Auditions for “City of Angels” at Omaha Community Playhouse

CITY OF ANGELS
Production Dates: March 4-April 3, 2016
Performs in: Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Director: Jeff Horger
Synopsis: Sexy, sizzling and smart, City of Angels is a film noir-style musical that pays homage to glamorous 1940s Hollywood. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this clever show has two plots running simultaneously as a man writes a screen play that mirrors his life. Stunning staging separates the real world and “reel” world. Intrigue, mystery and incredible music make City of Angels a must-see production.

Audition Dates: Monday, December 14 at 7:00 PM and Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 PM

Location:  Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE)

Production Notes: CITY OF ANGELS is two shows in one, with the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the 1940’s; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. The movie scenes appear in shades of black and white, and the real life scenes are in color. Although some actors will play multiple roles in the typical fashion of a large ensemble musical, there are certain pairs of characters that are reflections of each other in the two worlds and the roles were specifically designed to be played by the same performer. This show contains mild language and stylized violence. Although there is no nudity in the show, there are several lustful characters who appear in various states of undress.

Please note:  Although there will be singers in the ensemble, none of these roles require singing and may be played by non-singing actors. However, everyone must sing at the auditions.

Character Descriptions:

The following roles are singing roles:

STINE (Mid 20s to mid 40s) A novelist who is hired to adapt his own book into a screenplay. It pays a lot more, but it might not be worth all his trouble. He is a bad husband who loves his wife.

STONE (Late 20s to mid 40s) The main character in the screenplay. An ex-cop and current private investigator with a rough past and an even rougher present. He attracts trouble…and
a constant barrage of beautiful and dangerous women.

ANGEL CITY FOUR (Ages 18+) The “greek chorus” of the show; a soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone who exist in both worlds and help navigate the audience through the stories. Lots of 4 part harmony. The most difficult singing in the show.

BUDDY FIDDLER/IRWIN S. IRVING (Mid 30s to mid 60s)
– A sleazy and perverted movie producer who you can’t help but almost like. / The sleazy and perverted movie producer Stine creates as a character for his screenplay.

GABBY/BOBBI (Mid 20s to mid 40s) Stine’s wife. She is a supportive spouse whose life would be easier if she didn’t love her husband. She forgives him for cheating more quickly than she
forgives him for sacrificing his artistic integrity. / Stone’s ex-lover. She blames herself for what happened between them. Regardless of who’s to blame, she has been suffering the
consequences ever since.

DONNA/OOLIE (early 20s to late 30s) Buddy’s intelligent but weary assistant. She puts up with Buddy’s antics because it’s a good job, but the less than glamorous side of Hollywood has taken a toll on her. She often finds herself operating in survival mode, making poor choices if they bring her pleasure in the moment. / Stone’s loyal assistant. It’s a thankless job, but until she finds Mr. Right, somebody’s gotta do it.

CARLA/ALAURA (Late 20s to mid 40s) Buddy’s combative and manipulative wife, who didn’t have time for acting classes because they slowed down her rise to Hollywood stardom. / A
femme fatale if ever there was one. She seduces men with just a look, and keeps secrets from everyone.

AVRIL/MALLORY (Late teens to late 20s) A starlet on the rise. She’ll do what and who it takes to make it onto the silver screen. / Alaura’s step-daughter who likes to cause trouble and makes
questionable life choices.

PANCHO/MUNOZ (Late 20s to mid 50s) A Hollywood actor famous for playing Latino roles (not necessarily well) who is good friends with Buddy Fiddler. / L.A. police officer and ex-partner of Stone. He has an axe to grind with Stone and would love nothing more than to see him executed, as long as it’s legal.

JIMMY POWERS (Early 20s to late 50s) Popular singer of the 1940s. He exists in the real world, although he is recording a few hits for the soundtrack of the film. Occasionally sings with the Angel City Four.

The following roles are ensemble roles:

PETER (Late teens to early 30s) Alaura’s step-son. There is something “off” about him.

WERNER/LUTHER (Early 40s to late 60s) An actor and friend of Buddy who will be playing Luther in the movie. / The rich husband of Alaura and father of Mallory and Peter who is confined to an iron lung for life support.

DR. MANDRIL (Early 20s to late 50s) Luther’s personal physician and astrologist.

ADDITIONAL ROLES – thugs, party guests, police officers, office workers, morgue workers, studio workers, sex workers

All members of the ensemble will play multiple roles. There are roles available for actors of any gender and race. There are 2 roles that could be played by either male or female actors ages 13+. All other roles will be played by actors ages 18+.

What to Bring:
• Please come prepared with 16 bars of music prepared to sing. An accompanist will be provided.

• There will be a dance audition, please come dressed ready to move. No boots, sandals, flip-flops, slick shoes, etc.

• You will be asked to fill out an audition form, please have all necessary contact information and personal schedules handy in order to complete the form.

• A recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

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