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Announcing Auditions

Updated: Jan 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DATE: 12/9/22


CONTACT: Jeff Thomakos, Artistic Director and Diane Hill, Associate Artist at The Inspired Acting Company, inspiredactingcompany@gmail.com


The Inspired Acting Company, Walled Lake’s newest professional theatre announces auditions for first two shows of their inaugural season.

The Inspired Acting Company, Oakland County’s newest professional theatre, is announcing AUDITIONS for TWO SHOWS: "Private Lives" by Noёl Coward and the musical “john & jen” by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald.

AUDITIONS are Saturday January 21st with appointments from 12-4pm.

Sign up for your audition appointment here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0949AFA72EA0FDC25-auditions


PREPARATION: If you are only auditioning for “Private Lives,” please prepare two contrasting monologues no longer than three minutes total (one with a British dialect is preferred). If you are auditioning for both shows or just “john & jen,” please present one contemporary monologue and 32 bars of a musical theatre song in a style appropriate for “jon & jen.” No accompanist will be provided. Please bring your own accompaniment recording on a flash drive or bluetooth capable device.


Auditions and performances will be held at The Inspired Acting Company building, 1124 E West Maple Rd, Walled Lake, MI


For those who cannot attend the in-person audition, video submissions will be accepted. Submit videos through an unlisted YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or Google Drive link to inspiredactingcompany@gmail.com by January 20th. Please slate your name, if you’re local to the area, if you are a member of Actors’ Equity, and then perform your audition.


The Inspired Acting Company believes that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. To that end, we are strongly committed to anti-discriminatory practices in our casting and hiring. Actors will be consered regardless of sex, race, color, ethnicity, disability, religious-affiliation, sexual orientation and gender identity. We STRONGLY encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.


Stipend for non-Equity actors is $150 per performance week of three shows and $50 for each rehearsal week. Up to two Equity Special Appearance contracts may be available for each show.


ABOUT THE SHOWS:

SHOW: Private Lives by Noёl Coward Directed by Jeff Thomakos

SYNOPSIS: A 1930 comedy of manners concerning a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realize that they still have feelings for each other.

SHOW RUN: 4/21-5/7/23. Performances are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

REHEARSALS BEGIN: 3/28/23.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:


Elyot Chase (he/him)- mid-40s to mid-fifties, Rich, cheeky, hedonistic, and a touch amoral. He is on his honeymoon with Sibyl at the start of the play. Full of cutting wit; formerly married to Amanda. Refusing ever to be serious, his philosophy, if any, is his belief that in the long run everything is “nonsense”, nothing lasts and the intelligent response is to live for the moment. However, Elyot has his insecurities, and is not unaffected by social expectations. Sibyl Chase: (she/her) Early to mid 20s, Sometimes childish, at other times sprightly. Somewhat shallow and superficial, she is not given to particularly deep thought. She is several years younger than her husband, Elyot, deferring to him and denying any intention to “manage” or run his life (although that is up for debate).

Amanda Prynne: (she/her) 40s-50s.A beautiful second-time bride (she was formerly married to Elyot, and is now married to Victor). with a fiery temper, quick wit and a tendency toward impulsive behavior. Strong, intelligent, and well-spoken. She has a tough exterior but that's only to protect a vulnerable inner-self that Elyot can crack easily.

Victor Prynne: (he/him) 30s-60s. Amanda


’s second husband, formal and dignified, though somewhat dull. Steadfastly conventional and self-consciously masculine, he is the conservative counterpart to Elyot’s rebellious flippancy. He is very pleased to describe himself as “normal.

Louise: Any Age, The French maid at Amanda’s Paris flat, she speaks only French. Exasperated at the English nitwits making a mess of her work.

MUSICAL: john & jen by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald Directed by Jeff Thomakos and Music Director TBD


SYNOPSIS: Set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, this is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, who was killed in Vietnam, and her son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world.

SHOW RUN: 7/7-7/23/2023. Performances are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

REHEARSALS BEGIN: 6/13/23

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:


Jen: (she/her) Protective and controlling, yet deeply loving. This character arcs from a wide-eyed new sister to a free-loving hippie and finally a mother accepting her son growing up. To play ages 6 through 44.

Vocal range: F3 to F5


John: (he/him) Fun, energetic, fresh, and exciting. The character arcs from a newborn brother to a high school graduate going off to war and then, a young son challenging his loving mother as he grows. He will play two different Johns, Jen’s brother and son, ages 0-19. Vocal range: Ab2 to C5

Email inspiredactingcompany@gmail.com for more information. https://www.inspiredacting.org/




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