Open Playhouse at Westport casting for 2 shows

at Playhouse at Westport Plaza in St. Louis County, MO

The Playhouse at Westport Plaza will be holding local Equity and non-Equity auditions for Church Basement Ladies, Away in a Basement and Avenue Q.
Please sing one short comedic contemporary musical theatre song. Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music in appropriate key. You may be asked to sing something else, so please bring your book.
All auditions will take place at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza.
635 Westport Plz, St Louis, MO 63146
May 21, 6:00-9:00pm-Equity Principles
May 22, 6:00-9:00pm-Non-Equity Principles
May 23- callbacks (There may be additional callbacks scheduled for a later date.)
Please email Lee Anne Mathews at lamathews@aol.com for an audition appointment. Please put WESTPORT AUDITION on the subject line.

Breakdowns and further information below

Church Basement Ladies, Away in A Basement
Director- Emily Clinger
Assistant Director- Lee Anne Mathews
Musical Director- Joe Dreyer
rehearsals start Oct 14, performances Nov 7, 2018 - January 6, 2018
Week 1 performance schedule: Wed@7:30pm, Thurs@2pm/7:30pm, Fri @2pm, Sat @ 2pm/7:30pm, Sun@2.
performance schedule for rest of run: Tues@2pm, Wed@10am/3pm, Thur@2pm, Fri@2pm, Sat@10am/3pm, Sun@2pm
LOA referencing SPT 10, min. $664/wk

Avenue Q -
Director- Nancy Bell
Musical Director- Charlie Mueller
rehearsals begin Approx. Jan 2
performances - Jan 25 - March 3 with possible extension.
performance schedule - Wed, Thurs, & Fri @7:30, Saturday@2/7:30, Sun @2pm.
contract LOA ref. SPT 6, min. $430 per wk.

Church Basement Ladies Casting Breakdown
This comedy takes place on December 19th, 1959, in the basement kitchen of a Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. Seeking one man and three women (and 2 swings) for the following roles:

The Pastor – Of indeterminate age. He has been the Pastor at this church for some time. The ladies have a great deal of respect for him. He is a nice man, if not a terribly dynamic preacher. He lives a life of service and humility. Bari/tenor.

Beverly Signe Engelson – Blonde, able to play age 15. She will be confirmed this year and can’t wait to finally be “an adult.” She has grown up in this kitchen and has a great deal of affection for the women of the basement, but as a typical teenager, is embarrassed by everything her mom says and does. Although she is strong willed, she has a good head on her shoulders. Soprano/Mezzo.

Vivian Snustad, also known as The Widow Snustad – Late 50’s/early 60’s. Her husband died very early in their marriage and she has remained faithful to him. She is the matriarch of the kitchen and holds tightly to tradition with both hands. However, as she is getting older, she is starting to lose control of the kitchen, and that bothers her. Soprano/Mezzo.

Mavis Gilmerson – Late 40’s/early 50’s. She is an able bodied farm wife. She is extremely good-natured and often tries to dispel any tension in the kitchen by changing the subject or telling a joke. She knows the lineage of every family in town, and is always willing to pitch in and fix someone’s tractor, peel a potato, or scrub the lutefisk pot. She believes hard work is good for the soul. Alto.

AVENUE Q casting Breakdown

Seeking strong singer/actor/movers with excellent comic timing, ability to play multiple characters and execute/learn puppetry. Contemporary musical theatre style with pop flair. We will also be hiring 3 swings.

Princeton/Rod: 20’s. Princeton: He is sweet, charming, cute and sincere. Rod: A conservative, uptight investment banker who is a closeted homosexual. Up to high G.

Nicky/Trekkie Monster/Bad Idea Bear: 20’s-30’s. Nicky: An unemployed cute, 20-something slacker. Trekkie Monster: An odd monster who has a big heart and a secret fortune. Bear: A cute and charming little boy bear who is a terrible influence on Princeton. Up to high A.

Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut: 20’s-30’s. Kate Monster: A sweet kindergarten teacher who has a feisty and opinionated monster side. Lucy: A vixenish vamp who sings in the local cafe. Soprano/Belter to F.

Mrs. T/Bad Idea Bear/Ensemble: 20’s-30’s. Mrs. T: An old spinster teacher who is bitter and conservative. Bear: A cute and charming little girl bear who is a bad influence on Princeton. Mezzo to D.

Christmas Eve: 20’s-30’s. Asian. Smart, blunt and edgy, with a soft side that is nurturing and kind. Strong belt to E flat.

Brian: 20’s-30’s. Laid back, wannabe comedian who doesn’t mind being unemployed. Baritone to F.

Gary Coleman: 20’s-40’s. African American. Former celebrity who is funny, sardonic and has a vivid presence. Alto low D to B flat.

Theater Personnel
Paul Emery-Producer
Cassie Goldbach- Director of Production
Lee Anne Mathews- Associate Artistic Director

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The associate artistic director will run all aspects of this audition.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

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