Downtown Cabaret Theatre Main Stage Theatre (Eli Newsom, Producing Artistic Director; Hugh Hallinan, Executive Producer) is holding an open call audition for Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM on August 29 & 30, 2017. Director: Eli Newsom; Musical Director: Clay Zambo; Choreographer: Emily Frangipane. The show runs Nov 17-Dec 10, 2017 at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT.
Seeking a cast of singers/dancers/actors ages for lead and ensemble roles; all roles open, non-equity, no pay. See below for character breakdown.
Two open-call auditions will take place:
Tues August 29 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)
Wed August 30 6:30pm-9pm (sign-in begins 6pm, sign-in ends 8pm)
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 2017, and are requested by the director for callbacks, you will be contacted by August 1, 2017. If you have not been contacted you are welcome to re-audition.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill St.
Bridgeport CT 06604
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). Singing from the show is ok. If you choose not to sing from the show, please prepare something in the style of the show (operetta/legit musical theater) or similarly themed. Bring sheet music with your cut marked (we will also have a copy of the score available, please have your start and stop points chosen). A capella singing is highly discouraged.
Callbacks will take place on Thurs Aug 31 beginning at 6:30pm. There will be a movement call at callbacks and more singing and/or reading from the script.
The general rehearsal schedule for Main Stage Theatre productions are Mon-Thurs from 6:30pm-10pm and for most productions, Sunday evenings 5-9pm 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 PHANTOM is as follows: The show runs Nov 17-Dec 10. Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8:15pm, and Sundays at 6pm, ***as well as a senior citizen matinee performance on either Thursday Nov 30 or Dec 7 @ 1pm (exact date to be decided upon sometime in late September) ***. The first rehearsal will be on or around Oct 9, 2017.
For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots. Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended. Visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E49A9A822A2FF2-open8 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:
Written by the Tony Award-winning team of Maury Yeston (music and lyrics) and Arthur Kopit (book), and based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel “The Phantom of the Opera”, the romantic musical takes a fresh look at the mysterious young phantom, Erik, who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and shares glorious music with the enchanting vocal prodigy, Christine. Not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 mega-musical, the Yeston and Kopit version, more operetta-like in musical style, seeks to more closely reflect the Leroux novel and offers a deeper exploration of the phantom’s past.
PHANTOM — CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
PHANTOM/ERIC (Male, 20s/30s) Elegant, charming and yet – deeply disturbed. Lived for almost his whole life in the opera house. He is obsessed with Christine, which leads him onto a path of revenge and murder in her name. Seeking an actor with depth- able to portray both vulnerability and terrifying anger. Baritone. Any ethnicity.
CHRISTINE DAAE (Female, teens-20s) Beautiful, kind-hearted and naive young opera singer. She feels a true kinship and affection for Eric, despite his troubles. Lyric Soprano. Any ethnicity.
CARLOTTA (Female, 30s-40s) A demanding diva, willing to go as far as to poison Christine when she becomes a threat to her soprano reign. Legit Mezzo-soprano. Seeking a skilled comedienne. Any ethnicity.
GERARD CARRIER (Male, 40s-60s) The former manager of the opera house. Eric’s father. Baritone. Any ethnicity.
COUNT DE CHANDON/PHILLIPPE (Male, 20s-30s) The handsome and self-confident opera benefactor. In love with Christine. Legit tenor. Any ethnicity.
BELLADOVA (Female, 20s) Phantom/Eric’s loving mother, who appears in a dream ballet. Eric’s attraction to Christine begins because her voice reminds him of his mother’s. Seeking an excellent ballerina with the ability to convey her emotions through movement.
YOUNG GERARD (Male, 20s-30s) The younger version of Eric’s father,who appears in a dream ballet. Seeking an excellent ballet dancer with the ability to convey his emotions through movement.
CHOLET (Male, 40s-50s) The new manager of the opera house. Carlotta’s husband and comically deceitful. Any ethnicity.
JEAN-CLAUDE (Male, 40s-50s) The stage manager. Featured role. Any ethnicity.
INSPECTOR LEDOUX (Male, 40s-50s) Inspector of the Paris police. Any ethnicity.
YOUNG ERIC (7-10) Eric as a young child. Appears in the Dream ballet. Role will be double cast.
ENSEMBLE: (7-60) Seeking a group of both strong singers, and ballet dancers and character actors.
Downtown Cabaret Theatre (DCT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization entering its 42nd season. For more info about DCT or their 2017/18 season visit www.MyCabaret.org.