Audition Information

Auditions at A2CT are open, and there is no fee to audition. Anyone from Ann Arbor or the surrounding area may audition for shows. No pre-casting is allowed, and no one may
become a part of a show at A2CT without auditioning.


All auditions  are held at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio at 322 West Ann St. unless otherwise noted. Click on this: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio for directions. Times and dates are specified in each show's audition information. Make sure to scroll down to get to the audition information for the Studio Series. Junior Theatre audition information is now found by selecting the Junior Theatre tab on our home page.



Upcoming Main Stage Auditions.




DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS

Book by Jeffrey Lane | Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek

directed by Glenn Bugala| musical direction by Joseph Daniel | choreography by Rachel Francisco



AUDITION DATES: June 24 2-5pm and June 25 7-10pm, Callbacks June 27 7-10pm.  All auditions at the A2CT Studio

 

PRODUCTION DATES: September 6-9, 2018 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

 

SYNOPSIS: Based on the 1988 movie of the same name, this hysterical musical comedy with a delightfully jazzy score lets audiences tag along to the French Riviera, and see what happens when two lifelong con men realize one small French town isn’t big enough for the both of them. A wager about who can swindle $50,000 from an American heiress leads to a game of con artistry and one-upmanship that will keep you laughing all the way.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Those auditioning should attend one of the initial audition sessions June 24 or June 25 and be available for callbacks on June 27.

 

INITIAL AUDITIONS: At the initial auditions, June 24-25, all auditionees should come in before the start of auditions, fill out forms, and sign up for a singing slot. Auditions begin with the entire group learning a short dance with the choreographer. All parts require some degree of movement. After the dance, we will begin watching each auditionee sing in their pre-assigned slots (In these initial auditions, auditionees will not be required to sing in front of other auditionees.). Each auditionee is asked to bring in 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show but not from this show. There will be an audition pianist, which we prefer that auditionees use instead of singing a cappella or with backing tracks.

 

CALLBACKS: Callbacks will be announced by June 26 online and by email. At callbacks on June 27, auditionees will be required to sing songs from the show based on the roles for which they are called back. Auditionees at callbacks will sing in front of other auditionees. They should come with the song prepared, but not necessarily memorized. Watch this site for a list of song selections. During callbacks, auditionees will also cold read scenes with others. Auditionees not invited to callbacks may still be cast in the ensemble. Final casting decisions will be announced no later than Friday June 29.



Auditionees who are called back will be asked to prepare and sing the following songs from the show:


Lawrence: #8, ms 27-53

Freddy: #5, ms 79-end

Andre: #6, ms 25-56



Christine: #10, ms 27-37

Muriel: #9, ms 1-18

Jolene: #7, ms 22-35





 
















REHEARSALS: While we are willing to work around some summertime conflicts, no conflicts are allowed for tech week (Sept 2-9) including Labor Day, move-in, and strike. The first rehearsal will be Sunday, July 1 at 7 pm, and all are called.  There will be no rehearsal on July 4. Glenn Bugala will be directing the production differently than other musicals he's directed in the past. For this production he and AD David Widmayer will turn to the cast to develop the staging and characters through improvisations and theatre games

 

CHARACTERS/VOCAL RANGES:

 

Leads: 3M/3W / Supporting Roles: 8-12 Men and Women

 

The musical style of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is by-and-large French jazz, requiring a smoother singing and suave presentation. Although this may not be true of Freddy and Jolene, the quality is definitely present with Lawrence and the ensemble.

 

 

Lawrence Jameson - Male, 40s-60s, Tenor. An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant. Dialects: British RP, German. Vocal range: G2-Bb4.

 

Freddy Benson - Male, 20s-30s, Tenor. A young, clever, aspiring American con artist. He is sloppy, yet a womanizer. Romantic involvement with Christine. Dialects: Various American, Dimwit. Vocal range: A2-B4

 

Christine Colgate - Female, 20s-40s, Mezzo-Soprano. A seemingly good-natured American heiress, vacationing on the French Riviera, with a huge secret. Naive and clueless at first, she becomes cunning and mischievous. Has a romance with Freddy. Dialects: Midwestern and New Jersey.

Vocal range: A3-F#5

 

Andre Thibault - Male, 30s-50s, Baritenor. Lawrence's French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor. Has a romance with Muriel. Dialect: French. Vocal range: F2-F4

 

Muriel Eubanks - Female, 30s-50s, Alto. A wealthy and slightly dim American socialite from Nebraska, she one of Lawrence's victims and Andre's subsequent love interest. Dialects: Omaha, Nebraska/General American. Vocal range: E3-C5

 

Jolene Oakes - Female, 20s-50s, Mezzo-Alto. An American heiress from Oklahoma and the "Princess of Petroleum," she is very eager, optimistic, and energetic. Blend of a southern firecracker and a southern belle. Dialect: Oklahoma/Texas. Vocal range: A3-D5

 

Ensemble - Men & Women, Various ages, vocal ranges, and dialects. Will be playing multiple roles, such as tourists/citizens, maids/butlers/wait staff, business roles, con artist victims, and atmospheric individuals. There are multiple opportunities for featured/solo singing, dance, and dialogue moments. The director intends on substantially utilizing the ensemble for this production.






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Upcoming Studio and Event Auditions

ANTIGONE (Anouilh/Bray)

translated by Barbara Bray

directed by Michelle Weiss


AUDITIONS: July 3, 5 & 6 @ 7:30 PM at the Children's Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)


PERFORMANCES: September 28-30 AND October 5-7 (Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2) at the A2CT Studio


Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its second stage production of Antigone (Anouilh/Bray) translated by Barbara Bray, directed by Michelle Weiss. Auditions will take place Tuesday, July 3, Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6 at 7:30 PM at the Children’s Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Callbacks, if necessary, will be July 6.

 

Tragic heroine Antigone defies her uncle, Creon, and buries her brother, Polynices, despite Creon’s edict banning the act. She is caught and imprisoned, but refuses to acquiesce to her uncle or sister in order to save herself. Bray’s translation of Anouilh’s modern adaptation of the Greek story is a powerful piece that stands up to time and authority.

 

Actors need only attend ONE general audition session and should prepare a contemporary one-minute monologue of any genre (drama or comedy). Actors should also be prepared for cold readings of sides. Please dress comfortably. Bring your full schedule and availability for the rehearsal and production period.

 

The show will rehearse Monday-Wednesday and Friday evenings, with a 2-week hiatus in August. There may be additional rehearsals as needed. Rehearsals will be held every night of tech week, Sunday September 24 through Thursday September 27. Performance dates are September 28-30 AND October 5-7 at the A2CT Studio.


Character Descriptions


Character descriptions are general. Some characters marked by a * may be double cast or cast gender-blind at the director's discretion.


Antigone: Female, teens-mid/late 20s. Daughter of the former King, Oedipus, Antigone is willful, determined, and strong. Antigone is a young woman who acts out of belief and passion.


Creon: Male, mid 30s-60s. Antigone, Ismene, Polynices, and Eteocles' uncle. Current King of Thebes, father to Haemon, and husband to Eurydice. Creon is a realist, a rationalist, and a survivor. He thinks more about the good of Thebes as a whole than any one person.


Prologue/Chorus *: Male or Female, Any Age. A commentator and observer to the dramatic proceedings, the Chorus is the window for the audience. They do occasionally step into the action of the play.

Ismene *: Female, teens-mid/late 20s. Antigone's more beautiful sister. She is beloved by all, sociable, approachable, and smart.


Haemon *: Male, teens-mid/late 20s. Antigone's fiance and Creon's son. An attractive young man with more depth than most suspect.


Nurse*: Female, 30s-60s. Caretaker to all the children of the House of Oedipus. An emotional woman who cares deeply about her charges but is not necessarily up to deciphering the political climate.


Messenger*: Male/Female, any age. A messenger who delivers news to Eurydice of Haemon and Antigone's deaths.


Jonas* : Male, late 20s-40s: A guard and former soldier. He both reports Antigone's treason to Creon and gives her solace in her last minutes.


Binns*: Male/Female, any age: Another guard. Brash, insensitive, selfish.


Snout*: Male/Female, any age: Another guard. Self-serving, occasionally practical.


Eurydice*: Female, early 30s-late 50s. Creon's wife. Haemon's mother. This is a non-speaking role.


Page*: Male/Female, teens-very early 20s. Attendant to Creon. Young. Innocent.

 



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