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Company OnStage: September 2018 Auditions
News Release
Sunday, September 09, 2018

HOUSTON - Company OnStage is holding auditions for our second round of productions for our 2018-2019 season on Sunday and Monday, September 16 and 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in our new performance home, the former Family Life Center on the campus of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77035. No appointment is required, but please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Headshots and resumes are appreciated but not required. Auditions consist of cold readings from the scripts and there are no prepared monologues.

We will be auditioning two productions, one from our Young Audience Series, and one from Evening Series.

YOUNG AUDIENCE/ALL AGES PRODUCTION

THE STORY OF THE NUTCRACKER

Written by Michele L. Vacca

Produced by Special Arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago

Directed by Jaci Jeane, with Assistant Director Angelica Elliot

Performance Dates: Dec. 1, 8, 9, 15, 22, 2018

Performance Times: Saturday performances at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Rehearsals: Sunday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and additional if needed, beginning approx. October 7, 2018

CASTING REQUIREMENTS:

Open Ethnicity

8-10 Actors, 4-5 F/ 4 -5 M. All actors, except Marie, will be playing multiple roles. There are no roles for children under the age of 10 in this production.

Marie: A young girl: (F) Aged 10-12, could also be played by a teenager or very young-looking adult.

Fritz: Marie’s brother: (M) Aged 15-18, could be played by a very young-looking adult (doubles as Mouse Warrior, Snowflake, Butterscotch Page).

Mother: (F) Aged 30s – 40s (doubles as the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy).

Father: (M) Aged 30s – 40s (doubles as Mouse Warrior, the Snow King, Sugar Plum Fairy’s Prime Minister).

Drosselmeyer: A very spry “elderly” man, a toy maker/antique dealer (M) Aged 40s – 70s (doubles as the Mouse King, the North Wind, and others).

Clara, A Doll: (F) Aged 20s – 30s (doubles as the Silver Frost Dancer, Flute).

Nutcracker: a Toy: (M) Aged 20s – 30s (doubles as the Prince and other characters).

Soldier, A Toy: (M/F) Aged 20s – 30s (doubles as Shimmering Ice, Taffy the Page, and others).

SYNOPSIS: “With visions of sugar plums dancing on stage…” A cast of 8 portrays more than 30 characters in this lively and enchanting production in which Uncle Drosselmeyer presents three very special dolls at Christmas. But when Marie sneaks downstairs to say goodnight to the dolls, including the nutcracker, and the toy soldier, she falls asleep under the Christmas tree holding the nutcracker and enters dreamland, where the beautiful dolls come to life.

AUDITIONS FOR THIS PRODUCTION WILL CONSIST OF COLD READING FROM THE SCRIPT AND PHYSICALITY EXERCISES, AS MOST ACTORS MAY PERFORM MORE THAN ONE ROLE. THIS IS A STRAIGHT DRAMATIC ADAPTATION OF THE NUTCRACKER STORY AND NOT A BALLET. THERE MAY BE MINIMAL DANCING.

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EVENING THEATER PRODUCTION

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL

By John Logenbaugh

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIST PLAY SERVICE, INC.

Directed by Anita Samson

Performance Dates Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 2018

Rehearsals M, W, F evenings, and some variation as needed, beginning approx. October 8, 2018

CASTING REQUIREMENTS

6-7 men and 3 women. Most actors in this production will be playing multiple roles. There are no roles for young children in this production

Sherlock Holmes: (M) early 40s to 50s.

Doctor Watson: (M) mid 30s to 50s (doubles with 3rd Spirit, Mycroft).

Mrs. Hudson: (F) 40s (doubles with 1st Spirit, Head Nurse).

Becky: (F) 20s (doubles with Toff’s Girlfriend, Lieutenant Russel).

Moriarty: (M) 40s – 50s (doubles with 2nd Spirit, Man of the City, Professor).

Young Holmes: (M) 16+ (doubles with Eli, Wiggins, Albert).

Lestrade: (M) 40s (doubles with Uncle Tim, Man of the City #2, Toff, German Soldier).

Topper: (M)30s (doubles with Garrison, General).

SYNOPSIS: A meeting of two Victorian classics. On Christmas Eve, Sherlock Holmes is in a dark and misanthropic mood, soon to retire from solving crimes. The ghostly specter of his great enemy Professor Moriarty warns him that he will be visited by three spirits and of impending doom. We learn about Holmes’ early life and the chaos that near-retirement has caused, and of a terrifying future based on his own actions. Christmas morning finds Holmes a new man and rededicated to his higher purpose. This production is appropriate for the entire family.

THIS PRODUCTION WILL CONSIST OF COLD READING FROM THE SCRIPT AND PHYSICALITY DEMONSTRATIONS AS MOST ACTORS WILL PERFORM MORE THAN ONE ROLE.

The Company OnStage Theater was founded in 1977 by Joyce Randall-McNally, a former associate director of the Alley Theater, along with her husband Hank McNally. After being displaced from its home of 33 years at the now defunct Westbury Square shopping center, Company OnStage has moved to its new performance home on the grounds of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Visit and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecompanyonstage to keep track of COS goings-on, special events, audition notices, and announcements, or call 713-726-1219 for more information.


 




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