AUDITIONS

Urinetown the Musical

December 3, 2022 from 11AM - 3PM 

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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT Stageworks Theatre announces open audition call for Urinetown on December 3, 2022.

 

Urinetown, the winner of three Tony Awards, is a hilarious, snappy musical political satire of the legal system, populism, bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself!

 

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and directed by Betty Marie Muessig, Urinetown is riotously and irreverently funny and touchingly honest. Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and lyrics and book by Greg Kotis, Urinetown underscores the power of one of America’s greatest art forms, Musical Theatre!

  • Performs: March 31 - April 23, 2023 on the Garza Mainstage (12 shows Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm). Two additional shows are possible on Thursday April 13 and/or Thursday April 20 TBD.

  • Rehearsals: January 16-March 30, 2023. Generally, 3-5 days per week. The director will rely heavily on Saturday and Sunday rehearsals; limiting weeknight rehearsals, except for music and choreography in the first few weeks. Limited conflicts are accepted and actor flexibility is highly coveted. Pick-ups during the show run on 4/13, 4/20 and 4/27.

  • Inclusive Casting: The creative team is committed to casting practices that advance diversity and inclusion. All ethnicities, types, and abilities will be considered for every role with the exception of roles on which the storyline is dependent on a particular race. Exceptions are noted specifically in the character breakdown below. Genders listed in the breakdown below are specific to the pronouns used in the script, however the creative team may consider any gender identity for roles provided that the performer can execute the vocal and acting requirements.

  • Additional Information: Actors must be 17 years of age or older on the date of the first audition. The creative team reserves the right to cast without callbacks.

 

Compensation: Stipend, Non-Union

 

HOW TO AUDITION
  • Audition schedule

    • Open Call: Saturday, December 3, 11-3pm.

    • Callbacks: Sunday, December 10, TBD

    • Video auditions accepted through December 2nd by 6pm.

    • Roles may be cast without a call back or open call.

  • Reserve an audition appointment: https://airtable.com/shr8CcuOdIE0zLlZ3

  • Prepare one (1) song of no more than 32 bars or two (2) contrasting song selections of 16 bars each. Selection(s) may be from the show or a comedic selection that demonstrates your acting and singing skills. An accompanist is available with advance notice. Otherwise, please bring a track on your phone or other device.

  • Dance/Movement Evaluation slots are automatically assigned when sign up for a vocal audition slot. You will be taught a short combination to perform. Please wear dance attire. You will have time to change as needed. You may audition in dance attire.

  • Unable attend audition? We’d much prefer to see you in person, but we’ll accept video auditions no later than December 2nd @6pm. Record your audition first as a Vimeo or YouTube link and then register as instructed above and submit your link as part of your registration. (please provide password if needed).

  • Questions? Email our artistic director.  

  • Information/Final Casting. Watch our audition page and the Stageworks Theatre Open Auditions Facebook group.  

  • Available Roles

    • Bobby Strong – The dashing young everyman who works for Miss Pennywise as the Assistant Custodian at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town; the eventual protagonist and romantic hero who starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell along the way. (Presenting Male)

    • Caldwell B. Cladwell – The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company, a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor (Presenting Male)

    • Hope Cladwell – Cladwell's ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her love for her father and her new love for Bobby. Having just returned from the Most Expensive University in the World, she eventually joins Bobby as part of the Revolution. (Presenting Female)

    • Officer Lockstock – The principal narrator; a policeman in charge of finding guilty pee-ers (Presenting Male)

    • Little Sally – A precocious, thoroughly irreverent, and very intelligent street urchin; the co-narrator who always outsmarts Lockstock, and constantly questions the play's logic. (Presenting Female)

    • Penelope Pennywise – The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. A shrewd, penny-scrounging cheapskate, Pennywise is a figure of authority and lives to maintain order at the public bathrooms but harbors a surprising secret. (Presenting Female)

    • Officer Barrel – Lockstock's partner. He harbors a surprising secret. (Presenting Male)

    • Mr. McQueen – Cladwell's assistant. A sneaky man who will do anything to save himself. (Presenting Male)

    • Senator Fipp – A corrupt politician in Cladwell's pocket. He also harbors a surprising, and slightly disturbing, secret. (Presenting Male)

    • Joseph "Old Man" Strong – Bobby's rebellious father, whose refusal to pay the fee causes him to be sent to Urinetown. (Presenting Male)

    • Josephine "Ma" Strong – Bobby's mother, a strong-willed old woman who is able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. (Presenting Female)

    • Hot Blades Harry – A dangerous and unpredictable rebel. (Presenting Male)

    • Little Becky Two-Shoes – young, pregnant woman. Harry's “Mate". (Presenting Female)

    • Soupy Sue – An affectionate member of the gang. (Presenting Female)

    • Tiny Tom – A confused man-boy. (Presenting Male)

    • Robby the Stockfish – A poor rebel. (Presenting Male)

    • Billy Boy Bill – A poor rebel. (Presenting Male)

    • Mrs. Millennium – Office worker who aspires to be Cladwell's Head Secretary. (Presenting Male)

    • The Rebels (Presenting any gender)

 

*Note from the Director: Thank you so much for your consideration to audition for our production of Urinetown! This musical is a nod to Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. I highly encourage all performers to do a little research on Bertolt and Kurt before your audition.

 

“(Brecht) It is a language you can feel on your tongue, in your gums, your ear, your spinal column.”

 

“(Brecht’s) language is vivid without being deliberately poetic, symbolical without being over literary. Brecht is a dramatist because his language is felt physically and in the round.”

 

“The higher the comedy, the deeper, grounded emotionally it must be.”- Mark Price