Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

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Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story – General Auditions

Anything Goes - General Auditions

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Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story - General Auditions

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces auditions for specific roles for Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story (Summer 2019), playwright Alan Janes, composer Paul Jury, and featuring music by Buddy Holly, will be directed by executive artistic director, Joseph Keefe; associate director, Robin Hughes; choreographer, Allyssa O’Donnell; and music director, Ken McMullen. Seeking non-Equity adult actors/singers/musicians/dancers for four ensemble roles and understudy roles. Particularly seeking actors of diversity, who are strongly encouraged to audition. Gender-fluid casting available.

Production 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.
 
Audition:
By video submission only
 
Pay:
Rehearsals – Flat fee
Show(s) – Per show pay
**Good pay

Material to Prepare:

Please prepare 32 bars of a rockabilly, rock n’ roll, or country song in the style of the show. You are welcome to choose a Buddy Holly song or a song from the show. Please prepare a monologue in the style of the show 1-2 minutes in length. Musicians may accompany themselves, or a track may be used. You must audition and submit an updated headshot and resume even if you have been seen at Metropolis for past shows.

Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story Description:

Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day the Music Died.”

Character Descriptions to be cast:

  • Apollo Performer: Female-identified, African-American, dynamic, singer/mover. Capable of owning the stage and the house. This track will also be a radio station DJ and Ensemble.
  • Murray Deutch: Male-identified, music publisher and executive who was instrumental in the discovery of Buddy and the Crickets. This track will also be a Country Singer soloist, a radio station DJ, and Ensemble.
  • Understudy for Murray Deutch track: Male-identified (see above); Understudy for Tommy Allsup: late 20s or early 30s. A great session guitarist who immediately gets Buddy’s genius and is so glad to be along for the ride as one of the Crickets; and Understudy for Assistant Decca Producer.

Production Dates:

Rehearsals – Monday, May 20, 2019 – Sunday, July 7, 2019:  Weekly rehearsals include Mondays-Thursdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm; Saturdays, 1:00pm-5:00pm; and Sundays, 6:00pm-10:00pm. Fridays are the designated evening off.

Tech Week – Monday, July 8, 2019– Wednesday, July 17, 2019:  Actors with multiple tech week conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Monday 7/8-Thursday 7/11, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sunday 7/14, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 7/15-Wednesday 7/17, 6:00pm-11:00pm. There are no rehearsals on Friday 7/12-Saturday 7/13. 

Previews & Performances – Thursday, July 18, 2019 – Saturday, August 31, 2019:  Standard performance schedule includes Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm. There is no show on Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, August 17 at 3:00pm.

How to submit:

Please email your current headshot, resume with phone number, rehearsal conflicts, and video audition with BUDDY AUDITIONS in the header to Metropolis Casting at casting@metropolisarts.com. Casting questions and requests for coaching can be directed to the same email as well. Casting Authority – Robin Hughes, Resident Casting Director, Metropolis Casting.

Metropolis PAC contracts prohibit discrimination. Metropolis PAC is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Metropolis PAC encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers of all abilities, to attend every audition.

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Anything Goes - General Auditions

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, IL announces general auditions for Anything Goes (Fall 2019), music and lyrics by Cole Porter, original book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse, and new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Anything Goes will be directed by Robin Hughes, with choreography by Christie Kerr, and musical direction by Ken McMullen. Seeking strong non-Equity adult actors/dancers/singers. Several roles require strong tap skills. Particularly seeking actors of diversity, who are strongly encouraged to audition. Gender-fluid casting available.

Audition Dates:
Sunday, May 12, 2019 – 12:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 7:30pm-11:00pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 7:00pm-11:00pm
Audition slots will be individually assigned based on the closest available requested date(s)/time(s).
 
Callback Dates:
TBA
 
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 Anything Goes, please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show.  Also prepare one comedic monologue in the style of the show.

An accompanist will be provided, although acapella singing is welcome anytime. If you have been cast in a Metropolis musical during the 2018-19 season and are interested in consideration, please submit a current headshot and resume with your email expressing your interest. All others must audition and bring an updated headshot and resume. Dance calls will occur during designated callback days.

Anything Goes Description:

Anything Goes is a frolicking musical that follows the crazy antics and adventures of a shipload of passengers traveling from New York to London in 1934.

Anything Goes Character Descriptions:

  • Reno Sweeney – Female-identifying, principal role, a sexy evangelist turned nightclub singer, mezzo-soprano.
  • Hope Harcourt – Female-identifying, principal role, a beautiful debutante, soprano.
  • Evangeline Harcourt – Female-identifying, supporting role, a widow who is Hope’s mother.
  • Lord Evelyn Oakleigh – Male-identifying, principal role, a wealthy Englishman, baritone.
  • Elisha Whitney – Male-identifying, principal role, a goggle-eyed tycoon, baritone.
  • Billy Crocker – Male-identifying, principal role, Whitney’s young assistant, tenor.
  • Moonface Martin – Male-identifying, principal role, a hapless gangster who is Public Enemy #13, tenor.
  • Erma Latour – Female-identifying, supporting role, a sexy gangster’s moll, mezzo-soprano.
  • Reverend Henry T. Dobson – Male-identifying, featured role, minister who was a missionary to China, spoken role.
  • Luke – Male-identifying, featured role, a Chinese convert.
  • John – Male-identifying, featured role, a Chinese convert.
  • Purity (Angel #1) – Female-identifying, featured role, showgirl with Reno’s act.
  • Chastity (Angel #2) – Female-identifying, featured role, showgirl with Reno’s act.
  • Charity (Angel #3) – Female-identifying, featured role, showgirl with Reno’s act.
  • Virtue (Angel #4) – Female-identifying, featured role, showgirl with Reno’s act.
  • Ship’s Captain – Male-identifying, supporting role, captain of the S.S. American, baritone.
  • Ship’s Purser – Male-identifying, featured role, purser on the S.S. American.
  • Male Quartet – Male-identifying, supporting roles.
  • Assorted Company Roles – Supporting roles, Fred – a bartender, two reporters, a news photographer, two F.B.I. agents, an old lady in a wheelchair, various sailors/ship’s crew and passengers of the S.S. American.

Anything Goes Production Dates:

Rehearsals – Monday, July 29, 2019 – Monday, September 9, 2019:  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 – Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Wednesday, September 18, 2019:  Actors with tech week conflicts will not be under consideration. Schedule is as follows: Tuesday 9/10-Thursday 9/12, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sunday 9/15, 12:00pm-11:00pm; Monday 9/16-Wednesday 9/18, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Thursday 9/19-Friday 9/20, 3:00pm-5:30pm TBA; there are no rehearsals Friday 9/13-Saturday 9/14.

Previews & Performances – Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019:  Standard performance schedule includes 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3:00pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.

How to submit:

Please email your current headshot, resume and questions with ANYTHING GOES AUDITIONS in the header to Metropolis Casting at casting@metropolisarts.com with your audition request. Along with your h/r, please include your full name, 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 the same email as well. Casting Authority – Metropolis Casting.

Metropolis PAC contracts prohibit discrimination. Metropolis PAC is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Metropolis PAC encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers of all abilities, to attend every audition.

 

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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