Auditions

3/23/2014

The Mikado -

all roles have been cast.

 

The Burnt Part Boys

and

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

audition dates  will be announced soon – check back here for more information.

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The Burnt Part Boys

  • CHET – Jake’s best friend and co-worker in the mines. An outgoing guy, but a bit of a wise-ass. Stubborn, loyal. Male, 18-21 yrs old, Range: D4 – D6
  • DAD / PETE’S FANTASY MEN – Appears as Pete’s “Alamo” fantasies (Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie), and as his father in the mines. Male, 30-45 yrs old, Range: B2 – A5
  • DEAD MINERS – A group of four men, ranging in age, who appear as ghosts in the coal mines. Male, 20-60 yrs old, Range: E2 – A5
  • DUSTY – Pete’s best friend. A simple-minded teen who is weary of Pete’s adventures. Generally amiable, loves to talk. Religious. Male, 13-16 yrs old, Range: D4 – A6
  • FRANCES – ** ROLE IS CAST ** A feisty runaway living in the hills. She has a dry wit and short temper. Brave, confident, controlling. Female, 13-16 yrs old, Range: G3 – C6
  • JAKE – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Pete’s older brother who dropped out of school to work in the mines. He is constantly suppressing his anger. Cynical, conflicted, jaded, determined. Male, 18-21 yrs old, Range: C4 – G#5
  • PETE – ** ROLE IS CAST ** Jake’s younger brother. Intense and very imaginative. He is skeptical of the coal mining industry. Curious and adventurous. Male, 13-16 yrs old, Range: B2 – A5

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

**Actors may play multiple roles**

  • CHIEF BROMDEN – (male) a patient – son of the chief of the Columbia Indians and a white woman
  • AIDE WARREN – (male) hospital aide
  • AIDE WILLIAMS – (male) hospital aide
  • NURSE RATCHED – (female) middle-aged former army nurse, head of the hospital ward
  • NURSE FLINN – (female) hospital aide
  • DALE HARDING – (male) acerbic, college-educated patient, president of the Patient’s Council.  Homosexual, hiding in the hospital voluntarily
  • ELLIS – (male) recipient of electroshock treatment
  • BILLY BIBBIT – (male) 31 years old, but appears much younger.  Stutters.  Voluntarily in the hospital, afraid of the outside world.
  • SCANLON – (male) a patient – has fantasies of blowing things up
  • CHESWICK – (male) a patient – a man of much talk and little action until events in the play change him.
  • MARTINI – (male) a patient – lives in a world of delusional hallucinations
  • RUCKLY – (male) a patient – the result of a botched lobotomy
  • FREDERICKS – (male) epileptic patient – takes Sefelts medication in addition to his own
  • SEFELT – (male) epileptic patient who refuses to take his medication
  • COL. MATTERSON – (male) a world war veteran who can now only utter incoherent phrases
  • RANDLE P. MCMURPHY  **ROLE IS CAST** – (male) Gambler, con-man, backroom boxer.
  • DR. SPIVEY – (male) Mild-mannered doctor who may be addicted to opiates.  Easily cowed.
  • AIDE TURKLE – (male) elderly hospital aide
  • CANDY STARR – A beautiful, carefree prostitute from Portland
  • NURSE NAKAMURA – hospital aide
  • TECHNICIAN – hospital aide
  • SANDRA – prostitute & friend of McMurphy

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Notes:

Roles noted ** ROLE IS CAST ** have been offered/accepted.  We will see actors for possible replacement for those roles.  All other roles are available (ie, not offered/accepted).

Please note that freeFall Theatre is located in St. Petersburg, Florida.  We will not be holding auditions in NYC.

Additional auditions will be scheduled for the young actors in A Christmas Carol: A New Musical in the early part of October.

Preparation:

Please prepare two contrasting selections – monologues, songs, or one of each – the total of which should not exceed 2 minutes.  We’d like you to do well – please show us pieces that show your range & ability as an actor, and more importantly, are tailored to what fits you best in our season.  If you play an instrument, please bring that with you and be prepared to show us what you can do.

Please bring a picture & resume, stapled together.

Please bring sheet music in the correct key.  An accompanist will be provided, but may not transpose.

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’ve been paid to act before, 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 profession.

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
  • 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.
  • 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. If you’d like to actually be considered, we need to receive the video no later than two months before opening night of the show you’re auditioning for. Earlier is even better.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. Please address your video submissions to auditions@freefalltheatre.com

 

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