Upcoming Different Auditions

DIFFERENT STAGES, the resident company of The New Huntington Theater is casting all roles for it's July and August productions of The Sound of Music and Moonlight and Magnolias (rights pending).  The New Huntington Theater is an award-winning newly renovated arena-style performance venue seating 300. 

Please note… the production of The Sound of Music is utilizing a very specific, already constructed, rental package.  This is not usual practice for our company, but in the case of this production certain characters MUST fit existing costumes. 


For our first round of casting we will be holding a Digital Open Call.  Please see all information below about submitting and the job.


A Digital Open Call? What's This All About?  

Artistic Director Joel Froomkin explains it all to you in the below video

Here's our Artistic Director, Joel, with an introductory video explaining what our online submissions are about and some helpful hints :)

Audition via our Digital Open Call

You hate open calls, we hate open calls, which led us to the question - why do we do them?  All that we are interested in seeing is you doing your best job preforming your interpretation of the roles we are casting; and we understand that no one gives their best performance after standing around for four+ hours waiting for their 15 seconds to rush through singing 16 bars! But, we still need a way to screen people for callbacks for our shows - so we decided to do things differently...  

In order to respect the time of actors and the aggravation of ‘typing’ at an open call, and to use everyone's time wisely, we are holding our open call digitally.  We've listed the parts that we are casting below in the Characters/Audition Material section with character breakdowns, links to the audition material that we would like to see for each character, (sheet music cuts, piano and plunk tracks, and piano accompany only tracks), and links to the sides for each character.  (We know that it's more complicated to record yourself doing the sides for the characters, so submission of those is optional.  If you have a roommate or someone who could read with you, then great!  Otherwise don't worry about the sides, we will wait until callbacks for those.)  Please take a few moments to read the below information on how to submit a video audition and the vital information on the contracts available.  


Video Submission Tips and Info That Will Help You Nail Your Audition

Please make a simple audition video using the provided track cuts for the character(s) you would like to audition for.  You can use your phone/ipod/whatever.  You may hold the sheet music if you like.   Please start by telling us a joke - don't worry about cleanliness or appropriateness - we've heard them all :)

Please don't worry about being a filmmaker - we know that it is a video you took with your phone or webcam, not some multimillion dollar studio setup.   The only thing about the video that we ask is that you perform each song without any internal cuts, so please don't edit a single song together from multiple takes.  You can edit multiple songs together into one video if you like.  

We are looking for very strong vocalists in the leading roles who fit the traditional mold of these characters. The acting style will be very much grounded in the Lincoln Center ‘South Pacific’, National Theatre ‘Oklahoma’ realist approach. Do not play this as musical comedy. We are looking for actors with depth who can bring subtext and layers to the dialogue and lyrics. The performances should feel real. Although the venue seats 300 the arena style seating allows a very intimate experience. Don’t play big, play real. We will be approaching our shows as though they were plays with music, book work and character examination will be part of the process.  This will not be a summerstock-style rehearsal process.

When video-ing yourself, try to orient yourself so the light source (window etc) is facing you, not behind you.  When you slate, do so from a distance so that we can see your entire body.  But for your songs/sides please get be close enough so that the shot is about waist up.   If your singing and we can see your calves and your head then you’re at too far of a distance for our needs.

On the video, please start by slate-ing with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Show us your headshot on camera (so that we can start to make the connection!)
  3. The Role/Roles you are auditioning for.
  4. Your height
  5. On a scale of 1/10 how you rate yourself as a dancer. (For Sound of Music)
  6. On a scale of 1/10 how well you read music. (For Sound of Music)
  7. On a scale of 1/10 how well you hold a harmony line. (For Sound of Music)
  8. Tell us your joke!

Songs - Please then preform the song cuts for the character(s) that you are auditioning with the piano accompaniment track for each.  

Sides/Monologues - If submitting audition sides or monologues, please also submit in a single continuous, non-edited take per piece.  You can edit multiple pieces together into one submission.

Additional material - Please feel free to also send us additional material.  You can include in your email other video footage links etc… they are very helpful.

Click here to download and print a cheat sheet of what we would like you to slate so that you can have it at your fingertips when making your video!


Submitting Your Digital Audition

When you have your video audition ready to send, please either load it to Youtube and email us the link or email the video directly to us at casting@different-stages.com.  In your email include a short note with your name, phone number, resume/headshot attachment, youtube link (if youtube) and whatever else you would like to tell us.   We will start reviewing submissions as soon as we start receiving them in order to make appointments for call backs, so please submit ASAP!  Please be sure to submit by March 13th at the latest so that we can have a few days to schedule callbacks to suit your schedule.  Call backs will be held in NYC on March 14, 15, 16, and 17, or via Skype for those not in the city.  


Vital Stats About the Jobs

Please take a moment to look over this information and make sure that this is a job in which you are interested prior to submitting your digital audition.

Company:  Different Stages Theater at The New Huntington

Location:  Huntington, Indiana

Contract Dates:         The Sound of Music - 6/16/14 through 7/28/14 (with potential extension till 8/4/14)

                                    Moonlight and Magnolias (pending rights) – 7/28/14 through 8/24/14

Number of performers to be hired: 22

Housing:  Shared housing provided at no cost with high-speed internet access, air conditioning, all linens, and kitchen access.

Gym Membership: 24-hour gym (Anytime Fitness) membership available for appx. $30 per month.

Travel: Travel from your city of origin provided.  Housing is three blocks from the theater and cast trips to shopping/amenities are regularly scheduled by the Company Manager.

Rehearsal: Typically 7 to 8 hour rehearsal days.  Usually 3 or 4 tech “10/12 hour” days are scheduled per show.  

Performance Schedule:        

The Sound of Music  
Opens 7/8/14   (plays Tu, W, Th, F, Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat at 1:30 pm, Sun at 6 pm)
Closes 7/27/14  
(contract requires you remain available for a potential one-week extension run through Aug 3 until released from extension by Different Stages on or around July 15)

Moonlight and Magnolias       
Opens 8/14/14  (plays Th, F, Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat at 1:30 pm)
Closes 8/23/14

Days off:  There is one day off per week.  Sundays are the day off during rehearsal for this contract with the exception of Fourth of July week where it may be on the Fourth of July.  Mondays are the day off when shows are performing.

Please feel free to take a moment to review further information on our website (www.different-stages.com).  We also have videos online featuring some of our past cabaret-style productions at The New Huntington.   (This is our first season of book shows, so we do not yet have production photos of larger shows.) View some videos at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL728FFF11989AF1FD


The Sound of Music, Cast of Characters/Audition Material

Maria Rainer, plays 20-25

A postulant at Nornberg Abbey.   Playful, spunky a little gawky.  Warm, kind and spirited.  A tom-boy.  She is not saccharine.  Merida not Cinderella.  Pretty.  Must fit a size 6 or under.

To audition for Maria, please submit a video of at least one of the following songs:

I Have Confidence
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Click for piano/accompaniment plunk track
Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

The Sound of Music
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Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Maria sides to submit

Captain Georg von Trapp, plays 35-45.  

A broken-hearted soldier.  He can only hold his world together through the comfort of structure and rigidity.  Dashing, handsome.  Plays guitar a plus.  Actor who sings – baritone.  Patrick Page type. Must have under a 33 waist.

To audition for Captain von Trapp, please submit a video of:

Edelweiss
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Click for piano/accompaniment plunk track
Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Captain von Trapp sides to submit

Mother Abbess – Female plays 40+

A wise, big-hearted mother figure, authoritative but kind.  She is very witty (she has laugh lines that many actors miss).  Strong actor.  Killer legit soprano.  Candidate must be able to nail the end of “Climb Every Mountain”.

To audition for the Mother Abbess, please submit a video of:

Climb Every Mountain
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Click for piano/accompaniment plunk track
Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Mother Abbess sides to submit

Max Detwieler – Character Male plays 30+

A theatrical agent and friend of the Von Trapp family.  Seeking a distinct character type with strong skill with Coward-like wit.  Edward Hibbert/Nathan Lane/Gary Beach type.  He is sophisticated and charming.  Seeking a definite character type… incl actors of size.  Baritenor who moves well.

To audition for Max Detwieler, please submit a video of:

How Can Love Survive
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Click for piano/accompaniment plunk track
Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Max Detwieler sides to submit

Elsa Schraeder – Female plays 30-40.  Please note: The role of Elsa Schrader has now been cast.  We are still accepting submissions for our future production files.

A baroness and president of a corporation; glamorous and clever, mezzo/alto who moves well.  Dry and likeably bitchy.  30’s Kim Cattrall with a strong mezzo soprano.  Must be an excellent singer.  Must fit a size 6 or under.

To audition for Elsa Schraeder please submit a video of:

No Way To Stop It
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Click for piano/accompaniment plunk track
Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Elsa Schraeder sides to submit

Leisl von Trapp – Female 17-20. 

Eldest Von Trapp daughter, her façade is a rebellious and strong-minded.  She is really idealistic and desperate for affection;  Beauitful mezzo who dances well.  We are very much looking for a traditional ingénue. Must fit a size 4.

To audition for Leisl von Trapp please submit a video of:

16 Going on 17 - Liesl
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Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Liesl von Trapp sides to submit

Rolf Gruber – Male 17-20.  - Please note: The role of Rolf Gruber has now been cast.  We are still accepting submissions for our future production files.

Boyfriend to Liesl von Trapp, idealistic baritone who sings and dances very well.  Strong actor.  He wants to be something great.  Masculine.  Teenage girl-crush material.  Waist under 32.  38R jacket.

To audition for Rolf Gruber please submit a video of:

16 Going on 17 - Rolf
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Click for piano/accompaniment plunk track
Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional Rolf Gruber sides to submit

Sister Bertha / Frau Schmidt, Captain Von Trapp’s housekeeper.

Alto who moves well.  Bertha: Mistress of Novices, prudish, straight laced with a quick tongue, she is less tolerant than other nuns.  Housekeeper – tough as nails but warm.  Witty.  A sort of Ruth Gotchsall, Margaret Hamilton character type.  Mature.  (see below for audition material)

Sister Margareta

Mezzo, moves well. 
Mistress of Postulants, very kind, understanding and concerned.   (see below for audition material)

Sister Sophia - Please note: The role of Sister Sophia has now been cast.  We are still accepting submissions for our future production files.

Soprano, moves well. 
Neither demanding nor critical, sticks with the rules.  Character type.  (see below for audition material)

For all three sisters - please record "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria" as cut below as if it were a solo piece.  Approach the acting beats and changes like you would if preparing a monologue.  Of course, it will be a trio in the show, but for audition purposes please treat it as an individual number.  For the ending, please choose the note that you are strongest on in the harmony line.  

How Do You Solve A Problem 
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Click for accompaniment track for auditioning

Click for optional sides for the three Sisters

Click for optional sides for Frau Schmidt

Franz, Captain Von Trapp’s butler.  Plays 40-50’s.  

Character type (not an actor of size, however).  Dry, witty.  Former soldier.  Strong actor.  Non-singing. Hopefully to be also cast in Moonlight and Magnolias 

As Franz is a non-singing role, please do record the below sides.  Also, please take a look at and record the sides you may be appropriate for in Moonlight and Magnolias.

Click for sides for Franz

Admiral von Shreiber.  Plays late 30s-40s. 

A Nazi admiral who commands Captain.   Visits the Von Trapps to give Captain Von Trapp his orders to serve in the Nazi army.  Intimidating, authoritative.  May also play a leading role in Moonlight and Magnolias.  Non-singing.  

As von Shreiber is a non-singing role, please do record the below sides.  Also, please take a look at and record the sides you may be appropriate for in Moonlight and Magnolias.

Click for sides for von Sheiber

Herr Zeller, Plays late 30’s-50’s

The local regional head of the Nazi party.   Non-singing.  May also play a leading role in Moonlight and Magnolias.  Non-singing.

As Zeller is a non-singing role, please do record the below sides.  Also, please take a look at and record the sides you may be appropriate for in Moonlight and Magnolias.

Click for sides for Zeller


Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias brief synopsis:

Legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick has a problem. He has just fired the director of Gone with the Wind and the script is on its umpteenth version. He desperately needs a new director and writer—immediately. However, the writer he wants, Ben Hecht, has never read the novel. Selznick gives him a brief synopsis of the story and offers him $15,000 to write a revised screenplay by the end of the week.

Selznick also calls in director Victor Fleming, pulling him from finishing The Wizard of Oz to be the new director of Gone with the Wind. Hecht is still not sold on the success of the storyline, but Selznick believes in this movie, so much so that he locks the three of them in his office for five days, with bananas and peanuts as their only food, to pull together a new script.

Work begins. Selznick and Fleming attempt to act out all the characters in the novel while Hecht types. Early in the week, Hecht and Fleming constantly clash. By day three, fatigue, hunger and sarcasm prevail. Tempers flare. There’s even an attempt to escape from the office—if only for just a shower and a meal.

By the end of the week, Selznick asks, “Is there anything wrong with getting the job done, no matter what it takes?” Completing this job may take everything these men have to give! Take a fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scene birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.

 

Moonlight and Magnolias, Cast of Characters/Audition Material

Please Note: It is possible that several or all of these contracts will also be cast in our prior production, The Sound of Music.  The contract does not involve a traditional stock rehearsal schedule.  Some light book work is possible after S.O.M. opens, but then a full rehearsal period of 2 weeks is scheduled once the first show has closed.  Roles in SOM with potential doubling contract option:  Max, Franz the butler, Her Zeller, Von Schreider, one of the Sisters, and/or possibly the Captain.  If cast in both shows there will be salary adjustments made for any double work periods.

David O. Selznick: (Lead, plays 33-39, caucasian)

Jewish, legendary Hollywood producer, fiercely determined to make "Gone With the Wind" a success in spite of the delays and disappointments encountered, working on an impossible deadline to revise the GWTW screenplay, believes in the movies and their power to transport audiences, highly agitated through most of the play, not above brow-beating others to get his way, spends the play cajoling, pleading, ordering and pandering to Hecht and Fleming.  Jewish comic sensibility and timing.  He was on a great deal of Benzedrine… manic genius.  He is dapper – but not a leading male physicality.  Henry Goodman, John Turturo type.  A tour de force actor with strong timing and comedic skill.   Could also double Von Schreider, Zeller, Franz or possibly Max in Sound of Music.

Ben Hecht: (Lead Male, plays 43-47, Caucasian)

Jewish, average height, balding, Selznick’s go-to screenwriter hired to rewrite the GWTW screenplay, former Chicago newspaperman, a devoted advocate for the Jewish relief cause as WWII looms and constantly badgers Selznick, reminding him of his heritage and responsibility to European refugees, hasn’t read GWTW and isn’t very interested in re-writing the screenplay, believes Mitchell’s book can’t possibly be made into a successful film, his dislike for Fleming is apparent, not interested in the world of Hollywood glamour. Jason Alexander weary type.  Strong comedic skills with Jewish sensibility of humor and depth. Definite character actor. Could very likely play Max in SOM – submitting both material strongly encouraged. Actors of size also encouraged.

Victor Fleming: (Lead, plays 47-52)

Physically imposing, good looking, director tapped to replace fired GWTW director George Cukor, confident, prone to histrionics, has come up through ranks from driver to cameraman to director, doesn’t like Hecht, loves the glamour of Hollywood.  He had just been working on Wizard of Oz…  A bit of a misongynist.  He claims he taught Clark Gable to be Clark Gable.  A little bit of a man’s man cliché.  Excellent comedic timing.  Sort of a Christopher Seber type.  Could also double as the Captain, Zeller, or Von Schreider in SOM.

Miss Poppenghul: (Lead female, plays 24-56, caucasion)

Selznick’s secretary, very efficient and detailed, knows Selznick’s needs before he does.  She has a classic 30’s sounding secretary intonation… switchboard operator musicality.  Strong comedic skill and looking for an interesting physical type.  Character type.   Likely to also play Sister Margareta or Berthe in Sound of Music.  Submitting for both roles is greatly encouraged.


Video audition material for all parts

Click here to download sides for all parts
Click here to download monologues for all parts

Audition monologues are included as well as sides.  (There are no Poppenghul monologues.) Please video the sides and a monologue for the part(s) that you would like to submit for.  Please also tell us a joke (the more tasteless the better).  You are also encouraged to include a comic monologue of your own choosing if you have one already under your belt you feel shows you off well.


Submitting Your Digital Audition

When you have your video audition ready to send, please either load it to Youtube and email us the link or email the video directly to us at casting@different-stages.com.  In your email include a short note with your name, phone number, resume/headshot attachment, youtube link (if youtube) and whatever else you would like to tell us.   We will start reviewing submissions as soon as we start receiving them in order to make appointments for call backs, so please submit ASAP!  Please be sure to submit by March 13th at the latest so that we can have a few days to schedule callbacks to suit your schedule.  Call backs will be held in NYC on March 14, 15, 16, and 17, or via Skype for those not in the city.  

 

Break a leg and have a great audition!


Questions? Email us at casting@different-stages.com.  Please make clear in the subject line that you have a question.  Thanks!