Auditions

COMING UP!!!!

THE 39 STEPS Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Directed by Stuart Jonap


From the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, "The 39 Steps" is a hilarious, comedic, and faithful rendering of this classic mystery thriller.  Four actors portray some 30+ roles. Our leading man, Richard Hannay, meets a mysterious woman at a London music hall. After witnessing her murder, he becomes entangled in solving the crime, proving his innocence, and breaking up a spy ring about to sell government secrets.  All roles are very physical and require excellent comic timing. Please be prepared for some improvisation at auditions and dialects are encouraged.

 

Auditions will be May 16 and 17 at Armour Street Theatre. Actors will sign up for one of two sessions: 7:00-8:00pm or 8:00-9:00pm. Sign up by emailing Artistic Director-Sylvia Schnople at Sylvia@davidsoncommunityplayers.org

Roles limited to actors ages 18 and up

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and non-dance movement.  The 39 Steps is a very physical show and requires a great deal of movement from the actors.

Rehearsal begins in late May with production dates July 15-July 25th.


Available Roles

 

Richard Hannay Male, 35-45

A dashing leading man entangled in the adventure of a lifetime, as he becomes a fugitive on the run to save his own life and foil the spy ring that is trying to silence him. British dialect

Annabella Schmidt/Margaret/Pamela: Female, 25-40

A versatile actress to play three roles: Annabella is a mysterious alluring German spy; Margaret is young, shy, sheltered, Scottish wife of an older country farmer; Pamela is our spunky, independent, and young British heroine. German, Scottish, British dialects

Clown 1 / Clown 2: Male/Male or Male/Female, 20-50

Two characters to share in playing multiple roles, must be versatile, creative, and playful actors with verbal and physical comic timing and agility. Multiple European dialects.

 

MADAGASCAR A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Music and lyrics by George Noriega and Joel Someillan
Directed by Matt Webster

Auditions are May 21!!



Auditions for this fun Connie Company youth musical will be Friday, May 21 from 5-7pm and Saturday, May 22 from 10-12noon at DCP's Actor's Lab located at 20700 N. Main Street, suite 112 in Cornelius. Please come prepared with 16 bars of a song to sing.  Auditions are by appointment only.  Please click on the link here to secure your spot. Masks are required for all auditionees.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050944a4a82f4-auditions

Performances will be Aug 5-8 at the Armour Street Theatre.  

Looking for actors ages 8-20. Seeking actors of all ethnicities. Some roles have been precast for this show because of a previously scheduled production of this show that was postponed due to Covid..

Questions? Contact DCP Youth Director Katie Mullis at katie@davidsoncommunityplayers.org  or at 704-892-7953.  For character descriptions, see below

The production features these roles.

Alex - Alex, the lion, is the main attraction at the Central Park Zoo and undoubtedly "The King of New York City." He's a fun-loving fella whose devotion to steak is matched only by his devotion to his friends. Looking for a great singer and actor but most importantly, someone who has that magnetic quality of a showman.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Marty - Marty is a zebra with dreams of exploring beyond the confines of the Central Park Zoo and into the wild. Need a young man who is a solid singer and actor who also possesses a sweet disposition. He should be a perfect complement to Alex.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Gloria - Gloria, the hippopotamus, is a bold young lady with a maternal streak that shines when she's with her three closest friends: Alex, Marty and Melman. This a great part for a performer who can act, sing and who can serve as the caretaker of the group.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Eb4
Melman - Melman is a kind-hearted giraffe who is a bit of a hypochondriac. He's always just a little bit nervous, but when it comes down to it, he'll rise to the situation. Looking for an actor who can sing well but more notably, can carve out this comedic part with strong acting choices.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: E3
The Penguins - The Penguins are a group of birds on a mission: bust out of the zoo and return home to Antarctica. Skipper serves as the captain of the group, giving orders with ease and command. Kowalski is Skipper's second-in-command and a dutiful one at that. Rico is the brute of the group and can karate chop anything in sight. Private's primary job in the group is to maintain the cute and fuzzy disguise. 
Gender: Any
The Zookeepers - The Zookeepers introduce the crowds to all the sights and attractions of the Central Park Zoo. Zookeeper Zelda, Zookeeper Zeke and Zookeeper Zoe are perfect parts for proficient musicians and actors who can express a real excitement and passion for the animals. Zelda has a large solo in the opening. 
Gender: Any
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B3
Mason - Mason is a chimpanzee with a bone to pick: though highly intelligent, his species seems to get a bad reputation for being simpleminded, and he takes that quite personally. This is a great acting role for a performer who can make bold choices from the get-go.
Gender: Male
The Lemurs - The Lemurs are a wild band of creatures native to Madagascar trying desperately to avoid being eaten by the cat-like creatures called the Fossa. King Julien is their leader and the perfect part for the comedian of your company who can sing, dance, act and has intuitive comedic timing. Maurice is King Julien's assistant who is not so welcoming to Madagascar's new inhabitants. This part is perfect for an actor who can convey distrust and disinterest while still being a powerful second-in-command to King Julien. Mort is the littlest of the Lemurs, who can barely speak. 
Gender: Any
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3
The Foosa - The Fossa are cat-like predators with an appetite for Lemurs! The Fossa Leader is the biggest and baddest of the Fossa and is feared by most of the creatures in Madagascar. 
Gender: Any
Servers - Servers #1, #2 and #3 are imagined servers in Alex's dream when he starts to desire meat desperately! Three performers who can both dance and sing well and work as a unit well together.
Gender: Any
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4
The Lionesses - The Lionesses are a group of lady lions and Alex's background singers and dancers. These are great featured roles for dancers.
Gender: Female
Also,  great cameo roles with speaking lines. Remember! No role is too small, and each one serves to create the larger picture of the world of Madagascar JR., so we'll cast a colorful group of characters in these fun roles.
Gender: Any

If you would like to be added to our Audition email list, please call 704-892-7953 or

 




                                                                 
           
                                     Non-Discrimination Policy
 
All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. DCP encourages anyone who is interested to audition and we are always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to our stage. Except as specifically required by the playwright for certain roles, Davidson Community Players has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage and welcome members of diverse backgrounds, experience and abilities to audition for our productions.





                                                  Auditioning at DCP
DCP encourages everyone to audition for a show regardless of your acting experience. We want you to feel comfortable at auditions and we strive to make this a rewarding experience for everyone.
In order to provide you with the best audition experience possible, we have compiled a few helpful hints and bits of information about the audition and rehearsal process.

PRIOR TO AUDITIONS

1) Read over the audition notice thoroughly. You can find the complete audition notice posted on our website www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. The audition information will provide details about character description, audition requirements and general information about the rehearsal schedule.
2) Read the script and/or research the play. Scripts are available in the DCP office three weeks prior to auditions and can be checked out for 48 hours with a $5.00 deposit. For non-musicals directors generally ask for a cold reading, which are scene selections from the script, so familiarity with the script is certainly beneficial.
3) If you are auditioning for a musical, you will be asked to perform a song of your choice as well as participating in a group dance audition. You will need to provide sheet music for the accompanist at the audition. Choose a song that showcases your voice. Read the audition notice carefully to see if there is a particular style of song requested by the director. DCP offers musical theatre audition workshops which are a great way to prepare for auditions!
4) Update your resume' and headshot. Your resume' should include your theatre and/or performance experience, if any. If you have special skills or training that is relevant to theatre, please list on the resume'. Your headshot does not need to be professional; however, it is suggested that it be a recent photograph. Attach the headshot to the back of the resume' and bring to auditions.

THE AUDITION
1) Unless otherwise noted, auditions are held at the Armour Street theatre. You will enter through the basement door nearest the gravel parking lot where you will be greeted by our audition assistant. You will sign in and be given a numbered audition form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible with special attention paid to the area where you list your conflicts.
2) Depending on the director, you may be seen as part of a group or individually. For a non- musical, you will be asked to do cold readings with others who are auditioning. For musicals, you will be asked to perform your musical selection and then learn and present a dance sequence. The director may ask you to do a cold reading as well as dance and sing. If you are auditioning for a Connie Company production, you may be asked to participate in theatre games and improvisations.

CASTING
1) Some directors will schedule a "callback" or second round of auditions. Notification of callbacks will be made by phone within 24 hours of the final audition. Being called back does not mean you are cast in the production and likewise NOT being called back doesn't mean that you are NOT cast in the production.
2) Casting the show is the responsibility of the director and in the case of a musical, the director and music director. Our DCP policy is that all casting decisions will be made within 72 hours of the final audition (or callback) unless there are extenuating circumstances. Casting offers will be made by a phone call. After the cast is confirmed, the cast list will be posted on the DCP website. DCP will send out notices to those who are not cast via email.
3) DCP encourages and welcomes people of all races, genders and abilities to audition for all productions.

REHEARSALS
In general, plays rehearse 6 weeks and musicals 8-10 weeks. Rehearsals are usually held five days a week, Sunday-Thursday, in the evening. All rehearsals are held at the Armour Street theatre unless otherwise noted. The director will provide a rehearsal schedule at least two weeks in advance. Directors are encouraged to create rehearsal schedules taking into account the actor conflicts. The week prior to the production is "tech" week, which will be nightly rehersals until opening. A "brush up" rehearsal may be scheduled between the first and second week of the show.

FINAL NOTE
Casting is the most difficult part of being a director. Directors agonize many hours over the casting process to ensure that the best choices are made for their particular production. Frequently a strong actor may not be cast because the actor does not fit the director's vision for the part, is physically mismatched with other cast members or has numerous conflicts. Please don't be discouraged if you are not cast for a production; just keep auditioning!
 


All Main Stage and youth shows for the remainder of 2021 are dependent on the State's restictions, so our schedule will be flexible.  Please check back to the wesbite or check on our Facebook page for up-to-date information about upcoming shows and auditions.