Apr 13

Auditions for Summer Musical Theater Workshop

AUDITIONS

Goodwill Theatre Inc. (GWT), SRO Productions III (SRO), and Prospect Theater Company (PTC) announce local auditions for their summer musical theater workshop, “Broadway Bound”, to take place between June 15 – July 1, 2012 (exact dates and schedule to be determined) at the Goodwill Theatre’s Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, NY.

During the last two weeks of June, musical theater artists from PTC, a NYC-based non-profit (www.ProspectTheater.org) dedicated to creating new American musicals by emerging artists, will be in residence at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage to develop two new musicals: MARCO POLO and EVERGREEN. MARCO POLO is a musical theater work of historical fiction, inspired by the life and travels of young Marco Polo on his first trip to Asia. EVERGREEN is a mythic musical for young audiences, with a mixed cast of adult and youth performers, which follows the central character Maya in her quest to find the last living trees on earth. This summer’s workshop builds on the 2010 Summer Residency during which GWT & PTC jointly presented readings of THE FLOOD and SUNFISH.

Auditions will be held at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday, April 20 between the hours of 5:00PM and 8:00PM, and on Saturday, April 21 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. To make an appointment or with questions, please contact the Goodwill Theatre’s Box Office at 607-772-2404 ext.1.

Please prepare two contrasting 32 bar cuts of music for the audition, and bring sheet music in your key. A pianist will be provided. (No monologue required, but actors may be asked to cold read sides at the audition.)

Following is a detailed listing of the roles in each of the two shows to receive readings during the time period of the Broadway Bound workshop. The casts will include both professional actors from PTC and local artists.

MARCO POLO
by Deborah Abramson (music) and Peter Mills (lyrics / book)

In general, this is a very challenging score musically, so we need adept musicians in all roles and the ensemble.

Marco Polo – a young Venetian Tenor with both a legit edge and pop ability. Seen from ages 19 – 25. Over the course of the show we watch Marco grow from an eager boy with naive and romantic ideas of life, into an upstanding and moral young man with a sense of the compromises made in the real world.

Princess Kokachin – Kubla Khan’s daughter Asian. Soprano with both a legit edge and pop ability. Seen from ages 19 – 25. A strong-willed spitfire, who shares with Marco a certain naivete and also a rebellious spirit, often in conflict with her father’s wishes.

Niccolo Polo – Marco’s father, a merchant 40 – 50. Baritone. Leader of the expedition to the East, he bears many burdens and responsibilities – not the least of which is what to do with the son he didn’t know he had. A bit severe and strict at first, but warmth and love for his son are underneath.

Kubla Khan – Mongol emperor of all Asia 40 – 50. Baritone. Asian. Imposing, powerful, but with a true underlying love for his only daughter.

Sanang – the Khan’s Court Magician 20s – 30s. Baritenor. Asian. The court “magician” and right hand to Kubla Khan, secretly in love with Kokachin and would do anything for her, who is often caught as the mediator between her and her father’s wishes. Sympathetic, intelligent, with comic ability.

MALE ENSEMBLE of diverse ages, ethnicities and vocal types to play monks, merchants, courtiers, suitors, and caravaneers.

EVERGREEN
music & lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Peter Mills & Cara Reichel

Note: Evergreen is designed to be cast with a multi-ethnic ensemble of actors. It is not important that the family be all of a single racial makeup, and in fact it’s better if they are not, to capture the idea that this is a universal, mythic story and not one unique to a particular cultural group.

*Roles of Maya and Joshi to be played by “adult” actors or highly accomplished older teens:

Maya* – A girl of 13, at the gateway between childhood and adulthood. She is impetuous, curious, headstrong, and eager to prove her own independence. Capable of both great doubt and great belief. Soprano / belter.

Joshi* – Maya’s younger brother, age 10. He is an inquisitive, quick-witted, and earnest sidekick to Maya. He looks up to his older sister and follows her everywhere. Tenor.

Yamma – Maya’s grandmother, of a grandmotherly age. Wise, loving, playful, a bit mystical. This role may be played by a younger woman who is able to channel the gravitas of age and authority. Alto / Mezzo.

Anya / Estrella – Maya’s mother, who later appears in a vision as a star, to guide her children on their journey. As a human, she is practical and focused on the earthly, day to day of keeping her family together. Mezzo belter. 30s & up.

Wujek / Belsnickel – A homeless wanderer who lives in the desert, searching for water with his divining rod. A mix between a peddler and a hermit, he collects interesting riddles, as well as relics that he carries in a giant sack. Unpredictable and mischievous, but ultimately a benevolent force who guides Maya and Joshi on their journey. He also appears as Maya’s uncle. Baritenor – 30s & up.

Rodzik / Tak Harus – A stag, the guardian of the petrified forest. The tree keeper. The fire carrier. Stern and sorrowful, he alone remembers the history of the lost land. He will go to great lengths to protect the last living evergreens, and tests Maya’s commitment to her quest, and her love for Joshi. He also appears as Maya’s father. Bari-bass. 30s & up.

CHORUS – a multi-ethnic ensemble of children, ages 8-13, who are on stage much of the show and portray the other members of Maya’s home community, as well as create the world of the journey. They play the winds, a sandstorm, represent stars and petrified trees, become the fire, the sea, etc… both listening to and enacting the tale.

For more information or to schedule an audition appointment,please call us at 772-2404, ext. 1