AUDITIONS

Once a year an open call is held to find the best dancers, singers, musicians, and actors in the DMV/Baltimore area.

Production Description 

 

Seeking actors, actresses, singers and dancers for various roles in four shows for the upcoming ArtCentric's 2022-2023 season. Season includes "RENT" (Jonathan Larson, book, music & lyrics; Kevin McAllister, dir.; Shalyce Hemby, choreo., JoyAnne Richardson music dir. Rehearsals begin June 16, 2022; runs July 29, 2022-August 28, 2022 with a possible extension through September 4, 2022 at ArtsCentric; stipends after final performance); "CINDERELLA" (Douglas Carter Beane, book; Richard Rodgers, music;  Oscar Hammerstein II, lyrics; Kevin McAllister, dir.; Shalyce Hemby, choreo.; TBD, music dir. Rehearsals begin October 22, 2022; runs December 2, 2022-January 1, 2023 with a possible extension through January 8, 2023 at ArtsCentric: stipends after final performance); and "TBA"; Kevin McAllister, dir.; Shalyce Hemby, choreo.; TBD, music dir. Rehearsals begin January 14, 2023; runs February 21, 2023-March 12, 2023 with a possible extension through March 19, 2023 at CenterStage: stipends after final performance) and “AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND” (John Kander and Fred Ebb, music & lyrics; David Thompson, librettist; Kevin McAllister, dir.; TBD, choreo., Chris Youstra, music dir. Rehearsals begin March 21, 2023; runs April 19, 2023-May 21, 2023  at Olney Theatre Center. Rehearsals begin again May 30, 2023; runs June 13, 2023-July 9, 2023 at Everyman Theatre: stipends after final performance).



 

Roles

 

Non-Union Actors: 18+

 

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

 

Season rehearses and performs in Baltimore, MD. ArtsCentric’s 2022-2023 season will be performed indoors at ArtCentric’s Main Stage (RENT, CINDERELLA), Baltimore’s CenterStage (TBA), and Olney Theatre Center/Everyman Theatre (AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND). If you have not begun the COVID-19 vaccination process, then please do so because ALL CAST MEMBERS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED BEFORE REHEARSALS BEGIN (verification required)!!!

 

Compensation & Union Contract Details

 

Non-union compensation: Stipend given after final performance.

 

Key Details

 

Seeking talent from:

Maryland, DC and Virginia

 

Additional Materials

 

Season Breakdown 

 

The character breakdowns within this document include gender specifications that reflect that identity of the characters as written by the playwrights. However, we strongly encourage performers with any gender expression and/or gender identity to audition for any role.

“RENT”

All roles are open. All ethnicities welcomed.

 

A rock musical loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera La Boheme, Rent, tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. 

 

Mark Cohen: Male identifying, 20-30s

A struggling Jewish documentary filmmaker; Roger’s best friend; the narrator. Baritone/Tenor. White/European. Principal role.

 

Roger Davis: Male identifying, 19-30s 

An HIV-infected struggling musician who is a recovering drug addict; extremely depressed, brooding, and aggressive, with a gentle side. Grunge rock tenor. White/European. Principal role.

 

Mimi Marquez: Female identifying, 18-30s. 

An HIV-positive exotic dancer and heroin junkie; extremely sexy, optimistic, and likable, but with dark secrets. Mezzo-Soprano, rock voice. African American, Multiracial, Latinx, Middle Eastern. Principal role.

 

Benny Coffin III: Male identifying, 18-30s. 

Used to live with Mark and Roger, but is now their landlord; a yuppie sell-out. Pop tenor/baritone. African American. Supporting role.

 

Maureen Johnson: Female identifying, 18-30s. 

Joanne’s girlfriend; Mark’s ex-girlfriend; young, spunky, quirky, and funny; innocently sexy. Mezzo-soprano, soulful. Multiracial, White/European. Supporting role.

 

Joanne Jefferson: Female identifying, 18-30s. 

A lawyer and Maureen’s lover; smart, mature, wry humor; politically connected. High rock, belt, soprano. African American. Supporting role.

 

Tom Collins: Male identifying, late 40s to 50s.

A gay philosophy teacher and anarchist with AIDS; old roommate/friend of Mark and Roger’s; Angel’s lover; mature, warm, strong, and open personality. Low blues baritone. African American, Multiracial. Supporting role.

 

Angel Dumontt Schunard: Male identifying, late 40s to 50s.

A street-percussionist/musician drag queen with AIDS and a heart of god; Collin’s lover. High tenor/falsetto. All ethnicites. Supporting role.

 

Ensemble: Male identifying and Female identifying, 18-45

Will play various roles, all will be featured; must be versatile. Intermediate singing and dancing ability are a must. All Ethnicities.

"CINDERELLA"

All roles are open and will be played by Black/African Americans. 

 

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this romantic fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.

 

Cinderella: Female identifying, 20-29

though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is opinionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom--and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman. An elegant dancer, she must have strong dance and partnering skills and great comedic timing. Beautiful and expressive musical theater soprano. Principal role.
 

Fairy Godmother: Female identifying, 25-40
Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Wise, warm, otherworldly, gorgeous and charming. Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility. Glorious and expressive musical theater soprano to a G. Principal role.

 

 

Stepmother: Female identifying, 35-55

Cinderella’s selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status, and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, she schemes her way up the social ladder. Must have incredible comic timing. Musical theater character voice. Supporting role.
 

Grace: Female identifying, 20-30

Cinderella’s awkward stepsister. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic, and witty. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in. Must have great comic timing. Strong and expressive musical theater voice. Supporting role.
 

Joy: Female identifying, 20-30

Cinderella’s sullen stepsister. Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy, and bratty, she has a ridiculously high, but unfounded opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention. Must have great comic timing. Strong and expressive traditional musical theater character belt to an F. Supporting role.
 

Christopher: Male identifying, 20-30

misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Charming but not a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing, and innocent--with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine, and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future. Must have strong dance and partnering skills and great comedic timing. Soaring, rich musical theater baritone to a G. Principal role.
 

Lionel: Male identifying, 35-59

the kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Christopher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Christopher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Lionel rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself - and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom. Must have incredible comic timing. Musical theater character voice.
Principal role.

 

Queen Constantina: Female identifying, 35-55

Christopher’s mother. Serious and domineering. Affectionate to her husband. Must have great comic timing. Musical theater character voice. Supporting role.
 

King Maximillian: Male identifying, 40-60

Christopher’s father. Hard-up grouch who at least has the grace to wish his son a happy marriage, as he has. Must have good comic timing. Musical theater character voice. Supporting role.
 

Ensemble: Male identifying and Female identifying, 6-12; 18-45

Will play various roles, such as villagers, merchants, maidens, puppeteers, Palace Guests, etc. Intermediate singing and dancing ability are a must.

“AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND”

All roles are open. All ethnicities welcomed.

 

AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND is a musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show consists of an electric collection of love songs, torch songs, and acerbic witty comic numbers. 

 

Woman 1: Female identifying, 25-50

Tough and strong, impassioned, she has been hurt, clumsy, hopeful; vocal range is mezzo/belter (E3-A5). Principal role.

 

Woman 2: Female identifying, 25-50 

Independent, zany, bawdy and brassy, but also reflective and poised, she's seductive, strong dancer, vocal range is mezzo/belter (F3-G5). Principal role.

 

Woman 3: Female identifying, 25-50. 

Nostalgic, adventurous, hopeful, confident and sexy, but hesitant in regards to love, vocal range is soprano/belt (F3-F5). Principal role.

 

Man 1: Male identifying, 25-50. 

A bit of a ham, but with an emotional streak, just as easily emboldened to action, sincere, loving, and charming, very strong dancer, vocal range is bari-tenor to high G. Principal role.

 

Man 2: Male identifying, 25-50. 

Nostalgic, handsome, hopeless romantic, stern and demanding with a commanding voice, good dancer, vocal range is bari-tenor to A. Principal role.

What to prepare?

 

Prepare one (1) 32-bar selection that fits the style of the show and a one (1) minute comedic monologue. You may sing directly from the show. An accompanist will be provided. You MAY NOT sing a cappella. Persons without a headshot/picture and resume will not be considered.  

 

When/where are auditions held?

 

ArtsCentric’s Season 2022/2023 auditions and callbacks will take place at ArtsCentric (2600 N. Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21213) on Friday, May 13, 2022 7pm-10pm (INVITE ONLY) and Saturday, May 14, 2022 10am-6pm. Callbacks will be held Sunday, May 15, 2022 2pm-8pm.   

Who to contact for additional questions?

You may contact the Casting Director, Asia-Lige Arnold, via email at aarnold@artscentric.org. Subject line: “Season 22/23 Auditions…”.