OCP Announces Auditions for Season Premiere, “Dear Jack, Dear Louise”

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces Auditions for:

Dear Jack, Dear Louise

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Susan Baer Collins

Rehearsals Begin: Sunday July 11, 2021

Production Dates: August 20 – September 19, 2021
Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Howard Drew Theatre. Actors are called to the theatre one hour before curtain.

Auditions:
Saturday, June 12, 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Revive Center Omaha 2402 Lizzie Robinson Ave., Omaha, NE 68111

Sunday, June 13, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., Omaha, NE, 68132

Monday, June 14, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68132

Callbacks: Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.

For those auditioning at Revive Center Omaha: Auditioners may enter through the glass doors on the south side of the building along Lizzie Robinson Ave. Parking is available in the parking lot west of the building, adjacent to the Family Housing Advisory Services building. Face masks are required while inside the building.

For those auditioning at Omaha Community Playhouse: Please enter through the Stage Door entrance on the West side of the building.

Please contact Becky to schedule an audition appointment and request audition paperwork and sides.

The Story: U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship, before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig tells the joyous, heartwarming story of his parents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected.

Characters:

Jack Ludwig – Male identifying, early to mid-thirties, all ethnicities. An Army medical officer serving in the Second World War, stationed in Portland, OR. A bit reserved.

Louise Rabiner – Female identifying, mid-twenties to early thirties, all ethnicities. An aspiring actress from Brooklyn, living in New York City. Outgoing and stylish.

Please bring all contact information, personal schedules, a list of rehearsal conflicts and resume if available. To expedite the check-in process, please bring a recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

Face masks are required for all auditioners, staff and volunteers while indoors during the audition process. All masks must be worn properly in accordance with CDC guidelines, covering both the nose and mouth. All performers are required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required upon casting.

For more information, please contact Becky Deiber
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Papillion-LaVista Community Theatre is Back and Needs Some Spellers this Summer

Papillion-LaVista Community Theatre Announces Auditions For:

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Written By: Rachel Sheinkin

Music & Lyrics By: William Finn

Directed By: Suzanne Withem

Papillion La Vista Community Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be performed July 16-18 and 22-24, 2021 at the SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion. Auditions will be held at Trinity Village’s Trinity Family Life Center (522 West Lincoln Street, Papillion, NE 68046) on Sunday, May 16th at 1:00 pm and Monday, May 17th at 6:00 pm. Those auditioning need only attend one session. Some may be asked to attend a callback on the evening of Tuesday, May 18th.

We are actively seeking minority actors for lead roles. Actors of all types, ages 16+, will be considered for student roles. For a complete character list and details, please see Music Theatre International’s website, https://www.mtishows.com/the-25th-annual-putnam-county….

Please prepare 16 to 32 bars of music (or about 1 minute of singing) that showcases your vocal and storytelling abilities. Bring printed sheet music for the accompanist who will be provided. Auditioners should also be prepared for a light dance audition and cold readings. Auditioners are also encouraged to bring a headshot and resume (if you have them) and a list of conflicts between May 18 and July 25.

College students who would like to be considered, but who are not be able to attend the live auditions, may arrange to submit video.

About the Show

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. For additional information about live or video auditions, schedules, character descriptions or the production, please contact Suzanne Withem at suzannewithem@gmail.com.

Buddy Needs a Few Members For His Band

Rave On Productions Proudly Announces Auditions For:

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Rave On Productions is holding open auditions for the roles of Ritchie Valens and Maria Elena in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. These are paid performance opportunities. This production will tour to three different outdoor venues in Nebraska and Iowa. All other roles have been cast.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 15 at Rave On Production Studios located at 8719 Countryside Plaza in Omaha, NE from 2pm-5pm by appointment only. Auditions can be scheduled by e-mailing info@billymcguigan.com

AUDITION INFORMATION

All actors in this production (with the exception of the actors cast as Buddy, Joe and Jerry) will play a primary character, in addition to other ensemble characters.  

Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 16 bars of an early rock n’ roll song, or a song from a musical.  Please bring your sheet music to the audition – an accompanist will be provided.  If you wish to accompany yourself, please bring your instrument with you.  (There will be an electric keyboard in the studio.)  If you have a performance resume, please bring it with you (though it is not required).

Due to Covid-19 protocols that are still in place, masks are required upon entering the studio.  Singers will be behind a plexi shield and can sing with masks off. 

AVAILABLE ROLES

Ritchie Valens / Ensemble – (male or gender non-conforming) A rock n’ roll singer / musician with serious charisma, a dedicated eye for the ladies and the ability to hold the stage in his own right.  His featured song is “La Bamba”.  Actor must be able to act and sing – ability to play an instrument or dance is a plus.  
Ethnicity:  Latino / Hispanic heritage.  

María Elena Holly / Ensemble – (female or gender non-conforming) Receptionist for a music publisher, classy and well-educated, she eventually becomes Buddy’s wife.  Actor must be able to act and sing – ability to play an instrument or dance is a plus.  
Ethnicity:  Latina / Hispanic heritage.

SHOW INFORMATION

Co-Directors: Billy McGuigan and Kimberly Faith Hickman
Co-Music Directors: Billy McGuigan and Matthew McGuigan

Rehearsals begin July 12, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.ABOUT BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

Rehearsals begin July 12, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Performance dates and venues are as follows:
July 30 at 7:30pm at SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion, NE
July 31 at 7:30pm at Soaring Wings Vineyard in Springfield, NE
August 1 at 7:00pm at Davies Amphitheater in Glenwood IA

The Purpose of an Audition

What is the purpose of an audition?

“To get the role,” I hear you say.  But, no.  That’s the hope of an audition.

The purpose of an audition is simply to be memorable.  For if you are memorable, directors will want to see you again and, sooner or later, will want to work with you.

So how is one memorable?  It begins from the moment you enter the audition locale.

  • Always be polite.

–Politeness pays.  From the moment you walk in the door you are always under observation.  Believe me, if you’re rude or obnoxious or a bad sport, that word will get to the ears of the casting agents/directors and you will be dead before you start.  Be sure to thank your accompanist and the casting agents/directors.  Be gracious to the other auditioners.  Little things go a long way. 

I earned my second role through politeness.  I knew from the beginning that it certainly wasn’t because of my chops as the audition was lousy.  But the director told me that my genuine interest in the show combined with my friendliness is what made him decide to give me a bit part.

  • Always keep in mind that this is a showcase, not a competition.

–I can’t stress this one enough as it was the lesson that took me the longest to learn.  For years I treated auditions as a competition.  For me, it was simple.  If I were the best reader for a part, logically I should get that part.

Boy, was I wrong about that.

When a director casts a show, he or she is piecing together a puzzle and attempting to build something that suits her or his vision of the story.  Your acting is the one and only thing you get to control and that amounts to about 1% in the casting process.  As such, you can be the worst performer in the room as I certainly was in the previous example and somehow get a part.  Or you can be on the opposite side and lap the others several times and still somehow not get cast. 

But, if you’re good, you’ll be remembered.  And if you’re remembered, you’ll get cast eventually.

  • Trust your instincts.

–Everybody is going to see a character differently.  The actors, the director, the stage manager, the costume designer, everyone is going to have a different idea about a character.  So just go full steam ahead with your take on the role.  That’s not to say that you shouldn’t ask questions about the character if you need some clarity.  But don’t be worried about trying to match your character to the director’s vision.  When the whole begins to come together, that vision is likely to change many times over before the final result.

The final show I auditioned for in college before I graduated was called Death of a Blind, Old Man, a modernized take on Oedipus at Colonus. At the audition, I noted that everyone reading for Oedipus played him strongly as if he were still the mighty warrior before his life was blasted. My instinct ran completely the other direction and I broke him in two. I read him as a frightened, beaten old man. Without question, it was one of the two best reads I ever had in college and while I didn’t make the cut, I was darn proud of the read. And that’s the feeling you want to have when you finish a read.

  • Be bold.

–This goes hand in hand with trusting your instincts.  Time and again I’ve seen actors (not to mention myself) hold back because they’re afraid of making a mistake.  That’s the surest way to destroy your creativity.

This is an audition.  There’s no such thing as a mistake.  I’ll repeat that.  This is an audition.  There’s no such thing as a mistake.

Your view of the character may be completely off the wall and off the mark, but if you’re bold and brave about that choice, the director may very well step in and give you some direction and if you then make that change based off the direction, you will look brilliant.  What the director is more concerned about is your ability to make a strong choice, not necessarily the “correct” choice.

Years ago, I auditioned for The Elephant Man and I was reading a monologue for the character of Dr. Treves.  At this point in the show, he was feeling incredibly guilty and despondent about making the title character a freak again, albeit a high class one.  He’s trying to explain to the bishop his feelings, but doesn’t quite know how to spit it out. 

Now I saw the character as heading towards a breakdown and I attacked the read as such.  I mean I read the monologue with an impassioned desperation. 

Was it the right trek?  No.  But I was so bold about the choice that the director stepped in and had me make a massive adjustment.  So I went from nearly cracking up to quietly shaming myself.  He loved the changes and I looked like a million bucks.

No, I didn’t get in the show, but the director has never forgotten me.

  • Keep perspective.

By this I mean, don’t fall apart at the seams if you thought your audition sucked or if you thought it was brilliant and didn’t get in. . .at least not publicly.  Take your moment to be sad privately.  Punch out a pillow.  Scream to the fields.  Do whatever you need to get the feeling out and then let it go.  But remain professional until you can get to that private place.

There’s a lot of rejection in this field and, as clichéd as it sounds, there truly is always another show.  I openly admit that in my early days, rejection gnawed on me like a hungry dog enjoying a tasty bone.  Auditions were almost life and death and it always felt like a shotgun blast to my stomach when I wasn’t cast. 

Even when I got good at the acting side of things, auditions continued to haunt me.  But when I finally realized how little control I had over the casting process, I was finally able to let that burden go.  Then I got to enjoy myself and became more memorable.

So when you audition, keep your head held high.  Be brave.  Be bold.  BE YOU!!  Then you’ll be memorable.  You may not get cast every time, but you will get cast sometimes.

OCP Announces Auditions for ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces Auditions for:

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Directed by: Kathy Tyree
Music by: Thomas “Fats” Waller | Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz

Production Dates: May 21–June 20, 2021 | Hawks Mainstage

In-Person Auditions
Sunday, March 7 & Monday, March 8
5–9 p.m. at OCP (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)
Please reserve Wednesday, March 10 from 6–9 p.m. for callbacks.

Details & Instructions
To receive paperwork and to schedule an audition time, please email Becky at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com

–Auditions are being offered in-person only and will be scheduled in groups of three to five people. Please have 16 bars of music prepared for the audition and bring the accompanying sheet music. Also have a monologue of your choice prepared that is approximately 30 seconds. The dance portion will take place with the group.

–Auditioners must fill out paperwork in advance, not at the audition. They can return completed paperwork by email or bring it with them. Specific time slots will be set in advance for each auditioner. In-person auditions will be in groups of no more than 10. Auditioners will be required to wear a facemask. Provided seating will be plastic or metal chairs only, no fabric upholstery. The audition space will be sanitized between groups. When arriving to audition, please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.

–All contact information, personal schedules and a list of rehearsal conflicts with which to fill out an audition form. To expedite the check-in process, please bring a recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

Show Synopsis
The music of legendary jazz musician and entertainer Fats Waller comes to life in this wildly popular Tony Award-winning musical revue. Experience the contagious rhythms and electric energy that made Waller an international icon. Featuring five triple-threat actors and a slew of infectious jazz and swing hits, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a musical delight!

Characters/Roles
Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller Musical, celebrates the music and culture of Harlem, NY in the 1930’s. To be true to the composer and the origins of the music, the cast will consist of 5 Black performers, 2 men and 3 women. Actors of all abilities, gender identities, sexual orientation, shapes and experiences are encouraged to audition. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition.

Andre–An unrepentant party hound. A flirt and a bit of a womanizer.
Armelia–A voluptuous and sassy woman. Very strong-willed and not afraid to share her thoughts.
Charlaine–A sweet, young lady. Very innocent.
Ken–Jovial, cheerful and loud. Larger than life.
Nell–Confident and charming. A knowledgeable woman of the world.

To receive paperwork and to schedule an audition time, please email Becky at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com.MORE INFO: https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/…/view/season-productions/

Professional Opportunities Available at Maples Repertory Theatre

Macon, MO–Maples Repertory Theatre is holding open auditions for actors and technicians for its 2021 season: Looking Forward. For a listing of the season productions, please click here.

Open auditions will be held at the Royal Theatre on 102 N Rubey St in Macon, MO from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, Feb 20, 2021.

Actors: Please bring a headshot/resume along with a comic monologue and song. Accompanist provided.

Technicians: Please bring resume (and portfolio, if applicable).

For Annie auditions: The theatre is seeking girls 6-13 for the six orphan roles.

To arrange an audition, e-mail info@maplesrep.com.

To submit electronically, e-mail todd@maplesrep.com.

Note: If there is inclement weather, auditions may be postponed. Please double check by calling the box office at 660-385-2924 or visiting our Facebook page on the day you plan to audition.

Maples Repertory Theatre is also seeking a full time Box Office/Group Sales Manager and a full time Educational Theatre /Marketing Director. For more specific information, please send resume to todd@maplesrep.com.

Be a Star in OCP’s ‘Constellations’

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces Auditions for:

Constellations by Nick Payne

Directed by: Denise Chapman

Production Dates: April 30–May 23, 2021 | Howard Drew

To receive paperwork and sides, to schedule an audition or to submit a video audition, please email Becky Deiber at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com.

Three Ways to Audition:
1. Audition in Person
Sunday, Feb, 21 at 3 p.m. | OCP
By appointment only. When arriving to audition, please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building located at 6915 Cass St in Omaha, NE.

2. Audition via Zoom
Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
By appointment only. A link will be sent to those who choose this option.

3. Submit a Video Audition
Video submission are due by Monday, Feb. 22.
Email video audition to Becky Deiber at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com

Details & Instructions
–Auditioners must fill out paperwork in advance, not at the audition. They can return completed paperwork by email or bring it with them. Specific time slots will be set in advance for each auditioner. In-person auditions will be in groups of no more than 10. Auditioners will be required to wear a face-mask. Provided seating will be plastic or metal chairs only, no fabric upholstery. The audition space will be sanitized between groups. When arriving to audition, please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.


–All auditioners are encouraged to select one of the Constellations sides or another piece of literature that speaks to them to prepare for the virtual general auditions. Alternate pieces of literature could originate from fiction, poetry, music, film or any other source. Actors may choose to read or memorize their selection. Actors should demonstrate their ability to make strong character choices and maintain realism in performance. Actors are encouraged to keep the total time of the general audition selection to four minutes or less.


–All contact information, personal schedules and a list of rehearsal conflicts with which to fill out an audition form. To expedite the check-in process, please bring a recent photo if you have one available. Please note, photos will not be returned.

Show Synopsis
Marianne is a cosmologist, keen on quantum theory and the idea that each of life’s infinite possibilities plays out in some parallel universe. Her chance encounter with Roland marks the beginning of a romance with countless outcomes. But when Marianne’s health begins to fail, the balance between destiny and freewill begins to shift. Eloquent, sweet and haunting, Constellations is a complete emotional journey from beginning to end.

Characters/Roles

–Ronald
–Marianne

We are seeking diverse representation in casting. Actors of all abilities, races, gender identities, sexual orientation, shapes, countries of origin, and experiences are encouraged to audition. Age noted in the script and character descriptions will not be determining factor in casting. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition.

To receive paperwork and sides, to schedule an audition or to submit a video audition, please email Becky Deiber at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com. MORE INFO: https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/…/view/season-productions/

OCP Announces Auditions for ‘Bloodlines: A Nesting Doll’

Omaha Community Playhouse Announces Auditions for:

Bloodlines: A Nesting Doll by Beaufield Berry
A part of OCP’s Alternative Programming Series

Directed by Dara Hogan

Virtual Auditions
Sat., Feb. 20, 1–3 p.m. | Mon., Feb. 22, 6–8 p.m

Auditions will be by appointment only via Zoom in 20 minute increments. Please email Becky Deiber at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com to schedule a virtual audition and to receive audition paperwork and sides.

Cast: 2 Black women, one older, one younger. Both characters play multiple characters, animals and ages.

Synopsis: The egg that created you was formed inside your mother, in the womb of your grandmother. The blood that courses in your veins is the result of your predecessors’ unions. The trauma that was forced upon your ancestors becomes the ghost that haunts their grandchildren becomes the illness that walks invisible in your body. The only way through it is to confront it or force it upon the next generation. Your child. Bloodlines: A Nesting Doll is a ghost story about multi-generational trauma, invisible illness, matrilineality and the strength we inherit from the women we come from.

MORE INFO: https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/…/alt-programming…/

OCP Announces Auditions for ‘The Drawer Boy’

Omaha Community Playhouse Proudly Announces Auditions for:

The Drawer Boy
By: Michael Healy

Directed by: Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek


Production Dates: April 9–May 2, 2021 | Hawks Mainstage Theatre (6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)


Callbacks: Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Audition In-Person

Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. By appointment only. Enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.

Audition via Zoom
Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. By appointment only. A link will be sent to those who choose this option.

Details & Instructions
–All those auditioning must schedule an appointment in advance. To schedule an audition and to request paperwork, please email Becky Deiber at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com


–Auditioners must fill out paperwork in advance, not at the audition. They can return completed paperwork by email or bring it with them. Specific time slots will be set in advance for each auditioner. In-person auditions will be in groups of no more than 10. Auditioners will be required to wear a face-mask. Provided seating will be plastic or metal chairs only, no fabric upholstery. The audition space will be sanitized between groups. When arriving to audition, please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.


–All auditioners are encouraged to select one of The Drawer Boy sides or another piece of literature that speaks to them to prepare for the virtual general auditions. Alternate pieces of literature could originate from fiction, poetry, music, film or any other source. Actors may choose to read or memorize their selection. Actors should demonstrate their ability to make strong character choices and maintain realism in performance. Actors are encouraged to keep the total time of the general audition selection to four minutes or less.

Show Synopsis
Seeking inspiration for his new play, Miles, a young actor from Toronto, moves in with Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers, in rural Ontario. Angus, who suffered a brain injury during World War II, finds joy and solace hearing Morgan retell stories from days gone by. But when Miles includes one of these stories in his play, he sets off a chain of events that will leave all three of the men forever changed. Witty and touching, The Drawer Boy is a testament to the transformative power of storytelling.

Characters/Roles
We are seeking diverse representation in casting. Actors of all abilities, races, gender identities, sexual orientation, shapes, countries of origin, and experiences are encouraged to audition. Age noted in the script and character descriptions will not be determining factor in casting. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition. To read character descriptions, visit https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/…/view/season-productions/. All those auditioning must schedule an appointment in advance. To schedule an audition and to request paperwork, please email Becky Deiber at bdeiber@omahaplayhouse.com

MORE INFO: https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/…/view/season-productions/

OCP Needs Somebody Committed

Omaha Community Playhouse is proud to announce auditions for:

Fully Committed by Becky Mode

Directed by: Jim McKain

In-Person Auditions by Appointment Only: January 3 at 2pm

Zoom Auditions by Appointment Only: January 4 at 7pm

Callbacks: January 6 at 6:30pm

All those auditioning must schedule an appointment in advance. To schedule an audition and to request paperwork, please email Becky Deiber. Those auditioning will be asked to perform their choice of one of the four sides offered. The sides can be accessed here. Some auditioning may be asked to perform some of the others so best to familiarize yourself with all four. All auditioning will also be asked to do their best Sofia Vergara impersonation by saying the line, “Hello, this is Sofia Vergara!” Auditioners must fill out paperwork in advance, not at the audition. They can return completed paperwork by email or bring it with them. Specific time slots will be set in advance for each auditioner. In-person auditions will be in groups of no more than 15. Auditioners will be required to wear a face mask. Provided seating will be plastic or metal chairs only, no fabric upholstery. The audition space will be sanitized between groups. When arriving to audition, please enter through the stage door on the west side of the building.

Synopsis

A comedic tour de force with a single actor portraying 40 larger-than-life characters, Fully Committed is a side-splitting look at a day in the life of Sam. The struggling New York actor works the reservation line for the trendiest restaurant in the city; a restaurant that is (as the head chef insists it be called) “fully committed” three months out. In between calls from social elites, celebrities and everyday Joes who will stop at nothing to secure the hottest table in town, Sam hopes for an audition callback and a chance to make it home for the holidays. 

Character/Role

The lone performer will play over 40 different characters and be any gender or ethnicity, but should be ablet o physically portray a character in the 25-35 age range. To read character descriptions, click here.

Through upholding high ethical standards, demonstrating respect for all and consciously working to provide diverse representation, OCP is committed to creating an inclusive and safe environment in which all community members feel a sense of belonging. OCP does not discriminate in casting practices on the basis of an individual’s ethnicity, age, gender, physical or cognitive ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, country of origin or other factors. Omaha Community Playhouse is committed to diverse and inclusive casting.