Audition Information

Theatre Under the Stars is pleased to announce auditions for its 2019 season, which will feature MAMMA MIA! and Disney’s “NEWSIES”. Please read below for information you will need to prepare and book an audition. 

  • General Auditions for both shows - Dec 12-16, 2018
  • Newsies Callbacks - Dec 17-19, 2018
  • Mamma Mia! Callbacks - Jan 3-5, 2019

Theatre Under the Stars encourages submissions from artists with a broad range of ethno-cultural backgrounds. When making casting decisions, the creative team considers many different criteria; one is that we envision a cast that reflects the rich diversity of our performing arts community and of the Lower Mainland more generally.

It is important to note that TUTS is a registered non-profit society, and primarily a volunteer organization. While our summer season is (weather permitting) enthusiastically attended by thousands of patrons, the organization receives no significant grants or funding. We depend almost entirely on revenue from ticket sales to cover the substantial costs of mounting two major musicals each year. We could not do this without the contributions of 200+ volunteers, who donate their time and talent onstage, backstage and in the front-of-house.

We seek to provide a showcase, a training ground and/or a great summer experience for performers and backstage crew 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 gain experience and showcase their talent in a working theatre environment.  Each summer we also hire a very limited number of Canadian Actors' Equity artists, who are paid union rates, alongside our professional technicians (members of IATSE Local 118), our directing team (who are often CAEA members), and the design team. Some members of the orchestra also receive small honoraria. As of our 2018 season, we have been able to offer non-CAEA performers and backstage crew (aged 16 and older) an “Expense Offset Payment” to help with some of the costs of participating in our shows (e.g. parking).

Our assumption is that each person who auditions and accepts a role (and/or joins our backstage or front of house teams) does so because they feel that the benefits of being part of TUTS – e.g. the opportunity to work on a big musical with a professional directing team, high production values, a long run in a beautiful, unique venue, exposure to large audiences, etc. – outweigh any potential drawbacks (time commitment, lack of financial compensation) and make it worthwhile to invest their time, hard work and talent.

To book your audition, please do the following:

1. Read through all of the information below to make sure you are VERY clear about what is required at the audition, and the dates/times you must commit to for rehearsals and performances.

2a. If you are not a member of CAEA/ACTRA/UBCP, choose your audition time slot by clicking on this link to our online scheduling system:

BOOK YOUR AUDITION HERE

2b. If you are a CAEA/ACTRA/UBCP Member:

Please submit your updated headshot and resume to Nelli Hanbury, Auditions Coordinator at tuts.auditions@gmail.com; only actors selected for an audition will be contacted with an appointment. (Note: this option is only available to full CAEA members; not 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.

 


2019 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 book a time slot online (link available above, as of Nov. 24, 2018). You can pick 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:

  • Two (2) copies of your resume
  • Two (2) copies of your headshot
  • Pen or pencil to fill out your audition forms
  • Sheet music in your key for two contrasting musical theatre pieces: we require excerpts to be at least 16 bars each, and up to 64 bars each.
  • Dance shoes (if you have them): character, jazz shoes and tap shoes

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. 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.

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 Jan 26, 2019, we thank you for auditioning, but unfortunately you have not been selected.

 


2019 SHOW INFORMATION

“MAMMA MIA!”

Director – Shel Piercy
Choreographer – Shelley Stewart Hunt
Music Director – Wendy Bross Stuart
 
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson

 

PLOT SYNOPSIS

Set on a colourful Greek island, the plot is driven by a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman, Sophie, about to be married, discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. Donna herself has invited her friends (and former backup singers), Rosie and Tanya, to the wedding. Romantic entanglements and other summer-y hijinks ensue.

 

CAST REQUIREMENTS

SOPHIE SHERIDAN: A young 20 year old, born and raised on the Island

*DONNA SHERIDAN: Sophie’s mom *This role is cast

*TANYA: Former Dynamo *This role is cast

*ROSIE: Former Dynamo *This role is cast

*SAM CARMICHAEL: Maybe Sophie’s father *This role is cast

*HARRY BRIGHT: Maybe Sophie’s father *This role is cast

*BILL AUSTIN: Maybe Sophie’s father *This role is cast

SKY: Sophie’s fiancé

ALI: Sophie’s friend

LISA: Sophie’s friend

PEPPER: Barman at Taverna

EDDIE: Sky’s friend

FATHER ALEXANDRIOS: The local priest

ENSEMBLE: Islanders, wedding guests, male and female dancers

VILLAGE CHILDREN: 4 – 6 talented triple threats who are not too tall

*NOTE: As indicated above, the roles of DONNA, ROSIE, TANYA, SAM, BILL and HARRY have been cast.

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

“MAMMA MIA!” begins rehearsals April 24th with the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 23 – Full Company KICK OFF at 6:00pm, more info to follow.
  • Starting April 24th, regular rehearsals are scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM and Saturday from 10:30AM to 6:30PM.
  • The show opens July 9 and plays odd numbered nights in July and even numbered nights in August, closing Saturday, August 24.
  • All shows begin at 8:00PM except for three “fireworks nights” – shows that coincide with the 2019 Celebration Of Light events.  On those nights, the shows start at 7:00PM.

Cast members must be available for ALL rehearsals and performances. ALL CONFLICTS MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR AUDITION FORM.

 


Disney’s “NEWSIES”

Director/Choreographer: Julie Tomaino
Music Director:  Chris King

Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Jack Feldman; Book by Harvey Fierstein

 

PLOT SYNOPSIS

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”

 

CAST REQUIREMENTS

JACK KELLY: Leader of the newsies

KATHERINE PLUMBER: Ambitious young reporter

CRUTCHIE: Newsie with a bum leg

DAVEY JACOBS: New, bookish newsie

LES JACOBS: Davey’s fearless younger brother

SPOT CONLON: Leader of the Brooklyn newsies

JOSEPH PULITZER: No-nonsense publisher of the World

HANNAH: Pulitzer’s secretary

MEDDA LARKIN: Vaudeville star and theater owner

GOVENOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT: Well-respected, life-long public servant

SNYDER: Warden of The Refuge

WIESEL: Runs the World’s distribution window

ENSEMBLE: Newsies (male and female) scabs, goons, nuns, Bowery Beauties

 

REHEARSAL  SCHEDULE

  • Disney’s ‘NEWSIES” begins rehearsals on April 23th, 2019 with the following schedule:
  • Tuesday, April 23rd – Full Company KICK-OFF – 6:00pm, more info to follow.
  • Starting April 28th, regular rehearsals are scheduled on Sunday from 10:30AM to 6:30PM, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 6:30PM to 10:30PM.
  • The show opens July 10 and plays even-numbered nights in July and odd-numbered nights in August, closing Friday, August 23.
  • All shows begin at 8:00PM except for three “fireworks nights” – shows that coincide with the 2019 Celebration Of Light events.  On those nights, the shows start at 7:00PM.

Cast members must be available for ALL rehearsals and performances. ALL CONFLICTS MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR AUDITION FORM.

 


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 72 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.

Are there roles available for children?

Most of our performers are typically 16 and older; however, in 2019 our shows do have roles for actors 15 and under.

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, as of November 24, 2018. See link above.

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 2019 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. You will have time to change. Please have your hair tied back so we can see your face. No oversized dancewear please. Also, bring all your dance footwear i.e. jazz shoes, tap shoes and character shoes.

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.

 


Other Opportunities:

We are looking for volunteers for Front of House, Production, Administration and Fundraising. Please see the Volunteer Application on our website here. 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 info@tuts.ca.