Downtown Cabaret Theatre Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan, Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for A CHORUS LINE on August 28 & 29. Director: Eli Newsom; Musical Director: Clay Zambo; Choreographer: Andrea Metchick. The show runs November 18-December 11 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT.
Seeking very strong dancer/singers who act, who read age 18+
Two open-call auditions will take place:
Sunday, August 28 from 11:30am-2:30pm (will sing first, followed by a dance call)
Monday, August 29 from 6:30pm-9pm (will sing first, followed by a dance call)
Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (scroll down below for info on how to reserve a timeslot). For those unable to attend auditions, in some cases the director may consider video submissions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Actors who auditioned at Season General Auditions:
If you auditioned at season general auditions in June, and are requested by the director for callbacks, you will be contacted by August 1. If you have not been contacted you are welcome to re-audition.
University of Bridgeport Arts & Humanities Building
84 Iranistan Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604 (free parking lot)
WHAT TO PREPARE:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1 page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.
Please prepare a short selection (no longer than 1 minute) of a song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is ok. Bring sheet music in the correct key— a capella singing is highly discouraged.
Callbacks will take place on Wed Aug 31 beginning at 6:30pm. There will be a dance call at callbacks and more singing.
The general rehearsal schedule for Main Stage Theatre productions are Mon-Thurs from 6:30pm-10pm and for most productions, Sunday evenings or some afternoons (or another weekend day TBA, based on cast and directors’ schedules). During tech week, the hours typically extend. Rehearsals typically begin on or around 5-6 weeks before opening.
The performance schedule for A CHORUS LINE is as follows: The show runs Nov 18-Dec 11. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8:15pm, and Sundays at 5pm. There will also be a weekday matinee performance on Fri Dec 2 @ 2pm. The first rehearsal will be on or around Oct 2.
For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E49A9A822A2FF2-open3 to access the audition sign-up form. Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served. Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Broadway gypsies bare their souls and put their lives “on the line” as they audition for an unnamed Broadway musical. A CHORUS LINE is a celebration of unsung heroes — the chorus dancers — those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who are the backbone of American musical theatre. The 1975 show won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Musical.
A CHORUS LINE — CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Zach: Male. The director and choreographer of the show for which the dancers are auditioning. He is a stage veteran and thus can be curt and harsh, but he is revealed to be a caring and empathetic man who truly grows to care about these dancers. Non-singing, but should have movement ability, as he demonstrates a few dance moves. Should read 40+.
Larry: Male. Tenor. Zach’s assistant who teaches and demonstrates the audition dances. Needs to be an incredible dancer, as he is the standard to which all of the auditioning dancers are held. Should read 25+.
Al Deluca: Male. Baritone. From the Bronx. Street tough, macho, and newly married to Kristine; very protective. Seeking a strong singer, as he is the contrast to the non-singing Kristine in “Sing.” Should read 25+.
Bebe Benzenheimer: Female. Mezzo. Very insecure about her looks and tries to be funny to cover her insecurities. Feels a little excluded but just wants to be liked. She is quiet, vulnerable and kind. Sings the middle harmony in “At the Ballet.” Should read 18-25.
Bobby Mills: Male. Baritone. Flamboyant, funny, bitchy, and witty. Very sharp tongued. Covers everything over with a joke; had a very hard childhood. From upstate New York. Should read 25+.
Cassie Ferguson: Female. Mezzo belt. Returning to the chorus after years of being a featured performer. She is having to humble herself to audition for the chorus again with younger and less experienced dancers. Previously had a relationship with Zach and it did not end well. Seeking a true triple threat performer, as she sings the iconic “The Music and the Mirror.” Should read 30-35.
Connie Wong: Female. Alto. Experienced dancer. Married. Petite. A bit of a mother hen with a great sense of humor. Born in Chinatown, New York. Should believably play 4’10’’.
Diana Morales: Female. Mezzo belt. A streetwise Latina who is a little bit tough, and eternal optimist. A determined and athletic dancer from the Bronx. Sings “Nothing,” in which she reveals herself to be funny, charming, and vulnerable. Should read 22-30.
Don Kerr: Male. Baritone. Ladies’ man, married, and into cars, money, and women. Very sure of himself. All American guy. Cocky because he has worked with Zach before. From Kansas City.
Gregory Gardener: Male. Baritone. Sassy, Jewish, gay man. Quite a smart-alec and has worked with Zach before. Very East Side New York. Should read 25+.
Judy Turner: Female. Mezzo. Funny, gawky, nervous. Warm and hopeful. Very awkward except when dancing. Ideally seeking a taller dancer.
Kristine Urich: Female. Al’s scatter-brained wife who can’t sing. She is awkward, anxious and hilarious. She “speaks” the song “Sing,” but does sing in the ensemble numbers of the show. Should read 18-25.
Maggie Winslow: Female. Mezzo. A sweetheart, little sister type. Dreamer. Fairly experienced dancer from California. Seeking an incredibly warm singer with a mix belt up to E natural for the soaring climax of “At the Ballet.”
Mark Anthony: Male. Tenor. Optimistic; first-timer; naïve but charming. Great dancer and All-American kid. Obsessed with sex. Should read 18.
Mike Costa: Male. Tenor. Quite aggressive, determined, cocky, sure of himself, but likeable. Tap dancer who worked with Zach before. Experienced; flirtatious. From New Jersey. Must be able to tap. Should read 20-25.
Paul San Marco: Male. Baritone. Introverted and slightly insecure but loves performing; only now starting to feel comfortable about being gay and accepted by his parents. From Spanish Harlem, New York. Friends with Diana. Delivers a beautiful, raw and vulnerable monologue about coming out to his parents.
Richie Walters: Male. Tenor. From Missouri. African-American; strong dancer, enthusiastic, cool and very funny. Likeable and laid back.
Sheila Bryant: Female. Alto. Oldest dancer on the line. Confident, brassy, sexy, bitchy, and sophisticated. One of the more popular dancers; humorous. Sings the low harmony in “At the Ballet.” Should read 30.
Val Clark: Female. Mezzo belt. Sexy, sassy, funny. A foul-mouthed but excellent dancer who couldn’t get performing jobs because of her looks until she had plastic surgery. A brazen, direct, attention-seeker from Vermont. Sings the infamous “Dance 10, Looks 3.”
Male & Female Dance Ensemble: Seeking strong dancers to appear in the iconic opening number. Will have a limited rehearsal schedule. Seeking all types.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization entering its 41st season. For more info about DCT or their upcoming 2016/17 season visit www.MyCabaret.org.