AUDITIONS

Auditions for Season 28 are coming up soon! Artistic Director, Mitchell Aiello, will be holding in person auditions as well as accepting video submissions. All shows listed below will be cast by March 2022. Please see the audition details below.

IN PERSON AUDITION

Thank you to all who came and auditioned in person on January 8th! Callback videos will be requested and sent out soon! Thank you!

VIRTUAL AUDITION SUBMISSIONS

Where: All audition submissions must be sent to the Artistic Director at mitchell@greatplainstheatre.com

When: Audition Submissions must be received by January 28, 2022 for consideration. All callbacks will be virtual and sent/received between January 31 and February 28.

What: Please submit a current head shot and updated resume. In addition, please send one 32-bar cut of a song that showcases you, a 60-second monologue, and any dance footage. All videos MUST be submitted as a viewable YOUTUBE link. You may be asked to sing something else from your repertoire. You may also submit any musical theatre reels for considerations. All ethnicities and genders are encouraged to audition.

Thank you and happy auditioning!

 

Great Plains Theatre's 28th Season (Main Stage):

Footloose (Rehearsals: May 23-June 2, Performances: June 3-12)

Matilda the Musical (Rehearsals: June 13-23, Performances: June 24-July 3)

Jersey Boys (Rehearsals: July 4-14, Performances: July 15-31)

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Rehearsals: August 29-September 8, Performances: September 9-25)

The Christmas Schooner (Rehearsals: November 20-December 1, Performance: December 2-18)

Great Plains Theatre's 28th Season (Live Literature Series):

The Ugly Duckling (Rehearsals: February 23-March 4, Performances: March 5-12)

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Rehearsals: August 29-September 8, Performances: September 9-25)

Questions? Contact Artistic Director, Mitchell Aiello, at mitchell@greatplainstheatre.com

Season 28 Main Stage AUDITION - Breakdown

Seeking the following roles for the 2022 Main Stage Season

THE UGLY DUCKLING

Zelda - The Duckling

Hunter - Whose favorite pastime is eating birds

FOOTLOOSE

Ren - Tenor. Energetic, emotional, rebellious, likeable; emotes his pain through quirky sarcasm and dance; strong dancer.

Ariel - Mezzo-Pop. Smart, a bit of the bad girl with an edge, sweet, the rebellious minister’s daughter; role requires strong belt, must be a strong singer/dancer.

Rev. Shaw Moore - Baritone. The powerful, traditional local church leader; strict, stern, and solemn, still struggling with the death of his son

Vi Moore - Soprano. Reverend Moore’s loving, supportive, resilient wife.

Rusty - Great soprano/pop voice. Ariel’s friend: a bit scatterbrained, sweet, fun, knows everything about everything; role requires strong belt, strong comedic timing and dance.

Urleen - Mezzo/Alto. Ariel’s friend; the smart one of the group; role requires strong belt, comedic timing, and dance

Wendy Jo - Mezzo. Ariel’s friend; strong belt, comedic timing, and dance required

Willard - Tenor. A simple country bumpkin with a warm heart and a big smile; comedic timing and dance a must.

Chuck - Tenor. The local bad boy and Ariel’s boyfriend

Ethel - Soprano. Ren’s mother; had a tough go, just trying to make it…would do anything for her son

FEATURED ENSEMBLE INCLUDING:

Lulu - Ren's aunt

Lyle - Chuck's buddy

Jeter - Ren's friend

Bickle/Cowboy Bob - Ren's friend

Garvin - Ren's friend

Travis - Chuck's buddy

Principal/Coach Dunbar - Principal & Gym teacher

Wes - Lulu's husband

Eleanor - Roger's Wife

Travis - Chuck's buddy

Betty - Owner of the Burger Blast

MATILDA The MUSICAL

Miss Trunchbull - Baritenor. The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children.

Miss Honey - Mezzo-Soprano. Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.

Mr. Wormwood - Baritenor. Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.

Mrs. Wormwood - Mezzo-Soprano/Belter. Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.

Michael Wormwood/Children's Entertainer/Sergei/Big Kid - Tenor. Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents, A party entertainer at the start of the show, and others.

Mrs. Phelps - Mezzo. A nice librarian. 

The Acrobat/Aunt/Big Kid - Mezzo. A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination, and others

Doctor/Escapologist/Rudolpho/Henchman/Big Kid - Tenor. Mrs. Wormwood's Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda, A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination, Mrs. Wormwood's ballroom dance partner, and others

Big Kid/Featured Ensemble 

Big Kid/Featured Ensemble

JERSEY BOYS

Tommy DeVito - Strong tenor/baritone voice, must be comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; ability to play guitar a strong plus; a natural-born leader with appealing bad-boy quality.

Frankie Valli - Must be 5’8"or shorter; must have a strong tenor with sweet and strong falsetto and be able to sing in the style of Frankie Valli; strong tenor to high A or Bb plus strong falsetto up to treble G; charismatic and charming; must be a very strong actor (comfortable with narrative text) and have a gritty side as well as a polished veneer; must be very comfortable with four-part harmonies. 

Nick Massi - Strong bass/baritone voice, must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; a quiet dreamer who longs for life after The Four Seasons.

Bob Gaudio - Preferably taller than 5'10"; strong tenor/baritone voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; must be comfortable with narrative text; an intelligent, sensitive, and introspective musical prodigy. 

Nick DeVito & Others - Strong actor/singer to play various roles; 30’s; strong tenor/bari-tenor voice; must be very comfortable with traditional four-part harmonies; also needs to be comfortable with narrative text; ability to play guitar a very strong plus; bad-boy quality; good dancer.

Joe Pesci & Others - Must be 5’8" or shorter; young, energetic; must be a good actor and a good actor and strong singer. 

Bob Crewe & Others - Intelligent and flamboyant; genius music producer and lyricist; an integral part of creating the magic of The Four Seasons.

Gyp DeCarlo & Others - Tough, Mafioso type; must be a strong character actor and strong singer. 

Barry Belson & Others - Strong actor and singer to play various roles (friends, producers, etc.); strong tenor to high C; with a strong falsetto to G above high C; has the ability to riff in rhythm-and-blues style.

Hank Majewski & Others - Strong actor and singer to play various roles (friends, producers, etc.), bari-tenor voice down to a strong low G (low E a big plus)

Mary & Others - Frankie’s wife; tough, “Seen it all”, Italian, Jersey girl; she’s got a killer sense of humor; actor also plays a variety of other roles including member of a 60’s style girl group; strong belt useful; high straight tone soprano also useful; very good dancer.

Lorraine & Others - Frankie’s girlfriend; educated; not from Jersey; a reach career girl; young Diane Sawyer; actor also plays a variety of other roles, including member of a 60’s style girl group and tough-as-nails Jersey girl; strong high belt useful, belt to high F extremely useful; high, straight tone soprano also useful; very good dancer.

Francine & Others - Frankie’s daughter; named for, doted on and deeply loved by Frankie. She’s a Jersey girl—vulnerable, lost and acts out to make up for lack of attention from her dad. Actor also plays a variety of other roles including member of a 60’s style girl group and a tough-as-nails Jersey girl. Strong, high belt useful. Belt to high F extremely useful, high straight tone soprano also useful but not required; very good dancer.

BASKERVILLE: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

**Some roles already offered from previous postponement of this production. Inquire about available roles. ** 

Sherlock Holmes

John Watson

Actor 1

Actor 2

Actress 1

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER

Peter Stossel - Baritone. The quintessential husband, father, and son. He loves his family very much. Has a strong sense of obligation to the other immigrants who have been less fortunate that he has, which ultimately leads to his demise. A hardworking sailor.

Alma Stossel - Mezzo-Soprano. Peter's wife and Karl's mother. She is motherly and caring but very strong, and very proud to now call herself an American. She holds down the house while her husband is at sea.

Gustav Stossel - Baritone. Peter's father. He, too, is proud to be part of the American landscape, but does not want to forget where he came from. He is a hardworking sailor, a wise, calm and kind man, but very stubborn.

Oskar & Man #2 - Baritenor. A hotheaded, know-it-all with a big heart. He likes to pick fights with Gustav and is one part of a dynamic duo with Rudy. A sailor who deeply respects Captain Stossel.

Rudy & Man #1 - Baritenor. The goofier of the two between himself and Oskar, he is also a skilled sailor who deeply respects Captain Stossel. Loves food and has a biting sarcasm.

Steve & Man #3 & Officer Wells - Baritone. Although he is a man of indulgence, he is all business. Perhaps the most mature and most serious of Captain Stossel's three right-hand men. Has a deep respect for Peter and would probably be second in line to captain the schooner.

STORYTELLERS

Martha & Kate & Woman #2 - Mezzo-Soprano. Strong singer and actor.

Olive & Rose & Woman #3 - Mezzo-Soprano. Strong singer and actor.

Season 28 YOUTH Main Stage AUDITION

Where: Great Plains Theatre - 215 N. Campbell St, Abilene, KS 67410

When: Saturday, January 15, 2022 - 10:00am-12:00pm

What: Please prepare one 32-bar cut of a song that showcases you to be sung A Capella. You may be asked to sing something else from one of the Main Stage shows. Please be prepared to read lines from the scripts of any of the Main Stage shows. Please be prepared to fill out an audition form and have permission from a parent or legal guardian. Must sign up below to audition.

Season 28 YOUTH Main Stage AUDITION - Breakdown

Seeking the following youth roles for the 2022 Main Stage Season

TEEN ENSEMBLE - Footloose - Male & Female, 13-18

FEATURED ENSEMBLE - Footloose - Male & Female, 13-18

MATILDA - Matilda the Musical - Female, 8-14, An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched, excellent singer and actor.

BRUCE - Matilda the Musical - Male, 7-15, Matilda's classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull, excellent singer.

LAVENDER - Matilda the Musical - Female, 8-15, Matilda's classmate and friend.

TEEN ENSEMBLE - Matilda the Musical - Male & Female, 13-18

YOUTH ENSEMBLE - Matilda the Musical - Male & Female, 7-12

KARL STOSSEL - The Christmas Schooner - Male, 7-13, An adventurous and curious boy who admires his grandfather and father greatly and wants to grow up to be sailors just like them. He is a proud boy, but not without a certain sensitivity, excellent singer and actor.

OLDER KARL STOSSEL/YOUNG MAN - The Christmas Schooner - Male, 12-18, The same boy as he was at 9, but stronger, more mature, and on the verge of becoming a man like his father. Has a strong sense of obligation to honor his father's legacy following his death, excellent singer and actor.

MARY CLAIRE/YOUNG GIRL - The Christmas Schooner - Female, 9-16, excellent singer and actor.

Ragtime - Main Stage - 2017

Ragtime - Main Stage - 2017