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Stage 212 has announced auditions for our Summer 2020 production, KISS ME, KATE! . Auditions will take place at Stage 212, 700 1st Street in LaSalle on Friday April 3rd at 6:30pm and Saturday April 4th at 10:00am. If callbacks are required, they will be on Saturday April 4th at 2:00pm. Auditioners should come prepared with a 30 second to 1 minute vocal audition. The selection should be musical theater based. Auditioners will be taught a one minute dance audition. Those with tap experience will be taught an additional tap combination. For those seeking principal roles, reads from the script will also be required. Preparation of these reads are not necessary, but are linked for those who wish to see prior to auditions. We encourage all to audition regardless of previous experience.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite one another in a new production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate each other, they are also still in love. Throw in a number of cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic routines into the mix and you get Kiss Me, Kate -- a dazzling Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical. With a score by Cole Porter, this production is famous for classics songs such as Another O’penin’ Another Show, Too Darn Hot and So In Love.
PERFORMANCE DATE AND TIMES
Friday, July 17th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 18th at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 19th at 2:00pm
Thursday, July 23th at 7:30pm
Friday, July 24th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 25th at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 26th at 2:00pm
Friday, July 31st at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 1st at 7:30pm
Sunday, August 2nd at 2:00pm
CASTING CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Fred Graham—30-50, strong baritone, commanding presence. He is actor, director and producer of the play within the play The Shrew and plays Petruchio—he has the lion’s share of Shakespearean dialogue. He is also Lilli’s ex-husband.
Lilli Vanessi—30-50, strong mezzo soprano. She is an actress of stage and screen,proud, haughty, much like her character Katherine in The Shrew, but also vulnerable. Ex- wife of Fred and engaged to Harrison Howell.
Lois Lane—20-30, strong mezzo belter. She is an actress, the quintessential airhead ingénue but with lots of charisma and charm. She also plays Bianca in The Shrew.
Bill Calhoun—20-30, strong tenor or baritenor. He is a ne’er-do-well actor who has a bit of a gambling problem. Is a Broadway hoofer, so he should move well. He also plays Lucentio in The Shrew.
Harrison Howell—50+, does not sing. Dignified gentleman from Georgia, very political, sometimes played as a general or retired general. He is a little stuffy and kind of a hick and can have a bit of a Southern accent. He is engaged to Lilli Vanessi.
First Man (Gangster)—30-50+ comic baritone or tenor. He is the archetypical gangster complete with accent. Does some soft shoe in “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” so should move well. Also appears in The Shrew (unexpectedly)
Second Man (Gangster)—Qualities the same as the First Man, but a bit more reserved and dryer of wit.
Harry Trevor—50+, sings in the ensemble. He is an actor who appears mostly in The Shrew as Katherine and Bianca’s father, Baptista. He has mainly Shakespearean dialogue.
Hattie—Any age, good voice. She is Lilli’s dresser and sings ”Another Op’nin’, Another Show and sings in “Too Darn Hot”. Opens the show, so should have a good voice and charisma.
Ralph—Any age, sings in the ensemble in “Too Darn Hot” and “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”, may be featured as soloist as well. Is the stage manager of The Shrew. This role can be played by a woman as well (name will be changed).
Stage Doorman—Any age, sings in the ensemble in “Too Darn Hot”.
Paul—Any age, tenor or baritenor. He is Fred’s dresser and is the featured singer/dancer in “Too Darn Hot” so he should sing and move well.
Gremio and Hortensio—Any age, tenor or baritenor. Actors who appear in The Shrew. They will also sing in the ensemble of both The Shrew and in “Too Darn Hot”. Both are featured in several numbers and should sing well and move well.
Haberdasher—Any age, can be played by a woman. An actor who sings in the ensemble throughout and plays the Haberdasher in The Shrew.
Nathaniel, Gregory, and Phillip—Any age. Actors who sing in the ensemble throughout and play Petruchio’s man servants in The Shrew.
Ensemble—Actors, stage crew, wardrobe, etc, who sing in the ensemble throughout, both in modern day and in The Shrew. Many opportunities for small sung and danced solos.