Upcoming Different Auditions

DIFFERENT STAGES, the resident company of The New Huntington Theater is casting all roles for it's December 2014 production of Les Miserables.  The New Huntington Theater is an award-winning newly renovated arena-style performance venue seating 300. 


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

Aritistic Director Joel Froomkin invites you to submit through our online open call.

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.  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.  Performers who enjoy true ensemble creative work.  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.  Apart from Jean Valjean and Javert every actor will play multiple characters.  The production will employ British accents for regional variation - it allows a delineation of class and geographical change commonly used in British productions but not in the US.  Please don't worry about this for your auction, though if you are auditioning for one of the Thenardiers we would love to see a cockney accent.  

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 please get 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 and what key the song is in if there are multiple choices.
  4. Your height
  5. On a scale of 1/10 how you rate yourself as a dancer. 
  6. On a scale of 1/10 how well you read music. 
  7. On a scale of 1/10 how well you hold a harmony line.
  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.  

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.


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 September 26th 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 October 2, 3, 4 or via Skype for those not in the city.  

PLEASE NOTE:  We do watch the videos as they arrive and do at times schedule callbacks via Skype prior to coming to New York.  It is in your best interest to submit your audition sooner than later.  Casting is a very fluid process and regardless of what anyone tells you it never has a definite set schedule.


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:  Les Miserables - 11/9/14 through 12/21/14

Artistic Staff:  Joel Froomkin, Director

Number of performers to be hired: 23

Salary: $300 to $400 per week as a 1099 Independent Contractor

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 ($1 per day).

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 8 hour rehearsal days.  Usually 3 or 4 tech “10/12 hour” days are scheduled per show.  

Performance Schedule:        

Les Miserables 
Opens 12/4/14   (plays W, Th, F, Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat at 1:30 pm, Sun at 6 pm, Tues school matinee)
Closes 12/21/14  
 

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

 

What is this Different Stages place?

Please feel free to take a moment to review further information on our website (www.different-stages.com).  We also have videos online featuring elements of our first two productions.  

Sound of Music (July 2014) long trailer:

The cast of the Sound of Music at Different Stages. July 2014. Directed and designed by Joel Froomkin. www.different-stages.com

Moonlight and Magnolias (August 2014) set tour: 

Director/designer Joel Froomkin walks through some of the special details peppered around the Moonlight and Magnolias set. www.different-stages.com

And production photo galleries from our first two productions below:

Sound of Music Production Photo Gallery

Moonlight and Magnolias Production Photo Gallery



Les Miserables, Cast of Characters/Audition Material

Note: this production will use British dialects.   We are looking to cast an ensemble that reflects the poverty of the piece.   Performers who do not visually fit with an image of lean starvation will not likely be cast in this particular project.   Mdme Thernardier is an exception.

Jean Valjean - Male, plays 30s-40s

Sings to B (high lyric baritone or tenor with strong low notes). A poor peasant who rises to affluence, he has great natural nobility and dignity. A powerful figure, ideally a large man with a character of operatic size and passion.  Must be at least 5’9”.

To audition for Jean Valjean, please submit a video of both of the following songs:

Who am I?

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The Prayer
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Javert - Male

Baritone, sings to G. Policeman who relentlessly hunts Valjean. Ideally a large man. The ultimate “law and order” figure.  Obsessed, to the point of irrationality, with a rigid and merciless moral code. He too is a character of operatic size and passion. Both belt voice and classical can suit this role but must have a darker quality than Jean Valjean.  Diction sharp and impeccable.

To audition for Javert, please submit a video of both of the following songs:

Stars
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Javert's Suicide

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Thenardier – Male, plays late 30s-40s

Strong comic character role.  Cockney.  A crooked innkeeper, later a petty, amoral thief. Greedy, irreverent, selfish, boorish, vulgar. Baritone, sings to F sharp.  A sinister clown.

To audition for Thenardier, please submit a video of both of the following songs:

Master of the House
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Dog Eats Dog
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Marius – Male, 20s

High baritone (sings to A) with a strong bottom (to A). A member of the revolutionary student movement. Attractive and romantic but in a sensitive, 19th century “byronic” way.  

To audition for Marius please submit a video of one of the following songs:

The Cafe Song

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Enjolras – Male, plays 20's early 30s  

High baritone (to G sharp/A) very strong singer.  Charismatic, handsome political figure.  Leader of the revolutionary movement.  Physically fit...athletic.

To audition for Enjolras please submit a video of both of the following songs:

ABC into The People's Song

PLEASE SING AS IF IT WERE A SOLO SINGING ALL SOLO LINES AND CHORUS

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One Day More Enjolras Solo

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Fantine – Female late 20's early 30s 

Belt up to C, sings to E flat. Poor factory girl, struggling to support her fatherless daughter. Later is a pauper, a prostitute, a consumptive and a ghost. Earthy and poignant.  Although is finally defeated by circumstances she should appear to be strong and a survivor.  The climax of Dreamed a Dream should be belt not mix.  She is starving.  Very lean.

To audition for Fantine please submit a video of one or both of the following:

I Dreamed a Dream IN E MAJOR

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I Dreamed a Dream in E Flat MAJOR

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Cosette - Female, plays 18-25 (the younger the better)

Fantine’s daughter (first seen as and played by a child) delicate, elegant, vulnerable and beautiful. Falls in love with and later marries Marius. Soprano (to high C) but a light, young “floating” sound, without heavy vibrato.  Petite/lean. 

To audition for Cosette please submit a video of:

In My Life

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Please sing the whole track and don't worry about someone singing the Valjean part - please just act through it - the piano line of his part is on both tracks.  We are interested in hearing the whole Cosette line for this track because the section following Valjeans part generally has a more intense vocal quality to it.

 

Eponine - Female plays 18-25

An enormous and beautiful belt voice, to C in belt (sings to E flat). Daughter of the Thenardiers but in no way behaves like them. Fired by an unrequited love for Marius. Small, gamine, waif-like. Hasn’t learned to disguise her emotions; wears her heart on her sleeve.  The end of the On My Own should be belted not mixed.

To audition for Eponine please submit a video of:

On My Own

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In On My Own - Please be sure to sing through the phrases and only leave the indicated quarter rests.  (please don't drop off the notes and not sustain for full value)

 

 

 

 

 

Madame Thenardier - Female plays 30s to early 40s

Tough, sharp, coarse, boorish, vulgar. Strong character comedienne role. Belter.  Cockney.

To audition for Madame Thenardier please submit a video of:

Master of the House - Madame Thenardier Cut

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Bishop - Male

Houses Valjean after his release from jail and gives him gifts of silver and absolution. His character is the most positive personification of the difference between piety and holiness in the show.  His act of kindness challenges Valjean to improve himself and escape the label of “criminal”. This is an important featured role.  Warm, kind, rich voice…high baritone.  Gravitas without vocal indulgence. Don’t allow recital-esque lyricism to lose the power of the lyric. The actor will also double in the ensemble.  Low A to High E.

To audition for the Bishop please submit a video of:

Bishop

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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 September 26th 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 October 2, 3, 4 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!