Auditions - Blues for an Alabama Sky

Auditions Blues for an Alabama Sky

Auditions Announced:

Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage
Directed by Renee van Nifterik with assistance from Jeff Merriman

 
About the Play
It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer who has recently lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her friend Guy Jacobs for support. Guy is a brilliant costume designer who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a local doctor, who embraces Harlem’s nightlife in order to forget his unending workdays and the grinding poverty of his patients.
New in town is Leland Cunningham, a young man who has just moved from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, God-fearing Christian. He meets and is smitten with Angel.
These five characters include winners, losers, and users who all struggle as Guy says, “to look beyond 125th Street” for the fulfillment of their dreams.
 
Gas Stipend available for those who qualify.
 
Location: Pearl Theater
14803 Park Almeda Dr.
Houston, Texas 77047
 
Please prepare a short monologue and be prepared to read from the script. Please bring resume and headshot as well as any conflicts.
*If auditioning for Angel, please prepare a few bars of a blues song.

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

  • November 18 @ 3pm
  • November 19 @ 7pm

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Performances: January 25 - February 10, 2019
  • First read through: November 29 @ 7pm
  • Rehearsal begin: December 10
  • Tech week begins: January 20

CHARACTERS:

Angel Allen – a thirty-four-year-old black woman who looks five years younger; former back-up singer at the Cotton Club. Self-absorbed, relies on her charm and sex appeal to get what she wants. Singing voice required.
 
Guy Jacobs – a thirtyish black man; costume designer at The Cotton Club who dreams of dressing Josephine Baker in one of his original creations. He is flamboyant, larger than life, and believes in living life to the fullest.
 
Delia Patterson – a twenty-five-year-old black woman; social worker on staff at the Margaret Sanger family planning clinic. Bright-eyed and full of idealism.
 
Sam Thomas – a forty-year old doctor at Harlem Hospital. Jovial and big-hearted.
 
Leland Cunningham – a twenty-eight-year old black man from Alabama; Devout, conservative, Christian. Recently widowed and newcomer to Harlem.

 

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Auditions - The Velveteen Rabbit

Auditions The Velveteen Rabbit

Auditions Announced:

The Velveteen Rabbit written by Philip Grecian
Directed by Katie Harrison

About the Play
"There are two ways to be real," the Skin Horse says. "The first is when you are real to one special child, and the second is when you are real to the world." More than anything he wants to be a real rabbit—real to the world. One night the Toy Fairy offers him his chance, but he must leave with her immediately. The boy, who is ill with scarlet fever, will die without him. Will the Velveteen Rabbit go with the Toy Fairy, or will his love for the boy cause him to turn his back on the thing he wants most? If he stays, what will happen to him? This holiday favorite will delight you with comedy, warmth, adventure and a final triumph for the hero, who learns that love makes all things real.
 
Audition Information

Adapted by Philip Grecian from the Story by Margery Williams
Directed by Katie Harrison
Production dates: December 7-16, 2018

Auditions: October 7 and 8 at 7pm
Location: Pearl Theater
14803 Park Almeda
Houston, TX 77047

Please bring resume and headshot and be prepared to read from the script.

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

  • October 7 and 8 at 8pm

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Performances: December 7-16

CHARACTERS:

Actors ages 18+ are invited to audition with the exception of the role of ALEX. 

Alex – a little boy about 8 years old. Can be played by youth or adult actor
Nana – an older woman
Timothy – a toy wooden lion
Mouse – a wind-up toy
Bulka – a toy rag puppy
The Velveteen Rabbit – a stuffed toy rabbit
The Skin Horse – a well-worn horse
The Toy Fairy – looks after the toys we have loved and lost
Rabbit 1 – a wild rabbit, timid and suspicious
Rabbit 2 – another wild rabbit, out-going and bold
The Doctor – from time to time, comically pompous

 For more information on auditions, please feel free to contact us.

Auditions - Kid Frankenstein

Auditions Kid Frankenstein

Auditions Announced:

Kid Frankenstein directed by Renee van Nifterik
Written by Kathryn Schultz

About the Play
Frightfully funny laughs are in store in this bright new version of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein! Here Frankie and Irving are science nerds who have an unusual idea for the upcoming Science Fair. When Doctor Frankenstein's ancient secret book arrives from Transylvania, the friends are whisked into a sci-fi fantasy of time-warped, weirdly scary and lively adventure. When Frankie needs a brain for his new monster, Irving and Helga sneak into the science lab to grab a monkey brain. However, it gets mixed up with the brain of little Fluffy, a sweet puppy dog.  Hilarity ensues as Frankie and his crew present a surprising monster to the Science Fair! Troublemakers T-Bone and his Gang of Bonez try to ruin Frankie's plans even as the Monster terrifies the Villagers.  Science Teacher, Mrs. Newton comes to the rescue. Only she can stop the terrible brain transference!  Fearful villagers storm the kids' basement laboratory and lead the play to its warm and funny conclusion. 
 
Audition Information

We are seeking a cast of 12-15 actors and actresses for this fun play. Male or female performers can play most roles. Ages 10-17 are welcome to audition. No experience is necessary. The process will consist of reading from the script, improv activities, and theatre games. 
Auditioners should arrive at 2pm and bring a headshot and resume, if you have one. If not, a school photo will do.

Parents will be required to help in some way on the production. More details will be provided at the parent meeting.


Please bring a list of possible rehearsal conflicts. No conflicts will be accepted for tech week and performance days. 

Rehearsals will generally be Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There will be some additional or alternate days as we get closer to performance time. A complete schedule will be available at auditions.

Production Fee: $250, if cast. There is no fee to audition.

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

  • September 15, 2pm

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Performances: November 2-4 & 9-11 
  • First Read-Through and Parent Meeting: September 19
  • Tech Week: 10/28, 10/29,10/30 (No conflicts, please)

CHARACTERS:

Frankie Stein – Kid scientist. He is smart, determined, and loves Science.

Irving –Frankie’s best friend. Good-natured, witty, and, and realistic.

Helga- Principal’s daughter. New in town and hoping to make friends. Speaks with a German accent.

Monster – few lines, but lots of physical acting required. Must have good facial expressions.

Kidz – Ensemble of school kids, storytellers, Villagers. 

Gang of Bonez – Kid troublemakers. They like to tease and pick on others at school.

            T-Bone – Leader of the Gang of Bonez

            Barbie Q – Smart girl in the Gang, but tries to appear like she’s not very smart

            Cleaver – Tough guy in the gang

            N.M. Skull – Not-so-bright guy in the gang

Mrs. Newton – Science teacher. Loves all things Science. 

Mr. Klondike – Principal. He is Helga’s father and approaches job like a military officer. e HeHe speaks with a thick German accent.

Mr. Spots – Zookeeper – He is goofy and speaks with a country accent.

Mrs. Magillacutty – Old lady who is nearly blind. A fun comedic role for an expressive actress. 

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Auditions ~ Silent Sky

Auditions Silent Sky

Auditions Announced:

Silent Sky
by Lauren Gunderson

In Lauren Gunderson’s witty, fictionalized portrayal of her life, Henrietta Swan Leavitt receives the opportunity of a lifetime when she is called to join Harvard’s corps of “computers”. With her compatriots, Annie Jump Cannon and Wilhelmina Flemming, Leavitt searches photographs of the night sky, mapping the stars in order to determine our place in the galaxy. Family and romance vie for her attention as she catalogues the stars, and she is torn between a life of love, of duty, and of devotion to her science.

Leavitt’s struggle as a woman in a male-dominated scientific field remains relevant today. Though many barriers to entry in physics and astronomy have been overcome, women still face being paid less than men across the board, and women of color particularly face unique challenges in science academia and industry. The Pearl’s production of Silent Sky seeks to explore through Leavitt’s story a common root in the challenges faced by Leavitt and her contemporaries and by broad range of women of color in science today.

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

  • August 5, 3pm
  • August 6, 7pm

Women of color are particularly encouraged to audition.  Please bring headshot or current photo and updated resume'.

PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • October 5 - 21,  2018

CHARACTERS:

  • Wilhelmina Flemming: ~40s-50s, A fellow computer, older than Cannon or Leavitt.
  • Annie Jump Cannon: ~30s-40s, Head of the women computers, a serious, focused woman.
  • Margaret Leavitt: ~30s, Musician and composer, sister to Henrietta, devoted to family.
  • Peter Shaw: ~30s-50s, astronomer, assistant to Harvard Observatory Director Edward Pickering. In love with Leavitt.

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