Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

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Avenue Q and Beehive: The 60’s Musical General Auditions

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for Avenue Q and Beehive: The 60’s Musical. Avenue Q (Spring 2018), music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and book by Jeff Whitty, will be directed by Lauren Rawitz, with musical direction by Kailey Rockwell, and choreography by Jen Cupani. Beehive: The 60’s Musical (Summer 2018), created by Larry Gallagher, will be directed/choreographed by Dina DiCostanzo. Seeking strong adult actors/singers. Particularly seeking actors of color, who are strongly encouraged to audition. Open to gender-fluid casting for both productions.

Audition Dates:
Avenue Q & Beehive times:
Sunday, December 3 – 1:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday, December 10 – 3:00pm-11:00pm
 
Avenue Q only times:
Saturday, December 9 – 3:00pm-11:00pm
Audition slots will be individually assigned based on the closest available requested date(s)/time(s).
 
Callback Dates:
Avenue Q TBA
Tuesday, December 12-Sunday, December 17, 2017
7:00pm-11:00pm
 
Beehive TBA January 2018
 
Location:
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Accessible from the Metra UPNW Line; located a few blocks from the Arlington Heights stop.
 
Pay:
Rehearsals – Flat fee
Show(s) – Per show pay
**Good pay

Materials to Prepare:

To be considered for Avenue Q, please prepare a song from a contemporary pop musical. Songs from Avenue Q are highly encouraged! Feel free to sing or act using your favorite Monster voice. All Monster voices are welcome!
 
To be considered for Beehive: The 60’s Musical, please prepare 32 bars of music in the style of the show/era that demonstrates your vocal ability.
 
To be considered for both shows, please prepare both required songs as listed above.
 
An accompanist will be provided. You must audition and bring an updated headshot and resume even if you have been seen at Metropolis for past shows. Dance/movement calls will occur during designated callback days.

Avenue Q Description:

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.
 
Avenue Q Character Descriptions:
Puppets
Princeton – Early 20’s. One rod puppet. A fresh-faced kid just out of college. He is looking for his “purpose” in life and is pursuing a career, love, and life satisfaction. He is a little naïve to the realities of life, as are most people his age. Bb2-G4, Tenor.
Kate Monster – Mid 20’s. One rod puppet. A Kindergarten teaching assistant, a bit older than Princeton. She is kind and considerate, but has a feisty side. She’s not weak and definitely not the generic ingénue who gets all swoony and dizzy when it comes to matters of the heart. F#3-F5, Soprano (Mezzo).
Nicky – 20’s. Live hands puppet. A bit of a slacker who lives with Rod. They are best friends, but have a fiery relationship and can often be found arguing. B2-B4, Tenor.
Rod – 20’s/30’s. Two rod puppet. A Republican investment banker with a secret…he is struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality. Rod comes out over the course of the show, and he carries a huge amount of the heart of the show. The actor playing Rod can have a ball, but also has the responsibility to keep his portrayal truthful. A2-G4, Tenor.
Trekkie Monster – 20’s/30’s. Live hands puppet. A reclusive creature obsessed with the internet and all it has to offer. Although he appears abrupt and rude, a sensitive side is revealed during the show. He has a “Cookie Monster” growl to his voice, which would need to be maintained. Bb2-F#4, Baritone.
Lucy – 20’s/30’s. Two rod puppet. A vixenish vamp with a dangerous edge. She has starred in “Girls Gone Wild-Parts 2, 5, & 7”. During the show she seduces Princeton, which causes a showdown with Kate. F3-D5, Alto (Belt).
The Bad Idea Bears – One male-identifying puppet voice and one female-identifying puppet voice. Two rod puppets. Two snuggly, cute teddy-bear types who convince people to do bad things. The bears always work better when they’re cute, sweet, and positive. Male-identifying puppet voice – Baritone; Female-identifying puppet voice – Mezzo.
Mrs. T – Ancient. Live hands puppet. Kate's boss. She is crabby and bossy. Speaking role.
 
Humans
Brian – 30’s. Male-identifying. A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve. Unemployed, but dreams of becoming a famous ‘smutty’ comedian. Brian is very “ordinary” and lives in a relaxed, easy-come easy-go world. B2-F#4, Baritone.
Christmas Eve – 20’s-30’s. Female-identifying. A therapist who recently moved to Avenue Q from Japan. She wears the trousers in her relationship with Brian. She’s super smart and not a stereotype. B3-F#5, Soprano.
Gary Coleman – 30’s. Male- or Female-identifying, yet open to gender fluid casting. Yes, that Gary Coleman. Lives on the Avenue and is superintendent of the apartment buildings. He is a washed up z-list celebrity, who has had a public personal life. D2-Bb4/D3-Bb5. Tenor/Alto (Belt).
Ensemble Members – Also help to operate the two-person puppets.
 

Avenue Q Production Dates:

Rehearsals – Monday, March 26, 2018 – Sunday, May 6, 2018: Weekly rehearsals include 7:00pm-10:00pm MondaysFridays, 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturdays, and 6:00pm-10:00pm Sundays. There is at least one designated evening off each week, selected at the director’s discretion.

Tech Week – Monday, May 7, 2018 – Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Actors with multiple tech week conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Monday 5/7, 7:00pm-10:00pm; Tuesday 5/8-Thursday 5/10, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sunday 5/13, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 5/14-Wednesday 5/16, 6:00pm-11:00pm. There are no rehearsals Friday 5/11- Saturday 5/12.

Previews & Performances – Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Saturday, June 30, 2018: Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. No matinee on Saturday 6/30.

 

Beehive: The 60’s Musical Description:

Beehive: The 60’s Musical is the ultimate celebration of 1960’s female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee,” Beehive: The 60’s Musical nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation – all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era.

Beehive: The 60’s Musical Character Descriptions:
Wanda – Female-identifying or gender fluid. She carries the bulk of the dialogue and narration throughout the revue. She is a strong, powerful and engaging leader and must have the ability to interact comfortably with the audience. Sings “Sweet Talkin’ Guy,” “Then He Kissed Me,” and others.
Pattie – Female-identifying or gender fluid. Portrays Dusty Springfield and others. Sings "It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me," “Son of a Preacher Man,” and others.
Allison – Female-identifying or gender fluid. Sings “My Boyfriend’s Back,” "Where the Boys Are," and others.
Laura – Female-identifying or gender fluid. Portrays Janis Joplin, Lulu, and others. Sings “I’ll Never Change Him,” "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Me and Bobby McGee," and others.
Gina – Female-identifying or gender fluid. Portrays Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Sings "Proud Mary," "Natural Woman" and others.
Jasmine – Female-identifying or gender fluid. Portrays Diana Ross of the Supremes, as well as the lead singer of the Chiffons, Judy Craig. Sings "Where Did Our Love Go?" "Academy Awards," and others.
 

Beehive: The 60’s Musical Production Dates:

Rehearsals – Monday, May 21, 2018– Sunday, July 1, 2018: Weekly rehearsals include 7:00pm-10:00pm Mondays-Fridays, 1:00pm-5:00pm Saturdays, and 6:00pm-10:00pm Sundays. There is at least one designated evening off each week, selected at the director’s discretion.

Tech Rehearsals – Monday, July 2, 2018 – Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Actors with multiple tech week conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Monday 7/2-Tuesday 7/3, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Thursday 7/5, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Friday 7/6, 7:00pm-10:00pm; Sunday 7/8, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 7/9-Wednesday 7/11, 6:00pm-11:00pm. There are no rehearsals Wednesday 7/4 or Saturday 7/7.

Previews & Performances – Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Saturday, August 25, 2018: Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. No matinees on Saturday 7/28 and Saturday 8/18.

 

How to submit:
Please leave us a message at 847-577-5982 x6 with your full name (spelled out), email (spelled out), phone number, and desired audition date(s) and time(s). Audition slots will be individually assigned based on the availability of the requested dates/times. Casting questions and requests for coaching can be directed to casting@metropolisarts.com. Casting Authority – Robin Hughes, Resident Casting Director.
 

Location

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights, 60005
Metropolis is just 2 blocks from the Arlington Heights Metra stop.
There is free parking available on the street and in the garage behind the theatre.

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