Auditions

SEASON 73 AUDITIONS

Our shows are typically about a 3-month commitment from audition to strike. The rehearsal schedule is up to the individual director, but usually, they are about the same because most people in community theater are not free until after 5:00 pm. We usually reserve the weekends for building/painting the set and run rehearsals Monday through Friday from 7-9:00 pm, however that doesn’t necessarily mean you are there all that time. Many directors will group together scenes with the same characters in them and only call the actors in those scenes to rehearse. So, depending on your part, you could be at fewer rehearsals or be called to come in later than 7:00 pm or leave before 9:00 pm, etc. However, some directors ask the whole cast to be there the whole time. Most directors will give you a calendar of rehearsals at the beginning that is subject to change. Our advice is to show up for auditions with your calendar of conflicts (class/work schedule, dentist appointments, friend’s wedding, etc.) and check the audition sheet. Typically, the form you fill out lists the show’s performance dates (which are mandatory since we don’t usually use understudies/swings) and gives you a general idea of when that director is expecting to hold rehearsals. We realize this is a lot of “usually” and “typically,” but hopefully, that gives you a better idea of what kind of time commitment to expect when doing a show at Boise Little Theater. Thank you for your interest in creating theater with us!


The Book of Will
by Lauren Gunderson  
Director – Paul Archibeque
September 4-5, 10-13, 17-19, 2020 (Comedy/Drama; Ages 13+ language)
Auditions were held at BLT from 2:00-5:00 pm, June 13 & 14, 2020.
Cast List:
  • Bradley Campbell: Henry Condell
  • Justin Tharpe: John Heminges
  • Curtis Ransom: Richard Burbage/William Jaggard/Horatio
  • Courtney Ransom: Elizabeth Condell/Fruit Seller/Marcellus
  • Diana Holdridge: Rebecca Heminges/Anne Hathaway/Emilia Bassano Lanier
  • Darin Vickery: Ralph Crane/Barman/Compositor/Francisco
  • Suzi Kromer: Alice Heminges/Susannah Shakespeare
  • David Ybarra: Ed Knight/Isaac Jaggard
  • Isaac Green: Marcus/Boy Hamlet/Crier/Bernardo
  • Jonathan Perry: Ben Jonson/Barman 2/Sir Edward Dering

Boise Little Theater did things a little differently for this audition and we thank all who came out! We are cautiously optimistic that if the stages of reopening continue as planned, we will be able to open our first show, The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, one of the most popular playwrights in America, on time, September 4, 2020. Although we want to continue to educate and entertain our community we also want to be responsible community members. We asked our auditioners to support our little theater in this by altering their behavior for the benefit of community members who might need it. We are grateful that auditioners were very compliant with our requests.

Boise Little Theater volunteers sanitized all the seats and high-touch surfaces in the house before auditioners arrived and placed hand sanitizer along several travel paths. Auditioners were asked to enter through the open doors of the lobby instead of the Green Room so they could spread out in the house while waiting to read. Many arrived wearing face masks and were very understanding about the need for voluntary social distancing. Sides were made available as a download prior to auditions and sides that were available on site were not shared. The director also addressed the actors, asking them to be respectful of others’ need for social distancing both in the house and while reading. He explained that we would monitor the situation and adjust safety measures during the rehearsal process as needed. All in all, a very considerate group of theater people that weighed the risks and chose to respect and support fellow community members in order to participate in the magic that is live theater.


Heathers: The Musical
by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe
Director – Todd King
Choreographer – Katie Shuter Rompala
Musical Director – Decker Hinckley
October 16-17, 22-25, 29-31, 2020 (Dark Musical Comedy; Ages 13+ strong language, alcohol, drugs, gunshots/gun violence, and intense adult themes such as suicide, murder, sexual acts)

Only ages 18+ will be permitted to audition for this show due to content.
*Please be aware that Concord Theatricals only licenses the updated version based on the 2019 West End Production. This includes lyric changes: the song “Blue,” has been replaced with a new song titled “You’re Welcome,” Heather Duke has a new song called “Never Shut Up Again,” and Veronica has a new song titled “I Say No.”

Auditions for 18+ will be by appointment only. When the Signup.com link is live it will be posted in our Facebook Event and our auditions page. Each audition time slot will be 5 minutes. You do not need to prepare an entire song, please cut it down to a section that can really showcase your voice. Singing songs from the show is 100% acceptable. In fact, it is encouraged if you are auditioning for a specific role. The audition might also include a brief cold read from the script for characterization.

“Heathers: The Musical” Character Descriptions:

VERONICA SAWYER – (17) Burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t yet know how to be both at the same time. A fierce sense of right and wrong, a keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love or shocked by cruelty. Voice: High belting required, up to A♭. Must have dynamic and stylistic range. (This role involves choreographed combat, and physical intimacy with the performer playing JD, and partial nudity [removing shirt to appear in just a bra] during moments of physical intimacy. Handles a firearm, has a firearm pointed at her, simulates self-hanging).

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. (This role involves choreographed combat, and physical intimacy the performer playing Veronica, and appearing in various states of undress, possibly down to just underwear, during the physical intimacy. This character kills self onstage via explosive. Handles a firearm and has a firearm fired at him).

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 the chorus. NOTE: In certain choral songs, CHANDLER can switch parts with the other HEATHERS as needed.

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 the chorus. NOTE: In certain choral songs, MCNAMARA and DUKE can switch vocal parts as needed. (This role involves an on-stage suicide attempt via consuming sleeping pills).

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 the chorus. NOTE: In certain choral songs, DUKE and MCNAMARA can switch vocal parts as needed. (Character suffers from an eating disorder, bulimia).

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK – (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. (This role involves being bullied and an on-stage suicide attempt via leaping from a bridge.)

RAM SWEENEY – (17) Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: strong baritone, belt to G, some falsetto useful. NOTE: In certain songs, RAM and KURT can switch choral assignments if, say, RAM sings higher than KURT. (This role involves appearing in underwear [briefs] for several scenes, including the entire second act, and choreographed combat. Has a firearm fired at him).

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. NOTE: In certain songs, KURT and RAM can switch choral assignments if, say, RAM sings higher than KURT. (This role involves appearing in underwear [briefs] for several scenes, including the entire second act, and choreographed combat. Has a firearm fired at him).

ADULT MALE 1: RAM’S DAD / BIG BUD DEAN / COACH RIPPER – (40-45) 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. Voice: baritone/tenor, power Country/Gospel belt to A♭, higher welcome. NOTE: Sometimes this actor has played PRINCIPAL GOWAN instead of BIG BUD / COACH. (This role involves physical intimacy with the actor playing Adult Male 2).

ADULT FEMALE: MS. FLEMING / VERONICA’S MOM – (45-50) MS. 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. Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.

ADULT MALE 2: KURT’S DAD / VERONICA’S DAD / PRINCIPAL GOWAN – (30-45) KURT’S DAD: Straight-laced, very conservative, also a 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. Voice: strong baritone/tenor, power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better. NOTE: Sometimes this actor has played BIG BUD/COACH instead of PRINCIPAL GOWAN. (This role involves physical intimacy with the actor playing Adult Male 1).

BOY 1: BELEAGUERED GEEK – (16-18) An embittered social outcast. Voice: baritone (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

BOY 2: PREPPY STUD – (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).

An ensemble expansion of 4 to 6 people is being considered.

Auditions for 18+ will be in the BLT Green Room from 2:00-5:00 pm, Saturday, August 8, 2020. *Sunday, August 9, will be used for callbacks and dance portion.* If you absolutely cannot attend Saturday, please email the director (itodfox@gmail.com). We can utilize the time before 2:00 PM on Sunday if needed.


Winter Wonderettes
by Roger Bean
Directors – Greg Finley and Patti Finley
November 27-29, December 3-6, 10-12, 2020 (Musical Comedy; All Ages)
No auditions. BLT welcomes back the cast of “The Marvelous Wonderettes!”


Noises Off
by Michael Frayn
Director – Jeanna Vickery
January 15-16, 21-24, 28-30, 2021 (Farce; Ages 13+ language and adult situations)
Auditions in the BLT Green Room 2:00-5:00 pm, November 7 & 8, 2020. Please arrive before 3:00 pm. Nothing to prepare, auditions will consist of improv games and readings (not necessarily from this script) to demonstrate your English and/or Cockney accent (only 2 characters use Cockney). NOTE ON ACCENTS: A good English accent is NOT REQUIRED to get cast (but it helps). The Accent Kit is a free app with free samples. Other than the Cockneys, any UK geography will do. I would recommend RP or New RP (Received Pronunciation) because it is fairly neutral, but any British accent (besides Cockney) will work. For good Cockney examples, use the East End London speakers: https://theaccentkit.com/the-app/
 
Please, please visit the director’s website for important information on language, a sample of the script, production timeline, and extensive character descriptions: https://noisesoffblt.wordpress.com/auditions/
None of these characters require a specific race. People of color are encouraged to audition. Genders listed should be how you present.
4 f, 5 m, ensemble cast:
  • F (45-65): Dotty Otley – Veteran British actress playing Cockney housekeeper Mrs. Clacket.
  • M (45-65): Lloyd Dallas – Sarcastic British director of Nothing’s On.
  • M (25-35): Garry Lejeune – Anxious British actor playing real estate agent Roger Tramplemain.
  • M (40-49): Frederick Fellows – Dimwitted British actor playing playwright Philip Brent and a Sheikh who looks just like Philip.
  • F (30-39): Belinda Blair – Cheery British actress playing Philip’s wife, Flavia Brent.
  • F (21-25): Brooke Ashton – Oblivious British actress playing Inland Revenue worker Vicki.
  • F (25-35): Poppy Norton-Taylor – Emotional British assistant stage manager understudying Brooke.  Pregnant with Lloyd’s child.
  • M (65+): Selsdon Mowbray – Elderly Englishman who enjoys whiskey.  Plays a Cockney burglar.
  • M (18+): Tim Algood – Exhausted British stage manager understudying Selsdon and Freddie.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
by Alan Ball
Director – Wendy Koeppl
March 5-6, 11-14, 18-20, 2021 (“Slice of Life;” Ages 13+)
Auditions in the BLT Green Room from 2:00-5:00 pm, January 9 & 10, 2021.


God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Director – Bradley Campbell
April 16-17, 22-25, 29-30, & May 1, 2021 (Dramatic Comedy; Ages 13+)
Auditions in the BLT Green Room from 2:00-5:00 pm, February 27 & 28, 2021.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Director – Diana Holdridge
May 28-29, June 3-6, 10-12, 2021 (Comedy; All Ages)
Auditions in the BLT Green Room from 2:00-5:00 pm, April 3 & 4, 2021.

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