Auditions for Chicago

MESA ENCORE THEATRE
Presents

Chicago – the Musical
Director: Jean-Paoul Clemente

Broadway’s longest-running American musical, Chicago is a dazzling and satirical look at fame, justice, and the media machine. Set in 1920s Chicago and based on real-life murders and trials, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a wannabe vaudevillian star who murders her lover and is arrested, despite her attempts to convince her pushover husband, Amos, to lie for her. In the Cook County Jail, Roxie meets her hero, the famed double-murderess and nightclub performer Velma Kelly. When both acquire the same lawyer, the greedy and lustful superstar, Billy Flynn, tensions come to a head as they vie for the spotlight– though instead of onstage, they’re mugging for the flashbulb of the newspaper reporters. With catchy, sexy music and timeless lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a funny, intelligent, and utterly engaging book by Kander and Bob Fosse.

Cast of Characters:

Roxie Hart: Age 25-40. Innocent, sexy, desperate, selfish. Roxie is not very bright and never thinks about the consequences of her actions before she says or does things. Every move is selfish, every idea foolish and ill-considered, and yet she remains strangely sympathetic because we know her selfishness is not malicious; but childish. All Roxie cares about is getting into Vaudeville. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer. (mezzo)

Velma Kelly: Age 25-45. Sarcastic, sexy, tough, funny. Velma is a former vaudeville performer who also serves as the hostess. She often talks directly to the audience. She killed her husband and her sister after finding them together. Used to being the “headliner” she learns to hold her tongue and make nice to save her vaudeville career. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer. (alto)

Billy Flynn: Age 35-60. Sexy, persuasive, manipulative, masculine. Billy is a suave, educated lawyer who can persuade anyone to do anything. Billy will take any case as long as it is sure to put money in his pocket. Billy is a lot like a Hollywood Agent. Needs to be a strong character actor who can sing and dance well. (tenor)

Amos Hart: Age 30-50. Charming, funny, vulnerable, timid man. Amos is an average guy, not very good looking, not very smart. Manipulated easily, Amos is the only character in Chicago whose motives are entirely pure, never selfish and he’s the only character who really loses ultimately. Strong character actor who can sing well. (baritone)

Matron “Mama” Morton: Age 35-65. Sexy, funny, powerful and tough. The matron of the Cook County Jail who believes that all favors she gives should be reciprocated or paid for. If Billy is the Agent, Mama would be considered the Manager. Needs to be strong character actor who can sing well. (alto)

Mary Sunshine: Any age. Looking for a male soprano or counter tenor who can sing legitimately up to a high B flat who must play a woman with the image of a good-natured talk show hostess but is actually a high-powered gossip columnist. Must be a good comedian. (soprano)

*** Please note we may consider lowering the vocal part for the right person. ***

Female/Male Ensemble: Ages 16+. Several featured acting and dance roles including:

Hunyak: Accused of chopping off her husband’s head. She is actually innocent (one of the only ones), but because she only speaks Hungarian and refuses to plead guilty, she is found guilty and hanged.

Liz: Killed her husband with a shotgun because he “popped” his gum.

Annie: Found out her husband had several wives and killed him with Arsenic.

June: Killed her husband with a carving knife after he found out she cheated on him.

Mona: Killed her boyfriend after she found out he was sleeping around.

Go-to-Hell Kitty: Kills her boyfriend in her apartment after coming home and finding him with two girls. She is wealthy and goes crazy telling everyone to “go-to-hell”.

Fred Casley: Sleeping with Roxie Hart and is shot and killed. Must play a “regular guy” in the first scene but play an overly dramatic version of himself in the courtroom scene.

Various other roles will also be cast for Ensemble

WHERE:
M.E.T at 933 – Black Box
933 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85203

WHEN:
Monday July 10, Tuesday July 11, and Wednesday July 12 2017
Starting at 7pm
(Monday is FILLED. Only Tuesday and Wednesday slots remain)

Callbacks will be held on Thursday July 13th at 7pm.
For callbacks – Be prepared to read from the script. Also, additional songs per Character may be taught.

Please use the calendar below to schedule your audition.

PRODUCTION DATES:
Sept 8, 2017 through 24, 2017

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Begins very soon after auditions at Mesa Encore Theatre – 933 E. Main St., Mesa AZ

AUDITION PROCESS:
You may attend either night – the process will be the same for each night of auditions.
These will be group auditions.
Door will open at 6pm for sign-in and sign-ups.
For Vocal audition, you may either Prepare (2) two selections of songs totaling no more than 32 bars or (1) one song not to exceed 32 bars.

7pm – Dance Call  – A dance audition piece will be taught promptly at this time so plan accordingly if you need time to stretch and warm up – be prepared to dance starting immediately at 7pm. All those auditioning are expected to be at Dance Call Audition with the exception of those auditioning for the roles of Amos, Mary Sunshine and Mama Morton. These three roles will only need to come to the Vocal Call Audition (see below).

8:30pm –  Vocal Call – Everyone, as a group, will be asked to stay in the audition room as each actor is heard individually. Once you are finished with your individual audition, you are free to leave.

Please sign up for the date you would prefer.

HEADSHOT and RESUME are required – Please bring these with you!!

*Please list any Acrobatic, Juggling and/or Magician Skills you may have

**Please list All/Any conflicts that fall during the dates of September 1st – 4th along with any other conflicts

Please click on the GREEN date of your choice (July 11th or 12th) to sign up for auditions.
(if you have trouble reserving a slot please email Jason for help)

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