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.

PRODUCE THIS!

Casting Announcement for PRODUCE THIS! by Scott Kopischke 

Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122, 262-782-4430, SunsetPlayhouse.com

Sunset Playhouse will present PRODUCE THIS! by Scott Kopischke in March of 2020.

This is a staged reading to benefit the Sunset Playhouse.

Stage Director is David Flores, Music Director is Donna Kummer, and Producer is Scott Kopischke.

We seek an enthusiastic, diverse ensemble/chorus of 4 to 8 for this production.

Men and women of all ages and types who are strong singers and move well are encouraged to apply.

 

Interested parties may submit a contact/information sheet (attaching a resume if desired), headshot/photograph, and voice type/range to amather@sunsetplayhouse.com.

Deadline for submitting materials is November 30, 2019.

If auditions are necessary, they will be scheduled for a date to be determined.

This is a great opportunity to be part of the premiere of a new play, to help celebrate and “give back” to the Sunset in its 60th anniversary season, and to have a fun time doing it!

Rehearsals:

Monday, February 10 through Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Lighter rehearsal schedule (3 to 4 times per week), weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

Technical rehearsals: Monday, March 2 through Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Rehearsals primarily at Sunset; possible rehearsals at an alternate location in the greater Milwaukee area.

 

Performances in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater:

Friday, March 6, 2020, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2:00 PM

Synopsis:

Take one part FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, mix it with THE PRODUCERS, add a stroll down memory lane at Sunset Playhouse, sprinkle liberally with puns and schtick, and you’ve got the recipe for a rollicking musical comedy.  Zach and Theo are theatrical producers desperate for a hit (sound familiar?).  As they page through a script that Theo has written about Sunset Playhouse (where Zach enjoyed a “misspent youth”), characters from past Sunset musical productions recreate top Broadway hits — but not the way they were originall written!  Spoofs of songs from great shows like OKLAHOMA!, LES MISERABLES, WEST SIDE STORY, RENT, and many more are lampooned.  And it’s not just the songs that get a send-up.  Popular dance steps, chorus girls and boys, and enough door slams for a farce are all part of the fun.

NOISES OFF

NOISES OFF will be directed by Dustin J. Martin. Auditions will consist of reading from the script.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – NOISES OFF. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show. In addition, due to the challenging nature of this show, we will not have a great deal of flexibility with conflicts.

Auditions: Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Callbacks: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Rehearsals: Monday January 13 – Thursday, February 26, 2020

Performances: Friday, February 27 – Sunday, March 15, 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 1 pm- 7 pm

Wednesday – Friday 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturday 1 pm – 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

As a company of actors attempts to deliver a comedy onstage, we go behind the scenes where the real farce explodes. Everything that can go wrong does, as the actors try desperately to hang onto their lines, their sanity, and their clothes. This stage classic takes a fond look at the follies of theater folk whose out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.

Character Descriptions

Female Characters

Dotty Otley (age 45-65): Dotty (offstage) is a veteran actress who has put up her life savings to mount Nothing On. She’s forgetful, dating Garry, though she attempts to make him jealous by meeting with Freddy. Mrs. Clackett (onstage) is a cockney housekeeper for the Brent’s home in England, hospitable, though slow.

Brooke Ashton (age 20-29): Brooke (offstage) is a young, inexperienced actress who is always losing her contact lenses, one-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle. Vicki (onstage) is an English woman who works for Inland Revenue and is trying to woo Roger. This character will spend considerable time in just bra and panties.

Belinda Blair (age 30-45): Belinda (offstage) is cheerful and sensible, a reliable actress, may have feelings for Freddy; Flavia Brent (onstage) is Phillip Brent’s English wife, dependable though not one for household duties.

Poppy Norton-Taylor (age 25-35): The assistant stage manager, emotional and over-sensitive, envious of Brooke whom she understudies, carrying Lloyd’s child (not physically evident), one-third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.

Male Characters

Lloyd Dallas (age 45-65): British, director of the play Nothing On, a ladies man, temperamental, one third of a Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle.

Garry Lejeune (age 30–45): Garry (offstage) is an actor who never finishes a sentence, dating Dotty, easily fired up, unjustifiably jealous of Frederick, believing that Dotty was cheating on him with Freddy. Speech affectations disappear onstage but are ever-present offstage. Roger (onstage) is an English Real estate agent who is attempting to rent Flavia’s and Phillip’s home but uses it for his own personal benefit.

Frederick (Freddy) Fellowes (age 40-50): Freddy (offstage) is an actor with a serious fear of violence and blood, prone to nose bleeds, often questions the meaning of his lines and moves, must be able to jump up a flight of stairs with his pants around his ankles; Phillip Brent (onstage) is an Englishman who lives out of the country with his wife Flavia to avoid paying taxes, enters the country knowing that if he is caught by Inland Revenue he will lose most of the year’s income. Sheikh (onstage) is Middle-Eastern, interested in renting Flavia’s and Phillip’s home, he is the spitting image of Phillip.

Selsdon Mowbray (age 65+): Selsdon (offstage) is an elderly, alcoholic Englishman who hides his bottles all over the theater. If he is not in sight while rehearsing, the stage crew must find him before he passes out, is hard of hearing when he wants to be. Burglar (onstage) is an old Cockney man in his seventies breaking into the Brent’s home.

Timothy Allgood (age 20+): An over-worked stage manager, carpenter, company manager, understudy, gofer; understudies Selsdon and Freddy.

AFTER SUNSET SERIES PRODUCTION: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES will be directed by Nikki Lueck. 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 ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet-THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: Monday, February 17 – Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: 2 per week starting the week of February 24 through March 27, specific dates TBD

Tech Week: March 29 –  April 1, 2020

Performances: April 2 – 5, 2020

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 hours are Tuesday 1 – 7 pm

Wednesday – 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

A whirlwind tour of the forbidden zone, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES introduces a diverse gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.”

(suggested for mature audiences only)

Character Descriptions

Multiple women, varying ages

CABARET

CABARET will be directed and choreographed by Karl Miller, music directed by Mark Mrozek. 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 in advance by downloading the Audition Sheet – CABARET. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: February 24 – February 25 7:00 pm

Callbacks: February 27 (if necessary)

Rehearsals:  March 2 – April 22, 2020

Performances: April 23 – May 10, 2020

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 hours are Tuesday 1 – 7 pm

Wednesday – 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

In a Berlin nightclub as the 1920s draw to a close, a Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience with assurances that they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, the musical explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s native and expatriates, as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

(1998 version – suggested for mature audiences only)

Character Descriptions

ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION

Male Characters

Emcee (Age range flexible) Vocal Range – Middle C to High C# – Tenor.  The Master of Ceremonies and host at the Kit Kat Klub – presented as a character comfortable with being close to both men and women – comedic – lovable. Requires agile stage movement and dance and speaks with a German Accent.

Clifford (Cliff) Bradshaw (Late 20s to Mid 30s) Vocal Range – Low A to High E – Tenor. Clifford is an American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin.  Comfortable with stage movement and light dance. Speaks with an American accent.

Herr Schultz (Age Range 40+) Vocal Range – Low G to High F – Tenor. One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a Fruit Shop. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance. Speaks with a German accent.

Ernst Ludwig (Age Range – flexible) Vocal range flexible. A friendly and likeable German. Takes English lessons from Cliff and smuggles funds for the Nazi Party. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance – waltz. Speaks with a German accent.

Male Dance Ensemble (4 will be cast) – Bobby, Victor, Herman, and Hans (Age Range – 20s to early 30s) Strong singers (all voice parts) and excellent dance skills required. Kit Kat Klub waiters and patrons and various other roles.

1 Young Blonde Boy (unchanged voice) or 1 Young Blonde Girl that can pass as a boy (no taller than 4 feet) – called for limited rehearsals, sings TOMORROW BELONGS TO ME. Beautiful soprano voice, one song, one short scene, no lines.

Female Characters

Sally Bowles (Age Range 20s to 30s) A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub. Vocal Range – Low A to High C – Soprano – Strong Belt – A quirky character who comes across as flighty, yet sometimes struggles with the dark reality of her life as a cabaret performer. Excellent dance skills required. Speaks with a British Accent.

Fraulein Schneider (Age range 40+) Vocal Range – Low D to Ab above middle C – Alto. A landlady who rents rooms in her large flat. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance. Speaks with a German accent.

Fraulein Kost (Age Range – 30s to 40s) Vocal Range – Low A flat to High F – Alto/Mezzo.  Another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers. She earns money by offering favors to sailors – presentation of the character should exhibit a strong sexual comfort and commanding nature. Comfortable with stage movement. Speaks with a German accent.

Kit Kat Klub Girls (6 will be cast) Fritzie, Frenchie, Lulu, Helga, Rosie, and Texas   (Age Range – 20s to early 30s) Strong Singers and excellent dance skills required. Vocal Range – Strong Singers in all voice parts. These individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and club patrons. The ladies can be of various shapes and sizes – the key is to be comfortable with your femininity and scanty costumes that show off sex appeal.

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

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: April 20 – 21 7:00 pm

Callbacks: April 23 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: April 27- June 3, 2020

Performances: June 4 – 21 2020

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 hours are Tuesday 1 – 7 pm

Wednesday – 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

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

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

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.

Auditions: May 11-12, 2020 7:00 pm

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 1 – 7 pm

Wednesday – 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

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) A 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

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.

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