Auditions for Night and Day—Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Night and Day—Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter”, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, conceived and written by Robert Cacciopo and Artie D’Alessio with musical arrangements by Victoria Casella, and directed by Alan Demovsky. “Night and Day—Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter” is a musical telling of the story of two couples and a butler at a summer house in the 1930s solely through the songs of Cole Porter.

AUDITIONS: Sunday June 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm and Monday June 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm

CALLBACKS: Tuesday June 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: September 16, 2022 thru October 8, 2022 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
A blend of a madcap romp resembling the high camp plays and movies of the 1930s, dripping with sophistication but not to be taken seriously, and a touching story of relationship, loss, and reconciliation.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (3 Males, 2 Females)

DONALD (MALE, ANY RACE/ETHNICITY, 20-50) – Host and owner of the summer house—wealthy, sophisticated, and handsome. Vocal Range: Baritone or Bari-Tenor

LINDA (FEMALE, ANY RACE/ETHNICITY, 20-50) – Donald’s wife, elegant and refined, beautiful. Vocal Range: Soprano/Mix

CHARLES (MALE, ANY RACE/ETHNICITY, 20-50) – Friend of Donald and Linda, also wealthy, a playboy. Vocal Range: Tenor

TILLY (FEMALE, ANY RACE/ETHNICITY, 20-50) – Charles’ wife, Broadway Starlet, sexy. Vocal Range: Mezzo/Mix

BUTLER O’REILLY (MALE, ANY RACE/ETHNICITY, ANY AGE) – A formal gentleman, refined and soft-spoken. Strong comic timing and delivery. Vocal Range: Baritone

AUDITION DETAIL: Please prepare an excerpt of a song (16-32 bars) from the American Songbook (i.e., Porter, Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, etc.) that best represents your voice and bring sheet music for the accompanist in the proper key. NO a cappella or recorded music auditions please. Those auditioning should also dress comfortably and be prepared to learn a brief dance routine.

All roles available. Casting is open to all. Newcomers are encouraged to join us. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event.

Every auditioner must be fully vaccinated, and proof of vaccination and ID must be presented at auditions. During rehearsals, fully vaccinated performers may remove masks while rehearsing in the mainstage or studios upon agreement of the cast and production staff, but masks must be worn throughout all other areas of the building. Visit https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/covid19 to read the theater’s current COVID policies and safety measures. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit http://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions

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Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.

Acting Opportunities

Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.

If you are cast…

All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.