Audition Notice – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO at Plaza Theatre Company

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Audition Notice:

Auditions are: Wednesday, June 11th

Directed by G. Aaron Siler
Musical Direction by Doug Henry

When:
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7pm – 9pm at the Plaza Academy Studio
211 S. Mill St, Cleburne, TX
Auditions are by appointment only

Click here to make an audition appointment!We need strong singers with some dancing. There are 3 leading women, 3 leading men. All ages from late teens to 70s.

AUDITION PREPARATION
Auditioners will be asked to come prepared to sing 32 bars of music, preferably a song from the late 50’s, 60’s or early 70’s. An accompanist will be provided. Auditioners should also be prepared to read cold from the script at the audition. Each auditioner should plan to spend about five to ten minutes auditioning for the Directors.

A call back audition will be held on Saturday June 14th starting at 9am and may last for up to three hours. Those auditioners who the Directors wish to see further will be invited to the call back audition.

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals will commence Monday June 16 and take place usually on Mon. – Wed. evenings and Saturday mornings with time taken off during 4th of July weekend and depending on performer schedules. No Sunday rehearsals or performances.

PERFORMANCES:
The production will play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday afternoons opening on August 15th and playing through September 13th.

ABOUT THE SHOW
This comic musical was built around 18 hits by 1960s pop star Neil Sedaka, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course, the chart-topping title song. Marge and her stagestruck best friend Lois arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort in the Catskills in 1960, on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — until the groom left her at the altar. Lois attempts to console Marge by setting her up with the resort’s handsome, self-obsessed singer Del Delmonaco. Gazing forlornly at Marge from the wings is geekish cabana boy and aspiring songwriter Gabe. Meanwhile, when he isn’t entertaining guests with Borscht Belt shtick, house comic Harvey secretly carries a torch for widowed resort owner Esther.

ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE
(some roles may be double cast)

MARGE GELMAN (mid 20’s to 30’s; mezzo soprano, comfortable to an E and possibly beyond): Abandoned at the altar, Marge is an aspiring dentist from Brooklyn who finds herself in the Catskills on what would have been her honeymoon weekend. (Think Jennifer Grey in DIRTY DANCING) Duped into falling for the suave band leader, she ultimately finds self-esteem, learns the value of honesty and friendship and finds love where she least expected it.

LOIS WARNER (mid 20’s to 30’s; alto with some mezzo soprano ability, comfortable to a C and possibly beyond): An aspiring nightclub singer, Lois lives her life as if in a Betty Grable movie. She brings her best friend Marge up from Brooklyn to the Catskills for Labor Day Weekend. In trying to help her friend Marge recover from heartbreak, she inadvertently puts her in the line of fire with Del, the hotel’s suave but manipulative bandleader. With a Marilyn Monroe simplicity, Lois is a sweet young girl with more heart than brainpower.

DEL DELMONACO (mid 20’s to 30’s; tenor, comfortable to an A—the higher the better): An Elvis wannabe, Del is not the brightest bulb on the tree. (Think Conrad Birdie or Joey from FRIENDS). Del will do anything to get ahead, including misleading Marge into thinking he loves her and stealing his cousin Gabe’s songs for his own use.

GABE (mid 20’s to 30’s; tenor, Bb-C range): The clumsy, brainy and terribly shy Guy Friday at the hotel, Gabe is on a fast track to joining his father’s orthodontia practice. Lacking the self-confidence to perform his own music, Gabe he is secretly the songwriting genius behind the music Del claims as his own. When Gabe meets Marge, he is compelled to take action to win her heart and, ultimately, to reveal himself as the true musician, performing his own songs in front of the whole resort.

ESTHER (late 40’s to 70’s; alto, comfortable to a C, or at least a Bb): The owner of the mid-size hotel named after her (Esther’s Paradise), Esther is a survivor. Since the death of her husband, she has single-handedly kept the hotel afloat using crafty solutions, boundless energy and creativity to keep guests happy. She is fiercely independent, refusing help or support from anyone, and she’s always there with a quip or smart remark.

HARVEY (late 40’s to 70’s; baritone, should have range to an F# or a G): The resident “tummler” (comedian/social director) at Esther’s Paradise, Harvey is old-school Catskills. He is all about the punch line (and the set-up). A confirmed bachelor, Harvey spends most of his life cracking wise and avoiding any show if genuine emotion or vulnerability. When he witnesses the extreme lengths to which Marge will go to make love work for her again, he is inspired to take a leap of faith with Esther, the one person who truly appreciates the man behind the jokes.

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