Audition Notice: KISS ME KATE at Plaza Theatre Company


Kiss Me, Kate

January 6th and January 7th, 2014

Directed by G. Aaron Siler and stage management by Lindsay Hardisty.

All roles are available for Plaza Theatre Company’s upcoming production of KISS ME, KATE. An open audition is being held at Plaza Theatre Company to cast the show on January 6-7, 2014. Auditions are by appointment only.



Those auditioning are asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of a traditional Broadway Musical showing off your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. Additionally, auditioners may be asked to read cold from the script during the initial audition and all auditioners will be taught a short movement combination – please come prepared to move. The director will spend around 5 to 10 minutes with each individual auditioner at this initial audition.

A head shot and resume are requested.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday January 11th at 9am. Those auditioners who the Director wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition which may last up to 4 hours time. PLEASE REFER TO THE PLAZA AUDITION GUIDELINES AS WELL AS THE PLAZA AUDITION CREDO WHEN PREPARING YOUR AUDITION. The guidelines and Credo can be found here.


The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on Mar. 14th and playing through April 12th. Rehearsals usually take place Monday thru Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings till opening. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.


An ex-husband and wife team are reunited to star in a brand new musical, but off-stage the production is rife with ex-lovers’ quarrels and gangsters looking for kickbacks. Merriment abounds in this most classic of Broadway musicals.


(All roles are available):

Lilli Vanessi/Katharine*: Female aged 30-40. Strong Soprano Belt. A Film star and Fred Graham’s ex-wife. Has mixed feelings about working with her ex again, and their fiery chemistry off and on stage nearly derails the show. Plays “Katharine” in the “The Taming of the Shrew”.

Fred Graham/Petruchio*: Male aged 30-50. Strong Baritone. The director, producer and star of the new musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Strong willed, arrogant, but has the talent to back it up. Formerly married to his costar, Lilli Vanessi. Opening night also happens to be the one year anniversary of their divorce. Commanding actor and singer.

Lois Lane/Bianca*: Female aged 20-30. Low Alto. A Night club singer and dancer, this is her first break as a real actress. With lots of charisma and charm Lois is quite the flirt, but devoted, in her fashion, to her man Bill. She’s not as dumb as she looks. Plays “Bianca” in “The Taming of the Shrew”. Needs to move well.

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio*: Male 20-35. Lyric Baritone. Broadway hoofer, “The Taming of the Shrew” is his first break as an actor, and it’s being put at serious risk by his gambling problem. Devoted to his girl, Lois. Strong dancer and singer.

First Man (Gangster)*: Male, Any age. Comic baritone or tenor. The archetypical gangster complete with accent. Needs to move well. Has a surprising appreciation for Shakespeare and ends up playing a clown in “The Taming of the Shrew”

Second Man (Gangster)*: Male, Any age. Comic baritone or tenor. Same as First Man, but a bit more reserved and dryer of wit.

Paul*: Male aged 20-40. Baritone. Fred’s dresser.  strong dancer. Leader of “Too Darn Hot” showstopper.

Hattie*: Female aged 20-30. Mezzo-Sop Belt. She is Lilli’s dresser and sings “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” and sings in “Too Darn Hot”. Good voice and charisma.

Riley/Hortensio and Flynt/Gremio*: Actors who appear in The Shrew and in “Too Darn Hot” The appear in several numbers and should move and sing well.

General Harrison Howell*: Male aged 35-50. Sings. Lilli’s new fiancé. A rising politician and gentleman from Georgia. He’s handsome in a stuffy way. The embodiment of Petruchio in real life.

Harry Trevor/Baptista: Male aged 50+. Any vocal range. Veteran character actor, plays Katherine and Bianca’s father, “Baptista” in the musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.

Pops (Stage Doorman)/Padua Priest: Male. Soloist for Opening, Bianca, Cantiamo D’Amore.

Ralph: Male, any age. Any vocal range. The stage manager. Yells most of his lines. May be played by a female as well.

Dance Captain/Gregory: servant to Petruchio, ensemble dancer.

Ensemble and Featured Dancers: Men and women of various ages and vocal ranges to play all other parts including doorman, stagehands, servants and other parts in “The Taming of the Shrew”. Some of these roles will be featured dance roles.

* There are eleven principal singing roles.

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