Audition info for ROCK OF AGES
Written by Chris D’Arienzo
A Mesa Encore Theatre Mainstage Production
Sign up for a time to sing on Sunday evening, Feb 25th.
Dance auditions will occur on Sunday the 25th from 7:30-8:30 (either before or after your singing audition)
Auditioners must be 16 or older, and anyone under 18 must have parental permission; all performers must be comfortable with scanty, showgirl/stripper style costumes; must sing in an 80’s rock style; many of the male singing parts are high- high tenor. Dance styles may include pole dancing, aerial work such as hoop or silks, stripper moves, stylized sexuality.
Prepare two 80s style rock songs: one ballad and one up-tempo (Men show us your high range!)
Bring a headshot (or any photo that looks like you) and resume (or be prepared to list your past experience in acting, dancing, and singing). Come dressed and prepared to move: ladies, wear character shoes with heels.
Auditions will be held in the Black Box Theatre at 933 E. Main St. in Mesa
Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, Feb 27
Rehearsals begin April 8th
Performances will be at the Nesbitt Elliot Playhouse in the Mesa Arts Center, Thurs-Sun (including Sat and Sun matinees) from May 18 – June 3, for a total of 13 performances
Director: Virginia Olivieri
Choreographer: Katy Callie
Music Director: Tristen Peterson-Steinert
Stage Managers: Emma Walz and JennAfer Sankar
Rock of Ages is a jukebox musical set in the seedy, sordid, vibrant heart of the Sunset Strip, at a music venue that has seen better days. Run by chilled-out former rock impresario Dennis Dupree, and tended to by Dennis’s mischievous assistant Lonny, it is the essence of rock and roll. When bright-eyed young hopeful Sherrie Christian, a small-town girl who wants to make it as an actress, arrives in town, she bumps into Drew, a Bourbon Room busboy with dreams of rock and roll stardom. Love-struck Drew convinces Dennis to hire Sherrie, and the stage seems set for their romance. But when the Mayor of West Hollywood, persuaded by a couple of scheming German real estate developers, announces his intention to demolish the Bourbon Room and the entire gritty Sunset Strip, the stakes are raised.
*The role of Dennis Dupree has been pre-cast
Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
We Built This City (Starship)
Too Much Time on My Hands (Styx)
I Wanna Rock (Twisted Sister)
We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
More Than Words (Extreme)
To Be with You (Mr. Big)
Waiting for a Girl Like You (Foreigner)
Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
Cum On Feel the Noize (Quiet Riot)
Harden My Heart (Quarterflash)
Shadows of the Night (Pat Benatar
Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
The Final Countdown (Europe)
Any Way You Want It (Journey)
High Enough (Damn Yankees)
I Hate Myself for Loving You (Joan Jett And The Blackhearts)
Heat of the Moment (Asia)
Hit Me with Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)
Can’t Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
Keep On Loving You (REO Speedwagon)
Oh Sherrie (Steve Perry)
The Search Is Over (Survivor)
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
Cast of Characters:
DREW – An appealing, good-guy rocker with great, easy comedic timing, a boyish charm, vulnerability and a very strong rock tenor voice. Drew works at the legendary Bourbon Room, hoping and waiting for his dreams to come true. He finds an instant attraction to Sherrie, the beautiful new arrival from the Midwest, who encourages him to go after his dreams.
SHERRIE – female, fresh faced, innocent Midwestern girl stepping right off the bus into a new world to pursue her dreams of stardom. Strong comedic timing, strong rock belt, good with harmony, good movement ability.
LONNY –The narrator of the piece-charming, funny, mischievous, welcoming, vibrant personality, someone who would be fun to spend one crazy night with. Strong and honest with comedic timing/improv skills and strong rock vocals.
STACEE JAXX /FATHER: – A charismatic rock star. Decided to leave his successful hair/metal-rock band to try it solo. Self important, confident and intriguing in all the wrong ways, the ultimate bad boy; he is all about rock-n-roll and its benefits. Great strong comedic timing and strong rock tenor voice. Also doubles as FATHER: Sherrie’s conservative father, who objects to Sherrie’s move to LA. Will also appear as a member of the ensemble. Strong vocals.
REGINA /CANDY – A fun, hippie type, earthy girl who fights against the attempted takeover of The Sunset Strip. Strong comedic timing, belt vocals- A crunchy granola type hilarious tree-hugging fighter who will stop at nothing to protect The Strip. Role also doubles as Candy: female with low voice with strong stage presence
HERTZ KLINEMANN – An older German male. Uptight, cold, intimidating businessman trying to buy up the Sunset Strip to develop it. The “villain” of the piece. Strong comedic timing and baritone vocals, German accent.
FRANZ KLINEMANN – Hertz’ foppish, flamboyant German son –works for his father, but not by choice. Pressured and intimidated by his father. Shy, gentle with a big heart. Over the course of the show, changes and hilariously stands up to his father. Strong vocals and strong comedic timing, German accent
JUSTICE/MOTHER: Will also appear as a member of the ensemble. Strong vocals. female, strong presence, an easy sensuality about her, once a performer, she now operates a gentlemen’s club where Sherrie winds up working. Maternal with soulful vocals and belt. Role also doubles as MOTHER: Sherrie’s conservative mother, who objects to Sherrie’s move to LA. but still remains in contact .
MAYOR/ JA’KEITH:- Mayor of West Hollywood, who is faced with the decision to sell-out to Hertz. Strong vocals and comedic timing. A strong character actor/actress with good comedic timing to play numerous roles, strong rock tenor and strong dance/movement ability. Role doubles as Ja’keith: Boy band agent who lures Drew away from the Bourbon Room with a promise to make him a star.
WAITRESS #1: featured singer- works with Sherrie-hilariously referred to as “Waitress #1” in show. Strong vocals, will also be member of Ensemble
JOEY PRIMO: A young male/female with the rocker sensibility, strong rock tenor and strong/dance/movement ability-replaces Stacee Jaxx as lead singer in the band “Arsenal”. Strong stage presence
CONSTANCE: Reporter assigned to interview Stacee Jaxx. Will also appear as a member of the ensemble. Comedic timing.
SLEAZY PRODUCER: (Male) Sleazy movie producer who is a customer at the Venus Club. Strong stage presence
GUITARISTS/BAND MEMBERS/ENSEMBLE: male or female. Remaining members of the band Arsenal. Will also appear as members of the ensemble. Requires comedic timing.
VENUS CLUB DANCERS: Sapphire, Destiny and Angel
Sassy with comedic ability. Should have strong vocals and ability to move well. The Ensemble will play a variety of roles including:
ROCKERS, DANCERS, BOURBON ROOM PATRONS, WAITRESSES, WAITERS, BARTENDERS, CHURCH CHOIR, GROUPIES, BACK UP SINGERS, RIOT POLICE, HOMELESS, PROTESTERS, ROCK VIDEO MTV DANCERS, ETC.
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