Auditions

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

***Another round of open auditions has been added for students grades 7-12, Sunday, November 4, 6:30pm-8:00pm, at Prairie Baptist Church, 75th and Roe.

Any questions? Email me at cassandra.pettigrew@cureofars.com

The Barn Players Combined Open Call Audition for
THE FULL MONTY
GRAND HOTEL: THE MUSICAL
VICTOR/VICTORIA

Saturday, October 27th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 28th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th St, Kansas City MO 64106

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Please download the audition form at thebarnplayers.org. Please bring a filled out copy of the audition form and a headshot and resume (if you have them) for each show you are auditioning. (EXAMPLE If you are auditioning for all three shows, please bring three copies. If you are only auditioning for one show, bring one copy). We will have a few forms at the space if needed. If you do not have a headshot, we will take a picture of you at the audition.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE: When you get to The Arts Asylum, please park on the street and do not park in the lot behind the Arts Asylum. That parking lot is reserved for tenants only. Enter the building on 9th Street and check in at the front desk.

AUDITIONING:

  • Auditions will be an open call and we will see people in the order that they sign in.
  • You will sing a prepared 32 bar selection of a musical theatre song in the style of the show.
  • Please provide sheet music - NO CDs & NO ACAPPELLA auditions.
  • After you sing, there will be a movement/dance audition so wear proper attire.

AFTER AUDITIONS:

  • You will be notified by email from each individual production if you are invited to their callbacks.
  • Invitations for callbacks and callback materials for Victor/Victoria will be sent out in the Spring of 2019.
  • For those only interested in Victor/Victoria - If you have worked with this directing team before there is no need to come to the open call (unless you are also interested in The Full Monty and/or Grand Hotel). Please email your interest to the stage manager at mackenzie.sammons@live.com.

CALLBACKS (BY INVITATION ONLY):
All callbacks will take place at The Arts Asylum.

  • The Full Monty – November 3, 2018 – 12p to 5p
  • Grand Hotel: The Musical – November 4, 2018 - 1p to 5p
  • Victor/Victoria – June 29, 2019 – 12p to 5p

REHEARSALS:

  • The Full Monty – Rehearsals will begin around January 6, 2019. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday afternoons 1:00p to 5:00p and Monday through Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 10pm. Rehearsals the last 2 weeks may go past 10:00p but staff will be respectful of your time and get you out as close to 10:00p as possible. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week without prior approval from the director.
  • Grand Hotel: The Musical – Rehearsals will begin around March 10, 2019. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday afternoons 1:00p to 5:00p and Monday through Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 10pm. Rehearsals the last 2 weeks may go past 10:00p but staff will be respectful of your time and get you out as close to 10:00p as possible. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week without prior approval from the director.
  • Victor/Victoria - Rehearsals will begin around September 29, 2019. Typical weekly rehearsal schedule will be Sunday afternoons 1:00p to 5:00p and Monday through Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 10pm. Rehearsals the last 2 weeks may go past 10:00p but staff will be respectful of your time and get you out as close to 10:00p as possible. Tech rehearsal on Sunday, November 10, 2019 will be 1:00p to 8:00p. Conflicts with the rehearsal schedule must be kept to an absolute minimum during the rehearsal process. No conflicts will be accepted during dress / tech week without prior approval from the director.

PRODUCTION DATES:

  • The Full Monty – February 21 – March 3, 2019
  • Grand Hotel: The Musical – April 25 – May 5, 2019
  • Victor/Victoria - November 14 – 24, 2019

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2:00pm
All performances take place at The Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th St, Kansas City MO 64106

For more information, please contact Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at emagnitude@me.com.

The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.

THE FULL MONTY SYNOPSIS:

While spying on their wives at a "Girls' Night Out," a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they're stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to "let it go." Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, is a ten-time Tony Award nominee, by the powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Anastasia, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Band’s Visit).

CAST BREAKDOWN:

ALL CHARACTERS are normal denizens of Buffalo, New York. Every day people. Unless specifically noted, all body types and races are welcome. All ages are "stage ages" and pliable.

MEN: If you are auditioning for any of the main 6 roles or Keno, you need to be comfortable enough to perform on stage in your underwear, g-string, and eventually a brief second of full nudity (main 6 actors) at the end of the show. You must be prepared to do so and must agree to such to be considered for casting. The Barn Players and The Arts Asylum are safe places to create. Respect and trust will be given to this matter. Directing staff will ask for the actors called back for the Monty Men and Keno to dress down to their undershirt and underwear at callbacks.

  • Jerry Lukowski - An unemployed mill worker, fighting to maintain his pride and the custody of his only son. All-American jock and the definitive man's man. Spontaneous. Very prideful. – Male – Age 30 to 40 – Vocal Range: C4 to D6
  • Pam Lukowski - Jerry's estranged wife and high school sweetheart. She wants what is best for her son. Strong business woman, but also compassionate and motherly. – Female – Age 25 to 35 – Vocal Range: B3 to A5
  • Dave Bukatinsky - Jerry's best friend and fellow unemployed mill worker. Very much a man's man, but more of a follower than leader. The definitive sidekick. Prideful. Self-conscious about his size. – Male – Age 30 to 40 – Vocal Range: C4 to E6
  • Georgie Bukatinsky - Dave's wife. She loves her husband, and worries about him. Loud, outgoing and brash. She is the "leader" of her group of girlfriends. – Female – Age 30 to 40 – Vocal Range: G3 to A5
  • Harold Nichols - An unemployed supervisor at the mill. Hot Metal's choreographer. Thinks his worth comes from providing for his wife, so he hides his unemployment from her. – Male – Age 35 to 45 – Vocal Range B3 to A5
  • Vicki Nichols - Harold's wife. She enjoys the finer things in life. Loves her husband more than anything, and supports him no matter what. – Female – Age 30 to 40 – Vocal Range: G3 to A5
  • Malcolm Macgregor - An unemployed mill worker. Lives at home with his mother. Depressed, suicidal, awkward, and feeble. Pigeon-chested. Finds comfort in Ethan. – Male – Age 25 to 35 – Vocal Range: C4 to E6
  • Ethan Girard - An unemployed mill worker. Lonely. Has a blind determination and confidence to succeed. Finds company with Malcolm. – Male – Age 35 to 35 – Vocal Range: D3 to A5
  • Noah "Horse" T. Simmons - A retired mill worker. Embarrassed about being an "average sized" Black man. Despite being old and slow when walking, he still has explosive dance moves. Frequently grumpy. – Male – Age 50 to 60 – Vocal Range: F2 to B5
  • Jeanette Burmeister - A piano player of indeterminate years and show-business pro. Sassy, quick-witted, and larger than life. Has slowed down in recent years. - Female – Age 65 to 75 – Vocal Range: F4 to B5
  • Nathan Lukowski – male or female (played as a boy) – Age 12 – Vocal Range: Age appropriate - Jerry's young son. “12 years old going on forty” but young looking for his age. Nathan can be stoic, sincere, and charming, but ultimately real as he deals with his parents' custody battle. PARENTS: PLEASE READ ENTIRE SCRIPT and please be aware that “The Full Monty” also contains brief nudity (by the adult actors), and language that is sexual in nature.
  • Teddy Slaughter – Male – Age 35 to 55 - Pam's fiancé. 35-55. The opposite of Jerry – clean-cut, well-off. Will double in other roles. Singing and harmonies required.
  • Buddy “Keno” Walsh – Male – Age 21to 32 - Body type: Hunky Lean or Lean Mean Machine. Handsome and experienced gay male stripper. With his ambitions, he won’t be a Chippendale-esque performer forever. May double in other roles. Singing and harmonies required.
  • OTHER ROLES FEMALE: Estelle Genovese (Jerry's younger sexy girlfriend), Susan Hershey, Joanie Lish, Dolores(doubles as Molly, Malcolm's aged ailing mother). May double in other roles. Various ages, vocal ranges, and types.
  • OTHER ROLES MALE: Reg Willoughby (union leader), Tony Giordano (club owner), Marty, Gary. May double in other roles. Various age, vocal ranges, and types.

GRAND HOTEL: THE MUSICAL SYNOPSIS:

Come spend a night or two in the world's most luxurious and mysterious hotel. Esteemed bookwriter, Luther Davis (Kismet, Timbuktu!), collaborated again with the prolific, distinguished composer-lyricist team of Robert Wright and George Forrest (Kismet, Timbuktu!, Magdalena), with additional songs by the great Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic, Phantom) to create Grand Hotel, a seamless musical that won multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards. It is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life and optimism rules the day. However, underneath it all, much is happening with the Grand Hotel's illustrious clients. Inspired by Vicki Baum's period novel, issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder converge as people and come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel.

CAST BREAKDOWN:

  • Erik - The assistant concierge who is deeply in love with his wife. Eager to start a family. Intelligent, ambitious, devoted. – Male – Age 30 to 35 – Vocal Range: C4 to F5
  • Zinnowitz - An attorney in Berlin. The secretary for the company under Preysing's direction. Encourages Preysing to lie. Ambitious, greedy, and willing to do whatever it takes. – Male – Age 35 to 45 – Vocal Range: D4 to E5
  • Hermann Preysing - General Director of a large textile mill. A solid burgher blinded by riches and terrified of losing his life style. He uses lies and money to get what he wants. – Male – Age 40 to 50 – Vocal Range: B3 to G5
  • Flaemmchen - A pretty girl who has theatrical ambitions, she wants to go to America and appear in movies. Constantly conflicted between her ambition and her morals. – Female – Age 18 to 21 – Vocal range: E2 to E5
  • Otto Kringelein - A mortally ill bookkeeper from the small town life looking for new excitement. He is a smart man wanting to live life to the fullest while he can. Humble, joyous, and grateful. – Male – Age 35 to 45 – Vocal Range: C4 to A5
  • Baron Felix Von Gaigern - Athletic, charming, and optimistic but broke. Wishes to be immoral. A good guy who loves life in the fast lane and falls in love with Grushinskaya. – Male – Age 25 to 35 – Vocal Range: B3 to A5
  • Raffaela - Confidante, secretary, and Elizaveta's dresser. Secretly loves Grushinskaya and wants to protect her always. Hardworking, dependable, and smart. – Female – Age 35 to 45 – Vocal Range: F3 to B4
  • Elizaveta Grushinskaya - The still-beautiful, world famous, Prima Ballerina on the verge of retirement. Finds herself feeling old until she is revived by the young Baron's love. Demands only the best from herself and for her fans. – Female – Age 40 to 50 – Vocal Range: G3 to C5
  • Two Jimmys – Black, American Entertainers – Tenors
  • Colonel-Doctor Otternschlag – Grievously wounded by gas and shrapnel in WWI, a cynical ruined man. – Baritone
  • The Countess & The Gigolo – Ballroom Dancers
  • Chauffer – a tough gangster posing as a chauffeur
  • Zinnowitz – an attorney in Berlin
  • Sando – Hungarian Theater impresario
  • Witt – Company manager of Grushinskaya’s ballet troupe
  • Ensemble of Scullery Workers, Bellmen, Telephone Operators and guests at the Grand Hotel

VICTOR/VICTORIA SYNOPSIS:

We know we’re in Paris, but is this person a he or a she? A man? A woman? What confusion! What fun! Victor/Victoria is an appealing, sophisticated show, based on the movie about the career of the Paris entertainer Victoria Grant, who becomes a star female impersonator, only to fall in love-at-first-sight with macho King Marchan. Based on the acclaimed and beloved 1982 film starring Julie Andrews and Robert Preston, the musical numbers include “Le Jazz Hot”, “You and Me”, “Almost A Love Song”, “Trust Me”, “Living in the Shadows”, “Paris By Night” and “Crazy World”. Life’s complications are both hilarious and touching.

CAST BREAKDOWN:

  • VICTOR/VICTORIA GRANT –a proper British soprano, who has become stranded in Paris through a series of very unfortunate events. Ultimately she becomes the toast of Paris as a female impersonator. Throughout the play she learns to embrace her power as a woman while discovering true love, both perhaps, for the first time - Female – Age: 30 to 50 - Mezzo Soprano/Alto belt
  • CARROLL “TODDY” TODD – naturally charismatic and a flamboyant performer. He has been the nightly entertainment at Chez Lui forever and lives a life of gaiety and nonchalance. He hatches the idea of disguising Victoria as Victor and they both find it does not take them where they expected. - Male – Age: 40 to 60 - Baritone
  • KING MARCHAN – a powerful businessman and possible gangster from Chicago who seems to have both power and money. He is sexy, charming, handsome and moves through life with ease and confidence - Male – Age: 40 to 60 - Baritone
  • NORMA CASSIDY – a Chicago nightclub entertainer and current girlfriend of Chicago businessman King Marchan. A classic, comic showgirl and moll - Female – Age: 30 to 50 - Mezzo belt
  • SQUASH BERNSTEIN – the right-hand-man, bodyguard, professional muscle-for-hire for Chicago business man King Marchan. He is as tough as they come but smarter than he looks - Male – Age: 25 to 50 - Tenor
  • HENRI LABISSE – the proprietor of Chez Lui, a nightclub of questionable repute that definitely operates on the shady side of Paris; French accent expected. – Male – Age: 40 to 60 - Bass
  • ACTING ENSEMBLE – acting/singing ensemble of 3 women & 3 men to play multiple roles. There are some non-singing roles available. Actors must be comfortable dressing as the opposite sex.
  • DANCING ENSEMBLE – strong dancing/singing ensemble of 3 women and 3 men. Dancing will be a very integral part of this production. Dancers must be comfortable dressing as the opposite sex.

Upcoming Audition Dates
More information will be posted when available.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: February 16, 2-5pm, The Arts Asylum Co-Lab

Mamma Mia: May 4th and 5th, 2-4pm, The Arts Asylum Co-Lab and Harrison Hall

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, KIDS: No audition, registration info coming soon on the Barn KIDS page