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February 16, 2018

Bill Hanneys Theatre by the Sea 2018 Season - Open - Dancers, Singers
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): 18-66, See website for breakdown of ensemble at www.theatrebythesea.com.


The Gateway 2018 Season - ECC - Dancers
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Seeking:A CHORUS LINE A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves. Discomfort opens into revelation, confession leads to redemption, and within the bright, outwardly homogenous chorus, the audience begins to see each dancer’s individuality. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, as told to fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. ZACH: Male. The director and choreographer of the show for which the dancers are auditioning. He is a stage veteran and thus can be curt and harsh, but he is revealed to be a caring and empathetic man who truly grows to care about these dancers. Non-singing, but should have movement ability, as he demonstrates a few dance moves. 40+. LARRY: Male. Tenor. Zach’s assistant who teaches and demonstrates the audition dances. Needs to be an incredible dancer, as he is the standard to which all of the auditioning dancers are held. 25+. AL DELUCA: Male. Baritone. From the Bronx. Street tough, macho, and newly married to Kristine; very protective. Seeking a strong singer, as he is the contrast to the non-singing Kristine in “Sing.” 25+. BEBE BENZENHEIMER: Female. Mezzo. Very insecure about her looks and tries to be funny to cover her insecurities. Feels a little excluded but just wants to be liked. She is quiet, vulnerable and kind. Sings the middle harmony in “At the Ballet.” 18-25. BOBBY MILLS: Male. Baritone. Flamboyant, funny, bitchy, and witty. Very sharp tongued. Covers everything over with a joke; had a very hard childhood. From upstate New York. 25+. CASSIE FERGUSON: Female. Mezzo belt. Returning to the chorus after years of being a featured performer. She is having to humble herself to audition for the chorus again with younger and less experienced dancers. Previously had a relationship with Zach and it did not end well. Seeking a true triple threat performer, as she sings the iconic “The Music and the Mirror.” 30-35. CONNIE WONG: Female. Alto. Experienced dancer. Married. Petite. A bit of a mother hen with a great sense of humor. Born in Chinatown, New York. Should believably play 4’10’’. DIANA MORALES: Female. Mezzo belt. A streetwise Latina who is a little bit tough, and eternal optimist. A determined and athletic dancer from the Bronx. Sings “Nothing,” in which she reveals herself to be funny, charming, and vulnerable. 22-30. DON KERR: Male. Baritone. Ladies’ man, married, and into cars, money, and women. Very sure of himself. All American guy. Cocky because he has worked with Zach before. From Kansas City. GREGORY GARDENER: Male. Baritone. Sassy, Jewish, gay man. Quite a smart-alec and has worked with Zach before. Very East Side New York. 25+. JUDY TURNER: Female. Mezzo. Funny, gawky, nervous. Warm and hopeful. Very awkward except when dancing. Ideally seeking a taller dancer. KRISTINE URICH: Female. Al’s scatter-brained wife who can’t sing. She is awkward, anxious and hilarious. She “speaks” the song “Sing,” but does sing in the ensemble numbers of the show. 18-25. MAGGIE WINSLOW: Female. Mezzo. A sweetheart, little sister type. Dreamer. Fairly experienced dancer from California. Seeking an incredibly warm singer with a mix belt up to E natural for the soaring climax of “At the Ballet.” MARK ANTHONY: Male. Tenor. Optimistic; first-timer; nai?ve but charming. Great dancer and All- American kid. Obsessed with sex. 18. MIKE COSTA: Male. Tenor. Quite aggressive, determined, cocky, sure of himself, but likeable. Tap dancer who worked with Zach before. Experienced; flirtatious. From New Jersey. Must be able to tap. 20-25. PAUL SAN MARCO: Male. Baritone. Introverted and slightly insecure but loves performing; only now starting to feel comfortable about being gay and accepted by his parents. From Spanish Harlem, New York. Friends with Diana. Delivers a beautiful, raw and vulnerable monologue about coming out to his parents. RICHIE WALTERS: Male. Tenor. From Missouri. African-American; strong dancer, enthusiastic, cool and very funny. Likeable and laid back. SHEILA BRYANT: Female. Alto. Oldest dancer on the line. Confident, brassy, sexy, bitchy, and sophisticated. One of the more popular dancers; humorous. Sings the low harmony in “At the Ballet.” 30. VAL CLARK: Female. Mezzo belt. Sexy, sassy, funny. A foul-mouthed but excellent dancer who couldn’t get performing jobs because of her looks until she had plastic surgery. A brazen, direct, attention-seeker from Vermont. Sings the infamous “Dance 10, Looks 3.” _________________ MEMPHIS HUEY: Caucasian, 20-35. Our frenzied, bombastic, motor-mouthed hero who talks his way into becoming a DJ at a local "white" radio station, ignores race barriers and eventually falls in love with Felicia, a talented black singer, which causes a whole new set of problems for him in segregated Memphis. (Vocal range: tenor with a great feel for pop/rock/r&b styles, C3-B4) FELICIA: African-American, 20-35. Beautiful, wide-eyed, and a fiercely gifted singer, follows her heart and falls in love with Huey, despite knowing deep down that a relationship between a white man and a black woman in prejudiced Memphis is doomed. (Vocal range: high R&B belt voice, G3-A5) DELRAY: African-American, 35-45. Felicia’s older brother who owns the club on Beale Street where she sings, realistic, cautious, protective, and aware of the realities of the segregation that exists in Memphis and the world beyond. (Vocal range: baritenor with a great pop/rock/R&B voice, Bb2-Bb4) GLADYS: Caucasian, 45-65) Excellent actor with comic skills, Huey’s stern, traditional blue-collar, southern mother who has worked her entire life to be able to support herself and her son, whom she loves, but about whom she constantly worries. (Vocal range: strong singer with alto-belt mix, B3-A5) GATOR: African-American, 35-45. Works as a bartender at Delray’s, hasn’t spoken since age 5, when he saw his father killed, as the story progresses, he finds his voice again, must be an excellent actor and singer and move well, comic timing a plus. (Vocal Range: great R&B baritenor, F#3-A4) BOBBY: African-American, 20-35, the janitor at Mr. Simmons’s radio station, full of personality and heart, role requires an actor who must dance well, as the character has a dance break in his show-stopping number “Big Love,” comic skills a plus. (Vocal range: great gospel voice, G3-C5) MR. SIMMONS: Caucasian, 40-60, the conservative owner of the radio station where Huey gets his start, a strong, southern, commanding businessman who is willing to take a chance on Huey when he realizes the audience Huey reaches and the money he can command. (Great actor who is comfortable singing.) WAILIN JOE: African-American, 20-40, Wailin’ Joe sings "Scratch My Itch" and is featured in both Act 1 and Act 2, must also dance very well; covers the principal roles of Delray and Bobby. (Vocal Range: excellent tenor voice, Eb3-Gb5) ________________ FLASHDANCE Dance like you’ve never danced before! FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. Based on the Paramount Pictures film (Screenplay by Tom Hedley and Joe Eszterhas, story by Tom Hedley) Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. HARRY: 40s – early 60s. Worn-down, gruff, curmudgeonly (but truly warm-hearted) owner of the bar in which Alex and her friends dance. Working-class Pittsburgh man trying to stay afloat in a tough economy. Baritone. ALEX OWENS: Woman, 19. Fiery, proud. Wry sense of humor. Deeply loyal to her friends and emotionally guarded with men (despite being sexually in command). Tough and has a temper, but also capable of great vulnerability. Steelworker by day and self-styled dancer at night, with a secret dream of something greater. Alex’s energy drives the show. Must be excellent dancer (Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Hip-Hop a plus), dance improvisational skills must be strong. Strong belt voice (solid Bb below middle C, belt to high D, good pop sensibility, needs a smooth transition from pop mix to belt). HANNAH: 70s. Seasoned show business veteran with a tremendous sense of humor and a down-to- earth, take-no-prisoners point of view. Physically in decline, but her spirit, warmth and passion for dancing (and what it means to be a dancer) are undimmed. Should have a background in dance or be a very strong mover. Traditional music theatre character belt, B below middle to C. NICK HURLEY: Man, 30. Confident, intelligent, playful and brash. Heir to a steel dynasty, with a winning swagger that belies a genuine desire to help his workers. Has plans that may be too ambitious to ever be realized. He is also capable — somewhat to his surprise — of falling deeply in love. Strong singer, with good pop sensibility. High baritone with solid Gs, able to float a mixed/head-voice A. C. C.: Late 30s-40s. Slick, morally bankrupt businessman and bar owner with a talent for exploiting vulnerable young women. Also from a working-class background, but happy to use his growing (but corrupt) success to present a slicker, quicker version of himself to the world. Strong baritone with attitude – good pop sensibility, Bb below low C to strong high F. KIKI: African American woman, 20s-30s. Funny, quick-witted, sexy and confident dancer at Harry’s and a close friend to Alex. Must be excellent dancer (Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Hip-Hop a plus). Strong belt with good pop/R&B instincts; must be able to riff; must belt to high D. Range: Bb below middle C to belted high D. TESS: 30s-40s. Sexy dancer at Harry’s who has a long and unhappy history trying to find a man who will take care of her (and support her champagne tastes). Coming to an age where gold-digging is increasingly hard to pull off. She is wry, with a tough veneer, but there is a clear wistfulness and sadness beneath. Must be excellent dancer (Jazz and hip-hop a plus) and strong belt singer – more of a rock sensibility. Range: Bb below middle C to C above middle C. GLORIA: 20s. Alex’s closest friend, a petite, waif-like dancer. Mercurial and sometimes scattered, with a palpable vulnerability that she (barely) covers with a quick wit as she harbors dreams of stardom. Despite working at Harry’s and being around very savvy women, she maintains an innocence that only heightens her ability to be taken advantage of. Must be a good dancer with powerful belt. Needs very good pop sensibility, with strong low chest voice (Bb below middle C) to high Db. Straight tone, seamless transition from mix to belt a must. JIMMY: 20s. Aspiring stand-up comic, marking time working at Harry’s while waiting for the big break. His comedy is eager and endearing, but he uses a Catskills technique which is old-fashioned and makes his chances of success slim. Full of energy and drive. Strong singer – think a young Billy Joel. High bari-tenor; must have solid pop Gs, but also strong low register (low Bb). _____________ SHOW TBD Rehearsal: August 14- August 29 Performance: August 29-September 15 _____________ CHICAGO Set in 1920s Chicago and based on real-life murders and trials, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian star who murders her lover and is arrested, despite her attempts to convince her pushover husband, Amos, to lie for her. In the Cook County Jail, Roxie meets her hero, the famed double-murderess and nightclub performer Velma Kelly. When both acquire the same lawyer, the greedy and lustful superstar, Billy Flynn, tensions come to a head as they vie for the spotlight-- though instead of onstage, they’re mugging for the flashbulb of the newspaper reporters. With catchy, sexy music and timeless lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a funny, intelligent, and utterly engaging book by Kander and Bob Fosse, Chicago is a musical spectacular that is as addictive as gossip rags and as unforgettable as any trial of the century. ROXIE HART: 33 – 45, any ethnicity. An innocent with the ability to murder; sexy; funny. Actress must be a spectacular dancer in the Fosse style, with a big, first-rate Broadway belt voice. VELMA KELLY: 30 – 45, any ethnicity. Sarcastic, extremely sexy, tough, funny murderer with a keen eye for publicity. Actress must be a spectacular dancer in the Fosse style, with a big, first-rate Broadway belt voice. BILLY FLYNN: 38 - 60, any ethnicity. Suave, educated lawyer who can talk and wheedle and persuade anyone to do anything - - his clients literally get away with murder. Sexy, handsome, charming, masculine. Actor must have a wonderful baritone voice and move well. AMOS HART: 38 - 58, any ethnicity. Charming, funny, vulnerable milquetoast of a man, so in love with his wife that he would mortgage anything to pay for her outrageous extravagances. Actor must sing well and be physically adept; a comic-sad character actor. MATRON “MAMA” MORTON: 37 - 55, any ethnicity. Role requires a great belt voice and a sexy, funny, powerful and tough character actress. MARY SUNSHINE: Any age, any ethnicity. Male soprano or countertenor who can sing LEGITIMATELY up to a high B flat. Acts like a good natured talk show hostess, but is actually a high- powered gossip columnist. Actor must be a good comedian and a GREAT legit singer. _______________ TBD- Holiday Rehearsal: November 27- December 12 Performance: December 12- December 29


Stages St. Louis 2018 Season - Open - Dancers
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Region: Eastern

Seeking:Dance Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): Males & Females, 18-40, female ensemble dancers who sing: 5'3''-5'8'', all ethnic backgrounds; male ensemble dancers who sing: 5'9'' and up, all ethnic backgrounds.


Unexpected Joy - EPA - Singers
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Seeking:Joy: Female, late 50s-60; a baby boomer of great warmth; she is a folk/rock star from the late 1960s and beyond; half of the successful rock group “Jump and Joy” but Jump, who was also her life partner (who didn’t marry her), has left this world; an off-beat Bohemian who has always marched to the beat of her own drummer; Joy loves life and music, her daughter and her granddaughter; she likes Lou; a lot; great vocalist; think Grace Slick or Annie Lennox for her vocal sound. Rachel: Female, late 30s-40; Joy’s only child, who rebelled against her parents’ hippie-musician free-love lifestyle and married an evangelical televangelist, on whose very successful show she frequently sings; she has kept her distance from her mother and is sincere about her faith and raising her daughter in it; her mom marrying another woman is not a good thing for her, nor have many things been good for her in her eyes regarding the way she was raised; Rachel loves righteousness; great voice, mostly used for her church in Oklahoma; Strong gospel belt to Db; role requires strong comedic ability. Tamara: Female, 17-18 (must be able to believably play 17-18); Rachel’s daughter who has just graduated from high school; She loves rock and roll and rebellion. She has started writing and performing her own music which she won’t share with her mother because it’s not at all what her parents feature on their TV show; she is a typical teenager, and fighting the life in the church; she adores her grandmother and dreams of being a professional musician; ability to play guitar a plus; hard rock voice belt to E. Lou: Female, 30s-60; Joy’s “unexpected” girlfriend; an African-American blues and R&B singer who records on an independent label; an unapologetic lesbian and activist, she wants Joy to marry her partly to make a political statement; Lou loves Joy, and is ready to take on the issues that Joy’s family bring along; easy sense of humor; ability to vocally improvise and handle blues-y vocal licks; great voice; belts to high E.


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