Audition

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

We hold auditions for all performances at Sunset Playhouse, and EVERYONE is welcome to try-out for every show!

Scripts may be checked out at the box office Tuesday (1-7 pm), Wednesday-Friday (1-5 pm) and Saturday (1-4 pm) with a $10 deposit. No guarantee of availability. For further information or if you have any questions, contact the box office by calling (262) 782-4430.

WEST SIDE STORY Newcomer Audition Workshop
Sunday, April 26, 2020 – 6 – 8PM
Sunset Playhouse
700 Wall Street
Elm Grove, WI 53122
262-782-4430 / SunsetPlayhouse.com

Please note:  This workshop will be cancelled or re-scheduled in needed based on updates from the CDC.  Thanks for your interest in Sunset Playhouse and WEST SIDE STORY.  Stay safe!

Are you interested in auditioning for West Side Story and having a great summer?  Have you never auditioned at Sunset before?  Then we invite you to attend our newcomer’s audition workshop!

When? Sunday, April 26th from 6-8PM! 

Why?  Get to know us. Meet the Production Team, tour Sunset
           Playhouse, sing, and learn a short dance combination. 

Who? All newcomers to Sunset are welcome! We hope to cast a large group of diverse actors.  Latinx actors are encouraged to attend.

Everyone is welcome to audition for West Side Story on May 11-12, 2020, however, at this point, the audition workshop/open house is limited to newcomers to Sunset.

More Info/Sign up?   Click HERE  or
call the box office at 262-782-4430

We hope to see you on April 26, 2020!

SUNSET PLAYHOUSE SEARCHING FOR PROFESSIONAL SINGERS & RISING STARS

Musical MainStage is a series of six concerts requiring four professional singers and one Rising Star per show.  Styles needed for its 2020-21 season include rock, pop, standards, folk, jazz, and country.

Rehearsals are minimal and performances take place on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Students who will be enrolled in any area high school from September, 2020 – June, 2021 are eligible to be named as a Rising Star.  All singers should bring 32 bars of sheet music in their key; an accompanist will be provided.  

Candidates should fill out either a RISING STAR Audition Sheet or a PROFESSIONAL Audition Sheet.

Auditions: Thursday, September 10th from 3:30 PM – 9 PM
Location: Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI
Reserve your 5 minute audition time slot!
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time with a copy of your completed audition form and a head shot if you have one.

For further information or questions please contact Ann Mather at 262-782-4431 x221 or check FAQ here.

Most Rehearsals are on Monday nights, tech on Sunday nights, all shows are on Monday and Tuesday.
 
More details to come, check back after March 23rd.  

Auditions for BAREFOOT IN THE PARK are currently on hold due to COVID-19.  We will share updated information as soon as it is available.  Thanks for your patience. 

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK will be directed by Donna Daniels. Auditions may consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions. This may be done the night of the auditions or in advance by downloading the Audition Sheet – BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: TBD
Callbacks: TBD
Rehearsals: TBD
Performances: TBD

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. 
Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 cash deposit.

Box Office is currently closed for walk-up assistance.
Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431 ext. 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:00 pm for auditions.

Synopsis

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a stuffy, ambitious young lawyer and she’s a romantic, free spirit. After a six- day honeymoon, she’s found the perfect apartment, a tiny fifth floor walk-up in Greenwich Village. This was Neil Simon’s first play and the launchpad for his reign as the king of Broadway comedies.

Character Descriptions

All ethnicities encouraged to audition.

Female Characters

Corie Bratter (20’s-30’s) A newlywed, married only six days at the beginning of the play. She is young, pretty, and full of enthusiasm for the future. Impulsive and fun-loving, she considers herself a doer, not a watcher. Her impetuosity is not shared, at first, by her mother or husband, and they are aghast when she cheers the crazy antics of Victor, a neighbor. Corie eventually learns to appreciate dependability and quiet strength.

Ethel Banks (50’s-60’s)  Corie’s mother. Although she is still pretty, she has fallen out of step with the fashions. She lives alone in West Orange, New Jersey. Consciously or unconsciously, she has adopted a narrow image of herself as someone with a sensitive stomach, a bad back, and no need for romance. It takes a wild evening out with Victor for Ethel to rediscover her carefree and spontaneous self.

Male Characters

Paul Bratter (20’s-30’s) Corie’s husband, an attorney in his first job. Both his dress and his outlook are very conservative. Extremely proper and dignified, he always knows the right thing to say. He is levelheaded and practical, and he keeps his emotions in check, perhaps too much so. After Corie accuses him of lacking playfulness, he shows her that he, too, is capable of walking barefoot in the park.

Victor Velasco (50’s-60’s) The Bratters’ upstairs neighbor, a colorful character. Although capable of looking positively natty in a double-breasted pinstriped suit, he also wears Japanese kimonos and berets. He is vain, flamboyant, and without shame when it comes to letting someone else pick up a tab. Married three times, he is a terrific flirt. He is also a gourmet cook; Paul refers to him as the “Hungarian Duncan Hines.” There are signs that Victor is beginning to slow down. After an exhilarating evening of his own creation, he suffers a broken toe and an upset stomach.

Telephone Repair Man (any age)  He witnesses, to his mortification, a fight between Corie and Paul.

WEST SIDE STORY will be directed by Tommy Lueck, music directed by Mark Mrozek, and choreographed by Reggie Kuschner. Please show up on one of the dates listed below with 32-bar cut of a song in the style of the show. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes and jazz shoes (if you have them) for the dance audition, as well. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions. This may be done the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – WEST SIDE STORY. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

First time auditioning at Sunset?  Check out the April 26th audition workshop. 

Auditions: May 11-12, 2020 7:00 pm – All Ethnicities are encouraged to audition.  Ages 16 and up are welcome.  We are looking for diversity in our cast. Latinx actors are encouraged to audition.  
Callbacks: May 14 (if necessary)
Rehearsals: May 18 – July 15, 2020
Performances: July 16 – August 9, 2020

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions!
Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 cash deposit.
Box Office hours are Tuesday– Friday 1 – 5 pm & Saturday 1 – 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431 ext. 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:00 pm for auditions.

Synopsis

Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate and prejudice is one of the most innovative and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Character Descriptions
All ethnicities encouraged to audition

Male Characters

BERNARDO (Range Bb2- Eb4) – A proud, strong, handsome man.  Bernardo seeks to carve out territory as a sense of identity for him and his friends. Maria’s brother and Anita’s boyfriend, he is the leader of the Sharks. There will be limited solo singing.  Strong dance background required.

CHINO –  An  angry  and,  at  times,  naive  Shark  who  turns  murderous  and  vengeful.  He is a suitor to Maria and a friend of Bernardo’s.

PEPE  (Baritone) – Gang member. Dancing/Singing required.

INDIO  (Tenor) – Gang member.  Dancing/Singing required.

LUIS (Baritone/Bass) – Gang member. Dancing/Singing required.

TONY (Range:  Bb2- Bb4) – A  romantic  young  man  and  former  leader  of  the  Jets,  he  has  found  a  new  lifestyle now  that  doesn’t  involve  gangs.  Tony  finds  himself  violently  torn  between  his   friendships  and  love.  Falls  in  love  with  Maria  and  meets  an  unfortunate  death.  Genuinely  sweet  and  sincere.  Strong  tenor  voice.  Limited  dancing.

RIFF (Range Bb2- G4) – An athletic, quick tempered leader of the Jets. He seeks to eliminate the Sharks and establish his own gang’s dominance. Tony’s best friend, he is eventually murdered by Bernardo. Strong dance background required.

ANYBODY’S – A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets.  The other Jets mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company.  Full of energy and heart.

DIESEL (Baritone/Bass) – Second-in-command  of  the  Jets.  He becomes the leader after Riff’s death.

ACTION (Tenor) – The  most  quick¬tempered  member  of  the  Jets,  always  ready  for  a  fight.

A-RAB (Baritone) – Slightly  less  quick-tempered  than  Action.  Baby  John’s  best  friend.

BABY JOHN (Tenor) – The  youngest  Jet,  is  beaten  up  during  the  opening  sequence.

OFFICER  KRUPKE – The  local  beat  cop.  He  has  no  patience  for  the  gangs’  conflict  and  tries   to  keep  tensions  from  erupting  between  them.  A little  dorky,  he  is  regularly  mocked  by   the  local  gangs.  Speaking  role.  No  dance  background.

DETECTIVE  SCHRANK – A  local  police  detective  frustrated  by  the  ongoing  violence   between  the  Jets  and  Sharks.  Blunt,  brash,  racist,  and  unapologetic.  Speaking  role.  No  dance  background.

DOC – The  adult  owner  of  the  store  where  the  Jets  hang  out.  He  tries  to  guide  the  Jets’   youthful  angst  and  provides  a  safe  haven  for  Tony.  Old-fashioned  and  wise  in  his  ways.   Speaking  role.  No  dance  background.

GLAD HAND – Nerdy, overly cheerful, and ill-equipped social director at the school dance (“Mambo”). Speaking role. No Dance background

Male ensemble/dancers

Female Characters

MARIA A (Range Bb3-C6) – Hopeless romantic and innocent young girl. She falls in love with Tony and finds herself at the center of the violent conflict between the two gangs. Bernardo’s younger sister. Strong soprano voice, some dancing.

ANITA  (Range F3-D5) – Feisty and assertive. She dispenses “older sister” advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Bernardo’s girlfriend and Maria’s friend. Strong Alto (belt).  Strong dance background required.

ROSALIA (Mezzo  Sop.) – Indio’s girlfriend, more demure, not too bright.

CONSUELA (Alto) – Tough,  young.  Pepe’s girlfriend.

FRANSISCA  (Soprano) – Young,  Luis’ girlfriend.

Female ensemble/dancers

Every welcome – hope to see you at auditions. 

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