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AUDITIONS

AUDITION FOR REVIVAL THEATRE COMPANY

Each year over an eight-month period, Revival Theatre Company produces three full-scale musicals, classical and contemporary. Every fall, we hold open auditions for performers. We seek strong actors who sing and dance well. We welcome and encourage all types and ethnicities, who are at least 18 years old, as well as kids as young as 8, depending on the show.

We strive to seek a balance between professional performers, emerging young artists, and local Cedar Rapids talent for our unique mix of contemporary and classic productions.


Revival Theatre Company’s Two Year Policy Regarding Casting: Once an actor is cast in one of the past season’s shows, RTC does not require the actor to audition for RTC again for two years. Whether an actor has or hasn’t been active with us within the full two years, we ask that the actor audition. RTC actors from the previous season interested in being considered for the new season’s shows should contact Artistic Director Brian Glick before the last night of current fall auditions to tell him that you wish to be considered. Casting is not guaranteed. If an actor wishes to be considered for a role that’s very different from what that actor has personified in the past for RTC, then that actor is more than welcome to audition.

This casting policy applies to actors 18 years and older. Any actor younger than 18 years old must audition every year if roles in the new season are available.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RTC Announces 2019 Season Auditions 

Adult Local Non-Equity Open Call – Iowa 
September 30, 2018 at 3:15pm – 7:00pm
Dance Call will occur the first hour of auditions. All must attend to be considered. There will be a combination taught for roles that don’t require as much movement.  Our 2019 season does require heavy dancing. 
 
Adult Local Non-Equity Open Call – Iowa
October 1, 2018 at 7:15pm – 10:00pm
Dance Call will occur the first hour of auditions. All must attend to be considered. There will be a combination taught for roles that don’t require as much movement.  Our 2019 season does require heavy dancing. 
 
Children Auditions:
September 30, 2018 at 2:30pm – 3:15
October 1, 2018 at 6:30pm – 7:15
 
Ages 8-10 years old. Children’s auditions will be held the first 45 min. of each audition day. Age/Grade requirements must be met by the day of the audition.
 
Callbacks:
October 2, 2018 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm
 
Where:
Auditions and callbacks will be held at Noelridge Christian Church, 7111 C Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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What Should I Bring?
See the FAQ menu below. 
 
Important Information:
Sign-Up will begin September 22. Callbacks: The only way you’ll hear about callbacks and casting is by email. If you don’t hear from us by midnight on October 1, we were unable to cast you in the 2019 season.
 
You must provide: A headshot and resume. Make sure to produce a valid email, this is how you’ll be informed about casting. 
 
Schedule/Compensation:
All actors are signed to an RTC stipend contract. 
 
Shows and Roles:
TBA on September 22, 2018. Watch our website and social media for those details when they arrive. 
 
Video Submissions:
Open September 22 -28 at 5:00. Email to bglick@revivaltheatrecompany.com. All rules apply as a walk-in audition. 
 
RTC Reserves the right to cast prior to auditions. If a role is determined to be cast ahead of auditions, we will make that information public and it will no longer be a role available. 
 
 
 

Character Breakdowns

  • March 14-16, 2019
    Venue TBD
    Rehearsals begin February 2019
    Cast Type: Strong leads with a large ensemble cast
    Dance Requirements: Heavy

    Directed by Brian Glick
    Musical Directed by Cameron Sullenberger
    Choreographed by TBD

    Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
    Book by Patricia Resnick
    Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture

    Characters:

    Violet: Any ethnicity. The company’s Head Secretary and Mr. Hart’s Administrative Assistant, she is a single mother and typically stands up for what she believes in. Attractive, strong, ambitious.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 40 to 50
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: F3

    Doralee: Any ethnicity. A young, sexy spitfire who works at Mr. Hart’s office. She is proof that there is more to a woman than just her looks.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 25 to 30
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: G3

    Judy: Any ethnicity. The “new” girl at the firm, she has been burned by her husband’s affair and is searching for personal empowerment. Insecure, determined, and hopeful.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 30 to 35
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: Ab3

    Franklin Hart: Any ethnicity. One of the firm’s executives and a notorious chauvinist. He is capable of faking charm but usually shows his true colors as an arrogant, self-absorbed boss.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 45 to 50
    Vocal range top: Gb4
    Vocal range bottom: C3

    Roz Keith: Any ethnicity. The attentive office gossip queen and snitch. She has an unrequited love for Mr. Hart and will do anything she can to win his approval.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 35 to 45
    Vocal range top: C5
    Vocal range bottom: G3

    Joe: Any ethnicity. A handsome, young office accountant. Genuine and nice, and smitten with Violet.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 25 to 35
    Vocal range top: G4
    Vocal range bottom: B2

    Dwayne: Any ethnicity. Doralee’s attractive husband. He is very supportive of her professional pursuits.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 25 to 30
    Vocal range top: G4
    Vocal range bottom: E2

    Josh: Any ethnicity.Violet’s awkward teenage son.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 15 to 18

    Missy: Any ethnicity. Franklin Hart’s wife, clueless to her husband’s true nature.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 20 to 35

    Maria: Any ethnicity. A young and vibrant secretary in Hart’s office.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 20 to 30
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: F4

    Dick: Any ethnicity. Judy’s soon-to-be ex-husband. An average guy, he is sporting a little less hair and a little more paunch than he did ten years ago.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 45

    Kathy: Any ethnicity. A secretary in Hart’s office with a tendency to gossip.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 30 to 40
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: G4

    Margaret: Any ethnicity. A secretary in Hart’s office with a tendency to drink.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 30 to 40

    Tinsworthy: Any ethnicity. Franklin Hart’s boss and Chariman of the Board. A good man, who may be wiser to Hart’s ways than he lets on.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 50 to 65

    Ensemble: Any ethnicity. Strong vocal and dance skills needed. Office employees, police officers, hospital employees.

  • November 21-23
    Venue TBD
    Rehearsals begin October 2019
    Cast Type: Strong leads with a large ensemble cast
    Dance Requirements: Heavy

    Directed by Brian Glick
    Musical Directed by Cameron Sullenberger
    Choreographed by Alvon Reed

    Music by Richard Rodgers
    Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
    Based on the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs
    Originally Choreographed by Agnes de Mille

    Oklahoma! will be performed in a full-scale concert format.
    We are seeking volunteer singers to fill the choirs. We are seeking 60 singers of men and women. Singers for the choir will be selected at a date TBD

    Characters:

    Laurey: Female to play 18-25 (Lyric Soprano) She is a farmer’s daughter and is feisty, independent, and strong. Not a girlie girl, she is very much a tomboy. She has an air of knowledge about her; she has lived through the death of her parents and has a big wall up. She lives with her Aunt Eller on a ranch that she helps work and maintain. She is in love with Curly, though she will not admit it. Someone like this would be tough and no nonsense. Big plus if actor can do the dream ballet, but not a requirement.

    Curly: Male to play 20-35 (Baritone) Should have a beautiful and booming baritone voice. Has a confident swagger and is the most handsome man in the whole county. A cowboy with an expansive, charismatic personality and a sense of humor. He is prideful. He is in love with Laurey, but refuses to admit it first. His heart is in the right place, but doesn’t always make the best choices when he is trying to get what he wants. Big plus if actor can do the dream ballet.

    Aunt Eller: Female to play 40-70 (Mezzo-Soprano) She acts as the town’s aunt, and knows how to take care of herself. She’s motherly when she needs to be, but also tough as nails. She owns a ranch and works it with her niece, Laurey, and a hired hand, Jud. Looking for an actor with a dry sense of humor and also a great sense of warmth about her. She should move well; a dancer is a plus.

    Will Parker: Any ethnicity. Male to play 20-35 (Tenor) Will is a handsome and hapless young cowboy who is skilled enough to compete in rodeos. He is interested in Ado Annie. He has a pleasant happy-go-lucky disposition, but needs to assert himself strongly to get her full attention. Must be a strong and funny actor with great comedic timing. Will is a dance role. Being able to do rope tricks is a plus, but must be willing to learn.

    Jud Fry: Any ethnicity. Male to play 30-40 (Baritone) Described as dark and brooding by others, Jud takes care of the ranch Laurey and Aunt Eller live on. Jud does not fit in with the society he lives with, he is seen by most as an outsider and his quiet and gruff demeanor might be misunderstood. More socially awkward than mean. He has feelings for Laurey. He works hard to take care of the ranch for Laurey and Aunt Eller. Looking for a very strong actor that can make the character more sympathetic and less of a villain. His darkness comes from his constant rejection and social isolation. He battles some inner demons, but at his core he just wants what everyone else wants; to be loved.

    Ado Annie Carnes: Female to play 20-30 (Mezzo-Soprano, belter) Andrew Carnes’ daughter, she “Can’t Say No” to anyone. She should be very attractive. She wants everyone to be happy. Her heart is always in the right place, but she isn’t always the best judge of character. A comic, romantic lead, she is wooed by Ali Hakim, but deep down she feels a connection to Will parker. Looking for a sexy (sexy comes in all shapes and sizes) and quirky comedienne. Should have her own unique style and sense of comedy. Needs to move well, a dancer is a plus.

    Ali Hakim: Any ethnicity. Male to play 25-45 Traveling peddler and shrewd salesman who says he’s from Persia (present day Iran). Though we aren’t sure how much of what he says we can believe; might be from New Jersey for all we know. He, like Jud, is an outsider to this community but not feared by most. He has a huge personality. He likes pretty things and women. He pursues Ado Annie and Gertie Cummings. His accent should be comical. Looking for a gifted actor with strong comedic chops. Moves well is a plus. Hat tricks, slight of hand tricks are a plus. Should be very slick with the ladies; a true snake oil salesman.

    Gertie Cummings: Any ethnicity. Female to play 20-35 (Soprano). From the next town over, she has eyes on Curly and isn’t waiting around for Laurey to say no to him. Another flirt whose presence is always announced by her ear-piercing laugh. Like Annie, she just wants to get married to someone. Strikingly beautiful comic character with a supremely annoying giggle. Must move well, a dancer is a plus.

    Andrew Carnes: Any ethnicity. Male to play 50-70 (Baritone but vocally closer to tenor). He is very protective of his daughter, Ado Annie. He doesn’t want Will Parker to marry her because he believes the cowboy’s life to be risky and unreliable. He is a rancher, and doesn’t feel very kind to cowboys in general. Most days, he looks at the world down the barrel of his shotgun. Comedy skills a plus, but comes from a very real place. Moves well.

    Female Dancer: to play 20-25 She must be able to act well and dance the lead in a ballet. Should resemble the actress playing Laurey. Will double in the ensemble. If the leading roles are cast with the ability to dance this on their own then we will not cast this role.

    Male Dancer: to play 20-35 He must be able to act well and dance the lead in a ballet. Should resemble Curly in Laurey’s dream ballet; handsome, well built. Will double in ensemble. If the leading roles are cast with the ability to dance this on their own then we will not cast this role.

    Men’s Ensemble: 18-35
    Cord Elam
    Fred
    Mike
    Joe
    Sam
    Ike Skidmore
    Slim

    Women’s Ensemble: 18-35
    Jess Chalmers
    Ellen
    Kate
    Sylvie
    Armina
    Aggie

    Director’s Note
    Please note: We are looking for actors who will help breathe fresh and exciting life into this show. We are not looking to do what has necessarily been done in the past. We are looking for people not afraid to break the mold. This show has a love story as a basic through line, but it’s also about the building of America and the uniting of people with different backgrounds.

    People with stage combat experience/training is a plus. People with rope or gun tricks are a plus. Also, we would love to cast men and women who could also play on an onstage band for parts of the show. Anyone that is proficient in fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, or other bluegrass type instruments should bring theirs to their initial audition.

  • Chaplin The Musical
    May 30-June 2, 2019
    Venue TBD
    Rehearsals begin April, 2019
    Cast Type: Strong leads with a small ensemble cast
    Dance Requirements: Minimal/Heavy staging

    Directed by Brian Glick
    Musical Directed by Cameron Sullenberger
    Choreographed by TBD

    Music and Lyrics by Christopher Curtis
    Book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan

    Characters:

    CHARLIE: After surviving a poverty-stricken and difficult childhood he turned luck into skill and skill into unprecedented opportunity and success. He ages from late teens to late 40’s as he displays unmatched talent on the vaudeville stage, in Keystone pictures and as producer, director and star of his own film studio. As often as he tries to rescue innocent women in each of his films, his volatile personality drives him to discard young woman after young woman, all of whom want to get close to Charlie Chaplin, and all of whom cannot hold his interest too far beyond the bedroom. To ensure that he is no longer abandoned, he pushes away all who get close before they have a chance to do the same to him. This all changes, of course, when he meets his true love, Oona O’Neill, who helps him forgive the past he has spent his life trying to run away from.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian:
    VOCAL: A tenor/bari-tenor, a natural and intuitive performer with remarkable comedic and movement skills.
    AGE: 18-35

    YOUNG CHARLIE /JACKIE COOGAN (PLAYED BY YOUNG CHARLIE): From the moment this child walks onstage at age 5 – he is destined for greatness. His connection to the audience is instantaneous. He sings, dances and suffers great sorrow when he returns to his mother after getting out of the County Home to find she no longer recognizes him. He later plays Jackie Coogan, the famous child actor who co-starred in “The Kid” with Chaplin and the Usher. He must be adorable, charming and funny yet have great depth as well.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian
    VOCAL: Strong natural singer, unchanged voice.
    AGE: 7-12

    SYDNEY CHAPLIN: Charlie’s brother, performing partner, and business manager. He sticks by Charlie through thick and thin, through marriages and women far too young and through political upheavals and exile. Sydney serves as a reminder of what little good their childhood had to offer and, until Oona arrives on the scene, the only one Charlie can truly count on no matter what.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian
    VOCAL: Tenor/bari-tenor.
    AGE: 18-30

    HANNAH CHAPLIN: Charlie’s mother. She is his inspiration – and also his first abandonment. We first meet her as an angelic creature on the Music Hall stage but she soon deteriorates rapidly into a very troubled woman who cannot fend for her or her boys. Because she could not afford to keep their flat, Charlie and his brother Sydney are carted away to the horrible Hanwell Orphanage. Hannah promised she’d return to get them but she never did. Once Charlie is finally released, he runs to his mother who no longer recognizes him. Hannah spent the rest of her life in and out of asylums much to Charlie’s disgrace. Once Charlie found fame in Hollywood, his brother Sydney kept imploring him to bring Mum over from London. Time and again, Charlie keeps promising, “After this picture is finished.” Once he finally brings her over, he barely visits her. She is the source of his first inspiration as well as his greatest humiliation.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian
    VOCAL: Mezzo/belt
    AGE: 20-30

    MACK SENNETT: A baritone, the master of his Keystone universe – the rather arrogant yet perfectly knowledgeable creator of a factory of short, slapstick films. He finds Charlie in Vaudeville and gives him his first break in pictures. He helps market the Little Tramp to unparalleled fame and then looses Charlie to other studios. Also plays EMCEE and JAMES MCGRANERY.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian
    AGE: 40-65

    ALF REEVES: A clever, intuitive, fields phone calls and starlet requests brilliantly – and knows Charlie sometimes better than Chaplin knows himself. Must have strong comedic timing.
    ETHNICITY: All Ethnicities
    AGE: 20-30

    OONA O’NEIL: A wannabe actress who meets Charlie when she turns up late for an audition. Shortly thereafter, she gives up her aspirations for a career in Hollywood and becomes the first woman to appreciate Charlie for who and not what he is. Their love is true from the start and she forces him to see that love, home and family are more important than the adoration of audiences all around the world. When Charlie makes a last-ditch effort to become the Tramp one more time, Oona has to fight hard to make him see that his Tramp years were wonderful for what they were but that they cannot last forever. He must let go of his past to move on to his present with her and his future as the man born of film legend who will never be forgotten.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian
    VOCAL: Soprano
    AGE: 20-30

    HEDDA HOPPER: A turned notorious gossip columnist who has made it her personal mission to expose Charlie as a womanizing, cheating, communist foreigner who is making too much money on American shores. If she cannot find exact proof of any of the above, she will invent a rumor mill to convince America that what she says could have a grain of truth. Hedda becomes an ally to the American government and Charlie’s nemesis in bringing about the latter’s downfall. She serves as the ruthless reminder of everything he is trying to run away from.
    ETHNICITY: Caucasian
    VOCAL: Alto/belt
    AGE: 25-40

    BELOW ARE SMALLER ROLES THAT ARE DOUBLESD BY CHORUS PLAYERS AND SOME

    LEADING PLAYERS
    MOLLY-MR CHAPLIN MISTRESS
    FOLKS AT MUSIC HALL
    POLICEMAN
    GUARD AT SENNET STUDIO
    FRED KARNO
    MR CHAPLIN
    MILDRED HARRIS
    DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
    JOAN BARRY
    YOUNG SYDNEY/USHER (AGE 13)
    SECRETARY
    NURSE AT HOSPITAL SCENES WITH HANNAH
    ROLLIE THE CAMERMAN
    MABEL NORMAND
    FATTY ARBUCKLE
    FOLKS AT GOLDWYN PARTY
    PHOTOGRAPHER
    MAN FROM ESSANAY PICTURES
    HEDDA SECRETARY
    STARLETTS
    PRESS-REPORTERS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • You should prepare a song of 16-32 bars that shows off your voice and one comedic or dramatic monologue no longer than 1 minute long. Anything over 32 bars or 1 minute will be cut off. Singers must bring sheet music for the accompanist. A capella not allowed. No reading from a phone is allowed. Anyone 17 yrs and younger will not need a monologue, just their song.  

  • Revival rehearsals run between 4-5 weeks long. We rehearse in the evening during the week and daytime on the weekends. Rehearsals run six days a week with one day off. Performances run one weekend, Thursday-Sunday.

 

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