* 2023 NYC & LOCAL SEASON AUDITIONS HAVE PASSED
* 2023 NYC & LOCAL SEASON AUDITIONS HAVE PASSED
THEATRE BY THE SEA ANNOUNCES
AUDITIONS FOR BOYS FOR THE BODYGUARD
Bill Hanney’s Theatre By The Sea announces Open Auditions for Boys for its 2023 summer production of The Bodyguard. Looking for an African American male child between the ages of 8-12, who are 5’4” and under, to portray the supporting role of Rachel Marron’s sweet, innocent young son Fletcher.
Those auditioning must have the ability to sing, (boy soprano/gospel genre), move, speak lines, listen carefully, and follow directions. Professional theatre experience is helpful, but not mandatory.
Selected children will need to be available for daytime rehearsals from June 27 – July 9. (Children will not be called for all rehearsals) and all day and evening rehearsals and performances from July 10 – August 5, 2023.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 10:00 am at:
Theatre By The Sea’s Rehearsal Studio
450 Woodruff Avenue
Those auditioning must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and should bring a current headshot or a recent photo and a resume (if available) stapled back-to-back. Children should come prepared with a brief song (16-32 bars), preferably with sheet music in the correct key, that best shows off their voice. An accompanist will be provided but will not transpose. A cappella is also acceptable. Those auditioning should wear or bring appropriate footwear and be prepared to learn a simple movement combination. Some children may be asked to read. (Sides will be provided at the audition.) A stipend will be paid.
All performers and employees must be fully vaccinated and boosted
against Covid-19. Proof is required to attend the audition.
For any questions or to reserve an audition time slot, please contact Associate Producer Thom Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKDOWN & SIDES
MY WAY – A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA
Director/Choreographer: Greg Santos
Music Director: Milton Granger
First Rehearsal (in RI): May 9
Opens: May 26
Closes: June 11
MAN #1: Any ethnicity, Male-identifying. Strong velvety baritone voice in the Sinatra mode. He sings many of the Sinatra standards and should have an incredible vocal instrument with a feel for Sinatra’s unusual phrasing and distinctive vocal style. Must be able to sing close harmonies. Ideally, this actor projects the style and easy sophistication that was the Sinatra trademark WITHOUT DOING ANY SORT OF PHYSICAL OR VOCAL IMITATION of the man. Great dancer/Strong mover desired.
MAN #2: Any ethnicity, Male-identifying. 1940’s big band “crooner” type with All-American boy good looks and a strong legit lyric baritone voice. Sings up to a G. Actor should have a natural and unaffected flair for comedy as he carries much of the show’s humor and lighter moments. He spends much of the show trying to learn how to be “cool.” Must dance or move well.
WOMAN #1: Any ethnicity, Female-identifying. Strong mezzo soprano who can also belt. Vocal style is based on great “torch singers” like Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Judy Garland. Sings through a wide range, vocally, and must also be a capable part singer. A dark, smoky, husky sound is preferred. Must dance or move well.
WOMAN #2: Big band singer sound of the 40’s - also a mezzo but does sing some soprano parts. Voice should be lighter and provide a contrast to the darker sound required for Woman #1. Requires a capable part singer. Must dance or move well.
OFF-STAGE SWINGS: One female-identifying Actor and one male-identifying Actor, who sing and dance very well, to serve as off-stage swings.
SIDES: Coming Soon
Notes from MY WAY Music Director:
Don’t embellish or riff on the melodies. Sing as written. (In the actual show we may play around a bit.) For most of the excerpts I’m playing the vocal line clearly.
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
Director/Choreographer: Michael D. Jablonski
Music Director: Jacob Priddy
First Rehearsal (in RI): May 30
Opens: June 16
Closes: July 8
CAROLE KING: Actor 18+ to play 16-29, Female-identifying, Caucasian. Alto (G3-Eb5). An aspiring singer/songwriter with a powerful, distinctive talent. A unique, appealing, funny and vulnerable girl from a Jewish family in Brooklyn. Smart, good natured, unassuming and a peacemaker, she’s a passionate but reluctant star who eventually finds her own voice. Sings: “So Far Away,” “Natural Woman,” and “Beautiful.”
GERRY GOFFIN: 20s-30s, male-identifying, Caucasian. Tenor (D3-A4) Carole’s boyfriend, songwriting partner, and eventual husband. He is handsome with a rebel vibe. Sexy and talented, he is innately sympathetic, wounded, and tortured. His ambition and competitive nature eventually get the better of him. Sings: “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Up on the Roof.”
CYNTHIA WEIL: 20s-30s, female-identifying, Caucasian. Alto (E3-E5). A songwriter who partners, professionally and romantically, with Barry. Carole’s best friend. Sophisticated and intelligent, she is self-confident with a quick wit. She prioritizes her career over love. Strong comedic timing. Sings: “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and “Walking in the Rain.”
BARRY MANN: 20s-30s, male-identifying, Caucasian. Tenor (C3-A4). A songwriter who becomes romantically involved with Cynthia. He is good natured, appealing, a bit of a hypochondriac and can’t convince Cynthia to marry him. Sings: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”
DON KIRSHNER: 30s-40s, male-identifying, Caucasian. Baritone (A2-C#4). An influential music publisher and producer. He is a fast-talking and energetic force of nature. Powerful, direct, and sometimes intimidating, he has a real affinity for his writers and artists. A hitmaker. Sings: “You’ve Got a Friend.”
GENIE KLEIN: 40-59, female-identifying, Caucasian. Carole’s mother. Once an aspiring playwright, she has been broken down by life and her divorce from Carole’s father. She projects these feelings onto Carole but is protective of her and occasionally knows the right thing to say. Non-singing role.
NEIL SEDAKA / LOU ADLER / RIGHTEOUS BROTHER / ENSEMBLE: 20s-30s, male-identifying, Caucasian. Tenor (B3-G#4). Strong high rock tenor to play young singer/songwriter and half of the world-famous duo. Sings: “Oh, Carol” and “You've Lost That Loving Feeling.”
RIGHTEOUS BROTHER / NICK / ENSEMBLE: 20s-30s, male-identifying, Caucasian. Bass (F2-Eb4). Strong bass / baritones to play half of the world-famous duo and session player friend of Carole. Sings: “You've Lost That Loving Feeling.”
LUCILLE / SHIRELLE / ENSEMBLE: 20s-30s, female-identifying, Black. Alto (A3-Db5). Charismatic singer to play Donny’s assistant and part of the girl-group, The Shirelles. Sings: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
LITTLE EVA / SHIRELLE / ENSEMBLE: 20s-30s, female-identifying, Black. Alto (Bb3- E5).
Charismatic singer to play the “Locomotion” singer and part of the girl-group, The Shirelles. Sings: “Locomotion” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
JANELLE WOODS / SHIRELLE / ENSEMBLE: 20s-30s, female-identifying, Black. Alto (B3-D5). Charismatic singer to play the “Locomotion” singer and part of the girl-group, The Shirelles. Sings: “One Fine Day” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
THE DRIFTERS / ENSEMBLE: 20's-30's, male-identifying, Black. Lead singer: tenor, (Eb3-Eb5). Appealing, charismatic singers to play The Drifters, who are heavily featured in songs including “Up on the Roof” and “On Broadway.”
MARILYN WALD / ENSEMBLE: 20s-30s, female-identifying, Caucasian. Alto (G3-C5). Brill Building singer who has an affair with Gerry. Sings: “Pleasant Valley Sunday.
Director/Choreographer: Christopher Campbell
Music Director: Nathan Urdangen
First Rehearsal (in RI): June 27
Opens: July 16
Closes: August 5
RACHEL MARRON, late 20’s-30’s, Black, Woman
A famous singer/actress who is at the top of her game and peak of her career. Magnetic, self-sufficient, and resilient. Should be able to capture the essence and vocal power of Whitney Houston without mimicking her. Excellent mover. G3 to F5 (belt) should be comfortable with riffs, R&B, Gospel and Pop/Rock.
FRANK FARMER, 30’s-40’s, Any Ethnicity, Man
A former Secret Service agent, athletic, and instinctive. Handsome yet pragmatic. He radiates a silent strength. Goes to great lengths to protect his clients. A non-singing role but should have the confidence to sing in front of a theater audience.
NICKI MARRON, late 20’s-30’s, Black, Woman
Rachel's older sister and assistant; a very talented singer who has taken a back seat to her sister's rising star. Quiet type but attractive. Must be a very strong singer. Range from G below middle C to E at top of staff.
FLETCHER MARRON, 8-12, Black
Rachel Marron's son; should be a strong boy singer with an innate knowledge of pop/soul idiom. Early Michael Jackson should be used as a reference. Needs to be able to sing a top E and have strong pitch and an ability to riff.
THE STALKER, 20’s-30’s, Caucasian, Man
Rachel Marron's stalker, ex-military, obsessive, outcast; has one featured solo vocal line.
SY SPECTOR, late 20’s-30’s, Any Ethnicity, Man
Rachel Marron’s publicist, deeply ambitious, bossy, bullish, and quick. He believes he’s the driving force behind Rachel’s successful career. His only goal is for Rachel to win the Oscar.
BILL DEVANEY, 40’s-50’s, Black, Man
Rachel Marron's long-standing manager and father figure type. He has looked after her from the start of her career. A kind and loyal man who always has Rachel's best interests at heart.
TONY SCIBELLI, 30’s-40’s, Any Ethnicity, Man
Rachel Marron's security, broad shouldered, classic bouncer physique. Looks like he knows a guy who knows a guy. He is fiercely protective of Rachel and would do anything for her. A kind man but old school.
BACKUP SINGERS, 18-30, All ethnicities, female-identifying
VERY strong vocalists to serve as backup singers to Rachel Marron. Should be comfortable holding solo vocal parts. A strong ear and dance ability is a plus. Rachel understudy will likely come from this group.
DANCE ENSEMBLE, 18-30, All Ethnicities, all gender identities
Fantastic contemporary dancers with technique who sing. Will serve as backup dancers to Rachel Marron and play various roles throughout the show.
Director/Choreographer: Kevin P Hill
Music Director: Jacob Priddy
First Rehearsal (in RI): July 25
Opens: August 11
Closes: September 10
FRANKIE: Male-identifying, Caucasian, 20-35. Must be 5’9” or shorter; must have a strong tenor with sweet and strong falsetto and be able to sing in the style of Frankie Valli; strong tenor to high A or Bb plus strong falsetto up to treble G; charismatic and charming; must be a very strong actor (comfortable with narrative text) and have a gritty side as well as a polished veneer; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies.
BOB: Male-identifying, Caucasian, 20-35. Preferably tall; strong tenor/baritenor voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; an intelligent, sensitive, and introspective musical prodigy.
TOMMY: Male-identifying, 30-40. Strong tenor/baritenor voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; ability to play guitar a very strong plus; a natural-born leader with an appealing, bad-boy quality.
NICK: Male-identifying, Caucasian, 30-40. Strong bass/baritone voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; a quiet dreamer who longs for life after The Four Seasons.
GYP DECARLO: Male-identifying, 45-55. Tough, mafioso type; must be a good actor and strong singer.
BOB CREWE: Male-identifying, Caucasian, 30-40. Intelligent and flamboyant; genius music producer and lyricist; an integral part of creating the magic of The Four Seasons.
JOE PESCI / ENSEMBLE: Male-identifying, Caucasian, 20-35. Must be 5’9” or shorter; young, energetic; must be a good actor and a strong singer; will understudy role of FRANKIE VALLI.
BARRY BELSON / ENSEMBLE: Male-identifying, Black, 20-49. Strong actor & singer to play various roles (friends, producers, etc); strong tenor to high C, with a strong falsetto to G above high C; has the ability to riff in rhythm-and-blues style.
MARY & OTHERS: Female-identifying, Caucasian, 20-39. Strong singer, actor, and dancer; Frankie’s wife; tough, "seen it all," Italian, Jersey girl; she’s got a killer sense of humor; actor also plays a variety of other roles, including member of a 60s style girl group; strong belt useful; high straight tone soprano also useful but not required.
LORRAINE & OTHERS: Female-identifying, 20-35. Fabulous, versatile actress, singer, and dancer with flexible vocal registers to play a variety of roles (the many girlfriends of The Four Seasons, etc); should fit well together a la 60s band Shangri-las and be believable as "tough-as-nails" Jersey girls; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must have strong belt.
FRANCINE & OTHERS: Female-identifying, 20-37. Fabulous, versatile actress, singer, & dancer with flexible vocal register to play a variety of roles (Frankie’s teenage daughter, the many girlfriends of The Four Seasons, etc); should fit well together a la 60s band Shangri-las and be believable as ‘tough-as-nails’ Jersey girls; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies and have a very strong high belt.
ENSEMBLE, Male-identifying, Any ethnicity, 20-59. Strong actors and singers to play various roles (friends, producers, etc); ability to play guitar, drums, or another instrument a plus. Must dance or move very well.
ENSEMBLE, Female-identifying, Any ethnicity, 20-35. Fabulous, versatile actresses and singers with flexible vocal registers to play a variety of roles (the many girlfriends of The Four Seasons, etc); should fit well together a la '60s band Shangrilas and be believable as "tough-as-nails" Jersey girls; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; all three women need to belt and/or have strong mix as one track belts up to F natural and two tracks also need high soprano. Must dance or move very well.