Friday, January 25, 2008

Tucson: Auditions for Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE



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Subject: Auditions for Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE



Directed by Kevin Johnson

Music Direction by David Craig

Digital Projection Designs by John MacDonald


Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE will be presented June 19th - 29th for six performances only. Arizona Onstage Productions, a multi-award winning music theater company (BARK!, ASSASSINS, A NEW BRAIN, ELEGIES), brings the story of George Seurat and his artistic vision as he creates the painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, his most famous work, that changes lives, loves, and introduces the art world to "Neo-Impressionism."  


Currently on Broadway at the Roundabout Theater, SUNDAY won raves for its recent London production. 


Please a note to auditioners - this score is complicated, sophisticated, warm, funny and heart-wrenching, with much atonal harmony.  Those who want to audition should be familiar with Sondheim, should be able to sight read notes, or be very savvy with difficult harmonies and abnormal time signatures in the score.


Unlike the original Tony-winning production, starring Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin, this staging is more a chamber piece - never missing any emotion or theatrical effects.  We see his canvas behind him as he sketches.


All characters except George are open...  George will be played by Kit Runge.  This is a show where it is fine to sing from the score for auditions...


Dot/Marie - George's headstrong mistress - also George's elderly, wheelchair-bound grandmother - MEZZO SOPRANO, HIGH LEVEL ACTRESS.


Old Lady/Blair Daniels - A cranky fixture in the park/An art critic - MEZZO SOPRANO comic


Nurse/Harriet Pawling/Mrs. - The Old lady's attendant/A patron of the arts


Jules/Bob Greenberg - A rival artist/museum director


Yvonne/Naomi Eisen - Jules' pampered wife/a sardonic composer


A Boatman/Charles Redmond - A surly blue collar laborer/a visiting Texas curator - BARITONE


Celeste #1/A waitress - a young shop girl/a caterer at the opening


Celeste #2/Elaine - another shop girl/George's ex-wife


Louise - Jules and Yvonne's spoiled little girl


Franz/Dennis - Jules' coachman/a frazzled techie - BARITONE OR TENOR


Soldier/Alex - French Military man/jealous artist - BARITONE


And other roles...  This is a big cast!


WHEN:  Saturday March 15th  noon - 4pm

WHERE: The BASIS School - 3825 E. 2nd Street

WHAT:  Prepare five minutes worth of contrasting vocals - please remember that this is Sondheim. Singing from the composer's songbook is encouraged  but not necessary in this case.

SCHEDULE: email with SUNDAY in the subject line and let us know the best times for you for that day, or if you need to reschedule this audition. 

WHO: you will be singing for music director David Craig, Kevin Johnson, Director, and financial sponsors. Make sure that you bring sheet music that is clearly marked for cuts.

PAY:  there is pay, however, it will not be what you deserve, due to the size of the cast, theater rental, musicians and such. This will look fantastic on your resume. 

WALK INS:  Although scheduled auditions are preferred, we want to hear all those who feel that they are ready and qualified for this production. Show up, and we will find a spot for you.


We will accept both Actors' Equity and non-Equity performers for auditions.


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We expect to hear from many singers/actors, so please respond as soon as possible.


Kevin Johnson

Arizona Onstage Productions

Artistic Director


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