Audition Notices for Fall 2014 (2)
University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Theatre and Dance
Announces Auditions for
love & information
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Susan Pfeffer
“Is it better to know things or not to know things?” asks a character at the start of Caryl Churchill’s boldly conceived love and information. Produced by New York Theatre Workshop at Minetta Lane in spring 2014 and slated to open at San Francisco’s A.C.T. Strand Theatre in spring 2015, this cutting-edge theatrical work is the brilliant playwright’s contemporary foray into the twists and turns of human relationships in the information age. Susan Pfeffer interprets and informs the interjections of 58 short scenes with over 100 characters that engage in quick, intense moments of joyful and despairing communication. Each story recognizes the complexity of interpretation and the filter of subjective experience in real-time conversation and digital correspondence. In an exciting collaboration between UNR’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Computer Science’s Robotics Research Lab, the upcoming inception will investigate actor-robot interaction onstage in recognition of today’s critical use of valuable technology co-mingled with the desire for heartfelt connection.
When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Please sign up for a two-minute time slot on the UNR Callboard located in the Church Fine Arts hallway.
Where: Redfield Studio Theatre
Please check in with the Stage Manager outside of the theatre 15 minutes before you are scheduled to audition.
Who: Priority is given to UNR students—however, all are welcome!
What: Prepare to show a one-minute, physicalized contemporary monologue.
For any questions regarding auditions, contact Susan Pfeffer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Redfield Studio Theatre (evening time TBA)
Cast list & first rehearsal call will be posted by 12 pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014
October 2-9 (including evenings and weekends)
October 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
October 12 at 1:30 pm
University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Theatre & Dance
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Original Choreography by Susan Stroman
Originally directed by Mike Ockrent
Originally Presented by Radio City Entertainmnet
at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Adam Cates, Director/Choreographer
Gary Aldrich, Musical Director
Auditions for all roles: August 26th, 2014 *
(Church Fine Arts Building)
sign-in begins at 6:15pm
*Please note: Auditions for Children ages 7-13 will take place at
another time. Children will not be seen on the 26th, 27th, or 28th.
Children’s Audition Notice to be posted separately.
Rehearsals October 13th - November 12th, 2014: Rehearsals will take place at
the Church Fine Arts building Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Fri evenings 7pm -
11pm and Saturdays 11am - 6pm.
***Not every performer will be called for every rehearsal session. If cast,
you will be given a schedule two weeks in advance of those rehearsals for
which your character(s) will be needed. We will make an effort to work
around conflicts when scheduling rehearsal sessions if possible, however,
please be prepared to list all of your Oct./Nov. conflicts on your audition
form at the time of auditioning.
Performances November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd & December 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th,
and 7th. A mandatory brush-up run on December 1st. Tech week is November
16th through 20th.
***You must be available for all of these dates if you wish to be in the show.
Auditions on the 26th will consist of singing and dancing. All performers should
prepare 32 measures of a song appropriate to the style of A Christmas Carol
(contemporary Broadway or Disney including Menken & Ashman, Ahrens &
Flaherty, and Stephen Schwartz, are appropriate). You may sing a song from
the show if you choose. You should provide proper sheet music (no lead
sheets/transposing). We will provide the accompanist. No recorded audio or
karaoke tracks. A cappella singing is NOT encouraged. Scripts and scores will
be available for checkout in the Theatre Office for those wishing to become
more familiar with specific roles in the show. Please remember that vocal
auditions not only show us your ability to sing but also your ability to make
strong acting choices. A well-prepared audition is highly encouraged...
Bring dance attire or clothes that you can move in easily to change into for the
dance portion. Bring both jazz shoes or character heels and tap shoes. (If you
do not own tap shoes, please bring a well fitting shoe with a hard sole that you
can learn the tap combination in). Ladies who dance on pointe should bring
If you have a picture and resume please bring a non-returnable copy (stapled
back to back). A picture and resume are not required. You will be asked to fill
out an audition form at the time of the audition. Please arrive early to do so.
August 27th & 28th: Be prepared for a potential callback on one or both of these
evenings. Callbacks will consist of cold readings, more dancing, and singing
from the score depending upon roles you are called back for. Materials
PRINCIPAL & FEATURED ROLES
Ebenezer Scrooge: Male, 40s-60s. Lead. A self made man. Wealthy and alone.
Selfish, guarded, untrusting of others and impatient with the downtrodden. Finds
redemption and clarity after visiting his past and present choices and future
Bob Cratchit: Male. 20s-30s. Smart but poor. Not assertive. Works for Mr. Scrooge as
a means to feed his family. A loving father and husband. Kind.
Jacob Marley: Male. Character man. Scrooge’s former business partner. Now
deceased and doomed to an eternity in chains. Comes back warning Scrooge to
change his ways before it’s too late. Plays his “younger self” and the Undertaker.
Ghost of Christmas Past: Male or Female. Any age. Cheerful and spritely. Shows
Scrooge his past that has led him to his current state. Doubles as the Lamplighter.
Ghost of Christmas Present: Male. Any age. Jovial, larger-than-life. Shows Scrooge
all the joy, love, and celebration he his missing out on while those around him
celebrate Christmas. Tap dancing helpful but not necessary. Doubles as the
Blind Old Hag: Female. Any age. Citizen of London who begs for coins. Warns
Scrooge to beware his future. We never see her face.
Ghost of Christmas Future: Female. Any age. Beautiful and terrifying. A principal
dance role requiring strong ballet technique and fierce acting ability—the character
never speaks. Shows Scrooge his terrible fate. May dance on pointe (but
choreography tailored to dancer’s strengths). Also ensemble.
Mr. Fezziwig: Male. 40s-50s. A portly, jolly man who threw an annual community
Christmas party. Scrooge’s first boss who taught him everything he knew. A mentor
who grew disappointed in what Scrooge became. Also plays Old Joe.
Mrs. Fezziwig: Female. 40-50s. The quintessential hostess and prideful wife of Mr.
Fezziwig. Also plays Mrs. Mops (Scrooge’s housekeeper).
Young Scrooge: Male. 18-25. The younger version of Scrooge who works for Mr.
Fezziwig. Chooses a life of saving money over starting a happy family with Emily. Also
Young Emily: Female. 18-22. Scrooge’s former fiancé, unimpressed with wealth.
Scrooge breaks her heart when he chooses money over her. Also ensemble.
Mrs. Cratchit: Female. 20s-30s. Devoted to her husband and children. Makes the
best of what she has, but has an assertive streak. Also ensemble.
Fred Anderson: Male, 25-35. Scrooge’s nephew and only living relative. Believes in
the Christmas spirit and has not lost faith in his uncle. Also ensemble.
Men: Singers who move and dancers who sing to play charity men, bankers, chimney
sweeps, ghosts, monks, gravediggers, tap dancing elves, and citizens of London. Tap
or tumbling skills for dancers a plus. Featured roles include the Beadle, Mr. Smythe.
Women: Singers who move and dancers who sing to play charity women, music hall
tappers, grannies, angels, and citizens of London. Tap skills for dancers a plus.
Featured roles include Scrooge’s Mother, Sally Anderson.
Swings/Understudies: A male and female swing will be cast to cover all ensemble
roles. Understudy assignments for principal roles will come from the ensemble.
KIDS** (to be auditioned on a different evening)
Tiny Tim: Male. 7-11 year old child. The Cratchit’s son suffering the after effects of
polio. Uses a crutch. Embodies the spirit of Christmas. Optimistic and sees the good
in people. Brave.
Kids Ensemble: various ages 7-13. Must sing well and dance. Featured roles of
Young Ebenezer Scrooge, Young Fan Scrooge, Martha Cratchit, Grace Smythe and
This opportunity is open to UNR students, as well as students from other theatre
programs and adults and teens from the community-at-large. UNR students may
enroll to receive college credit though that is not a requirement for all.