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Elena Shaddow

is thrilled to be making her debut at Brucemore and with Orchestra Iowa! An accomplished concert artist, Elena has sung on stages all over the world including The Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of Mr. David Charles Abell, and Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Orchestra of Saint Luke's under the baton of Kimberly Gribsby. She has also sung the role of Marian Paroo in The Music Man in Concert with the Pacific Symphony and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady in Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina Symphony through UIAPresents. Other symphony appearances include the Newport Symphony in Newport, Oregon, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in Rochester, New York, and The Albany Symphony in Albany, NY. On Broadway, Elena has performed and starred in 8 Broadway shows. These shows and roles include Ottilie in The Visit, Anne in La Cage aux Folles, Bridges, The Woman in White, Fiddler... , Nine, Sweet Smell..., and Les Miserables. She has also starred in two Broadway National tours, playing Anna in the Lincoln Center tour of The King and I and Clara in The Light in the Piazza. Her theatre career began while still a student at NYU, at age 19 when she starred as Kathie in the famed operetta The Student Prince at North Shore Music Theatre. She has been performing ever since, and some of her favorite theater roles include: Mary in Mary Poppins, Mother in A Christmas Story, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Lili in Carnival!. Elena has also appeared in several television shows and films including NCIS: New Orleans, Conviction, Person of Interest, The Intern, Time After Time, and she portrayed Sister Sophia in NBC's Sound of Music Live! She is thrilled to be performing in person again after spending over a year singing from her living room on her Instagram TV channel, @elenashaddowofficial. Elena is also an accomplished voice teacher, with a degree in Music from NYU. She teaches both in person in New York City and New Jersey, and Virtually over Zoom. Her students hail from all corners of the USA including Hawaii, Oregon, California, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, and even across the pond in England. She is the mother of two amazing children, Addie and Liam, and is married to Michael Harrington, a Cedar Rapids native, Executive Director of TheaterworksUSA, and a fellow lifelong devotee to the arts. Visit her website, elenashaddow.net, for updates!

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Ezekiel Andrew

A native of Mississippi and a crossover artist of both opera and musical theater, Ezekiel Andrew enjoys a career of both excitement and versatility. Last seen in Cedar Rapids in Revival Theatre Company's production of Ragtime. He is most grateful to have performed in some of the major regional theaters across the country, with aspirations to one day, soon, be on the Broadway stages in New York City. Some of his favorite roles include Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Theatre Under the Stars), The Beast, Beauty and the Beast (Syracuse Stage) Jim, Big River (Utah Shakespeare Festival).

Ezekiel also enjoys being active as a concert artist, most often creating his own programs and opportunities as he travels from theater to theater.

With a heart for youth and arts education, Ezekiel enjoys giving back to the community by going to high schools and colleges, holding masterclasses and talkbacks to inspire the next generation of artists. "I am very fortunate to be doing the thing that I love the most, touching the hearts and lives of people. It is my joy, it is my passion. It is my mission to do more than entertain you, but to impact you. I am grateful to my parents (who stand with me and support me every step of the way) Mr. Patton Rice (my teacher and friend who has been with me since the very beginning of this music journey), MSA for the opportunity to give back to the place that gave me all that I have today, the love of my heart, Jordan Kress, and my many friends and supporters around the world who have lifted me up along the way. Thank you and God bless." #invictus

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Christopher Johnstone

Now a resident of New York and Los Angeles, Christopher maintains a strong sense of Iowa pride for his hometown of Cedar Rapids.

A former student of Cedar Rapids native, Karla Goettel, one of his earliest gigs was the role of Captain Walker in Theater Cedar Rapids' acclaimed production of The Who's "Tommy!" opposite Broadway star, Megan Reinking. He participated in many other productions, concerts and competitions throughout his time in Iowa where he attended Coolidge Elementary, Taft Middle School and Jefferson High School '99. His tenure at Jefferson took him to Pasadena, CA to march in the Rose Parade as a drum major with the "Band of Blue" and to Nashville with the showchoir "Westside Delegation" to win the title of Grand Champions at the National Showstoppers Competition to name a few.

Christopher had the honor of being a guest performer at Brucemore's "Cabaret in the Courtyard" a few summers ago premiering his cabaret "Some Enchanted Evening."

Christopher left Cedar Rapids to pursue studies in singing at Arizona State University, California State University, Long Beach and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada and Europe where he has performed in numerous Broadway shows, concerts and operas. The advantage to being part of a Broadway tour is that they often come through Des Moines! Two years ago he was seen in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera": "Love Never Dies." Before that, he toured through Des Moines with the National Broadway Tour of Evita to glowing reviews for his portrayal of the tango singer "Augustin Magaldi." Prior Broadway Tours include South Pacific, which toured over 50 cities and whose Lincoln Center revival won 7 Tony Awards. He reprised his role as Lieutenant Cable in this same production at the Ogunquit Playhouse and earned "Best Actor" by the Broadway World Boston Awards.

As a solo artist, Christopher has sung with Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, The Mark Morris Dance Group and Opera Pacific. He has been featured at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, NYC's Town Hall, The Toronto Symphony, The Boston Pops, The Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, The New Mexico Philharmonic, The Modesto and Omaha Symphonies, The Tanglewood Music Festival conducted by James Levine and The Castleton Music Festival conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Christopher balances his performing career with his position as Director of Operations at Burkestone Estate in Hudson, NY.

For More: www.johnstonechristopher.com

Casting Requirements

2018 AUDITIONS
DATE & TIME: Sunday, October 22nd 2:00-4:20, Kids roles for Ragtime and Sunday In the Park With George.
DATE & TIME: Sunday, October 22nd 4:30-7:00, Adult roles for Ragtime, The Bridges of Madison County and Sunday In the Park With George.
**Dance call: 4:30-5:00 all to attend who are new to the company.
LOCATION: Auditions will be held Noelridge Christian Church, 7111 C Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

CHORUS FOR RAGTIME: If you’re a returning member, please send your request to join to Csullenberger@revivaltheatrecompany.com. If you’re a new request, please send email to set up an audition time.

CASTING NOTICE: Those who auditioned can expect to hear back via email and or phone, within (2) weeks. If you do not hear back, you were not selected to participate in the 2018 season.

Callbacks: November 2nd at 6:30

RAGTIME IN CONCERT Casting Requirements

Characters

CHORUS

Volunteer chorus of 100 singers. Chorus members starting at 9th grade and older are welcomed. See above.

COALHOUSE (Non-Union)

A proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough Gender: Male Age: 30 – 40 Vocal range top: B5 Vocal range bottom: G3. Ethnicity: African American

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (Non-Union)

Dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century Gender: Age: 45 – 60 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C4. Ethnicity: African American

EMMA GOLDMAN

Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900’s New York City Gender: Female Age: 40 – 60 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: E3.

EVELYN NESBIT (Non-Union)

Beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband Gender: Female Age: 18 – 30 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B3

FATHER (Non-Union)

Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind. Gender: Male Age: 30 – 45 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

GRANDFATHER (Non-Union)

Mother’s conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything. Gender: Male Age: 50 – 65

HENRY FORD (Non-Union)

An American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company Gender: Male Age: 35 – 4 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: D4

HOUDINI (Non-Union)

Famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist Gender: Male Age: 25 – 35 Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: C4

J.P. MORGAN (Non-Union)

Rich, famous financier Gender: Male Age: 60 – 65

MOTHER (Non-Union)

A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right Gender: Female Age: 25 – 35 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3

SARAH (Non-Union)

A washwoman who is adopted into Mother’s home when Mother finds Sarah’s baby in the garden Gender: Female Age: 18 – 25 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: G3. Ethnicity: African American

SARAH'S FRIEND (Non-Union)

A friend of Sarah’s who attends her funeral Gender: Female Age: 18 – 25 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D3. Ethnicity: African American

TATEH (Non-Union)

A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the “American Dream” for himself and his daughter Gender: Male Age: 30 – 40 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

WILLIE CONKLIN (Non-Union)

A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse’s car Gender: Male Age: 25 – 40 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: D4

YOUNGER BROTHER (Non-Union)

Mother’s younger brother who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something. Gender: Male Age: 20 – 30 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: B3

THE LITTLE BOY (Non-Union)

MOTHER and FATHER’s son. He is open hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgment on others. Caucasian Male, 8-12 yrs old – 49″- 55” height

THE LITTLE GIRL (Non-Union)

TATEH’s daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Caucasian Female, 8-12 yrs old – no taller than 55”

ADULT ENSEMBLE (Non-Union)

Seeking MEN and WOMEN of various ethnicities for the ENSEMBLE. Must be strong singers.

BRING

Please bring a Headshot / Resume and your sheet music.  Accompanist will be provided. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Book By: Terrence McNally

Lyrics By: Lynn Ahrens

Music By: Stephen Flaherty

Director: Brian Glick

Music Director: Cameron Sullenberger

Choreographer: Alvon Reed

Rehersals (CR): February 4 – March 2 (Tentative) Held at Noelridge Christian Church

Tech/ Performances (CR): March 3-7. March 8-10 Performances

Performance Venue: Sinclair Auditorium

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Casting Requirements

Characters

RICHARD "BUD" JOHNSON (Non-Union)

Male, Francesca’s husband, mid 40’s, an Iowa farmer, a nice guy, diligent, dependable. Country high baritone (belt F#) PRINCIPAL

MICHAEL (Non-Union)

18-21, to play 16, Francesca and Bud’s son, a strong farm boy that doesn’t want to be a farmer when he grows up. Country/rock tenor, goes up to a high A. PRINCIPAL *Open to a 16 year old playing the role.

CAROLYN (Non-Union)

16-21, to play 15. Francesca and Bud’s daughter. Country/rock belter with fluid soprano. *Open to a 15 year old playing the role.

**FRANCESCA **The role of Francesca will be cast previous to open call.

Female, 30’s – 40’s, Bud’s wife, Carolyn and Michael’s mother, lived in Italy, meets a photographer who’s come to take pictures of the local bridges, soprano.

ROBERT KINCAID (Non-Union)

Male, 30’s -40’s, a ruggedly, handsome, worldly visionary photographer finally getting his own life in focus. Classic folk balladeer, strong high baritone (belt G).

MARIAN (Non-Union)

Robert’s former wife, a musician. Gender: Female Age: 35 to 45

CHIARA (Non-Union)

Francesca’s sister still living in Italy. Gender: Female Age: 35 to 45

CHARLIE (Non-Union)

Male, 60’s, Marge’s husband, Francesca’s neighbor. 

MARGE (Non-Union)

Female, 60’s, Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy.

BRING

BRING:  Please bring a Headshot / Resume and your sheet music.  Accompanist will be provided. Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.

Music and Lyrics By: Jason Robert Brown

Book By: Marsha Norman

Director: Brian Glick

Music Director: Cameron Sullenberger

Rehearsals (CR): April 22– May 25 (Tentative) Held at Orchestra Iowa

Tech / Performances (CR): May 23-30. May 31/June 1, 2, 3 Performances

Performance Venue: Dows Fine Arts Center, Coe College

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Casting Requirements

Characters

GEORGE (Non-Union)

In Act 1: George Seurat, a rather cold artist obsessed with his work at the cost of his personal life. Constantly troubled and borderline obsessive. Act 2: Seurat’s burnt-out descendant and inventor-sculpture searching for his purpose. In the end, he is able to use his connection to the past to find the meaning in a blank canvas. Gender: Male Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: G#2. Age: 25 – 40

DOT/MARIE (Non-Union)

As Dot, George’s headstrong mistress and occasional model so discontent with their relationship that she eventually leaves him. As Marie, George’s elderly wheelchair-bound grandmother who helps him connect to his artistry through her grammar book notes. Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: E3. Age: 20 – 40

OLD LADY (Non-Union)

George’s mother. A cranky and rather demanding fixture in the park. She is able to find solace in nostalgia, and inspires George to find order in his art. Optional Doubling as BLAIR DANIELS. Gender: Female Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: F#3. Age: 60 – 80

NURSE (Non-Union)

The Old Lady’s attendant. She is calming and assertive. Optional Doublings include HARRIET PAWLING and MRS. Gender: Female Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: G3. Age: 40 – 60

JULES (Non-Union)

A rival artist. Callous, critical, and ultimately shallow. He forces Frieda to engage in extramarital affairs. Optional Doubling as BOB GREENBERG. Gender: Male Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: G2. Age: 25 – 45

YVONNE (Non-Union)

Jules’ pampered wife. She is as snippy and snooty as her husband. Optional Doubling as NAOMI EISEN. Gender: Female Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: E3. Age: 25 – 35

BOATMAN (Non-Union)

A surly blue-collared laborer, simple-minded and slovenly. Optional Doubling as CHARLES REDMOND. Gender: Male Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: Eb2. Age: 35 – 60

CELESTE #1 (Non-Union)

A young shop girl, gossipy and flirtatious. Her friendship with the other Celeste is strained when they fight over the Soldier and his companion. Optional Doubling as A WAITRESS. Gender: Female Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: B3. Age: 18 – 30

CELESTE #2 (Non-Union)

Another young shop girl, gossipy and flirtatious. Her friendship with the other Celeste is strained when they fight over the Soldier and his companion. Optional Doubling as ELAINE. Gender: Female Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: A3. Age: 18 – 30

LOUISE (Non-Union)

Jules and Yvonne’s spoiled little girl. She faces neglect and abuse from her parents, despite being honest. Gender: Female Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: G3. Age: 8 – 12

FRANZ (Non-Union)

Jules’s German coachman and Frieda’s husband. Disgruntled with his job. Has a bit of a temper and secretly yearns for the Nurse. Optional Doubling as DENNIS. Gender: Male Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: B2. Age: 30 – 50

FRIEDA (Non-Union)

Jules and Yvonne’s cook and Franz’s wife. Caring and positive as a surrogate nanny to Louise. Forced by Jules into an affair. Optional Doublings include BETTY and YOUNG MAN. Gender: Female Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: G3. Age: 35 – 55

SOLDIER (Non-Union)

A French military man, polite and gentlemanly. Close with his companion, though he yearns for a separation. Optional Doubling as ALEX. Gender: Male Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2. Age: 20 – 35

LOUIS (Non-Union)

A baker who Dot starts seeing to make George jealous. Kind, friendly, and very popular, but a bit dull. Optional Doublings include BILLY WEBSTER and MAN. Gender: Male Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: B2. Age: 35 – 60

BRING

Please bring a Headshot / Resume and your sheet music.  Accompanist will be provided. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Casting could go several different directions. All are encouraged to attend.

Book By: James Lapine

Music and Lyrics By: Stephen Sondheim

Director: Brian Glick

Music Director: Cameron Sullenberger

Rehearsals (CR): October 8 – November 9 (Tentative) Held at Orchestra Iowa

Tech / Performances (CR): November 10-14. November 15-18 Performances

Performance Venue: Sinclair Auditorium

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