Auditions

The Normal Heart
Auditions for The Normal Heart will be held Sunday, January 25 and Monday, January 26 at 7:00 pm at Theatre Charlotte. Resume and headshots will be accepted, but are not required.

Please bring a list of your conflicts in February and March. The first read through and meeting as a cast will be Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will then begin Sunday, February 8 and generally take place Sunday through Thursday evenings with a few exceptions. (No rehearsals Tuesday, February 10 or Sunday, February 22 due to prior conflicts.) The run is March 20 through April 4, 2015, so before considering the audition, be sure to respectfully check the commitment and all the dates of the run. Actors are called one hour before curtain.

A note from director Dennis Delamar: "You will be given a cut from the script to present in a cold reading. Looking for honesty, reality, and a connection with your words. If callbacks are necessary (most likely), they will be Tuesday evening January 27. The play is for mature audiences, not for children or for an actor who has issues with the content or the frank language. Characters are listed below where I have shared some of my first impressions—initial thoughts from studying the script (clues in the writing) that might intrigue or guide you in auditioning. If anything, these brief character sketches can give you an idea of what the play is like if you have never read or seen it. (The script is available through Samuel French, Inc.) Be warned that the play is different in many ways from the fantastic HBO film of last year starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, but it's basically the same story. Kramer wrote the film script too. The play is fantastic in its own right as only a live performance can be. There is much more to be discussed and discovered together, part of the enjoyment of the process ahead for the committed ensemble I'm looking forward to working with on this significant and relevant drama."

THE ENSEMBLE & CHARACTER BREAKDWON

1 female...mid 30's to late 50's.
9 males...mid 20's to 60.

FEMALE:

Dr. Emma Brookner...(mid 30's to late 50's) A physician and survivor of polio. Uses a motorized wheelchair throughout the play. The character that is most experienced with the strange new early 1980's outbreak (not even named yet) in the gay community. She bemoans the lack of medical knowledge on the illness, encouraging the abstinence of gay men for their own safety, since it is unknown yet even how the disease is spread. Kramer based the character on a real person - Dr. Linda Laubenstein, a hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Brookner works relentlessly to help as much as possible but is frustrated and angry. Feels helpless with no support. Passionate and candid. Articulate. Brilliant mind. Takes it all very personally. Ned's ally. Tour de force for an actress.

MALES:

Ned Weeks...(mid 30's to 50) Jewish-American gay writer and activist. A firebrand on a mission. Larry Kramer the playwright based the character on himself. A ferocious, very direct, intelligent, intense, professional loudmouth who takes up the fight and has no problem offending anyone, even his friends, family and peers. An openly gay man with personal insecurities who has never been in love until he meets Felix, a handsome NY Times writer. Ned has been in therapy 20 years, originally suggested by his older straight brother Ben. Never dresses in a suit or tie. Actor possesses blatant honesty and emotional depth. As the lead character of the play, he has a firm grasp on the power of his words. Even though he can be very antagonistic (because he cares so much), we are invested fully in his story and the stakes he raises for us. Also, the actor is comfortable being physical (showing affection) with another man on stage. No nudity. Besides the politics of this play, it is also a love story about people we care about. And we very much care about Ned Weeks.

Ben Weeks...(40 to 60) Ned's older straight brother. Jewish-American. Always dresses in a suit and tie. Runs a big respected law firm in New York. Pretty wealthy, planning to build a 2 million dollar house in 1981. The brothers love each other a great deal. Their scenes are dramatic with sibling arguments brought on by their differences. Ben's approval however is essential for Ned. The age of this actor will be partially determined by the age of the actor cast as Ned. Should be obvious he is his older brother, possibly 5 or 10 years. (but not so different in age that he would look like Ned's father). Based on Larry Kramer's real brother Arthur Kramer.

Felix Turner...(late 20's to 50) Writer for the NY Times fashion and style column. Masculine, intelligent, handsome, comfortable in the closet. Becomes Ned's lover and his match intellectually and emotionally. The actor is comfortable being physical (showing affection) with another man on stage. No nudity. We love Felix. And he breaks our heart.

Bruce Niles...(late 20's to 40's) Handsome closeted gay man, vice president of a Citi-bank in New York. "Very straight acting." Brooks Brothers type. Was a Green Beret soldier. Becomes president of the men's crisis group Ned and the group start, providing a more mainstream contrast to Ned's loud voice and urgency. Play opens with his current partner dying of the disease. Followed by another partner dying later in the play that brings on one of the most poignant and heart wrenching monologues in the play. Based on the real president of the Gay Men's Health Crisis from 1981-1985, Paul Popham.

Mickey Marcus...late 20's to 50's) Jewish gay man in a relationship, fast talking with a sense of humor, great passion, and a sense of keeping the peace but also being frank. Has a job with the City Department of Health, and the job is threatened in Act II by Mayor Koch's assistant Keebler. Writer of a health column in The Native, the publication that held a historic place in New York's gay life, having discussed AIDS frankly before any other publication in the country acknowledged the disease. Mickey is a great ally of Ned and a key player in the crisis group.

Tommy Boatwright...(mid 20's to 30's) Southerner in his late 20's. Smart with a sense of humor and a big heart. The text actually tells his age specifically when Tommy quips for comic effect to one of the older guys "Honey, I was 12 fifteen years ago." Tommy also tells us he is a "hospital administrator, and I'm a Southern bitch." He works tirelessly with the gay crisis group and often becomes the healing, humorous and loving voice that keeps the passionate arguing members on track. Key in the hot line's success. Based on real life Alabama native Rodger McFarlane, a founding member of ACT UP and Broadway Cares.

Craig Donner/ Grady...(mid 20's to 40) Actor plays two roles in the play. (Although I will consider assigning Grady to the actor playing David at top of show. Depends on the best match of talent auditioning.) Craig is in the opening scene as Bruce Niles' lover. Has a dramatic sick scene in Dr. Brookner's office at the top of the show. Actor's new identity as Grady appears in Act II as one of the energetic volunteers for the crisis hot line answering phones and running errands.

Hiram Keebler/ Examining Doctor...(30's to 60) Actor plays two roles in the play. Both in Act II. Keebler is Mayor Koch's assistant, representative of the bureaucratic run-around and denial the group has been getting from city government. Visits the crisis group, late for his appointment. Has a volatile scene with the men, especially Ned. Threatens Mickey's job. Strong actor. The later scene as the Examining Doctor is with Emma (Dr. Brookner), a two person scene, a meeting about her application for funding. His probe and inquiry brings on a very dramatic response from her, often described as her "aria."

David...(late 20's to 40) First case of AIDS we see at the top of the show. Purple lesions on his face. Works in a gift shop on Bleecker Street in the Village. He is Emma's 28th case, of which 16 are already dead. Minor role, but very important for setting the tone of the reality of this modern day "plague."



TCjr presents The Wizard of Oz
Auditions for Theatre Charlotte's TCjr Summer Intensive production of "The Wizard of Oz" will be held February 7, 2015 at 10 AM at the theatre, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Participants will work for 2+ weeks with professional directors, choreographers, designers, technicians and performers experiencing and creating musical theatre. In addition to these professionals, college students studying the performing arts and exceptional high school performers will work alongside these young people sharing their knowledge and experience, rehearsing and performing a first rate professional summer stock production to be presented on the Theatre Charlotte stage.

Young people age 9 to 14 are encouraged to audition.

Auditionees will be taught a short song and a movement combination and should dress appropriately in clothes that they can move comfortably in and shoes that they can dance in. No bare feet, sock feet, flip flops or sandals.

Approximately 30 students ages 9 -14 will be selected to participate. Additional students may be placed on a waitlist should positions open.

Students accepted into the program will need to be available for rehearsals on these dates:

Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday, June 29 - Thursday, July 2, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday July 6, 9 AM until NOON

Performances will run Tuesday, July 7 - Saturday, July 11 in the mornings. A more detailed schedule will be available at the auditions. Participants will be expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. The tuition for students 9 -14 years of age is $250.00

A cast list will be posted to the Theatre Charlotte website (www.theatrecharlotte.org) announcing the students who have been chosen to participate.

Full tuition is due prior to April 1, 2015. Partial refunds will be given with written notice of cancelation no later than one month prior to commencement of rehearsals less a $25.00 processing fee.



Jesus Christ Superstar
March 22 and 23, 2015 at 7 pm



Hairspray
Auditions for Theatre Charlotte's Student Theatre Guild production of "Hairspray" will be held Saturday, May 16 at 1 pm and Sunday, May 17 at 7 pm at Theatre Charlotte on Queens Road. The summer intensive rehearsals will be July 6-17 (weekdays) from 1-8 pm. Performances will be July 17-19. Any interested high school of college student is eligible to audition. The fee if selected to participate is $300.00 per student.

Please bring sheet music in the proper key and be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song that best exhibits your vocal abilities. An accompanist will be provided. All who audition will be expected to be dressed for movement for the dance portion of the audition. NO MONOLOGUE is necessary but you may be asked to read from the script or improvise a scene. Resumes and headshots appreciated but not required.

Please do not audition if you are unable to attend ALL rehearsals and performances.

General Information

Anyone interested in performing on stage at Theatre Charlotte is welcome to audition. For musicals, generally you will be required to prepare a song and bring the sheet music to the audition and come dressed to move. For non-musicals you will most likely be asked to read scenes from the script. Perusal copies of scripts are often available for those interested in auditioning. Rehearsals are usually held Sunday through Thursday evenings.