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IVRT’s new season and auditions

January 5, 2011

Inland Valley Repertory Theatre, which mounts shows at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, will hold auditions over the next two weekends for its 2011 season. Shows include  “CHICAGO”, “THE LAST FIVE YEARS”, “BUS STOP”, AND “OUR TOWN.”

(Disclosure: I’m an IVRT board member and appeared in last year’s show “YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.”)
Casting director: Hope Kaufman – IVRTCasting@aol.com.

WHERE:
…Foothill Country Day School
1035 W. Harrison, Claremont

“CHICAGO” and “LAST FIVE YEARS”:
Saturday, January 8 OR 15 @ 1-5pm

“BUS STOP” and “OUR TOWN”:
Sunday, January 9 OR 16 @ 1-5pm

CALL BACKS:
Monday, January 17 – CHICAGO @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 18 – OUR TOWN @ 7:00pm
Wednesday, January 19 – BUS STOP @ 7:00pm

PLEASE COME PREPARED:
*For All Auditions:
-50-70 word bio (typed)
-Head shot
-Resume

*Musicals:
-Memorized 16-32 bars from a selection that shows your ability to sell a song. Please bring sheet music in correct key. Accompanist will be provided.
-Note: For CHICAGO, all auditioners will dance FIRST and then may be asked to sing.

*Plays:
-A memorized monologue.

All roles include a stipend.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTION:

CHICAGO directed/choreographed by Jeff Teague, Music directed by Ronda Rubio
PERFORMANCES: Wednesdays @ 7:30 on March 9, 16, 23 & 2:00 on March 23

Roxie Hart: 20-45. Strong dancer; a big, Broadway belt voice; an
innocent with the ability to murder; sexy, funny.

Velma Kelly: This role has been cast.

Billy Flynn: 35-60. A suave educated lawyer who can persuade anyone to do anything–his clients literally get away with murder; baritone voice and move well; sexy, handsome, charming, masculine.

Amos Hart: 30-50. Charming, funny, vulnerable, timid man, so in love with his wife that he would mortgage anything to pay for her outrageous extravagances; must sing well and be physically adept; a character actor.

Matron “Mama” Morton: 35-55. Great belt voice; sexy, funny, powerful and tough; character actress.

Mary Sunshine: This role has been cast.

Female Dancer/Chorus (6): Must be strong dancers and strong singers, plays several featured roles.

Male Dancer/Chorus (6): Must be strong dancers and strong singers, plays several featured roles.

Ensemble (2): Man and woman to fill several non-featured dancing roles.

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THE LAST FIVE YEARS directed by Frank Minano, Music directed by Ronda Rubio
PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, September 27 @ 7:30pm

Catherine Hiatt: 25-33. Alto, lots of personality, good comic timing. All American.

Jamie Wellerstein: 26-36. Tenor, lots of personality, good comic timing. Jewish.

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BUS STOP directed by Terre Gunkel
PERFORMANCES: Wednesdays @ 7:30 on June 1, 8, 15 & 2:00 on June 15

Cherie: A pretty young woman of 19 who recently worked as a chanteuse in a seedy nightclub, she has left innocence far behind.

Bo Decker: A brash, rowdy, and naïve young cowboy who has convinced himself that Cherie wants to marry him.

Elma Duckworth: A bright but naive high school student and part-time waitress.

Grace Hoylard: Owner of the restaurant where the play’s action takes place, she is a “grass widow” who occasionally appreciates male attention. 40+

Will Masters: The local sheriff, tough and brusque in manner but good-hearted. 40+

Dr. Gerald Lyman: At times charming and articulate, this failed professor has an unfortunate weakness for alcohol and under age women. 50+

Virgil Blessing: An older, wiser cowboy who works for Bo and is a mentor and father figure to the younger man.

Carl: A bus driver, he passes through town regularly and has an ongoing flirtation with Grace.50+

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OUR TOWN directed by Frank Minano PERFORMANCES Wednesdays @ 7:30 on Sept. 14, 21, 28 & 2:00 on Sept. 28

Stage Manager (male or female): He/she is like the omniscient narrator encountered in fiction. Often it appears he/she simply chats with the audience, dispensing folksy wisdom and sounding like the embodiment of common sense.

George Gibbs: The All-American boy, or, more appropriately, what some people think of as the typical boy—nice and polite, but not very good at book and school learning; loving, but not very good at expressing those emotions; and perfectly happy to stay on the farm. Plays ages 16-26.

Emily Webb: Might be called “the All American girl.” She is bright, articulate, and, despite the anxiety she shares with her mother, a beautiful creature. Plays ages 16-26.

Charles Webb: A loving father and a kind husband with a sense of humor that survives the strain of their children’s marriage.

Myrtle Webb: Content with life in Grover’s Corners, a wife and a mother whose life focuses on her husband and her children.

Walter Webb: the younger brother of Emily Webb, Wally is seen throughout the play as child squabbling with his older sibling.

Dr. Frank Gibbs: A loving father and a kind husband. He knows just about everything about everybody in town, and he is perfectly content to live his life in Grover’s Corners.

Julia Hersey Gibbs: A wife and a mother, can be viewed as interchangeable with the character of Myrtle Webb. Each worries about her husband and her children. Each seems content with life in Grover’s Corners.

Rebecca Gibbs: The younger sister of George Gibbs.

Constable Warren: Watches over the safety of the townspeople. Character type.

Sam Craig: Instead of bringing news of life, they bring news of death.

Joe Crowell: The town’s newspaper boy.

Si Crowell: The town’s newspaper boy. Does not have a positive opinion of marriage.

Howie Newsome: The milkman. A friendly and chatty man, Howie delivers the local gossip with his milk and cream every morning. Character-type.

Louella Soames: The town chatterbox. She always has something to say, even when she’s dead.

Simon Stimson: The church organist who has a drinking problem and is the focus of much of the gossip of Graver’s Corners. Even in death, Simon Stimson is a bitter man.

Joe Stoddard: Brings the news, but instead of bringing news of life, bring news of death.

Townsfolks & Choir Members: All age and sizes. Must be able to sing church hymns.

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