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Next to Normal

Auditions for Bloomington Civic Theatre’s Next to Normal (Director Joel Sass, Music Director Anita Ruth) will be Sunday, March 2nd starting at 6:30pm and Monday, March 3rd starting at 7:00pm. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, March 9th 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.).

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards, this contemporary rock musical explores how one household copes with crisis and mental illness, expanding the scope of subject matter for musicals. An emotional powerhouse that addresses grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life, combined with provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.

Requests for appointments and show-related information may be directed to Katie Driscoll, Production Coordinator at kdriscoll@btacmn.org. When making your appointment please provide a preferred date and time and phone number where you can be reached.
 
All adult non-union actors/singers of any ethnicity are invited to audition. All roles will receive a $350 stipend. Rehearsals will begin approximately August 25, 2014 and will generally be weeknights with possible/likely weekend rehearsals, subject to change. Plan for a full weekend rehearsal Sat. and Sun., Oct 11 and 12, 2014. Performance schedule is Oct. 17 – Nov. 15 (21 performances). Please note the rehearsal period and performance dates before requesting an audition time.

Song: Please prepare 16 measures of a song that best highlights your vocal range. Accompanist provided, please bring music. Monologue:  Please prepare a one minute dramatic contemporary monologue.

Character Breakdown

DIANA: Stage age thirties or forties. Sexy. sharp. Delusional bipolar depressive. Has parts of 23 songs.
 
GABE: Son of Diana and Dan. Almost eighteen, stage age. Gentle, dashing, bright, playful. Everything a mother could want. Has parts of 13 songs.
 
DAN: Diana’s husband, father of Gabe and Natalie. Stage age thirties or forties. Handsome, genuine, loyal, constant, tired. Has parts of 16 songs.
 
NATALIE: Daughter of Diana and Dan. Stage age sixteen, prodigy, but life’s not going well. Has parts of 14 songs.
 
HENRY: Stage age seventeen, musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king. Has parts of 6 songs.
 
Dr. Madden, Dr. Fine, Anesthesiologist, Others. Stage age young side of ageless, a gorgeous male, very intelligent assured, rock star in a previous lifetime. Has parts of 7 songs.

Death of a Salesman

Auditions for Bloomington Civic Theatre’s Death of a Salesman (Director Robert Neu) will be Saturday, March 15th beginning at 1pm and Sunday, March 16th beginning at 6:30pm.  Call backs will be Sunday, March 23rd and Monday, March 24th 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.).

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, $350 stipend. Rehearsals will begin approximately June 15th  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., July 5th and July 6th. Performance schedule is July 11th to July 27th (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 monologues one to two minutes long each.

THE STORY: Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Death of a Salesman revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win successand happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty, it remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theater.

Character Breakdown

Death of a Salesman takes place both in real time and in a series of flashbacks that occur 16 years earlier – hence the broad age ranges listed below for the characters of Willy, Linda, Biff, Happy, Bernard and Charley.

WILLY LOMAN – age range of 47-63; down-on-his-luck, increasingly out of touch with reality, quick tempered, obsessively devoted to Biff

LINDA LOMAN – age range of 42-58; Willy’s wife; even-tempered, utterly devoted to Willy, deeply buried emotions

BIFF LOMAN – age range of 18-34; Willy and Linda’s eldest son; once a promising and confident athlete who has lost his way and is well aware of his shortcomings

HAPPY LOMAN – age range of 16-32; Willy and Linda’s younger son; has always lived in his older brother’s shadow, compensates by pretending to be overly-confident, doesn’t know himself

BERNARD – age range of 17-33; next-door neighbor of the Lomans; a book-worm nerd who later achieves success and becomes confident

CHARLEY – age range of 44-60; Bernard’s father; good man, practical, a joker, tries to be a friend to Willy

BEN – late 40s-60 – Willy’s older brother; rich, successful, confident, appears only in Willy’s memory

HOWARD WAGNER – mid-30s – Willy’s boss; practical, non-sentimental
This role will double with STANLEY – a waiter

THE WOMAN FROM BOSTON – 30s – had an affair with Willy, loud, gauche

MISS FORSYTHE – late 20s – a “model” who has an encounter with Biff and Happy, attractive, poised

LETTA – late 20s – Miss Forsythe’s friend, similar type although less sophisticated
This role will double with JENNY – Charley’s secretary

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