$925 weekly minimum (LORT D)
Playwright: Brian Quijada
Director: Rebecca Martnez
Musical Director: Julian Mesri
Casting: Bass/Valle Casting
Casting Directors: Harriet Bass and Gama Valle
Callbacks: 12/13/21 & 12/14/21
SYRACUSE STAGE production dates:
First Rehearsal: 1/25/22
First Preview: 2/23/22
GEVA THEATRE production dates:
First Rehearsal: 3/23/22
First Preview: 3/30/22
SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER is a co-production between Syracuse Stage (Syracuse, NY) and GEVA Theatre (Rochester, NY)
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Equity actors for roles in the world premiere of SOMEWHERE OVER THE BORDER (see breakdown).
Bass/Valle Casting encourages people of all races, ages, ethnicities, abilities and gender identities to apply.
All performers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC (i.e., more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine) by 01/10/22. Any actor requiring a medical or religious exemption must provide written documentation for the exemption during the hiring process.
Inspired by the real life journey of the author’s mother (Reina Quijada) from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. As Reina travels north to the Mexican border, she gathers friends, faces down dangers, and holds tight to the memory of the little boy she left behind. Set in the 1970s and propelled by Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi Boleros, American Rock and Hip Hop, this new musical is both fable and family history—and a testament to the determination born of love.
NARRATOR - (he/him/his, mid 20’s to 40, Latine) Charming, funny and quick on his feet, mostly is the audiences’ guide as the principal storyteller through direct address and song, but also multiple characters with a quick change of a hat. NOTE: Has a facility with hip hop and/or rhythmic song styles. Guitar playing a plus. [VOCAL RANGE Bari-Tenor]
REINA - (she/her/hers, 18 to mid 20’s, Latine) Speaks some Spanish. Determined, enterprising, risk-taking young mother who is looking to do the best for her infant son. From El Salvador. NOTE: Must have an ability to handle comedy and drama. Facility with hip hop and/or rhythmic song styles a plus. [VOCAL RANGE Soprano]
JULIA - (she/her/hers, 40s, Latine) Speaks some Spanish. Faithful, loving, religious, hardworking, can be quick to feel hurt. She’s strict because circumstances have made her that way. Reina’s mother. From El Salvador. [VOCAL RANGE Mezzo]
ADAN / CRUZ - (he/him/his, 20s, Indigenous Latine) Speaks some Spanish. ADAN: Playful, supportive and impulsive. Reina’s brother. From El Salvador. CRUZ: A well-read, brainy farmer from Guatemala who wishes to study at the university. He often shares more of his knowledge than necessary. NOTE: Has ability to handle comedy and drama. [VOCAL RANGE Tenor]
DON NAPOLEON / SILVANO - (he/him/his, 50s, Latine) Speaks some Spanish. DON NAPOLEON: He’s the type to always have a side hustle or know who to contact. Reina’s employer and friend, he’s invested in her future. SILVANO: A drunk inn owner, his heart is broken because his family left him for the US. He's a very sad clown, and can really be over the top. [VOCAL RANGE Bass/Bari]
ANTONIA / LEONA - (she/her/hers, 50s, Latine) Speaks some Spanish. ANTONIA: Lively, outspoken, adventurous, loves to be the center of attention, but is there when you need her. LEONA: A Catholic nun from Guadalajara who dreams of being a rock star and she’s 100% got the goods, but she’s too afraid to show you. [VOCAL RANGE Alto]
Please submit a digital copy of your headshot and resume for an opportunity to send in a video audition.
LORT Non-Rep $925 weekly minimum (LORT D)