Audition Announcements

 

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
Theatre
V/T:  Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts
Seeking both Union and Non-Union Actresses
Equity Guest Artist Contract- Salaries negotiable

Director: Seth Greenleaf
Assistant Choreographer Supervisor: Teri Adams
Music Supervisor: Alan Plado
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Casting Director:  Karie Koppel

Auditions: July 23 & 24, 2019

First Rehearsal: August 12, 2019

Opens: September 5, 2019
Closes: October 6, 2019 (Possible extension to October 27, 2019)

PREPARATION: Provide headshot/resume stapled together. Prepare brief up-tempo pop song from the 1950’s, 1960’s, or 1970’s. Prepare a brief musical theater ballad to perform if asked to sing a second selection (accompanist provided – please bring sheet music in your key). Prepare a comedic monologue no longer than 1 minute.

CHARACTERS: The call is for women over 40 and a size 10 or above. They are four women who bond because of menopause symptoms. Their relationship develops like people on a long plane trip that share their life stories, and never see each other again once they have landed.

Auditions by appointment only.  To request an appointment please send all submissions to: MTMCastingsmithtown@gmail.com

Seeking:

[PROFESSIONAL WOMAN] (Female, big belt voice to E, should be able to sing gospel and improvise, 45 – 55 African American) with attitude; she is in the position of power in her career and has earned every dollar working twice as hard as her male counterparts; great legs under short skirts; a control freak, out of control with the big M and has little patience with the havoc it is reeking on her life. Her ride to the top of the heap (i.e. owning her own company) has left her with little relationship… to her daughter, her mother….even her race. She was never about Black Power, just power. And it has always been difficult for her to identify if it was fear of failure or fear of success that was her great motivator. The frustration of dealing with the raging hormones is not only with the symptoms, but in her inability to control them. This perceived failure allows other parts of being a woman to surface including accepting the knowledge that she is, in fact, not alone on her mountain.

[SOAP STAR] (Female, Soprano with a belt, lyric soprano to E, belt to B, 42 – 50) attractive, well preserved, and buxom. She is obviously passed the ingénue character that she has played in a popular soap opera. She is struggling to come to grips with aging unsuccessfully because it affects her livelihood as well as her life. She is the most shallow of the four but manipulative because of her celebrity. Her emotions run from fearful to frustrated. The evolution of her friendship with the others is the result of having to look beyond beauty, from what is skin deep to what is real.

[EARTH MOTHER] (Female, warm pleasant voice, strong chest voice to C, 48 – 55) very healthy, vegetarian, survivor of the 60’s drug era; she could wear Birkenstocks and socks; herbalist, astrologist. She lives on a community farm in Connecticut with her “husband” whom she met at Woodstock. She is roly poly. OF the four she has the least baggage…she is warmer, and the least judgmental. She is the Mother Earth character that one would expect the housewife to be…as long as she has had sleep. She doesn’t get angry….only cranky. And is not self-conscious about who and what she is. She is the most playful. Unlike most women at this age what are put in the position of parenting their parents due to aging or ill health, she has been mothering her mother for the last several decades (and marriages). She loves and is lovable, both characteristics draw people to her.

[IOWA HOUSEWIFE] (Female, low chest voice, sweet innocent sound, should be able to belt to C, 44 – 48) not quite in shape, her clothes make her look frumpier than she really is (i.e. no sense of style). She is in town with her husband who is at a convention and is trying to rekindle their romance on a second honeymoon…to no avail. She wears bifocals and carries her handbag under her arm constantly. She had her children later in life so they are still at home. She has naïve wisdom; she prattles oblivious to the fact that no one is paying attention; she is the product of being a housewife and a mother. Until her hormones started to surge, she got her power from being a wife and mother. She is discovering – but waffles as she is doing it – what her husband and kids have known all along. She has strength… and the ability to discern her own destiny. is discovering – but waffles as she is doing it – what her husband and kids have known all along. She has strength… and the ability to discern her own destiny.

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts will hold auditions for Annie at the theatre located at 2 East Main Street, Smithtown.
AGES 18+ will be seen for roles on Sunday, July 28th starting at 7PM
GIRLS Ages 6 – 14 will be seen for Annie and orphans, Monday, July 29th starting at 4PM
18 years of age and up are eligible for performance stipend.

All performers will be considered for all roles regardless of race, gender expression, or disability. We will be double casting each role. The role of Rooster is cast. The role of Oliver Warbucks will be double cast. We are currently only looking for one actor for the role.

Performances are:

November 9, 2019 through January 20, 2020

Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Saturday November 16, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Friday, November 29, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Friday, November 29, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 1, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Friday, December 13, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Friday, December 27, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 29, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Monday, December 30, 2019 – 2:00 PM

Saturday, January 4, 2020 – 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 5, 2020 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 12, 2020 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 18, 2020 – 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2020 – 3:00 PM
Monday, January 20, 2020 – 2:00 PM

Rehearsals will begin in late September and will be weekday evenings with possible added weekend times as the theatre’s availability allows. There will be a provided rehearsal calendar at the audition. Those auditioning for the Adult roles, please prepare 32 bars in the style of the show. Please bring a headshot and resume. Callbacks will be held Sunday August 4th at 7 PM, you will be emailed if you are needed for callbacks.

For further information or if you have questions regarding the production, please email tommyjranieri@gmail.com

Director: Tommy Ranieri
Choreographer: Ryan Cavanagh
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle

Character Breakdown:

THE ORPHANS (Those auditioning must be at least 7 years old and should ideally be less than 5 feet tall. These roles will be double cast. Please be signed in by 4:00 PM.)
ANNIE: Spunky, friendly, big-voiced, street-wise urchin, 11 years old. Mezzo-Soprano: A – high F
MOLLY: The littlest orphan with the biggest personality, 6 years old. Mezzo-Soprano
KATE: The next-to-littlest orphan, 7 years old. Mezzo-Soprano
TESSIE: The crybaby orphan, 10 years old. Mezzo-Soprano
PEPPER: The toughest orphan, 12 years old. Mezzo-Soprano
JULY: The biggest orphan, 13 years old. Mezzo-Soprano
DUFFY: The quietest orphan, 13 years old. Mezzo-Soprano

All children auditioning must prepare “Tomorrow” from the show, and will be asked to sing this song only. Sheet music and accompanist will be provided.

Link to kid’s audition song: Click Here

THE ADULTS (Please be signed in at 7:00 PM and come prepared to dance.)
OLIVER WARBUCKS: Warm-hearted, stiff-collared host to Annie for 2 weeks at Christmas. Baritone: C – high F.
MISS HANNIGAN: Cantankerous and mean old orphanage director. Mezzo-Soprano: A – A flat
GRACE FARRELL: Faithful Assistant to Warbucks. Soprano: A – high G
LILY ST. REGIS: Rooster’s floozy girlfriend. Soprano: D – high G
FDR: The president. Baritone: C flat – E sharp.
DRAKE: Warbucks’s distinguished English butler.
BERT HEALY: A radio personality. Tenor.
STAR-TO-BE: Aspiring actress, sings “NYC.” Mezzo-Soprano with belt.
THE BOYLAN SISTERS (Bonnie, Connie and Ronnie): Singing sisters, perform on
“Oxydent’s Hour of Smiles” radio program. Mezzo-Soprano. Must hold harmony.
ENSEMBLE: Strong actor/singer/dancers to play various roles including Warbucks’
Servants (MRS. PUGH, ANNETTE, CECILLE, MRS. GREER), Roosevelt’s Cabinet
Members (CORDELL HULL, FRANCIS PERKINS, HAROLD ICKES, HENRY MORGENTHAU, LOUIS HOWE), SOPHIE THE KETTLE, MR. BUNDLES, LT. WARD, et al.
ADULT MALE SWING: We will be casting an actor to swing the FDR, Drake and four ensemble male tracks. They will be guaranteed performances in multiple tracks during the run.
ADULT FEMALE SWING: We will be casting a swing to cover the Grace, Lily, Hannigan and four ensemble tracks. They will be guaranteed performances in multiple tracks during the run.

Those auditioning for Adult roles should prepare 32 bars of an appropriate musical theatre selection in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music as an accompanist will be provided.