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AUDITIONS
Theatre at the Mount Proudly Presents Boeing Boeing

It’s the 1960s and swinging playboy Bernard juggles three fiancées — each one a beautiful flight attendant — who are all engaged to him without knowing about each other. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until the invention of a new and speedier Boeing jet and unexpected schedule changes bring all three fiancées to Bernard’s apartment at the same time. With his friend Roberforgetting which lies to tell to whom, Bernard’s elaborately scheduled love life turns into catastrophically funny chaos.

Fasten your seat belts!

Director – Lorien Corbelletti

CAST REQUIREMENTS – Small adult cast – 2 men; 4 women – see character descriptions below

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182 When? Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 at 7PM

*Punctuality will be noted and appreciated

Performance Dates: June 16, 17, 23, 24 at 8:00pm; June 25 at 2:00pm

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 6PM to 9PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7PM to 10PM

Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

BERNARD (30’s +): An American architect living in Paris; handsome, well-educated, charming; engaged to three air hostesses whom he manages to keep in the dark about one another by managing their visits on a strict timetable; takes boyish pleasure in the success of his devious doings, until his careful planning starts to fall apart, deflating his confidence.

ROBERT (30’s +): Bernard’s schoolmate from back in the States; hasn’t seen Bernard in many years; shy, small-town, Midwestern, and sweet- a nerd by today’s standards; views Bernard’s whirlwind juggling act of three fiancés with awe and admiration–until he gets wrapped up in it himself and his anxiety spins out of control.

BERTHE (40’s +): French; Bernard’s long-time live-in maid and cook; although devoted to Bernard, she is tired of keeping up with Bernard’s revolving-door lifestyle, and by play’s end she has been pushed as far as she will go; dry and fantastically sarcastic; never afraid to say what’s on her mind; French accent.

GABRIELLA (20’s to 40’s): Bernard’s Italian fiancé; air hostess for Alitalia; sultry and full of fire, she is much smarter and more self-reliant than she first appears; Italian accent.

GRETCHEN (20’s to 40’s): Bernard’s German fiancé; air hostess for Lufthansa; has an intense Teutonic passion that can spin on a dime-one moment she might be soft and cuddly, and the next barking out orders and breaking furniture; inspires equal amounts of lust and fear in those around her; German accent

GLORIA (20’s to 40’s): Bernard’s American fiancé; air hostess for TWA; epitome of a go-getter American woman; has a vigorous appetite for food and love; completely adorable and supremely confident, but she might punch you if you dared call her “cute”; New York accent.

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu

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AUDITIONS

RAGTIME Book by Terrence McNally; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens music by Stephen Flaherty

Ragtime is a Tony Award winning musical that paints a powerful portrait of the melting pot of America at the turn of the 20th century, weaving the delights of vaudeville, baseball, and nickelodeon with the disturbances of labor rallies and racial revolt. This unforgettable musical traces the threads of three American characters – represented respectively by Coalhouse Walker, a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant. As these three characters embark on their own personal voyages of self-discovery, their lives become dramatically and irreversibly intertwined in one of the greatest musicals of our time.

DIRECTOR – Peter Landry

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Joanne Landry

CHOREOGRAPHER – Karen Brown

CAST REQUIREMENTS – looking for a large ethnically diverse cast of 45–50 (See character descriptions below).

WHERE: Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182

WHEN: Adult Role Auditions: Monday May 22nd & Wednesday May 24th @ 7PM;

Children’s Audition: Sunday May 28th @ 4PM;

Callbacks if needed: Sunday May 28th @ 6PM

No Appointments Needed

For the auditions all should:

  1. Prepare a short vocal selection that displays range and ability preferably from the show (score will be available). Sheet music required if you decide to do a song not from the show. An accompanist will be provided.
  2. Wear comfortable clothing for a movement/dance audition.

Performance Dates:  August 11, 12, 18 and 19 @ 8PM, August 20 @ 2 PM

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Primary days Sundays 6 -9pm; Mondays and Wednesdays 7-10pm. There will be double rehearsals on some Sundays as we get closer to performances. A calendar will be available at the auditions to review and compare with your personal calendar for possible conflicts.

ADDITIONAL CASTING INFORMATION

SEEKING PERFORMERS OF ALL ETHNICITIES TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. [Black Male, Age 25-35, Baritone-Tenor 2 (Ab2 to E4)]: Accomplished ragtime pianist who is extremely proud yet also has a romantic tender side for Sarah and son. He devastatingly encounters cruel bigotry, societal discrimination and catastrophic loss that fuels anger making him a militant and violent for his cause. Piano skills a plus but not required.

SARAH [Black Female, Age 18-30, Alto (G3-F5)]: Coalhouse’s love interest and mother of his child. Although shy and naïve she is a survivor. Challenging role based upon range of emotions required to portray.

MOTHER [White Female, Age 30-50, Alto (G3-F5)]: Upper middle-class New Rochelle housewife. Gentle, compassionate, optimistic. Main character questioning her complacency in life and the re-definition of own beliefs.

FATHER [White Male, Age 30-50, Baritone (up to F4)]: Upper middle-class businessman and explorer. He wants to do the right thing, but is traditional, cautious, and resistant to change.

LITTLE BOY (EDGAR) [White Male, Age 7-13, Tenor]: Son of Mother and Father. Precocious, observant, curious and also prescient.

GRANDFATHER [White Male, Age 45-85, Baritone]: Little Boy’s Grandfather. Outspoken, cranky, cantankerous.

YOUNGER BROTHER [White Male, Age 19-30, Tenor (up to F#4)]: Mother’s younger brother, a bit withdrawn and an anarchist. He is a lost soul and in search of self. He is in love with Evelyn Nesbitt.

TATEH [Male, Age 30-50, Tenor (up to F#4)]: Jewish immigrant and father in search of the American Dream. Intelligent, compassionate, creative. Key character that grows with his story-line to success.

LITTLE GIRL [Female, Age 8-13, Soprano]: Tateh’s daughter. She is quiet & shy.

WILLIE CONKLIN [White Male, Age 25-45, Tenor]: New Rochelle’s fire chief who represents prejudice of the time. Obnoxious and cruel.

EVELYN NESBIT [Female, Age 25-35, Soprano (Bb3 to D5)]: Lovely Vaudeville showgirl. Sexy starlet loved by all.

EMMA GOLDMAN [Female, Age 30-50, Alto (A3 to D5)]: Outspoken feminist and radical anarchist.

HARRY HOUDINI [Male, Age 25-45, Tenor (up to G4)]: World-famous magician and escape artist.

HENRY FORD (Male, Age 30-55, Baritone (up to D4)): Founder of Ford Motor Company & inventor of the Model T.

J.P. MORGAN [Male, Age 40-65, Baritone]: Banking mogul and millionaire.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (Black Male, Age 35-55]: Harlem educator and black leader. Founder of the Tuskegee Institute.

COALHOUSE III (Black Male, Age 4-8, Nonsinging]: Sarah and Coalhouse’s Son, appears at the end of Act II

SARAH’s FRIEND – (Black Female, 25-45 years old, Alto/Contralto) – A friend of Sarah’s, sometime critic of Coalhouse, sings a gospel-style solo at Sarah’s funeral.

ENSEMBLE: [All Ethnicities, All Vocal Ranges, Ages 16 and Up] — Needed to play a variety of additional roles, including Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, Judge, Jury Foreman, Charles S. Whitman and others.

DANCE CORP: 12-18 ethnically diverse specialty dancers used for main dance sections throughout the show.

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu


 Save time when you arrive at auditions! Print and complete our Audition Form in advance.


We are a true community theatre! All Theatre at the Mount auditions are open to anyone, regardless of previous theatre experience.

For more information, or to be added to our mailing list for audition notifications, contact Theatre Director Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.