Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

AUDITION

 

A Christmas Carol, A Star is Dead, and Boeing Boeing

General Auditions


Metropolis Performing Arts Centre announces general auditions for A Christmas Carol, A Star is Dead, and Boeing Boeing. This years’ A Christmas Carol (Winter 2017) is an original musical adapted for the Metropolis stage by resident playwright Scott Woldman, directed by Jen Cupani, musical direction by Micky York, and choreography by Kristine Burdi. To be performed at the Metropolis Ballroom, A Star is Dead (Fall 2017) is an original murder mystery written for Metropolis by Andrew Pond and directed by Sarah Buto. The farce Boeing Boeing (Winter 2018) by Marc Camoletti will be directed by David Belew. Seeking adult actors with strong comedy/improv skills; adult, teen, and child actors who can sing, act, and move well, and some teen and adult actors/singers who are skilled technical dancers.

Audition Dates:
Thursday, September 28 – 7:00pm-11:00pm
Friday, September 29 – 6:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, September 30 – 3:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, October 1 – 6:00pm-11:00pm
Audition slots will be individually assigned based on requested dates/times.

Callback Dates:
A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, October 10 – 5:00pm-11:00pm
Friday, October 13 – 5:00pm-11:00pm

A Star is Dead
Saturday, 10/14 – 3:00pm-7:00pm

Boeing Boeing
Thursday, November 16 – 6:00pm-10:00pm
Friday, November 17 – 6:00pm-10:00pm

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:
- Adults only - To be considered only for A Star is Dead and/or Boeing Boeing only, please prepare two
comedic contemporary monologues no more than one minute a piece.

- Teens & Adults – To be considered only for A Christmas Carol only, please prepare 16-32 bars of a holiday
carol or a musical theatre song in the style of the show/era that demonstrates your vocal ability. Also, prepare
a 1 minute monologue in the style of the show/era.

- Adults – To be considered for all shows, please prepare 16-32 bars of a holiday carol or a musical theatre
song in the style of the show/era that demonstrates your vocal ability. Also, prepare a 1 minute comedic
contemporary monologue and 1 minute monologue in the style of A Christmas Carol.

- Children – To be considered for A Christmas Carol, please prepare 16 bars of a holiday carol or a musical
theatre song in the style of the show/era that demonstrates your vocal ability. Also, prepare a 1 minute
memorized monologue, story, or poem in the style of the show/era.

An accompanist will be provided. You must audition and bring an updated headshot and resume even if you
have been seen at Metropolis in past seasons. Dance calls will occur during A Christmas Carol’s designated
callback days.

A Christmas Carol Description:
This years adaptation of A Christmas Carol contains all the elements that combine to make Charles Dickens
story a beloved holiday classic. Metropolis’ production adds the warmth and humor that is characteristic of the novel, this is accomplished through the addition of a story-teller, Bob Cratchit, who shares Scrooges story with Tiny Tim and the rest of the Cratchit family.

A Christmas Carol Character Descriptions:
Belinda Cratchit – Youth-teens, female-identifying, British, has common sense, sarcastic, working class
Belle Fezziwig – Late teens-early 30’s, female-identifying, British, Fezziwig’s daughter, Scrooge’s love interest, working class
Bob Cratchit – 30’s, male-identifying, British, charming story-teller, simple, kind, working class
Char Woman – British, down on her luck, smaller role, opportunistic thief, lower class
Delivery Man – British, delivers food to Cratchits, working class
Dick Wilkins – late teens-30’s, male-identifying, British, Young Scrooge’s best friend, working class
Edna – 20’s, female-identifying, British, caroler who takes up collections at the holidays with Hester, friend of Fred’s, upper class
Fan Scrooge – Youth, female-identifying, Scrooge’s little sister, upper class
Mr. Fezziwig – Adult, male-identifying, British, joyful, Scrooge’s boss when he was an apprentice, working class
Fred – 20’s, male-identifying, British, Scrooge’s nephew, confident, kind, upper class
Ghost of Christmas Past – British, magical guide through Scrooge’s past
Ghost of Christmas Present – British, effervescent personality, joyful, big presence, kind, yet honest
Ghost of Christmas Future – Malevolent, dark, feared
Headmaster Brewer – Older, male-identifying, British, headmaster of Scrooge’s boyhood school
Hester – 20’s, female-identifying, British, caroler who takes up collections at the holidays with Edna, friend of Fred’s, object of Topper’s affectionate pursuits, upper class
Katherine – 20’s, female-identifying, British, Fred’s love, kind, upper class
Laundress – female-identifying, British, opportunistic thief, lower class
Jacob Marley – Old, Scrooge’s long time business partner, spirit who warns Scrooge of his fate
Martha Cratchit – Older teen-early 20’s, female-identifying, British, Bob’s oldest daughter, working class
Mrs. Emily Cratchit – 30’s, female-identifying, British, overworked mother, exasperated with Bob, working class
Old Joe – old, male-identifying, British, opportunist, repugnant, lower class
Peter Cratchit – Older teen-early 20’s, male-identifying, British, Bob’s oldest son, working class
Tiny Tim Cratchit – Child, male-identifying, British, Bob Cratchit’s youngest son, optimistic, working class
Topper – 20’s, male-identifying, British, well-to- do, scoundrel, Fred’s lascivious friend with sights set on Hester, upper class
Undertaker’s man – Male-identifying, British, opportunistic thief, lower class
School Boy Scrooge – Pre-teen youth, male-identifying, British, well-to- do, upper class
Young Scrooge – 20’s, male-identifying, British, well-to- do, ambitious, moving out of working class
Ebenezer Scrooge – Seemingly old, male-identifying, British, well-to- do, greedy, cold, upper class
Ensemble Roles also include: Broom Dasher, Garlek Monger, Lum Swooper, Spirits, Violinist, and Town folk. Most
parts double-cast roles.

Production Dates:
Rehearsals – Monday, October 16, 2017 – Monday, November 13, 2017: 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. Children and teens are
rehearsed less hours and are released earlier.

Tech Week – Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Monday, November 27, 2017: Actors with multiple tech week
conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Tuesday 11/14-Thursday 11/16, 6:00pm-
11:00pm; Friday 11/17, 7:00pm-10:00pm; Saturday 11/18, 1:00pm-5:00pm; Sunday 11/19, 1:00pm-11:00pm;
Monday 11/20-Wednesday 11/22, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 11/27, 6:00pm-11:00pm. There is no rehearsal
Thursday 11/23-Sunday 11/26.

Previews & Performances – Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
Performance schedule includes various 9:15am, 10:30am and/or 11:30am shows on Wednesdays-Fridays
from 11/29-12/22; 3:00pm shows on Saturdays-Sundays from 12/2-12/24 and Tuesday 12/26; and 7:00pm
shows on Fridays-Saturdays from 12/1-12/23, as well as Tuesday 12/26 and Wednesday 12/27.

A Star is Dead Description:
At the auditions for Otto Oppenheimer’s newest film The 11 th Commandment, or P.S. From God, the prop gun
goes off “accidentally” and kills the leading man. Detective Paddy O’Furniture must find out who the murderer
is. Was it the assistant to the director who despises the star? Was it his ageing leading lady who’s reliving her
glory days? Perhaps it was his forgotten fiancée, originally promised the lead? It could be the director himself,
who hates just about everyone and everything? From cocktail hour to dessert, Detective O’Furniture will
interview his suspects and other auditionees for the film (audience participants) to unveil the true murderer.
 
A Star is Dead Character Descriptions:
Otto Oppenheimer – 40-55, male-identifying, senile German director, Sarah Barndoor's ex-husband,
considers himself brilliant, finds actors annoying
Francis Dodge Cocopella – 20-30, male-identifying, Otto's assistant and protégé, wants to be a great
director, fancies himself a greater genius than his mentor, despises Sarah Barndoor and John Smith, actor
playing this role must be able to think quickly on their feet and interact well with audience members
John Smith – 25-35, male-identifying, handsome leading man, star of Otto's recent pictures, Shirley Jest
fiancée, believes he is irreplaceable, despises everybody except attractive females
Sarah Barndoor – 40-55, female-identifying, former queen of silent movies, Otto's ex-wife whom she left when she became a star, has fallen on hard times, thinks herself exceptional, pretends she is twenty years younger, abhors everyone
Shirley Jest – 20-30, female-identifying, innocent young girl from Kansas, John Smith's fiancée, object of
Otto's senile lust, thinks herself an actress, too sweet to turn on anyone
Detective Paddy O-Furniture – 30-45, male-identifying, policeman assigned to the case, butt of many jokes,
finds himself competent, disliked by everybody, actor playing this role must be able to think quickly on their feet
and interact well with audience members

Production Dates:
Rehearsals – Monday, October 16, 2017 – Monday, October 23, 2017: 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 – Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – Wednesday, October 25, 2017: Actors who want to be
considered may not have conflicts with tech. Schedule is as follows: Tuesday 10/24-Wednesday 10/25,
6:00pm-11:00pm.

Performance – Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00pm: This murder mystery show is being marketed for
future performances, to be scheduled at the availability of the actors.
 
Boeing Boeing Description:
Soar into this hysterical farce set in 1960’s Paris. Confident bachelor Bernard prides himself on being able to discretely maneuver his three globe-hopping flight attendant fiancées. With the help of his impeccable scheduling abilities and his begrudging housekeeper, Bernard has successfully kept them apart, until now. A surprise visit from an old friend, Robert, and the invention of a new faster jet gives way to a series of events landing all three unsuspecting women at Bernard’s flat at the same time. Buckle in for a bumpy ride as this bachelor tries to avoid a major collision.

Boeing Boeing Character Descriptions:
Bernard – 30-50, male-identifying, a Paris-based bachelor, confident, charming, successful, a lothario
Robert – 30-50, male-identifying, Bernard’s less-sophisticated school chum, naive
Berthe – 35+, female-identifying, no-nonsense, disapproving, taciturn, gruff housekeeper, French accent
Gloria –20-40, female-identifying, attractive American stewardess, gold-digging socialite
Gabriella – 20-40, female-identifying, attractive Italian stewardess, emotional, whimsical, Italian accent
Gretchen – 20-40, female-identifying, attractive German stewardess, passionate, direct, German accent

Production Dates:
Rehearsals – Monday, December 11, 2017 – Saturday, January 20, 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 Week – Sunday, January 21, 2018 – Saturday, February 3, 2018: Actors with multiple tech week
conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Sunday 1/21 – Thursday 1/25, 6:00pm-
11:00pm; Sunday 1/28, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Tuesday 1/29-Wednesday 1-31, 6:00pm-11:00pm.

Previews & Performances – Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Saturday, March 17, 2018: Standard
performance schedule includes 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays
and Sundays.

How to submit for all shows:
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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