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South Bend Civic Theatre is creating new opportunities for bringing onstage and backstage talent to their productions in 2015. On Sunday January 11th and Tuesday January 13th, SBCT will hold auditions for four upcoming shows: “Spamalot,” “A Behanding in Spokane,” “Venus in Fur,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Actors will have the opportunity to list their preference of shows to be considered for in this new format. The auditions will begin promptly at 6 PM and will be held at the Scottish Rite building (across the parking lot from South Bend Civic Theatre on Main Street). Sides for the auditions will be posted as downloadable PDF files on the page.
Alongside the auditions, SBCT will hold meetings with volunteers to fill positions throughout SBCT – including backstage, production, front of house (box office and ushers), social media assistance and administrative opportunities. SBCT staff members will be available to discuss various needs and encourage participants to sign up for their choice of activities.
Show specific information follows.
Spamalot Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle and Neil Innes, Lyrics by Eric Idle, Book by Eric Idle
Directed by Mark Abram-Copenhaver
Performs in the Wilson Theatre March 13-April 4, 2015
Synopsis: A very silly musical version of the very silly non-musical treatment of the story of King Arthur that was first presented in the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are strongly encouraged to audition for all roles.
Women are encouraged to audition for male roles, vocal range permitting.
Performers must be over the age of 18.
The most important part of the casting of this show is that all of the actors be willing to be funny, silly, and playful and to create clear, bold characters. Age, race and gender are secondary considerations.
Characters (doubling listed below is likely to be changed based on the turnout at auditions.)
• KING ARTHUR (Late 30s-60s.): The King of England who sets out on a quest to form the Knights of the Roundtable and find the Holy Grail. Great Humor. Good singer.
• SIR ROBIN (30s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Ironically called ‘Sir Robin the Brave, ‘though he couldn’t be more cowardly. Joins the Knights for the singing and dancing. Also plays GUARD 1 and BROTHER MAYNARD, a long-winded monk.
• SIR LANCELOT aka LANCE (30s-40): A Knight of the Roundtable. He is fearless to a bloody fault but through a twist of fate, does discover his ‘softer side.’ This actor MUST be great with character voices and accents, as he also plays THE FRENCH TAUNTER, an arrogant, condescending, over-the-top Frenchman, the KNIGHT OF NI, an absurd, cartoonish leader of a peculiar group of Knights, and TIM THE ENCHANTER, a ghostly being with a Scottish accent.
• PATSY (30s-40s :) King Arthur’s horse and servant. Underappreciated but always longing for King Arthur’s approval. Good, funny, physical mover with some tap dancing. Also plays MAYOR, a jolly red-faced man who advertises the merits of his home town and the drunken, useless GUARD 2.
• SIR GALAHAD (30s): A Knight of the Roundtable. Begins as Dennis, a lower class ‘mud gatherer’ who becomes knighted and transforms into the dashing Sir Galahad. Also plays PRINCE HERBERT’S FATHER, a wealthy, brutish Yorkshireman man at odds with his sensitive son, THE BLACK KNIGHT who is always ready to duel despite multiple injuries. Strong bari-tenor singing required.
• SIR BEDEVERE (20s-40s): A Knight of the Roundtable. An inept scholar. Also plays DENNIS GALAHAD’S MOTHER, a shrill peasant woman, and CONCORDE, Sir Lancelot’s horse. No solo singing.
• THE LADY OF THE LAKE (20s-30s): A Diva. Strong, beautiful, possesses mystical powers. The leading lady of the show. Great singing voice is essential, as she must be able to sing effortlessly in many styles and vocal registers. Especially seeking actresses of all races for this role.
• THE FOLLOWING ROLES ARE PLAYED BY THE SAME ACTOR (20s-30s): Tenor singing required. Very good mover. Good supporting role.
o HISTORIAN: A tweedy academic.
o NOT DEAD FRED: A sickly little fellow who, despite others’ beliefs, claims he is “not yet dead.”
o FRENCH GUARD: The condemnatory French sidekick to the French Taunter.
o MINSTREL: In Sir Robin’s band.
o PRINCE HERBERT: The hopeful and frilly prince who loves to sing and pines for his love atop a tower
o SIR NOT APPEARING May double THE DANCING MONK
o A MALE DANCER
• ROBIN’S MINSTRELS are 2 male and 1 female ensemble
• SIR BORS is male ensemble
• THE ENSEMBLE: 6 Men and 6 Women
• TWO FRENCH GUARDS are two of the Male Ensemble
A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh
Performs in the Firehouse Theatre March 27-April 4, 2015
Synopsis: This dark comedy follows Carmichael, a man who had his left hand taken from him 27 years ago. He has been searching for it ever since. His search brings him to a sleazy motel room where he hopes to buy his missing hand from a young couple who end up being small time con artists and weed dealers. But things do not go as planned and the couple end up chained to a radiator, covered in gasoline as the hotel receptionist decides if he will release them before Carmichael returns to kill them or if he will just let the room burn.
This highly profane script is unapologetically brutal, irreverent, politically incorrect and very funny.
Anyone auditioning for this show must be comfortable with its harsh language and subject matter. While the audience will find the characters funny, the characters themselves find no humor in the absurd and dangerously volatile situation they are in. They are all very serious about what they want at every moment, to the dangerous exclusion of all else.
Performers must be over the age of 18.
• CARMICHAEL: Mid 40’s white male. A racist, brutal, semi-homicidal homophobe who has been searching for his missing left hand for the last 27 years. And, by the way, he loves his mother. He is a study in contradictions and contrasts. This is the source of what makes him funny.
• MERVYN: White Male 25-35. This hotel receptionist is waiting for something exciting to happen at the hotel so that he can finally be a hero. Because as things are now he is not sure if cares if he lives or dies.
• TOBY: Black Male 20-30. Boyfriend to Marilyn and a small time weed dealer. He heard about this guy who wanted to buy back his severed hand and decided to sell him one stolen from the museum. This proves to be a bad strategy for a man who crys like a baby at the drop of a hat.
• MARILYN: White female 20-30. Girlfriend to Toby and partner in the weed trade. She wants Toby to stop being an idiot, to give up his “severed hand con game” and just go back to dealing weed. But mostly, she would just like to get through the evening without being shot or having her head cut off.
Venus in Fur by David Ives
Directed by Rick Ellis
Performs in the Warner Theatre April 10-26, 2015
Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Age ranges of characters are flexible however performers must be over 18.
Synopsis: Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Chuck Gessert
Performs in the Wilson Theatre May 5-24, 2015
This production will employ color-blind casting. Actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
Age ranges are guides to the playable age of the characters, not necessarily the physical age of the actor.
Synopsis: Big Daddy Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. He is distressed by the rocky relationship between his beloved son Brick, an aging football hero who has turned to drink, and his beautiful and feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of Southern gentility slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies and suppressed sexuality reach a boiling point. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955 and is among Williams’ most popular plays.
• MARGARET (also called Maggie and Maggie the Cat) F/30-40. Still extremely attractive, but life’s disappointments are starting to show on her face. Married to Brick in a sex-less marriage, but a favorite of the family due to her charm and smarts. Sensual and disgruntled passion; Sharp tongue; Ironic; A calculating survivor; Desperate in her sense of loneliness and fear of poverty.
• BRICK M/30-40. Ex-athlete who still is in shape, despite non-stop drinking. “He has the additional charm of that cool air of detachment that people have who have given up the struggle.” Beloved son of Big Daddy and Big Mama despite his flaws.
• MAE (also called Sister Woman); F/30-40. Gooper’s wife, a society woman who is pregnant with 6th child, a mean, agitated “monster of fertility” who schemes with her husband Gooper to secure Big Daddy’s estate.
• GOOPER (also called Brother Man); M/35-45. Brick’s older brother, and first born to Big Daddy and Big Mama. A corporate lawyer, he is resentful of his parents and younger brother.
• BIG MAMA F/60-65. Mother of Brick and Gooper. Brick’s mother, breathless, sincere, earnest, crude, and bedecked in flashy gems, Mama is a woman embarrassingly dedicated to a man who despises her and in feeble denial of her husband’s disgust. She considers Brick her “only son.”
• BIG DADDY M/65. Brick and Gooper’s father. Affectionately dubbed by Maggie as an old-fashioned “Mississippi redneck,” Big Daddy is a large, brash, and vulgar plantation millionaire who believes he has returned from the grave.
• REVERED TOOKER M/35-65. Local preacher looking to make sure he gets his share upon Big Daddy’s passing.
• DOCTOR BAUGH M/35-65. Family doctor who at first deceives Big Daddy about his diagnosis.
• 2 Male, 2 Female Children aged 7-11. Gooper and Mae’s children. The two female children have small speaking roles, but all children will sing, play and make a commotion. Limited rehearsal time needed. (Note: these roles will not be part of the January auditions)
• LACEY – a servant of the Pollitt family
• SOOKEY – a servant of the Pollitt family
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