Saturday, January 12, 2013

Audition Update: Don't Tell Mama L.A., Avenue Q, The Sound of Music

Don’t Tell Mama Auditions
The New York City institution Don’t Tell Mama is coming to Los Angeles and holding Open Call Auditions for performance staff for its new west coast branch. Needed are dynamic, determined, high energy men and women with wit, charm & star quality just waiting to be discovered. Auditions will take place on Wednesday, January 16 from 7:00 am - Noon at Don’t Tell Mama, 8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA. Artistic Director Ryan OConnor is looking for talented  bartenders, waiters, hosts, managers, Broadway inclined, classically trained, and the just too-damn-hot to ignore talents that are lurking in this city, waiting for a big break. They provide a stage, a mic, a nightly audience of industry insiders, and a paycheck. You provide an experience that their guests will talk about tomorrow and remember forever.

Auditions are on a first come, first served basis so get there early. Bring 3 copies of your headshot/resume and prepare 32 bars (approximately 2 minutes) of a Show Tune, Standard, or Contemporary/Classic Pop Hit. Piano accompaniment will be provided, but you must bring your own sheet music in the key you wish to sing. No transposition will be possible at the audition. If you have multiple appropriate audition selections, please choose the one that best shows off your abilities, but bring your book and be prepared to sing others. Please note: Your audition may be filmed for live morning network television, so be camera ready. A public parking lot is available at Kings Rd & Santa Monica Blvd. For more about Don’t Tell Mama in NY visit

Morgan-Wixson Avenue Q
Santa Monicas Morgan-Wixson Theatre is holding Non-Equity auditions for Avenue Q on Sunday, January 13 from 1-5 pm and Monday, January 14 from 6-9 pm. The show will be directed by Kevin Noonchester and music directed by Anne Gesling. Avenue Q runs March 9 - April 6, 2013, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

These auditions will consist of singing only. Callbacks will be held Saturday, January 19 from 1:00 to 6:00. You will be notified by e-mail if you are called back for reading and puppetry work. You MUST be available for the callbacks in order to be considered for the show. Prepare 2 contrasting songs of 32 bars each from contemporary musical theatre. One song may be from the show. Please note that you may not be asked to sing both selections. Accompanist is provided. Bring pix, résumés, and calendar with conflicts. All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to attend. Previous puppetry experience a serious plus but not required. For a complete breakdown of characters and description visit All Auditions will be held at the theatre located at 2627 Pico Blvd at 27th Street in Santa Monica. Street parking is available, or use the Venice Family Clinic after 6 pm. 

SDMT The Sound of Music
San Diego Musical Theatre announces auditions for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music directed by Todd Nielsen, with Don LeMaster as musical director. Please prepare 16-32 bars from standard musical theatre. No rock, pop or contemporary.  Bring 2 headshots, 2 resumes and sheet music in the correct key. AEA Guest Artist Contract is $400 weekly. There is pay for Non-Equity. First rehearsal for AEA members is April 23/Non-AEA rehearsals begin April 16. The Sound of Music runs May 10 - 26. Please call 619-977-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Auditions Dates:
Adults: Tuesday, February 19 - Callbacks:  Saturday, February 23
Children: Wednesday, February 20 - Callbacks: Friday, February 22
Audition Location: San Diego Musical Theatre, 4652 Mercury Street, SD 92111.
Performances: Birch North Park Theatre, San Diego, CA.

Character Breakdown:
Maria Rainer (plays early to mid-20s) A Postulant at Nonnberg Abbey. Young free-spirited restless girl who finds solace in her music and nature ultimately finds her true heart and life path in the raising of the Von Trapp children and love of Captain Von Trapp. Soprano.

The Mother Abbess (late 40's-early 60s) Head of Nonnberg Abbey. Strong yet supportive and kind in her guidance of Maria. Mezzo-Soprano.

Sister Berthe (30s - early 50s) Mistress of Novices. Serious and more strict than the other nuns.

Sister Margaretta (30's - early 50s) Mistress of Postulants. Gentler, kinder with a love of life and good sense of humor.

Sister Sophia (mid-20s - mid 40s) A sister at the Abbey. A good soul. Open minded to either of the other two nuns point of view.

Captain Georg von Trapp (40s - early 50s) Handsome well respected retired naval officer and widower. Stern, strict. Runs his household like a military unit. Cut off emotionally from loss of his wife eventually renewed by the presence of Maria. Baritone.

Franz (mid-30s - 50s) The Von Trapp’s butler previously the Captain’s orderly in the navy. Non-singing role.

Frau Schmidt (40s - late 50s) The Von Trapp's housekeeper. Efficient, spirited and good at her job. Eventually won over by Maria.

Liesl (plays 16) A young romantic, anxious to grow up and be independent, but still naive to much of the outside world. As the eldest, watches over the other children. Mezzo-soprano.

Friedrich - plays 14 - The eldest son, tries to act older and grown up though still quite boyish and shy. Wants to please his father. Boy soprano.

Louisa (plays 13) Mischievous and challenging.

Kurt (plays 10) Well mannered, sensitive and logical.

Brigitta (plays 9) Precocious, truthful and inquisitive.

Marta (plays 7) Follows the lead of her older sisters.

Gretl (plays 5) The youngest. Sweet and loving.

Rolf Gruber (plays 17) An ambitious and confident young delivery boy. Sweet on Liesl. Joins the Nazi effort. Tenor.

Elsa Schraeder (mid-30s - early 40s) - A wealthy, attractive and sophisticated baroness. Captain Von Trapp's fiancé. Unaccustomed to having children in her life. Alto

Max Detweiler - Charming energetic family friend to the Von Trapp's. Joking sense of humor. Talent agent and coordinator for music festivals. Bends whichever way the wind blows in life to survive. Baritone

Herr Zeller - Nazi sympathizer. Non-singing role.

Baron Elberfeld (late 40s - late 50s) Austrian neighbor to the Von Trapp's. Non-singing role

Admiral von Schreiber (late 30s - mid-50s) Nazi officer delivering recruitment papers to Captain Von Trapp. Non-singing role.

Male and Female Ensemble (assorted age range) to play: Neighbors of Captain von Trapp, nuns, novices, postulants, Nazi soldiers, and contestants at the Festival Concert.  All should be able to move well. All Women should be excellent choral singers as they will be included in the nun's chorus.

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