URI Theatre sets audition dates for two shows

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KINGSTON, R.I. — August 20, 2012 —The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces the audition schedule for two plays, Marvin’s

Room and Company. The auditions are open to the public. To sign up, call URI Theatre at 401.874.5921 or visit the theatre office on the second floor of

the Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.


Here are the scenarios and requirements:


Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson

Marvin’s Room is about three generations of family and about love, life and death. It is incredibly moving and extraordinarily funny. It will be presented as part of the 2012 URI Honors Colloquium on “Healthcare Change? Health, Politics and Money.” Marvin’s Room won the Outer Critics Circle Award, The Drama Desk Award and the John Gassner Award for Best New American Play. Contemporary play – locations in Florida and Ohio.


Auditions: Tuesday, September 4 from 6-10 pm (Juniors & Seniors) & Wednesday, September 5 from 6-10 pm (All others).

Callbacks: Thursday, September 6 from 6-11 pm in Robert E. Will Theatre.


All auditions will be in J Studio.


Director: Bryna Wortman

Cast size: 5 Women, 6 Men

Characters:

Bessie: 40ish, loving, caring

Dr. Wally: absent-minded doctor

Ruth: 70ish Bessie’s aunt – needy

Bob: Dr. Wally’s brother and receptionist

Lee: late 30’s Bessie’s sister, Hand and Charlie’s mother. Tough exterior, caring heart

Doctor Charlotte: late 30’s administration mental institution – abides by the rules, tries to be helpful

Hank: 17 emotionally troubled, basically OK kid

Charlie: Hank’s younger brother, observant

Retirement Home Director: by the rules lady

Marvin: Bessie’s father – elderly, ill, needy


Audition Requirements:

Please prepare a 1 to 2 minute monologue expressing a thought, an idea and/or feelings. No slang or foul language! Please read the entire play prior to your audition. Copies of the script are available in the URI Theatre Office. Be prepared to possibly read sides at the auditions; definitely at callbacks.


Rehearsals: Tuesday through Friday evenings 7-11 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons 1-5 PM, possibly Sunday evenings.

Full rehearsals start: Saturday, September 8.


Performances: Thursdays – Saturdays, October 11-13 and 18-20 at 7:30 pm, Sundays, October 14 and 21 at 3 pm.


COMPANY with Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth

In Stephen Sondheim’s 2010 book titled Finishing the Hat, he says the following about his masterpiece work: The Notion…A man with no emotional commitments re-assesses his life on his thirty-fifth birthday by reviewing his relationships with his married acquaintances and his girlfriends. That is the entire plot.


Auditions: Tuesday, September 4 from 6-10 pm (Juniors & Seniors) & Wednesday, September 5 from 6-10 pm (All others).

All auditions will be in G Studio.

Callbacks: Thursday, September 6 from 6-11 pm in G or J Studio.


Director: Paula McGlasson

Musical Director: Lila Kane, Choreographer: Dante Sciarra

Cast size: 8 Women, 6 Men


Ensemble Cast requiring singing actors with minimal dance requirements.


AMY: A frantic, neurotic, loving woman

APRIL: A girlfriend of Robert – a flight attendant; a bit air headed, but adorable

DAVID: Jenny’s husband, relaxed, in control

HARRY: Sarah’s husband – possibly an alcoholic in self-denial

JENNY: Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise

JOANNE: Acerbic, funny, demanding

KATHY: A girlfriend of Robert – sweet and very much in need of love

LARRY: Joanne’s husband, stoic and centered

MARTA: A girlfriend of Robert – an intensely “with it” woman

PAUL: Amy’s fiancé – coolly loving to Amy’s neurotic nature

PETER: Susan’s husband – the perfect husband and ex-husband

ROBERT: An observer, seemingly happy, but with a hidden pain

SARAH: Crisply critical, karate-learning over-eater

SUSAN: A delicate southern belle


Audition Requirements:

Please prepare 2 memorized songs…one an up-tempo selection and one a ballad. One selection should be a Sondheim song from any show other than Company. Bring sheet music to give to the accompanist. Please read the entire play prior to your audition. Copies of the script are available in the URI Theatre Office. Be prepared to possibly read sides at the auditions; definitely at callbacks.


Rehearsals: Tuesday through Friday evenings 6-10 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons 1-5 pm, possibly Sunday evenings.

Full rehearsals start: Tuesday, October 16.


Performances: Thursdays – Saturdays, November 29-December 1 & December 6-8 at 7:30 pm; Sundays, December 2 & 9 at 3 pm.