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All auditions are held at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio at 322 West Ann St. unless otherwise noted. Click on this: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio for directions. Times and dates are specified in each show's audition information. Make sure to scroll down to get to the audition information for the Studio Series. Junior Theatre audition information is now found by selecting the Junior Theatre tab on our home page.
Upcoming Main Stage Auditions
directed by Jimmy Dee Arnold
PERFORMANCE DATES: January 9-12, 2020
*** AUDITION DATES HAVE CHANGED! ***
AUDITIONS: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 and WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 at 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio
CALLBACKS: Thursday, November 14
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its main stage production of The Fantasticks with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. The production is directed by Jimmy Dee Arnold, with music direction by Daniel Bachelis, and choreography by Patty Mazzola. Auditions MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 and WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 at 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio. Callbacks are scheduled for Thursday, November 14at 7:00 PM.
REHEARSALS: Begin Sunday, November 17
PRODUCTION DATES: January 9-12 at the Arthur Miller Theatre
Beloved by theatergoers for nearly 60 years, The Fantasticks is a musical allegory about the romance of a young couple, Matt and Luisa, who find their relationship tested by their meddling fathers and a bandit narrator known as El Gallo. There isn’t much of a plot beyond boy meets girl, boy loses girl, and boy gets girl back—but the charm of The Fantasticks is in its poetic innocence coupled with a now-classic score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt that includes “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain.”
Those wishing to audition should sign up for a 90 minute time slot HERE or by calling the office at 734-971-2228. Roles are open to actors of all backgrounds and gender identities. Each group will begin with readings from the script, then learn and perform a short dance/movement sequence (please come dressed to move). Those auditioning for the 3 non-singing roles may leave at this point. We will finish the session with singing auditions. All actors should prepare 32 bars of a song (preferably musical theatre genre) that demonstrates your singing ability. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music for your accompaniment, no lead sheets, please; no a capella auditions.
Auditioners must be available for callbacks and should be ready at the general audition to list any conflicts they have during the rehearsal period. Rehearsals will be Sundays - Thursdays from 7-10. (there will be no rehearsals on 11/27, 11/28, 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and 1/1) No conflicts will be allowed in the two weeks leading up to production.
El Gallo (High Baritone, 30-45)
As the narrator of the piece, he is the liaison between the audience and the action onstage. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, yet with darker moments. His attitude toward the rest of the cast reveals a decidedly mysterious side. Above all he is grand and must command attention.
Matt (Baritone, 16-26)
As a young lover, he is deeply in love, particularly with the idea of being in love. He lacks experience in the world so, while not stupid, he is naive and perhaps even foolish at times. His image of a young man in love is one of a gallant protector, meaning that he approaches some decisions with a falsified bravery that is little more than bravado.
Luisa (Legit Soprano, 16-26)
As a young lover, she is in love. She is in love with love, the idea of love, the idea of being in love and indeed everything remotely romantic. Her dreams are more fanciful than those of Matt. Because of her particular vision of romance, she deals with the world on a particularly naive level.
Hucklebee and Bellomy (Baritone, 45-60)
Blustery and Boisterous. Duo and team. Strong comedic timing a must. Fathers of Matt and Luisa. Always arguing and bickering, but secretly plotting together for the marriage of their children.
Henry and Mortimer (30-60)
Foolish comic actors who move the action while not seeming to contribute anything of substance. As performers their day has long past. Henry can play grand characters and recite Shakespeare, but with very little success these days. May be asked to speak in an English accent. Mortimer’s specialty is dying on stage in the manner of great adventures and melodramas. May be asked to speak in a cockney accent. Henry and Mortimer function as a unit and rarely appear apart from each other. They are entirely theatrical and theirs is the world of the stage.
The Mute serves many functions—setting props as characters need them, assisting El Gallo, and becoming the wall separating the families. While omnipresent the character must also have the ability to fade into the background. This is a functional character that sometimes interacts with the others.
directed by Andrew Jentzen
PERFORMANCE DATES: March 12-15, 2020
AUDITIONS: Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14 at 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, January 15
directed by Gary Lehman
PERFORMANCE DATES: April 23-26, 2020
AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 9 and Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio
CALLBACKS: Wednesday, February 12
MATILDA, THE MUSICAL
directed by Caitlin Rowe
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 4-7, 2020
KIDS Friday, March 20, 4:30-6:30 and Saturday, March 21, 2:00-4:00 at the A2CT Studio
ADULTS Friday, March 20, 7:30-9:30 and Saturday, March 21, 5:00-7:00 at the A2CT Studio
CALLBACKS: Sunday, March 22
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