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Palo Alto Players announces general musical auditions for their 2017-18 Season!

 

 

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In the 2017-18 Season, Palo Alto Players will be presenting three full-scale musical productions.  They are as follows:
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
September 16 - October 1, 2017 (preview September 15)
Rehearsals tentatively set to begin at the end of July 2017.
Director: TBA
Music Director: Lane Sanders
 
PETER PAN
Musical Based on the Play by James M. Barrie
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Mark Charlap
Additional Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
November 4 - 19, 2017 (preview November 3)
Rehearsals tentatively set to begin mid-September 2017.
Director/Choreographer: Janie Scott
Music Director: Lauren Bevilacqua (tentative)
 
ROCK OF AGES
Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp
April 28 - May 13, 2018 (preview April 27)
Rehearsals tentatively set to begin at the end of February 2018.
Director/Choreographer: Janie Scott
Music Director: Lauren Bevilacqua (tentative)
 
General Auditions for the three musicals will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:30am – 7:30pm, and Monday, March 13 from 6pm – 10pm at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto. Callbacks will be scheduled on a show by show basis. All adult performers receive a stipend, all roles non-AEA.  All roles available.
 
Each person will have up to 3 minutes to audition.  You may choose to sing from one or more songs.  Please bring sheet music in the correct key.  An accompanist will be provided, no tapes or recordings please.
 
There are varying levels of movement required for the three musicals, but EACH PERSON AUDITIONING MUST ATTEND A DANCE CALL.  The calls are set up as follows: 

Saturday 3/11, anyone with a vocal audition scheduled from 9:30am-1:30pm will dance from 1:30pm-2:30pm
Saturday 3/11, anyone with a vocal audition scheduled from 2:45pm- 6:30pm will dance from 6:30pm-7:30pm.  
Monday 3/13, everyone with a vocal audition will dance from 9-10pm.
 
We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE anyone interested in participating in our season to attend the auditions in person.  However, we recognize that may not be an option in some cases.  If you are not able to attend the general auditions, please submit a video audition, along with your headshot and resume, to auditions@paplayers.org.  Video submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes, and should be received by 5pm on Monday, 3/13.
 
 
 
SHOWS AND AVAILABLE ROLES:
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the high voltage Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the phenomenal true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night of musical magic.  Come inside the famed Sun Records recording studio for a night of rockabilly ruckus that explodes off the stage, featuring 21 timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Fever,” and “Hound Dog.”
Actors interested in Jerry Lee must accompany himself on piano at his audition; Elvis, Johnny, or Carl must accompany themselves on guitar at their auditions.

ROLES:
JERRY LEE LEWIS*
Rock ‘n’ Roll’s legendary piano prodigy and celebrated Last Standing Man.
Gender:  Male;  Age: mid 20’s
Vocal Range: D4 – C6
 
SAM PHILLIPS
The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll and founder of Sun Records; discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and many others, including Roy Orbison, and B.B. King. A towering and charismatic figure in American music.
Gender: Male;  Age: 33 (non singing)
 
CARL PERKINS*
Lead guitar player, the first poet of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Gender: Male;  Age: 24
Vocal Range: D3 – C6
 
JOHNNY CASH*
Guitar Player, a giant of American music at that dawn of his epic career.
Gender: Male;  Age: 24
Vocal Range: D3 – G#5
 
DYANNE
An aspiring singer, Elvis’s girlfriend
Gender: Female;  Age: mid 20’s
Vocal Range: A3 – D5
 
ELVIS PRESLEY*
Guitar, the first and still undisputed King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Gender: Male;  Age: 21
Vocal Range: A3 – C6

*Actors interested in Jerry Lee must accompany himself on piano at his audition; Elvis, Johnny, or Carl must accompany themselves on guitar at their auditions.
 
 
PETER PAN
 
Just in time for the holidays!  Fly along with that mischievous sprite to the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning, but watch out for the loony lost boys, precocious pirates, and a carnivorous crocodile along the way.  One of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, PETER PAN has more than a sprinkling of Tinker Bell’s fairy dust to muster its magic, with unforgettable songs including “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I Gotta Crow.”  Our annual family offering will surely “hook” all those who truly believe!
 
ROLES:
 
Wendy Darling
The eldest Darling child. Wendy is compassionate, incredibly loving, and very protective of her younger brothers. She is the child every parent wishes they had.
Gender: Female
Age: Reads 12 to 14
Vocal range: A3-D5
 
John Napoleon Darling
The middle Darling child. A sly smile is always at home on John's face. He has a mischievous twinkle in his eye and is always ready for an adventure.
Gender: Male
Age: reads 11 to 12
Vocal range: A2-D4
 
Michael Darling
The youngest Darling child. Never far from his favorite Teddy, Michael is sweet and innocent. He is ever so lovable and very huggable.
Gender: Male
Age: reads 6 to 9
Vocal range top: A2-D4
 
Mrs. Darling
The Darling matriarch. Mrs. Darling glides about gently but swiftly from task to task with motherly precision. She has a pleasant strength to her demeanor.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: D4-C5
 
Mr. Darling
A bit of grouch, Mr. Darling is a professional who happens to be a father. Though sparkles of his love peak through from time to time, he often has places to go and people to see. He may be of imposing size.  May double as Captain Hook.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: C3-E4
 
Peter Pan
Childhood and boyishness personified, Peter is athletic and not shy about taking to flight when the moment suits him. His reflexes are catlike and his presence exhilarating. A creature of constant motion.
Gender: Male or female
Age: read 14
Vocal range top: Eb2-C4
 
Captain Hook
The one-handed captain of the Jolly-Roger. Relentless and restless in his pursuit of Pan, Hook is short-fused and ridiculous. He is a larger than life villain. May double as Mr. Darling
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: C#3-F#4
 
Smee
Captain Hook's knockabout lackey. An archetypical evil side-kick, Smee might be a bit rotund and is definitely dwarfed by Hook. Should be portrayed by an actor with physical comedy chops.
Gender: Male
Age: 28 to 48
Vocal range top: D3-F#4
 
Tiger Lily
A striking Native princess, Tiger Lily is a tough girl and an excellent dancer. She should command the stage when taking it and move about it as would mist.
Gender: Female
Age: read 14 to 17
Vocal range top: Ab3-C5
 
The Lost Boys
Peter Pan’s crew of wiley orphans.
Gender: Male (may cast females to play males)
Age: read 9 to 15 (actors over 15 who look young are strongly encouraged to audition)
 
Ensemble
Natives; Pirates; Various Animals
 
 
 
ROCK OF AGES
 
We’re going back to a sexier time - The Reagan Era - and the party has been raging hard in Hollywood.  Aqua net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary rock venues.  Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and perspiring janitor) Drew, a boy from South Detroit, longs to become the next Bon Jovi.  He gets his chance, but not before falling for a small town girl, Sherrie.  But all good times must come to an end…or must they?   One of the longest running shows in recent Broadway history, the Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES features 28 eyebrow-scorching hits from Journey, Styx, Poison, and many other monster bands of the 80’s.
 
ROLES:
 
DREW
An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice.
Gender: Male
Age: read 21-28
Vocal Range: Bb3-D5
 
SHERRIE
Caucasian female, pretty, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good movement ability. Should be comfortable in revealing/skimpy clothing.
Gender: Female
Age: 21-28
Vocal Range: G3-F5
 
LONNY
The narrator of the piece, charming, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, a guy who would be fun to spend one drunken night with. Strong, honest comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals.
Gender: Male
Age: 25-40
Vocal Range: D3-D5
 
DENNIS DUPREE
Classic stoner type guy who runs the famous Bourbon Room club. Very strong comedic timing. A laid back, easy going dude. Bari-tenor rock vocals.
Gender: Male
Age: 35-45
Vocal Range: D3-G4
 
STACEE JAXX
Self important rock star, confident and intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice.
Gender: Male
Age: 24-30
Vocal Range: C3-Eb5
 
JUSTICE
Strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a strip club.  Strong, soulful vocals and belt needed.
Gender: Female
Age: 30-45
Vocal Range: G3-Db5
 
HERTZ KLINEMANN
An attractive older German. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessperson. The bad guy of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals.
Gender: Male (may be played by female)
Age: 40-55
Vocal Range: F3-G#4
 
FRANZ KLINEMANN
Hertz’s son, young German. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Strong vocals and comedic timing.
Gender: Male
Age: 21-28
Vocal Range: Db3-E5
 
REGINA
A fun, earthy girl who fights against the attempted take over of The Strip. Strong comedic timing, belt vocals and comfortable in revealing clothing.
Gender: Female
Age: 24-32
Vocal Range: A3-Eb5
 
ENSEMBLE
We are looking for an ensemble to form the company in the show, and to play a number of smaller parts in the piece.  We are looking for excellent singers, dancers and actors that will play a variety of roles including rockers, dancers, waiters, strippers, groupies, Sherrie’s parents…LOTS to get involved in!

 


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