AUDITIONS FOR GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE & AIRNESS
Website Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR OUR 2023 SUMMER SEASON
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is seeking performers for a variety of roles for our two summer productions. All contracts are non-equity. Many performers will be considered for a summer long contract, with roles in BOTH productions. Please submit for one or both shows.
Shows include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and Airness.
VIDEO AUDITIONS (First Round) – Accepting through April 1, 2023
BBT is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment and encourages actors of all types to audition for any role regardless of perceived genders or types that are listed in a cast breakdown.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
For Gentleman’s Guide submit 16-32 bars singing in the style of the show and 30-60 second monologue in the style of the show. For Airness, pick one of the selected sides below from the show (you will be considered for all roles) and 30-60 seconds of air guitar to the song of your choice. If you are submitting for both shows, please submit separate videos for each show.
Please send all videos along with your H/R to email@example.com and also note whether you can be hired as a local or indicate where you are based.
For sides go to: https://www.backstagetheatre.org/jobs
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, Music & Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Directed and Choreographed by Jamal Howard
Rehearsals/tech: June 5 – 27, 2023
Performances: June 30 – July 30, 2023
Non-Equity Fee: $200/week for rehearsals and performances
[THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY] 30s – mid 50s. Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Does not necessarily need to be a phenomenal singer, but must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays a full range of characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic “English types”).
[MONTY NAVARRO] Mid 20s – 30s. Effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life’s ironies. Monty is the engine of the plot. While he is intent on killing off the entire family tree, he must have a winning charm that would garner anybody’s trust. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.
[SIBELLA] 20s – mid 30s. Flirtatious, narcissistic, willful, calculating, and irresistible. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style. Strong mover. Character mezzo, low F# to high A, belting not required.
[PHOEBE] Early 20s – early 30s. Virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel. Must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind sophistication. Coloratura soprano up to a high sustained C# with an optional high Eb. Very flexible and agile, B below middle C on the bottom. Also open to performers from a strong operatic background.
[ENSEMBLE #1] 30s – 50s. Plays MISS SHINGLE, a Cockney housekeeper/governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years. She informs Monty that he is indeed a D’Ysquith. Storytelling is paramount for her role. Also plays TOUR GUIDE, as well as PUB OWNER’S WIFE, MRS. PEBWORTH, 3RD NEWSBOY. Mezzo soprano, G to high A.
[ENSEMBLE #2] 30s – late 40s. Plays LADY EUGENIA, an unhappily married countess. Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so. Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare. Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON, and 4TH NEWSBOY. Low F# to high A.
[ENSEMBLE #3] Mid 20s – mid 30s. Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model. Also plays SIBELLA’S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE’S MAID, HILDA. Covers SIBELLA and PHOEBE. G to high C.
[ENSEMBLE #4] 20s – mid 30s. Appealing and attractive. Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST, DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A. This actor covers MONTY.
[ENSEMBLE #5] Early 30s – 40s. A versatile and appealing character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number. Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST. Bass, low C to high G#. This actor will be a cover for THE D’YSQUITH FAMILY.
[ENSEMBLE #6] Mid 20s – 40s. Plays THE MAGISTRATE, as well as MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR, and MR. GORBY. THE MAGISTRATE has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY. True tenor. B flat to high B flat.
[ENSEMBLE #1 SWINGS] Mid 20s – early 40s. Must have wide vocal range, low C – high Bb. Covers three on-stage ensemble tracks. Must be able to play everything from a not-very-bright, middle-class magistrate all the way to a working-class farmer.
[ENSEMBLE #2 SWINGS] Mid 20s – early 40s. Must have a wide vocal range, low F# – high A. Covers all three on-stage ensemble tracks. Must be able to play everything from an English aristocrat who despises her husband all the way to a flighty, young, lower-class girl with higher aspirations. Would also be a PHOEBE/SIBELLA cover. Strong movers needed. Versatility is paramount.
By Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Aileen Wen McGroddy
Rehearsals/tech: July 17 – Aug. 14,2023
Performances: Aug. 17 – Sept. 10, 2023
Non-Equity Fee: $200/week for rehearsals and performances
Ed “Shreddy Eddy” Leary (any race, 20’s-30’s): artistic merit
Gabe “Golden Thunder” Partridge (person of color, 20’s-30’s): originality
Mark “Facebender” Lender (white, older than rest of group, 30’s – 40’s): feeling
Astrid “Cannibal Queen” Anderson (any race, 20’s-30’s): technical ability
Nina “The Nina” O’Neal (any race, 20’s-30’s): airness
David “D Vicious” Cooper (any race, 20’s-30’s): charisma/stage presence
Announcer/Sprite Exec/Hooded Figure (any race, any age)— These parts are played by the same actor; sometimes his/her voice may be heard, without the actor being onstage. Whenever possible, cast a member of the local air guitar community.
To apply for this job please visit www.backstagetheatre.org.