Toronto Casting Call:
CHICAGO

Wavestage Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for our 25th Season production of CHICAGO, The Musical.

The longest running musical in Broadway history comes to the GTA! Picture Chicago in the roaring twenties; Roxie Hart, a would be chorus girl, murders her lover then convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap.....until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Sent to prison while awaiting trial Roxie and another “Merry Murderess”, Velma Kelly, compete for headlines and sympathy of the public through the papers and their smooth talking attorney, Billy Flynn, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal.

HOW TO AUDITION
All candidates must attend a singing audition and a general dance call audition.
Auditions are by appointment only. Please submit an application below after carefully reading all the requirements.

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Directors: Rhiannon Langford & Sarah Langford
Music Director: Brad Barnham
Choreographer: Nicholas Cunha


Production info

ALL REHEARSALS ARE IN TORONTO (Mt Pleasant and Eglinton area) beginning November 20, 2019. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays 6-10:30 and Sundays 5-10:30pm.

All Wednesday Dates: November 20 & 27, December 4 & 11, January 8, 15, 22 & 29, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, March 4, 11 & 18. Dress Run March 25.
All Sunday Dates: November 24. December 1 & 8. January 12, 19 & 26. February 2,9,16 & 23. March 1, 8 & 15. Dress Run March 22.

PERFORMANCE WEEK will be March 29-April 5 at Newmarket Theatre. Performers will be carpooled to production. Tech days will require your full day availability (March 29, 30, 31). Dress rehearsal April 1.

ELIGIBILITY: Wavestage is committed to a diverse, inclusive casting. There will be roles for dancers and non dancers. All roles are non-union, non-paying. Please see description of roles as some roles require more singing and dance than others. We seek a variety of dance and movement experience.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • ALL PERFORMERS auditioning for Chicago must participate in a general dance audition. 

  • NON DANCERS: Non dancers should bring comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear (no bare feet, sock feet, or stilettos), and plan to take some time to stretch.

  • DANCE ENSEMBLE AND LEADING ROLES must be prepared to dance theatre jazz and demonstrate an understanding of balletic technique. Please bring form fitting dance clothing, as well as proper footwear to every dance call you may be called for. Women please bring character heels; men please bring jazz shoes or character shoes. If you have tap experience, please bring tap shoes. No bare feet/socks, and please bring water.

AUDITION STEP ONE: SINGING AUDITION (by appointment only)
TUESDAY AUGUST 20 5:15 - 7:15pm (with Dance Call August 21 7pm or August 28 7pm if accepted)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21 5-7pm (with Dance Call August 21 7pm if accepted)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28 4:30-7pm (with Dance Call August 28 7pm if accepted)

  • Please prepare two vocal selections (32 bars only). Please see the vocal requirements of the various roles in this production and choose a style that represents that role. We may only hear one selection. Please find accompaniment tracks for your selection as a pianist will not be provided. Aux cable and speaker will be provided. Please ensure your tracks are offline (downloaded onto your device) and are ready to go when entering the audition room.

  • Bring your recent headshot and a resume of training and experience.

Performers must complete a singing audition and receive an invitation to our dance call to attend. Dance call is not open to those who have not received an invitation after voice audition.

AUDITION STEP TWO: DANCE CALL (by invitation only)
SESSION 1 - August 21 7pm 7-9:30pm.
SESSION 2 - August 28 7pm 7-9:30pm

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

All roles are non-union, non-paying.
** major dance role 

Roxie Hart ** (mezzo E3-D5  lead, 20-30) The actress must be a dancer in the Bob Fosse style, with a big, first-rate Broadway belt voice. Innocent, desperate, selfish. Roxie is not very bright and never thinks about the consequences of her actions before she says or does things. Every move is selfish, every idea foolish and ill-considered, and yet she remains strangely sympathetic because we know her selfishness is not malicious; but childish. All Roxie cares about is getting into Vaudeville. 

Velma Kelly ** (alto, lead, 25-40): The actress must be a dancer in the Bob Fosse style, with a big, first-rate Broadway belt voice. A sarcastic, extremely sexy, tough, funny murderer with a keen eye for publicity. 

Billy Flynn **(baritone ( Bflat2 -with falsetto G 4) lead, 38-60): Confident, persuasive, manipulative. A suave, educated lawyer who can talk and wheedle, and persuade anyone to do anything. His clients literally get away with murder. Actor must be sexy, handsome, charming and masculine as well as have a wonderful baritone voice and move well.

Amos Hart (tenor OR baritone, lead C 3 to F#4 , 24-50) Charming, funny, vulnerable, timid man. Amos Hart (28-45 years): The character must be a charming, funny, vulnerable, milquetoast of a man, and so in love with his wife that he would mortgage anything to pay for her outrageous extravagances. Must sing well and be physically adept – a comic-sad character actor.

Matron “Mama” Morton (mezzo F#3 -Bflat 4 , lead, 30-50): Street wise, funny, powerful and tough. The matron of the Cook County Jail believes that all favors she gives should be reciprocated or paid for. A great belt voice, sexy, funny, powerful and tough character actress.

Mary Sunshine: FEMALE OR MALE Role (Bflat 3- Bflat 5  22-45 Classical soprano or counter tenor ). Looking for actor or actress who can sing operatic classical style up to a high B flat and play a woman with the image of a good natured talk show hostess but is actually a high powered gossip columnist. Must be a good comedian. 

Master of Ceremonies: This person is responsible for introducing all the “Vaudeville Acts.” Must have strong speaking ability, lots of energy and presence. No dance necessary but strong strong acting personality.

Fred Casely: (male) Roxie’s boyfriend at the beginning of the show, Fred Casely sleeps with, and is promptly murdered by Roxie after he walks out on her. Appears in flashbacks reenacting the incident.

Sergeant Fograty: (male) A police sergeant who investigates the murder of Fred Casely and interrogates Amos.

Liz**: (female) One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Shoots her husband with a shotgun because he popped his gum too loudly. Strong dancer and excellent singer required. 

Annie**: (female) One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Found out her boyfriend had married several wives behind her back and poisoned him with arsenic. Strong dancer and excellent singer required. 

June **: (female) One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Stabbed her husband with a carving knife after he accused her of cheating on him. Strong dancer and excellent singer required. 

Hunyak**: (female) One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Accused of chopping off her husband’s head, Hunyak, unlike her fellow inmates, is actually innocent. However, she is found guilty regardless due to her inability to speak English and her refusal to plead guilty to her “crime”. Her execution illustrates the corruption of the justice system. Speaks Hungarian. Ballet skills required. Strong dancer and excellent singer required. 

Mona**: (female) One of the “merry murderesses” of Cook County Jail. Kills her boyfriend after finding out he was sleeping around. Strong dancer and excellent singer required. 

Go-To-Hell Kitty**: (female) A wealthy woman who inherited her parents’ money, Kitty kills her boyfriend, Harry, in her apartment after finding him sleeping with two other girls. Going crazy after the murder, she becomes quite vicious and uses the oft repeated phrase “go to hell” to those addressing her. Her story takes the attention of the press off of Roxie temporarily.Strong dancer and excellent singer required. 

Harry: (male) Boyfriend of “Go-to-Hell” Kitty. He is murdered by Kitty after she catches sleeping with two other girls.

Aaron: (male) Hunyak’s lawyer. Impatient, he is fed up with his client’s inability to speak English.

Martin Harrison: (male) Chicago’s District Attorney. Present at Roxie’s trial.

Court Clerk: A mild mannered court clerk. Poor courtroom conduct. Present at Roxie’s trial.

The Judge: (male) His honor. Present at Roxie’s trial.

ENSEMBLE: We need both male and female ensemble members. We are looking for both singers and dancers – especially dancers.  We will be casting both a vocal and dance ensemble. Some ensemble members may have lines. Roles in the ensemble include news reporters, policemen, inmates, tailors, shoe shiners, and other citizens of Chicago in the roaring twenties.

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Toronto Casting Call:
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is a beautiful and powerful telling of one of literature's most loved stories, and we invite you to be a part of this epic show. The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. it premiered on Broadway in 1991.

The story is set in the early years of the 20th century. Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a  cholera outbreak when she is eleven years old. She is sent away from India  to Yorkshire England to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a local Yorkshire young man bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.

NOW ACCEPTING AUDITION VIDEOS
We are accepting audition videos for the adult male ensemble.

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Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Directed by Sarah Langford
Choreographed by Aniko Nagy


ALL REHEARSALS ARE IN TORONTO (Mt Pleasant and Eglinton area) beginning SEPTEMBER 4th 2019. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays 6-10:15 and Sundays 5-10pm.

PERFORMANCES will be November 3-10 2019 at Newmarket Theatre. Performers will be carpooled to production.

ELIGIBILITY: Non paying production. Wavestage is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal opportunity designed to promote a model of inclusion. We encourage performers of all ethnicities to audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • 32 bars of a song that best shows your singing abilities (bring a second piece, which we may or may not request). Please have your own accompaniment tracks on hand. YouTube tracks are accepted. An aux cord will be provided as well as a lightning adapter, but please bring your own adapter if your device does not have an aux input or lightning cable input. Please have your tracks ready to go upon entering the audition room.

  • A recent headshot.

  • A resume of training and experience.

  • A short paragraph monologue displaying your ability to speak in an accent. If auditioning for a specific role please use the accent required in the character description.

Available Roles

MARY LENNOX - Voice type: Mezzo (B-E) Stage age: 11-13  Role type: Lead Character: Raised in colonial India, Mary is an orphan whose parents have died of cholera. She has no close relatives and has been sent to live with Archibald Craven, her late mother’s sister’s husband. A spoilt child, now bewildered and alone, she is initially petulant and rude, but at heart is a warm girl.  Mary Lennox speaks with a British English dialect Received Pronunciation. This is a big role with a lot ot lines, songs and rehearsal time. We are looking for a performer that has an old soul, and yet an innocence all at the same

ARCHIBALD CRAVEN - Voice type: tenor (C-Ab) Stage age: 30-40 Role type: Lead Character: Master of Misselthwaite Manor, Archie is a mildly handicapped man who lost his beloved wife Lily in childbirth. He is a deeply unhappy, reclusive man who has been preoccupied with his loss for 11 years. Unable to face his son, who is sickly and bed-ridden. British English dialect Received Pronunciation

NEVILLE CRAVEN - Voice type: Baritone (C-F#) Stage age: 35-50 Role type: Lead  Character: Trapped by the idea that he is responsible for the care-taking of Colin. Even though he was never loved back by Lily, he is still in love with her and grieving the loss of what never was. This adds to his unwillingness to move on and leave Misselthwaite. He is often portrayed as the villain in this piece, but must believe he is doing what is best at all times. He is jealous of his brother having been willed the family estate and the fact Archibald got the girl he pined after. He is serious, manipulative, and incredibly charming. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.

LILY CRAVEN - Voice type: Soprano (D-C: D optional) Stage age: 25 Role type: Lead Character: Archie’s late beloved wife, Colin’s mother, Mary’s aunt. A warm and loving woman who deeply loved Archie and died giving birth to Colin. In life a warm and loving young woman. In death a very benevolent presence watching over her unhappy husband, son and niece. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.

MARTHA - Voice type: mezzo  (low F – D) Stage age: 20-25 Role type: Lead Character: Housemaid. An extremely warm, good-hearted woman, feisty and courageous. Needs vocal warmth. Requires Northern Yorkshire accent. Needs to be able to inspire Mary when she is at her lowest. She is both sisterly and motherly. She is quirky, honest, has a quick whit and fantastic sense of humor. Must move well/be coordinated.

DICKON - Voice type: tenor (C-G) Stage age: 20 Role type: Lead Character: Martha’s brother. A mystical lad, very much in tune with the forces of nature. Very sweet-natured and gentle. Requires a Northern Yorkshire accent.

COLIN CRAVEN - Voice type: Boy soprano (A-Eb) Stage age: 11  Role type: Lead Character: Lily & Archibald’s son. Spent his life in bed due to medical conditions related to his premature birth. He is very stubborn and throws temper tantrums to get what he wants as it is the only way for him to get attention. He believes his father hates him for causing Lily’s death, which is a lot to carry around for anyone, let alone a child. Has to be a very strong actor capable of playing this complex young character. We’re not looking for Colin to just be an angry, whiney brat, we want to also understand and be able to sympathize with him. We are hoping to find not only a child with the voice of angel, but one that can take on the physical and emotional demands of this role head on.British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.

MRS MEDLOCK - Stage age: 35-55 Role type: Featured role Character: Housekeeper of Misselthwaite Manor. A very competent and business-like woman who is very severe and shows little warmth. Requires Northern Yorkshire accent.We are looking for an incredible actor that is able to be explosive when needed with a fabulous accent.

BEN WEATHERSTAFF - Voice type: Baritone (F-D) Stage age: 45-65 Role type: Supporting role Character: Gardener at Misselthwaite. Yorkshire accent. Head gardener. Knows a great deal about the history of the garden and the grounds it sits on. He has worked for the family for many years. He is a self-proclaimed crusty, grouchy man who is a sour as he looks. He has a great friendship and affection with the robin and you see that he is truly a sweet and tender man that cares very much about what he does. He takes pride in his work and loves what he does. We are looking for an incredible and honest actor who can sing. Requires Northern Yorkshire accent.

MRS WINTHROP - Voice type: Stage age: 40 -50 Role type: Cameo Character: A school headmistress who believes in strong discipline. (Will double as a servant/dreamer). Scottish dialect

MAJOR SHELLEY - Voice type: Speaking only Stage age: 35+ Role type: Cameo Character: An army officer who escorts the orphaned Mary to England. (Will double as a servant/dreamer). British accent

MRS SHELLEY - Voice type: Speaking only Stage age: 30+ Role type: Cameo Character: Wife of Major Shelley. (Will double as a servant/dreamer). British accent (Will double as a servant/dreamer

THE DREAMERS - The remaining “Dreamers” consist of Mary’s parents, staff and friends in colonial India, all of whom died in a cholera epidemic. They appear as individuals commenting on events for the living,and in flashbacks to their lives in England and India. They are all watching over Mary. Collectively they form the vocal ensemble. All dreamers must be strong singers and actors; all named dreamers have a great deal of solo singing and several scenes; must be able to hold harmonies well and should at the very least have some movement ability.

CAPTAIN ALBERT LENNOX - Voice type: Tenor (Bb-G) Stage age: 30-40 Role type: Supporting role Character: An army officer, Mary’s father. A warm and loving father. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.

ROSE LENNOX - Voice type: Mezzo / soprano (Bb-G: optional B) Stage age: 30-35 Role type: Supporting role Strong singer required  Character: Watch out for the thorns. She is vain, self involved, loves her husband and is extremely disconnected with her child. She has virtually no relationship with her and priorities fashion, parties and functions over being a parent. Very loyal to her husband and refuses to leave India during the cholera outbreak that ultimately takes her life. She dies not only without ever showing true love and affection to her daughter, but without ever teaching her anything or giving her any life shills. She doesn’t understand how her sister, Lily, could truly love Archibald as he is a hunchback and she sees only the outside of a person. Ideally she moves very well and has experience with ballroom/partner dancing. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation or RP for short.

THE FAKIR - Voice type: High tenor (G-B) Stage age: 30-40 Role type: Supporting role Character: Seeking Indian actor as the role is an Indian mystic / servant. Sings in Hindi and English with a Hindi Accent.

AYAH - Voice type: Mezzo (low G-G) Stage age: 20-40 Role type: Supporting role Character: Mary’s Indian nanny and main caregiver. Sings in Hindi and English with a hindi Accent. Seeking actress of Indian or Middle Eastern descent.

LIEUTENANT IAN SHAW - Voice type: baritone (Bb-F) Stage age: 25-45 Role type: Supporting role Character: Army officer. working class’ dialect of English Cockney.

LIEUTENANT PETER WRIGHT - Voice type: Baritone (Bb-F)Stage age: 25-45 Role type: Supporting Character: Army officer. working class’ dialect of English Cockney.

MAJOR HOLMES - Voice type: Bass (low F#-F) Stage age: 30-50 Role type: Supporting Character: Army officer. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation

CLAIRE HOLMES - Voice type: Soprano (A-G) Stage age: 25-30 Role type: Supporting Character: Major Holmes’ wife – a well-to-do lady. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation

ALICE - Voice type: Soprano (Eb-B) Stage age: 25-30 Role type: Supporting Character: Rose’s friend – a well-to-do lady. British English dialect called Received Pronunciation

ADULT DREAMER ENSEMBLE (BRITISH FRIENDS OF MARY’S FAMILY) - SATB adult chorus Seeking strong singers with good harmony abilities.

YOUTH CHORUS of Marys School Friends from India age 7-15 Seeking children with strong singing voices and good harmony abilities.

DANCERS - Strong lyrical dancers with ballet background, who also have strong singing voices with the ability to sing in harmony. To portray a variety of roles throughout production. Male or female age 18-40.


Seeking Youth Performers for
Into the Woods Youth Production

Wavestage is seeking talented Toronto & GTA performers ages 9-19 for our 25th Season Youth production of Into the Woods Jr. This Tony Award-winning musical includes many of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of Beanstalk fame, and of course the Witch – all who meet and interact in this whimsical show. Step into adventure as their different stories intertwine with each other when they all journey Into the Woods. The musical weaves together the tales of a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk; and Little Red Riding Hood who just wants to bring Grandma a few croissants! When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please scroll down for audition requirements.

Director: Sarah Langford
Choreographer: Aniko Nagy


Audition Details

AGES: Youth production age 9-19
EXPERIENCE: All levels of experience are encouraged to apply.
ETHNICITY: All ethnicities.
FOR MALE ROLES: both changed and unchanged voices are welcome
NOTE: Actors will not be paid. Required Tuition Fee.

WHAT TO PREPARE

Initial auditions are by appointment only. Please be prepared to sing one song that best displays your vocal abilities and have your own accompaniment tracks on hand. YouTube tracks are accepted. An aux cord will be provided as well as a lightning adapter, but please bring your own adapter if your device does not have an aux input or lightning cable input. Please have your tracks ready to go upon entering the audition room. Please also bring a recent headshot and your resume.

AVAILABLE ROLES

NARRATOR:The narrator is the storyteller who speaks directly to the audience. This character helps control the pacing of the show and always needs to be ready for their next entrance, as they pop in and out throughout the story. Find a charismatic girl or boy with great diction for this large speaking role with minimal singing. Gender: Both

CINDERELLA: Cinderella is a simple peasant girl whose one wish is to go to the Festival. Unfortunately, when her wish comes true she learns that wishes sometimes come with consequences. Cinderella s inner beauty always shines through her sometimes clumsy and awkward exterior. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: A3.

JACKS MOTHER: Raising a son and running a farm all by herself has made Jack's Mother a bit frazzled and most definitely overworked. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

THE BAKER: The Baker is a good-hearted, likeable person who believes he can take on the Witch's curse all by himself. At first, this confidence and his desire to have a child drives him, but he soon learns he needs his wifes help to accomplish the goal. Vocal Range: Ab3 - Eb5

THE BAKERS WIFE: The Baker's Wife is a strong, determined and loving woman whose desire to have a child drives the action of the whole show. Her storyline helps tie all the characters storylines together. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3

CINDERELLAS STEPMOTHER: Cinderella's Stepmother is a mean, evil woman who only cares about her birth children, daughters Florinda and Lucinda.

CINDERELLA STEPSISTER: Cinderella's Stepsisters are spoiled brats who care only about themselves and marrying Cinderella's Prince. Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: C4

CINDERELLA FATHER: Cinderella's Father will not win any Father-of-the-Year awards. He doesn't care about his daughter's well-being or her actions.

CINDERELLA MOTHER: Cinderella' s Mother comforts Cinderella in her one short song. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

MYSTERIOUS MAN :Just like the name suggests, this is one mysterious person. Everything he does is to help the Baker, but he does not explain his motives until the last moment. *This role can be filled by a boy or a girl.

THE WOLF: The Wolf is a sly and dangerous character intently focused on attacking Little Red Ridinghood. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

THE STEWARD:The Steward is the servant of Cinderella’s Prince. He is dependable and willing to do whatever Cinderella’s Prince asks.


Ethno-Cultural Mandate:

Wavestage encourages submissions from all qualified performers, and prides itself on having an environment of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Artists from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply for auditions without regard to age, disability, ethno-cultural identity, gender or any other basis prohibited by law. All artists are invited to remove measurements and physical features from the resume. 

Applying artists should be aware that Wavestage also does not tolerate any form of harassment of its employees, clients, volunteers, or any persons visiting or spending time on its premises. 

TIME COMMITMENT:

Taking part in a Wavestage production is not a light commitment. Please take the time to fully assess whether or not you are able to make that commitment before you audition. It is imperative to the success of this production that everyone involved is able to give it their full attention and time. That said, if you do audition and are cast, the artistic team promises that your time will not be wasted. We will do the utmost to make sure we maximize rehearsals and that the rehearsal process and the performances will be artistically challenging and enjoyable. 

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