Jobs & Auditions
We are no longer accepting requests for audition appointments. If you would like to be seen at our 2015/16 season auditions, you will need to attend on Monday, August 3rd or Tuesday, August 4th and wait for a time. We will try to see as many performers as possible, but we cannot guarantee you will be seen. AEA performers have priority at the auditions.
Thank you for your interest in freeFall Theatre, and we hope to see you there!
St. Petersburg, FL
AEA SPT Tier 6 Contract (pending approval) $430/wk AEA minimum
EMC candidates & non-union salaries negotiable
Monday, 8/3 – Tuesday, 8/4, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015: 10 am – 6pm, Lunch 2-3 (accompanist provided)
Tuesday, August 4, 2015: 10 am – 6pm, Lunch 2-3 (accompanist provided)
6099 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Eric Davis, Artistic Director
Susan Haldeman, Company Manager
Michael Raabe, Musical Director
Send an email to Susan Haldeman at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your preferred audition date, approximate time, your union status (Equity, EMC, non-union), and your phone number and email address. If you do not have access to a computer, please call 727-498-5205 ext. 3 and ask for Susan Haldeman or leave a message with your preferred date and time. Appointments may be made Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm – 5pm EST beginning July 13th. Deadline for requesting an audition time is close of business on August 1st, 2015. Equity auditions will be given a 5 minute time-slot.
Performers may show up the day of auditions and will be seen as time permits.
Prepare up to two contrasting selections – 2 monologues or a monologue & a song. Singing from the shows is acceptable. Please make your audition specific to our season. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. Bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided but may not transpose.
Transformational Equity/non-equity actors and actor/singers for our 2015/16 season.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Season shows & dates:
The Importance of Being Earnest with Zombies
Adapted by Eric Davis
From the play by Oscar Wilde
Director: Eric Davis
Rehearses: 9/8/15 – 10/2/15, Runs: 10/02/15 – 11/01/15
Oscar Wilde’s classic satire on societal conventions and propriety is even more biting when played against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse.
John (Jack) Worthing/Ernest: ROLE IS CAST, actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. In his twenties. The play’s protagonist. He is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. As a baby, Jack was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and subsequently made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax.
Algernon Moncrieff: ROLE IS CAST, actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. In his twenties. The play’s secondary hero, Algernon is a charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid whose frequent sudden relapses allow Algernon to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations.
Gwendolen Fairfax: ROLE IS CAST, actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. In her twenties. Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious. Gwendolen is fixated on the name Ernest and says she will not marry a man without that name.
Cecily Cardew: ROLE IS CAST, actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. Appears to be in her late teens, early twenties. Jack’s ward and the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when Jack was a baby. Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play. Like Gwendolen, she is obsessed with the name Ernest, but she is even more intrigued by the idea of wickedness. This idea, rather than the virtuous-sounding name, has prompted her to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them.
Rev. Canon Chasuble, DD: 40+, The rector on Jack’s estate. Both Jack and Algernon approach Dr. Chasuble to request that they be christened “Ernest.” Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism. The initials after his name stand for “Doctor of Divinity.”
Miss Prism: 40+, Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. She highly approves of Jack’s presumed respectability and harshly criticizes his “unfortunate” brother. Puritan though she is, Miss Prism’s severe pronouncements have a way of going so far over the top that they inspire laughter. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. She speaks of having once written a novel whose manuscript was “lost” or “abandoned.” Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.
Lane/Merriman (played by one actor): 40+ Lane: Algernon’s manservant. When the play opens, Lane is the only person who knows about Algernon’s practice of “Bunburying.” Lane appears only in Act I.
Merriman: The butler at the Manor House, Jack’s estate in the country. Merriman appears only in Acts II and III.
Lady Bracknell: ROLE IS CAST, actors will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary. 50+ Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married well, and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She has a list of “eligible young men” and a prepared interview she gives to potential suitors. Like her nephew, Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional. Through the figure of Lady Bracknell, Wilde manages to satirize the hypocrisy and stupidity of the British aristocracy. Lady Bracknell values ignorance, which she sees as “a delicate exotic fruit.” When she gives a dinner party, she prefers her husband to eat downstairs with the servants. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian, and possibly the most quotable character in the play.
(Early – Mid 30’s) First mate to The Black Stache. Simple-minded but single-mindedly dedicated to his Captain’s every whim. No first name, and, from the day he was out of diapers, packed off somewhere to be subservient to somebody. His motto: “Tis good to be busy.” Must have an excellent British accent. Featured singer. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Strong singer, Tenor 2 up to F’s comfortably
(Late 30’s – Early 40’s) A vicious Captain without the skill or quality to lead anyone but himself, and always into disaster. Would sell his own mother for a ship to command, would kill his best friend for a leg-up from the stinking hole he calls home. Cheerfully aids the awful machinations of those who would use Starstuff for personal gain, global domination, or worse. An orphan, too. Also plays HAWKING CLAM: Son of Fighting Prawn and Princess Sweetnsour Prawn. Conceived the night his father was captured and whisked off to a British kitchen half a world away. Hawking shares his father’s hatred for the British. One day, he will ascend the Clam throne as head of the Royal Clam Clan. Must have an excellent British and convincing Tropical accent. VOCAL REQUIREMENTS: Bass/Baritone
(35 – 45) Gruff and butch exterior. Should be big, physically imposing, perhaps even overweight, while still agile and comfortable with movement. An “old” seadog who’s prouder of achieving the rank of “Mister” than he should be, given the state of the competition. A white knight in search of a damsel, any damsel. A romantic at heart, without ever having read a poem. Something about him appeals to the feminine sensibility; might be his bow legs, his saucy gait, or his kind heart. Blue-collar English accent a plus. Seeking a tenor to a solid A
Written by Thornton Wilder
Director: Eric Davis
Rehearses: 12/29/15 – 01/15/16, Runs: 01/15/16 – 02/14/16
Some actors will need to be able to dance/move well.
EMILY WEBB – female, sixteen years old.
GEORGE GIBBS – male, sixteen years old.
DR. GIBBS – a pleasant man in his 30s.
MRS. GIBBS – a peasant woman in her middle 30s.
MR. WEBB – a smiling, quizzical man in his late 40s.
MRS. WEBB – a thin, serious, crisp little woman in her 30s.
MALE – versatile actor to play multiple roles.
FEMALE – versatile actress to play multiple roles.
Sondheim on Sondheim
Music by Stephen Sondheim, Conceived and originally directed by James Lapine
Director: Eric Davis
Musical Director: TBD
Rehearses: 02/16/16 – 03/11/16, Runs: 03/11/16 – 04/10/16
This revolutionary biographical revue employs state-of-the-art video to tell the story of Sondheim’s life and career in his own words and music.
8 SINGER/ACTORS – Adult actors of all ages will be considered. Ensemble Cast – Many featured roles, Showcases trained singers
Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
Written by Anne Washburn
Director: Eric Davis
Musical Director: TBD
Rehearses: 04/12/16 – 04/29/16, Runs: 04/29/16 – 05/22/16
MATT / HOMER / SCRATCHY (Male) Matt is kind of the heart of the troupe, excellent story-teller, Genuine, charismatic and friendly.
JENNY / MARGE (Female) Outgoing and enthusiastic. Fiery.
SUSANNAH / SECOND FBI AGENT / ITCHY (Female) The ”Daphne” of the Scooby gang, pretty, fun, flirty.
SAM / BART / MR. BURNS (Male) Unassuming, a bit geeky, strong character actor.
COLLEEN / FIRST FBI AGENT / LISA (Female) Reclusive, a little shy, a consummate director/stage manager, type A.
GIBSON / LOVING HUSBAND / SIDESHOW BOB / HOMER (Male) Gruff and matter of fact, should be physically larger frame.
QUINCY / BUSINESSWOMAN / BART (Female) Petite and poised, assertive, strong character actor.
NEDRA / CHORUS LEADER (Female) This role is entirely sung and should be strong vocal narrator/storyteller.
[PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ROLES FOR MR. BURNS MUST SING]
The Light In the Piazza
Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Director: Eric Davis
Musical Director: TBD
Rehearses: 05/24/16 – 06/17/16, Runs: 06/17/16 – 07/10/16
Margaret Johnson: 40s – 50s. An elegant, self-possessed, practical and attractive American woman in middle age. Legit soprano ranging from G below middle C up to G#.
Clara Johnson: 26. Margaret’s daughter, young and naïve for her age. Strong legit soprano ranging from low A, strong belt/mix to high E with a nice ring.
Fabrizio Naccerelli: Early 20s. A good-looking and charming Florentine.Lyrical tenor to a high B.
Giuseppe Naccerelli: Late 20s – mid-30s. Fabrizio’s slightly older brother. Baritone.
Franca Naccarelli: Late 20s – mid-30s. Giuseppe’s wife. Legit soprano.
Signor Naccarelli: Mid-40s – 50s. Fabrizio’s father. Baritone.
Signora Naccarelli: Mid-40s – 50s. Fabrizio’s mother. Legit soprano.
Roy Johnson: 40s – 50s. Margaret’s husband. Non-singing.
Florentine Male (will represent many male roles)
Florentine Female (will represent many female roles)
The Pirates of Penzance
Music by Arthur Sullivan, Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Director: Eric Davis
Musical Director: TBD
Rehearses: 07/12/16 – 08/05/16, Runs 08/05/16 – 09/04/16
This irreverent, outer space themed, re-imagining of the G&S masterpiece, will whisk you away to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Major-General Stanley: A one star-general in the British Army, Major-General Stanley is the protector of many young women, his wards.
The Pirate King: A largely unsuccessful commander, the pirate king, although a flamboyant braggart, is too tender-hearted to do what pirates are supposed to do.
Samuel: The pirate king’s lieutenant
Frederic: A pirate trainee, Frederic was apprenticed to the pirates by mistake. He is a noble young man who falls in love with Mabel but puts his sense of duty above everything else, including love.
Sergeant of Police: The leader of a bumbling squad of policemen, the good-natured sergeant of police is committed to stopping the pirates.
Mabel: Major-General Stanley’s youngest ward, quickly falls in love with Frederic.
Edith: Another of Major-General Stanley’s daughters
Kate: Another of Major-General Stanley’s daughters
Isabel: Another of Major-General Stanley’s daughters
Ruth: A pirate maid-of-all-work and Frederic’s nursery maid, Ruth mistakenly bound Frederic to a pirate instead of a pilot. She is in love with Frederic and feels betrays when he falls in love with Mabel.
If you would like to submit electronically, please see our rules on electronic submissions below. However, we would prefer to see you in person. We hope to see you at an audition very soon!
———————————————————————————————————— 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. We are only seeking professional AEA and non-AEA performers. 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”.
- You cannot lie to a freeFall audience. 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. Of course, we want you to hit the notes, but we’ll cast a better actor over a better singer every time.
- 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
Video Audition Policy: For those unable to attend in person, we will accept a video audition under the following conditions:
- 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.
- If we want to see more from you, we’ll ask you. Please send one video per audition.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please address your video submissions to email@example.com