Auditions

HERITAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
AUDITIONS 2018

Auditions for the summer season at the Heritage Theatre Festival will take place in Charlottesville, VA on Thursday, February 15, 2018 between 5p-8p and Saturday, February 17, 10a-9p in the UVA Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road. Those unable to attend these on-site auditions may submit a headshot and resume by March 1 to: heritage@virginia.edu

The 2018 season includes:

A CHORUS LINE
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Steffens

HARVEY
by Mary Chase
Directed by Desdemona Chiang

THE COCOANUTS
Book by George S. Kaufman
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Adapted by Mark Bedard
Directed by Frank Ferrante

THE MOUNTAINTOP
by Katori Hall
Directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams
Casting for THE MOUNTAINTOP will not occur at this time.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Please Note:

If you would like to audition solely for HARVEY, please sign up for a slot on Thursday, Feb 15.
If you would like to audition for HARVEY and A CHORUS LINE/THE COCOANUTS, you may sign up for a Saturday, Feb 17 slot.

Thursday, Feb 15: 5p-8p
General Auditions for HARVEY

Best friends come in all shapes and sizes. Just ask Elwood P. Dowd, a kind and gentle man whose best friend happens to be a 6-foot-3 rabbit named Harvey that only he can see. When Elwood’s sister Veta prepares to launch her daughter into society, the family’s reputation is at stake and the wheels are set in motion for a story that shocks and entertains. Chaos and confusion ensue as the town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harvey is a charming comedy about hope, family and the power of staying true to who you really are.

First Rehearsal: June 12, 2018
Preview: July 5, 2018
Opening: July 6, 2018
Closing: July 15, 2018
Performances in the Ruth Caplin Theatre

Please prepare a one minute monologue. Auditions will be 5 minute appointments.  To sign up, please click on the link below and fill out an audition form. Please bring the completed audition form and a headshot/resume with you to the auditions.

Link to audition form

Link to audition sign-up

HTF Artistic Director, Jenny Wales, will conduct the general auditions. Callbacks with Desdemona Chiang, director of HARVEY are TBD.

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

Ethel Chauvenet (40+): Mrs. Chauvenet is a wealthy and influential socialite who is a friend of the Dowd family. Doubles as Betty Chumley.

Betty Chumley (40+): Dr. Chumley’s wife.  A bit high maintenance, but sweet and susceptible to Elwood’s charm. 

Dr. William B. Chumley(40+): Renowned psychiatrist and head of Chumley’s Rest, a sanitarium for mental patients. Protective of the reputation of his hospital. Exacting and intimidating, but surprisingly vulnerable.

Elwood P. Dowd(40s-50s): Veta’s older brother, whose best friend happens to be a 6-foot-3 rabbit named Harvey that only he can see. Sweet, candid, no-nonsense. A bit of an odd bird, but wins you over easily with his charm.

Judge Omar Gaffney(40s-70s): A lawyer  representing the estate of Veta and Elwood’s late mother. A trusted family friend invested in protecting the family’s interests.

Ruth Kelly (20+): Head Nurse at Chumley’s Rest. Young, attractive, well-intending, but distracted by the handsome Dr. Sanderson. 

E. J. Lofgren (25-50s): A cab driver who possesses surprising insight about the hospital and the nature of its patients. His wisdom changes Elwood’s fate.

Dr. Lyman Sanderson (25-40): A handsome, young and vain psychiatrist, handpicked by Chumley. Self-aggrandizing and egotistical, convinced he is always right.

Myrtle Mae Simmons (18-25) Myrtle is Veta’s Daughter (Elwood’s Niece). Myrtle is unhappily unmarried and embarrassed by her Uncle Elwood’s eccentric behavior. Desperate to get into high society.

Veta Louise Simmons: Cast.

Wilson (25-50s): The brutish orderly responsible for handling uncooperative patients.  He has eyes for Myrtle the moment he meets her.

 

Saturday, February 17:

10a-6p -General Auditions for A CHORUS LINE and THE COCOANUTS
6:30-9p –
Dance Call for A CHORUS LINE

Please prepare a one minute monologue and a 16-32 bar cut of a song of your choosing.  Please bring sheet music in the key you wish to sing – an accompanist will be provided. Auditions will be 5 minute appointments. To sign up, please click on the link below and fill out an audition form. Please bring the completed audition form and a headshot/resume with you to the auditions.

Link to audition form

Link to audition sign-up

PLEASE NOTE: You may be asked to stay/come back for the dance call which will begin at 6:30p.  The dance call may last until 9pm.

HTF Artistic Director, Jenny Wales and A CHORUS LINE director and choreographer, Matthew Steffens will conduct the general auditions.

Callbacks for A CHORUS LINE will occur on Sunday, February 18 from 10a-7p.  Director/Choreographer, Matthew Steffens will be present. You will be asked to sing and read from the show.  Sides and songs will be provided.

Callbacks for THE COCOANUTS will occur on Monday, February 26 from 5p-9p. Director Frank Ferrante will be present. Sides and songs will be provided.

A CHORUS LINE

This singular sensation burst on the Broadway scene in 1975 with a never-before-seen look inside the hearts of dancers willing to give their all for a spot in a Broadway show. Now, more than four decades later, the Tony award-winning show continues to resonate with sizzling dance numbers and unforgettable characters whose passion and stories ring as true in today’s world as they ever have before.

First Rehearsal: May 29
Preview: June 21
Opening: June 22
Closing: July 1
Performances in the Culbreth Theatre

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

ZACH: Male. The director and choreographer of the show. Former dancer. Has had a past relationship with Cassie. Strong actor who moves well.

LARRY: Male. Tenor. Zach’s assistant. Confident in his role. Strong dancer.

AL DELUCA: Male. Baritone. From the Bronx. Street tough and newly married to Kristine. Strong singer and dancer.

BEBE BENZENHEIMER: Female. Mezzo. Natural and unaffected, quiet, funny and kind. Masks her insecurity with humor. Strong singer and dancer.

BOBBY MILLS: Male. Baritone. Witty and sharp tongued.  Had a very hard childhood; covers everything over with a joke. Strong comic timing.

CASSIE FERGUSON: Female. Soprano. Returning to the chorus after years of being a featured performer. Very strong dancer. Previously had a relationship with Zach. Strong actor, singer & dancer.

CONNIE WONG: Female. Alto. Asian. Small in stature, but great amounts of energy. Strong dancer who sings.

DIANA MORALES: Female. Alto. Latinx. Determined and street smart, a little bit tough, eternal optimist and starry eyed. Funny, charming and vulnerable. Strong actor, singer & dancer.

DON KERR: Male. Baritone. Very sure of himself. Married and from the Midwest. Strong dancer.

GREGORY GARDENER: Male. Baritone. Confident. Wicked wit. Very East Side New York. Strong dancer.

JUDY TURNER: Female. Mezzo. Funny, nervous, warm and hopeful. Very awkward except when dancing. Strong actor and dancer.

KRISTINE URICH: Female. Comedic sensibility and nervous energy. Married to Al. She can’t sing. Strong dancer.

MAGGIE WINSLOW: Female. Soprano. A sweet, giving, trusting dreamer. Dreamer. Strong singer and dancer.

MARK ANTHONY: Male. Tenor. Optimistic, naïve and charming. Youngest of the group. Strong dancer.

MIKE COSTA: Male. Tenor. Determined, charismatic and confident. Experienced & flirtatious. Strong dancer and singer.

PAUL SAN MARCO: Male. Baritone. Latinx. Introverted and slightly insecure but loves performing; only now starting to feel comfortable about being gay and accepted by his parents. Strong actor and dancer.

RICHIE WALTERS: Male. Tenor. African-American. From Missouri. Enthusiastic, charming and very funny. Strong dancer and singer.

SHEILA BRYANT: Female. Alto. One of the more experienced dancers on the line. Confident, sophisticated and humorous. Sexy. Strong actor and dancer.

VAL CLARK: Female. Alto. Sexy, sassy, direct and funny. Brazen. Strong actor, singer and dancer.

Cut Dancers: Men and women, All must be accomplished dancers and singers.

 

THE COCOANUTS

Frank Ferrante, who wowed Heritage audiences in 2014 with his internationally acclaimed one-man show An Evening with Groucho, returns to direct and star in The Cocoanuts. This tour-de-farce romp puts Groucho at the helm of a fourth-rate 1920’s Florida hotel where he tries to swindle gullible tourists with shady land deals. Groucho maneuvers through romantic and comedic misadventures with the help of his hilariously hapless brothers. Irving Berlin songs add to the frivolity of a deliciously silly musical that is perfect for the whole family!

First Rehearsal: June 26
Preview: July 19
Opening: July 20
Closing: July 29
Performances in the Culbreth Theatre

Please see breakdown for available roles:

Roles available for actors 18 years of age and older.

Nate: A member of the Cocoanut Trio. Could be a maintenance man, janitor, chef, doorman, etc of the hotel.

Trixie: A member of the Cocoanut Trio. Could be a maid, housekeeper, chef, server, etc of the hotel.

Coco: A member of the Cocoanut Trio. Could be a maid, housekeeper, chef, server, etc of the hotel.

Robert Jamison (Zeppo) : High-strung, jittery, bottled-up, unconfident.  He is the only remaining clerk and bellhop in the hotel.  Loves Polly Potter.

Penelope Martin: A conwoman of the upper class.  Cunning.

Harvey Yates: A member of the privileged class.  Secretly broke.  He wants to marry Polly Potter for her money.

Mrs. Potter: The embodiment of the privileged, upper class.

Polly Potter: Torn between her upbringing and her own forward thinking.  Loves Robert Jamison.

Mr. Hammer (Groucho): Cast.

Chico (Willie Wony Diddydony): A petty thief with an Italian accent.

Harpo (Silent Red): A mute, petty thief.

Detective Hennessy: Large and intimidating.  Very serious.  Represents authority and the right arm of the one percent. 

Heritage Theatre Festival is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work, including the casting of our plays. We seek to hire actors who reflect our world to tell the stories we put onstage, and therefore strongly encourage people of underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds to audition.

We intend to have casting decisions announced by April 1, 2018.

Thank you to our 2018 Sustaining and Season Sponsors