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Open Call Auditions for From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

Directed by: Paul Hough
Musical Direction by: Michalis Koutsoupides

Music by: Kurt Weill
Lyrics by: Maxwell Andersen, Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Jacques Deval, Michael Feingold, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Text & Format by: Gene Lerner
Musical Arrangements by: Newton Wayland
Originally directed by: Donald Saddler
Originally Produced by: Gene Lerner & Hank Kaufman
Additional Arrangements by: Scott Harlan

Auditions: September 28th 3pm-7pm

Callbacks by invitation only: October 6th 6:30pm-10:00pm

Auditions will be open call and will be held at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center. Those auditioning should prepare an audition song of their choice from their own repertoire. They need not sing Weill but they may if they choose. They should be prepared with a second contrasting option should that be requested.

Please come prepared with a list of all potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for early January but a more detailed schedule will be provided at auditions.

From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill performs at the White Theatre located at 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Performance Dates:
February 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 at 7:30pm
February 15, 22, March 1 at 2:00pm

Synopsis:

From Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is a joyous and moving celebration of Kurt Weill, a cantor’s son and one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century. Weill’s greatest theatre songs are presented in a fluid blend of music and story, spanning 20 eventful years, from Von Hindenburg and Hitler in Germany to Roosevelt and Truman in the U.S. Weill created some of the most popular and daring musical theatre pieces of his day, collaborating with a dazzling array of literary giants – Bertolt Brecht, Langston Hughes, Maxwell Andersen, Alan Jay Lerner and Ira Gershwin – blurring the boundary between “serious” and “popular” music. This revue artfully mixes cabaret and commentary to tell Weill’s story, featuring timeless hits like “Mack the Knife,” “Speak Low” and “September Song.”

Rated PG-13

Character Descriptions:

Casting 5 accomplished musical theatre or opera soloists all age 20 to 50:

Baritone - the wise “father” of the company. Sings "Mack the Knife" and "September Song"

Tenor - the scamp of the company … sings "Deep in Alaska" and "Lonely House"

Contralto - the most worldly and world-weary of the company. Sings "Pirate Jenny" and "My Ship" or (Tchaikovsky)

Mezzo - the sexy comic of the company. Sings "Surabaya Johnny" and "Saga of Jenny" (or Tchaikovsky)

Soprano - the diva of the company. Sings "-Barbara’s Song" and "That’s Him" (or Tchaikovsky)

Male Narrator - moves from manipulative puppet-master to comic schlemiel. A resemblance to Weill would not be bad Excellent actor with strong musical theatre skills, need not be a soloist. Sings "Lost in the Stars".


Open Call Auditions for Tale of the Allergist's Wife

By Charles Busch
Directed by Barb Nichols

Auditions: October 11th from 1-3 p.m. & October 12th from 3-5 p.m.

Callbacks by invitation only: Oct. 18th 3-5pm

Auditions will be held at the Jewish Community Center and will be open call. Those auditioning should select and prepare the sides of the character you wish to audition. Sides from the show will be available at jcckc.org/auditions by clicking on the character name. No prepared monologue necessary. Those asked to read for callbacks will be supplied with sides following the initial audition.

Tale of the Allergist's Wife performs at the White Theatre located at 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS 66211.

Performance Dates:
January 10, 15, 17 at 7:30pm
January 11, 18 at 2:00pm

Synopsis:

What Do You Need To Be Happy? A Big Life? Great Art? Or Just A Good Suppository?

Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West-Side Doctor's wife is engulfed in a life crisis of Medea-like proportions. She tries to lose herself in a world of art galleries, foreign films and avant-garde theater, but nothing shakes her lethargy. Marjorie's spirits suddenly soar when Lee Green, her fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend, appears on her doorstep and turns her world upside down. Rated PG-13.

Character Descriptions:

Click the character's name for the audition script.

Marjorie: Female, 50's attractive, stylish woman in the throes of an epic depression/raging frustration. 

Lee: Female, 50's energetic, beautifully groomed woman.

Frieda: Female: 70-80 uses a walker but, is as tough as cowhide.

Ira: Male 50's good looking, highly energetic allergist.

Mohammed: Male 20's doorman at apartment, from Iraq (or other 3rd World Nation)


 

For more information on auditions, please contact Jayson Chandley, Facility and Production Coordinator, at 913-327-8074 or jaysonc@jewishkc.org 

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