Puffs – Pittsburgh PA EPA (02.04.20)
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
Call Type: EPA
Written by Matt Cox
All personnel listed below are expected to be present at the EPA:
Director: Mark Fleischer
Producing Director (CLO): Mark Fleischer Manager of New Work Development (CLO): Olivia O’Connor
First Rehearsal: April 27, 2020
Rehearsal April 27 – May 8 (Hours TBD);
Tech May 9 – 13 (Hours TBD)
First Preview: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Press Opening: Friday, May 22, 2020
Closing: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Performance Schedule: Wed – Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun. 2pm
1pm Thursday matinees May 28, June 25, and July 30
*Please note that rehearsal & performance schedules are subject to change.
Callbacks: Thursday, February 6, 2020 (Hours TBD)
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.
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.
A company of actors for Pittsburgh CLO’s production of PUFFS.
Pittsburgh CLO is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, and body types to audition.
WAYNE HOPKINS (lead): 20s-30s. The hero. Totally uncool, but full of charm and heart. Loyal to a tee. Likes comic books and video games, knows nothing about magic or this weird magic world he is now a part of. Best friends with Oliver and Megan. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
MEGAN JONES (lead): 20s-30s. One of the main trio; begins the show by only desiring to live up to her mother’s reputation: a dark wizard currently in Wiz Priz for being such a bad-ass Death Buddy in her youth. Favorite store: Hot Topic. Favorite color: black. Over time, her tough veneer begins to soften, as a budding romance with Oliver becomes apparent. Defiant and headstrong on the surface, the audience begins to see that her adamance of being completely unique and independent really stems from her desire to be loved and accepted. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
OLIVER RIVERS (lead): 20s-30s. One of the main trio. Incredibly smart and cerebral, he is a math wiz, and proud of it; lovingly a nerd from New Jersey. After ending up at wizarding school, he finds out he isn’t the top of his class, and instead begins a fantastical journey of friendship and even some love, better than any algebra class could ever promise. Real comic chops, incredibly appealing, youthful. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
NARRATOR (lead): 20s-30s. The narrator of the story. She/he guides us through our entire show of Puffy-ness. British accent. Must be a great storyteller, as she/he must keep the audience engaged and updated on all the goings-on. Can be a bit of a know-it-all, but still relatable and appealing. Comedy skills a must, improv background is a plus. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
SUSIE BONES/HARRY/OTHERS: 20s-30s. Susie: Sad. Gloomy. Think Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh.” Constantly in fear of her or her family dying. Harry: Young, plucky, and famous. Struts around school like he owns it. Gets into a few wacky situations, but it’s nothing the bonds of friendship can’t overcome. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
CEDRIC/MR. VOLDY: 20s-30s. An appealing comic actor to play the pivotal roles of Cedric in Act I and Mr. Voldy in Act II. Cedric: A champion. Athletic, winning, popular, and charming. Everyone’s favorite, but still loyal, patient, and kind. A leading example of a Puff. Mr. Voldy: Evil. Like, reeeaaally evil. Wants to rule the world in shadows and darkness and terror. (Or, ya know, just an amazing Ralph Fiennes impression.) Any ethnicity/cultural background.
HANNAH/FEMALE TEACHERS/OTHERS: 20s–30s. Requires playing several different roles back to back, so the ability to play a variety of character types a plus. Hannah: Shy. Very shy. Female Teachers: Professor McG, Professor Plants, Professor T, Bath Babbles. Adults of all kind of different personalities. (Maggie Smith impression for McG.) Any ethnicity/cultural background.
ERNIE MAC/MALE TEACHERS/OTHERS: 20s–30s. Requires an actor capable of doing strong impressions. Ernie Mac: Proud. Loud. Pretty sure he’s the best. Male Teachers: Potions Teacher/ Locky/ Professor Turban/ Mr. Moody. All impressions. Strong comedic ability. (Impressions: Rickman/ Branagh/Gleeson/Whoever played Quirrell in the movie). Any ethnicity/cultural background.
J.FINCH/OTHERS: 20s–30s. Improvisational skills a plus. Boyish & fun. Chipper and happy except, when his life is in mortal danger. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
SALLY/BIPPY/OTHERS: 20s–30s. Sally: Nice. In year 3, goes through a bit of a growth spurt that attracts the other student’s attention, if you know what I mean. Bippy: A house elf. Devoted. Loyal. Kind of annoying. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
LEANNE/OTHERS: 20s–30s. A little distant. A little random. Is possibly a genius or really, really stupid. But has a really strong heart. The Puffiest of the Puffs. Any ethnicity/cultural background.
Requests for an audition appointment should be e-mailed to CabaretAuditions@pittsburghclo.org. Please include:
– Your full name
– Your preferred phone number
– The role(s) for which you are most interested in being considered
– Your requested audition time (please provide availability in at least 30-minute increments).
Equity members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day as time permits.
Pittsburgh CLO Academy
130 CLO Academy Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Cecil Place, 8th floor
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
no scheduled lunch break
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please bring: – A resume and headshot; – A completed Audition Application (audition Applications can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/2NCKXvJ. Paper copies will also be available on the day of auditions) Please prepare: – Please prepare a 1-minute monologue of your choice OR prepare a provided monologue from the show (available at https://bit.ly/2NCVSFU). If you are choosing a monologue from the show, please note that you do NOT need to choose a character for which you are a “type” fit. We want to see you as an actor, so choose the monologue you’re most excited to perform.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult