting
    • UNCLE JEFF, male, baritone, 40-60, cameo
    • COUSIN FAN, male, soprano, cameo
    • RALPH DEVINE, male, cameo
    • GREGOR, male, cameo
    • MADAME BRANISLOWSKI, female, cameo
    • LINDSAY, male, 30-50, cameo
    • MR. UPSON, male, cameo
    • MRS. UPSON, female, cameo

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    Audition Advice:

    At freeFall, we’re founded and run by people who have been in the business a long time, and we have very high standards of excellence in performance.  If you are not a professional actor, we’ll still like you, but please don’t waste our valuable time or yours with an audition.  Professional does not necessarily mean that you’re a member of AEA, but it does mean that you have the talent (it’s been recognized by other people and you have confidence in yourself), you have the commitment to show up on time prepared and ready to work, and the understanding that for all the other people involved with the production: actors, designers, directors, etc. this isn’t playtime, this is their job.

    That being said, we’re hoping just as hard as you are that you’re the right person to cast.  We want you to do well, so here are a few notes about what we’re really looking for:

    • Acting is being.  It is not merely saying the lines or telling us a story.  It’s making us believe that you’re really in that place, that you’re actually experiencing the thoughts and emotions of the character you’re portraying, and that you’re actually communicating with your “scene partner”.
    • People don’t talk with their hands or gesture in life nearly as much as actors do.  Be a person, not an actor.
    • Acting is not lying.  freeFall is a very intimate theatre – it’s easy for our audiences to see when you’re not telling the truth of the moment.
    • Just because you’re singing doesn’t mean you’re exempt from acting.  If you’re living in a moment through a song, it has to be just as honest as if you were not holding out the vowels.  And yes, we want you to hit the notes, but we’ll cast a better actor over a better singer every time.
    • Acting is not using funny voices for no reason.  ’Nuff said.
    • Acting is not overacting.  Refer back to #2 – don’t try and “sell” to our back row – they’re only 10 feet away.  Also, schtick has its place, and with a few exceptions, that place is not at freeFall.  Smart actors know the difference.
    • Your audition starts with your submission:  Make sure your picture and resume are professional quality.  Make sure your email is clear and concise.  If you want to ask a question, make sure it hasn’t already been answered on this page.

    FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

    • Do you have housing for out-of-town actors? Yes
    • Do you have cars for out-of-town actors? No, but our actor housing is 1/2 block from the theatre
    • When do you rehearse? We only have approximately 80 hours to put up each freeFall production, so we typically rehearse 5-7 hours a day, 6 days a week for 2 1/2 weeks.  We prefer to rehearse during daytime hours, but sometimes at night, and can work around actor’s schedules, depending on the situation
    • Do you rehearse during the daytime? Yes.  We are a professional theatre company.  We do this for a living.  We reserve the right to rehearse during the day.  That being said, we are flexible and willing to work around actor’s schedules to a certain extent.
    • Do you hire Non-Equity actors? Yes.  Each cast is a mix of AEA members and professional Non-AEA actors
    • Do you offer EMC points? Yes

     

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    Video Audition Policy:

    For those unable to attend in person, we will accept a video audition under the following conditions:

    1. Your audition needs to be recorded specifically for freeFall, specifically for the show(s) you’re interested in – in other words, do what you’d do if you were auditioning for us live.  Using an old video makes us feel like you don’t really like us :)
    2. If we want to see more from you, we’ll ask you. Please send one video per audition, not every video in your collection.
    3. Please send a link to an online video on a hosting site, such as Youtube or Vimeo. E-mailed files will not be downloaded or watched. Make sure your video is set to “unlisted” instead of “private” on Youtube, otherwise we can’t watch it.
    4. In the interest of complete fairness: We prefer casting via live auditions. It’s very difficult for us to get a sense of who you are from just a video screen. And since we do see a fair number of actors live and in person, there may be no need for us to find more via video submission, so we may not actually watch what you submit. As it says in the rules of Outburst, “Dem’s da berries.”
    5. Please address your video submissions to auditions@freefalltheatre.com

     

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