AUDITIONS

What You Need for Your Audition:

Live audition schedules for all productions can often be found at:

www.AllstateCommunityTheater.org 


Click on each Production then the Cast/Crew Tab to determine Audition Dates, Times, and Character Descriptions.  Performance dates will also be listed as will other requirements.


Virtual Auditions can be sent at any time up until 6:00 p.m. the last day of scheduled auditions to virtual@stagedoorproductions.org.


Laughter on the 23rd Floor 


Auditions:

May 18, Saturday 10 am-12noon

May 19, Sunday 6:30 - 8:30 pm

May 21, Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Performance Dates: 

August 2, 3, 4 and August 9, 10, 11


Rehearsals: 

Sunday 7-9.30 pm

Wednesday  7-9:30 pm

Thursday 7-9:30 pm


ABOUT LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR

Inspired by playwright Neil Simon's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, this ensemble comedy features all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. 


Character Descriptions:

Lucas Brickman Has just started his second week as a writer.  He’s on a four-week “try-out” contract.  He’s very much “the new guy” trying to fit in, become one of the group, and impress everyone enough to be hired permanently.  He is also among the least neurotic of the bunch.

Milt Fields Milt is a rapid-fire joke machine.  He considers himself to be a cheap “wholesaler” among the other writers, who are “Tiffany” quality.  Highly insecure, he tries to stand out by dressing flamboyantly and attempting to be a ladies’ man.   

 

Val Slotsky Val is the senior member of the staff, and the most politically aware of the bunch.  As a Russian Immigrant, he speaks with a strong accent.  He is self-deprecating in an-your-face kind of way.  He states his philosophy in the play:  All humor is based on hostility.

Brian Doyle A chain smoker and heavy drinker, Brian epitomizes the cynical, hard-living writer.  He’s acerbic, bitter and has grandiose ideas that, any moment now, Hollywood will come calling.  He and Ira are constantly at each other’s throats. 

Mary Franks Mary is highly respected by all; sophisticated, worldly and self-assured.  She is also the “common sense” for the group.

 

Carol Wyman Carol is a veteran, having survived, and thrived, in this male-dominated environment.  In the first act, she’s been trying to get pregnant.  In the second act, it is obvious she has succeeded.  She is more mature and self-aware but is every bit as passionate and quick-witted.

 Max Prince Max Prince is the star of the most popular show on television:  The Max Prince Show. He is larger than life off-camera as well.  When he enters a room, he FILLS the room.  He has a brilliant madness to him that is exacerbated by his use of alcohol and sleeping pills to fight his perpetual insomnia; increasingly, it either dissipates into disorientation or devolves into out-and-out paranoia.  He is a comic genius and is a serious professional – and seriously funny man.  He does everything with gusto, exuberance, passion, and abandon.

 

Helen Helen is the quintessential secretary for the group.  She is kind-hearted and in awe of the talent she is privileged to be so close to.  Her dream is to become a comedy writer herself.  Unfortunately, she does not possess an ounce of comedic talent.  But she is amiable and, although she is uneducated, she is self-possessed and unafraid to speak her mind.

 

Ira Stone Ira is the most annoying member of the writing team, a chronic hypochondriac, a shameless attention seeker, and argumentative.  Although late for work every day, and generally disruptive he is the victim.  He is also extremely funny and very inventive.  If you don’t kill him, you kind of like him.  He and Brian are always at each other’s throats.

Sweeney Todd


Description:

The show is set in 1846. A wrongly accused Sweeney Todd steps off the boat from Australia with a young sail, Anthony Hope, who saved his life. As they make their way off the boat Todd describes his plight of his wife and daughter before parting ways with Anthony to go find them. 

When he arrives home, he is greeted to a rather odd woman named Mrs. Lovett running a failing pie shop below his old apartment. Upon seeing him, Mrs. Lovett recognizes him and tells him of his wife's death. The two then begin to collude on how to kill the man responsible, Judge Turpin. The Judge is also the one holding his daughter, Johanna, hostage as he took her as his ward after Sweeney's arrest. 

While those plans are being laid, Anthony meets Johanna by happenstance while wandering through town and they fall in love instantly. He then seeks Sweeney for help to rescue her not knowing that Johanna is his aforementioned daughter. When Sweeney realizes what is going on, he seizes the opportunity to not only free his daughter, but get his revenge on Judge Turpin.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for 9 named actors with an ensemble of 10 or more. Understudies will be picked from the ensemble.

Show Dates:

September 13th - 21st

 

Audition Days:

June 11th and 12th at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For auditions, come prepared with a monologue of 30 - 60 seconds and 32 bars to sing. There will be no accompaniment, so be prepared to sing acapella. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance.

 

Callback Day:

June 15th 10am - 12am

Be prepared to read the script and do more singing and dancing as needed.

 

Practice Days:

Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am

 

Character Descriptions:

SWEENEY TODD - Male, Mid to late 20s, Bass-Baritone or Baritone in range.

Cool, collected, calculating until he is ready to snap. He is a man who is constantly brooding and constantly thinking of how to get his revenge. He does occasionally let his temper take hold of him, but all that truly matters to him is his revenge and his daughter Johanna. 

MRS.LOVETT - Female, Mid to late 20s, Mezzo-soprano or contralto.

Quirky, manipulative, self-centered, talkative, and maternal. She is Sweeney's voice of reason and keeps his head level when he wants to act rashly. She has also fallen in love with him and of a life with just the two of them. 

ANTHONY HOPE - Male, around 18, Baritone/Tenor.

Earnest, naive, foolish. Anthony lives by his heart which gets him taken advantage of. He hates confrontation but will fight if it means that Johanna can be free. 

JOHANNA BARKER - Female, Around 18, Soprano

Innocent, naive, spirited. She is very sheltered and is trapped under Judge Turpin's roof. She doesn't understand what is outside, but she desires to be free.

 JUDGE TURPIN - Male, 30+, Bass or Bass-Baritone

A public figure who uses his power with no remorse or compassion. Besides power, the only other thing he wants is his ward Johanna as she grows into womanhood. 

TOBIAS RAGG - Male,  11-20, Tenor

A simple-minded young man. He works under Pirelli and doesn't know much about life except that if he doesn't do what he is told, he will be beaten. He believes it is better to serve a vengeful master than be hungry on the streets. 

BEADLE BAMFORD - Male, Mid to late 20s, Tenor/Countertenor

The Judge's right-hand man. He enjoys all the benefits that come from his position and how he gets Turpin's power by extension. He is incredibly pompous and condescending. 

BEGGAR WOMAN - Female, Mid to late 20s, Mezzo-Soprano

Sweeney's wife who has lost her mind after a failed overdose attempt and watching her husband be pulled away from her. She lives on the streets begging for food, coins, and prostituting herself. She is deranged, schizophrenic, wild, and unpredictable. 

ADOLFO PIRELLI - Male, 20-something, Tenor (Lots of flair)

A conman posing as a flamboyant Italian street barber. Cruel and cunning, he recognizes Sweeney and tries to blackmail him before becoming the first victim of his razor. 

ENSEMBLE - We want an array of voices and children as young as 11 are allowed to join the ensemble if their parents approve of the material of the musical.