Sunday, September 11, 2016

audition notice - IS HE DEAD? - Hale Centre Theatre - October 8

Hale Centre Theatre will hold auditions for Is He Dead?, playing December 31, 2016 – February 11, 2017. The show is produced by David and Corrin Dietlein, directed by M. Seth Reines and casting directors David and Corrin Dietlein. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Saturday matinee. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Mark Twain’s 1898 manuscript wasn’t discovered until well after his death and wasn’t published until 2003. It was produced on Broadway in 2007 starring Norbert Leo Butz.

The brilliant, but rarely-seen stage farce is the  story of a talented young painter named Jean-Francois Millet, who is deeply in love, but deeply in debt. To escape his money woes and become rich and famous, he fakes his own death and masquerades as his ‘country sister’. Now a rich widow, he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to his life, and marry his true love.

Audition Information: Saturday, October 8th 
The audition will consist of side readings. Sides will be provided. Please prepare 1 side to read.
Please be familiar with the play.
Read the breakdowns and bring your best characters to the audition.
Dance or singing will not be required at the audition.
The casting directors use Casting Manager during the casting process. Please post your head shot and resume to your Casting Manager profile.

Call Backs
Call backs for Is He Dead? will be held Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 AM with the first read through scheduled for Monday, November 14th at 7:00 PM.

Audition Location 
Auditions will be held at the theater located at 50 West Page Avenue in Gilbert.

How to make an appointment
You can sign up for appointments by CLICKING HERE

Each adult actor 16 years of age and older will receive a payment of $25.00 per performance.

Other Notes
Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Auditions are by appointment only. Any questions may be emailed to


Jean-Francois Millet/Widow Daisy Tillou: (25-35) Struggling French artist
Phelim O'Shaughnessy: (25-35) Irish pupil of Millet
Madame Caron/Sultan of Turkey: (40-60) Millet’s landlady
Madame Bathilde/Emperor of Russia: (40-60)  Millet’s landlady
Marie Leroux: (20-30) Millet’s sweetheart
Bastien Andre: (35-60) Art dealer and money lender
Agamemnon Buckner: (25-35)  Known as “Chicago,” a young American artist
Papa Leroux: (40-60) Marie and Cecile’s feeble father
Basil Thorpe (English Merchant)/Claude Riviere (French Reporter)/Charlie (Flamboyant Servant)/The King of France/French Inspector Monnet: (40-50) Played by one comic character actor
Cecile Leroux/Inspector Lefaux: (20-35)  Sister of Marie
Hans von Bismarck: (25-35) Known as “Dutchy,” a German pupil of Millet

M. Seth Reines - Artistic Director of Arizona’s Showtune Productions, served as Artistic Director of Little Theatre on the Square for 25 years and Artistic Producer for Prather Entertainment Group for 10 years. Seth has staged over 450 productions for stage and television, including national tours of All Shook Up,The Wedding Singer, Sunday in the Park With George and South Pacific. Winner of the Cleveland Drama Critics’ Award and San Francisco’s Dramalogue Award, Seth has directed such stage luminaries as Sierra Boggess, Emily Loesser, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, Tom Wopat, and Peter Allen.

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