Upcoming Auditions for 2017 – 2018


Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Auditions May 20 & 21, 2017, Callbacks May 22, 2017

 Performances October 6-8 & 13-15, 2017 (Student Matinees 10/12)

Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM. From the Series Created byGeorge Newall and Tom Yohe.  Based on an Idea by David McCall.  Book by Scott Ferguson,George Keating and Kyle Hall.  Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg,Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

Directed by Terrena Mann

Produced by Lindy Atkins

Come rock out with Fantasy Playhouse!!  We are bringing Schoolhouse Rock Live! to the Playhouse fall 2017. We are looking for singers, dancers and actors to help take our audiences on an educational journey that highlights the music from the hit TV show School House Rock.  We are bringing your mom’s Saturday morning cartoons into a high def generation.

We will be casting an ensemble aged 9-Adults of 2 Sopranos, 2 II Sopranos; 3 Altos; 3 Tenors; 2 Basses along with a supporting ensemble of singer/dancers. Ability to play a musical instrument is a plus!!

ALL PERFORMERS MUST BE STRONG SINGERS WHO MOVE WELL 

DAY ONE MORNING:  CHILDREN ages 9-11. (must be age 9 at time of auditions)

May 20, 2017 9:00am–12:00pm. Prepare 1 minute monologue and be prepared to learn a song and sing in groups.

DAY ONE AFTERNOON: YOUTH & ADULTS aged 12 years old  & up 

May 20, 2017 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Prepare a 1 minute monologue and bring sheet music for contemporary uptempo folk/rock song. An accompanist will be provided or you may accompany yourself if you play an instrument.

DAY TWO: YOUTH & ADULTS aged 12 years old  & up

Sunday, May 21, 2017  1:30pm – 3:30pm. Prepare a 1 minute monologue and bring sheet music for contemporary uptempo folk/rock song. An accompanist will be provided or you may accompany yourself if you play an instrument.

CALLBACKS

Monday May 22nd @ 6:30pm By invitation only. Performers should dress comfortably and be prepared to work with the choreographer, as well as sing again, etc.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

REHEARSALS
Every Tues & Thurs 6:30pm -9pm Aug 3rd – Sept 28th
Saturdays 9:00am-12:30pm Aug 5th – Sept 9th
Saturdays 9:00am – 3pm September 16th – 30th

TECH WEEK (No Conflicts)    October 1st thru 5th Call time 5:30pm

PERFORMANCE DATES (No Conflicts)
October 6th-8th, October 12th, October 13th-15th
Friday shows: call time 5:30pm for a 7pm show.
Saturday & Sunday shows: call time 12 noon for shows at 1:30pm & 5pm.
Student Matinees: Thursday Oct 12th call time 7:30 am for shows at 9 am  and 12pm
Questions? Contact Lindy Atkins at atkins@nehp.net

All Auditions and Rehearsals will be held at Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater 

3312 Long Avenue

Huntsville, AL 35805

(256) 539-6829

 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963

Auditions August 12  and August 13, 2017, Callbacks to be held after auditions on  8/13

Performances February 16-18 & 23-25, 2018 (Student Matinees 2/22/18)

Adapted by Reginald André Jackson. From the book by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Directed by Mark B. Moore

Produced by Lena Austin

Seeking an ensemble of strong African American actors to bring life to the stage adaptation of this critically acclaimed story about the power and love of family, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.

When:  August 12  and August 13, 2017

Time:  1:30pm (please arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork)

Where: Fantasy Playhouse Arts Center, 3312 Long Ave., Huntsville, AL

 Ages: 6 yrs – Adults ( Must be minimum age by audition date)

 Requirements:  Actors must come with a prepared one-minute  monologue.   Actors will also be asked to read from the script.

 Other information: Send questions to watsonsgotobham1963@gmail.com

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Kenny
Looks 10. The protagonist and the middle child of the Watson family. He is bright, drawn to reading, and level-headed, though he occasionally gets picked on by his older brother and schoolmates for his personality. He has a lazy eye, something else he often gets teased for.
Byron
Looks 13. Kenny’s older brother and the eldest child in the Watson family. Byron is a bit of a bully, and everything he does is done in order to make him appear “cool.” He also has a tendency to disobey his parents and misbehave; as a result, his parents decide to send him to live with his strict grandmother for the summer.
Joey
Looks 6. Joey, whose real name is Joetta, is the youngest child in the Watson family. She cares deeply about her brothers, and is a stickler for following the rules. She is also very religious.
Wilona
30s. Wilona Sands Watson is the children’s mother. She is originally from Alabama, but she moved to Flint to be with her husband. She loves her children deeply; however, this quality often causes her to be overprotective. When mad or excited, she slips into her thick Southern accent.
Daniel
30s. Wilona’s husband, father to the three Watson children. He loves his children and has a good sense of humor — although, when the children misbehave, he can be a disciplinarian.
Buphead
Looks 14. Byron’s partner in crime, who also likes to make fun of Kenny. Just like Byron, he is not a particularly good student.
Larry Dunn
Looks 12. A fourth-grade bully, who particularly loves to pick on Rufus, and occasionally Kenny.
Rufus
Looks 10. A boy who comes from the South and who becomes close to Kenny. Otherwise, Rufus has difficulty making friends.
Cody
Looks 8. Rufus’s little brother, another new student who moved to Flint from the South.
These roles may be doubled:
Grandma Sands
50s. Wilona’s mother, and the children’s grandmother, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is known for being incredibly strict, and Daniel and Wilona want to send Byron to live with her in order to correct their son’s rebellious ways.
Mrs. Davidson
50s. Sunday School teacher The Watsons’ neighbor, who often babysits Joey; before the Watsons leave for Birmingham, she gives Joey a little angel doll as a goodbye present.
These roles may be doubled:
Mr Alums
50s. School teacher is a strong man who encourages Kenny.
Mr. Robert
50s. Grandma Sands calls Mr. Robert her “friend,” but it appears that they are in a romantic relationship. He lives with her in Birmingham.
Mr. Mitchell
50s. The grocer who allows the Watsons to sign for their food and pay at the end of the week.
Weatherman/DJ (voice only)
These roles may be doubled:
Girl (stylized)
Wool Pooh (movement only)
Smoke Pooh (movement only)

REHEARSALS: 

Dec 7, 2017 – February 10, 2018 (NO Rehearsals 12/2317 – 1/2/18)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-9pm

Saturday 9am*-Noon, with a few longer  Saturdays rehearsal days tbd

*start time may be 9:30 some days

TECH WEEK (No Conflicts)    2/11-2/15/18 Call time 5:30pm

PERFORMANCE DATES (No Conflicts)
February 16-18 & 23-25, 2018
Friday shows: call time 5:30pm for a 7pm show.
Saturday & Sunday shows: call time 12 noon for shows at 1:30pm & 5pm.
Student Matinees: Thursday 2/22/18 call time 7:30am for shows at 9am & 12pm

All auditions and rehearsals will be held at Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater

3312 Long Avenue

Huntsville, AL 35805

(256) 539-6829

A Christmas Carol 

Auditions September 8 & 9, 2017 Callbacks September 10, 2017

Performances December 1-3 and 7-10, 2017 (Student Matinee 12/7)

Book adaptation by Elaine L. Hubbard

Original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop

Original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard

Directed by Lucas Kiker

 

 

Requirements:

DAY ONE: Friday, September 8 6:00 pm for ages 6 yrs-12 yrs

No preparation required. Children will be taught a familiar  Christmas song, then sing in small groups.  They will also participate in an improv activity. PLEASE BE ON TIME. Minimum age is 6 on or before September 8.

DAY TWO: Saturday,September 9  1:30 pm for ages teens and Adults. 

Preparation: Up to 60 seconds of a song that highlights singing ability, range, style and acting.  Please bring sheet music; no a cappella. No monologues, cold reading only. All actors auditioning for speaking roles are required to speak with British accents.

DAY THREE: CALLBACKS: September 101:30 pm. By invitation only.

No preparation necessary. Readings will be from scenes in the script. Be prepared to dance and sing as instructed by the choreographer and musical director if called back to dance and/or sing. Dress appropriately. PLEASE BE ON TIME.

Other information: Questions? Contact julia.ramsey@fantasyplayhouse.com

REHEARSALS

Mandatory cast organizational meeting, Tuesday, October 10, 2017. 6:15 p.m. at FPCT. Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 12 promptly at 6:30 p.m. followed by Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, and will continue each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the beginning of Tech Week on Sunday, November 26, 2017.   Evening rehearsals will run until about 9:00 p.m. Saturday rehearsals will run until about 12:00 noon. Rehearsals will begin promptly every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 AND Saturdays beginning at 9 a.m.  There will be all day rehearsals on Saturdays Nov 11th and Nov 18th.  All rehearsals will be at FPCT, 3312 Long Avenue.

TECH WEEK (No conflicts)

Sunday, November 26 through Thursday, November 30 with call time at 5:30 p.m., Von Braun Center Playhouse.

PERFORMANCE DATES: (No conflicts) 

December 1-3 and 7-10, 2017 (Student Matinee 12/7)

There are 12 performances. NOTE: WE WILL HAVE TWO SCHOOL SHOWS ON THURSDAY, December 7, 2016 AT 9am and 12noon. IF YOU ARE CAST, YOU   MUST ALSO COMMIT TO THOSE SHOWS. Show opens Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:00, Sat. Dec. 2 at 1:30 and 5:00, Sun. Dec. 3 at 1:30 and 5:00, Thurs. Dec. 7 at 9am and 12noon, Fri. Dec. 8 at 7:00, Sat. Dec. 9 at 1:30 and 5:00, and Sun. Dec. 10 at 1:30 and 5:00.

Call times for all performances: Call time for matinees is 12:00 noon.   If there is  a 5:00 p.m. show on the same date as a matinee, all cast members are required to make the noon call and remain at the VBC Playhouse between shows. Call time for evening shows only is 5:30 p.m. Call time for school shows is 7:30am

Know your conflicts. This includes school, lessons, work, work travel, vacations, school related activities, sports, etc. Conflicts include being late or leaving early during rehearsals. You will be required to list them on your audition form and verify that they are your only known conflicts.

Cast members may not have any schedule conflicts during Tech Week or  Performance dates.

All auditions and rehearsals will be held at Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater

3312 Long Avenue

Huntsville, AL 35805

(256) 539-6829

 

 

Raggedy Ann & Andy

Auditions January 27 and 28, 2018 (Callbacks to be held after auditions on 1/28)

Performances April 20-22 & 27-29, 2018 (Student Matinees 4/24)

By Patricia Thackray.  Based on the Bobbs-Merrill book.

Directed by Elaine Hubbard

Produced by Margaret Bibb

Seeking strong actors aged 6-Adults, as well as dancer/gymnast types with tumbling skills to bring this storybook classic to colorful life!

When:  January 27 and 28, 2018

Time:  1:30 pm (please arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork)

Call Backs January 28 @ 3pm

Ages:  6 yrs- Adults

Where: Fantasy Playhouse Arts Center, 3312 Long Ave.. Huntsville, AL

Requirements:  Children ages 6 to 12, Youth and Adults from age 13 and up.  Flexible cast of about 24 of all ages.  Each person auditioning for a speaking role should prepare a brief monologue, 60 seconds or less, highlighting his or her physical acting ability, comedy timing, and any other acting skills.  Tumblers, gymnasts, and dancers are encouraged to attend the audition even if not trying out for a speaking role.

Other: Questions? Contact margaret.bibb@fantasyplayhouse.com

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

(most are speaking roles)

Raggedy Ann – loveable, sweet, smart, brave, honest and very flexible.

Raggedy Andy – Very much like his sister Ann, but not quite as brave! Very energetic and spirited.

Suzy Pincushion – a lively doll who loves to sew and always gets to the “point”.

Grandpa (or Grandma) – an old and old-fashioned, wise hand-crafted rural doll who is the voice of reason

Babette – an elegant, beautiful French doll with an attitude; a bit stuck up at first.

Twin Baby Dolls – adorable, cheesy Kewpie dolls who say all their lines together!

Mechanico the Robot – The playroom’s guard; speaks in monotone.

Bruin the Bear – slightly goofy huggable stuffed teddy bear, a bit frayed and second-best

Lester Looney – really goofy, very likeable side-kick and attendant to Prince Leonard

Prince Leonard the Looney Hearted – silly, lovesick prince of Looney Land, home of Practical Jokes

Camel with the Wrinkled Knees – discarded, lonely stuffed camel; a bit like “Eeyore” from Winnie the Pooh

Witch Wigglewort/Lucretia Looney – A selfish, haughty hag who transforms to Prince Leonard’s real love

Greedy Bag – big, fat greedy slob; multi-character part played by 4 or more cast members.

King Koo Koo – the king of Looney Land and Prince Leonard’s father; a bit off his rocker.

Bald-headed Whizzer – the dastardly villain, self-important chief attendant to King Koo Koo.

Extras:  various Loonies from Looney Land, Taffy, Trees, Bushes, Mushrooms, and Signs.

Rehearsal:   Rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 20, 2018.  Rehearsals held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m.

Tech week (No Conflicts)

Sunday, April 15-19, 2018

Performance Dates: (No Conflicts)

April 20-22 & 27-29, 2018 (Student Matinees Tuesday 4/24/18 @ 9am & Noon)

 

 

 

 

 


For more information about Upcoming Auditions, please call our office at 256-539-6829.