2017 Audition Information

AUDITION DATES ANNOUNCED

Theatre Under the Stars is pleased to announce audition dates for our 2017 shows: The Drowsy Chaperone and Disney & Cameron MacIntosh's Mary Poppins. Please read the information below in order to book and prepare for your audition.

Theatre under the Stars welcomes submissions from actors of all ethno-cultural backgrounds.  The intention of the audition process is to showcase your talent in the best possible light so that the creative team can accurately assess your suitability as a member of the cast of either show. Please keep in mind that there are many criteria to this assessment.  Ultimately the decision is subjective and rests solely with the creative team.

Please also keep in mind that TUTS is a volunteer organization.  We seek to provide a showcase or training ground or simply a great summer experience for performers who, for any number of reasons, are not already appearing in professional productions.  We welcome both amateur actors who have jobs and careers outside the theatre, and students of theatre who are looking to practice and showcase their talent in a working theatre environment.  At Theatre Under the Stars a very limited number of Canadian Actors' Equity artists are paid alongside our professional technicians who are members of IATSE Local 118, our directing team who are often CAEA members and the design team.  In addition some members of the orchestra receive small honoraria. The hundreds of volunteers, who staff the front of house, take tickets, usher, and work backstage as technicians or on stage as members of the cast receive no compensation.  Although up to twenty-five thousand people attend the shows at TUTS every summer, the organization receives no significant grants or funding.  Ticket revenue is required to pay the substantial costs of mounting a season of two major musicals.  If you are not comfortable with this policy, or only want to perform for compensation and are not a member of CAEA, then please do not audition.  If you are comfortable with our 40+ year-old policy then we look forward to seeing you in January 2017!

 

AUDITION DATES FOR BOTH SHOWS

Sat, Jan 14 - 10:00am to 6:00pm - GENERAL CALL (16 YRS & OLDER

Sun, Jan 15 - 10:00am to 6:00pm- GENERAL CALL (16 YRS & OLDER)

Mon, Jan 16 – 6:30pm to 10:30pm – GENERAL CALL (16 YRS & OLDER)

Wed, Jan 18 – 4:00pm to 10:00pm – KIDS/TEENS (15 &UNDER)*

*If you will be 16 years of age by the start of rehearsals (see dates below), you may audition in the General Call.

Thurs, Jan 19 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm – GENERAL CALL (16 YRS & OLDER)

All of the above auditions will be held at Malkin Bowl.

EQUITY ACTORS – If you would like to be considered please send your updated headshot and resume to Nelli Hanbury, Audition Coordinator at tuts.auditions@gmail.com We wish to thank you for submitting your materials; please note that only actors selected for an audition will be contacted with an appointment time. Deadline to submit: January 14, 2017.

 

CALL BACK DATES:

DROWSY CHAPERONE – CALLBACKS AT CAPILANO UNIVERSITY

Sat, Jan 21 – 10:00am-6:00pm

Sun, Jan 22 – 2:00pm-8:00pm

Tues, Jan 24 – 6:30pm-10:30pm

Other dates may be required!

 

MARY POPPINS – CALLBACKS AT MALKIN BOWL

Thurs, Feb 23  – 6:00pm-10:00pm

Fri, Feb 24 – 6:00pm-10:00pm

Sat, Feb 25 – 10:00am-6:00pm

Sun, Feb 26 – 10:00am-6:00pm

Other dates may be required!

 

To book audition times please do the following:

FIRST, read all of the details listed below to make sure you are VERY clear about what is required at the audition and when are rehearsals and show dates etc.

SECOND, click on the link below to book your audition time slot:

BOOK YOUR AUDITION HERE

 

SHOW INFORMATION

 

DROWSY CHAPERONE
Director – Gillian Barber
Choreographers – Shelley Stewart Hunt
Music Director – Kevin Michael Cripps
Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

 

SYNOPSIS: The audience is greeted by the narrator, Man in Chair, sitting on a darkened stage.  He is a fan of vintage musicals, who seems to be suffering from free-floating depression and he quickly decides to cheer things up by playing a record of the original cast recording of a (fictional) Broadway musical entitled The Drowsy Chaperone.

 

CAST REQUIREMENTS:

NAME

DESCRIPTION

MAN IN CHAIR

Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era.  He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl

MRS. TOTTENDALE

The air-headed, proper and bossy host of the wedding

UNDERLING

Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler, who is thrifty and stiff, yet has an understated sense of humor.

ROBERT MARTIN

The dashing, every-cheerful groom

GEORGE

Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best interest always at heart.

FELDZIEG

Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show

KITTY

Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star

GANGSTERS

Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg

ALDOLPHO

European self-proclaimed “ladies man”;

JANET VAN DE GRAAF

The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend

TRIX

The brave and brash female aviator who by change is recruited to perform the wedding

ENSEMBLE

Staff; reporters

 

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Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS
Director: Shel Piercy
Choreographer: Nicol Spinola
Music Director:  Wendy Bross Stuart
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

 

SYNOPSIS: A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocous musical adventure.

 

CAST REQUIREMENTS:

NAME

DESCRIPTION

BERT

The narrator of the story is a good friend to Mary Poppins.  An everyman, Bert has many occupations including hurdy-gurdy player, sidewalk artist and chimney sweep. Bert watches over the children as well as the goings on in Cherry Tree Lane.  He has charm, speaks with a Cockney accent and is a song-and-dance man

GEORGE BANKS

The father to Jane and Michael Banks is a banker to the very fibre of his being.  Demanding “precision and order” in his household, he is a pipe-and-slippers man who doesn’t have much to do with his children and believes that he had the perfect upbringing by his nanny, the cruel Miss Andrew. His emotional armor however, conceals a sensitive soul. George may speak-sing as necessary.

WINIFRED BANKS

George’s wife and Jane and Michael’s mother.  A former actress, she is loving and distracted homemaker who s busy trying to live up to her husband’s desire to only associate with “the best people” as well as be the model wife and mother.  She suffers from the conflicting feelings that she’s not up to the job of “being Mrs. Banks,” yet she is, and more.  She has great warmth and simplicity to her tone.

JANE

The high-spirited daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Banks is bright and precocious but can be willful and inclined to snobbishness.

MICHAEL

The cute and cheeky son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks. Excitable and naughty, he adores his father and tries to be like him.  Both he and Jane misbehave in order to get the attention of their parents.

ADMIRAL BLOOM

A retired Royal Navy man and neighbor of the Banks family. A physically large man with a loud and booming voice, he speaks in Navy jargon and has a soft spot for his neighbor, Miss Lark.

MRS BRILL

The housekeeper and cook for the Banks family.  Overworked and harassed she’s always complaining that the house is understaffed.  Her intimidating exterior is a cover for the warmth underneath.  Mrs. Brill doesn’t have a high opinion of nannies in general and Mary Poppins in particular. 

ROBERTSON AY

The houseboy to be Banks family.  Lazy, sleepy and grumbling, he never gets things right and believes himself to be useless.

MARY POPPINS

Jane and Michael Banks’ new nanny.  She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting.  She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says. 

BIRD WOMAN

Covered in a patchwork of old shawls, and her pockets are stuffed with bags of crumbles for the birds.  She tries to sell her crumbs for the birds. She tries to sell her crumbs to passersby, who ignore her as if she doesn’t exist.

 

MISS ANDREW

George’s overbearing and scary nanny.  With her bottle of nasty-tasting brimstone and treacle to keep naughty children in line, she is a bully who only knows one way of doing things – her way. 

ENSEMBLE

Annie, Fannie, Valentine, Teddy Bear, Mrs. Corry, John Northbrook, Von Hussler, Miss Smythe, Bank Chairman, Queen Victoria, Neleus, Park Keeper, Katie Nanna, Policeman, Miss Lark, Mr. Punch, Doll, Chimney Sweeps, Toys, Parkgoers

 

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GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION 

AUDITION LOCATION:

MALKIN BOWL, STANLEY PARK, VANCOUVER, BC

*Please be aware that there are no food or beverage services available on-site. There is hourly parking available and the closest parking lot is directly south of Malkin Bowl (near Vancouver Rowing Club). In addition, transit buses are also running. For more details visit www.tuts.ca.

CAEA, ACTRA, UBCP Members: Please submit your updated headshot and resume to Nelli Hanbury, Audition Coordinator at tuts.auditions@gmail.com; only actors selected for an audition will be contacted with an appointment. This consideration is only available to full CAEA members – not to apprentices.  The audition will be a vocal audition only – dance and scene work will be considered if called back. We do not accept video auditions except under extraordinary circumstances. 

 

The Process:

Our auditions are open to the public with both directing teams present at all times when possible. These auditions can be booked on line via the TUTS website (www.tuts.ca) as of Jan 2, 2017. SEE LINK ABOVE.  You can select your desired date and desired time slot based on availability. Once you have completed your booking, you will receive a confirmation of appointment to audition. 

Upon arrival at the audition, you will fill out an audition questionnaire and be photographed.  Within your time block you will be asked to sing a musical theatre song of your choice. You may also be asked to sing a second selection. Please have two contrasting pieces prepared; your choices must be musical theatre songs. You will be auditioning for both directing teams.

After your singing audition, you may be asked to participate in a group dance audition.  You may be asked, either then or in a later communication, to the callbacks starting January 21st.  It is imperative you attend any/all callbacks you are requested for.  If you have not heard from us by March 15th, we thank you for auditioning but you have not been selected.  We hope you will come see the shows!

 

What to Bring: Please bring two (2) resumes and two (2) headshots plus a pen or pencil to fill out your audition forms. Bring sheet music in your key. Prepare two contrasting musical theatre pieces of your choice, at least 16 bars each. An accompanist will be provided.  Please come prepared to dance. A dance routine will be taught. Bring dance shoes if you have them: character, soft (flat) and tap shoes if you can tap dance.

 

Requirements: Cast members must be available for ALL rehearsals. 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

DROWSY CHAPERONE begins rehearsals Monday May 1st, with the following schedule:

Monday, Tuesday from 6:30PM to 10:30PM
Saturday from 6:30PM to 10:30PM
Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM

On June 25th, Drowsy Chaperone begins tech rehearsals with the following schedule:

June 25 - 12:00PM to 11:00PM – staggered call times (Mics & Q2Q)
June 28 - 2:00PM (Leads) 6:00PM (full company) to 11:00PM (Mics & Q2Q)
June 29 - 2:00PM (Leads) 6:00PM (Full Company) to 11:00PM (Q2Q)
June 30 - 6:00PM to 11:00PM (Sitzprobe)
July 2 - 3:00PM to 10:00PM (Tech run with orchestra at 3:00pm and 8:00PM)
July 4 - 2:00PM to 11:00PM (Tech run with orchestra)
July 6 - 2:00PM to 11:00PM (Dress rehearsal)
July 8 – notes and work followed by 3:00pm tech run and 8:00pm Preview #1
July 10 – 2:00pm to 11:00pm – Preview #2
 
Previews are July 8 and July 10 with clean up rehearsals in the afternoon.  The show opens July 12 and plays odd numbered nights in July and even numbered nights in August closing Friday, August 19. PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE A HOLD OVER TO AUGUST 25th; YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE DURING THESE DATES AS WELL.
 

MARY POPPINS begins rehearsals on Wednesday May 3, 2017 with the following schedule:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 6:30PM to 10:30PM
Saturday 10:30AM to 6:30PM

On June 24th Mary Poppins begins tech rehearsals with the following schedule:

June 24 - 12:00PM to 11:00 PM – staggered call times (Mics & Q2Q)
June 26 - 2:00PM (Leads) 6:00PM (Full Company) to 11:00PM (Q2Q)
June 27 – 2:00PM (Leads) 6:00PM (Full Company) to 11:00PM (Q2Q)
June 29 – 6:00PM to 11:00PM (Sitzprobe)
Either June 30th or July 1 - 3:00 PM and/or 8:00 PM (Tech run) - TBC
July 3 - 2:00PM to 11:00PM (Tech run with orchestra 2PM and 8PM)
July 5 – 2:00PM to 11:00PM (Dress rehearsal)
July 7 – 2:00PM to 11:00PM (Preview #1)
July 9 – notes and work followed by tech run at 3:00pm and 8:00pm Preview #2

Previews are July 7 and July 9 with clean up rehearsals in the afternoon.  The show opens July 11 and plays even-numbered nights in July and odd-numbered nights in August closing Saturday, August 20. PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE A HOLD OVER TO AUGUST 26; YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE DURING THESE DATES AS WELL.

 

All shows begin at 8:00PM except for the four evenings of the 2017 Symphony of Fire fireworks.  On those nights the shows start at 7:00PM. IF YOU CAN’T MAKE ALL PERFORMANCES, PLEASE DO NOT AUDITION.

 

Other Opportunities: We are looking for volunteers for Front of House, Production, Administration and Fundraising. Please see our Volunteer Application. We are also looking for candidates for our Rising Stars Program, which offers an opportunity to work at a senior level with meaningful involvement alongside our directors, designers and the production team. This is a unique internship that will be customized to the successful candidates’ aspirations and career objectives. Please email cover letter, resume and references to risingstars@tuts.ca

 

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FAQs ABOUT TUTS AUDITIONS:

 

What is Theatre Under the Stars?

Theatre Under the Stars is a non-profit society whose mandate is to entertain families through popular musical theatre and to provide vibrant opportunities for developing theatre artists. TUTS values an atmosphere of inclusion and mentorship in order to build strong character and to promote positive values.

Theatre Under the Stars has presented 70 seasons of musical theatre at its outdoor venue in Stanley Park. It is a time-honored tradition for thousands of Lower Mainland families as well as attracting visitors from around the world. Average attendance each season is 25,000 patrons.

What ages of children are you looking for?

This year, Mary Poppins has roles for young people 8 - 15 years of age.

If you will turn 16 years of age before the first day of rehearsals, you can audition in the general call.

Are there scenes to prepare for auditions?

Not for the initial audition. If you are called back, you will be given a scene and a song from the show to prepare.

What if I do not attend a callback?

Callbacks are the opportunity for the creative team to assess your suitability for a specific role.  If you cannot attend any of the scheduled time slots, we will try to see you on an alternate day; however, if this proves impossible, it ultimately means that you cannot be considered for a role in the show.  If you have a conflict with any of the callback dates, please provide details on your audition form when you arrive.

Can I book a time in advance for open call auditions?

YES. Scroll up to the link above and click on ‘BOOK AUDITION TIME’ as of Jan 2, 2017.

Should I prepare a monologue?

No. You will only be required to sing and dance.

Do all parts require singing and dancing?

Generally, yes.

Will you accept video or DVD auditions?

No, except in exceptional circumstances. The reality is that it is difficult for the directors to properly judge a performer’s ability or suitability based on a video audition. It is infinitely preferable to audition in person.  You must get permission to submit by video.  Please email your request with details explaining your request to tuts.auditions@gmail.com.  Please keep in mind that the creative teams may choose to not accept video auditions.

Do I have to bring sheet music?

Yes, in your key.

What if I am not available on the open call audition dates?

If you cannot come on any of the open call audition days listed above and you are not a member of Canadian Actors Equity Association (or UBCP or ACTRA), you will be unable to audition for the 2017 season at TUTS.

Can I bring my own pianist?

No. Everyone must audition using our exceptionally experienced audition pianist.

I don’t have character shoes - can I still audition?

Absolutely, but bring or wear some shoes that you can dance in. The singing audition will usually be first and you will have time to change into dancewear following that audition.

I don’t have a professional headshot is that okay?

Absolutely. We will take a photo of you to remind us of who you are. A professionally done photo of you is an excellent option but certainly not required.

What should be on my resume?

Your name, contact information, past theatrical experience and any training you have (including where you received it).

What should I wear?

Wear what you feel you look good in for your singing audition, and bring something to wear for the dance audition. Please have your hair tied back so we can see your face. No oversized dancewear please.

Are there any paid positions?

Theatre Under the Stars may hire members of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the Guest Artist Policy pro-rated to a 21-hour work week for rehearsals.  Typically up to four CAEA members are hired each season.

Are all cast members in both shows?

No. Each show has its own cast.

How much time will I have to spend at the auditions?

Approximately 2 hours, starting at your assigned audition time.

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Thank you very much for your interest in auditioning for our 2017 shows! We look forward to seeing you.