STAGES Auditions for Current and Upcoming Productions
What to expect
- Rehearsals for plays are usually Mondays through Thursday with performances on weekends, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.
- Many STAGES productions are performed at local schools and other venues.
- You may be required to miss several days of school in order to partake in these performances.
What to bring
Resume and head-shots are encouraged, but not required.
All auditions at STAGES are non-paying roles and are open to students through grade 12.
Audition will consist of cold reading from the script after a little rehearsal time. Monologues are encouraged, but not required.
Please prepare to sing approximately 16-bars from a musical comedy that best represents your vocal range and personality. Bring sheet music in your key, a backing track or you may also choose to sing a cappella.
Be prepared to move, demonstrate flexibility, learn and perform a short dance combination.
Century High School & STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy
It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter Boston Police Detective Frank Chioffi to unravel the mystery, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!
Curtains is parody of 1950s “whodunnit” theater mysteries. A hilarious journey for both performers and the audience, the original Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Curtains – Directed by Linda Anderson
Auditions (by appointment):
Pick one slot either Monday OR Tuesday AND one slot Wednesday.
Reserve Thursday/Friday for callbacks.
Sing & Read (Pick one slot either day)
Monday, January 29 – 4:00-5:45 pm; 6:00-7:45 pm; 8:00-9:30 pm
Tuesday, January 30 – 4:00-5:45 pm; 6:00-7:45 pm; 8:00-9:30 pm
Group Dance & Sing (Pick one slot)
Wednesday, January 31 – 4:00-6:00 pm; 6:30-8:30 pm
Click HERE to schedule your auditions
All auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at Century High School auditorium
WHAT TO PREPARE:
For Sing & Read:
- One song selection from a Broadway or Disney musical in the style of the show, 16-32 bars or up to a minute in length (one verse and one chorus). Please NO pop songs or anything from Annie or Wicked. Bring a musical backing track in your correct key with no other lead voices on the track. Can be a CD or an mp3 on your phone or other device. (If making a CD, please be sure to listen to it after you create it to make sure it works!)
- You will read selections from the script provided at audition.
For Group Dance & Sing:
- Come in comfortable clothes that you can dance in (and a water bottle.) You will be taught some dance steps and combinations to perform in a group and perhaps individually.
- You will be taught a portion of a song from the show that you will sing in a group while moving and dancing.
Please bring headshot or photo (resume optional) and be prepared to list all your scheduling conflicts.
We will be looking for the following when you audition:
- Ability to sing consistently on pitch and with expression
- Solid sense of beat and rhythm
- Overall preparation (knowledge of prepared song and self-presentation)
- Positive Behavior
We are also looking to fill behind-the-scenes positions such as: Stage Manager, Tech Crew, Set Design & building, Costumes, Dance Captain, etc. Let us know if you are interested in any backstage support position.
First Meeting and Read-through: Wednesday, February 7 (6:00-8:30 pm.)
Rehearsals begin: Tuesday, February 20th. Rehearsals will be Monday – Friday, 6:00-9:00 pm. You will not be called every day (unless in a principal role), only when you are needed to work. Attendance at ALL tech week rehearsals (April 16-25) as well as all performances is mandatory.
Fridays, April 27, May 4 & 11 at 7:00 PM
Saturdays, April 28, May 5 & 12 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
*Times subject to change
Setting: Boston Colonial Theatre, 1959
CAST OF CHARACTERS
- LIEUTENANT FRANK CIOFFI (40s) – Baritone: Local Boston detective who is also a musical theatre aficionado. Aside from being exceptionally good at his job, he has also aspired to be a musical theatre performer his entire life. He falls in love with Niki.
- NIKI HARRIS (20s-early 30s) – Soprano: Pretty, naïve ingénue. Niki is a chorus girl/understudy in the chorus of the show-within-the-show during its Boston tryout. She aspires to make it as a performer on Broadway. She meets and falls in love with Dt. Frank Cioffi who is investigating a murder at the theatre. Actress must have legit Soprano and good comic timing.
- GEORGIA HENDRICKS (30s) – Mezzo: Female half of our songwriting team. Ends up taking on the leading lady role. Must sing and dance well.
- CARMEN BERNSTEIN (45-65) – Alto: Brassy Broadway producer. Terrific comedic actress who sings well.
- AARON FOX (40s) – Baritone. The composer of the show-within-the-show. His songwriting partner, Georgia, is also his wife from whom he’s separated. He’s a sexy, charming ladies’ man.
- SIDNEY BERNSTEIN (Late 50s-Mid 60s): The producer of an out of town flop. Sidney is tough and self-serving. Seeking a character actor with good comic timing.
- CHRISTOPHER BELLING (40-60) – Baritone: English director. Very camp. Very funny. Requires a good comic lead actor.
- BAMBI BERNÉT (Early 20s-early 30s) – Mezzo. Performer in the chorus and daughter of Carmen, the lead producer. Hungry to work her way up to leading performer many think she was only hired because of her mother. Bambi is a good dancer/comedienne who sings well.
- DARYL GRADY (30s): A theatre critic for the local Boston newspaper, he enjoys using the power he has to make or break shows during their out-of-town tryouts.
- JOHNNY HARMON (40s-50s): The Stage Manager of the show-within-the-show. Johnny is a character man or woman who is gruff but lovable. He/she keeps the company in line and on their toes throughout the rehearsal process.
- OSCAR SHAPIRO (45-65) – Baritone: The general manager. An agreeable if slightly gruff man. He is always looking for any angle to find money. Seeking a good comic actor who sings.
- BOBBY PEPPER (20s to early 30s) – Baritone. The choreographer and lead dancer. Seeking a strong singer who dances well.
- JESSICA CRENSHAW (30s-40s) – Soprano who sings off-key. Fading Hollywood star. A diva, who has no right to be one, she is a terrible singer and actress who stars in the show within a show and gets murdered on its opening night. (This actor then joins the ensemble for the rest of the show.)
- Singing/Dancing Ensemble including some speaking roles.