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Dog Sees God
By Bert V. Royal
Directed by Zachary Bacon
Show runs: Feb. 17-21, 2016
When: November 15 at 2 p.m. and 16 at 5 p.m., 2015
Where: Hawes Studio Theatre, Porterfield Hall
What: Please prepare a no more than one-minute contemporary monologue in the tone of the play.
Seeking: 4 males, 4 females.
On both evenings immediately following the presentations of monologues there will be readings from the script. Those auditioning the first evening may be asked to return the second evening whether or not they were asked to stay the first night.
Scripts are available in McConnell Library or from Amazon.com. Of course, reading the play will be a strong guide toward audition material.
Radford University Theatre’s auditions are open to all students, not just theatre majors and minors.
The characters are roughly based on the famous comic strip “Peanuts” but with a twist…they are teenagers. The teenage angst runs deep in their veins. So these characters are close in ages to the majority of you.
Questions may be addressed to Zachary Bacon at: email@example.com
Directed By: Wesley Young
Musical Director: Emily Blankenship-Tucker
Choreographer: Amy VanKirk
Audition Dates: December 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. in Porterfield Hall. Report to Pridemore Playhouse to sign in.
Seeking: 20+ Performers, who can sing, dance and act. There are 7-8 principals and multiple ensemble roles.
Reno Sweeny – A sexy evangelist turned nightclub singer (Alto G3-Eb5).
Hope Harcourt – A beautiful debutante (Soprano A4-Eb5).
Evangeline Harcourt – Her mother, a widow.
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh – An eccentric, wealthy Englishman (Baritone C3-G4).
Elisha Whitney – A goggle-eyed tycoon (Baritone C4-D4).
Billy Crocker – Whitney’s young assistant (Tenor B3-G4).
Moonface Martin – A hapless gangster; public enemy #13 (Baritone Bb3-Gb4).
Erma – A sexy gangster’s moll (Mezzo A4-C#5).
Reno’s Angels – Sexy, feisty, backup singer/dancers.
Sailors – Hearty sea-faring men who can sing and burst into a fierce dance at any moment.
Luke and John – Two recent Chinese converts to Christianity.
Passengers, Reporters, FBI agents, Bartender, etc.
Auditions are open to all students regardless of major or year in school.
Music: If auditioning for a principal role please prepare a 16-32 bar audition selection from a song of the same style/general era of the show. Think Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Youmans, Berlin. Songs from Anything Goes are acceptable. Music selections are to be in a 3-ring binder or glued to a manila folder.
For those who see themselves as strong dancers and/or actors and are interested in auditioning for the ensemble, you will prepare the playoff section of “There’s No Cure like Travel.” This music will be made available soon.
To begin preparing please refer to the 2011 revival cast recording of Anything Goes. The selection can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZr5n1b9vEI
A copy of the ensemble musical selection and information about an accompanying Sound Cloud file will be available for pickup from the theatre office (Porterfield 188) beginning, Friday November 13, 2015.
Auditioning for the ensemble will not preclude you from being considered for a principal role.
Individual musical auditions for both principals and ensemble may be followed vocal exercises to determine your range.
Dance Call: All auditionees will learn two movement combinations; theatre and theatre tap even if you do not consider yourself a dancer. Please bring jazz or character shoes as well as tap shoes, and athletic shoes if you do not have dance shoes. Please wear dance clothing, or clothing that will allow freedom of movement. Hair should be pulled back.
Acting: The music and dance auditions will be followed by reading from the script by selected individuOther:
- If at all possible (but not required) please try to be available both audition nights from 7-10 p.m..
- Callbacks will basically be happening both nights immediately following the dance, music and reading. Those auditioning the first night may be asked to learn a new piece of music or look at a different scene and to return the next evening. So, it is to your advantage to audition the first night. But, come as your schedule allows.
- Bring a headshot and résumé (if you have them); also, bring your spring semester class and work schedules.
Rehearsals will begin January 19, 2016, and the show will run March 29 through April 3.
If you have any questions please contact Wesley Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENERAL RU THEATRE AUDITION INFO AND TIPS
- Auditions typically happen in the first two weeks of each semester. Occasionally an exception occurs in which a spring production may audition late in the fall semester.
- RU Theatre auditions are open, meaning anyone can audition. You don’t have to be a theatre major. Community members may audition also with the understanding that priority in casting will go to RU students.
- Most of our auditions require prepared material. If you are not a theatre student and don’t know how to prepare and present the requested material, usually something will be supplied to you to read. Theatre majors, however, are required to prepare according to the requirements for a given audition. In the case of plays requiring very specific skills such as singing in a musical, auditionees are highly encouraged to prepare the appropriate material.
- Performance majors are required to audition for ALL productions. More on this below.
Other audition “words to the wise”:
- When it comes to auditions, one of the few things in your control is your level of preparation. Reading the play is, arguably, the most important thing you can do to prepare. The plays are available from bookstores, online vendors and/or the play publishers.
- It is the expectation that all performance students audition for all shows. Our auditions are designed to provide a variety of audition experiences so take advantage of these experiences right from the start. Every audition is one more step toward becoming comfortable with the process. In addition, it allows the faculty to see your work right away.
- Take care not to “type” yourself at this point. Prepare, come on out and let the directors decide what you are “right for.” Certainly, if there is a role you are dying to play, or you are “perfect for,” shoot for that, but keep an open mind and don’t allow the attitude of “all these characters are older and I am only 18” stop you from coming to auditions. In university theatre the plays are produced to give you the opportunity to work on them.
- Auditions are intimidating. Talk to the upperclassmen; use the performance faculty as a resource to answer your questions. However, no matter how much inquiry you make there will be no substitute for doing your personal preparation –reading the scripts, looking up unfamiliar words/references, making choices, being familiar with what the director is looking for (read audition notices carefully), getting rest, planning to dress appropriately, knowing where you are going and arriving early to sign in, warm up, etc.
- It is smart to attend the first night of auditions if at all possible.
- Once you are in the audition it is important to listen to instructions, have a positive attitude, be flexible when the unexpected happens, focus on what you are doing, and, of course, that age-old challenge…allow yourself to be at ease so you can do your best work.