Spring Auditions for  2019-2020 Season


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.

We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities.

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

Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Sydney Parks Smith
Performs September 19 to October 12, 2019
Proposed Rehearsal begin early August 2019
etcetera Season

Venue: TBD

Notes from the Director

You are seven years old.  Mom is in the hospital. The only thing you know is that she’s “done something stupid” and gets very sad sometimes.  You decide to make a list of all the brilliant things in the world for her. You know she has read it because she has corrected your spelling. You have no idea how the list you have started will affect your life or the lives around you. This play shows the lengths we will go for those we love and highlights the human spirit.

Character Description

One actor. Any gender. Any ethnicity. 30’s – 80’s. Charming, witty, warm with an ability to engage easily with the audience. Experience with improv is helpful, but certainly not necessary. The acting style I am looking for is based in real, honest and vulnerable interaction. **Must be able to memorize A LOT of text. This is a SCRIPTED one person show. ***

The Full Monty

Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyris by Yazbek
Directed by Kate Austin-Gröen
Performs November 1- November 30, 2019
Proposed Rehearsals begin late August 2019
Essential Season
Venue: Fort Collins Lincoln Center

Notes from the Director

This is a show about relationships, vulnerability, how we define masculinity, and what we are willing to do for the people we love.

Please be aware that this is NOT the same script as the movie; in fact, the movie takes place in an entirely different country.  You can hear the score on Spotify, but again: make sure you are listening to the Original Broadway Cast Recording and not the movie soundtrack.

Monty Men: If you are auditioning for these roles, you need to be very comfortable with your body; enough to perform on stage in your underwear and eventually a g-string. We will be going Full Monty, though the audience won’t see genitalia (they will see bare bottoms).  You will not need to undress at auditions. This ONLY applies to “Hot Metal:” Jerry, Dave, Malcolm, Ethan, Harold, and Horse (and Keno, to a lesser degree).  The ensemble men have no undressing or nudity.

Monty Women: There is no nudity for the women. They are mostly strong, blue-color women who love fiercely, and aren’t afraid to say what needs to be said.

PARENTS of children auditioning for Nathan: Please read the entire script prior to auditions.  He does have some language, and we don’t intend to make changes.  Please make sure that you are comfortable with the content.  We will minimize the adult nudity when Nathan is at rehearsals as much as possible.

Dance: Unless the character breakdown specifically notes dance in the description, all roles must move well, but do NOT need to dance or look like a dancer. The ensemble men and women need to be able to learn basic ballroom.

Character Descriptions

Jerry Lukowski: Male, late 20s – early 40s. An unemployed mill worker, fighting to maintain his pride and custody of his cherished only son; all-American jock, former “golden boy”, a lady-killer and a man’s man before the bottom fell out; seeking a charismatic singing actor who brings killer pop vocal chops (comfortably belts high A’s) and exciting passion and spontaneity.

Dave Bukatinsky: Male, late 20s – early 40s. Jerry’s best friend and fellow unemployed mill worker; self-conscious about his size (Dave is a big guy—his weight is referenced several times in the script); the definitive sidekick...a true Beta Male. Seeking an overweight comic singing actor with tons of likability and vulnerability. Dave is the heart of the show.

Malcolm MacGregor: Male, mid 20s-late 30s (High Tenor, smooth falsetto). Unemployed mill worker; depressed, suicidal, awkward...still lives at home with Mom; blossoms as he finds unexpected comfort and romance with Ethan; seeking funny and tender singing actor.

Ethan Girard: Male, mid 20s-late 30s  (High Bari-tenor). Unemployed mill worker; lonely; has a blind determination and confidence to succeed; a little eccentric, but very likable; surprised and quietly delighted by his connection with Malcolm; seeking actor in complete physical charge of his body and with no fear (attempts to run up the wall of the proscenium--  unsuccessfully-- for much of the show).

Noah “Horse” T. Simmons: African-American Male, 50+  (Baritone). Retired mill worker.  “Grumpy old man” who surprises us with his explosive dance moves; seeking big, winning personality who has the moves authentically inside him and ready to show them.

Harold Nichols: Male, mid 40s-50s (High Baritone/Tenor). Unemployed mill supervisor; becomes Hot Metal’s choreographer by virtue of his ballroom training, so some dance is good; the only “white collar” guy in our bunch; a snob who eventually becomes one of the guys.

Georgie Bukatinsky: Female, late 20s – early 40s. Dave’s wife. Loud, outgoing, brash...the “leader” of the wives and girlfriends; seeking a charismatic, funny, blue-collar woman with a huge belt voice, plus the ability to swagger and still be vulnerable.

Pam Bukowski: Female, late 20s – early 40s (Mezzo-Soprano). Jerry’s estranged wife and high school sweetheart; as pretty as Jerry was “hot” we can see how she was half of that “golden couple”; has clear blue-collar roots...but her smarts and determination are moving her up the management ladder; no nonsense...but still has a “mom’s” warmth and compassion.

Vicki Nichols: Female, mid 20s – early 30s (High Alto/Mezzo belter). Harold’s wife...adores Harold and loves the finer things in life his job affords them; seeking a fun, seemingly silly actress who makes us laugh at her over the top vocals and antics...and also surprises us with her true love and support for her struggling husband.

Jeanette Burmeister: Female, 50+ (Alto). A piano player of indeterminate years. Retired and living with her 8th husband. Has GREAT comedic timing. She's an old showbiz pro who has seen it all and been there before. You can't shock her.  Has a show-stopping solo number. Doubles as Molly, Malcom’s mother.

Buddy 'Keno' Walsh: Male, early 20s- mid 30s. The male stripper who makes the girls scream; seeking a dancer with a killer body who has serious acting chops. Doubles as Minister.

Nathan Lukowski: Male, 11-13. Pam and Jerry’s sweet and smart (beyond his years) son; trying hard to bridge the gap between his caring mother and his adoring dad; seeking an honest and natural pre-teen actor.

Ensemble: Three Male and Three Female, 20s – 50s. The Ensemble will cover multiple roles. All vocal ranges needed. Tenors have to cover some mid-bari register, but the strength of the show is in the high wailing and rock straight-toning (non-legit). The women all sing in a moderate Mezzo/Belt range and strong mixes. We need good movers that are comfortable with their bodies. No dance training or experience in any particular style is required, but many characters need to perform synchronized movement well while singing tight harmonies. They all need to ballroom dance, but aside from that there are no large dance requirements for this show. Seeking ensemble with great voices who move well and are strong, great actors/smart performers.

Men on Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Denise Burson Freestone
Performs January 18 to February 15, 2020
Proposed Rehearsal begin November 2019 (with time off during the holidays)
Essential Season
Venue: Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre

Notes from the Director

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon.No men...

Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

While the characters in Men on Boats were historically cisgender* white males. the cast of Men on Boats is made up entirely of people who are not - RACIALLY DIVERSE ACTORS WHO ARE FEMALE-IDENTIFYING, TRANS-IDENTIFYING, GENDERFLUID, AND/OR NON-GENDER CONFORMING. (*cisgender denotes a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.)

The playwright's  strong preference is for Tsauwiat and The Bishop (so thusly O.G. and Seneca Howland) to be PLAYED BY NATIVE CAST MEMBERS; If this is not possible, these roles should be cast as NON-WHITE. ALL OTHER ROLES ARE ALSO OPEN TO NON-WHITE CASTING.

Men on Boats tells the story of 19th Century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, the nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theatre, performed by a  diverse cast who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest.

While the historical figures in the play were indeed cisgender Anglo males, the cast is entirely comprised of actors who are anything but cisgender Anglo males. It’s not done in a campy way; rather, it is done as a way to add a fresh lens to the often male-centered world of expeditions and to infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.

With the speed and force of Powell’s white-water rapids, Backhaus conjures her epic story—in which simple materials are transformed into perilous canyons and death-defying cliffs—out of sheer imagination, shaping an innovative and innately theatrical play, that became an off-Broadway sensation.

Acting style is realistic. However, the play is demanding physically and all cast members will need a strong sense of movement and fluidity (note that the movement is not dance).

Age range for many characters is fairly flexible with some limitations as noted below.

Character Descriptions

John Wesley Powell.  One-armed leader of the expedition (middle aged to older)

William Dunn.  Hunter and trapper

John Colton Sumner. Former soldier, current explorer

Old Shady. Powell's older brother, Civil War vet (middle aged to older)

Bradley. Lieutenant, manic with youth

O.G. Howland. printer and hunter

Seneca Howland. O.G.s quiet little brother

Frank Goodman. British, so excited

Hall. Mapmaker, old soul

Hawkins. The cook

Tsauwiat. A Ute chief (non-white - doubles with O.G. Howland)

The Bishop. Tsauwiat's wife (non-white - doubles with Seneca Howland)

Mr. Asa. A desert settler (doubles with Goodman)