SEEKING PROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS for SOMETHING ROTTEN to be performed at PARK PLAYHOUSE in ALBANY, NY throughout the month of JULY 2023.

CALL TYPE
in person local auditions & accepting submissions

CONTRACT
June 2-July 22, 2023 (7 weeks) in Albany, NY
all roles are paid / housing provided as needed for non-local actors

PERSONNEL
Michael LoPorto, Director
AshleySimone Kirchner, Choreographer/Associate Artistic Director
Brian Axford, Musical Director
Owen M. Smith, Artistic Director

SEEKING
Non-union actors for roles in SOMETHING ROTTEN to be performed at PARK PLAYHOUSE. Seeking a diverse group of performers, including but not limited to performers of all races, gender identities and body types.

IN PERSON LOCAL AUDITIONS
Local open auditions (no appointment required) will be held January 13 & 14, 2023 at Playhouse Stage Studios, 95 Remsen St, Cohoes, NY 12047. Please prepare a 16-32 bar comedic musical theatre vocal cut. An accompanist will be provided, please bring sheet music in an appropriate key, as well as headshot & resume. Open audition sign-in will be Friday 5-8:30pm and Saturday 10am-12pm. Whether seeking principal or ensemble roles, all actors should plan to attend the vocal open call. Dance callbacks will be held at 1pm on Saturday, additional callbacks to follow.

SUBMISSIONS
Seeking non-equity submissions by February 1, 2023 to ashley@playhousestage.org
Submissions should include headshot, resume, self-tape audition of 16-32 bars showcasing a comedic vocal cut, and a dance reel showcasing both jazz and tap proficiency. Please only submit a LINK to videos, do not include videos attached to the email.

AVAILABLE ROLES
Welcome to the Renaissance, where the Black Plague has ceded power to the Puritans, farthingales and codpieces are the latest fashion trend, and the biggest celebrity in England is a playwright named William Shakespeare. In the midst of all this excitement, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are trying to keep their acting company afloat. In a desperate attempt to out-Bard the Bard, Nick consults with a soothsayer, who informs him that the future of theatre involves acting, singing, and dancing — sometimes all at once! As the Bottom brothers strive to write the world’s very first “musical”, they find themselves caught in a bitter battle with the Bard and the play’s the thing. Something Rotten! is a hysterical, joyous celebration of everything you love about Broadway.

Nick Bottom – male, 30s-40s, A2-G4. A struggling renaissance writer at the end of his rope. Nigel’s older brother. Incredibly jealous of the success of William Shakespeare and will do anything to beat him. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings, tap dance skills a plus.

William Shakespeare – male, mid 20s-40s, Ab2-Ab4. The Bard. A renaissance rock star, over the top with a huge ego. Seeking a comedic actor with a pop/rock voice, tap dance skills a plus.

Portia – female, 20s-early 30s, G3-F#5. A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel. Adorable, quirky. Seeking a great comedic actress who sings very well. A youthful soprano with a strong mix.

Nigel Bottom – male, 20s-early 30s, Eb3-A4. Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan. Sweet, naive, perhaps a little awkward. Seeking a comedic actor with strong vocals.

Minstrel – male, C#3-A4. Sings opening number “Welcome to the Renaissance”.

Shylock – male. An investor whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.

Lord Clapham / Master of the Justice – male. A posh patron of the theatre.

Ensemble – Strong dancers who sing of all ages and types. Must tap.

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