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Auditions (Calgary): 2016 – 2017 Season – Birnton Theatricals

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Auditions (Calgary): 2016 – 2017 Season – Birnton Theatricals

Birnton Theatricals2016-2017 Season Auditions for Birnton Theatricals

Birnton Theatricals is excited to announce the auditions for their 2016-2017 season. Birnton Theatricals’ mandate is to produce theatre and offer educational programming that introduces kids and young adults to the power and magic of live theatre and drama. Our goal is to not only foster the development of beginning artists but also to excite a young generation into becoming life long patrons of the arts.

We have a variety of productions on the go this season so we thought we would do all the auditions at once!

Deadline to submit: September 17, 2016.

Our productions include:

  • Crayon Series: 2 kids shows for Stage West for Kids, a show with the CPO
  • Mosaic Series: The Shape of Things by Neil Labute performed at Motel at Arts Commons.

Please see below for more information about each project.

Each project will be cast as a stand alone production although artists are welcome to audition for any or all of the projects.

Auditions for roles will take place:

  • Monday, September 19, and Tuesday, September 20 from 7-10pm.
  • Auditions will be held at the Theatre Calgary Rehearsal Hall – Arts Commons (220 9th Ave SE Calgary).

Audition Requirements:

  • Prepare a musical theatre song for the audition.
  • Bring your own accompaniment (playback available through headphone jack).
  • One comic or children’s theatre monologue.
  • If just interested in Shape of Things please prepare a contemporary monologue in place of song.
  • Please email your resume and headshot when booking audition.
  • Actors must be over 18.

To book an audition, please visit www.birntontheatricals.com or email [email protected].

Note: Non-Equity Production. Payment will be on a per show basis with an honorarium for the rehearsal period.

Rehearsals will be part time and flexible starting approx 8-10 weeks prior to opening of each project and will take place at a TBD location. Rehearsals will take place mostly in the evenings and on weekends. The schedule will be created around artists’ individual schedules.

Crayon Series: Christmas 2016

Production 1: Twas The Night Before Christmas
Written and Directed by Chris Stockton
In co-production with Stage West for Kids

It’s the night before Christmas and the Barr family have just returned home! In keeping with tradition, the family settles in to read Twas the Night Before Christmas. When the suggestion is made to copy the story exactly as possible, chaos ensues with the family realizing that the traditions we hold so dearly are strange but are rooted in love, family and the Christmas spirit.

Roles:

  • LEEANNE – A mother, she is a single mother helping to raise two children since their father is away overseas. She is loving but firm, fun but filled with common sense and tired from all of the holiday rush.
  • JACK – The son of the family and is your typical high energy young kid. He enjoys superheroes and loves his sister in spite of bugging her all the time. He is the Batman to her Robin and being the older sibling, he often takes control or has the final word.
  • JILL – The daughter in the family. She is the younger of the two children but that doesn’t mean that she is not smart. She approaches life with wide eyed wonder and lots of energy. She doesn’t understand boys – they’re weird but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have a soft spot for her brother.

Note: All performers have to be comfortable singing and being able to move (dance).

Show Schedule:

  • Sat. Nov 26 – 12:15 pm
  • Sat. Dec 3 – 10:15 am
  • Sat. Dec 3 – 2:15 pm
  • Sat. Dec 10 – 10:15 am
  • Sat. Dec 10 – 2:15 pm
  • Mon. Dec 12 – 7:15 pm
  • Sat. Dec 17 – 10:15 am
  • Sat. Dec 17 – 2:15 pm
  • Mon. Dec 19 – 12:15 pm
  • Mon. Dec 19 – 7:15 pm
  • Tues. Dec 20 – 12:15 pm
  • Tues. Dec 20 – 7:15 pm
  • Weds. Dec 21 – 12:15 pm
  • Thurs. Dec 22 – 12:15pm
  • Fri. Dec 23 – 12:15pm
  • Sat. Dec 24 – 10:15am
  • Sat. Dec 24 – 2:15pm

Note: Cast will be responsible for set up (prior to house opening 2.5 hours before show) and strike of each show.

Crayon Series: Spring 2017

Production 2: Miriam and the Magical Musical Mood Machine
Written and Directed by Chris Stockton
In co-production with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO)
Bella Concert Hall – Mount Royal University

Miriam’s day is off to a rocky start until she discovers a mysterious small machine outside her house. Once she begins touching the buttons, a strange thing happens, the magical music that the machine plays begins effecting her emotions! But when the machine breaks and starts to cause the emotions of everyone around her to go crazy, Miriam is forced to choose between her family and her new found powers! A funny, musical romp through how music effects our emotions, this educational journey will interactively cover aspects of both the music and health curriculums.

Roles:

  • MIRIAM – A young spunky girl who is full of emotion. She could be misinterpreted as being sneaky but she is genuinely curious. A big presence in spite of her small size.
  • MOM – A very real world mother with a very practical way of dealing with things. She likes things neat, tidy and in their place. She always keeps her emotions in check until, well, the machine takes control of her.
  • JAMIE – Miriam’s best friend. Always suspect of Miriam’s hidden agenda, everything stresses them out. They are a worrier and for good reason, they’re often right. Jamie is, unfortunately, easily persuaded to not trust their gut instinct.

Concert Date(s) and Location(s):

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 2 performances
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 2 performances
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – 2 performances

Dress Rehearsals to be determined from the following:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM — Bella Concert Hall

Production 3: Rumplestiltskin
Written and Directed by Chris Stockton
In co-production with Stage West for Kids

Based on the traditional tale by the Brothers Grimm, this traditional telling of the story follows a young maiden named Alexandria who is locked in a tower when her father tells the king that she can spin straw into gold. Helped by a strange, anonymous stranger, she is able to turn the straw into gold three times, but not without a cost. When she may lose her first born child, she must guess the strangers name!

Roles:

  • ALEXANDRIA – A beautiful young woman who is bright, caring and hard working. She knows her limits though and is not afraid to negotiate a deal.
  • KING ARCHIBALD – A ruthless ruler who wants to marry Alexandria. He isn’t afraid to call the bluff of her handmaiden who claims she can spin straw into gold.
  • OLGA – The handmaiden who is responsible for getting Alexandria into the mess of the spinning straw into gold. An old woman but not without a strong spirit and will to fix things.
  • RUMPLESTILTSKIN – (Puppet) – Performed by the same actor as King Archibald – A creepy little creature who is selfish, sneaky and manipulative. He does happen to have the ability to spin straw into gold.

Show Schedule;

  • Sat. May 6- 12:15pm
  • Sat. May 13- 12:15pm
  • Sat. May 20- 12:15pm
  • Sat. May 27- 12:15pm
  • Sat. June 3- 12:15pm
  • Sat. June 10- 12:15pm

Note: Cast will be responsible for set up (prior to house opening 2.5 hours before show) and strike of each show.

Mosaic Series: Spring 2017

Production 4: The Shape of Things
by Neil LaBute
Directed by Chris Stockton
March 30-April 8, 2017 – MOTEL Theatre at Arts Commons

How far would you go for love? For art? What would you be willing to change? What price might you pay? Such are the painful questions explored by Neil LaBute in The Shape of Things. A young student drifts into an ever-changing relationship with an art major while his best friends’ engagement crumbles, so unleashing a drama that peels back the skin of two modern-day relationships.

Roles:

  • EVELYN (Lead): Female, 20-25, alluring yet dangerous. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities.
  • ADAM (Lead): Male, 20-25, earnest, malleable. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities.
  • JENNY (Lead): Female, 18-25, has not yet lost her sense of wide-eyed innocence. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities.
  • PHILLIP (Lead): Male, 20-25, self-assured to the point that others might consider him to be obnoxious. Ethnicity: All Ethnicities.

To book an audition, please visit www.birntontheatricals.com or email [email protected].

Note: Non-Equity Production. Payment will be on a per show basis with an honorarium for the rehearsal period.

Rehearsals will be part time and flexible starting approx 8-10 weeks prior to opening of each project and will take place at a TBD location. Rehearsals will take place mostly in the evenings and on weekends. The schedule will be created around artists’ individual schedules.

Deadline to submit: September 17, 2016.

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