42nd STREET - Audition & Show Information

 

Auditions and callbacks for 42nd Street will be held in January 2018. Booking information will be available as of December 18th, 2017.

 

SHOW INFORMATION

42nd STREET

Director – Robert McQueen
Choreographers – Shelley Stewart Hunt
Music Director – Chris King

 

SYNOPSIS

Music by Harry Warren, Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

One of show business’s most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

 

CAST REQUIREMENTS

NAME

DESCRIPTION

PEGGY SAWYER

A young, starry-eyed, naïve, and humble chorus girl who assumes the Lead role in Pretty Lady when Dorothy breaks her ankle. Must be a triple threat who can sing, act and dance (tap) very well.

DOROTHY BROCK

A well-known, if past her prime, Broadway diva. She is supposed to be the female lead in Pretty Lady because she is dating Abner, who is paying for the show.

BILLY LAWLOR

The youthful, leading tenor in Pretty Lady; must be a dancer (especially tap).

JULIAN MARSH

Famous, but notorious, Broadway director who comes off very gruff as he barks his directions at actors and crew

MAGGIE JONES

One of the writers for Pretty Lady; comedic role, some dance required

BERT BARRY

One of the writers for Pretty Lady; comedic role, some dance required

ABNER DILLON

Financial backer of Pretty Lady and Dorothy’s “sugar daddy” from Texas. Doesn’t realize Dorothy is only with him because of his money. Mostly speaking role.

ANDY LEE

Choreographer/Dance Director of Pretty Lady. No solo singing, dancing intense, especially tap.

PAT DENNING

Former vaudeville partner of Dorothy’s and her secret romantic partner

ENSEMBLE

Male and female dancers

 

REHEARSAL & PERORMANCE SCHEDULE

42nd Street  begins rehearsals April 30th, 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 18th, 42nd Street moves into Malkin Bowl to begin tech rehearsals with the following schedule:

(NOTE DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

June 18 - 7:00PM to 11:00PM (Move in)
June 19,24,25 - 2:00PM to 11:00PM (Mics & Q2Q)
June 26 - 3:00PM to 11:00PM (Tech Run)
June 29 - 6:00PM to 10:00PM (Sitzprobe)
July 1 - 12:00PM to 11:30PM (Tech run with orchestra)
July 3 - 3:00PM to 11:00PM (Dress rehearsal)

 

Previews are July 5 and July 10 with clean-up rehearsals in the afternoon of July 10. The show opens July 12 and plays even numbered nights in July and odd numbered nights in August, closing Saturday, August 25.

Cast members must be available for ALL rehearsals and performances. IF YOU ARE NOT, PLEASE DO NOT AUDITION.

 

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; the closest parking lot is directly south of Malkin Bowl (near Vancouver Rowing Club). The Bowl is also accessible via public transit: take the #19 “Stanley Park” bus to the bus loop in Stanley Park and walk back past the Pavilion to the Bowl (about a 5 minute walk).

The Process:

TUTS auditions are open to all who sign up; bookings for 42nd STREET auditions will be posted as of December 18, 2017 (for auditions to be held in January 2018). You can select your desired date and time slot based on availability. Once you have completed your booking, you will receive a confirmation of your appointment to audition.

What to Bring:

  • One (1) copy of your resume
  • One (1) copy of your headshot
  • Pen or pencil to fill out your audition forms
  • Sheet music in your key for two contrasting musical theatre pieces (at least 16 bars each).
  • Dance shoes (if you have them): jazz shoes and character heels. (no tap shoes required for Cinderella auditions)

Upon arrival at the audition, you will fill out an audition questionnaire and be photographed. Within your time slot 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 (both musical theatre songs). An accompanist will be provided.

After your singing audition, you may be asked to participate in a group dance audition; a dance routine will be taught on the spot.

Similarly if the directing team wishes to have you read, you will be provided with sides/scenes at that time.

Expect to stay approximately 2 hours at the first audition. You may be asked, either then or in a later communication, to attend callbacks.

If you have not heard from us by Feb 28th, we thank you for auditioning, but unfortunately you have not been selected.

Other Opportunities:

We are looking for volunteers for Front of House, Production, Administration and Fundraising. Please see the Volunteer Application. We are also looking for candidates for our Rising Stars Program that 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 info@tuts.ca.

 

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 71 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 35,000 patrons.

What ages of children are you looking for?

In 2018 our shows do not have any roles for actors 15 and under.

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?

If there are scenes the directing team would like to see you perform, they will be given to you at the 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 opportunities for the creative team to assess your suitability for a specific role. If you cannot attend on the scheduled date, we will try to see you on an alternate day; however, it may ultimately mean that you are not considered for a role in the show. If you have a conflict with the callback dates, please indicate that on your audition form.

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

YES. Audition dates and times for 42 STREET will be posted as of December 18, 2017 (for auditions to be held in January 2018).

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 2018 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 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 professional headshot is an excellent option but certainly not required.

What should be on my resume?

Your name, contact information, theatrical experience and any training you have (including where you trained/with whom).

What should I wear?

Wear something you feel you look good in for your singing audition, and bring something that you can move easily in 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 available?

Theatre Under the Stars may hire members of Canadian Actors Equity Association under the Multidisciplinary Policy for Dance Opera Theatre (DOT).

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.

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