Theatre B is holding open auditions for The Last Schwartz by Deborah Zoe Laufer, the second mainstage show of Season 17!
WHEN: Monday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
NOTE: Callbacks will be held on Tuesday after 9 pm, if necessary. If you can’t make these dates work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up auditions by appointment.
WHERE: Theatre B, 215 10th Street N, Moorhead, MN.
HOW: Prepare a 1-minute monologue. Sides for scenes will be provided. For perusal scripts please contact email@example.com or call 701-729-8880.
The Last Schwartz Performance Dates: November 29 – December 21, Thur, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm. Sunday Matinees December 8 & 15 at 2:00pm
- NORMA: female, 45. The eldest Schwartz. The keeper of the flame. Fervently self-righteous and religious, but hungry for family.
- HERB: male, 40. The oldest Schwartz brother. Financial wizard.
- BONNIE: female, 30’s. Herb’s wife. Generally on the verge of hysteria. Weeps easily. Desperately wants a baby. Has converted to Judaism.
- SIMON: male, 35.The middle brother. An astronomer. Going blind. He wears coke-bottle thick glasses and white gloves.
- GENE: male, 30. The youngest brother. Directs TV commercials. The family’s golden boy and a bit of a kiss-up.
The role of KIA is cast.
Please read the general audition info below prior to arriving! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Theatre B office (701) 729-8880 with any questions or if you’d like to inquire about a perusal script.
What is an open audition?
So does that mean there are auditions that are not open to everyone? Yes. Sometimes directors will hold invited calls, contacting only a short list of actors they would like to consider. Theatre B will occasionally hold this type of audition for a special project or if there is a role that has specific needs. Sometimes auditions will be open for certain roles and not for others. Occasionally Theatre B will pre-cast an Ensemble member or guest artist in a particular role. In that case, Theatre B will announce the pre-casting at auditions or in the audition notice.
Open casting calls are the best way for aspiring actors to get noticed. If you attend a lot of auditions, directors will begin to recognize you, and are more likely to take a chance and cast you.
So attend every open casting call you can. Why not?
How should I prepare for an audition?
Read the play. Understand the needs and demands of the roles available. You may be asked to present a prepared monologue. Here is some great information on how to prepare a monologue for an audition. Be open to trying many different things. Try to be as creative as possible in the moment of auditioning. See our Tips for Auditioning below for more thoughts and ideas. Some shows may include music, so be prepared to sing. Typically the audition notice will include how much of a song the director / musical director will want to hear. Here is some great information on preparing for a singing audition. Some shows may also include dance. In that case, there may be a separate dance audition. This will be noted in the audition notice. Unless otherwise specified, come dressed to move around. You may have to learn a dance sequence (fun!) or learn a swordfight sequence (scary but fun!). This means you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and will not impede your movement, but still be neat, clean and nice looking. Please, no flip-flops, boots, high heels, wheeled shoes, etc. Sturdy shoes that stay on your feet are a must. Dance shoes are appropriate. Things like tight-fitting clothes, skirts without leggings, and dangly earrings are also not recommended.
What if I cannot make the scheduled audition?
How much time is auditioning going to take?
What is a ‘callback’?
How will I find out I’ve been cast?
If you don’t get cast, it’s not the end! You could volunteer to work backstage for the show. You could and should audition again for a different show.