St. Michael’s Playhouse 2020 Season – NYC EPA (Accompanist NOT provided) (01.29.20)

St. Michael’s Playhouse
Colchester, VT

Job Details


Call Type: EPA


Expected in attendance:
Producing Artistic Director, Chuck Tobin Resident
Director, Catherine Doherty

EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.

An Equity Monitor will be provided.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.

Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

Equity actors and actor/singers for various roles in the upcoming 2020 Season. See breakdown.

SM positions may be available. See separate notice for submission info.



Book by George Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Dir: Catherine Doherty

First Reh: June 1
Opening: June 16
Closing: June 27

Character Breakdowns and Audition Prep Information

Actors play multiple roles; adept at physical comedy required. All roles sing and require musical theatre dance or movement skills. While the Marx Brothers are at the heart of the production, we are not in search of “imitators” but impressions and suggestions of the original brothers/film stars.

Actor Track 1: Male 40s. Hives/Roscoe W. Chandler/Ensemble. Hives: Snobbish, formal quite witty. Roscoe: quintessential millionaire tycoon. Wants to marry Mrs. Rittenhouse. Lyric Baritone.

Actor Track 2: Female 50s. Mrs. Rittenhouse/Queen of France/Ensemble. Mrs. Rittenhouse: Gracious, wealthy host of the party. Her status is paramount to her as a society matron. Mezzo- soprano.

Actor Track 3: Female 20s – 30s. Arabella Rittenhouse/Mrs. Whitehead. Arabella: Mrs. Rittenhouses daughter; well educated debutante, quick and sharp. Mrs. Whitehead: Mrs. Rittenhouses rival – also a socialite trying to undermine Mrs. Rittenhouses success. Sarcastic and clever. Soprano.

Actor Track 4: Male 30s – 40s. M. Doucet/Wally Winston/Sgt. Hennessey. Doucet: Frenchman who is an art connoisseur. Arrogant, dramatic. Wally Winston: Newspaper columnist. A charming intellectual with a side of sarcasm. Embraces life fully. Tenor.

Actor Track 5: Female 20s – 30s. Grace Carpenter/Mary Stewart/Girl A. Grace: Mrs. Whiteheads sister and partner in crime. World wise, appealing. Mary: Ingenue. Lovely, heartfelt personality. Soprano.

Actor Track 6: Male 20s – 30s. John Parker/Zeppo/Horatius Jamison. Parker: Earnest young lover. Interested in Mary Stewart. Horatio: Straight man to Groucho. Tenor.

Actor Track 7: Male 30s – 50s. Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding/Groucho/Butler. Very funny, verbal dexterity (as in wise guy) unrelenting in his humor and charm. Tenor.

Actor Track 8: Male 30s – 40s. Emanuel Ravelli/Chico/Butler/Man A. Ravelli: Personable and good natured band leader. In pursuit of money as a gambler, petty thief, etc. Chico: Italian heritage, mispronounces his English frequently. Plays piano. Lyric Baritone.

Actor Track 9: Male 30s. The Professor/Harpo/Footman/Man B. Childlike and carefree. Mime and clowning a plus. He’s a playful thief. Always up to shenanigans.

AUDITION PREPARATION for ANIMAL CRACKERS: Prepare a short song in the style of the show (1930s Broadway musical theater, etc). Musical EPA days with Accompanist present are January 27, 28. There will be NO accompanist present on January 29.

By Stephen Sachs
Dir: TBA
First Reh: June 15
Opening: July 1
Closing: July 11

Maude Gutman: Female 50s – 60s. Unemployed bartender living in a trailer park. Has purchased a painting at a thrift store that she believes to be an unknown painting by Jackson Pollock worth millions.

Lional Percy: Male 50s – 60s. A well-established New York art authenticator and a self-described cultural connoisseur.

AUDITION PREPARATION for BAKERSFIELD MIST: Prepare a brief contemporary monologue in the style of the show.

Book and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman
Dir: TBA
First Reh: June 29
Opening: July 15
Closing: July 25

Johnny Blood: Male 20s – 30s. A hot-headed cowboy. Tenor
Father Morse: Male 40s – 50s. Franciscan priest, Irish dialect. Also plays Big Swede, and Saloon

Bartender. Baritone
Sheriff Martin Green: Female Mid to late 30s. Baritone
Susanna AKA Sister Mary Jo: Female 20s. A novice nun and Johnny’s sister. Soprano Governor Von Richterhenkenplflichtgettruber: Male 40s – 50s. German dialect. Baritone. Bella Rose: 20s. Female A saloon girl in love with Johnny. Belter.

AUDITION PREPARATION for DESPERATE MEASURES: Prepare a short song in the style of the show (country western/musical theater). Musical EPA days with Accompanist present are January 27, 28. There will be NO accompanist present on January 29.

By George Brant
Dir: Catherine Doherty
First Reh: July 13
Opening: July 29
Closing August 9

Maggie Dalton: Female, 50s. Talented, persistent but a new theatre director. Plays the Chorus, personable, funny, heart of gold.

Celeste Fielding: Female, 40s. Diva. Dramatic, over-the-top style, articulate but underneath her diva like personality, she’s got some heart after all. Plays Henry IV and Henry V.

Ellsworth Snow: Male, 60s. Board President of the Oberon Play House. A bit pompous, stuffy, resistant to change but truly adores his wife.

Winifred Snow: Female, 50s – 60s. Very enthusiastic and energetic socialite but on the surface perhaps not very talented? Sweet woman who plays Falstaff.

Stuart Lasker: Male, 30s. Very buttoned up Stage Manager. Funny, endearing and loyal. Goes above and beyond the call of duty. Plays Mistress Quickly.

Grace Richards: Female, 30s. New to town. Confident and passionate. Plays Henry IV and Henry V. Ida Green: Female, 20s – 30s. African American, the imaginative Costume Designer; outspoken, loves the theatre, does not suffer fools. Plays Hotspur.

June Bennet: Female, 20s. The quintessential ingénue. Plays the Kates.

AUDITION PREPARATION for INTO THE BREECHES!: Prepare a brief contemporary comic monologue in the style of the show.

As a CORST Theater (Council of Resident Stock Theaters) Saint Michaels Playhouse MUST hire a minimum of five AEA actors to perform in consecutive productions to establish a resident company. In this season resident company members will perform in either ANIMAL CRACKERS and DESPERATE


Saint Michaels Playhouse is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The casting of all productions and the hiring of Stage Managers will be conducted in such a manner as to provide full and fair consideration to Actors of all ethnicities (including but not limited to African-American, Asian/Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic-American, Native American, multi-cultural), women, seniors, and performers with disabilities. Unless otherwise textually indicated, all parts/roles shall be open to all Actors without prejudice, and further there will be active solicitation of Actors of all ethnicities (including but not limited to African- American, Asian/Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic-American, Native American, multi-cultural), women, seniors, and Actors with disabilities.



Audition Information


Ripley-Grier Studios (520)
520 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6507

Waiting Room 16-U Audition Room 16-P

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Lunch 1:30 to 2:30. Accompanist NOT provided.


Prepare EITHER 1) a brief contemporary monologue in the style of one of the shows in the season; OR 2) a brief song in the style of one of the shows in the season; OR 3) a one minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. See breakdown for more details on style of song under each show. ACCOMPANIST NOT PROVIDED THIS DAY. Bring picture and resume.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult

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