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Welcome! We hope you will audition for a Sunset show!

Every season, we hold auditions for our eight Furlan Auditorium and our two After Sunset productions and EVERYONE is welcome to try-out for all shows!

Our SPARKLING 2022-23 SEASON! 

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – April 20 – May 7, 2023

Auditions:  February 14-15, 2023 (Ages 16+ only)
Callbacks February: February 16, 2023
First Rehearsal: February 20, 2023
Tech Week: April 15-19, 2023
Performances: April 20-May 7, 2023 

  •  Director – Tommy Lueck
  • Music Director – Mark Mrozek
  • Choreographer – SaraLynn Evenson
  • Stage Manager – Nathan Marinan

                  

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE  Bring the completed audition form with you to your audition.

You will also need to sign up to reserve an audition slot Click HERE to reserve. 

Auditions: February 14-15, 2023  Please arrive at 6:30 PM on your selected date.  Auditions will begin at 7PM sharp.  All will sing first (based on arrival/check-in  time) after vocal auditions are completed, you will be asked to dance and possibly read from the script.  Be prepared to stay until 10PM if asked.  

Please prepare a 32-bar song in the style of the show (no longer than 32 bars please.)  Everyone will sing first and then dance.

Callbacks: February 16, 2023.  Arrival at 6:30PM.  Callbacks, if needed, will include singing songs from the show and reading from the script and possibly dance.

Please Note: Performers involved in our productions are not required to be vaccinated, however, vaccinations are encouraged. 

Please review our COVID Guidelines HERE.

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis: 

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS, comes the recently updated West End edition of this monster musical comedy. Comic genius Mel Brooks adapted his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN West End Edition.

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of hunchbacked sidekick Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”) and leggy lab assistant Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity ensues.

Suggested for mature audiences only due to language, adult situations, and Mel Brooks’ humor.

Character Descriptions: Must be 16+ to audition for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.  Due to the adult nature of this show anyone ages 16-17 must bring a signed consent form to audition for this production. CLICK HERE to print the form. If under 16, you may not audition for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. 

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (20s-40s) Brilliant brain surgeon, professor and grandson of mad scientist Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein. Vocal range: Bb one octave below middle C to G above middle C.

The Monster  (age indeterminate) The misunderstood creation of Dr. Frankenstein. Vocal range: Ab one octave below middle C to F above middle C. Also must be able to emit howling/monster/grunting sounds. Knowledge of tap dancing a plus.

Igor (20s-60s) Frederick’s faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant and friend–with a hunchback. Vocal range: D below middle C to F above middle C.

Inga (20s-30s) Frederick’s bubbly, not-so-bright young assistant. Sexy, attractive. A resident of Transylvania. Vocal range: G# below middle C to A above the treble staff. Yodeling is a plus.

Elizabeth Benning (20s-50s) Self-loving, “madcap”, boisterous fiancé of Frederick. Vocal range: F# below middle C to F#, top line of the treble staff.

Frau Blücher (30s – 50s) Intense, stern housekeeper of Frankenstein estate. Former lover of Victor Frankenstein. Vocal range: F## (G natural) below middle C to B, third line treble staff.

Inspector Hans Kemp (30-60s) Head of the police in Transylvania, with a wooden arm and leg. Justice-driven. A one octave below middle C to F above middle C. 

Blind Hermit (any age) Lonely, poor, blind town hermit longing for a friend. Vocal range: Bb one octave below middle C to Db just above middle C.

Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein (30s-60s) Frederick’s infamous grandfather. Vocal range: C# below middle C to G# above middle C.

Ziggy (20s-50s) Well-intentioned village idiot. Vocal range: F below middle C to F above middle C. 

 Dance Ensemble (20s+) TRIPLE THREAT – strong vocal ability dance/movement training – Tap Dancing is a PLUS++++. 

Character Ensemble(20s+) gravediggers, villagers, passengers, mad scientists and various supporting roles. A TON OF STAGE TIME

Everyone welcome – we hope to see you at auditions!

SPIDER’S WEB – June 1 – 18, 2023

        Auditions: April 3-4, 2023
       Callbacks: April 5, 2023      
        First Rehearsal: April 24, 2023
        Tech:  May 27-31, 2023
         Performances: June 1-18, 2023
       

  • Director – Carol Dolphin
  • Stage Manager – Jennifer Allen

Auditions for this show will consist of reading from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking HERE.

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be 45-minute in length and open to 10 people per slot.   Click HERE to reserve

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

Please Note: Performers involved in our productions are not required to be vaccinated, however, vaccinations are encouraged. 

Please review our COVID Guidelines HERE.

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Clarissa, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure, but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective Inspector Lord.

A conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humor. There is tension and laughter in equal parts in an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers.

“What sets Spider’s Web apart from most mysteries is that its real motive is fun; all else — dropped clues, plot contrivances — is secondary.”  The New York Times

Character Descriptions

  • Clarissa Hailsham-Brown (20s-30s) The second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown,  charming and inventive, her imagination tends to work overtime, with some unexpected consequences.
  • Henry Hailsham-Brown (40s-50s) Clarissa’s husband. A good-looking man of about forty with a rather expressionless face who works in the foreign office, a strong, solid type.
  • Pipa Hailsham-Brown (12-14) Clarissa’s young stepdaughter: She exhibits the strong emotional swings of a pre-teen, made worse by a previous family problems, will need to look much younger than Clarissa but strong enough for Clarissa (and the audience) to believe that she could have clobbered Oliver. (Role may be double-cast)
  • Sir Rowland Delahaye (50s-60s) A distinguished gentleman with very definite charm. Clarissa’s guardian, friend, and adviser, he likes to think that he can guide her, but would never admit that she has him wrapped around her little finger.
  • Inspector Lord (40s-50s) The wheels are always turning in his brain. Although he doesn’t let on, he doesn’t miss a thing.  
  •  Jeremy Warrender (20s-30s) An elegant young man and guest at the Hailsham-Brown’s house, the private secretary for a man much wealthier than he.
  • Oliver Costello (40s-50s). He is suspected of shady dealings. None of the other characters like him and neither should the audience – even though he is killed in the first act, his body gets to hang around in the second act.
  • Mildred Peake (30s-60s) She is a jolly-looking woman in tweeds and gum boots. The gardener with a hale and hearty attitude, some suspect that she isn’t all there.
  • Mr. Elgin: (30s-70s) The butler – nothing escapes his attention.
  • Constable Jones: (20s-40s) He and the Inspector have been working together long enough that they understand each other well.
  •  Hugo Birch  (50s-60s) The local Justice of the Peace. A rather irascible type who shouldn’t be involved in business like a murder. 

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SUNSET PLAYHOUSE SEARCHING FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGERS AND RISING STARS FOR ITS MUSICAL MAINSTAGE CONCERT SERIES

Sunset Playhouse announces auditions for its professional Musical MainStage Concert Series on Tuesday, May 23rd from 4PM – 7PM at the Playhouse, 700 Wall Street in Elm Grove.

Musical MainStage is a series of six concerts requiring four professional singers and one Rising Star per show. Styles needed for its 2023-24 season include rock, pop, standards, folk, jazz, and soul. Rehearsals are minimal and performances take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students who will be enrolled in any area high school from September, 2023 – June, 2024 are eligible to be named a Rising Star. All singers should bring 32 bars of sheet music in their key; an accompanist will be provided.

Please sign up for one audition spot. CLICK HERE (Link will be available starting March 1st). Provide us with a valid phone number and email (this information will be discarded after auditions and not used for any other purposes.) Candidates should fill out either a RISING STAR Audition Sheet or a PROFESSIONAL Audition Sheet. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time with a copy of your completed audition form and sheet music in your key, plus a resume and head shot if you have one. If you need to cancel, please do so as early as possible on this site. For last-minute cancellations, please send an email to susandloveridge@gmail.com

FAQ for PROS:

Q: I’ve auditioned in the past, can I come in again?

A: If you’ve auditioned previously or appeared in a previous Musical MainStage production, we do NOT need to see you again.

 

Q: Is this paid?

A: Professional performers will receive a stipend.

Q: When will I be notified?

A: All auditioners will be notified via email by June 30th

FAQ for RISING STARS:

Q: I’ve auditioned in the past; can I come in again?

A: It is not necessary if you’ve been seen before but if you would like to try again, you may.

Q: Am I eligible?

A: If you are, or will be, enrolled in any area high school (including home or online) from September, 2023-June, 2024.

Q: Can duets or small groups audition?

A: Yes, but no more than four people; all should be singers.

Q: Will Sunset have music available to those auditioning?

A: No, singers must bring their own sheet music. 32 bars (no more than 1 minute) in your key and please do NOT read the music off your phone!

Q: If the singer doesn’t have music, can they sing a capella or bring recorded music?
A: A capella is not recommended for professional auditions. No recorded music!

Q: What kind of song should I sing?

A: 32 bars of whatever song best shows off your voice, something you can sing with confidence. We’re looking for all styles—rock, pop, standards, country, folk, and jazz.

Q: Is this an audition for a musical—one of the main stage shows?

A: No, this is for our concert series featuring professional singers and musicians.

Q: How much rehearsing is involved?

A: Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings. Three rehearsals starting a month before the show, plus one tech rehearsal on Sunday. Since there are only four, performers must also work on their own.

Q: Are Rising Stars paid?

A: Not in dollars, but it’s an opportunity to work in a professional environment and gain knowledge, confidence, and exposure. Each Rising Star also receives two comps for opening night, and several have later received college scholarship monies.

Q: When will those chosen be notified?

A: Everyone who auditions, whether selected or not, will receive email notification by June 30th.

Q: What if I’m sick or can’t make it.

A: Please cancel online. For last-minute cancellations, please send an email to: susandloveridge@gmail.com.

THE LITTLE MERMAID – July 13 – August 6, 2023 

Auditions:  May 15-16, 2023
Call Backs May 18, 2023 
First Rehearsal:  May 22, 2023 
Tech:  July 8-12, 2023
Performances: July 13 – August 6, 2023

                    

  • Director/Choreographer– Karl Miller
  • Music Director – Mark Mrozek
  • Stage Manager – Samantha Brenner-Carr

Please prepare a 32-bar song in the style of the show (no longer than 32 bars please.)  Everyone will dance first and then sing. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time and then bring it with you to the audition – Audition sheet will be available online, January 2023.

You will also need to reserve an audition slot. Audition slots will be open to 40 people per evening.   Click HERE to reserve. You will dance first and then sing.

On the night of your audition, please arrive 15-minutes before the start of your scheduled audition. 

Please Note: Performers involved in our productions are not required to be vaccinated, however, vaccinations are encouraged. 

Please review our COVID Guidelines HERE.

You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show. Rehearsals over the 4th of July weekend will be required)

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated filmDISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with evil sea witch Ursula to trade her tail for legs. But the arrangement is not what it seems, and Ariel needs help from her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab, to restore order under the sea. Bring the whole family to this wonderful musical.

This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including Under the SeaKiss the Girl, and Part of Your World

Character Descriptions
Ages listed for roles are flexible but minimum age is 16 to audition for the adult version of THE LITTLE MERMAID. If under 16, please audition for THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR)

Ariel (18-25) 
Ariel, the heroine of our story, is a little mermaid who longs to be human. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role. Ariel has some beautiful solos but must be able to convey meaning through gesture once she loses her voice.

Vocal range top: Eb5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Prince Eric (18-29)
Prince Eric is the adventurous prince who captures Ariel’s heart. Look for a charming performer with a sensitive nature. Prince Eric has a few small solos, but it is more important to cast a strong actor in this role.

Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

Sebastian (20s-40s)
Sebastian is the meticulous and anxious crab who tries to keep Ariel safe while getting to lead some of the most memorable songs in the show! Look for a strong singer who can also handle Sebastian’s emotional range. 

Gender: Any / Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: A3

Flounder (13-16) Must have at least 5 years of performing on stage experience.

Flounder is Ariel’s sincere and sensitive best friend who is loyal to the end. This spunky fish also has a show-stopping solo in “She’s in Love.”  Gender: Any / Vocal range top: Db5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

King Triton (30s-60s)

KING TRITON rules the sea and is a force to be reckoned with. This non-singer needs to command the stage as a strong leader but also show the tenderness of a parent.

Windward and Leeward (13-16) King Triton’s royal guards. Must have at least 5 years of performing on stage experience.

Mersisters/Princesses (18-30)
The Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana) are Ariel’s siblings and full of personality and sass. These are great roles to showcase talented singers and dancers who can create and play six distinctive characters.

Vocal range top: G5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Ursula (20s-60s)
Ursula is the manipulative sea witch who tries to overthrow King Triton. She is cunning and devious and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s humor while finding texture in Ursula’s complexity.

Vocal range top: C#5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

Flotsam and Jetsam (18 – 40)
Ursula’s slippery spies. These electric eels are sinister and sneaky, so look for performers who can be underhanded and devious while still being heard on stage. Gender: Any / Vocal range top: C#5 / Vocal range bottom: C4

Scuttle (18-30)
Scuttle is the know-it-all seagull who serves as Ariel’s expert on humans. He is funny and off-beat. Gender: Any / Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

Gulls (18-30)
The Gulls are Scuttle’s flock of zany “back-up singers” who help explain human stuff to Ariel. Must be able to tap dance.

Gender: Any / Vocal range top: G5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

Grimsby (25-60)
Grimsby is Prince Eric’s prim and proper valet. He is rigid in personality and constantly trying to guide Prince Eric towards the throne. While Grimsby does have some singing to do, strong acting trumps singing ability for this role.

Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: E4

Chef Louis (20s-60s)
Chef Louis is the over-the-top head chef in the palace. He is always wild and frenetic. This is an excellent featured role for a comedic performer.
Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Pilot (20s-30s)
The Pilot is the head sailor on Prince Eric’s ship.

Vocal range top: C5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Ensemble: Sailors, Seas Chorus, Sea Creatures, Merfolk – (18 and up)

Sunset Playhouse 2023-24 Season

Show 1 (TBA) – September 7 – 24, 2023

 Auditions: July 10 & 12, 2023 

Call backs:  July 13, 2023

  •  First Rehearsal: July 17, 2023
  • Tech: September  2 – 6, 2023
  • Performances: September 7 – 24, 2023

Show announcement in March, 2023. Thanks  

Sunset Playhouse 2023-24 Season

Show 2 (TBA) – October 19 – November 5, 2023

 Auditions: August 21 – 22, 2023 

Call backs:  August 23, 2023

  •  First Rehearsal: September 5, 2023
  • Tech: October 15 – 18, 2023
  • Performances: October 19 – November 5, 2023

2023-24 Season announcement in March, 2023. Thanks  

2023-24 Season Show 3 TBA

Auditions
September 24, 2023 – 6-9 PM – Children ONLY – ages 8-13
September 25 and 27 – 7-10 – Adults only (ages 18 and up)

Callbacks: September 28, 2023

First Rehearsal – October 9, 2023
Tech – November 25 – November 29, 2023 – all must attend

Performances – November 30-December 17, 2023

Season will be announced at March 27, 2023 Preview event. 

Sunset Playhouse 2023-24 Season

Show 4 (TBA) – January 18-February 4, 2024

 Auditions: November 13-14, 2023

November 15, 2023 6:30 – 10 PM – Callbacks (if needed)

  •  First Rehearsal: November 27, 2023
  • Tech: January 13-17, 2024
  • Performances: January 18-February 4, 2024

2023-24 Season announcement on March 27, 2023. Thanks