Auditions

Winnipeg Studio Theatre Equity and non-Equity Auditions – July 17 and 18, 2018

Auditions to be held at: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, Room 0T09
Callbacks: July 18, 2018

Audition requirements: Please prepare a song (32 bars up-tempo in the style of the show you are auditioning for. Please bring sheet music to the audition. Actors invited to callbacks will be given readings and songs from the script. There will also be a dance audition at the callbacks. Actors must be 18 and over except for the role of Theo in Pippin.

To Submit: Please send your headshot and resume in PDF format to wstaudition2018@gmail.com

Please indicate the show and role/s you are interested in auditioning for. If you need a specific day or time, please include this in your submission as well.

Deadline for submission: July 11, 2018

Reefer Madness

Book and lyrics w by Kevin Murphy, book and music by Dan Studney.

Director: Kayla Gordon, Choreographer: Brenda Gorlick, Music Director: Paul De Gurse

A campy parody of the original 1930s film Tell Your Children, Reefer Madness is a propaganda musical presented by Dr. Carroll to tell the dangers of the demon weed Marihuana! Reefer Madness explores the horrifying but hilarious world of propaganda and lobbying. Chronicling the “Harper Affair”, we see Jimmy Harper fall to the destructive but seductive drug, only to redeem himself and gain salvation setting out to tell the world the Truth.

Performance dates: Dec. 6-16, 2018

Rehearsals begin Nov. 14

Character Breakdown:
Lecturer
A severe and conservative individual, he is the narrator of the show. Preaching the dangers of the demon weed, the lecturer often inserts himself into the scene to help tell the story. (Male or Female)

Jimmy Harper
Sixteen years old, exceptional academically and athletically, Jimmy is the ideal of the “All-American” student. Once corrupted by marihuana, he becomes manic and mad, and merely a shadow of his former self.

Mary Lane
An ideal “America’s Sweetheart”, Mary is civil minded, god fearing, and very much in love with Jimmy. While strong in her will and morals, she too is not impervious to the dangerous clutches of weed.

Mae
The hostess of the Reefer Den, Mae is maternal but very vulnerable. She has been haggard from years of smoking but is not so far off the deep end that she cannot reclaim herself.

Jack Stone
The dealer. Jack is a gangster type that makes his money by luring young impressionable children into smoking his stock. He runs his business with a stiff hand and no guff attitude.

Sally -A regular client of the reefer den, Sally is a picture of libido and moxy. She acts sexy but her head isn’t always in the room.

Ralph-A former college boy, Ralph is a client whose mind has been addled. Now twitchy, and animalistic in nature his only cares seem to be getting his next hit and food.

Jesus-Depicted as a Las Vegas celebrity, the son of God himself comes down to warn Jimmy about the dangers of Marijuana. Also a member of the Mob.

The Mob/Ensemble – 5 people. Male and Female
Standing in as everything from reefer zombies to a gospel choir to pagan jungle dancers, the Mob acts as the chorus of the show, helping to tell the lecturer’s story. Must have strong dance ability.Age Range: 20 – 30s. Must be able to play High School students.

Reefer Madness Sides


Pippin  (Reimagined)
written by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz. Director: Simon Miron, Music Director: Paul De

Gurse, Choreographer: Jillian Willems

From the composer of WICKED, Pippin is the tony award winning musical which chronicles one man’s journey in search of greatness. This provocative reimagining featuring a cast of 12 young performers and a 4-piece band, will take you on a journey through the darkest parts of human experience, into the great unknown. Innovative design and gritty orchestrations accompanied by some of Winnipeg’s top performers will keep you on the edge of your seat. WST’s version restages the show in a gritty, edgy fashion that will appeal to a generation of millennials

Performance dates: March 7 – 17, 2019 Rehearsals begin Feb 14

Character Breakdown

Character Breakdown We are also interested in seeing actors with strong dance backgrounds.)Pippin: The protagonist. A young man searching for meaning and significance. Vocal Range: G2- G#4
The Leading Player: The mysterious and smooth-tongued leader of the troupe that brings the story of Pippin to life. Vocal Range: C#3-A#4.

Charlemagne (King Charles): Pippin’s father. A boisterous, tyrannical warlord that has trouble connecting with his son. Vocal Range: G2-E4.
Fastrada: Pippin’s stepmother. Sexy, smart, and twisted. Vocal Range: C4-F5
Berthe: Pippin’s grandmother, who lives in the country to avoid her daughter-in-law. Vocal Range: E3-E4

Catherine: A young widow and mother who discovers Pippin at his lowest point and becomes drawn to him, both as her character and as a member of the Leading Player’s troupe. Vocal Range: F#3- C#5
Lewis: Fastrada’s son and Pippin’s step-brother. Dim, brutish, and war-like.

Theo: Catherine’s son, (age range 10-14) who warms to Pippin when Pippin consoles him over the death of his pet. Vocal Range: E4-G5.
The Ensemble: The players that create Pippin’s world and journey under the direction of the Leading Player. Must be versatile actors, dancers, and singers.

Pippin Sides

Non-equity artists who are cast in Pippin will receive free training over the course of the fall and winter of 2018-2019. This training will be provided by the newly founded Village Conservatory for Music Theatre, in collaboration with Winnipeg Studio Theatre and other Winnipeg arts institutions. Artists who are interested developing their skills as a music theatre performer are encouraged to apply.

 

If you have specific questions about the Village Conservatory or about your upcoming auditions feel free to contact  Paul pdegurse@gmail.com or Simon sim.miron@gmail.com

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