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OWEN & MZEE - VITAL THEATRE COMPANY

OWEN & MZEE
Non-Union Musical Theatre
V/T: Vital Theatre

Artistic Director: Stephen Sunderlin

Director & Choreographer: Stanley Mathis

Musical Director: TBD

Music & Lyrics: Danny Larsen

Book & Lyrics: Michelle Elliot

Based on the book by: Craig Hatkoff

Casting Director: Holly Buczek, HDB Casting

 

Pay Rate:
$75 per performance
Rehearsal Pay: $11/hour

Auditions: November 14th, 7pm-10pm & November 15th, 7pm-10pm
Callbacks: November 18th, 10am-4pm

Rehearsals: November 27th – December 23rd– times TBD
Tech: January 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th: 4:30pm-10:00pm

Performances: All performances will be at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament. Show Schedule:
January 6th, January 7th, January 13th, January 14th, January 20th, January 21st, January 27th,  February 4th, February 10th and February 11th. All performances are at 11am.

 

Note: There may be performances added based on availability. There may also be pick up rehearsals scheduled for January 8th or 12th.

 

Synopsis: The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.

The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.

 

 

This play takes place in Kenya, East Africa. Special skills are a definite plus such as percussion, African drums, acoustic guitar, stilt walking, African dance, gymnastics, puppetry. African accents helpful. We are looking for a company that looks like modern day Kenya yet expresses the diversity of the African diaspora.

 

SEEKING PERFORMERS OF VARIOUS ETHNICITIES WHO ARE SKILLED STORY TELLERS AND EXCITED TO WORK IN A DEVELOPMENTAL AND COLLABORATIVE ENSEMBLE. MUST SING AND MOVE WELL. AFRICAN DANCE AND PUPPETRY/INSTRUMENT/ACRO SKILLS A PLUS.

 

OWEN: (Male, 20s to play young hippo) An orphaned young hippo. Should be an actor of small stature who can believably be childlike and youthful. High Tenor

MZEE/NARRATOR/CROCODILE: (Male, 20s-30s to play old tortoise) Mzee is a wise old tortoise who is set in his ways. Actor who can portray a wise old Elder as the human narrator and an old, sometimes cranky tortoise. This track will also play a crocodile!  Bass or Baritone

MAMA HIPPO/AFRICAN EAGLE: (Female, 20s/30s) Mama is the sweet and loving mother of Owen. This track will double as the African Eagle, who helps young Owen at the Animal Sanctuary.  Puppetry skills a plus. Alto

FATHER HIPPO/GIRAFFE: (Male, 20s/30s) Father Hippo is the gentle and loving father of Owen. This track will double as the Giraffe who helps young Owen at the Animal Sanctuary. TALL performer a plus! Baritone

FLAMINGO 1&2/MONKEY: (Female, 20s/30s) A skilled character actress who is adept at different voices who can play various animals. Puppetry and dance skills a plus. Mezzo-Soprano

ANTELOPE/SPRINGBUKS: (Male, 20s/30s) A skilled character actor who is adept at different voices who can play various animals. Puppetry and dance skills a plus. Tenor

 

To be considered for an appointment in the evening on November 14th or 15th, please submit to vitaltheatreauditions@gmail.com

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BEARENSTAIN BEARS, LIVE!

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS LIVE!
NEW YORK PRODUCTION/NON-EQUITY TOUR
V/T: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Producer: Matt Murphy Productions

 

For tour: $400/wk, $20.00/day per diem, hotels and transportation provided (pro-rated for short/half weeks)

For NY or Local shows: $55/show, $40 for any additional shows on the same day

For Rehearsal: $250 stipend, or $10 an hour for additional rehearsals after June 13th

 

Book: Michael Slade & Michael Borton                                                                
Music & Lyrics: Michael Borton
Original Director and Choreographer: Devanand Janki
Associate Director/Choreographer: Nancy Renee Braun
Casting Director: Holly Buczek, HDB Casting

Auditions:  Sunday, December 6th– By appointment only
Callbacks:  Saturday, December 12th – As needed

1st Rehearsal:  Put in rehearsals to begin immediately.  The put in process entails watching the show to learn the set up/strike and backstage tracks, AND an online rehearsal tutorial. Actor MUST be available to watch show in NYC four times between December 19 and January 3. Actor MUST be available between January 27 and February 5 (exact schedule TBD) for in person rehearsals. Actor will be responsible for learning the show independently before in-person rehearsals. Music rehearsal TBD and in-person put-in rehearsals with our associate director/choreographer also TBD, likely January 27-February 5. More rehearsals may be added to the schedule.

1st Performance:  Saturday, February 6th, 2015 (Subject to change)

Final Performance: Sunday, May 29th (Subject to change)

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! performs Sat & Sun in NYC while not on tour. This show currently has both NYC & touring dates.

NYC dates: Feb. 6 @ 1pm, Feb. 13 @ 1pm, Feb. 14 @ 11am, Feb. 28 @ 11am, Mar. 26 @ 1pm, April 23 @ 1pm, May dates TBD.

TOURING dates: February 20th-27th, March 3rd-5th, March 13th-March 20th, March 31st-April 3rd. Please note all dates are subject to change and touring dates and/or performances may be added. Therefore, if you are cast in the show, you must share any and all conflicts during the term of this agreement.

IMPORTANT: Please note, while on tour, actors are responsible for driving the company tour van and car, and the travelling company will share hotel rooms.  Actors are also responsible for the set up/strike of each performance.

SEEKING FOR BERENSTAIN BEARS:

[BROTHER BEAR] A 4th grader (played by an adult) - Preferably 5’10 and under.  He is spunky, fun; the guy everybody wants to have on their team.  He loves sports (especially soccer and is a very good student.  It’s important to him to be the best at everything he does. Tenor. Up to a High A.

[MAMA BEAR] Warm, wise, and witty.  She’s the backbone of the Bear family.  She wants the best for her cubs and husband.  This track will also play Teacher Jane, a dedicated, strong teacher and “Strangers” - various people that Sister and Brother run into on their way to school. Soprano. Up to a C.

[GRAN BEAR, LIZZY, DOC GRIZZLY, SILLY GOOSE] Seeking a versatile comedic character actress with great range to play a variety of roles: Gran Bear, a feisty older lady (Papa’s Mother), who is full of energy and life. This track will also play Lizzy, a friend and classmate of Brother’s who is the smartest girl in school and knows it and Doc Grizzly – the family’s doctor – a celebrity doctor. Also, Silly Goose.  Mezzo. Up to a C.

[GRAMPS BEAR, FREDDY, WILY FOX]  Seeking a versatile comedic character actor to play a variety of roles: Gramps Bear - a wise old man, country not city.  Gramps loves his wife and family.  This track also plays Freddy, the cousin and classmate to Brother - he is not as good as Brother at soccer, school, or anything else, but what he lacks in competence, he makes up for in energy.   Also, Wily Fox. Baritone.

 [PAPA BEAR]  A big kid at heart think Ralph Cramden.  He loves his family very much, but doesn’t always think everything through.  This track will also play Coach Bruin, the soccer coach/gym teacher and“Strangers”  - various people that Sister and Brother run into on their way to school. Vocal Range: Baritone. Up to the F above middle C.

[SISTER BEAR]  A kindergartener (played by an adult) - Preferably 5’4 and under.  She is friendly and fun, an energetic, free-spirited little girl.  She loves her older brother, but is not above needling him (like any younger sister). Soprano Belt. Up to a D.

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6th with CALLBACKS on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12th. PLEASE E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS to hdbauditions@gmail.com for an appointment.

 NO PHONE CALLS OR HARD COPY SUBMISSIONS. SEEKING ADULT NON-AEA ACTORS ONLY. ALL ETHNICITIES ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT.

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