Stages 2020-21 Season- Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 07.31.2020)
$493 weekly minimum
Kenn McLaughlin – Artistic Director
Mitchell Greco – Associate Artistic Director
Josh Morrison – Associate Artistic Director
See breakdown for specific production dates.
Stage manager resumes can be sent to: Stages c/o Josh Morrison
800 Rosine St.
Houston, TX 77019
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 p
AEA Actors/Singers for roles in 2020-21 season (see breakdown).
Due to COVID-19, the theatre is accepting video audition submissions in lieu of live Equity auditions.
Honky Tonk Laundry by Roger Bean – submissions viewed by Mitchell Greco (Director), Steven Jones (Music Director), Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director) and Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 9/7/20
Closing – 12/27/20
LANA MAE HOPKINS: (CAST) Lana Mae runs the Wishy-Washy Washateria. She is cheerful, bighearted, and dresses brightly and unapologetically; a real diamond-in-the-rough. She was raised in the rural woods down yonder, and speaks in colorful Southern colloquialisms. Her thoughts regarding marriage and love are throwbacks to the fifties, and she has kept her marriage intact my ignoring all signs of her husband’s philandering.
KATIE LANE MURPHY: (CAST) Katie secures a job working for Lana Mae in the Wishy-Washy, and sets out to help Lana Mae break free from her husband. At the same time, Katie is struggling with her own obsession with her ex-boyfriend, who still figures prominently in her life. Katie is neurotic, obsessive, and quick with her temper. With Lana Mae’s help, Katie learns to open up and face her fears, especially after administering a little self-medication.
Holidays at the Hope’s by Ben Hope and Katie Barton – submissions viewed by writing team as listed, Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 10/19/20
Closing – 12/27/20
Ben- (CAST) the explorer
Katie- (CAST) the believer
Ryan- (CAST) the magic of Christmas
Buttons Sleeping Beauty: A One-Man Outrageous Unbelievable Covid Lockdown Panto book by Kenn McLaughlin. Music and Lyrics by David Nehls – submissions viewed by writing team as listed, Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 10/19/20
Closing – 12/27/20
BUTTONS – (CAST), the beloved storyteller of Stages’ Panto tradition, has built himself a home on the Sterling Stage at the Gordy since he heard he was going to be in lockdown and didn’t want to miss the chance to have Panto.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson – submissions viewed by Alice Gatling (Director), Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 1/4/21
Closing – 3/7/21
BILLIE HOLIDAY – a great jazz singer in the last year of her life (age 44)
JIMMY POWERS – a piano player, any age
The Giant Void in my Soul by Bernardo Cubria – submissions viewed by Jasminne Mendez (Director), Philip Hays (Director), Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 1/18/21
Closing – 2/12/21
FOOL 1 – They are Abbot. The “Straight Man”. Don Quijote. Looking into the horizon and trying to defeat some windmills
FOOL 2 – They are Costello. The loyal friend. They are Sancho Panza. Who cares if it’s actually a windmill, it it’s attacking your best friend, it’s a windmill.
Performer 1 – Drunk/Woke 1/Deep Thinker/Coworker/Baby
Performer 2 – Bartender/Woke 2/Partner/Parent
Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galvan – submissions viewed by Eboni Bell (Director), Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 3/8/21
Closing – 4/18/21
SABRINA JACKSON aka MAASAI ANGEL, 35, a single Black mother.
TRAMARION JACKSON, 14, a Black son.
CONNIE WRIGHT aka LADY VULTURE, 35, an Asian news anchor.
TOM BLACKMAN aka HUMAN HYENA, 40, a Black field reporter.
LENA EVERS, 32, Sabrina’s sister; Tramarion’s aunt.
COACH COREY BRACKETT aka DEEP THINKER, 40, a part-time coach; full-time history teacher. A Black man.
FLAT JOE/JOSEPH A. HUGHES aka BLACK SUPERMAN, 14, someone else’s Black son; the boy who lived.
DAVE LESTER aka DEATH TAP, 40, a White cop. MICAH, the voice of Connie’s producer.
Cost of Living by Martyna Majok – submissions viewed by Rachel Dickson (Director), Kenn McLaughlin (Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 3/22/21
Closing – 5/2/21
Eddie. late 40s. male.
Ani. early 40s. female. pronounced “Ah-nee.”
Jess. mid 20s. female.
John. mid 20s. male.
MacGyver the Musical book by: Kate Chavez, Robin Ward Holloway, Lindsey Hope Pearlman and Lee David Zlotoff. Music & Lyrics by Peter Lurye – submissions viewed by writing team as listed, Kenn McLaughlin(Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Mitchell Greco (Associate Artistic Director)
First Rehearsal – 4/26/21
Closing – 6/27/20
MACGYVER, our hero, played by an audience member each night. VOICEOVER MAC, the voice of MacGyver’s inner thoughts.
CUE CARD GIRL, the MC for the show and MacGyver’s coach/guide. She will lead him around the stage throughout the show, prompting Audience Mac to perform all necessary stage directions, and of course read all the cue cards!
INGRID, 21, a young East German punk rock singer.
JOHANN, 23, Ingrid’s brother. Also a punk rock singer, and a leader of the resistance movement in East Germany.
HELMUT HEIMLICH, 50s, The dictator who rules East Germany with an iron fist.
BRUNNHILDE “HILDE” SCHNEIDER, late 40s, Ingrid and Johann’s Aunt and surrogate parent, and head of the East German tourism bureau.
LIEUTENANT SCHULTZ, 20s – 30s, Heimlich’s right hand man.
BORIS SKRATZCHMYICH, 50s, a Russian smuggler and hustler who runs the black market in East Berlin.
ALFRED MESSERSCHMIDT, 60s, a border guard.
HANS, early 20s, a member of Ingrid and Johann’s punk rock band, Die Hamburgers. A bit of a hothead.
SNAKE, early 20s, another member of Die Hamburgers. The quiet type, but always happy to fight with Hans.
SIGGI, early 20s, a member of Die Hamburgers. The idealist. Often the peacemaker between the other band members.
STRUDEL, 20s – 30s, the final member of Die Hamburgers. Dark, almost menacing, she is the band member whom all the other ones are always slightly scared of. Very pregnant.
FELIX, 50s, MacGyver’s mission-control man
NOTE: Several actors play more than one role in the musical.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Music and Lyrics by William Finn – submissions will be viewed by Mitchell Greco(Director), Kenn McLaughlin(Artistic Director), Josh Morrison (Associate Artistic Director) and Steven Jones (Music Director)
First rehearsal – 5/10/21
Closing – 6/27/21
CHIP TOLENTINO – Last Year’s Putnam County champ who begins to learn the ups and downs of puberty during the bee. He is strong willed, competitive and ambitious. An athletic, social, boy scout, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment. This role has some of the most difficult singing in the show and requires long sustained high notes.
LOGAINNE SCHWARTZANDGRUNIERRE (SCHWARTZY) – Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures and her mature world views. She has two overbearing gay dads who have turned her neurotic and self-conscious. She speaks with a lisp though has a real confidence about her at times.
LEAF CONEYBEAR – As just the second runner-up in his district’s bee, he really shouldn’t be competing here. He finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He makes his own clothes, is home schooled and lacks social skills. He’s strange but very sweet, loving and kindhearted but distracted. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance. This role allows a ton of personal interpretation and requires physical comedy (i.e. falls).
WILLIAM BARFEE – A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. He has no interest in making friends at the bee. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive. This role requires a strong character actor with impeccable comic timing and the ability to create his own character. The character does not necessarily need to be overweight and is not specific as to ethnicity or race. He must a strong character voice and be an above average dancer.
MARCY PARK – Marcy is the most feared and practiced competitor in the bee. She made it all the way to ninth place in Nationals last year and is back to win again. She speaks six languages, is a member of all-American hockey, a championship rugby player, plays Chopin and Mozart on multiple instruments, sleeps only three hours a night, hides in the bathroom cabinet, and is getting very tired of always winning. She does not recognize her own lack of humor. She is incredibly intense. She is the poster child for the Over-Achieving Asian, and attends a Catholic school called “Our Lady of Intermittent Sorrows.” She is also not allowed to cry. We would prefer an actress with unique talents (i.e. playing piano, twirling batons, juggling, gymnastics) but are open to all interpretations.
OLIVE OSTROVSKY – A young newcomer to competitive spelling. The heart of the show, Olive is basically deserted at the bee. Her mom is in ashram in India and her dad never shows up, even after promising that, this time, he’ll try to make it. Her best friend is a dictionary. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms. This role requires an actress who, despite her meek appearance, has an incredibly strong voice and belt.
RONA LISA PERETTI – This former Spelling Bee champ is not only the county’s top realtor, she also runs a highly lucrative e-Bay business, selling sensible pumps at sensible prices. She is incredibly kind to the spellers, having been in their shoes many years earlier. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward. Should have both a high belt and improv skills. Along with Panch, she guides the comedy of the show and the audience volunteers.
DOUGLAS PANCH – The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. He was involved in an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee that got him removed from the judging panel. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge, in “a better place,” thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections. We are looking for a strong character actor with impeccable comic timing and the ability to improv. While he does not need to sing, he is the most important role in the entire show.
MITCH MAHONEY – The Official Comfort Counselor. This former felon is fulfilling his court ordered community service at the bee and acting as the bee’s “comfort counselor,” handing our juice boxes and a dose of reality to the losers. He has no idea how to offer comfort, but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better. He comes across as scary and tough but is really a big softy deep down.
CARL DAD – Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by actor playing Leaf.
DAN DAD – the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
JESUS CHRIST – Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.
LEAF’S MOM, DAD and SIBLINGS – All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.
OLIVE’S DAD – A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.
OLIVE’S MOM – A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Ron
2 contrasting monologues and/or songs totaling no more than 2 minutes. Video submissions are being accepted through 11:59 pm CDT, July 31, 2020.