Sunday, August 10, 2014

audition notice DEBBIE DOES DALLAS

Nearly Naked Theatre will be holding auditions for

DEBBIE DOES DALLAS (THE MUSICAL)
by Erika Schmidt & Andrew Sherman

on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND (5 min. slots available between 6:00PM - 10:00PM)
and SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH (5 min. slots available between 2:00PM - 6:00PM)

(PLEASE NOTE: AUDITIONS FOR EACH SHOW ARE HAPPENING EARLIER THIS SEASON. DEBBIE DOES DALLAS DOES NOT REHEARSE UNTIL DECEMBER AND PERFORMS IN JANUARY)

WHEN PEOPLE THINK "DEBBIE DOES DALLAS" THEY THINK "MUSICAL THEATRE"... RIGHT?
The most important theatrical event of the 21st Century!  Or not. Debbie Does Dallas is a modern morality tale told as a comic musical of tragic proportions in the language of the rodeo-porno-football circus. Based (nearly word-for-word) on the 1970s "blue movie" of the same name, the story follows Debbie Benton, an all-American, small-town sweetheart on her coming-of-age quest to realize her dream-- to become a Texas Cowboys Cheerleader! The only thing standing in her way is the bus fare to Dallas and the inequity of her minimum wage job. So Debbie and her friends form Teen Services! A small company willing to take on BIG jobs.  Debbie Does Dallas manages to have it all: beauty, brains and a great (albeit naughty) sense of humor!

NEEDED
are 5 WOMEN and 3 MEN between the ages of 18-35

CHARACTERS

DEBBIE BENTON (f, mezzo 18-30) Our heroine. A beautiful naive small-town girl who dreams of big things.  She seems like a blonde bombshell-- voluptuous and squeaky clean, but underneath she is an existentialist.  She thinks deeply about things and is nonjudgmental and generous by nature.  She forgives easily but she also has the conviction/determination to pursue her dream and achieve it-- regardless of the cost.  She must be a strong singer and be able to cheer well.

LISA (f, mezzo, 18-30) A great cheerleader and the "girl we love to hate."  Sneaky and manipulative-- but she carries off her bad girl ways in a manner that makes us love her.  She uses her sexuality to achieve her goals and she loves to use her looks and charm and sex even in casual conversation (making for good comedy). Lisa's grown up lower-class, but she sets goals and achieves them... she just doesn't aim very high.  She must be a strong singer and cheer well.

ROBERTA (f, mezzo/alto, 18-30) The most naive, spacey, air-headed of all the girls and this is because she chooses to be. She lives in her own world, choosing to hear what sounds fun and blocking out everything else.  She is Lisa's best friend and is very comfortable with the way she looks and has lots of sex. She has a boyfriend Johnny, but they enjoy an open relationship.

DONNA (f, mezzo/alto, 18-30) Donna is a poet. She is a study in contradictions. She has a boyfriend, Tim, but is closest to Tammy (who is a prude). She wants to experiment with sex but she doesn't want to be branded as "easy." She is thoughtful and smart. Her favorite poet is probably Sylvia Plath, but her favorite movie is probably Titanic.

TAMMY (f, mezzo/alto, 18-30) Wants to be a senator when she grows up. She is a young Hillary Clinton with a sense of humor. Her role models are probably Condoleeza Rice and Madonna. She is prone to wisecracks and smart comments  that sometimes go over the other girls' heads (although she remains non-judgmental of their choices-- or tires to).  She does not have a boyfriend.  She is a virgin and wants to remain so.  Her best friend is Donna. 

~THE MEN~
All male actors also play roustabouts-- moving furniture, bringing on props and generally doing whatever it takes to keep the show moving quickly.

ACTOR ONE (m, tenor, 18-30) The quintessential suburban high-school heartthrob. Transforms from role-to-role, and their all pretty similar and therefore harder to make distinct. He must be funny and lovable and elicit nostalgia for high-school days. 
He plays RICK: Handsome, athletic, Quarterback and captain of the team, he's Debbie's boyfriend and he just really wants to have sex.  HAMILTON: A rick young tennis pro who owns a set of courts in town to teach lessons at. Arrogant, snobby and chauvinistic. MR. BIGTIME: the owner of the Texas Cowboys football team and cheerleading squad. He has a Texas accent and is a bit of a cowboy (cameo appearance only).

ACTOR TWO (m, bari-tenor/baritone, 25-35) A character actor who has the ability to be funny (and transformative) and also have real depth, soul and likeability in the role of Greenfelt.
He plays MR. GREENFELT: Owns the local sports goods store. Unmarried and lonely, he wanted to be an athlete but never made it. He is understated and earnest. He has a real thing for Debbie and while he is desperate to get in her pants in an aggressive/macho/man's-man kind of way, he deals with his desire in a gentlemanly fashion.  He is a simple man but he isn't stupid, nor manipulative. He cannot be smarter than Debbie although he has more life experience, they are equals.  BIDDLE: Works at the local library. He is repressed and reserved (meaning he's a male character in a porno that doesn't want to have sex.) Smart, rash, quick to anger and passionate about poetry.  KEVIN: A high-school jock, Rick's friend and an all-American football player who drinks beer and cuts school.

ACTOR THREE (m, baritone/bari-tenor, 20-30) Plays five roles and therefore must be facile at quick and total character transformations that are each equally funny. A comic. (He also appears as himself as the speaking roustabout.)
He plays HARDWICK: A swinger. He owns a candle shop with his wife and has probably spent the last ten years of his married life looking for a third party for their sexual activities. Open and fun-loving, you'd think he was a hippie, but he comes off kind of Mr. Rogers. BRADLEY: The kind of guy who hires high-school girls to wash his car when his wife is at work.  He is the high school Spanish teacher and for some reason chooses to speak only Spanish.  ASHLEY: Goods friends with Hamilton, rich and snobby. but challenged when it comes to scoring with the ladies. NICK: College-aged, he works at the record store and is a bit of a music snob. He has a certain cool-guy charm and appeal but in a very Athens, Georgia/High Fidelity kind of way. JOHNNY: The tight end of the football team. He is Rick's friend and a typical football-playing all-American high-school type.  TIM: Also on the football team, he is much more bookish than Rick.  He's Donna's boyfriend, and is shy, soft-spoken and sweet.

AUDITIONS
will be held on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st (5 min. slots available between 2:00PM and 10:00PM) and MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd (5 min. slots available between 6:00PM and 10:00PM) in the MUSIC ROOM of the METROPOLITAN ARTS INSTITUTE ("METRO ARTS"), 1700 N. 7TH AVE. PHX, 85007 (on the NW CORNER of 7TH AVE. & MCDOWELL).

PREPARE
TWO SONG CUTTINGS totaling NO MORE THAN 2 MINUTES (you will be timed) (One preferably in an upbeat pop, pop-country or rock-theatre genre) and a one minute comedic monologue. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MONOLOGUE, PLEASE COME AND AUDITION ANYWAY WITH YOUR CUTTINGS. Please bring sheet music in your key; AN ACCOMPANIST WILL BE PROVIDED. You may also bring CD accompaniment, but DO NOT BRING ipods, laptops or any devices which require special set-up time. YOUR AUDITION IS LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES. It is not recommended that you prepare any songs fromDebbie Does Dallas.

CALLBACKS
will be held on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH at 6:00PM
--BE PREPARED TO STAY LATE--
and will consist of songs from the score, cold reads from the script, and a cheerleading/movement audition. Please dress comfortably or bring a change of clothes. 

PLEASE NOTE: Ladies should expect to be seen in their bras or swim-tops (bring one) and men should prepare to be seen shirtless.

REHEARSALS BEGIN
the week of NOVEMBER 17th. But rehearsals are light for the first few weeks, and there will
be time off during the holidays in December.

PERFORMANCE DATES
for DEBBIE DOES DALLAS are JANUARY 9TH - 30TH.
Wed - Thu 8:00PM ~ Sun at 6:00PM or 2:30PM alternating.
Nearly Naked Theatre performs Debbie Does Dallas at the
HORMEL THEATRE AT PHOENIX THEATRE.

APPOINTMENTS
are made by emailing us at castingcouch@nearlynakedtheatre.org
Please include your FULL NAME and PHONE NUMBER in the body of the email (not just in your attachment), as well as WHICH DAY and GENERAL TIME you would prefer to audition (example: "SUN between 2:00-4:00: or "anytime after 5:00," etc.).  We will call or email you back with confirmation and specific time slot.  We prefer actors submit electronic headshots & resumes with their appointment request. Resumes are optional, but a HEADSHOT or ANY PICTURE OR YOURSELF is REQUIRED. Even a candid or a laser copy.

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