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Syracuse Stage to hold local Equity auditions May 11, 14
Syracuse Stage will hold local Equity auditions for the 2010-11 season on Tuesday, May 11, from noon-8 p.m. and Friday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants should come prepared with two contrasting monologues lasting a total of up to five minutes and should also bring a headshot and a resume. Those interested in scheduling an audition should call (315) 443-4008 to make an appointment.
Shows that require casting are “A Christmas Story,” directed by Seth Gordon; “Radio Golf,” directed by Timothy Bond; “The Miracle Worker,” directed by Paul Barnes; and “The Clean House,” directed by Michael Barakiva. For more information on the 2010-11 season, visit www.SyracuseStage.org.
Those auditioning should be aware of all important dates regarding the production.
“A Christmas Story”
First rehearsal: Nov. 3. Run dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 30.
- Ralph Parker—30–50s: the adult version of the lead boy, now middle aged. Mature, soft-edged, a melodious voice for storytelling. When narrating he is often in the moment, feeling the stakes he felt as a child, but occasionally we see he is a man whose Christmas spirit needs re-charging. Also plays The Cowboy, The The Tree Lot Owner, The Delivery Man and The Voice of a Neighbor.
- Mother—35–50: Ralphie’s mother. 30s, very good-natured, somewhat harried but always manages, classic middle American looking.
- The Old Man—35-50: Ralphie’s father. 30’s to 40’s, highly enthusiastic about everything he does. Also very middle American; a leading man capable of being very quirky. Also plays Santa Claus (who is heard but never seen).
- Miss Shields—30-45: Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. Can be actor playing The Mother.
First 1st rehearsal: Jan. 25, 2011. Run dates: Feb. 23-March 13.
- Harmond Wilks—40–50: African American: Successful real-estate developer who aspires to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor.
- Mame Wilks—40-50: African American: Ambitious and successful professional public relations representative. Harmond’s wife of 20 years.
- Roosevelt Hicks—40- 50: African American: A bank vice president, college roommate and close friend of Harmond. He and Harmond are trying to move forward with a major development deal with apartments and high-end chain retail stores. An avid golfer.
- Sterling Johnson—40-50: African American: Harmond’s former schoolmate who is now a laborer/painter. He is willing to do anything to protect Elder Joseph Barlow’s house. Robbed a band 30 years ago.
- Elder Joseph Barlow—60-70: African American: The stubborn owner of the house that stands in the way of Harmond and Roosevelt’s development project. He refuses to give up his home as he plans to have his daughter live there.
“The Miracle Worker”
First rehearsal: Feb. 22, 2011. Run dates: March 23-April 23.
- Kate—Late 28-35: Exhausted and frustrated mother of Helen, who loves her daughter, but doesn’t know what to do.
- Keller—45-55: Upper middle-class retired military, loves his younger wife and children, but is frustrated with the lack of communication with Helen.
- Annie Sullivan—20-24: Young strong-willed teacher of Helen.
- A Doctor—40-55: A Doctor.
- Aunt Ev—40-50: Opinionated guest of the Kellers—though helpful in ways.
- Anagnos—40-55: Older man who runs the blind school in Boston, father-figure to Annie Sullivan.
- Viney—35-45: African American: Servant of the Kellers.
“The Clean House”
First rehearsal: April 5, 2011. Run dates: May 4-22.
- Lane—45-55: A serious doctor in her early 50s. Younger sister of Virginia.
- Matilde—25-35: A young Brazilian maid who prefers telling jokes to cleaning house. She is in her late 20s.
- Virginia—50-55: Lane’s older sister. A housewife who loves cleaning. She is in her early 50s.
- A Man—50-55: In the second act, the Man becomes Charles. Charles is a compassionate surgeon.
- A Woman—55- 65: In the second act, the woman becomes Ana. Ana is Argentinean. She is impossibly charismatic.