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Audition Announcement

   Bright Star 
Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Kristine Holtvedt
 
Medea
Written by Euripedes
Directed by Claire Mason

 


STEP ONE

Make an audition tape!

  • A 45-90 second contemporary monologue.
  • 16 bars of a song, your choice, in the style of Bright Star (folk, bluegrass style) or MT ballad.
  • DUE October 6th at 5pm.
  • PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RECORDING HERE

  

 


 STEP TWO

Attend the Dance audition!

  • 6:30-10:30 pm Wednesday, October 11.
  • Please bring 2 copies of the completed audition form. Audition forms are available on the callboard outside of Pao 2164 and at the following QR code.

  • You MAY also be asked to sing material from Bright Star during this audition. Sheet music will be provided.
  • Please come dressed to move.
  • Please sign-up for an audition time on the callboard outside 2165.
  • FAUSTUS cast will be seen at 5:30.

STEP THREE

Callbacks!

  • By invitation
  • Saturday, October 14
  • Morning session will be Bright Star, 10am-2pm
  • Evening session will be Medea 4pm-8pm
  • You MAY be called back for both shows, so please hold both slots.

OTHER DATES

  • AUDITION PREP WORKSHOP with Acting Professor Quetta Carpenter will be held SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 12pm-2pm in Pao 2154. This will include how to prep your monologue, as well as how to light, frame, edit and otherwise prepare your audition tape.
  • CASTING DECISIONS FOR BOTH SHOWS WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL BY OCTOBER 20.
  • Casting in Bright Star will require enrollment in an 8 week course to learn the music THIS FALL semester.
  • BRIGHT STAR has a first rehearsal of 1/9/24 and runs 2/15/24-2/25/24.
  • MEDEA has a first rehearsal of 2/27/24 and runs 4/11/24-4/20/24.

Bright Star

Music, Book and Story by Steve Martin

Music, Lyrics, and Story by Edie Brickell 

Directed by Kristine Holtvedt

 

The play moves between 1923/24 and 1945/46; certain characters play appropriate ages to those years (noted below).

All characters sing and dance.

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

ALICE MURPHY (16 and 38 years old)

Female Identifying

Feminine, unconventional, a rebel, highly intelligent, strong moral compass, strong- willed, a realist, determined, kind but doesn't suffer fools.

Intimacy: Embrace and kiss with Jimmy Ray.

Possible violence (with Stanford or Dr. Norquist) when her baby is taken away.

 

BILLY CANE (20's)

Male Identifying

He served in the Army (Corps of Engineers) in WWII, an idealist, romantic, optimistic, determined, kind, a decent "boy-next-door" type, with ambition, talent and self-belief. He takes chances (career, but not romantically), won't take no for an answer, takes risks.

Intimacy: Embrace and possibly a kiss with Margo; possibly an (unwelcome) embrace with Lucy.

 

MAYOR DOBBS, (50's-60's)

Male Identifying

A "politician" who will do anything for his son, Jimmy Ray. Powerful, manipulative, charming, highly intelligent, duplicitous, finally suffers for his decisions about Jimmy Ray and Alice's baby.

 

JIMMY RAY DOBBS (20 and 42 years old)

Male Identifying

Charismatic, fun-loving, loves to tease Alice, good-looking boy-next door but sexy, too. Loves Alice, wants to do the "right thing" by her. Loves his father but realizes he's immoral. Sacrifices all for true (lost) love.

Intimacy: Embrace and kiss with Alice.

Male Identifying

Upstanding, honest, decent, loving, he has a temper, suffers from his decision about Alice's baby. Intimacy: Possible embrace with Alice, perhaps with Mama.

 
MAMA MURPHY/Ensemble (Late 50's)

Female Identifying

Loving, long-suffering, quiet, but solid and determined, ultimately stands by her husband but knows his actions (about Alice’s baby) are wrong.

Intimacy: Possible embrace with Alice, perhaps with Daddy.

 

MARGO/Ensemble  (20's)

Female Identifying

The "girl-next-door", sweet, intelligent, intuitive, kind, decisive (at the right moment), supportive, understanding.

Intimacy: Embrace and possibly a kiss with Billy.

 

MAX/Ensemble (19 or 20)

Male identifying or non-binary

Goofy, sincere, an optimist.

 

FLORENCE/Ensemble (20's)

Female identifying or non-binary

Margo's best friend, knows how to run the Bookshop, sharp as a tack, she "sees all" with Max but blind- sided regarding Max and Edna.

 

EDNA/Ensemble (19 or 20)

Female identifying or non-binary

Mousy, determined, watches and sees everything, secretly in love with Max.

 

DARYL/Ensemble (20's, maybe 30's)

Male-identifying or non-binary

Determined to be a published writer (by Alice), ever optimistic about his talent, jealous of everyone else's talent, especially Billy's. Threatened by and jealous of Billy, wants Alices' approval and love. He's "in the closet", especially to himself.

 

LUCY/Ensemble (20's)

Female Identifying

"Boy crazy", forward, a risk taker, loves to drink (especially sloe gin fizzes); loves to dance, want to have a good time but find the "right one".

STANFORD ADAMS/Ensemble (Possibly 30's to 50's)

Male identifying or non-binary

A lawyer, charming, intelligent, a snake in the mayor's pocket, ambitious and immoral.

Possible violence with Alice (perhaps he holds her back when the Major takes the baby).

 
DR. NORQUIST/Ensemble. (Possibly 30's to 50's)

Male identifying or non-binary

He seems kind and supportive but he's duplicitous and in the Mayor's pocket.

Possible violence with Alice (perhaps he holds her back when the Major takes the baby).

 

DADDY CANE/Ensemble    (50's)

Male Identifying

Kind, loving, generous, he "does the right thing" twice - first with the baby and then with Alice and Billy.

 

GOVERNMENT CLERK/Ensemble (30's or 40's)

Male identifying or non-binary

Tired, he's worked in the Records Department for years and hates it.

 

WELL-DRESSED WOMAN/Ensemble (30's)

Female Identifying

Loving (to her off-stage children) and confident.

 


 

Medea

Written by Euripedes

Directed by Claire Mason

 

MEDEA

Female presenting

Description:

Physical Violence:

Stylized stabbing of children, grabs and is grabbed by Jason, stylized representations of poisoning and stabbing with The Chorus and potentially Creon (as stand in for Kings past).

Intimacy:

Embraces Jason, intimate touch with Jason, embraces and is embraced by the Children, is embraced by The Chorus, may embrace and be embraced by the Nurse.

 

THE CHORUS

Female presenting or Nonbinary (comfortable with feminine signifiers)

Description:

The Women of Corinth, witness, and voices of reason in an unreasonable world.

Physical Violence:

Stylized representations of poisoning, being poisoned, stabbing, being stabbed, and other acts of war with The Chorus, Creon, Aegeus, Tutor, Nurse, Jason, and Medea.

Intimacy:

Embraces and is embraced by The Chorus, may embrace or be embraced by Medea, may embrace or be embraced by the Children, may embrace and be embraced by, as well as share stylized intimate touch with Jason (as stand in for the daughter of Creon).

JASON

Male presenting

Description:

Hero, Legend, King Without a Throne, and father searching to regain his stolen power by any means necessary.

Physical Violence:

Grabs and is grabbed by Medea, stylized representations of acts of war with The Chorus.

Intimacy:

Is embraced by the Children, is embraced by Medea, intimate touch with Medea. May embrace and be embraced by, as well as share stylized intimate touch with The Chorus (as stand in for the daughter of Creon).

 

NURSE

Nonbinary or Female presenting

Description:

The stalwart, yet concerned, companion to Medea and her Children. Storyteller, fortune teller, but ultimately ignored. Will occasionally join The Chorus.

Intimacy:

May embrace and be embraced by Medea, embraces and is embraced by the Children.

 

MEDEA’S CHILD (1)

Not gender specific

Description:

The eldest child of Jason and Medea, caught between worlds, and innocent.

Physical Violence:

Stylized representation of being stabbed by Medea.

Intimacy:

Embracing Medea, Jason, Child (2), The Nurse, and The Chorus, being embraced by Medea, The Nurse, Child (2), and The Chorus.

 

MEDEA’S CHILD (2)

Not gender specific

Description:

The youngest child of Jason and Medea, naive and innocent.

Physical Violence:

Stylized representation of being stabbed by Medea.

Intimacy:

 

CREON

Male presenting

Description:

King of Corinth, loving father, and calculating host. In need of an heir.

Physical Violence:

Stylized representations of being poisoned and may have stylized representations of being stabbed (as stand in for Kings Past).

Intimacy:

May include stylized embrace and be embraced by The Chorus (as stand in for the daughter of Creon).

 

AEGEUS

Male presenting or nonbinary (comfortable with male signifiers)

Description:

Ruler of Athens, devout, and in need of an heir.

Physical Violence:

May include stylized representations of acts of war with The Chorus.

 

TUTOR

Male presenting or nonbinary (comfortable with male signifiers)

Description:

Old, learned, yet ultimately clueless. A relic of a bygone era.

Physical Violence:

Stylized representations of acts of war with The Chorus.

 

MESSENGER

Not gender specific

Description:

Witness, sympathetic to Medea’s plight, and harbinger of woe. May also be part of The Chorus.

Physical Violence:

Stylized representations of acts of war with The Chorus.


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