Kelowna Actors Studio Auditions 2017/18 Season

Sunday, June 18               11:00am to 6:00pm

Monday, June 19               6:30pm to 10:30pm

Please Note: KAS will not be seeing children under the age of 9 for the role of Susan in White Christmas. There are no other roles for children. Teenagers will be used in all the shows.

If auditioning for a musical (or Souvenir) you will be required to sing 16 bars of music from a Broadway song (See separate requirements for Souvenir) that best shows off your voice. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, a pianist will be provided. No singing without accompaniment or with vocal tracks.

A one minute monologue of your choice (Please Note: due to time constraints you may not get to finish your monologue)

A short group movement exercise will be required at the call backs

All body types, races, and ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition.

CALL BACKS

A call back schedule will be available at auditions

Friday, June 23       6:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday, June 24   11:00am - 10:30pm

Sunday, June 25       7:00pm - 10:00pm

REHEARSALS

Please note the rehearsal process starts approximately 7 to 8 weeks prior to a show with rehearsals 3 to 5 times per week depending on the role you receive. Typically, rehearsals are from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on weekdays and from 11:30pm to 5:30pm on weekends. Shows run for 3 weeks, with performances Wednesday to Sunday at 7:30pm and a Saturday matinee at 1:00pm. Cast must be available for all rehearsals and performances.

Sign up for auditions HERE

Please contact Karlisa Heibert with further questions by EMAIL or (250) 215-0600

AVAILABLE ROLES

YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES. PLEASE CHECK YOUR AVAILABILITY BEFORE COMMITTING TO A ROLE.

Ages are for the character’s appearance, not necessarily your actual age.

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb

October 11 - 29, 2017

The scene is the Kit Kat Club, a night club in Berlin, as the 1920’s are drawing to a close. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,“ “Willkommen“ and “Maybe This Time.“ Leave your troubles outside — life is beautiful at the CABARET, the Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way. The musical the New York Post calls ”one for the ages.”

*There will be a variety of ages for the Kit Kat Men and Women

Clifford Bradshaw – Vocal Range – Low A to High E – Tenor – Description – American Novelist travelling to Berlin – presented as a closeted Gay Man–Appearance Age range Late 20’s to Mid 30’s in age. Speaks with an American accent.
Fraulein Schneider – Vocal Range – Low D to A flat above middle C – Alto - A landlady who rents rooms in her large flat. Appearance Age Range 40+. Requiring an ability to deliver lines with a German accent. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance – waltz.
Herr Schultz – Vocal Range – Low G to High F – Tenor – One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a Fruit Shop. Appearance Age Range 40+. Requiring an ability to deliver lines with a German accent. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance.
Fraulein Kost – Vocal Range – Low A flat to High F – Alto/Mezzo – Another of Frau Schneider’s roomers. She earns money by offering favours to sailors – presentation of the character should exhibit a strong sexual comfort and commanding nature. Comfortable with stage movement. German accent required. Appearance Age Range – 30’s to 50’s
Sally Bowles –Vocal Range – Low A to High C – Soprano – able to belt the song– A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub. A quirky character that comes across as flighty – yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life as a cabaret performer. Appearance Age Range – 20’s to 35. Speaks with a British Accent.

 

ENSEMBLE:

Ten talented Ensemble Members that will serve in a variety of roles including Kit Kat Klub men and women

5 Kit Kat Klub Men – Ensemble singers – various vocal ranges – must be able to dance. The individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons. Some of the individuals will be German Sailors who frequent Fraulein Kost’s services. Should be comfortable with portraying free in gender depictions. These men can be of various shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities.
5 Kit Kat Klub Women – Ensemble Singers and Dancers -- The individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons. Some of the individuals will be chosen for featured roles. The ladies can be of various shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities.

White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Book by David Ives and Paul Blake

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

November 29 - December 17, 2017

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.

BOB WALLACE- (late 20’s to early 40’s/Bing Crosby role) – A major singing star. Bob is the guiding force behind the team of Wallace and Davis. He is deeply kind and principled and is searching for true his love. Singer with a crooner style – needs to be able to move well while singing - BARITONE
PHIL DAVIS – (late 20’s to early 40’s/Danny Kaye role) – the fun loving, go-getting song and dance partner of Wallace and Davis. An irrepressible clown, operator and ladies’ man. He has boyish charm and sex appeal. A song-and-dance comedic performer – BARITONE-TENOR
BETTY HAYNES – (mid to late 20’s to early 40’s/Rosemary Clooney role) – The sensible, responsible half of the Haynes Sister act. Destined to be a star in her own right, she is hesitant to take the spotlight for herself. She is devoted to her younger sister. She hides her yearning for true love under a protective shell. Female of quiet beauty and charm. Needs to be able to move well while singing. SOPRANO OR SECOND SOPRANO
JUDY HAYNES - (early to late 20’s to early 40’s/Vera Ellen role) – The younger, more ambitious sister. While wholesome and adorable, she is also sexy and flirty. A winning charmer no man can resist. A song and dance performer –ALTO
GENERAL HENRY WAVERLY – (50’s to mid-70’s) – A retired US Army General. Once a powerful leader, he now struggles to run an inn in Vermont. Beneath his curmudgeonly military exterior lies a warm, compassionate man in need of family and love. This is a non-singing/non-dancing role
MARTHA WATSON – (30’s–70’s) - Once a Broadway star, now the general’s housekeeper at the inn. She has a very dry, wry, wisecracking sense of humor. She is an irrepressible meddler. A comedienne who can belt out a song. ALTO
SUSAN WAVERLY – (9-14) – The general’s granddaughter. She is a very smart, wise kid beyond her years, and cares deeply about her grandfather. Must be able to move well and belt out a song.
RALPH SHELDRAKE – (late 20’s to early 40’s) – Army buddy of Bob and Phil. Now a major TV executive with the Ed Sullivan show. Fast talking, New York Professional. Can be a non-dancing role - BARITONE
RITA and RHODA - (early to late 20’s or 30’s) – Bob and Phil’s two star chorus girls. They are brash, sexy and fun, but perhaps not the brightest. Both sing and dance
EZEKIEL FOSTER – (ideally late 40’s to 80’s, see audition info) – The ultimate New Englander who helps out at the inn and takes life at a VERY SLOW pace. Does not have to sing or dance. This is a comedic part.
MIKE - (any age) – Bob and Phil’s stage manager. He has a tendency to be over- dramatic and completely hysterical. Never seen without his whistle and clipboard. If cast as a single role this character does not necessarily have to sing or dance – if doubled in other numbers will need to sing.
ENSEMBLE - Ensemble WILL be club goers, train passengers, inn guests, and patrons of the Regency Room. Named ensemble parts: Tessie – Bob and Phil’s assistant / Jimmy – Proprietor of “Jimmy’s Back Room” nightclub / Cigarette Girl / Snoring Man / Mrs. Snoring Man / Train Conductor / Dance Captain / Seamstress / Assistant Seamstress / Ed Sullivan Announcer / Regency Room announcer and Sheldrake’s secretary.

Sister Act

Sister Act - The Musical Music by Alan Mencken Lyrics by Glenn Slater

Book by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane

Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard

February 7 - 25, 2018

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film. Sing Hallelujah for this new, ridiculously fun, feel-good musical that will have you jumping to your feet! Delores Van Cartier, a ‘wanna be’ Las Vegas diva’s life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in – where else – a convent! Under the suspicious and watchful eye of Mother Superior, Delores wins the sisters’ hearts, and helps them find their voices as she unexpectedly discovers her own. Can we get an AMEN!

Deloris Van Cartier (25-40) - A disco diva wannabe with a dream of Donna Summer- esque glory. Mouthy, ballsy, brassy and quick on the quip. She has no faith in anything but herself. Needs a powerhouse disco diva voice with a huge range.
Mother Superior (Caucasian Female, 45-65.) - An old school catholic mother superior with a spine of steel, a will of iron, and an acid tongue, but underneath a hidden heart. Strong, unwavering voice - alto or mezzo.
Sister Mary Robert (Caucasian Female, 18-25.) - A young timid noviciate, She is torn whether to take her final vows or leave the convent to rejoin the world that intimidates her so. Her shy personality masks a huge, show stopping powerful singing voice. Sings a big Act II solo, “The Life I Never Led.” Needs a strong belt and legit voice.
Sister Mary Patrick (Caucasian Female, 25-45.) - Upbeat, fun, and filled with love and delight in God, and friendship. She is the eternal optimist. She is always the head cheerleader ready for an adventure, a life experience, or between meal-time snack. Strong comic. Needs a strong belt and legit voice.
Sister Mary Lazarus (Caucasian Female, 45-65.) - Tough, full of vinegar and humour, with twice the energy of anyone half her age. She’s quick on the wisecracks and always ready to roll up her sleeves and dig in. Strong belt and legit a plus, but needs to be able to rap and be a great comic.
Monsignor O'Hara (Caucasian Male, 55-65.) - Stately but benevolent, with an Irish twinkle. Strong character actor with a strong baritone voice.
Curtis (35-55.) - A super cool, super confident, smooth bad guy with soul. He is a tough narcissist with sex appeal, and charisma. He is elegant and dangerous. Low baritone or high baritenor – a fun falsetto (a la Bee Gees/Beach Boys/Four Seasons).
Eddie (25-45.) - A desk cop. He is charming and straight forward. He should have theatrical flair for the dream sequence when he imagines himself as hip and sexy. Has charm and must be appealing. High baritone or tenor.
TJ (20-46.) - Curtis’ nephew. An undersized, or oversized overeager young man. He is well-intended, but doesn’t always have the brain power to think ahead. Must have comic chops. Tenor, with a strong fun falsetto (a la Bee Gees/Beach Boys/Four Seasons.).
Pablo (20-35.) - Curtis’ bodyguard who keeps mouthing off in Spanish. Must have comic chops. Baritone or tenor, with a strong fun falsetto (a la Bee Gees/Beach Boys/Four Seasons).
Female Ensemble (Characters are ages 18-64, All Ethnicities.) - Singers and movers of all types, shapes and sizes. Should have style and the ability to play various characters- including nuns and blue collar Philadelphians. Seeking women to play Sister Mary Martin-of Tours (an out-of-it nun who’s in her own little world); and Tina and Michelle (Deloris’s back-up singers; low-rent, but sexy, a la The Pointer Sisters, with sassy attitude); They need to move very well.
Male Ensemble (Characters are ages 18-64, All Ethnicities.) - Singers and movers (with fun falsetto, a la Bee Gees/Beach Boys/Four Seasons) Movers of all ethnic types, shapes and sizes. Should have style and the ability to play various roles- including blue- collar Philadelphians.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Disney Theatricals

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - The Musical Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Book by Peter Parnell CANADIAN PREMIERE!

April 11 - 29

This classic musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel and by the song writing team that created Les Miserables inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told! This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It’s the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).

The musical showcases the film’s Oscar®-nominated score and introduces stunning new songs. Be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

We will also be holding Auditions CHOIR MEMBERS, no previous acting experience necessary : Participants must be experienced choristers, with knowledge and proper pronunciation of choral Latin. Please prepare a short choral excerpt in your voice part showing your range. Please bring sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided.

There are several roles in this production for ensemble members.

Claude Frollo - Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: Bb4 Vocal range bottom: E2
Jehan Frollo - Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 40 Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F3
Florika - A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 40. Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: E4
Father Dupin - A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian. Gender: Male Age: 30to 60. Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: C3
Quasimodo - The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: Bb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Clopin Trouillefou - The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: D3
Captain Phoebus de Martin - Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo. Gender: Male Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: A2
Lieutenant Frederic Charlus - Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 40
Esmeralda - A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 35 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: E3
King Louis XI - King of France, nicknamed the Prudent. Gender: Male Age: 40 to 60
Tribunal - A judicial officer. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 60 Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: G2
Madam - Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies. Gender: Female Age: 35 to 60
Saint Aphrodisius - A stained-glass image that comes to life. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 60 Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: B3
Congregation - Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris. Gender: Both Gender: Male & Female

Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

A Play With Music By Stephen Termperley

May 30 - June 16

Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but rarely on-key. Her recitals brought her a legion of die-hard fans, and she capped her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that famously sold out in two hours. Time Out calls Souvenir “a memorable illustration of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold.” Now a movie starring Meryl Streep, this charming and hilarious musical comedy reminds us that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Seeking 1 man and 1 woman for the following:

Cosmo McMoon: Male 40 – 60 (considering those who play piano and those who don’t) IF you play piano choose a selection that showcases your talent. (examples could include One For My Baby, Violets For Your Fur etc.) Cosmo must also be able to hold a tune so a vocal audition is required - he does not have to be a strong singer.
Florence Foster Jenkins: Female soprano 40 – 70 - For the role of Florence please prepare an opera selection (examples could include Ave Maria/The Jewel Song, Adele’s Laughing Song)

Love Letters

Love  Letters By A.R. Gurney

July 4 - 21, 2018

Seeking 1 Female actor for the following role:

Melissa Gardner - age 40s-60s. Rebellious of her privledged New England sociallite upbringing, Melissa has been cutting class, smoking behind the school and breaking rules in an exhuberant and reckless manner her entire life. Fun loving-thrill seeking to the point of self-destructive, Melissa, who is an artist, spends life trying to find herself.

Mamma Mia! The Musical

written by Catherine Johnson based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

August 2 - 11, 2018

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a teen's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

All roles in Mamma Mia are paid a weekly salary. Preference for roles in Mamma Mia will be given to those who have performed or crewed in other shows for the 2017/18 Season.

DONNA (late 30s-early 40s – the mother of a 20 year old girl) - Attractive and free- spirited. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel/casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist who also has a zany and vulnerable side. Alto/Mezzo
SOPHIE (18-25) - A very special young woman who is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage. Alto/Mezzo
TANYA (Late 30s-Early 40s) - A former singer in the “Dynamos”. Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, funny, and witty. Alto/Mezzo
ROSIE (Late 30s-Early 40s) - Also a former singer in the “Dynamos” who now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown. Actress who sings. Alto/ Mezzo
SAM (35-45) - May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. Actor who sings. Baritone.
HARRY (35-45) - May be Sophie’s father. British financier, wealthy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings. High baritone, tenor. Guitar player a plus
BILL (35-45) - May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man. Baritone.
SKY (Late 20s) - Sophie’s fiancé. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s tavern and marry Sophie. Tenor.
LISA (18-25) - Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky. Should sing and dance well.
ALI (18-25) - Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie. Should sing and dance well.
PEPPER (20s) - Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good mover/dancer. Acrobatic skills a plus. Baritone.
EDDIE (20s) - Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Also a mover/dancer role. Baritone/tenor.
ENSEMBLE (20s-40s) Quirky and offbeat; male and female actors who sing and move well. Seeking all races and ethnicities for these roles.