Algonquin Arts

Auditions

Kiss Me, Kate

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production

Written by Samuel and Bella Spewack
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

Directed by: Gina Lupi
Musical Director: Robert Sammond
Choreographer: Randy Accardi

AUDITION LOCATION
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan. Please enter the theatre through the lobby where staff will check you in and direct you to the appropriate space.

AUDITION DATES

Tuesday, July 24 @ 7 pm - Open Call
Thursday, July 26 @ 7 pm - Open Call
Saturday, July 28 @ 11 am (Call to follow immediately)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16-32 bars of an upbeat song and a ballad in the style of traditional musical theatre. Both songs may not be requested. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. No self-accompanying or a cappella. Dress comfortably in order to dance. Scene selections will be provided.

Please be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts. Rehearsals will are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-to-late August.

PERFORMANCES
8 Performances:
Saturday, October 6 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 13 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 14 - 3 p.m.
Friday, October 19 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 - 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21 - 3 p.m.

SYNOPSIS:
Kiss Me Kate is a play within a play featuring a group of actors at a theatre in Baltimore on opening night of The Shrew, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Taming of the Shrew. The basic story is boy has girl, loses girl, so he tries again and gets her back – a happy ending with lots of comedy in between. It pays homage to Shakespeare, operetta and vaudeville, featuring comic players in the form of 1940's gangsters. It is a musical comedy with tap, jazz and soft-shoe dance opportunities.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Fred Graham - 30 to 40's+, strong baritone, commanding presence. He is actor, director and producer of the play within the play The Shrew and plays Petruchio - he has the lion's share of Shakespearean dialogue. He is also Lilli's ex-husband.

Lilli Vanessi - 30 to 40's+, strong mezzo soprano. She is an actress of stage and screen, proud, haughty, much like her character Katherine in The Shrew, but also vulnerable. Ex-wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.

Lois Lane - 20 to 30's, strong mezzo belter. She is an actress, the quintessential airhead ingénue but with lots of charisma and charm. She also plays Bianca in The Shrew.

Bill Calhoun - 20 to 30's, strong tenor or baritenor. He is a ne'er-do-well actor who has a bit of a gambling problem. Is a Broadway hoofer, so he should dance well. He also plays Lucentio in The Shrew.

Harrison Howell - 50+, does not sing. Dignified gentleman from Georgia, very political, sometimes played as a general or retired general. He is a little stuffy and kind of a hick and can have a bit of a Southern accent. He is engaged to Lilli Vanessi.

First Man (Gangster) - 30-50+, comic baritone or tenor. He is the archetypical gangster complete with accent. Does some soft shoe in "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" so should move well. Also appears in The Shrew (unexpectedly).

Second Man (Gangster) - Qualities the same as the First Man, but a bit more reserved and dryer of wit.

Harry Trevor - 50+, sings in the ensemble. He is an actor who appears mostly in The Shrew as Katherine and Bianca's father, Baptista. He has mainly Shakespearean dialogue.

Hattie - Any age, good voice. She is Lilli's dresser and sings "Another Op'nin', Another Show" and sings in "Too Darn Hot". Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.

Ralph - Any age, sings in the ensemble in "Too Darn Hot" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show", may be featured as soloist as well. Is the stage manager of The Shrew. This role can be played by a woman as well (name will be changed).

Stage Doorman - Any age, sings in the ensemble in "Too Darn Hot".

Paul - Any age, tenor or baritenor. He is Fred's dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in "Too Darn Hot" so he should sing and move well.

Gremio and Hortensio - Any age, tenor or baritenor. Actors who appear in The Shrew. They will also sing in the ensemble of both The Shrew and in "Too Darn Hot". Both are featured in several numbers and should sing well and move well.

Ensemble - Actors, stage crew, wardrobe, etc, who sing in the ensemble throughout, both in modern day and in The Shrew. Many opportunities for small sung and danced solos. Some of the many ensemble roles have names such as Truckman, Banker, Chauffeur, Singing Girls, Messenger and Cab Driver.Too Darn Hot". Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.

Ralph - Any age, sings in the ensemble in "Too Darn Hot" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show", may be featured as soloist as well. Is the stage manager of The Shrew. This role can be played by a woman as well (name will be changed).

Paul - Any age, tenor or baritenor. He is Fred's dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in "Too Darn Hot" so he should sing and move well.

Gremio and Hortensio - Any age, tenor or baritenor. Actors who appear in The Shrew. They will also sing in the ensemble of both The Shrew and in "Too Darn Hot". Both are featured in several numbers and should sing well and move well.

Company ensemble -
5 – 10 strong female dancers/ singers
5 - 10 male actors to portray Actors Stagehands, 'Paduans' etc. Opportunities for solos; roles such as 'Pops' Stage Doorman, the Haberdasher, Padua Priest, Musicians, Messenger, Driver & Aides (Flynt & Riley) to the General.