Auditions for our 2016-2017 Season:
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Auditions for Amahl and the Night Visitors: Sunday, October 16th at 7pm and Monday, October 17th at 7pm.
Music and Lyrics by Gian Carlo Menotti
Directed by Marcia Harris
Show dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16,17 at 7:30pm • December 11 at 3pm
The Italian-American composer and librettist, Gian Carlo Menotti, wrote a classic Christmas opera titled, Amahl and the Night Visitors, which will be presented as the Christmas show for Aiken Community Playhouse in December. We are very proud to bring this production to our stage. It is a one act opera with an original English libretto. It is a beautiful story of a young boy who can walk only with a crutch. This young boy has a problem with tall tales. His mother is constantly working with him to stop. One night, Amahl and his mother are visited by three Kings on their way to see baby Jesus. They trying to seek shelter for the night. Amahl and his mother are very poor and have nothing to offer them but a place to sleep. During the night, the mother steals the gold and is caught by the Kings. They try to punish her, but Amahl pleads for mercy for his mother. The Kings explain that these gifts are for baby Jesus. Amahl offers his crutch to the Kings as a gift for the Savior. A miracle happens, and Amahl is healed. This is truly a story of a Christmas miracle.
The characters are as follows:
Role Voice Type
Amahl Boy soprano
The Mother Soprano or mezzo-soprano
King Kasper Tenor
King Melchior Baritone
King Balthazar Bass
The Page Bass
Dancing Shepherds: Two females and one male
Shepherds and Villagers will make up the ensemble. We need a well balanced group of singers. SATB about 10 to 15.
A FEW GOOD MEN
Auditions for A Few Good Men: Sunday, October 9th at 3pm, and Monday, October 10th at 7pm.
This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Bob Franklin
Show dates: January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30pm • January 22 at 3pm
A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was first produced on Broadway by David Brown in 1989. It tells the story of military lawyers at a court martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. It is a story about honor, about corruption, about 'the system.'
The play has speaking roles for the following:
Lance CPL. Harold Dawson: must look early 20's (one of the accused)
PFC Louden Downey: must look late teens early 20's (the other accused)
Lt. J.G. Sam Weinberg: must look 25-36 max: bright attorney, friend of Kaffee
Lt. J.G. Daniel Kaffee: must look 25-36 max, Harvard grad, slacker
Lt. CMDR. Joanne Galloway: older than Kaffee (look 32-49) dots all i's and crosses t's
CAPT. Isaac Whittaker: (46-55) Head of the DC attorneys in the JAG Corps
CAPT. Matthew Markinson: (40-55)formerly in intelligence, working for Jessup at GITMO
PFC William Santiago: (looks 18-19) the victim
Lt. Col. Nathan Jessup: (37-52) commander of troops at Guantanamo Bay...slated to move to DOD
Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick: (22-35), harsh troop leader with a religious fervor
Lt. Jack Ross: (22-33, if Marine or 29-55 if Navy, bright prosecutor, friends with Kaffee
CPL. Jeffery Owen Howard: (same age as Dawson), One of the squad leaders at GITMO
CPL. Hammaker: (See Dawson), another of the squad leaders
CPL. Dunn: (See Dawson)another of the squad leaders
CAPT. Julius Alexander Randolph: 45-55 (could be slightly older), Judge at the Court Martial
CMDR. Walter Stone: (30's-late 40's) Chief medical officer at GITMO
Three Lawyers working for Whittaker: (25-55)
Tom: (aide to Jessup... late teens early 20's)
Sargeant At Arms: (25+)
Various MP's and other soldiers with minimal or no lines
NOTE: As written, this play calls for an all- male cast, with the exception of Joanne Galloway. For this production, however, primary consideration will be given to acting skills rather than gender, with the following exceptions: the director will be looking to fill the roles of Daniel Kaffee, Nathan Jessup, probably Jonathan Kendrick and Matthew Markinson with males and will be looking specifically for a female to play the role of Joanne Galloway. All other roles will be open to competition among men and women. It should also be remembered that this is a play about military personnel, a diverse group of individuals who are generally considered to be 'fit' . Because of typical movement up the Marine Corps and Navy rankings, the minimum ages are pretty rock bottom... it's possible to push the upper age ranges slightly, although doing so makes a statement about the qualifications of the individuals. Doubling of some roles is possible.
Those auditioning for roles in this play are encouraged to read the script (which may be borrowed from Vivian at the ACP Office) and to become comfortable with the lines spoken by the individuals you think you might like to play.
Broadway and Beyond 2017 Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 22nd starting at 11:00 for grades 8-12 and 2:30pm for grades 4-7 at Aiken Community Playhouse. Performances will be held Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th, 2017.
If you Love to SING, DANCE, and ACT, we'd love to see you at our upcoming Broadway & Beyond Auditions: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Grades 8 -12: Registration 10:30 am; Audition begins at 11:00 am with:
- Group Dance/Choreography: Please wear clothes and shoes suitable for dance movement. The choreography will be taught at the audition.
- Individual Presentations: You will have 2 minutes in total to perform both a selection from a Broadway song AND a monologue from a published play. 2 minutes is a firm cut-off time. Each selection does not have to be 1 minute; if you have a great monologue that is 1 1/2 minutes, your song cut will need to be only 30 seconds long or vice versa. For song and monologue cuts pick the section that you feel shows your strengths the best. For monologues: Please bring 3 copies of the monologue. Include the name of the play and the character being portrayed. For songs: Please bring a track No A Capella presentations. Tracks can be on a cd, or electronic device.
Individual Presentations will be closed. Please remember you do not need to be a "Triple Threat" to be cast, we just want to make sure we get a chance to see you in each of these components.
Grades 4 -7: Registration 2:00 Audition begins at 2:30
- Group Dance/Choreography: Choreography will be taught at auditions. Please wear suitable clothing and shoes.
- Ensemble singing: Group song taught at auditions. No individual presentations are required.
For any student who is unable to attend the auditions on Oct 22nd, we will offer a modified make-up session, date TBD. Format may vary from the official audition. Auditioners must contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Oct. 21. Please indicate "B&B Audition Conflict" in the subject line. We will contact each sender individually - the sooner we know of a conflict, the better chance there is of accommodating your needs. We cannot guarantee a second opportunity to audition.
For further information, please contact ACP at the above email address or call 803-648-1438.
ROMEO AND JULIET(Youth Wing)
Auditions for Romeo and Juliet: Sunday, December 4th at 7pm and Monday, December 5th at 7pm.
In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a long feud between the Montague and Capulet disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly — and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair.
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Mary Claire Millies
Show dates: February 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30pm • February 19 at 3pm
Auditions for Noises Off: Sunday, February 19 at 7pm, Monday, February 20 at 7pm.
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop calledNothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. “The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” – The New York Times
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Thurmond Whatley
Show Dates: April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6 at 7:30pm • May 30 at 3pm
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
Auditions for The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Sunday, February 26 at 3pm, Monday, February 27 at 7pm.
This wildly warm-hearted interactive theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) “puts on” its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit?
Music, Lyric, and Book by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Lisa Kirschner
Show Dates: May 26, 27, June 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30pm • May 30 at 3pm
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Auditions for Barefoot in the Park: May 7 and May 8
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.
Written by Neil Simon
Show Dates: July 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30pm • July 16 at 3pm
Auditions for Outside Mullingar: Sunday, June 11, and Monday, June 12
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness.
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Haley Hughes
Show Dates: July 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30pm • July 16 at 3pm