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

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

Our DAZZLING 2021-22 SEASON! 

For further information or if you have any questions, contact Brooke Olson by calling (262) 782-4431×233 or emailing boxoffice@sunsetplayhouse.com.

Please Note:

All children and adults who are auditioning for a Sunset production or are members of a show’s production team will need to be vaccinated. Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required at the time of audition.

If you do not bring proof of vaccination, you will need to wear a mask while auditioning and present proof of vaccination to Brooke Olson before you can be cast.

All performers will need to wear a mask at all rehearsals up until dress rehearsals until further notice.

SOMETHING ROTTEN

Director/Choreographer: Karl Miller
Music Director: Mark Mrozek

Auditions: February 14-15, 2022 Call backs February 17, 2022
First Rehearsal: Feb 21, 2022

COVID19- Audition/Rehearsal/Performance Protocols at Sunset Playhouse 

Auditions

All children and adults who are auditioning for a Sunset production or are members of a show’s production team will need to be vaccinated. Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required at the time of audition.

If you do not bring proof of vaccination, you will need to wear a mask while auditioning and present proof of vaccination to Brooke Olson before you can be cast.

Rehearsals 
All performers will need to wear a mask at all rehearsals until dress rehearsal until further notice.

Performances 
Masks will not be worn during performances. 

These protocols apply to both children and adults and are subject to change based on CDC recommendations. 

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

SOMETHING ROTTEN will be directed and choreographed by Karl Miller with Music Direction by Mark Mrozek. Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Auditions will also include reading from the script and performing a dance combination. 

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

Everyone welcome!

Auditions: February 14-15, 2022.  You will first perform a dance audition.  Then, after everyone has sung, there will be a vocal audition.  

Callbacks:  February 17 will include singing songs from the show, reading from the script, and dance.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up to reserve an audition slot.  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp.  

Everyone will dance first and then sing afterwards.

Callbacks: (if necessary) February 17, 2022

Rehearsals: February 21-April 20, 2022

Performances: April 21-May 8, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

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

Synopsis:

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.  Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences… in the beginning of the first act! 

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Shakespeare – 30-40 The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego.
Vocal range top: Ab4 / Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Nick Bottom – 30-40 A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother.
Vocal range top: G4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Nigel Bottom – 30-40 Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan.  Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Bea 30-40 Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor. Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: D3

Portia 20-35 A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.
Vocal range top: F#5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Nostradamus 40-50 A soothsayer

Brother Jeremiah 50-70 Portia’s father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel’s plays are sinful.
Vocal range top: G4 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Lord Clapham 25-60 A posh patron of the theater.

Shylock 25-70 An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.

Minstrel 20-40 Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: C#3

Ensemble – all ages Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Crowd, Chorus, and more

AN INSPECTOR CALLS

Director: Carol Dolphin

Auditions: April 4-5, 2022 Callbacks April 6, 2022
First Rehearsal: April 25, 2022

COVID19- Audition/Rehearsal/Performance Protocols at Sunset Playhouse 

Auditions

All children and adults who are auditioning for a Sunset production or are members of a show’s production team will need to be vaccinated. Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required at the time of audition.

If you do not bring proof of vaccination, you will need to wear a mask while auditioning and present proof of vaccination to Brooke Olson before you can be cast.

Rehearsals 
All performers will need to wear a mask at all rehearsals until dress rehearsal until further notice.

Performances 
Masks will not be worn during performances. 

These protocols apply to both children and adults and are subject to change based on CDC recommendations. 

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

AN INSPECTOR CALLS will be directed by Carol Dolphin. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 

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 to print the Audition Sheet 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 4-5, 2022 

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your time slot. We will be seeing 8 people at a time, every half hour, to encourage social distancing.

Callbacks: (if necessary) April 6, 2022

Rehearsals: April 25-June 1, 2022

Performances: June 2-19, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

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

Synopsis:

The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centered or cowardly, its good humor turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over.

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Arthur Birling – 50-60 The patriarch of the Birling family. Arthur is a “rather portentous” man “in his fifties” who owns a profitable manufacturing company. His business success allows the Birlings to live in upper-middle-class comfort. Birling believes that capitalist principles of individual willpower and the protection of company profits are good for business and good for society.

Sybil Birling – 50-60 The matriarch of the Birling family. Sybil is described in the play’s performance notes as “cold.” Though she is pleased her daughter Sheila is engaged to be married, she tends to ignore any potential discord in the family. Sybil serves on a charitable committee in the town, and busies herself with social events befitting a woman whose husband is a business success. She protects what she perceives to be the family’s good image and standing in the community.

Sheila Birling – 20-25 Daughter of Arthur and Sybil. Sheila, “in her early twenties,” is engaged to Gerald and believes, at the start of the play, that her future lies bright before her. But knowledge of her role, and the family’s role, in Eva/Daisy’s death devastates Sheila, who wonders how her family can go on afterward, pretending simply that nothing has happened.

Eric Birling – 25-30 Son of Arthur and Sybil, and older brother of Sheila. Eric works part-time at the family business and has a drinking problem that he hides, with some success, from his parents and sister. When it is revealed that Eric had a romantic relationship with a woman, resulting in a child born out of wedlock, the family must confront facts about Eric’s life, and about their own, which they had sought previously to ignore.

Gerald Croft 20-20 Fiancé to Sheila, and son of another prominent manufacturing family. Gerald is from a more socially-elevated family, and Arthur worries that Gerald’s parents believe he is making a “poor match” in marrying Sheila. Although the Inspector criticizes Gerald’s affair with Daisy, the Inspector notes that Gerald is perhaps the least culpable, and most morally upright, of all the characters.

Inspector Goole – 30-65 A representative, supposedly, of the local police force, sent to investigate Eva Smith/Daisy Renton’s suicide. The Inspector asks all the Birlings, and Gerald, questions about Eva/Daisy. It seems that the Inspector knows the answer to everything he asks, but wants the family to admit to various instances of wrongdoing.

Edna – 20-35 The Birlings’ maid. Edna mostly sets the scenes in which the family eats and talks. She is not, like the Birlings, of the upper-middle class, but instead makes money by virtue of her labor.

NEWSIES

Director: Tommy Lueck
Choreographer: Reggie Kurschner
Music Director: Mark Mrozek

 Auditions: May 11-12, 2022 Call Backs May 13, 2022
First Rehearsal: May 23, 2022

COVID19- Audition/Rehearsal/Performance Protocols at Sunset Playhouse 

Auditions

All children and adults who are auditioning for a Sunset production or are members of a show’s production team will need to be vaccinated. Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required at the time of audition.

If you do not bring proof of vaccination, you will need to wear a mask while auditioning and present proof of vaccination to Brooke Olson before you can be cast.

Rehearsals 
All performers will need to wear a mask at all rehearsals until dress rehearsal until further notice.

Performances 
Masks will not be worn during performances. 

These protocols apply to both children and adults and are subject to change based on CDC recommendations. 

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

NEWSIES be directed by Tommy Lueck, choreographed by Reggie Kurschner, with Music Direction by Mark Mrozek. Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Auditions will also include reading from the script and performing a dance combination. 

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 to print the Audition Sheet. 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, 2022  Please arrive at 6:30 PM.  Auditions will begin at 7PM.  All will sing first (in order of arrival) after vocal audition, all will participate in the dance audition.  Be prepared to stay until 10PM if asked.  

Callbacks: May 13, 2022.  Arrival at 6:30PM.  Callbacks, if needed, will include singing songs from the show, reading from the script, and dancing.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up to reserve an audition slot.  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp.  

Everyone will sing first in order of arrival followed by a dance audition for all.

Callbacks: (if necessary) May 13, 2022

Rehearsals: May 23-July 13, 2022

Performances: July 14-August 7, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

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

Synopsis:

It’s time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney’s Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Jack Kelly – 16-22 – The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a big heart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.  
Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Crutchie – 13-22 – A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.
Vocal range top: A4 /Vocal range bottom: C3

Davey – 15-22 – Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.
Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: D3

Les 10-16 – Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive sales boy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.
Vocal range top: Bb3 / Vocal range bottom: Db3

Newsies – 13-22 – Including Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy, are some of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage. 

Scabs – 10-22 – Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon 17-22 – The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”

Katherine Plumber 17-22 – An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourceful, she boldly captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. While she generally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly. Though she only has a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt – diction is key.
Vocal range top: F5 / Vocal range bottom: A3

Darcy – 15-22 – The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie. 

Bill – 15-25 – The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause. Can double as a newsie. 

Wiesel – 35-60 – Or “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World and knows most of the newsies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary, Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper- pusher.

Oscar and Morris Delancey – 15-22 – Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.

Joseph Pulitzer – 35-60 – A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.
Vocal range top: F4 /Vocal range bottom: C3

Seitz – 30-60 – Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Bunsen – 30-60 – Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Hannah – 20-50 – Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Nunzio – 30-50 – Pulitzer’s barber.

Snyder 30-65 – The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.

Medda Larkin – 25-50 – Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.
Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

The Bowery Beauties – 18-30 – Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Mr. Jacobi – 35-60 – Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.

Mayor – 30-60 – The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

Governor Teddy Roosevelt – 50-65 – A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Ensemble – All ages – Goons, Stage Manager, Policemen, Guards, Nuns, Photographer, Policeman

Sunset Playhouse bug in a rug Children’s Theater is looking for actors for our 2021-22 season.

AUDITIONS: TBD

Our bug in a rug Children’s Theater series is an interactive experience for the whole audience (performances are targeted for children ages 3-8.) bug in a rug is a casual, fun introduction to the performing arts where laughter and audience participation are strongly encouraged.  Sunset’s bug in a rug Children’s Theater performs locally at schools, libraries, and community centers.  We also host one weekend of public performances at the Playhouse.

Actors must have:

  • Their own transportation
  • A flexible schedule
  • Daytime and weekend availability
  • A passion and desire to work with kids
  • A fantastic sense of humor

This is a paid opportunity–a stipend for rehearsal time (approximately 20 hours) and payment for each performance.

Actors, please come to the audition with a 30-60 second song prepared to sing acappella (upbeat songs are preferred). There is no need to prepare a monologue. The audition will be a group audition with open scenes, improvisation, and then song presentation.

There is one musical that we will be casting for:

 

Hey Diddle Diddle

Rehearsals: March – April 2022

Travelling performance availability: April 16 – June 12, 2022 (summer dates available upon request)

Public performances at Sunset: May 11 – 14, 2022

                Cat – sing and dance

                Dog – sing and dance

                Cow – sing and dance

If you have any questions or need additional information contact Erika Navin, Director of Education at enavin@sunsetplayhouse.com.is one

 

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Director: Donna Daniels

Auditions: January 17-18, 2022 Callbacks January 19, 2022
First Rehearsal: January 24, 2022

COVID19- Audition/Rehearsal/Performance Protocols at Sunset Playhouse 

Auditions

All children and adults who are auditioning for a Sunset production or are members of a show’s production team will need to be vaccinated. Valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required at the time of audition.

If you do not bring proof of vaccination, you will need to wear a mask while auditioning and present proof of vaccination to Brooke Olson before you can be cast.

If you are fully vaccinated and have provided proof prior to the audition, you may choose not to wear a mask when performing actual audition but will need to wear a mask when waiting to audition.

 Rehearsals 
All performers will need to wear a mask at all rehearsals until dress rehearsal until further notice.

Performances 
Masks will not be worn during performances. 

These protocols apply to both children and adults and are subject to change based on CDC recommendations. 

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

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

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

Auditions: January 17-18, 2022 

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your time slot. We will be seeing 8 people at a time, every half hour, to encourage social distancing.

Callbacks: (if necessary) January 19, 2022

Rehearsals: January 24-March 2, 2022

Performances: March 3-20, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

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

Synopsis:

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Corie Bratte– 21-30 A free-thinking young woman who has just married Paul Bratter and is trying to decorate their apartment. Her main objective is having new adventures and she isn’t very practical.

Paul Bratter – 21-30 A young lawyer who marries Corie and is far more concerned with practical matters than she is. He does not like their uncomfortable, small apartment in a bohemian section of New York City and would prefer a more traditional lifestyle than his wife.

Ethel Banks – 50-70 Corie’s widowed mother. She lives a placid, boring life in New Jersey and cannot really stomach Corie’s lifestyle. She can barely even get up to Corie’s apartment, and she tends to complain a great deal about anything new and about her bodily ailments until she finds Corie’s adventurous neighbor, Victor Velasco.

Victor Velasco – 50-70 Corie and Paul’s eccentric, womanizing neighbor who is a gourmet cook and shares Corie’s sense of fun and adventure. A middle-aged man, he lives in the attic above Corie and Paul’s small apartment. He eventually winds up as a couple with Ethel after Corie sets them up on a blind date.

Telephone repairman – 50-70 He goes up, huffing and puffing, to Corie and Paul’s new apartment in an attempt to fix the phone and witnesses their marital discord.

Delivery Man 30-70  –  Non-speaking character role featured in Act 1.