Audition Announcement – ACT II Production of LITTLE WOMEN

AUDITION CALL FOR ACT II PRODUCTION OF

 

Directed by Tami Kress

Music Direction by Meredith Gornto

Choreography by Alicia Curtis

Assistant Music Direction by Rachel Ealy

Stage Manager –Vacant/Interested Individuals Encouraged to Apply (See Below)

 

ACT II will present Little Women – The Broadway Musical at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington, NC.  Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic, this Civil War story of love and family stands the test of time and has been praised for adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in a glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.

Regular performance dates are January 18-20 and 25-27, 2019.  Two Daytime “School Shows” will be presented at the Paramount on Thursday, January 24, 2019. There will be ten (10) performances in total.

ACT II productions are specifically designed for older and/or more experienced youth actors.  Auditions are open to youth 9th grade and above, and those 18 years old or younger on the date of auditions.  Youth in the 8th grade may also audition, but will only be considered for casting if 1) they have previously participated as cast or crew in three or more ACT productions, and 2) there are no older auditionees who in the Director’s judgment can adequately fill a role.

A Character List is provided below.

 

Auditions will be:

Saturday, November 3 – 9:00 am

and

Sunday, November 4 – 2:00 pm

Location

Alamance Lutheran Church

4008 Highway 62 South

Alamance, NC

If you have conflicts with the audition dates above, please email Greg Wilder by Monday, October 22, 2018 at oldwestheel@yahoo.com.

Those auditioning should:

  • Print out and complete the forms provided below prior to arrival at auditions.
  • Prepare a verse and chorus of a song from memory, if possible, to be sung along with either sheet music (accompanist provided) or an accompaniment (“karaoke”) track that auditionees should provide.
  • Be prepared for a cold read with other auditionees from materials provided at the auditions 

Potential cast members need to attend only one night of auditions, and there will not be any callbacks.

In preparation for auditions, please read these materials and bring the completed forms to the audition.  You can attach your own picture to the Audition Form.

ACT will also be taking individual pictures each night.

Welcome Letter

Audition Form

Music Audition Form

Choreography Audition Form

ACT II is actively seeking a Stage Manager and Tech Crew (including a versatile Props Master to also assist with sets) for Little Women.  ACT II encourages interested individuals to complete the form below and submit it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Greg Wilder at oldwestheel@yahoo.com.

Stage Manager & Tech Crew Application

The final cast and crew list will be posted on ACT’s Facebook Page (and potentially ACT’s website) by Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5:00PM.  Those individuals must email Tiana Kane to accept or decline their roles at ripley.sunshine@gmail.com by 2:00PM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

On Wednesday evening, November 7, all of the cast, crew members, parents/guardians, directors, and producers will meet at Alamance Lutheran Church at 7:00 pm.  A great deal of important information will be discussed, so it is MANDATORY that each cast member and a parent/guardian attend this meeting.  $50 Participation Fee will be collected from each cast member ($40 for each additional sibling).  This fee helps to cover some of the production’s costs.  Scholarships are available to ensure that no young person is unable to participate. Please speak to one of the producers after the parent meeting to make these arrangements.  Scholarship families will be requested to “Pay what they can” and will be asked to contribute additional volunteer hours to the production.

Rehearsals will predominantly be at Alamance Lutheran Church and will generally occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights.  There may be a few nights that extend to 10:00 pm, some Friday night rehearsals that go later, a few limited-cast Wednesday evening rehearsals, a few Saturday morning/afternoon rehearsals and several Sunday afternoon/evening rehearsals.  Some rehearsals with minimal called cast members may be at locations other than Alamance Lutheran.  Not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal but each cast member will be expected to attend all of the rehearsals for which he or she are scheduled.

Tech week begins on Sunday, January 13, 2019 with rehearsals each day/night at the Paramount Theater.  Tech Week rehearsals may extend to 10:30 pm at the latest.  All cast & crew MUST be present this week with no exceptions!

Regular performances will be at the Paramount at 7:00 pm on January 18, 19, 25, & 26, 2019 and 2:00 pm on January 19, 20, 26, & 27, 2019.  Two daytime “School Shows” will occur on Thursday, January 24, 2019 and are scheduled for 9:30 am and 1:30 pm.

All cast and tech crew members must be present for all regular performances and the “School Shows”.  The Alamance-Burlington School System as well as other schools have previously recognized School Show performance days as excused absences for cast and crew members.

Auditionees should be aware that participation in other productions, other than ACT’s production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, that overlap and create conflicts with rehearsals for Little Womenmay be considered in casting decisions.

For any additional information, please contact Tiana Kane at ripley.sunshine@gmail.com.

CHARACTER LIST

JO MARCH  Our story’s protagonist. Passionate, adventurous, and determined young author, struggling to find her place in the world. Independent and fiery.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

MEG MARCH  The eldest and most traditional of the March sisters. Prim and proper but romantic and sweet-natured.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

BETH MARCH  Timid and musical, Beth is a peacemaker who encourages and helps her sisters selflessly.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

AMY MARCH  The youngest March sister who is used to getting her own way and causing problems. She yearns for a sophisticated life.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

MARMEE MARCH  Mother to the four girls and is the backbone of the family while her husband is serving in the army. She manages to remain strong in spite of the difficulties she faces.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano

AUNT MARCH  A formidable, overbearing matron and haughty great-aunt to the March sisters.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano

LAURIE LAURENCE  Lonely and charming boy next door who becomes firm friends with the March family, especially Jo.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Tenor

LAURENCE Grandfather to Laurie. A stiff and stern elderly man who eventually shows his softer side.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Baritone

JOHN BROOKE  Laurie’s tutor. A reserved and hard-working young man who shows his tender side when he falls in love with Meg.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Tenor/Baritone

PROFESSOR BHAER  A sensible German professor boarding with Mrs. Kirk. Persuades Jo that she is “better” than the “blood and guts stuff” she writes.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Baritone

 

Approximately 10 actors will be cast in the Ensemble. From the Ensemble, the following roles will be cast:

MRS. KIRK  The owner of the boarding house in which Professor Bhaer and Jo meet.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano

Characters in Jo’s Operatic Tragedy:

RODRIGO  The determined and brave hero of Jo’s operatic tragedy.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Tenor/Baritone

CLARISSA  A sweet young woman fleeing Sir Braxton Prendergast. The heroine of Jo’s operatic tragedy.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

HAG  A mysterious creature who shows Clarissa the way through the forest in return for her combs.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano

TROLL   A greedy monster who takes Clarissa across wild rapids in return for her necklace.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

KNIGHT  A tired and lonely old man who gives Clarissa his sword in return for her kindness to him.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Baritone

RODRIGO II  The real hero of Jo’s operatic tragedy – Clarissa’s long lost sister.

Gender: Female

Vocal range: Soprano

SIR BRAXTON PRENDERGAST  An evil villain ruthlessly pursuing Clarissa.

Gender: Male

Vocal range: Tenor/Baritone

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