This summer the Duluth Playhouse Teen Summer Performance Intensive is producing Chicago: The Musical and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from August 11th to the 21st. Both shows have fascinating concepts. We’ve already shared Chicago’s criminal justice-themed concept. Today we would like to introduce the world of Illyria; the fictional setting of Twelfth Night, Or What You Will. This year the Bard celebrates the art and culture of the 60s, a time of transformation, revolution, mod fashion, freedom, love, and the iconic music of The Beatles.
After seeing Nine, the musical that opened August 4, 2016 at the Underground, I am thoroughly convinced every woman on the planet should have a tambourine.
Big 80s tunes, big hair, and big egos will all rock the house in Rock of Ages, the Playhouse’s outrageous and raucous summer jukebox musical. Audiences will be dancing in the aisles to such memorable songs as “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “We’re Not Gonna’ Take It,” “Harden My Heart,” and “Don’t Stop Believin”” For Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, and Europe fans, this show is a slice of rock and roll heaven.
A little something from our director of FAME – The Musical: Kate Horvath.
FAME – THE MUSICAL retakes the main stage tomorrow night thru Sunday (March 17-20, with two shows on Saturday). Don’t miss this 80s poptastic production with a rocking band, show-stopping dances, and a cast that truly lights up the stage like a flame. Enjoy a few photos, then call 218.733.7555 to make your ticket reservations over the phone, or get them online at duluthplayhouse.org!
Coming this summer, we’ve got an awesome Audition Workshop for ages 16+ with Duluth native De’Lon Grant. Check out his video blog below to learn more about this awesome week-long camp offered in August.
Here are the details:
The Audition Workshop’s Musical Theatre Session (Adults, 16+)
The Playhouse Conservatory, 230 W Superior Street (Wells Fargo Building, 3rd Ave W Entrance)
August 18-27 | Monday-Sunday | 10:00am – 5:00pm | Tuition: $250
Registration Deadline: June 6, 2014 (if an extended deadline is needed, contact Kate Horvath at 218-733-7574)
We’ve received a lot of good inquiries regarding auditions, so we decided to address some of the FAQ’s! As always, if you come up with another question, feel free to contact us.
Here are some of the questions we have been asked:
Q: Why are there separate auditions on Thursday/Friday for principals?
A: Because some artists know the specific role they want to be seen for, and we know Saturday is going to be a very long day and may not accommodate all who want to audition- so we decided that if an actor knows specifically what role they want to audition for, we would try to host these auditions Thursday/Friday. HOWEVER, you should only be auditioning on Thursday/Friday if you are going for a SPECIFIC role. And you must be prepared- and have done your research. It will not help you to come to this call if you don’t know the role you are right for, and you haven’t properly prepared. You must bring a picture and resume. We are very serious about the Thursday/Friday auditions for principals only- you should be too! Please do not take a time slot if you are uncertain about roles. Come Saturday, if that is the case.
Q: Can I audition for a principal role on Saturday?
A: Of course! Saturday is for anyone auditioning for principal roles or ensemble.
Q: If I want to be considered for a principal role and also ensemble do I need to be seen twice?
A: NO. Only choose one audition time. The director(s) will be keeping everyone in mind, no matter when you audition, for principal and ensemble positions.
Q; What if I want to audition and all the slots are filled?
A: Contact Christine (firstname.lastname@example.org) we will get you in.
Q: Do I need to sing more than 32 bars?
A: It is our practice to ask for 32 bars- however, on occasion a director wants to hear more, so you might want to know the song in case this is true. You must provide sheet music– you cannot sing acapella (without the piano). We will provide an accompanist for you.
Again, if you are interested in a principal role, be prepared to sing for the role on the spot, if asked. We will provide sheet music, you do not need to memorize songs from the show, but we will not have time to teach you, so do your homework and learn the music.
Q: I saw there were age ranges for the characters. How strict is that?
A: Age range means you “look” that age. You should look believable in the cast breakdown the director has provided. Same goes for the youth roles- you don’t have to be the exact heights- but you need to be somewhat close and believable.
Q: I’m nervous. I’m not sure what to do?
A: Here are some tips for auditioning- have a strong physical presence- show that you can ground yourself and energize a 2000 seat theatre. Sing what you do best so you can perform with confidence. Be prepared. Believe in yourself. AND PLEASE- bring a picture of yourself with either a resume or an audition form.
If you’re auditioning for a principal role, we do have role-specific sides up on our website for you to download and/or print for auditions. You can access sides for the roles of Cosette, Eponine, Fantine, Gavroche, Javert, Little Cosette, Madam Thenardier, Marius, Thenardier, and Jean Valjean by visiting the auditions page of our website. And don’t forget to grab an audition packet to get all the details on auditions, and to fill out your audition form.
Auditions will be over at the Playhouse Conservatory located in the Wells Fargo Building at 230 W Superior Street (use the entrance on 3rd Avenue West).
Feel free to ask questions in the comments!
See you at auditions!