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Front Porch Theatricals
Front Porch Theatricals

Audition Instructions

FRONT PORCH THEATRICALS

Announces our 2017 Equity and Non-Equity

auditions for

 

Violet

and

Big Fish

 

Who:  Trained Singers/Actors/Dancers – Seeking versatile Equity and Non-Equity males and females with strong singing abilities in standard and contemporary musical theater styles, in addition to strong acting and movement capabilities.

Performers of all ethnicities and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend!

For:    Auditions for Front Porch Theatricals’ 2017 Season: VIOLET (runs May 19-28; rehearsals start April 24) and BIG FISH (runs August 18-27; rehearsals start July 24).

Where      Pittsburgh Musical Theater Studios

& When:   327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh (West End), PA 15220

 

Friday, February 24 - 5:00PM to 10:00PM (open call)

Saturday, February 25 - 5:00PM to 10:00PM (open call)

3PM – 5PM young Violet call (Violet) CANCELLED (YOUNG Vi auditioners should go to open calls

Sunday, February 26 – 10AM to 4PM (open call)

4PM – 6PM young Will call (Big Fish)

DANCE CALL 12:30 - 2:30PM

Monday, February 27 – 5:00PM to 10:00PM BIG FISH CALLBACKS

Tuesday, February 28 – 5:00PM to 10:00PM VIOLET CALLBACKS

Wednesday, March 1 – 5:00 to 10:00PM reserved for final callbacks, if necessary

ALL APPLICANTS MUST REGISTER ONLINE!

To audition, you must complete the online registration form at: http://frontporchpgh.com/audition-form

EQUITY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Equity and E.M.C. will receive a scheduled 3 minute audition slot. If Equity, please bring your Equity card. Others (non-Equity) will be given an audition slot upon arrival. Please list your musical instrument(s) and proficiency level on the audition form.

 

If you are unable to access the link, please email frontporchtheatricals@gmail.com

or call Bruce Smith at 412-551-4027 to register. 

 

ALL: Please send your Head Shot and Resume by email when you register

AND bring your head shot a resume to the auditions.

 

Video submissions will NOT be accepted.

 

 

 

Audition Requirements:

 

VIOLET:

(4 women; 6 men; 1 girl (young Violet - plays 10-13 - CHANGE - girls under 18 can audition for Young Vi in regular open calls

  • Character Ages range from 14 – 70’s
  • 16 - 32 bars of a legit up tempo musical theater piece
  • Dramatic monologue may be required
  • Head shot and resume

Auditioners may sing a song from Violet

 

BIG FISH:

(5 women, 6 men, 1 boy (age 8-12)

  • Character Ages range from 20’s - 50’s
  • 16 - 32 bars of a legit up tempo musical theater piece
  • Participate in Dance Call
  • Comedic monologue may be required
  • Circus skills/tricks/acrobatics a plus (but not required)
  • Head shot and resume

Auditioners may not sing a song from Big Fish.

An accompanist will be provided.

If you have any questions, please call Bruce Smith at 412-551-4027 or visit our website at www.frontporchpgh.com.

 

Character Breakdown:

Violet:

4 Women

6 Men

1 Girl (plays 10-13) CHANGE - Girls under 18 may audition for Young Vi at open calls

 

Violet

The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 35

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: G3

Flick

An African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn't enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: E6

Vocal range bottom: C4

Monty

A paratrooper and Flick's friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed, but not necessarily purposefully so. Fighting his own demons.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Young Vi

Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father.

Gender: Female

Age: 10 to 13 (Must be 18 or older but play 10-13)

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Father

A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet's face while he is chopping wood.

Gender: Male

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Old Lady

A former beauty in her heyday. Staunch, tired and frustrated with life. Actor doubles as Hotel Hooker. 

Gender: Female

Age: 55 to 65

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Preacher

An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. Actor doublings include: Radio Singer, Bus Driver 1, Bus Driver 4.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Virgil

The Preacher's assistant. Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher's show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it. Actor doubles as Billy Dean, Bus Driver 2, Radio Singer and Bus Passenger.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 25

Vocal range top: B5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Music Hall Singer

The singer at the dance hall in Memphis. The actor doubles as a Bus Passenger. 

Gender: Female

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Lulu Buffington

A member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher's telecast. Sings for God with passion and power. African-American. Actor doubles as Almeta (Landlady) and Bus Passenger.

Gender: Female

Age: 50 to 70

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

Leroy Evans

A citizen of Spruce Pine with a dog named Roscoe. Not very bright. Actor doubles as a Radio Soloist, Bus Driver 3, and Bus Passenger. 

Gender: Male

Age: 50 to 70

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Ensemble

 

BIG FISH:

PRINCIPALS
6 Men

5 Women 

1 Boy (Play 8-12)

Edward Bloom- Male, plays teenager to sick, old man throughout show. Charming, charismatic, amorous storyteller from Alabama. Devoted yet absent father nearing end of his life and wanting to reconnect with his son. Big voice, talented mover. Bari-tenor: G2-G4.

 

Will Bloom- Male, mid to late-20s. Earnest, serious, thoughtful young man wanting to reconnect with his father, but unable to appreciate Edward’s romantic view of life. Successful journalist and new husband. Born in Alabama, now a New Yorker. Strong tenor voice: C#3-G4. No dance.

 

Sandra Bloom- Female, plays ages 15-55. A determined young girl, later Edward’s wife. Patient, calm, a perfect balance to Edward’s enthusiasm. Tries to bring reconciliation to her husband and son, both of whom she loves. Southern redhead. Soprano with mix/belt: G3-E5.

 

Young Will/Will’s Son- Male child, plays ages 8-12. Alabamian. Intrigued by his father’s stories, but already starts to doubt their truth. Strong actor. B below middle C to C an octave above middle C.

 

Josephine Bloom- Female, 20s. Will’s wife, a successful cable news reporter. Sweet, intelligent, empathetic. Acts as the bridge between Edward and Will. Limited singing.

 

Karl the Giant, Ensemble- Male, plays young adult to older man throughout show. Edward’s best friend. Shy, exceptionally intelligent, hermitlike, has a quiet charisma and appreciation for comic irony. Character actor. Booming voice and large personality. Tall is a plus, but will walk on stilts. Bass: A3-D4.

 

Amos Calloway, Ensemble- Male, ages 30 to 50 throughout show. Circus owner. Rather eccentric, outgoing owner of the circus that employs young Edward. A little seedy, also happens to be a werewolf. Character actor. Baritone, C3-F5, touches  G5.

 

The Witch, Ensemble- Female, any age. Mysterious, sometimes terrifying Southern backwoods sorceress. Commanding performer and powerhouse singer. Convinces Edward to pursue a Big Life without fear and shows him how he’ll die. High belt, useable F3-F5. Dance ability.

 

Don Price, Ensemble- Male, ages teens to 45 throughout show. Alabamian high school jock bully and later snarky college fraternity brother bully. One-time Mayor of Ashton.

 

Jenny Hill, Ensemble- Female, ages teens to 60 throughout show. Alabamian. As youth: prettiest cheerleader at school and Edward’s devoted first girlfriend. As adult: tired, disillusioned. Dignified, honest. Crucial in helping Will understand Edward’s motivations. Mix/belt to E5.

 

Girl in the Water, Ensemble- Ethereal, otherworldly creature who grants Edward his first kiss. Strong dancer. Interested in aerial silks performers and other special movement skills.

 

Zacky Price, Ensemble- Male, ages pre-teens to 45 throughout show. Nerdy brother and shadow of Don Price. Strong comic timing.


 

About the Shows: 

 

About the Shows:

 

VIOLET

Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel.  With a score from Tony-winning composer, Jeanine Tesori (Caroline Or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.

 

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she's traveling across the 1964 Deep South towards a miracle - the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. Though she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical "imperfections".

 

Violet is a powerhouse piece of theatre that needs no more than a few chairs and talented performers to take an audience's breath away. It is a must for companies dedicated to depicting moving stories on their stage.

 

 

BIG FISH

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

 

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

 

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself -- spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.

 

About Front Porch Theatricals: FRONT PORCH THEATRICALS is a Pittsburgh-based musical theater company that produced Only Me in 2009, Next to Normal and In the Heights in 2012 and 2013 in association with Carrnivale Theatrics, Parade in 2014,  The Last Five Years and The Light in the Piazza in 2015 and last year’s The Spitfire Grill and Floyd Collins,  The Company's mission is to provide our region with professional, high-quality musical theater productions featuring Pittsburgh's diverse actor, artistic and technical talent base. Particular emphasis is placed on mentoring youth through our internship program and in hiring local artistic and technical talent to create a high-level professional vehicle for our directors and artists to realize their visions. We emphasize shows addressing serious social, cultural and moral issues. Front Porch Theatricals is committed to utilizing as many local performers as possible.