Auditions

CURRENT  AUDITIONS

I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - July 25 and 26

NEW PLAY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - August 19

NEW MUSICAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

To receive alerts for upcoming productions, send an email including your name and phone number to ac_auditions_email@arvadacenter.org

 

Arvada Center General Audition Guidelines:

  • Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an appointment
  • A current headshot and résumé are required
  • Audio and video submissions will not be considered
  • Equity members must have a current equity ID card
  • Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition for all roles
  • To schedule or inquire about an audition, please call the Arvada Center Box Office at 720-898-7200


I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Auditions for the world premiere musical, 
I’ll Be Home for Christmas are July 25 and 26 (Chorus Dance Call is July 22), and in New York City, on August 4, 2016. Denver Callbacks are scheduled for July 29. The Arvada Center production will be directed by Gavin Mayer with musical direction by David Nehls, choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck. The Producing Artistic Director of Musicals is Rod A. Lansberry.

Adult Principal and Chorus:

Colorado Principal/Chorus auditions are on July 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., by appointment only. The Women’s Chorus dance call is 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and Men’s Chorus dance call is 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on July 22.  All dance calls are by appointment only and dancers may be asked to sing. Call the Arvada Center Box Office at 720-898-7200 to schedule an appointment time. Please do not contact the production staff to schedule an appointment. Actors must be 18 years & older to audition.

General Audition Requirements:

Experienced performers with strong acting and singing abilities are needed. Good dancing abilities are required including tap.  See the character breakdown (below) for specifics on available roles. Actors should prepare 16-32 bars from a song appropriate to the style of a 1960s TV variety show (such as Andy Williams, Perry Como and Judy Garland live Christmas shows). Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Recorded music or a cappella audition will eliminate casting consideration. A current headshot and résumé are required. Audio and video submissions will not be considered. Equity members must have a current equity ID card. This is an Equity LORT B production, non-equity actors will be considered. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are needed and encouraged to audition for all roles.

New York Auditions:

Wojcik/Seay Casting will coordinate the New York City auditions, to be held on August 4, 2016. To be considered for a New York audition, mail a hard copy of your headshot and résumé and indicate the role you are interested in (if known) to the following address:
 

Wojcik/Seay Casting

Attn. I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Arvada CO production

247 West 38th Street 10th Floor

New York, NY 10018

NO CALLS PLEASE – qualified actors will be contacted to schedule an audition

Rehearsal and Performance Dates:

Rehearsals for I’ll Be Home for Christmas begin on Tuesday, October 25. The production opens Friday, November 18 and runs through December 23, 2016. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a total of eight shows per week.

Character Breakdown

Dana Bright- father of the bright family, mid 40's-50's, a typical old school hoofer with a great sense of old time comic timing.  Tenor/baritone.  Think Dan Daily, Gene Kelly, masculine patriarch stuck in the show business era of the 1940s/50s. Strong tap and good vocals necessary.

Louise Bright- mother of the bright family. Mid 40's-50's, former big band singer, all around girl next door with a gorgeous, velvet voice.  Think Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Shore. Very grounded.

Simon Bright- oldest son of the Brights, 23-26, former teen idol, think Ricky Nelson.  Just returned from a year in Vietnam so slightly brooding.  Rock tenor and guitar playing a plus.

Maggie Bright- young daughter of the bright family. 18-22, a sassy dancer with a bundle of energy. Think Ann Margaret, Mitzi Gaynor, Sandra Dee.  Must be great dancer including tap.

Carol Marie- Comedienne and guest star on the show, 40's-50's.  Vaudeville humor with a big belt voice.  Think Rose Marie, Totie Fields, Betty Garrett.  Also sings a heartbreaking ballad in Act 2, a true star.

Len Ramble- country singer and guest star on the show, 30's.  Swaggering southerner with a Hank Williams, Johnny Cash vibe, but Glen Campbell good looks.  Guitar playing a plus, baritone vocals.

Sandy- male African-American chorus member who steps into the limelight to save the show, 20-25.  Must be extremely strong dancer including tap and singer. An eternal optimist. Very likable.

Ruby- African American floor manager, very bossy and authoritative, 40's-50's.  The anchor of the TV show, a bit of a freight train of a personality. Strong singer.

Chorus – 4 women and 4 men – 20’s/30’s – dance including tap, sing and play various small roles.

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NEW PLAYS 2017 - 2018 SEASON

The Arvada Center Black Box repertory company invites Denver area theatre artists to submit proposals for a play, performance piece, devised work, or adaptation to be considered for inclusion in the 2017-2018 season. Members of this season’s Black Box company will choose several projects for further discussion and workshopping in the spring with the goal of including at least one in next year’s season. Submissions are due August 19, 2016.

Guidelines for submission:

  • The cast size should be between 2 and 8 people.
  • Some or all of the actors will be part of the season’s rep company.
  • Proposals may focus on a style of theatre, social issue, new voice or collaboration with other artists or theatres.
  • The Black Box rep company is committed to working with local actors, directors, and designers, so that should be considered in project proposals.
  • The Arvada Center hopes to use this process to broaden its thinking about what theatre can be and whose voices it should include, so proposals that are different than previous Black Box productions are encouraged.

Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for the 2017-2018 season  should send a brief (1-2 page) description of their work to Artistic Director of Plays, Lynne Collins at lcollins@arvadacenter.org by August 19. Please include:

  • A brief bio
  • The title of the play if applicable, or brief description of the project.
  • A narrative describing your reasons for wanting to pursue this project.
  • Cast size
  • Key Collaborators

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NEW MUSICALS 2017 - 2018 SEASON

The Arvada Center invites Denver area theatre artists to submit proposals for a musical, performance piece, devised work, or adaptation to be considered for inclusion in upcoming musical theatre seasons. Submissions should be complete and reading for readings, workshops or productions, and available for performance in 2017-2018. Members of the Arvada Center artistic staff will choose several projects for further discussion and workshopping, with the goal of including at least one in next year’s season.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Submitters must have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script
  • The musical cannot already be licensed through another licensing house, or have been produced on Broadway (shows that have had readings, workshops and/or productions including regional or Off Broadway are still eligible)
  • Proposals may focus on a style of theatre, social issue, new voice or collaboration with other artists or theatres
  • The Arvada Center is committed to working with local actors, directors, and designers, so that should be considered in project proposals.
  • The Center hopes to use this process to broaden its thinking about what theatre can be and whose voices it should include, so proposals that are different than previous Main stage theatre productions are encouraged.

Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for the 2017-2018 season should send a description of their work to Artistic Producer Rod Lansberry at rlansberry@arvadacenter.org. Please include:

  • Title page
  • Brief synopsis, including information on writers, agents, production/development history
  • Character breakdown
  • CD with track listings -- an accurate representation of the music and style of the show
  • Numbered pages
  • Demo track numbers must be included in the script where each track is to be played when reading
  • The complete script (all scenes, songs and lyrics on the page)
  • Proof of rights:
    • If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured
    • If the musical is wholly original, please submit a signed letter from the creators that the musical is original
    • If there is material that is now in the public domain, please submit a signed letter stating when the work entered the public domain

We expect writers to be hands-on throughout the process, from casting through Opening. Writers are expected to be at rehearsals as requested (starting approx. 24 days prior to Opening) and at all related events regarding readings, workshops and rehearsals. Must be comfortable working closely with the Director and Producer. Those selected may receive a Standard Production contract for a fully staged production of the piece. The contract will be at the discretion of the Artistic Producing Director (Musicals) and Chief Operating Officer.