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Other Desert Cities

Auditions for Bloomington Civic Theatre’s Other Desert Cities (Director Rob Goudy) will be Sunday, October 5th and Monday, October 6th starting at 6pm.  Call backs will be Tuesday, October 7th starting at 6pm. APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE ARE NECESSARY. Audition location is the Center for the Arts in the Bloomington Civic Plaza, on the southeast corner of 98th St. and Logan Ave. in Bloomington, MN (actual street address is 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.).

Requests for appointments and show-related information may be directed to Katie Driscoll via email at kdriscoll@btacmn.org or 952-563-8558. When requesting an audition please state your preferred date and time as well as a phone number where you can be reached.

All non-union actors are invited to audition, $400 stipend. Rehearsals will begin approximately January 20th and will generally be weeknights with rehearsals likely to happen on Saturday morning/afternoons and Sunday afternoon/evenings. This is subject to change. Plan for a full weekend rehearsal Sat. and Sun., February 21st and 22nd. Performance schedule is February 27th to March 22nd (15 performances). Please note the rehearsal period and performance dates before requesting an audition time.

Audition: Resume and headshot will be collected at the time of audition. Please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for completing paperwork. Actors are asked to prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, one dramatic and one comedic. Monologues from the show are not necessarily encouraged but are acceptable.

THE STORY: A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Other Desert Citiestells the story of Brooke Wyeth who returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history, a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.

Character Breakdown

Ages are a general guideline. The elder generation should read retirement age and the younger generation should read as adults (that is, definitely out of their twenties). Final casting may skew younger or older, so all who fit the general guidelines are encouraged to audition.

Polly Wyeth (50-65) – An elegant, no-nonsense, whip-smart wife and mother who knows when to turn on the charm and when to get things done.

Lyman Wyeth (50-65) – An aged Hollywood idol turned politician who is warm and engaging on the surface yet able to tap a forceful and persuasive reserve when provoked.

Brooke Wyeth (30-40) – Polly & Lyman’s daughter. A divorced writer recently recovered from a bout with depression. She’s not one to wallow in self-pity, but rather a fighter in the mold of her parents. She sees her art as a means for truth.

Trip Wyeth (30-40) – Polly & Lyman’s son. Brooke’s younger brother. A fun-loving man-child with a laid-back intelligence and a sense of unconditional love for each member of his family.

Silda Grauman (50-65) – Polly’s sister. A recovering alcoholic with a truth-telling streak and a generous sense of humor.


Carousel

Auditions for Bloomington Civic Theatre’s Carousel (Director Gary Gisselman, Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell, Music Director Anita Ruth) will be Sunday, October 19th and Monday, October 20th starting at 6:30pm. Dance call will be held on Saturday, October 25th starting at 2pm. Callbacks, which will include additional dancing, will be held on Sunday, October 26th starting at 6:30pm. APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE ARE NECESSARY. Audition location is the Center for the Arts in the Bloomington Civic Plaza, on the southeast corner of 98th St. and Logan Ave. in Bloomington, MN (Actual street address is 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd).

Carousel has captivated audiences around the world with the powerful love story of innocent young millworker Julie Jordan and swaggering carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Billy meets a tragic end but is given one chance for redmeption by delivering hop to the daughter he never knew and whispering words left unspoken to his wife. Featuring "You'll Never Walk Alone," "If I Loved You," and "June is Busting Out All Over," you won't want to miss experiencing this multiple Tony Award–winning show, thought to be the most celebrated musical of all time.

Requests for appointments and show–related information may be directed to Katie Driscoll, Production Coordinator, at kdriscoll@btacmn.org.

All adult non–union actors/singers OF ANY ETHNICITY are invited to audition. We are seeking strong male and female dancers, ballet training preferred, along with a strong female dancer who can play age 17 and a strong male dancer who can play age 25. All roles will receive a $400 stipend. Rehearsals will begin approximately March 2, 2015, and will generally be weeknights with possible/likely weekend rehearsals, subject to change. Plan for a full weekend rehearsal Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 2015. Performance schedule is April 24 to May 17 (22 performances). Please note the rehearsal period and performance dates before requesting an audition time.

Song: Please prepare 16 measures of a song of the musical theater genre, although be prepared to sing more if asked. Please bring sheet music. Accompanist provided. Monologue: Please prepare a one–minute monologue, poem, essay, etc. Dance: Dress for movement.

Resume and headshot will be collected at the time of audition.

Character Breakdown:

JULIE JORDAN - A real New England village girl, but "deeper," quieter, and more complex than her friends. Her infatuation with Billy turns to a love which is proof against his fatal character weaknesses and lives on many years after the tragedy.
BILLY BIGELOW - An earthy anti–hero with a reputation for being a lay–about and a ladies' man. He is a deeply troubled character ultimately redeemed by the love that he could not communicate to his wife and unborn child.
CARRIE PIPPERIDGE - A naive, direct, and normal young woman of the period. Julie's friend; her horizon is no further than domestic bliss with the be-whiskered Mr. Snow.
MRS. MULLIN - The carousel owner; a middle-aged woman who believs that Billy is not only her employee, but her property.
ENOCH SNOW - Dour, respectable, and ambitious in a small–town sort of way, he is an affectionate faimly type too.
JIGGER CRAIGIN - A real "bad lot" who plays on Billy's weaknesses, and deserts him when things go horribly wrong.
NETTIE FOWLER - The motherly soul of the village.
MR. BASCOMBE - The self–important millionaire and richest man around.
HEAVENLY FRIEND/STARKEEPER - Billy's guides and mentors, who tell him the home–truths he really needs.

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