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AUDITIONS

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

MPA operates based on the current CDC guidelines. Changes to our masking policy will be based on the current CDC guidelines in Clark County. 

 

Actors in Next to Normal are volunteers. But we understand that travel to be in a play is difficult with our current gas prices.  We will be offering $50.00 to each cast member upon completion of the show.

All roles will be filled by actors age 18 or older.

Next to Normal

Directed by: Bryce Britton

Music Direction by: Alex Trull

Stage Management: Kat Faye Cummings

 

Audition Submissions Due: December 30th

In Person Auditions:

Saturday, December 30th, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

( Email for timeslot. )

Callbacks:

Wednesday, January 3rd, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

( You may not be need for the entire time. )

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, it is the Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart. Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

AUDITION FORM

If you have any questions please email 

katefaye.cummings@gmail.com

or call 360-975-1585

Audition Submission and Contact Details

To submit your audition, or to request your audition time slot, email Kate Faye Cummings ( Stage Manager )
at katefaye.cummings@gmail.com using the subject line

N2N Casting [ Your Name ]

Audition & Callback Date, Time and Venue

If Auditioning Online:
Please send Video Auditions to
katefaye.cummings@gmail.com by Saturday, December 30th, using the subject line

N2N Casting [ Your Name ]

If Auditioning In-Person:

In-Person Auditions will be Saturday, December 30th, 3:00pm-6:00pm ( Email for Timeslot )

Callbacks

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

( You may not be needed for the entire time. )

There will be no Dance Callbacks.

The audition, callback, rehearsal and performance venue is

Metropolitan Performing Arts located at 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98686.

Audition and Callbacks Panel

You will be auditioning for the Director ( Bryce Britton ) and Music Director ( Alex Trull ), an accompanist may also be present in the room at callbacks.

 

The Stage Manager ( Kate Faye Cummings ) will be at the venue to run the callbacks and assist with any questions. 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

6 Roles for Age 18 and Up Actors.

• Variety in look with all ethnicities, body shapes and sizes ( We are Open to Cross-Gender Casting )

• Versatility in acting range, with the ability to play more than one character, including

characters of contrasting ages

• Strong solo singers who can also blend in an ensemble

• Strong singers who can dance

• Strong dancers who can sing

• Friendly people who work hard

• Commitment to the show and rehearsal process

• A great attitude

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Diana

Delusional, Bi-Polar and Depressed. The sexiness of her yesterdays have only recently began to soften. She is determined to make her family perfect but is tortured by a death in the family.

Age: 40 to 45

Vocal Range: G3 - F#5

Gabe

Diana & Dan's son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine.
Age: 18 to 21 ( 18+ Performer )

Vocal Range: B2 - C5

Dan

Diana's Husband. He is handsome and genuine. Though a constant in Diana's tumultuous life, he has grown tired and weary of her antics.
Age: 40 to 45

Vocal Range: Ab2 - B4

Natalie

Diana & Dan's troubled daughter. An accomplished pianist and hardworking student, her struggles are exacerbated by her mother's behavior. She greatly admires Henry.
Age: 16 ( 18+ Performer )

Vocal Range: G3 - G5

Henry

Natalie's Classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance..

Age: 17 ( 18+ performer )

Vocal Range: G#2 - B4

Dr. Madden

Diana's handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star.

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal Range: A2 - A4

AUDITION FORMAT

 

Video auditions must be submitted by Friday, December 30th. Any video submissions received after will not be considered. Email your submissions to Kate Faye Cummings at

katefaye.cummings@gmail.com

Using the subject line
N2N Casting [ Your Name ]

Include a Headshot, Acting Resume and Completed Audition Form.

In-Person Auditions

You will have two minutes to sing selections from two contrasting songs of your choice. Preferably in the style of the show.

 

You are required to sing a song that shows your vocal range and ability. This should be a song that you know well and can perform by heart. The song should be performed to an instrumental backing track or have sheet music for the provided accompanist. Do not sing acapella. If you would like to self-accompany your song with an instrument ( e.g. Piano/Guitar ) you are welcome to do so.
 

Video Submission Auditions

You have three minutes total for your video submission. You should include your slate, two vocal selections from contrasting songs and a short monologue. Please make sure that you send in your audition form, headshot, and resume attached to your audition email and submit the audition under N2N Casting [ Your Name ].

 

Callback Format
 All auditionees should keep the call back dates available just in case.  You will be contacted if you are required for call backs and emailed further music to prepare if required. We suggest familiarizing yourself with the songs from the show before the call backs. Everyone should be prepared to dance and to read a script excerpt from the show in a “cold read.”

When and How Will You Find Out if You Are Cast?

 

We will notify you as soon as possible of the outcome of your audition whether you are cast or not.  Please ensure that the contact details you provide on your audition form are correct. 

 

 Auditionees who are cast will be contacted by telephone. Auditionees who are not cast will be notified by email. 

 

REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES

 

Rehearsals

 

General rehearsals are planned to commence on January 11th, 2024 from 7:30pm - 10:30pm. All rehearsals are held at Metropolitan Performing Arts. Please note that rehearsal calls are subject to change. All potential rehearsal days are listed below. We value your time, so we will only call you for the rehearsals that you are needed. However, you should ensure that you are generally available for these times during the rehearsal period prior to auditioning.

If you anticipate absences during the rehearsal period, please be honest about this on the audition form.

Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00pm - 10pm:

January 11th - March 7th

Additional Dates may be added based on artistic team and cast availability. 

 

Tech Weeks and Performance Dates
 

Cast will be required for each rehearsal during any tech rehearsals and all

performances. This is not negotiable.

 

Please consider your availability for rehearsals and the performance season prior to auditioning to avoid disappointment.
 

Cue to Cue: Saturday, March 9th & Sunday, March 10th

Dress Rehearsals: Tuesday, March 12th & Wednesday, March 13th

Final Dress: Thursday, March 14th
 

Performances are listed below. Tickets will be $25.00 general admission and $21.00 for Military/Senior/Students. (we participate in Arts for All)  All cast members will get two comp tickets to use for the run. 

 

Friday, March 15th at 7:30pm - Special VIP Donor Hour ( Before Opening )

Saturday, March 16th at 7:30pm

Sunday, March 17th at 2:00pm - Family Day

Friday, March 22nd at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30pm - Pride Performance

Sunday, March 24th at 2:00pm

Friday, March 29th at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 30th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm


 

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