Audition Dates for 2014 season
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Pageant The Musical – Auditions December 8, Callbacks December 9
Uptown Players announces auditions for its upcoming production of Pageant, which runs March 28 through April 13, 2014 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Pageant is a pageant. Judges selected from the audience actually vote and determine the winner who, therefore, may be different at each performance. The show takes its shots not by mocking the pageant from the outside, but by being one. The six contestants compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse (Glamouresse being a cosmetics company). Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas compete in evening gowns, talent, swim-wear and spokesmodeling, plus the finalists answer actual calls from the Glamouresse Beauty Crisis Hotline.
All actors need to sing, move well, and have strong comedy skills. The male actors playing CONTESTANTS should at the very least look presentable as female beauty pageant contestants. The idea is to present male actors as female characters - not over-the-top drag queens.
The following roles are open to both equity and non-equity men. There are two additional SPT-3 principle equity contracts available for this production.
MISS BIBLE BELT, RUTH ANN RUTH - Believes that she plus God equals a majority in any situation. Nobody is better connected than she is! She sees even the cheesiest part of the Glamouresse Beauty Regimen as part of His Plan. This gives her a righteous attitude which is unshakable, but she also has the manic cheerfulness of the newly saved. Big belter voice.
MISS DEEP SOUTH, LAURINDA SUMMERFORD - The Blonde in the show; even though others may have blonde hair, only she knows how to work it. At the same time she is The Lady, the only one of the contestants (she believes) who knows that in order to be a winner, a lady always has to come in second to her man. She has a very narrow and ritualized sense of "femininity" which is frequently outraged by the other contestants' behavior and attitudes. Her talent is ventriloquism.
MISS GREAT PLAINS, BONNIE LOUISE CUTLETT - Utterly sincere in her belief in the values promoted by Glamouesse, though some of them seem quite exotic to her. She is honored to represent the great heartland of this nation and to show what honest country folk can do. Winning her region was "beyond her wildest dreams." In the present contest she is agape and aglow. Not necessarily the "prettiest" contestant.
MISS INDUSTRIAL NORTHEAST, CONSUELA MANUELA RAFAELLA LOPEZ - Included among the regional winners mostly due to Glamouresse's belated sense that the times they are a-changin' and the Northeast's notable lack of interest in the contest. Her talent has been culled from watching the variety show "Sabado Gigante" on Spanish television. Actor should have skating experience and be able to create a different character for the reigning Miss Glamouresse.
MISS TEXAS, KITTY-BOB AMES - The Professional of the group. With her father's money and a shrewd selection of contests, she has never lost a competition. Her skills may not be outstanding by themselves, but her attitude says "Winner" all the way. She doesn't so much want to win as she does expect to win. Actor must tap dance. (In addition to many other special skills.)
MISS WEST COAST, KARMA QUINN - Like Miss Great Plains, is sweet-natured, but Karma is a lot less focused. She has tried to parlay her vagueness and I'll-try-anything-once attitude into a comprehensive mystical spirituality but it hasn't jelled. This pageant is the most structured event of her entire life. Actor should have excellent dance skills and be able to create a different character for the reigning Miss Glamouresse.
FRANKIE CAVALIER - Our genial host, is certainly that. Frankie is a third or fourth-tier celebrity who is known to the audience where the pageant is being performed, perhaps as a weekend weather-report reader or a spokesman for a used car dealership. His contract with the pageant is up for renewal this year. Strong singer who moves well.
Auditions will be held by appointment on Sunday, December 8 from 530pm to 930pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219. For an audition appointment, call 214-219-2718. Callbacks will take place on Monday, December 9 at 7pm. Two headshots and resumes are required at auditions, along with sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please prepare 16 bars of two contrasting Broadway musical selections (one ballad and one up tempo) that show off vocal range and ability. You will be given a monologue from the show to read.
Rehearsals will begin the week of March 3, 2014. The production runs March 28 through April 13, 2014 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. The production is under the direction of Chris Robinson, with music direction by Kevin Gunter. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.
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