Auditions at A2CT are open, and there is no fee to audition. Anyone from Ann Arbor or the surrounding area may audition for shows. No pre-casting is allowed, and no one maybecome a part of a show at A2CT without auditioning
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.
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directed by Gary Lehman
PERFORMANCE DATES: April 23-26, 2020
AUDITIONS: **DATE CHANGE** Saturday, February 15 @ 3:00 PM and Sunday, February 16 @ 7:00 PM
CALLBACKS: Monday, February 17 @ 7:00 PM
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for the musical Godspell (2012), directed by Gary Lehman, with music direction by Evan Courtney and choreography by Lily Gechter. Auditions will take place on Saturday, February 15 at 3:00 PM and Sunday, February 16 at 7:00 PM at the A2CT Studio (322 West Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Callbacks are scheduled for Monday, February 17. Performance dates are April 23-26, 2020, at the Arthur Miller Theatre on UM’s North Campus.
A masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
Actors need only attend one of the general audition sessions (Saturday or Sunday), and should be available for callbacks. Auditions will start promptly at the posted time for each date. Please arrive early to complete audition paperwork. Be prepared to stay for the entire time. Vocal auditions will be the selected cuts from the show attached below. Accompaniment tracks may be found HERE. Actors should come prepared for a cold reading as well as ready for improvisational work. For improv work, be ready to move, collaborate, and create. Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely for the improvisational work. Be prepared to dance in either jazz shoes or gym shoes (no character shoes). Please bring a water bottle
Godspell is about building a community, so this show relies entirely upon the ensemble itself becoming a collaborative community!
Character & vocal ranges as well as audition music selections are below.
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, 7:00-10:00 and Saturday, March 21, 5:00-8:00 at the A2CT Studio
CALLBACKS: Sunday, March 22
All auditioning for Junior Theatre will be taught a song at auditions. Actors should arrive dressed to move. Actors should plan to attend auditions either Friday, March 20 from 4:30-6:30 or Saturday, March 21 from 2:00-4:00. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete audition paperwork and plan to stay for the entire 2 hours. Only attend one session.
All adults auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars a musical theater song from within the last 20-30 years. May be an up-tempo song or a ballad. No pop songs, please. Actors should arrive dressed to move.
Actors should plan to attend auditions either Friday, March 20 from 7:00-10:00 or Saturday, March 21 from 5:00-8:00. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete audition paperwork. A dance combination will be taught to all auditioning at the beginning of the audition time; and will be performed in small groups. Vocal auditions will follow. All are free to leave once their individual vocal auditions are complete. Only attend one session.
Call Backs if needed will be on Sunday, March 22 from 4:00-6:00pm for Junior Theatre and 5:00-7:00 for Adults. The cast list will be posted by Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00am.
Note for Junior Theatre and Adult Auditions: We will not be using British accents in this production. Please prepare your audition with your own, lovely, natural accent. There will be no line readings at the initial auditions. Your singing is your acting audition. Adults, think about your vocal selection and how it highlights not only your beautiful voice, but also your ability to convey emotions and tell a story through song.
Please bring ALL potential conflicts to the audition and thoroughly complete the conflict calendar. Note: there are no conflicts allowed from May 17-June 7. The audition form you sign is a contract with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and this production. Please be honest and up front about any conflicts. Conflicts will not necessarily impact casting decisions.
Rehearsals will be Sundays from 5:00-8:00 for the full company, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 for Junior Theatre and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:00pm for Adults.
The first all-company Read/Sing-Through will be on Sunday, April 5 from 5:00-8:00pm (location TBD). A parent meeting for Junior Theatre participants will immediately precede the rehearsal from 4:30-5:00.
Junior Theater Cast:
Matilda Wormwood - An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. The actor cast in this role will be extremely mature and ready to handle carrying an entire 21/2 hour production. There is a lot of singing, numerous monologues and some dancing.
Bruce Bogtrotter - Matilda’s classmate who is often tormented by Miss Trunchbull. He has a solo in Revolting Children.
Lavender - Matilda’s self-proclaimed best friend. Extra small and very plucky.
Amanda Thripp - Matilda’s classmate whose hair is always in braids. Miss Trunchbull does not like braids.
Alice - Matilda’s classmate.
Hortensia - Matilda’s classmate.
Eric - Matilda’s classmate. Miss Trunchbull stretches his ears out.
Nigel - Matilda’s classmate.
Tommy - Matilda’s classmate.
Additional classmates of Matilda and others listed above.
Michael Wormwood - Matilda’s dim-witted older brother. The favorite child of both parents. This actor will either double as a Big Kid or be a non-singing role.
Big Kids - Older students at Matilda’s school. They are disillusioned from years of the Trunchbull. One of these actors may double as Michael Wormwood.
Miss Agatha Trunchbull - The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school. She despises children. We will consider actors of any gender for this role. Tenor range.
Miss Honey - Matilda’s kind-hearted teacher. She is growing tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. Mezzo-Soprano.
Mr. Wormwood - Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used car salesman. High-baritone or low-tenor.
Mrs. Wormwood - Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother. An amateur ballroom dancer. Belter.
Mrs. Phelps - A kind librarian. Either a non-singing role or will double as a member of the ensemble.
The Escapologist - A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. May also be in the ensemble. Baritone.
The Acrobat - A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. May also be in the ensemble. Mezzo-Soprano/Alto.
Rudolpho - Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dancing partner. Also in the ensemble. Tenor.
Doctor - Mrs. Wormwood’s doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. Also in the ensemble. Tenor, Baritone, Soprano or Mezzo Soprano.
Children’s Entertainers - Party entertainers at the start of the show. Also in the ensemble.
Ensemble - Includes: Parents, Cook, Henchman 1, 2 & 3, additional Big Kids.
Upcoming Second Stage and Studio Auditions
MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY
directed by David Widmayer
Friday, January 24 @ 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 25 @ 3:00 PM
**** AT THE CHILDREN'S CREATIVE CENTER: 1600 PAULINE BLVD ****
PERFORMANCE DATES: March 27-29 and April 3-5, 2020
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is seeking eight to sixteen actors for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, by Anne Washburn, directed by David Widmayer, with musical direction by Jason Gong. Important note: while part of the production is a play and part is a musical, actors DO NOT need to audition for both sections, though they are very welcome to if they desire. We will be casting the musical section (Act 3) and play section (Acts 1 and 2) separately.
Actors must be age 16 or older to audition. All roles will be open to actors of any gender, and the age range is extremely flexible. This cast is a true ensemble, so individual character descriptions will not be provided - the characters are up to the actors to define during the rehearsal process.
AUDITIONERS FOR THE PLAY SECTION: Actors are encouraged to prepare a short (1-2 minute) monologue of their choice that demonstrates emotional range. For those who prefer to audition with a cold reading, a selection of monologues will be available at the audition. Actors should demonstrate a unique and thoughtful interpretation of whatever material they choose for their audition, as well as the ability to quickly adapt to directing notes given in the room.
AUDITIONERS FOR THE MUSICAL SECTION: Actors should choose a song they are comfortable singing within their vocal range, and prepare a short (1-2 minute) excerpt from it. We prefer that your audition song be memorized. If you have sheet music for the accompanist, please bring it with you and clearly mark the start and end points. Otherwise, you may sing a capella or with your own recorded instrumental accompaniment. Dance experience is not required - plans for expressive movement during the musical portion of the show will be determined AFTER auditions based on the comfort level and experience of those who are cast.
Our second round of auditions takes place Friday, January 24 at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 25 at 3:00pm at the Children's Creative Center (1600 Pauline Blvd, Ann Arbor). Actors should only attend one of the two days, and need not stay for the entire time, but should arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the audition to fill out forms and list rehearsal conflicts, and be present for the director’s introduction. If you cannot attend the scheduled auditions, please contact David Widmayer (email@example.com) to request accommodation.
Details about callbacks (if deemed necessary) will be announced via email after the conclusion of Saturday's auditions. The first readthrough will be scheduled between January 27 and February 1, while rehearsals officially begin on February 2. Rehearsals will be scheduled each week Sunday-Thursday from 7:00-10:00. The production runs March 27 through April 5 at the A2CT Studio. Please email director David Widmayer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
A brief synopsis of the play, for those who are unfamiliar:
Act 1 opens on a group of survivors after the apocalypse sitting around a campfire, trying to remember and tell each other the story of the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons (Season 5, Episode 2).
Act 2 takes us 7 years into the future, when the same group of survivors has settled in a town and built a rustic theater (one of several) specializing in producing old Simpsons episodes. We join them for a rehearsal of the “Cape Feare” episode, replete with reenacted commercials.
Act 3 takes us 75 years more into the future, when The Simpsons has become allegorical high art. We see an entire musical production of a now very different “Cape Feare,” which has morphed over years of retelling in a new post-apocalyptic oral tradition.
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