Friday, May 19, 2017

audition notice - CHICAGO - Fountain Hills Theater - June 12 & 13

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

Audition Dates: 
Monday, June 12th at 7pm & Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, June 14th if needed

Production dates: September 1st - 17th
Performances: Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm
Possible Extension: September 21st - 24th

Call (480) 837-9661 x3 to register for an appointment
or register online at www.fhtaz.org/audition-form

Auditioners should prepare:
- 16 to 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice
- Bring sheet music in appropriate key. No CD’s
- Dress to move for dance audition.
- Headshot and resume if available
- List of possible rehearsal conflicts

CASTING:
Roxie Hart 25-40 mezzo Innocent, sexy, desperate, selfish. Roxie is not very bright and never thinks about the consequences of her actions before she says or does things. Every move is selfish, every idea foolish and ill-considered, and yet she remains strangely sympathetic because we know her selfishness is not malicious, but childish. All Roxie cares about is getting into Vaudeville. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer.

Velma Kelly 25-45 alto/belter Sarcastic, sexy, tough, funny. Velma is a former Vaudeville performer who also serves as the hostess. She often talks directly to the audience. She killed her husband and her sister after finding them together. Used to being the "headliner," she learns to hold her tongue and make nice to save her Vaudeville career. Needs to be a strong actress, singer and dancer.

Matron “Mama” Morton 35-65 alto/belter Sexy, funny, powerful and tough. The matron of the Cook County Jail who believes that all favors she gives should be reciprocated or paid for. If Billy is the Agent, Mama would be considered the Manager. Needs to be strong character actor who can sing well.

Billy Flynn 35-60 tenor Sexy, persuasive, manipulative, masculine. Billy is a suave, educated lawyer who can persuade anyone to do anything. Billy will take any case as long as it is sure to put money in his pocket. Billy is a lot like a Hollywood Agent. Needs to be a strong character actor who can sing and dance well.

Amos Hart 30-50 baritone Charming, funny, vulnerable, timid man. Amos is an average guy, not very good looking, not very smart. Manipulated easily, Amos is the only character in Chicago whose motives are entirely pure, never selfish and he's the only character who really loses ultimately. Strong character actor who can sing well.

Mary Sunshine any soprano Looking for either a male soprano or counter tenor who can sing legitimately up to a high B flat with the image of a good natured talk show host/hostess but is actually a high powered gossip columnist. Must be a good comedian.

Female/Male Featured Ensemble
Ages 16+. Looking for strong dancers and singers. Several featured acting roles including:

Hunyak: Accused of chopping off her husband’s head. She is actually innocent (one of the only ones), but because she only speaks Hungarian and refuses to plead guilty, she is found guilty and hanged. This is a challenging role as all Hunyak’s lines are in Hungarian. Would like this actress to have a strong background in ballet dance.

Liz:  Killed her husband with a shotgun because he “popped” his gum.

Annie: Found out her husband had several wives and killed him with Arsenic.

June: Killed her husband with a carving knife after he found out she cheated on him.

Mona: Killed her boyfriend after she found out he was sleeping around.

Go-to-Hell Kitty:  Kills her boyfriend in her apartment after coming home and finding him with two girls. She is wealthy and goes crazy telling everyone to "go-to-hell."

Master of Ceremonies: This person is responsible for introducing all the “Vaudeville Acts.” Must have strong speaking ability, lots of energy and presence.

Fred Casley: Sleeping with Roxie Hart and is shot and killed. Must play a “regular guy” in the first scene but play an overly dramatic version of himself in the courtroom scene.

Sergeant Fogarty: Police detective who interviews Amos after Roxie kills Fred. Typical “Chicago” cop who has been through this kind of thing many times.

Aaron:  Court appointed lawyer who tries to defend Hunyak. He gets extremely frustrated because he can’t understand her language and she refuses to plead guilty.

Foreman:  This person only has one line--however, s/he will play the part of all or half the jurors in the jurors’ box by switching chairs and swapping out hats and various disguises. This can be a very funny bit if done well.

We may cast one male and one female to play 6 jurors each.

Harrison: District Attorney who is prosecuting Roxie.

Judge:  Plays the judge in the courtroom scene.

Tailor/Bailiff/Court Clerk/Doctor/Reporters, etc. These are small roles that will be played by members of the featured ensemble.

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