Audition

Welcome!  We hope you will audition for a Sunset show!

We hold auditions for all performances at Sunset Playhouse, and everyone is welcome to try-out for every show!

Scripts may be checked out at the box office Tuesday (1-7 pm), Wednesday-Friday (1-5 pm) and Saturday (1-4 pm) with a $10 deposit. No guarantee of availability. For further information or if you have any questions, contact Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or by calling (262) 782-4431 ext. 221.

BETRAYAL AUDITION INFORMATION

BETRAYAL

by Harold Pinter

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC

Auditions: Monday, February 12th – Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 7:00pm

Rehearsals: Monday, March 22nd – Friday, April 4th, 2018

Performances: Thursday, April 5th – Sunday, April 8th, 2018

BETRAYAL will be directed by Dustin J. Martin. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – BETRAYAL.  You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (April 2-4th) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Synopsis

A sharp look into the nature of romantic relationships, the play starts in 1977 when long time lovers Jerry and Emma meet after her marriage to her husband Robert dissolves, and then backtracks all the way to 1968 when their affair first began. As the years spin backwards, a complex web of secrets about the trio emerges and calls into question the nature of their intimacy – as friends, partners, and spouses. A play about love, lust, and time, Betrayal poetically explores the rift between memory and reality.
 

Character Descriptions

EMMA (Female, 35-50): Robert’s wife, an intelligent and professional woman who owns an art gallery. Naïve, youthful, and innocent at the beginning of the affair, she becomes a haunted and bitter woman who tries to justify and rationalize herself by the end. British accent required.

ROBERT (Male, 35-50): Emma’s husband. A charismatic publisher who is capable of manipulation. Aware that his wife has been having an affair with his best friend for years, he eventually uses this knowledge against them. He is intellectual and a realist. British accent required.

JERRY (Male, 35-50): A successful writer, he is inherently romantic and naïve. Far more insecure and less confident than his best friend Robert. His love of being in love leads him to having an affair with Emma for years. Jerry’s innocence and naivete prevent him from seeing that he is in the midst of a cruel game of manipulation. British accent required.

WAITER (Male, 35+): The waiter at a family-owned Italian restaurant. He is the father of another waiter, good humored, and not very bright. Must be able to speak some Italian.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.

DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER AUDITION INFORMATION

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

A Comedy by Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon

Auditions: Monday, February 26th – Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, March 12th – Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Performances: Thursday, April 19th – Sunday, May 6th 2018

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER will be directed by Michael Pocaro. Auditions may consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – DONT DRESS FOR DINNER. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Synopsis

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

Character Descriptions

All characters ages are late 20s to late 30s “range”

Male Characters

BERNARD:  Married man with “plans” for the weekend while his wife is out of town.

ROBERT: Bernard’s friend and confidant….and Jacqueline’s lover.

GEORGE: Suzette’s husband. Very jealous and prone to violence.

Female Characters

JACQUELINE: Bernard’s wife, who just may have some plans of her own.

SUZANNE: Bernard’s mistress. Young and beautiful, with no discernible talent outside the bedroom.

SUZETTE: A cook whom Bernard has hired to cater his evening dinner party. Young, kind of mousey, but dresses up well.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL AUDITION INFORMATION

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

Book by Michael Stewart
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Based on the 1988 Film Heathers

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Sunday, March 4th – Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Tuesday, March 6th 2018 (if necessary) 7 pm

Note:   You must be 18 or older to audition for HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin in Mid-April.  Those cast will be expected to memorize lines and learn their music before the first rehearsal.  

Performances: Thursday, June 7th – Sunday, June 10th, 2018 
Note:  you must be available for all of tech week (starting the Friday before opening night) and all performances to be cast in this show.

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL will be directed by Reggie Kurschner with music direction by Mark Mrozek. Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – HEATHERS

Synopsis

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Rehearsals will begin in Mid-April.  Those cast will be expected to memorize lines and learn their music before the first rehearsal.  

Character Descriptions

VERONICA SAWYER (age 18): She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: High belting required, up to Ab. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

JASON DEAN(age 18): He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy.  Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

HEATHER CHANDLER(age 18): Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy.  Voice: Strong belt to F or higher preferred.  Mezzo for chorus.  NOTE:  In certain choral songs Chandler can switch parts with her other Heathers as needed. 

HEATHER MCNAMARA (age 18): Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: Strong belt to Db, D preferred. Soprano for chorus. 

HEATHER DUKE (age 18): Whipping-girl of the 3 Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Alto for chorus.  Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred.  Alto for chorus.

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK (age 18): Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

KURT KELLY (age 18): Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: Tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some Falsetto. NOTE:  in certain songs Ram and Kurt can switch choral assignment if, say, Ram sings higher than Kurt.

RAM SWEENEY (age 18): Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to G, some Falsetto useful.

BELEAGUERED GEEK (ages 18): A put-upon, bitter geek. Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

PREPPY STUD/OFFICER MILNER (ages 18): A blowdried 80’s preppy. Voice: Bass (up to E) or Bari (up to G#).

HIPSTER DORK/OFFICER MCCORD (ages 18): A hipster Dork, thinks he’s Ducky from ‘Pretty In Pink.’ Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

NEW WAVE GIRL (ages 18): A sullen goth girl. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

STONER CHICK(ages 18): A fuzzyheaded stoner chick. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE(ages 18): A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type. Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

BILL SWEENY/BIG BUD DEAN/COACH RIPPER (ages 40 – 45): Ram’s Dad: Former football player turned suburban Dad, has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Also plays Big Bud Dean: JD’s single Dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Also plays Coach Ripper:  Stalwart, man’s man; quick to defend his players. Voice: Baritone/Tenor – power Country/Gospel belt to Ab, higher welcome. 

PAUL KELLY/MR. SAWYER/PRINCIPAL GOWAN (ages 30 – 45): Kurt’s Dad: Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him. Also plays Veronica’s Dad: Easygoing and distant. Voice: Strong Baritone/Tenor — power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better. Also plays Principal Gowan: Rumpled, burned out, hates conflict. 

MRS. SAWYER/PAULINE FLEMING (ages 45 – 50): Ms. Fleming: Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Also plays Veronica’s Mom: easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.

ANY NUMBER CAN DIE AUDITION INFORMATION

ANY NUMBER CAN DIE

Book by Fred Carmichael
Staged by Patricia Carmichael
Original Production performed by the Caravan Theatre Summer Stock Company at the Dorset Playhouse

Auditions: Monday, April 16th – Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, April 19th, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Sunday, April 22nd – Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Performances: Thursday, May 31st – Sunday, June 17th, 2018

ANY NUMBER CAN DIE will be directed by Carol Dolphin. Auditions may consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – ANY NUMBER CAN DIE. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Synopsis

A hilarious take off on the mystery plays of the Twenties complete with sliding panels, robed figures, wills being read at midnight, etc. The idioms, costumes, hairdos, and make up of the period add to the thrills and laughter. Four ingenious murders take place in an island mansion as a pair of elderly detectives set to work on their first case. The ever popular storm, the unexpected guests, the cryptic poem, and the missing fortune all add to the intricate and inventive mystery off which the laughs bounce.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

CHUCK: A likable young man in his early twenties. May be cast to play JACK as well.

ROGER MASTERS: A dignified lawyer and he looks the part. He is somewhere near sixty with silver hair and a mustache. He is precise and, from his attitude, a successful business man.

T. J. LATHROP: Slightly older than Celia. He is an admitted failure, but through it all has an endearing sense of humor, but one feels he is capable of great strength when the situation calls for it.

EDGARS: Age 40+ Gives the appearance of something out of a Transylvanian horror story. His gray-flecked hair is combed forward over his forehead. His chalky white face has deep-set eyes. His butler’s outfit hangs grotesquely due to his hunched shoulders. When he speaks, it is slow and definite.

CARTER FORSTMAN: An energetic young man in his late twenties, but there is a coldness behind his eyes. He wears a pencil thin mustache, and his black hair is parted in the middle and plastered down.

JACK REGENT: Looks the part of the hero which he is. In his twenties, he is honest beyond all doubt, strong when necessary, but kind-hearted and true at all times. May be cast to play CHUCK as well

HANNIBAL HIX: An elderly man with a mass of white curls giving his face a gnome-like quality. He is usually delighted with everything that happens and rarely sees anything but the best side of everything. He has the twinkly look and bouncy gait of an elf and nothing could please him more than to be in the midst of everything that happens.

Female Characters

JUDY: A pretty girl slightly younger than Chuck. May be cast to play SALLY as well.

ZENIA: She can be any age from 40 and up. A light colored Haitian, a Creole; when she speaks it is with a Haitian accent, half French, half native. Her voice is low and resounding. She seems set apart from the rest of the world and as if she knows things before they happen.

CELIA LATHROP: A sophisticated woman of the world in her mid-forties. She is hard and determined and when she makes up her mind to get something, nothing stands in her way.

ERNESTINE WINTERGREEN: Somewhere in her sixties, she is remarkably well-preserved. There is a determination about her which covers her almost elfin, warm-hearted approach to life.

SALLY VAN VILLER: The most typical ingenue that ever breathed. she thinks only of the goodness in people and never of herself. Her pretty face is made up with tiny red lips, huge eyes, and the extreme innocence of her youth. May be cast to play JUDY as well.

 

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.

THE PRODUCERS AUDITION INFORMATION

THE PRODUCERS

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomal Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, May 14th – Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Tuesday, May 29 – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Performances: Thursday, July 12th – Sunday, August 5th, 2018

THE PRODUCERS will be directed by Tommy Lueck with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Reggie Kurschner. Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – THE PRODUCERS. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Synopsis

Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

MAX BIALYSTOCK (ages 45 – 60): The consummate con man. Naturally animated and bombastic, he is never at a loss for charm and manners. Typically conspires with Leo. Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: A2

LEOPOLD BLOOM (ages 30 – 50): An accountant. Boring and mousy, he is a hesitant optimist who longs for something more. Dragged into a scheme by Max. Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2

ROGER DE BRIS (ages 45 – 65): New York’s most famous and flamboyant stage director. Surrounds himself with deliciously beautiful clothing, people, and possessions. In a crowd, it would be impossible to miss him. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: G#2

CARMEN GHIA (ages 30 – 45): Roger Debris’ faithful assistant. Carmen is severe in looks and passion for Roger. He may appear younger than he actually is thanks to skilled surgeons. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

FRANZ LIEBKIND (ages 40 – 60): German loyalist playwright. From his lederhosen to his pigeon, Adolph, his love for the motherland is unmistakable. He is imposing yet tender. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: F2

A large ensemble of singer/dancer talent will be used.  As well as an ensemble of actors age 30 – seniors will be needed.

Female Character

ULLA (ages 25 – 35): A young and hopeful actress. Though her beauty might eclipse her talent, Ulla is passionate about life and art. Quite a clueless seductress in some ways. Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: A3

A large ensemble of singer/dancer talent will be used.  As well as an ensemble of actors age 30 – seniors will be needed.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.

THE PRODUCERS

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomal Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Vocal/Dance Auditions: Monday, May 14th – Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Tuesday, May 22 – Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Performances: Thursday, July 12th – Sunday, August 5th, 2018

THE PRODUCERS will be directed by Tommy Lueck with music direction by Mark Mrozek and choreography by Reggie Kurschner. Please show up on one of the dates listed above with a 32 bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes for the dance audition as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – THE PRODUCERS. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Synopsis

Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

MAX BIALYSTOCK (ages 45 – 60): The consummate con man. Naturally animated and bombastic, he is never at a loss for charm and manners. Typically conspires with Leo. Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: A2

LEOPOLD BLOOM (ages 30 – 50): An accountant. Boring and mousy, he is a hesitant optimist who longs for something more. Dragged into a scheme by Max. Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2

ROGER DE BRIS (ages 45 – 65): New York’s most famous and flamboyant stage director. Surrounds himself with deliciously beautiful clothing, people, and possessions. In a crowd, it would be impossible to miss him. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: G#2

CARMEN GHIA (ages 30 – 45): Roger Debris’ faithful assistant. Carmen is severe in looks and passion for Roger. He may appear younger than he actually is thanks to skilled surgeons. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

FRANZ LIEBKIND (ages 40 – 60): German loyalist playwright. From his lederhosen to his pigeon, Adolph, his love for the motherland is unmistakable. He is imposing yet tender. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: F2

A large ensemble of singer/dancer talent will be used.  As well as an ensemble of actors age 30 – seniors will be needed.

Female Character

ULLA (ages 25 – 35): A young and hopeful actress. Though her beauty might eclipse her talent, Ulla is passionate about life and art. Quite a clueless seductress in some ways. Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: A3

A large ensemble of singer/dancer talent will be used.  As well as an ensemble of actors age 30 – seniors will be needed.

Contact Ann Mather, Business Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431 ext. 221 or amather@sunsetplayhouse.com with any questions.