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2017 Casting Summer Stock Season

Nittany Theatre at the Barn

2017 Summer Stock Season

Casting Information

Open-Local AUDITIONS for Church Basement Ladies, Greater Tuna, Looking, and Mae are complete! Thanks to all for your efforts!

Open-Local AUDITIONS #2: Treasure Island, Man of La Mancha

Friday March 17, 6:30-10:30pm, 1327 South Inverary Place, State College

Saturday March 18, 1:00-4:30pm, 1327 South Inverary Place, State College

Saturday March 25, 1:00-2:30pm, 1327 South Inverary Place, State College

(call-backs, if necessary, will be held immediately following 2:45-5:45pm)

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Local Audition Preparations:

Musicals: Cold readings from scripts; singing (prep 16 bars uptempo/16 bars ballad); resume and headshot (headshot taken on site).

Submitted Auditions (send to dave@nittanytheatre.org):

Create video of brief dramatic/comedic reading (2 minutes or less); Create video of uptempo/ballad (16 bars preferred); Create video of dance (if desired); submit headshot/pix and resume.

We take submitted auditions very seriously and we DO CAST from video submission! 😉

Treasure Island (June 20-July 8) 15 Performances

3 Females/7 Males

About the Show: Treasure Island is a World Premiere adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island; as a pirate adventure with music. Centered on the recollections of Jim Hawkins, Treasure Island is a“coming of age” story that breathes life into Stevenson’s marvelous and beloved characters. On a magnificent set by our own Will Snyder, our production features the iconic ship and island-beach of the story, peppered with some of the best-known characters in literature; from Long John Silver to Ben Gunn.

Characters:

Jane/Jim Hawkins: 16 year-old handmaiden at Admiral Benbow Inn, adventurous daughter of Mrs. Hawkins/Ship’s Cabin Boy ROLE IS CAST

Mrs. Hawkins/O’Brien: Mistress of the Inn, mother of Jane, practical, plays mid-50s/One of Captain Flint’s crew, a salty mouth

Susan/George Merry/Ben Gunn: Serving Maid at the Inn, fun loving, plays 20’s/One of Captain Flint’s crew, murderous ROLE IS CAST

Doctor Livesey/Mr. Arrow/Pirate: Village doctor, family friend of the Hawkins Family/ Heavy drinking First Mate and friend of Doctor Livesey

Squire Trelawney: Local Squire, bumbling and full of himself.

Black Dog: One of Capt. Flint’s pirate crew, dim-witted

Israel Hands: One of Capt. Flint’s pirate crew, spokesman of the pirates

Captain Smollett: Stern and business minded, Captain of the Hispaniola, 50s plus

Long John Silver: Ship’s Cook and First Mate for Captain Flint, became Captain after Flint’s death; lovable and endearing, Long John is a pirate’s pirate; wily, illusive, sometimes deadly ROLE IS CAST

Ben Gunn/Blind Pew: Crazed-marooned pirate of Treasure Island. ROLE IS CAST

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Man of La Mancha (July 18-August 5) 15 Performances

5-7 Females/12-15 Males

About the Show: Man of La Mancha, based on Cervantes’ epic 17th-century novel, Don Quixote, is a remarkable, poignant, moving musical that was one of the first shows to musicalize a piece of historical literature. Set in the context of the Spanish Inquisition, Man of La Mancha is presented as a play-within-a-play. We encounter historical author Miguel de Cervantes in prison, awaiting trial by the Inquisition. When his fellow prisoners try to take Cervantes’ belongings from him, including his manuscript, Cervantes proposes a trial in which he proves the merit of the manuscript through a reenactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters in his play. Together, they tell the story of the aged Alonso Quijana who believes himself to be a knight errant, names himself Don Quixote, and pursues an obsessive quest to attain an impossible dream. Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire Sancho Panza take to the road in a quest to chivalry, and seek out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness and despair. Through the story, all the prisoners – at least for a moment – are transformed. The mad Don Quixote may think a windmill to be a giant and a tavern to be a castle, but along the way he also transforms a wretched woman into a beautiful lady – and proves that an old man’s belief can truly make him a knight. Man of La Mancha features such stirring songs as “Dulcinea” and the now-famous standard, “Quest” – more famously known as “The Impossible Dream.”

Characters:

Don Quixote/Cervantes: Tall, thin man in his late fifties; he is an actor, playwright, and would-be knight. He is a romantic—some sane crazy—and has a vision of a far better and nobler world, where knights and chivalry rule the day. Baritone ROLE IS CAST

Sancho: Older than Don Quixote, Sancho has served Quixote/Cervantes for many years and is devoted to him, even with all his idiosyncrasies. Tenor

Aldonza: A serving woman and a part-time prostitute at the inn, Aldonza is rough on the exterior, but has a gentle heart inside and yearns to believe what Don Quixote tells her. Quixote falls in loves with her and insists her name is Dulcinea and that she is a beautiful, gentle woman. Soprano

Innkeeper/The Governor/Padre: A large and powerful man, he is kind as the Innkeeper, but as the Governor is the leader of the inmate society in the prison. Bass

Dr. Carrasco/The Duke/Knight of the Mirrors/Anselmo: As the character of the Duke he sidekick to the Governor; however, when he plays Dr. Carrasco, he is Antonia’s fiancé. He thinks Don Quixote mad and insists that he come home and be treated for his malady. Baritone

Antonia: Quixote’s niece and Dr. Carrasco’s fiancée. Soprano

The Housekeeper: Attends the affairs of Alonso. Mezzo soprano

The Barber: Tenor

Pedro/Captain of the Inquisition: The head muleteer, Pedro is a mean and vicious man, leading an attack on Aldonza.

Anselmo: A muleteer

Jose: A muleteer

Juan: A muleteer

Paco: a muleteer

Tenorio: A muleteer

Maria: The Innkeeper’s wife

Fermina: A servant girl/Moorish dancer

The Guitarist:

Soldiers/Prisoners/Gypsies/Men of the Inquisition:

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Casting Information: We offer up to 12 EBS Summer Acting Internships that include stipends for expenses from $200 to $1,000 depending on roles/number of shows. We do not offer housing or per diem contracts. All other acting castings are ALL-VOLUNTEER positions. University-College credits are available via Penn State University for THEA 189 students. At this time, we do not offer Equity Membership Points. Actor’s Equity special performance contracts are possible for select actors.