Adult Auditions for
the 2016-2017 Season
Equity Performer Auditions
(Principal & Chorus) by Appointment
Ocean State Theatre Company announces Open Equity and Non-Equity Adult Auditions for its 2016-17 Season at its state-of-the-art theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI on Monday, July 10, Tuesday, Juy 11 and Wednesday, July 12, 2016. Performers must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. Local talent is strongly encouraged to audition. All roles are open for the following productions:
Billy Elliot: The Musical
Day and evening rehearsals/performances September 13 – October 23, 2016
*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singer, some need to dance well others need to move well. Ensemble must be strong dancer/singers. Geordie accent required for principal roles. Many small roles will be cast from the ensemble. Please see website for casting breakdown.
Doubt: A Parable
Day and evening rehearsals/performances October 18 – November 20, 2016
Day and evening rehearsals/performances November 14 – December 24, 2016
*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singer, some need to dance well others need to move well. Ensemble must be strong actor/singers who move well or strong dancer/singers. Many small roles will be cast from the ensemble. Please see website for casting breakdown.
Day and evening rehearsals/performances January 10 – February 12, 2017
Day and evening rehearsals/performances February 14 – March 19, 2017
*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singers who move well.
Inherit the Wind
Day and evening rehearsals/performances March 14 – April 16, 2017
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Day and evening rehearsals/performances April 11 – May 21, 2017
*Note: All roles must be very strong singer/actors, , some need to dance well others need to move well. Ensemble must be strong dancer/singers. Many small roles will be cast from the ensemble.
Monday, July 11
10 am - 12 noon – Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)
12 noon – 4 pm – Singing auditions (4-5 pm lunch)
5 pm – Dance auditions begin
7 – 9 pm - Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)
Tuesday, July 12
10 am - 2 pm Singing Auditions (2-3 pm lunch)
3 pm – Dance auditions begin
5 - 6 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)
Wednesday, July 13
10 am – 2 pm Singing Auditions (2-3 pm lunch)
3 pm Dance auditions begin
Auditions will be held at Ocean State Theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI. Those auditioning should enter through the main lobby doors and bring their headshot or a recent photo and resume securely stapled together (back to back).
Acting auditions: Please prepare two brief contrasting contemporary monologues. Note that there may be time to perform one selection only. Some may be asked to stay for cold readings. If interested in auditioning for singing and acting roles, please prepare one brief song and one brief contemporary monologue and attend the “singing” audition time-frame. No accompanist will be provided during the Acting Auditions.
Singing auditions: Please prepare two brief songs (one up-tempo and one ballad). Note that there may be time to perform one selection only. If interested in auditioning for singing and acting roles, please prepare one brief song and one brief contemporary monologue and attend the “singing” audition time-frame. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but will not transpose. No a cappella, tape recorders or CD players accepted. Some may be asked to stay for the dance call. Bring appropriate dancewear and (if you have them) “dance” shoes.
Dance auditions: Please be warmed up and ready to dance when the call begins. Wear appropriate dancewear and have ballet, tap, and character shoes. Some may be asked to stay and sing after all have danced. Please prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo musical theatre song. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but will not transpose. No a cappella, tape recorders or CD players accepted.
No appointments necessary. Members of Actors’ Equity may call to schedule a singing and/or acting appointment, please email Robert.Miller@ostcri.org. Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout each audition day, as time permits on a first-come first-served basis. No appointment needed for dance audition. No appointments will be given to non-union actors. Doors open one hour before each audition.
There are no NYC auditions scheduled at this time. Additional information, character breakdowns and directions are available at www.OceanStateTheatre.org.
The theatre is required to hire a minimum of three members of Actors’ Equity Association for each show.
In both chorus musicals, an additional minimum of two chorus contracts are required.
All ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to attend this audition.
BILLY ELLIOT – Music by Elton John; Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall.
Director: Amiee Turner; Choreographer: TBD; Musical Director: John Jay Espino
1st rehearsal: September 13, 2016; 1st PPP: September 28, 2016; Closes: October 23, 2016
DAD: MALE. Age: 40 to 55. Vocal range: A2 - Eb4. Billy's stoic father. A widowed miner struggling with maintaining a household in lieu of a work strike, he is still deeply scarred by the death of his wife. Billy's dancing initially sends him into a rage but he learns to support his son. Geordie accent required.
TONY: MALE. Age: 18 to 25. Vocal range: D3 - F4. Billy's brother. A lazy but passionate miner. Hotheaded and scrappy with seemingly no regard of respect for his father, although he shares his father’s disapproval of dance. Geordie accent required.
GRANDMA: FEMALE. Age: 60 to 70. Vocal range: F#3 - F#4. Billy's very eccentric grandmother. She is forgetful and a little aloof. Despite her inattention, she harbors a humorously bitter resentment towards her dead abusive husband but has found solace through dance. Geordie accent required.
MRS. WILKINSON: FEMALE. Age: 40 to 50. Vocal range: Gb3 - Bb5. The local ballet teacher who eventually becomes Billy's mentor. Hardened and mouthy, she actually has capacity for caring when she sees promise in Billy. Believes in the power of personal expression through dance. Needs a solid actress with comic chops. Geordie accent required.
ADULT ENSEMBLE: 8-10 MALE and 4-5 FEMALE. Age: 25-45. All vocal types. Ensemble will play Miners , Police Officers, Royal Ballet School Members. All smaller roles and understudies will be cast from the ensemble.
DOUBT: A PARABLE: By John Patrick Shanley. Director: TBD
1st rehearsal: October 18, 2016; 1st PPP: November 2, 2016; Closes: November 20, 2016
SISTER ALOYSIUS BEAUVIER: FEMALE. Age: 45-65. The head nun and principal of St Nicholas School. Driven by a high sense of duty but rigid and conservative. Deeply suspicious of Father Flynn but bound by duty to the hierarchy of Catholicism and bound by gender to its patriarchal ways.
FATHER BRENDAN FLYNN: MALE. Age: 35-50. A middle-career priest. Although he has bounced around from congregation to congregation, he is well liked, articulate and personable.
SISTER JAMES: FEMALE. Age: 20 – 30. A young impressionable nun. Enthusiastic but inexperienced teacher. Caught between her intellect and feelings as well as between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn.
MRS. MULLER: AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE. Age: 30 – 40. The mother of Donald Muller, an introverted and somewhat effeminate boy who is also the first black student after transferring from the public schools.
WHITE CHRISTMAS – Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Book by David Ives and Paul Blake.
Director: TBD; Choreographer: TBD; Musical Director: TBD
1st rehearsal: November 14, 2016; 1st paid public performance: November 30, 2016; Closes: December 24, 2016 (Possible extension to January 1, 2017.)
BOB WALLACE: MALE. Age: 30 – 40. Vocal range: Baritone. Played by Bing Crosby in the movie, Bob is charismatic, practical, and an impressive singer in the crooner style who is also a very strong mover/dancer. The guiding force behind the song and dance team Wallace and Davis.
PHIL DAVIS: MALE. Age: 30 – 40. Vocal range: Bari-Tenor. Played by Danny Kaye in the movie, Phil is a strong song-and-dance comic performer. Must be a strong solo tapper. The fun loving side of the song and dance team Wallace and Davis.
BETTY HAYES: FEMALE. Age: 30 – 40. Vocal range: Chest mix with Soprano extension. Played by Rosemary Clooney in the movie, Betty is a female singer in the crooner style with a sense of quiet beauty and charm. Must be a strong mover/dancer. The sensible, responsible half of the up and coming act The Hayes Sisters.
JUDY HAYES: FEMALE. Age: 25 – 35. Vocal range: Chest mix. Played by Vera-Ellen in the movie, Judy is a major song and dance performer with a flirty and youthful sensibility. Must be equally strong in jazz and tap. The adorable, spirited half of the up and coming act The Hayes Sisters.
GENERAL HENRY WAVERLY: MALE. Age: 50 – 65. Vocal range: Baritone. A retired US Army General still adjusting to civilian life. He now runs an Inn in Vermont. Beneath his curmudgeonly exterior lies a heart of gold. Limited singing.
MARTHA WATSON: FEMALE. Age: 40 – 60. Vocal range: Mezzo with a strong belt. Once a Broadway star, now the General’s housekeeper at the Inn. She is an irrepressible meddler
ENSEMBLE: MALE and FEMALE. Age: 25-50. All vocal types. Looking for a diverse cross-section of energetic and charismatic actors/singers of all ages who move well or dance very well with broad vocal range. There is a very large ensemble (15-20) in this show. Every ensemble member will play many small parts and characters including Ralph Sheldrake, Rita and Rhoda, Ezekiel Foster, Club-goers, stage managers, show girls, agents, soldiers, television execs, towns people, etc., etc., etc.
BORN YESTERDAY: By Garson Kanin. Director: TBD
1st rehearsal: January 10, 2017. 1st PPP: January 25, 2017. Closes: February 12, 2017.
BILLIE DAWN: FEMALE. Age: 30’s. A charming but poorly educated ex-chorus girl, Billie Dawn is entirely lacking in social graces. Her natural honesty and desire to improve her lot in life, however, soon cause her to experience a wonderful transformation. Must be a stellar comedic actress.
HARRY BROCK: MALE. Age: 50’s. A vulgar and egotistical junkman, Harry Brock has come to Washington full of fraudulent schemes. Loud and abusive of those around him, he soon finds his crooked machinations going awry when he crosses her. Must be able to be loud and intimidating but understand comic timing.
PAUL VERRALL: MALE. Age: 30 - 40. A movie-star-handsome, idealistic reporter, Paul Verrall has been investigating political skullduggery in Washington. He is hired by Harry Brock to educate Billie Dawn and eventually sees past her rough exterior and falls in love with her.
ED DEVERY: MALE. Age: 50’s. Harry Brock’s lawyer, thirty years ago Ed Devery was considered a man destined for greatness. Now, with Brock as his only client, the future looks far less bright—but with a salary of $100,000 a year and plenty of fine Scotch, Devery is past caring.
SENATOR NORVAL HEDGES: MALE. Age: 60’s. Pale, thin, and worn down at sixty years old, Senator Norval Hedges is a nervous politician currently on the payroll of Harry Brock, who plans on using the senator for his own means.
MRS. HEDGES: FEMALE. Age: 50’s. The typical political wife of Senator Norval Hedges.
EDDIE BROCK: MALE. Age: 40’s. Brother of Harry, Eddie Brock often handles the little details of his older brother’s business, “greasing the wheels,” as it were, with tips and pay-offs.
THE ASSISTANT MANAGER: MALE. Age: 30 - 40. Very professional. Knows who to keep from noticing anything his wealthier customers are up to.
HELEN: FEMALE. Age: 30’s. A maid in the Washington hotel. Will play other roles as well.
BELLHOP: MALE. Age: 30’s. A bellhop in the Washington hotel. Will play other roles as well
LITTLE WOMEN:By Allan Knee. Music by Jason Howland. Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.
Director: TBD; Music Director: Esther Zabinski.
1st rehearsal: February 14, 2017. 1st PPP: March 1, 2017. Closes: March 19, 2017
JO MARCH: FEMALE. Age: 20’s. Vocal range: E3 – A5. The protagonist of the story. Passionate, adventurous, spunky, and brave, she has the idea of writing Little Women and eventually becomes engaged to Professor Bhaer.
MEG MARCH: FEMALE. Age: 20’s. Vocal range: A#3 – Gb5. The world-weary, yet hopeful, oldest sister who yearns for a great life. She marries John and has twins with him. Will double as other character(s).
BETH MARCH: FEMALE. Age: Early 20’s. Vocal Range: A3 – G5. The second youngest sister who is the peace-maker, lover, and an optimist who is always encouraging her sisters to dream. Will double as other character(s).
AMY MARCH: FEMALE. Age; Early 20’s. Vocal range: -1-Gb5. The youngest, most energetic sister with a rather pompous air about her. Will double as other character(s).
MARMEE MARCH: FEMALE. Age: 40’s. Vocal range: Eb3 – Eb5. The girls' mother. She is the strong backbone of the family, who is courageous in spite of the difficult odds she faces. Will double as other character(s).
PROFESSOR BHAER: MALE. Age range: 30’s. Vocal range: G2 – F#4. German Professor who exemplifies proper manners. He is a boarder in Mrs. Kirk's boarding house and eventually falls in love with Jo.
LAURIE LAURENCE: MALE. Age: 20’s. Vocal range: Bb2 – Bb4. The bright-eyed boy-next-door with considerable charm. He loves Jo but later ultimately falls in love with Amy.
AUNT MARCH: FEMALE. Age: 50-60. Vocal range: E3 – F5. A formidable, over-bearing matron and great-aunt to the March sisters. The wealthy socialite in town. Will double as other character(s).
MR JOHN BROOKS: MALE. Age: 30’s. Vocal range: C#3 - F#4. Laurie's tutor and a rather stiff man; shows very little emotion. He later marries Meg and changes.
INHERIT THE WIND: Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Director: Fred Sullivan Jr.
1st rehearsal: March 14, 2017. 1st PPP: March 29, 2017. Closes: April 16, 2017.
MATTHEW HARRISON BRADY: MALE. Age: 50-60. A three-time presidential candidate and famous attorney. He is a Populist and a mesmerizing, dynamic orator. Based on William Jennings Bryan.
HENRY DRUMMOND: MALE. Age: 50-60. Another nationally known attorney who was once Brady's closest friend and political confidante. A great mind. A thoughtful and witty humanist. Based on Clarence Darrow.
BERTRAM CATES: MALE. Age: 25-30. A Hillsboro high school teacher who has taught the theory of evolution in violation of a state law banning its teaching in classrooms.
E. K. HORNBECK: MALE. Age: 35-45. A reporter for the fictional Baltimore Herald newspaper. He is a cynical, humorous and sarcastic observer of human hypocricy; and deeply opposed to religious belief. Based on H L Menken.
REVEREND JEREMIAH BROWN: MALE. Age: 40-55. A fire and brimstone fundamentalist Protestant Christian preacher of indeterminate denomination who believes in Biblical literalism. He is widowed, and has a daughter.
THE JUDGE: MALE. Age: 50’s. A local county court judge who is subtly sympathetic to Rev. Brown's views.
TOM DAVENPORT: MALE. Age: 35 - 45. The local district attorney who prosecutes Bertram Cates.
THE MAYOR: MALE. Age: 40 - 60. The top elected official of Hillsboro who is openly supportive of the Rev. Brown but also deeply political and concerned about the economic future of his town.
ADULT ENSEMBLE: MALE and FEMALE. Age: 25-50. Looking for a diverse, cross-section of talented actors to play multiple roles in a very large ensemble. Every ensemble member will play several smaller roles and characters including Rachel Brown, Sam Meeker, Sarah Brady, Mrs. Krebs, Mr. Bannister, Harry Esterbrook, etc., etc., etc.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE : Written by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan. New Music by Jeanine Tesori. New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan.
Director/Choreographer: TBD; Music Director: Esther Zabinski
1st rehearsal: April 11, 2017. 1st PPP: April 26, 2017. Closes: May 21, 2017.
MILLIE DILLMOUNT: FEMALE. Age: 20’s. Vocal range: G#3 – A4. A spunky, modern woman trying to make it in New York City. She falls in love with Jimmy. Actor must be a strong singer, dancer, actress with strong tap skills.
JIMMY SMITH: MALE. Age: 25-35. Vocal range: C3 – A4. A suave city slicker who unexpectedly becomes the story's hero. He falls in love with Millie. Actor must be a strong singer, dancer, actor.
MRS. MEERS: FEMALE. Age: 40-50. Vocal range: E3 – Bb4. A former actress turned human trafficker pretending to be a kindly Chinese woman. She oversees the Hotel Priscilla where she secretly sells her tenants. Looking for a strong comedic, character actor with a great belt.
MISS DOROTHY BROWN: FEMALE. Age: 20’s. Vocal range: B3 – C6. A naive, wealthy girl who has moved to New York to change her lifestyle. She becomes Millie's roommate and confidant. A strong comic actress with a soaring soprano voice.
TREVOR GRAYDON: MALE. Age: 30-40. Vocal range: A2 – G4. An executive at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. He is sharp, ambitious, and secretly romantic. A strong comic actor with a soaring baritone voice.
MUZZY VAN HOSSMER: FEMALE. Age: 35 – 45. Vocal Range: G#3 – D5. A glamorous actress and singer at a night club. She becomes Millie's friend and mentor. Looking for an elegant but comedic character actor with a great belt.
CHING HO: MALE. Age: 20-30. Vocal range: Bb2 – E4. A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Younger brother of Bun Foo and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in Chinese. Falls in love with
BUN FOO: MALE. Age: 20-30. Vocal range: E3 – E4. A Chinese immigrant working to bring his mother to the United States. Older brother of Ching Ho and henchman to Mrs. Meers. Sings and speaks in Chinese.
MISS FLANNERY: FEMALE. Age: 35-45. Vocal range: Bb3 – D5. An uptight, stern office manager. She runs the stenographer pool at Sincere Trust Insurance Company. Basic tap skills and not-so-basic comic timing are needed.