Audition announcement for [title of show]
Music & Lyrics by JEFF BOWEN
Book by HUNTER BELL
Directed & Music Directed by DAVID ANCTIL
Choreographed by FAITH FERNANDES
SHOW DATES: October 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23
Auditions will be held in-person on Sunday, August 1 and Monday, August 2 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Brookfield Theatre, 184 Whisconier Rd. in Brookfield, CT. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. If interested in auditioning, please complete this form so we can be sure to not overcrowd our lobby during auditions. Brookfield Theatre’s audition forms are located here and can be completed either in advance or upon arrival
Please come prepared with an approximately one-minute cut of a musical theatre song that shows off your range. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. You will be given a side to read during auditions. All cast in the show are expected to be vaccinated by the start of rehearsals (late August) if they are able.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival; however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. “[title of show]” – taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the title of show – follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists as they continue to grow and expand the production. “[title of show]” is, above all, a love letter to the musical theater: a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration.
All auditioning should be able to play late twenties/early thirties and should be vocally strong and comfortable holding their own part in 4-part harmonies; there are no ensemble roles. Folks of diverse race/ethnicity, gender expression, and body type are encouraged to audition. Jeff, Hunter, and Heidi should ideally be comfortable being shirtless (Heidi in a bra) on stage for a brief moment.
JEFF (30-ish; baritenor; full voice to A#4)
Jeff is the composer and lyricist of the team. He is a Broadway enthusiast who especially likes obscure musicals, collects Playbills from shows that ran 50 shows or less, and loves bird watching, computer games, and comic book heroes – especially Wonder Woman. Jeff is a realist; while he has a passion for creating, he worries about what others will think of his work. He exudes a softness (personality? physicality?) while still being smart, fun, funny, and principled, even if a bit naïve. Baritenor/tenor to sing full voice to A#4.
HUNTER (30-ish; tenor; full voice to a B4)
Hunter is the show’s book writer. He dreams about making it to Broadway and one day winning a Tony Award, enjoys watching trashy reality television and 1980s mega musicals, gets sweaty under his left armpit when nervous, and is often a little too eager to please. Hunter is quick-witted and goofy, but also shows moments of vulnerability and sincerity. Tenor to sing full voice up to B4.
HEIDI (30-ish; mezzo w/ belt; belt up to D5)
Heidi is Jeff’s friend who moved to NYC to pursue her dreams of being an actress. She’s had the most Broadway experience with ensemble and understudy roles, but hasn’t had her big break yet. The “new girl” in the group. Because of her commitment understudying for an upcoming Broadway production, she finds it hard to fully commit to the musical, causing tension in the group. Heidi is a really good singer. Mezzo who can belt up to a D5, with a strong and versatile voice in both lower and higher ranges.
SUSAN (30-ish; alto/mezzo)
Susan is Hunter’s friend – she is quirky, kooky, and truly an individual; a ‘downtown’ artist who portrays the reality for many in the performing arts industry, maintaining a day job to support her artistic endeavors. Susan enjoys turkey burgers, encouraging others to achieve their creative potential (aka killing vampires) and spending time with her friends Hunter and Jeff (though she is at first reluctant about being friends with the new girl, Heidi). She has some doubts about her singing ability, but should have a strong alto/mezzo voice.