Auditions for A NEW BRAIN

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Fine community theater in Florissant, MO

Hawthorne Players announces auditions for A New Brain by William Finn & James Lapine, directed by Stephen Peirick.

A New Brain will open Hawthorne Players 2019 season, running for five performances, April 5 – 14, 2019 at the Florissant Civic Center.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 4 – 8:30 p.m., also at the Florissant Civic Center, 1 James J. Eagan Dr., Florissant, MO 63033.

Callbacks, if needed, will be on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 from 7 – 10 p.m., at the same location.

By the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos, A New Brain is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog – Mr. Bungee – and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable, and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce.

Those wishing to audition are asked to prepare 32 bars from a musical other than A New Brain. Please bring sheet music in your key and be prepared to sing up to 32 measures.  An accompanist will be provided.   A cappella auditions are not permitted. It is strongly recommended to be familiar with the show before auditioning. At check-in, those auditioning will select a monologue for a character of their choice from A New Brain to perform along with their audition song. (You will be reading the monologue from the page/sides will be provided.) If cast, you will be required to join Hawthorne Players, if not already a member, which requires a $20 dues payment for an individual or $30 for a family. Lastly, those wishing to audition may sign up for a time slot by visiting Hawthorne Players website at

If you wish to audition and absolutely cannot make an audition time on Nov. 4, please contact director Stephen Peirick by email at before Nov. 4 to discuss a possible video audition. If you can make auditions but cannot make callbacks, please let the director know that in advance. Please make sure you’re available for all performances and for all of tech week (beginning March 31) before auditioning.

All roles are open to non-union actors of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. Hawthorne Players encourages performers of diverse backgrounds and abilities to audition for our productions. Hawthorne Players is a community theatre and, as such, all roles are volunteer, unpaid positions.

Women’s Roles:

Homeless Woman: 25-65, strong actor/singer, intelligent, caring, yet rough around the edges, 25 to 65, Mezzo Belt (F3 to Eb5)

Rhoda: 25-45, strong actor/singer, Gordon’s agent and best friend, 25-40, Mezzo/Soprano (A3 to E5)

Waitress: 25-45, strong actor/singer, a waitress who is just a bit “much” Soprano (A3 to G5) *One actress may be cast as both Waitress and Nancy D

Nancy D: 20-45, strong actor/singer, a mean nurse, Soprano (A3 to G5) *One actress may be cast as both Nancy D and Waitress

Mimi Schwinn: 50-70, strong actor/singer, Gordon’s loving yet slightly unstable mother, Mezzo/Alto (F#3 – C#5)

Men’s Roles:

Gordon Schwinn: 25-35, strong actor/singer, a lovable but sarcastic composer, working on music for Mr. Bungee’s TV show, Tenor (G2-G4)

Mr. Bungee: 35-55, strong comedic actor/singer, the slightly tyrannical director/producer/star of his own children’s TV show; a frog, Baritone (B2-G4)

Richard: 20-55, strong comedic actor/singer, a heavy-set, kind and compassionate nurse, fun and flamboyant, Baritone (G2 to G4)

Dr. Berensteiner: 45-65, strong actor/singer, Gordon’s doctor, Baritone (G2 to E4)

The Minister: 30-65, strong actor/singer, a somewhat clueless man of the cloth at the hospital, Tenor (C3 to A4)

Roger: 28-45, strong actor/singer, Gordon’s handsome, charming and affectionate boyfriend, Baritone (A2 to G4)

Thank you for your interest in A New Brain by William Finn & James Lapine with Hawthorne Players. We look forward to seeing you at auditions!

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