Auditions – A PIECE OF MY HEART and HEATHERS THE MUSICAL 12/2-12/4

A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro

  • Director: Baron Kelly
  • When: Friday, December 3 5-8 PM, Saturday December 4, 11 AM-2 PM, callbacks Sunday, December 5 11 AM-1 PM
  • Where: Vilas 1139
  • Rehearsals Begin: Monday, December 13 – Wednesday, December 15 Table Work, rehearsals resume Tuesday, January 25. Rehearsal times Monday-Friday 6-10 PM (Thursdays begin at 7:30 PM).
  • Performances: March 3-11 Hemsley Theatre

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  • Casting Information:
    • Seeking 7 female/female-identifying actors (1 Black, 1 Asian/Asian-American) and 2 male/male-identifying actors (any ethnicity) for a powerful production with continuous configurations of movement and traffic patterns
    • Content Warning: This play contains mature content including adult language, racial epithets, substance abuse, discussions of sexual assault, descriptions of violence, and sounds of gunshots and explosions.
  • Course Information: If cast, all UW students MUST enroll in Theatre 360.
  • Audition Preparation:
    • Female roles – select one of the character’s monologues on script pages 16-18 to read. Actors are to take note of characters’ home region in US.
    • Male roles: Read the following:
      • Whitney and the Solder page 29
      • Hank and Leeann bottom page 51 to mid-page 53
      • Whitney and Bruce pages 55-56
      • Sissy and Rory pages 57-58
        Vet’s exchange with Leeann on pages 123-124

Actors can pick up hard copies of the audition sides from either the Theatre & Drama Main Office (Vilas 6173)or the Production Coordinator’s office (Vilas 2131).

  • Character List (Ages listed are the character ages in the play) :
    • MARTHA – 22-42. Strong, self-composed, aura of self-discipline, military bearing. Strong face, American, almost pioneer in feeling.
    • MARYJO – 17-37. Blonde, pretty, outgoing, bubbly personality, Texas accent. Sexy; a funny comedienne quality; but sad inside. Guitarist and singer.
    • SISSY – 20-40. Sweet, feminine, outgoing. Sense of fun. Also sense of harmony and warmth to personality.
    • WHITNEY – 21-41. Tall, slender, withdrawn, contained. Very aristocratic in bearing and quality. A Vassar graduate.
    • LEEANN – 20-40. Asian or Amerasian. Attractive. Strong, tough, determined in nature. An urban, hip quality to her personality.
    • STEELE – 35-55. Black. Extremely strong, military bearing. Very intelligent, outgoing, great sense of humor. A pragmatist. Southern.
    • AMERICAN MEN (1) – versatile, play variety of roles.
    • ENSEMBLE (1 female, 1 male) – multiple roles.

 

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe

  • Director: Jake Penner
  • Music Director: Ross Shenker
  • Choreographer: Brian Cowing
  • When: Thursday, December 2 6-9 PM, Friday, December 3 6-9 PM, Saturday December 4, 9 AM -12 PM, music callbacks Saturday, December 4 3-6 PM, dance callbacks Sunday, December 5 9-11 AM, acting callbacks 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Where: Vilas 1153
  • Rehearsals Begin: Monday, February 21
  • Performances: April 14-24 Mitchell Theatre

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  • Casting Information:
    • Seeking a large, diverse, and versatile cast of actors to act, sing, and dance in this hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal musical based on the cult favorite film.
    • Note: This production contains mature content including adult language, suicide, substance abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, and gun violence.
  • Audition Preparation:
    • 8-16 bars of a contemporary musical theater piece or a pop song. Sheet music should be in a binder, 3-hole punched, double sided, with your audition cut clearly marked.
    • One 1-minute contemporary monologue.
    • Headshots/resumes welcome but not required.
  • Character List (Ages listed are the character ages in the play):
    • VERONICA SAWYER – 17. Burns to be both cool and kind but doesn’t yet know how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but still innocent enough to be blindsided by love or shocked by cruelty. Voice: high belting required, up to A ♭, A preferable. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.
    • JASON “J.D.” DEAN – 17. Darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive. Charming on the outside, damaged on the inside. Keen smarts, savage wit. Voice: strong, confident belt to at least an A ♭, A preferable; wide emotional range.
    • HEATHER CHANDLER – 17. The richest, hottest, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it without fear, patience, or mercy. Voice: strong belt to F or higher preferred. Mezzo for chorus.
    • HEATHER MCNAMARA – 17. Beautiful, innocent, stupid. Can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: strong belt to D ♭, D preferred. Soprano for chorus.
    • HEATHER DUKE – 17. The whipped beta dog of the three Heathers. Deeply insecure. When she finally becomes Queen Bee, she wields power like a bulldozer. Voice: strong belt to C, D preferred. Alto for chorus.
    • MARTHA DUNSTOCK – 17. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck,” the opposite of confident and popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.
    • RAM SWEENEY – 17. Linebacker, Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: strong baritone, belt to G, some falsetto useful.
    • KURT KELLY – 17. Quarterback and captain. Chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. He’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: tenor, strong belt to A ♭ or A, some falsetto.
    • RAM’S DAD/BIG BUD DEAN/COACH RIPPER – 40-45. Voice: baritone/tenor, power Country/Gospel belt to A ♭. Higher welcome.
      • RAM’S DAD – Former football player turned suburban dad, has never outgrown his high school glory days. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes.
      • BIG BUD DEAN – J.D.’s single dad. Big, jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber.
      • COACH RIPPER – Stalwart, man’s man; quick to defend his players.
    • FLEMING/VERONICA’S MOM – 45-50. Voice: great belt up to C, higher always welcome.
      • FLEMING – Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Resentful of today’s entitled youth, protective of the underdogs. Despite a penchant for self-promotion, genuinely cares about the students in her charge.
      • VERONICA’S MOM – Easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law.
    • KURT’S DAD/VERONICA’S DAD/PRINCIPAL GOWAN – 30-45. Voice: strong baritone/tenor, power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better.
      • KURT’S DAD – Straightlaced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him.
      • VERONICA’S DAD – Easygoing and distant.
      • PRINCIPAL GOWAN – Rumpled, burned out, hates conflict.
    • BOY 1: BELEAGURED GEEK – 15-18. An embittered social outcast. Voice: baritone (up to F#) or tenor (up to A).
    • BOY 2: PREPPY STUDE – 16-18. Straightlaced, ambitious, blow-dried. Dreams of being even richer than his parents. Voice: bass (up to E) or baritone (up to G#).
    • BOY 3: HIPSTER DORK – 16-18. Thinks he’s Ducky from Pretty in Pink. Voice: baritone (up to F#) or tenor (up to A).
    • GIRL 1: NEW WAVE GIRL – 16-18. She wants her MTV and dresses accordingly. Voice: belt to at least C# (a soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
    • GIRL 2: STONER CHICK – 16-18. Smokes outside with the freaks in between classes. Her future’s so bright she’s gotta wear shades to hide her bloodshot eyes. Voice: belt to at least C# (a soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
    • GIRL 3: YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE – 16-18. A tennis-playing, perky Student Council type. Voice: belt to at least C# (soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).