SpeakEasy Stage Co. 20-21 Season Musicals – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 05.29.20)

SpeakEasy Stage Company
Boston, MA

Job Details

DESCRIPTION

CALL TYPE
Submission

CONTRACT
NEAT
Cat 6; $506.00

PERSONNEL
Reviewing this EPA will be: Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault and Artistic Fellow Shira Gitlin

OTHER DATES
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: Rehearsals begin Sept 28, 2021; Performances Oct 23 – Nov 22, 2020 (Possible extension to Nov 29, 2020)

BRIGHT STAR: Rehearsals begin Feb 1, 2021; Performances Feb 26 – March 27 2021

OTHER
Audition Video Info: Submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes. Actors are encouraged to perform musical selections in the style of the show. Actors may also feature their skills with piano, accordion, mandolin, guitar, banjo, viola, violin, fiddle, cello, upright bass, percussion, or other instrument.

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 submit.

SEEKING
Due to COVID-19 and Social Distancing Efforts, accepting Video Submission Auditions in lieu of live EPAs locally at the theatre in Boston, MA.

Seeking Video Submissions from Equity Members only for the 2020-21 Season Musicals. (see breakdown)

For pre-cast roles, auditioning performers will be considered as possible (emergency) replacements, should any become necessary. No understudies are being cast.

BREAKDOWN

Other: For these auditions, no nudity or any form of sexual contact will be required as part of an actor’s audition. We will not ask prospective participants to perform violence or sexual contact as part of an audition without disclosing this expectation in the audition notice or invitation. SpeakEasy Stage Company seeks to foster an environment of communication, safety, respect, accountability, and the health, safety, and well- being of institutions and its participants.

Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting. SpeakEasy Stage Company shall conduct all auditions/interviews in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ability statuses. SpeakEasy Stage Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

20-21 Season Musicals

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty; directed by Pascale Florestal, music direction by David Coleman

Ti Moune:
Female-identified, 18-25 . Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous /Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. A beautifully spirited peasant girl, full of restless energy and optimism; the heroine; tries to break social barriers to be with her love, Daniel; strong alto belt, G (below C) to E (2 above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Daniel:
Male-identified, 22. 18-25. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Ti Moune’s love interest; a handsome, aristocratic young man who struggles with crossing social barriers; sensitive and poetic; strong tenor or baritenor, B (2 below C) to F Sharp (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Mama Euralie:
Female-Identified, 30-59. Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Ti Moune’s adoptive mother; described as an “old peasant”; caring, over-protective, superstitious, fiercely loving, and strong-willed, her similarities often lead to clashes with Ti Moune; strong alto, F Sharp (below C) to B (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal

TonTon Julian:
Male-Identified, 30-59. Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Ti Moune’s adoptive father (“Tonton” is a French affectionate term for “Uncle”); described as an “old peasant”; he teaches Ti Moune that love has no limits, and he goes to great lengths to support her wishes; caring, loving, and practical; strong baritone, A (2 below C) to E (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Asaka:
Any Gender, 25-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Mother of the Earth; a mentor to Ti Moune; personifies the peasants’ connection to the land; she is generous and good-humored on the surface, but like all the gods feared by the islanders; her “motherly” facade is not to be trusted; she is powerful, funny, and ironic; strong mezzo belt, A (below C) to E (2 above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Erzulie:
Any Gender, 20-49. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Goddess of love; a mentor to Ti Moune and foil to Papa Ge; the most approachable of the gods, but ultimately no less egocentric; one of the main instigators of the events of the story, she is looked upon fondly by the people; set out to prove that love is stronger than the fear of death: by love, she means the power of the human heart; strong soprano, B (below C) to E (2 above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Agwe:
Any Gender, 25-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. God of water; a mentor to Ti Moune; Larger than life, mysterious; Perhaps the peasants’ greatest fear next to Papa Ge himself; commanding voice and presence; strong, dramatic baritone/bass with a big range, B (2 below C) to E (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Papa Ge:
Any Gender, 30-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. The sly God of Death; antagonist to the other gods; cunning, manipulative, seductive, cynical, and teasing, he is feared by the people because of what he represents: the unknown that is death; the other main instigator of the drama; strong baritone, C Sharp (below C) to G (above C); strong musician skills; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Andrea/Female Storyteller 1:
Female-Identified, 20-29. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander. Daniel’s betrothed; an attractive, elegant, and refined young woman; she seems cold at first but turns out to be both humane and determined; she pities Ti Moune, but despite having little affection for Daniel, she will not allow sentiment to interfere with her well-ordered plan for marriage and the aristocratic ways; also plays Madame Armand; strong mezzo, B (below C) to D (2 above C); strong musician skills; strong mover; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus.

“Beauxhommes” Narrator/Female Storyteller 2:
Female-Identified, 20-49. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander Excellent singer: soprano; strong musician skills; movement ability is a plus; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; possible understudy assignments; principal.

“Beauxhommes” Narrator/Male Storyteller 1:
Male-Identified, 20-49. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander Excellent singer: tenor; strong musician skills; movement ability is a plus; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; possible understudy assignments; principal.

Male Storyteller 2/Monsieur Beauxhomme/Armand:
Male-Identified, 30-59. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latinx / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander Daniel’s stern father; reminds Daniel of the harsh realities of life; not deliberately cruel, but determined; represents the heart of aristocratic society; also plays Armand, the ancestor; strong baritone, A (2 below C) to D (above C); strong musician skills; movement ability is a plus; ability to play instrument(s) is a plus; principal.

Little Ti Moune:
Female-Identified, 7-11. Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Person, Latino / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian / Indian, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander The younger version of Ti Moune; also plays the child for whom the story is told; energetic, confident, funny, and sweet; strong singer, E Flat (above C) to D Flat (2 above C); principal.

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BRIGHT STAR
music, lyrics by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, book by Steve Martin; directed by Paul Daigneault * All roles have been cast. Actors will be seen for these roles as replacements only.

*Alice Murphy:
Female-identified, 34-39. Any Ethnicity. An editor of a southern literary magazine; intelligent, attractive, professional–but with an air of melancholy. The same actress will also play Young Alice at age 16–rebellious, high-spirited, sexually forward, adventurous. Must be very strong singer and comfortable in folk and bluegrass styles. Vocal range: Very strong singer in a pop-folk style. Wide vocal range.

*Billy Cane:
Male-identified, 22. Any Ethnicity. a soldier returning home from WWII; an aspiring young writer; fresh, open, optimistic, charming, and a little naïve. Vocal range: Bright, natural Bari-Tenor.

*Jimmy Ray Dobbs:
Male-identified, Any Ethnicity. Will play Jimmy Ray in his early 20s in flashbacks–Mayor Dobbs’ son and young Alice’s beau; handsome, boyishly charming, well-built, and intelligent; from a family of wealth and power and is being groomed by his father for a similar future in the family business; an independent thinker who is not afraid to stand up to his father for what he believes in; he has a sense of personal responsibility and morality as well as a deep reserve of passion and emotion. The same actor will also play an adult Jimmy Ray at age 40. Vocal range: Very strong singer in a pop-folk style. Bari-Tenor.

*Mayor Josiah Dobbs:
Male-identified, 56-67. Any Ethnicity. the Mayor of Zebulon; a political and financial powerbroker– distinguished, even elegant, an imposing and controlling presence; has a genuine interest in protecting his son’s future and his family name, but in doing so, is ultimately pushed to a point of extreme and irrevocable cruelty. Vocal range: Bass-Baritone.

*Margo Crawford:
Female-identified, 22. Any Ethnicity. a small-town bookstore owner; a childhood friend of Billy’s who now harbors romantic feelings towards him; a natural beauty with a keen intellect. Vocal range: A Mezzo-Soprano sweet, warm folk voice.

*Daddy Murphy:
Male-identified, 56-67. Any Ethnicity. Alice’s father; an authoritative and a stern disciplinarian; devoutly religious, hard-working, a poor but proud farmer. Vocal range: Baritone.

*Mama Murphy:
Female-identified, 50-64. Any Ethnicity. Alice’s mother; a caretaker to her family and her rural community; a warm, loving, sensible woman; hardworking, with great inner strength and compassion. Vocal range: Strong singer in a pop-folk style. Alto.

*Daddy Cane:
Male-identified, 60-65. Any Ethnicity. Billy’s father; a widower; spry, good-looking; kind-hearted, if a bit lonely. Vocal range: Bari-tenor.

*Daryl Ames:
Male-identified, 26-39. Any Ethnicity. an assistant at a literary magazine; funny, with a dry and officious sense of humor; insecure, and perhaps a bit socially awkward, but endearing and innately likable; some character singing required but not a major singing role; should be able to move well. Vocal range: Bari-tenor.

*Lucy Grant:
Female-identified, 20-30. Any Ethnicity. a junior editor at a literary magazine; an ambitious, professional young “modern” career woman of the 1940s; sexy, forthright, and provocative with a sharp sense of humor; must be able to vocally carry a big uptempo “foot stopping” drinking song and dance/move very well. Vocal range: Strong belt.

*Ensemble (1-4 actor/singer/musicians): Any gender, 20-50. Any Ethnicity. Strong singers with ability to perform multiple roles; skilled musicians.

* All roles have been cast. Actors will be seen for these roles as replacements only.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Please email auditions@speakeasystage.com with your Equity status, full name and pronouns, contact information including the shows for which you would like to be considered, your headshot/resume as a PDF titled “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (2020)”, and your video submission link. For your submission, please use a private link on a streaming service or website such as YouTube or Vimeo (not an attachment) and send the link via email.

Deadline: 05/29/2020

SUBMIT TO
auditions@speakeasystage.com

Union

AEA