Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Production Auditions

Oddfellows Playhouse is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for actors of all ages for asummer children’s theater production of Jack and the Beanstalk by Marjorie Sokoloff.   This is a multi-generational production for actors of all ages with a slighty different take on the traditional folktale.  Jack and the Beanstalk tells the story of a young boy with a tough life. He and his mother have no money, no food, a run-down house, and an opera-singing cow that won't give milk. Just as he's about to be sent off to an orphanage, Jack meets a mysterious stranger, who gives him three magic beans, along with an even more mysterious piece of advice that sets Jack climbing up a beanstalk and into the clouds. There, he meets a Giant who would do anything to change places with him. With the help of a wise-cracking hen and a self-absorbed cow, can all of their problems be solved?

There are 10 roles available.  The characters in the show are as follows:
Jack: Male, the main character, needs to be a moderately athletic performer
Jack's Mother: Female, preferably older age range.
Jack's Father/Stranger: Male, preferably older age range.
Cow: Non-gendered, will have to work with a puppet head, needs to have moderate vocal/singing ability.
Albert “the Giant”: Male, might involve some work with stilts or extended false limbs;
Albert's Mother: Female, preferably older age range.
Hen: Male, will have to work with a puppet, must be capable of performing in “stand-up comedy” style.
Voices/Clouds: Non-gendered.

Auditions will be held Thursday June 21st from 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday June 23 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street in Middletown, CT.   Actors of all ages, genders and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Performances will take place on Friday mornings at 10:00am on July 27, August 3 and August 10.  Rehearsals will take place at the Playhouse on weekday evenings from 7-10pm and on weekend afternoons according to cast availability.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

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