Auditions

Stray Dog Theatre (SDT) celebrates 2015-16 as a Saint Louis professional theatre and is holding non-Equity auditions for their season of musicals. Play auditions will be at a later date. As always, Stray Dog Theatre honors diversity and non-traditional casting practices.

Stray Dog Theatre’s 2015-2016 Musical Season

DOGFIGHT

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Book by Peter Duchan. Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

Performances: Opens October 8, 2015 and closes October 24, 2015. Eleven performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm with additional performances on Wednesday, October 14 at 8pm and Saturday, October 24 at 2pm.


First rehearsal: August 30, 2015. Must rehearse through Labor Day weekend. Evenings and weekends.



Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION” below.

Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST


EDDIE BIRDLACE (Male, 18-25 years old. Range: A2 - A4) A Marine private first class. He is well respected and a natural leader amongst his comrades. Initially a hothead; a cocky smooth talker. He eventually sheds his brash exterior when he falls for Rose.

ROSE FENNY (Female, 18-21 years old. Range: G3 - E5) A diner waitress who dreams of life as a musician. She is a naturally shy girl, naive of the world around her. Becomes smitten with Birdlace and discovers a lot about her self-respect and confidence along the way. NOTE: In addition to the two General Audition songs, must sing and play her own guitar if requested by casting directors.

SUPPORTING CAST


BERNSTEIN (Male, 18-25 years old. Range: B2 - B4) A Marine private first class and Birdlace’s good friend. A bit nerdy and very inexperienced with the opposite sex.

BOLAND (Male, 18-25 years old. Range: B2 - B4) A Marine private first class and Birdlace’s closest friend. A poor Southern cad, he is the most vocal supporter of the dogfight and fairly crude in his behavior and language.

MARCY (Female, 25-35 years old. Range: F#3 - Eb5) Boland’s date for the dogfight. She is a nearly toothless and homely prostitute. Crass and brash, but sneaky and cunning.

ENSEMBLE: (5 Male and 5 Female, 18-25 years old. Various Ranges.) Playing MARINES, SERGEANT, GIBBS, FECTOR, STEVENS; BUS PASSENGERS; SINGERS; HIPPIES.


HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.” This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch.” It’s a rocking ride, funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

Performances: Opens March 31, 2016 and closes April 16, 2016. Eleven performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm with additional performances on Wednesdays, April 6 & 13 at 8pm.


First rehearsal: February 28, 2016. Must rehearse through Easter weekend. Evenings and weekends.



Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION” below.


Cast

HEDWIG SCHMIDT/TOMMY GNOSIS (Male, mid 20’s-late 30’s. Rock Tenor. WIDE RANGE: ) German accent, strong rock tenor, transgender (male to female) with a blowout rock persona, sings with incredible power, emotionally and physically cut and bruised from a lifetime of destructive events – has grace and power with a veneer of aloofness. Seeking a charismatic performer with a strong, versatile, voice. Must be able to front a band and command an audience, as well as perform the entire show in drag.
 NOTE: HEDWIG SCHMIDT auditioners should prepare all of “Wig In A Box” to be performed, if requested. Please do not do imitations of current/former Hedwigs; we want to see what you can bring to the role.

YITZHAK (Female, late 20’s-40. Rock Alto. WIDE RANGE: High belt to a G) Hedwig’s Croatian male husband and roadie/back-up singer. He is Hedwig’s vocal sparring partner- theirs is an emotional and at times abusive relationship. The actress playing Yitzhak should be believable as a butch male but one that chafes at the bonds of traditional masculinity and longs to explore his feminine, creative side. Very strong singer with rock and roll vibe. Must have a convincing Balkan accent. Actress should be able play basic percussion instruments - tambourine; maracas.


BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL

Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming. Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Loosely based on the notorious Weekly World News story about a half-boy/half-bat who was discovered living alone in a cave, Bat Boy is the hysterical, clever, and surprisingly touching tale of a strange young creature and the townsfolk who despise him.

Performances: Opens August 4, 2016 and closes August 20, 2016. Twelve performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm with additional performances on Wednesdays, August 10 & 17 at 8pm and Saturday, August 20 at 2pm.




First rehearsal: June 26, 2016. Must rehearse through Independence Day weekend. Evenings and weekends.



Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION” below.


Cast

PRINCIPAL CAST


BAT BOY (Male, 16-26 years old. Tenor.) Also referred to as “Edgar.” A bat boy.

THOMAS PARKER (Male, 35-50 years old. Bari-Tenor.) The town veterinarian. Upstanding man with a dark streak.

MEREDITH PARKER (Female, 30-45 years old. Mezzo.) Wife to Thomas.

SHELLEY PARKER (Female, 16-25 years old. Mezzo.) The rebellious daughter of Thomas and Meredith.

SUPPORTING CAST


NOTE: All Supporting Cast should be comfortable with playing both genders as there may be casting of multiple roles per actor.



SHERIFF REYNOLDS (Male, 30-60 years old. Baritone.) The local sheriff, coming up for re-election.
RICK TAYLOR (Male, 18-30 years old. Tenor.) A rowdy, spelunking teenager. Shelly’s boyfriend.

MAGGIE (Female, 20-40 years old. Mezzo.) Mayor of Hope Falls.

RUTHIE TAYLOR (Female, 16-35 years old. Mezzo.) Rick & Ron’s younger rowdy sister who is attacked by Bat Boy.

MRS. TAYLOR (Female or Male, 30-50 years old. Tenor.) The overprotective, aggressive mother of Rick, Ron, and Ruthie.

BUD (Male, 18-40 years old. Bari-Tenor.) A rancher with a low IQ.

ENSEMBLE (3 Female and 3 Male, Ages 18-40 years old. Various Ranges.)


TO SCHEDULE A MUSICAL AUDITION:

Email: StrayDogTheatre@Gmail.com (No phone calls, please.)



PLEASE INCLUDE:


1.) First and last name,

2.) Contact phone number, 

3.) Desired appointment time,


4.) The show(s) you are considering.



AUDITION DATES & TIMES


Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 11:00am – 4:00pm (Audition space opens at 10:30am)

Sunday, February 8, 2015 | 11:00am – 4:00pm (Audition Space opens at 10:30am)

Monday, February 9, 2015 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition space opens at 6:30pm)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition space opens at 6:30pm)


CALLBACK: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not available for the listed audition times but are interested in auditioning, please let us know. The casting directors will consider those with an appointment first but if a role goes unfilled we will let you know about additional auditions.

Casting Authority: Gary F. Bell and Justin Been.



Musical Director: Chris Petersen


Choreographer: Zachary Stefaniak

For Your Appointment:

Location: Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63104 (Off-street parking at lot north of the Abbey.)
Arrive at scheduled audition 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.

A: Prepare two contrasting 32-bar cuts of Contemporary Musical Theatre songs that showcase your vocal abilities. Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music marked and in the appropriate key. No recorded tracks, please. May be required to demonstrate belt and range. (HEDWIG SCHMIDT and ROSE FEENY should look at character “NOTE” in the cast listings for additional audition song material, if requested by casting directors.)

B: Provide one headshot & resume for each show for which you are auditioning, even if you have been seen at SDT before.

C: If requested by casting directors, actor may be invited to perform a cold-reading from one of the musicals.

D: Dance auditions may be requested by the casting directors. This audition will occur at the CALLBACK on Wednesday, February 11, 7:00-10:00pm. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can freely move.

A HELPFUL AUDITION NOTE: To assist you in having the best audition possible, it is highly advised that you research the musical(s) and character(s) for which you are auditioning.