Auditions for Cabaret, The Revolutionists and Clue

Backstage Arts Warehouse 720 E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins

Open Auditions: Saturday, 4/23
Company Auditions/Callbacks - The Revolutionists and Clue: Saturday, 4/30  Cabaret: Sunday, 5/1
Final Callbacks - The Revolutionists and Clue: Saturday, 5/7 
Cabaret: Sunday, 5/8 and 5/9

 

 OpenStage values equity, diversity and inclusion and will continue to strive toward a broader telling of the human story with our Company of Artists and the plays we produce.  If specific age/race/ethnicity/gender or other attributes are key to the story, it will be clearly stated in the character descriptions for auditions. Otherwise we are seeking actors from all races/ethnicities/ages/genders/physical abilities. Any roles that are pre-cast will be clearly stated in the audition notice and Director's Notes. 

In reference to the character descriptions below—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

 

Directed by Kenny Moten
Vocal Direction by Kate Rothstein
Music Direction by Matthew Rothstein

 

Performs Oct 27 – Nov 26, 2022 (including previews)
Rehearsals will begin in August, 2022.
Actors are paid a $300 stipend.

Essential Season
Venue: Magnolia Theater - Lincoln Center, Fort Collins.

 

Notes from the Director...

  All roles require some form of physical intimacy or performance of sexuality onstage. The cast will be working with an intimacy coordinator throughout the rehearsal process to ensure the mental and physical safety of the actors. Actors auditioning should be comfortable with this type of material and subject matter. We are seeking performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, abilities/exceptionalities, and body types.

Plot Summary –

In a Berlin, at the Kit Kat Klub, as the 1920's draw to a close, the Emcee welcomes the audience and assures them that “life is beautiful … even the orchestra is beautiful”.  Cabaret tells the stories of Sally Bowles, Cliff Bradshaw, Fraulein Schneider and Herr Shultz as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Dark, heady and tumultuous, Cabaret explores the lives of human beings "at the end of the world…dancing…while being fast asleep".

Character Descriptions –

 

Sally Bowles: (Mezzo-Soprano/Alto; Must be able to sing B4 in chest voice - E3 to C5) 20s - 30s, female presenting, British; A cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub. A free-spirited and enthralling young woman living in Berlin. Strong Dancer

The Emcee:  (Tenor;  C3 to C#5); 20s - 40s, anywhere on the gender spectrum: The Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, a leering, haunting, hilarious, flamboyant figure. Strong Mover

Clifford Bradshaw: (Baritone; A2 to E4) 20s – 30’s, male presenting, American; A  novelist searching for inspiration, but quickly gets entangled in the cabaret. A naïve, curious and passionate young man.

Fräulein Schneider: (Contralto/Alto; D3 to Ab4) 40s – 70’s, female presenting, German; The woman who runs the boarding house where Cliff and Sally reside. Straightforward, friendly and mature.

Herr Schultz: (Baritone/Tenor; G2 to F4) 40’s – 70’s, male presenting, German; He who owns a fruit shop in Berlin and rents a room from Fraulein Schneider. He is a passionate and romantic, mature Jewish man.

Ernst Ludwig: (Baritone) 20s – 40s, male presenting, German; A very personable gentleman who welcomes Cliff to Berlin; he turns out to be an up and coming political figure in the Nazi party.

Fräulein Kost: (Mezzo-Soprano) 20s – 40s, female presenting, German; She rents a room in Fräulein Schneider’s boarding house (will double as Fritzie), earning a living by offering favors to sailors. Exuberant and determined. Strong Dancer

The Kit Kat Performers: Rosie, LuLu, Frenchie, Texas, Fritzie, Helga, Bobby, Victor, Hans and Herman: 20s - 40s, Cabaret performers at the Kit Kat Klub. Exciting, confident and debauched. Strong Dancers.

 

 

 

The Revolutionists

by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Brenna Freestone-Gilbert

 

Performs Jan 12 – Feb 11, 2023 (including previews)
Rehearsals begin late October 2022.
Actors are paid a $300 stipend.
Essential Season
Venue: Magnolia Theater - Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

 

SPECIAL NOTE: The 2022-23 Theatre Season in Fort Collins marks OpenStage Theatre & Company’s 50th Anniversary and Bas Bleu Theatre Company’s 30th year. Fort Collins’ two award-winning theatre organizations collaborate in celebrating local Women Theatre Artists with complementary presentations of feminist activist Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists.  In October Bas Bleu’s Readers’ Theatre rendition will examine the PROCESS of interpreting the intricacies of Gunderson’s play and its characters, focusing on the demands of the language and the interpretive challenges to the actors and director. Then in January, OpenStage will present the fully-staged PRODUCT(ion) of The Revolutionists. Audiences will have the unique opportunity to witness all the pieces of the puzzle come together! And during the months in between they can follow the evolution of the work-in-progress online.

***The four performers cast will play their same roles in the Readers’ Theatre production at Bas Bleu in October, 2022, and the fully-staged production of The Revolutionists at OpenStage in January, 2023.***
Notes from the Director...

Think Pussy Riot meets Joni Mitchell, in sweet clothes & wigs.

Plot Summary:

Four badass female activists fight to keep their heads during the French Revolution. A punk-rock comedy.

Character Descriptions –

PRE-CASTING NOTE: The role of Marianne Angelle will be played by Saja Butler

Olympe de Gouges: (30s - 40s, female presenting) Playwright and feminist. Passionate theatre-nerd. Determined to keep her freedom to write what she wishes.

Marianne Angelle: (PRECAST)

Charlotte Corday: (20s - 30s, female presenting) Young and naïve, with a righteous indignation. Does not fear the consequence of her actions.

Marie Antoinette: (30's - 40s, female presenting) Completely sincere in her own oblivious way. Lonely, but upbeat. Oddly prescient.

 

 

Clue

Adapted from the Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Sandy Rustin
Additional Material by Hunter Foster & Eric Price

Directed by Judith Allen

Performs March 23 - April 22, 2023 (including previews)
Rehearsals begin in January 2023.
Actors are paid a $300 stipend.
Essential Season
Venue: Magnolia Theater - Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

 

Notes from the Director...

Looking for 11 actors to participate in a fast-paced, very physically demanding murder mystery farce, set in 1954 at a
spooky mansion on a dark and stormy night. Using the game of Clue as our inspiration, our characters are infused with very
specific stereotypes of the film noir style of the 1950s as well as the 1985 movie.

Plot Summary:

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious
farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual
dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When
their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs.
White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy
whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

Character Descriptions –

Wadsworth: (late 20s - 50s, male presenting) Traditional British butler in every sense: uptight, formal. He is
the driving force in the play.

Yvette: (20s-40s, female presenting) Traditional perky French maid. Loyal and sexy.

Miss Scarlet: (late 20s - 50s, female presenting) Sardonic DC madam, more interested in secrets than sex.

Mrs. Peacock: (30s - 50s, female presenting) Wealthy wife of a senator. Neurotic and quick to hysteria.

Mrs. White: (40s - 60s, female presenting) Morbid, tragic woman who may or may not be the murderer
of her five ex-husbands.

Colonel Mustard: (30s - 50s, male presenting) Pompous, blowhard of a military man, but slightly dense.

Professor Plum: (30s - 50s, male presenting) Arrogant academic who is easily impressed by himself.
Fancies himself somewhat of a ladies man.

Mr. Green: (30s - 50s, male presenting) Timid, officious rule follower. Anxious and easily startled.

Ensemble 1: (female presenting)
The Cook, a gruff woman with a threatening presence.
Singing Telegram Girl, a tap dancer with a heart of gold.
Auxiliary Scarlet, the back of Miss Scarlet during a scene of theatrical trickery.
Backup Cop, backs up the Chief for the final scene.
Ensemble 2: (male presenting)
Mr. Boddy, a slick, Frank Sinatra, film noir-esque type fella.
The Motorist, a professional driver.
Chief of Police, a cop who helps to save the day.
Ensemble 3: (male presenting)
The Unexpected Cop, a regular Joe.
Backup Cop, backup for the Chief
Auxiliary Mustard, the back of Colonel Mustard during a scene of theatrical trickery