Auditions

AUDITION INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE:

Role requirements may vary with each production. Please continue to visit this page for updated requirements and dates as audition dates near. If you having questions regarding any auditions or productions, or are interested in helping backstage or with front of house for any production, please contact our Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org and indicate what show you have questions about or would like to assist with.


Summer Series

James and the Giant Peach (MS)

Taming of the Shrew (HS to age 22)

Avenue Q (HS to age 22)


Newnan Theatre Company is pleased to announce that we will be holding auditions for all of our Summer Series productions (for High School to age 22) of “Taming of the Shrew,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Jennifer Dorrell; (for High School to age 22) “Avenue Q” Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book by Jeff Whitty, directed by Melanie Bruner, and musical director Bruce Patterson; AND (for Middle School students) “James and the Giant Peach” by David Wood, Roald Dahl, directed by Donna Shute Provencher. Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 27th, from 6pm-9pm and Monday 28th from 7pm-10pm. No audition appointments are needed; the show is open to any and all who wish to audition who fall into the age requirements. Auditions will be held at the theatre at 24 First Avenue, Newnan, Ga 30263.


The Taming of the Shrew 

(For rising High School Freshmen to age 22)

Show dates June 26-29, 2014

One of the Bard of Avon’s best-known comedies, this story of a battle of the sexes has become one of the most performed plays ever written. Bianca is a beautiful young girl, with suitors of all ages and standings clamoring for her hand, but her father will not allow her to be married until her older sister, Katherina, is married first. But Katherina’s strong will, temper, and mindset is such that no suitor has ever made it past the first few moments of her company. When Petruchio, a well-to-do scoundrel, comes to town, he takes the challenge of being the one to break Katherina’s spirit and make her “a dutiful wife.” The battles between Katherina and Petruchio become wars, and the town of Padua may never recover.

Those interested in auditioning for Taming of the Shrew should prepare a comedic Shakespeare monologue of less than one minute.

Character Descriptions
Christopher Sly. A poor vagrant who falls asleep drunk in front of a tavern at the beginning of the Induction. A Lord returning from hunting finds Sly asleep and plays a trick on him, carrying Sly to the Lord’s house and ordering the servants to treat Sly like a lord when he wakes up. A group of actors who visit the Lord’s house perform The Taming of the Shrew for Sly, which takes up the rest of the play. Sly is cantankerous and quarrelsome, more interested in drinking the beer and eating the beef jerky he is used to than in accepting the role of aristocrat. However, when he finds out that in his role as a lord he has a wife (actually the Page in disguise), he quickly changes his mind, anxious to get alone with her and take her to bed.

Lord. A very wealthy nobleman whose practical joke on Sly dominates the Induction and provides the set-up for the rest of the play. As the Lord carries out his joke, making Sly think that Sly is really a lord and doesn’t remember it, we get to see all of the luxuries that an aristocrat of Shakespeare’s day would enjoy—a pack of hunting dogs, numerous servants, a grand house, erotic artwork, imported wines and perfumes, preserved fruits, and so on.

Hostess. The proprietress of a tavern who gets in an argument with Sly in the first lines of the play.

Page. A boy servant to the Lord. The Lord has the Page dress as a lady and play the part of Sly’s wife.

Players. A troupe of traveling actors who arrive at the Lord’s house offering to perform, and who help the Lord carry out his joke on Sly. They perform The Taming of the Shrew.

Katherine. The shrew of the play’s title, and the oldest daughter of Baptista Minola and sister of Bianca. Katherine, who is also called Katherina or Kate, is extremely strong-willed. She insists upon saying whatever she thinks and expressing whatever she feels. Her words are abusive and angry, and her actions are often violent. In Shakespeare’s time, women like Katherine were called shrews, and they were strongly disapproved of as the worst possible kind of women. Petruchio undertakes the challenge of taming her, turning her into an obedient and pleasant wife.

Petruchio. A wealthy gentleman from Verona. Loud, boisterous, eccentric, and quick-witted, Petruchio comes to Padua to increase his fortune by marrying rich. All he wants is a bride with an enormous dowry, and Katherine fits the bill. Though everyone else warns him against trying to marry Katherine, he sets out to tame her by pitting his own violent temper against hers.

Baptista Minola. A wealthy citizen of Padua, and the father of Katherine and Bianca. Though many men want to marry Bianca, Baptista refuses to allow Bianca to marry before Katherine, whom no one wants to marry. Baptista is good-hearted and generous toward his two daughters, lavishing expensive books and lessons upon them, but he is completely at a loss for how to deal with the strong-willed Katherine.

Bianca. The younger daughter of Baptista. The opposite of her sister Katherine, Bianca is soft-spoken, sweet, and unassuming, as well as beautiful. Because of her large dowry and her mild behavior, several men compete for her hand.

Lucentio. A young nobleman from Pisa who comes to Padua to study at the city’s renowned university, but who is immediately sidetracked when he falls in love with Bianca at first sight. Good-natured and intrepid, Lucentio is the most sympathetic of Bianca’s suitors. He disguises himself as a classics instructor named Cambio so he can gain access to Bianca and win her love.

Tranio. Lucentio’s servant, who accompanies Lucentio from Pisa. Wily and comical, Tranio plays an important part in Lucentio’s charade by pretending to be Lucentio and bargaining with Baptista for Bianca’s hand.

Gremio and Hortensio. Two older gentlemen of Padua who want to marry Bianca. Although they are rivals, they become allies because of their mutual frustration with and rejection by Bianca. Hortensio is an old friend of Petruchio’s, and he suggests Katherine as a possible wife for Petruchio. He then dresses up as a music instructor to court Bianca. Hortensio and Gremio are both thwarted by Lucentio in their efforts to win Bianca.

Grumio. Petruchio’s servant and the fool of the play. He provides comic relief by pretending to misunderstand Petruchio and getting into ridiculous arguments with him.

Biondello. Lucentio’s second servant, who assists his master and Tranio in carrying out their plot.

Curtis, Nathaniel, Phillip, Joseph, Nicholas, Peter. Servants in Petruchio’s household.

Tailor, Haberdasher. The dress-maker and hat-maker hired by Petruchio to dress Katherine. Petruchio criticizes their work and sends them away, as part of his scheme to tame Katherine.

Widow. A wealthy widow of Padua whom Hortensio marries after abandoning his attempt to marry Bianca.

Merchant. A merchant recently from Mantua, whom Lucentio tricks into pretending to be Lucentio’s father.


Avenue Q 

(For rising High School Freshmen to age 22)

Show dates are July 24-27, 2014

Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of 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. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

*Mature Content*

Those interested in auditioning for Avenue Q should prepare a 16 to 32 bars from  an up-tempo broadway song.


Character Descriptions

BRIAN. A laid-back guy married to Christmas Eve.

B2 - F#4

Baritone


CHRISTMAS EVE. An archetypal Asian immigrant who wants to be a therapist and does a killer Judy Garland

impersonation.

B3 - F#5


GARY COLEMAN. Yes, that Gary Coleman but now a superintendent of a building on Avenue Q.  

D3 - Bb5


KATE MONSTER. A Kindergarten teaching assistant, a bit older than Princeton.

F#3 - F5

Soprano


LUCY. A boa-wearing nightclub singer who likes to seduce young guys like Princeton.

F3 - F5

Alto - Belting


MRS. T Ancient, cranky, and thistle-like. The Kindergarten teacher who Kate Monster works for


NICKY. A bit of a slacker, who lives with Rod. Think Ernie from Sesame Street.

B2 - B4

Baritenor


PRINCETON. A fresh-faced kid just out of college.

Bb2 - G4

Baritenor


ROD. A Republican investment banker (resembles Bert from Sesame Street) who lives with Nicky. Rod is

struggling with being gay and comes out over the course of the show.

A2 - G4

Baritenor


THE BAD IDEA BEARS. Two little bears who like to come out and convince good people to do bad bad things...in a snuggly way.

1 female voice (Mezzo) and 1 male voice (Baritone)


TREKKIE MONSTER. (Not to be confused with Cookie Monster, although the vocal resemblance is uncanny)- a monster who lives in the building on Avenue Q is very obsessed with using the internet for naughty things!

Bb2 - Eb4


James and the Giant Peach 

(For Middle School Students)

Show dates are July 17-20, 2014

Cast: 21 (most either gender). A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm. You will also see James' mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end. The action is tied together by the Narrator, a storyteller, motivator, emcee and audience friend. Take advantage of the quick costuming, simple props and basic scenery to provide your cast and audience with an exciting, peachy adventure! Multiple simple sets.


Video Auditions will be accepted. Please send those to artistic-director@newnantheatre.org with the same requirements from the audition. Please include your name, and a resume in the email. The video must be in by Monday the 28th.

Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind to any performer to take part in our productions.

If you have any questions about these auditions or the production, please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org


If you have additional questions, please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org

Newnan Theatre Company does not charge production fees of any kind for any show to performers of any age.  

Newnan Theatre Company does not pay performers for any of our productions at this time.

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If you have questions about auditions or this production please email NTC’s Artistic Director, Tony Daniel, at artistic-director@newnantheatre.org.