TCT AUDITION CASTING NOTICE for SUPERMAN™ and Santa Claus: The Musical
Submitted by Krista Katona Pille
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) is holding auditions in May for the first two MainStage productions of the 18-19 season!
All roles are paid positions. All roles are open to all ethnicities. Upon audition registration, you may indicate which shows you would like to be considered for this season. Auditions are by appointment only.
Visit www.thechildrenstheatre.com to sign-up for an audition appointment.
You only need ONE audition appointment even if you are interested in both productions.
Children ages 9-17 and adults 18+ may make an audition appointment. Appointments can be made for:
- Monday, May 14th, 2018 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
- Tuesday, May15th, 2018 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
- Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
- Thursday. May 17th, 2018 between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM
You may be asked to return and attend a “movement callback” on the day of your audition, which will take place from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
SUPERMAN™ callbacks will take place on Saturday, May 19th, 3PM-7:30PM.
Santa Claus: The Musical callbacks will take place on Sunday May 20th, 7PM to 10PM.
Auditions and Callbacks are held at TCT’s headquarters located at: 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH 45227.
For information concerning auditions call Eric Byrd at 513-569-8080 ext. 21 or email email@example.com.
You will need to prepare an age appropriate song to best show your skill set. Please prepare at least one memorized song that best shows your vocal range. (1-minute max). Remember to bring your PIANO SHEET MUSIC for your song as we will NOT be auditioning your a cappella skills. An accompanist will be provided. Your sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line, and music should be in a 3-ring binder with the cut CLEARLY marked for the accompanist. You only need a song. You do NOT need to prepare a monologue.
You may be asked to show your dance ability later in the evening, Please bring attire with you to change into in case we ask you to return.
You must bring a RECENT 8x10 headshot and UPDATED performance resume. Even if you upload to the audition website, a hardcopy of your headshot and resume is required.
Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes ahead of your appointment to check/correct previously submitted paperwork. If we are ahead of schedule, we may audition you early.
Due to concentrated rehearsal periods, we ask that you do not have conflicts during rehearsals. In an effort to best facilitate all rehearsal times, all those auditioning will be asked to list all conflicts at the time of the audition. Conflicts will result in a stipend adjustment. Please take note of when rehearsals begin, the day and evening tech and performance schedule, and bring your calendar with you to the audition.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTIONS
SUPERMAN™ is a 1960s mid-century musical with standard vocal requirements. Santa Claus: The Musical is pop/rock in style.
SUPERMAN™ is the tale of Superman’s efforts to defeat a vengeful scientist, the new villain Dr. Abner Sedgwick, who seeks to destroy the world’s symbol of good. In this premiere adaptation of the 1966 musical, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman, this TYA-friendly musical will be sure to soar up, up and away into the hearts of all children and the young at heart.
Directed by: Roderick Justice
Music Direction: Brian Hoffman
Book by: David Newman and Robert Benton
Music and Lyrics by: Charles Strouse and Lee Adams
Book Adaptation by: Eric Byrd and Roderick Justice
Music Adaptation by: Brian Hoffman
Rehearsals: August 30th – Sep 29th (Aug 31st-Sept 3rd Off for Labor Day)
Tech Rehearsals: Oct 1st- Oct 5th 2018
Performances: Oct 6th- 15th 2018
SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:
[SUPERMAN] Male, early 30’s; The famous DC comic superhero’s musical, is set in the world of 1960s ben-day comic books. This tongue and cheek charmer is your average Daily Planet writer that goes by the name Clark Kent, by day… but when danger calls he’s Superman! He fights to keep his identity secret while madly in love with Lois Lane. Seeking a trained baritone and strong actor with athletic build and bold presence. Ideally 6’0” and taller. Must be comfortable flying. Previous flight experience a plus. Also seeking understudy.
[LOIS LANE] Female, late 20’s-early 30’s; A Dailey Planet reporter that often gets herself into troublesome situations and is saved by Superman. While infatuated with Superman, she confides in her friend, Clark Kent, about her feelings towards him. Seeking strong singing actress with a doo-wop flare. Must be comfortable flying. Also seeking understudy.
[MAX MENKEN] Male, early 30’s; A Daily Planet Columnist who dreams of uncovering the secret identity of the famous Superman. Max is a weasel who will do anything to get his work on the front page, including colluding with the enemy. Seeking strong singer/actor/dancer with classic golden aged Musical Theatre Bari-Tenor sound. Also seeking understudy.
[SYDNEY] Female, Mid 20’s; Max Menken’s personal secretary who is madly in love with him but can’t bring herself to admit it. She becomes the hero of the story when she tips off the authorities about shady dealings and reclaims her power. Seeking a strong actor/singer/dancer with classic musical theatre mezzo with solid belt. Also seeking understudy.
[ABNER SEDGWICK] Male. Late 30’s-early 50’s; the villain, an MIT physicist obsessed with destroying Superman and getting revenge on humanity. He uses every trick in the book including enlisting the help of a troupe of crooks to rid the world of Superman. Seeking strong comedic actor who can sing/speak sing. Also seeking understudy.
[PERRY WHITE] Male late 40’s-Early 50’s; is a Daily Planet Editor. Perry is the chief of the office and runs a tight ship. Actor will also double as various roles in the ensemble.
[KENNETH BANGHART] mid 20’s-30’s; the host of a public service announcement video detailing Superman’s upbringing. Actor will also double in the ensemble.
[MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE] Teenagers 15+ and young adults, character actors mid 40’s-50’s; Skilled and versatile dancer/actor/singers of all ages to portray citizens, policemen, crooks, secretaries, college kids, suspects, bank guards, and cover principal roles. Tumbling skills and dance technique a HUGE plus!
Santa Claus: The Musical
After 1,000 years of faithful service, Santa Claus has decided to retire. But not all the elves in Santa’s Workshop are too thrilled about his chosen replacement. With the help of his tech-savvy daughter, Beatrice, website designer Nick is in for the adventure of his life as he prepares to take over the reins to Santa’s sleigh ... before the next Christmas! Jam-packed with a sleigh-full of fun, energetic, and original Christmas music, Santa Claus: The Musical will be sure to put you and your entire family in the holiday spirit!
Directed by: Eric Byrd
Book by: Noah Putterman
Music & Lyrics by: David Christensen and Luke Holloway
Rehearsals: Oct 29th- Dec 1st
Tech Rehearsals: Dec 5th-7th
Performances: Dec 8th-17th
SEEKING THE FOLLOWING:
[SANTA CLAUS] Male 40’s-50’s; The man himself! However, after being the man for 1,000 years, he’s finally ready to pass on the reins and find someone new to fill his boots. Seeking strong singer/actor ideally with Bari-Tenor range up to an F. Also seeking understudy.
[MRS. CLAUS] Female, Late 30’s-50’s; As the saying goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman. She has a heart of gold, and a little bit of sass for good measure. Seeking strong singer/actress. Also seeking understudy.
[HENCHY] Male 20’s-30’s; Santa’s “head elf” in charge of mission control. He has the most Christmas spirit of anyone in Santa’s workshop, but can be a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to all the rules and regulations. Henchy dreams of becoming the new Santa Claus. Seeking strong singing actor who can dance, Tenor range up to an A.
[NICHOLAS (NICK)] Male, late 30’s-40’s; A website designer and a single dad to Beatrice. Nick is surprised to find he is in line to fill Santa’s boots. Nick has no idea what it takes, nor what it is in store to take the reins. But with the help from his daughter, he discovers he may have what it takes after all. Seeking strong singer/actor, Tenor to a G. lso seeking understudy.
[BEATRICE (BEE)] Female, age 12-14; Nicholas’ daughter who is a computer whiz and problem solver. Extremely mature and independent, Bree comes to the rescue more than a few times to help her Dad and save Christmas. Seeking strong contemporary singer/actress with mix/belt to a C. Also seeking understudy.
[THE THREE LADY ELVES] Female; mid 20’s; these three elves are the supervisors in Santa’s workshop and provide commentary throughout. [TENCHY] is the nervous and athletic one out of the trio. [CHIRPY] is the happy optimist of the group. [PUNCHY] is irritable, bookish elf who develops quite a fondness for the new Santa. All should be high energy with extremely strong voices and attitudes, belters up to a D, must dance. Also seeking understudies.
[ELF ENSEMBLE] Male & Female Late teens to young adult; Seeking extremely strong actor/singer/dancers with pop/rock voices and strong dance training to be in the Elf ensemble and cover principal roles. Acrobatics and Tumbling skills a HUGE plus.
[REINDEER ENSEMBLE] Seeking 8 children to portray reindeers in key moments throughout the show. Must be over the age of 9. Seeking strong dancers, Acrobatics and Tumbling skills a HUGE plus.