Virginia Stage Company
$750 weekly minimum + health and pension
(LOA ref LORT D)
Artistic Director: Tom Quaintance
Casting: Binder Casting/Chad Eric Murnane, CSA
A Merry Little Christmas Carol
1st Rehearsal: 11/9/21
The Thanksgiving Play
1st Rehearsal: 12/28/21
1st Rehearsal: 3/22/22
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 Virginia Stage Company's 2021-22 Season (see breakdown).
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS :
Prepare either A) a brief contemporary monologue, B) the provided cut of "Don't Leave Me This Way" in the key that best suits your voice (plunk and accompaniment tracks are also provided), or C) a brief contemporary monologue and the provided cut of "Don't Leave Me This Way".
Sheet music and accompaniment tracks can be accessed here: : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cp2j7v7xem6cexa/AADJ_nd4ElLyszuHhBubQo5ha?dl=0
A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted by Mark Shanahan
Based on the novella by Charles Dickens
Directed by Tom Quaintance
1st Rehearsal: 11/9/21, Open: 12/4/21, Close: 12/24/21
Note from Director: A small cast, wildly theatrical adaptation of Dickens' classic is filled with heart and tailored specifically for Virginia Stage Company. Seeking four actors who are game to create a new Carol. Seeking one violinist in the bunch, accordion, percussion, or any other musical skills, vocal or instrumental, a huge plus. Type, age, ethnicity, gender identity not important other than it is critical to have a widely diverse acting company. This is a Carol representing our entire community, rather than an English Carol in a snow globe. British dialects could be used in certain roles but are not necessary as a base. People of color are especially encouraged to audition.
[ARTIST 1] Male Identifying or Non-Binary, late 20s+, Any Ethnicity, POC especially encouraged to audition. ARTIST 1 will play BOB CRATCHIT: works for Scrooge, constantly put upon by Scrooge and he never fights back, always leads with loving optimism and hope; MRS. DILBER: Scrooge's cranky, sharp-tongued servant; FEZZIWIG: a fun-loving party animal; and others. Outstanding ensemble player. Strong singer.
[ARTIST 2] Female Identifying or Non-Binary, late 20s+, Any Ethnicity, POC especially encouraged to audition. ARTIST 2 will play MRS. CRATCHIT: big heart, mama bear who would do anything for her family; BELLE: Scrooge's first love who can't with his greed; and others. Outstanding ensemble player. Violin, viola, flute or similar a huge plus.
[ARTIST 3] Male Identifying or Non-Binary, late 20s+, Any Ethnicity, POC especially encouraged to audition. ARTIST 3 will play FRED: Scrooge's fun-loving nephew who does not give up on his uncle; JACOB MARLEY: Scrooge's dead partner who deeply regrets his choices; PETER CRATCHIT: Tim's big brother who is just trying to help keep the family afloat; and others. Outstanding ensemble player. Accordion, concertina, squeezebox, flute, fiddle or ukulele a huge plus.
[ARTIST 4] Female Identifying or Non-Binary, late 20s+, Any Ethnicity, POC especially encouraged to audition. ARTIST 4 will play FAN: Scrooge's sister - who will break your heart: SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Swashbuckling spirit who lives life to the lees; and others. Outstanding ensemble player. Strong singer.
[SCROOGE — CAST] Male Identifying, 50s, Any Ethnicity. Hard and sharp as flint, secret and self-contained and solitary. Through his journey with the three ghosts, he regains his heart, his joy and his goodwill.
[TINY TIM — CAST] Male Identifying, 8-10 years old, Any Ethnicity. A seer who carries a disability.
[MARTHA CRATCHIT — CAST] Female Identifying, 12-16 years old, Any Ethnicity. Bob Cratchit’s eldest daughter.
THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
By Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Jessica Holt
1st Rehearsal: 12/28/21, Open: 1/22/22, Close: 2/6/22
Note from Director: In her note on casting, playwright Larissa FastHorse writes: "People of color that can pass as white should be considered” and we are very much encouraging actors who identify in this way to audition. Actors must have strong comedic skills & an adventurous sense of play.
Sypnopsis of Play: "The Thanksgiving Play" is satirical comedy in which the four hyper-politically correct, white protagonists try to devise a play about the first Thanksgiving...without any input from Native Americans. The play pokes fun at political correctness, social wokeness, and cultural assumptions.
High school drama teacher Logan is desperate to save her career. Always ready to rock the boat, she is now facing a petition that calls for her termination. With the help of several educational and cultural awareness grants she brings together three actors that will devise a play about the first Thanksgiving. Or Native American Heritage Month. Or just November in general. With yoga instructor (and boyfriend) Jaxton, elementary teacher Caden, and professional actress Alicia, Logan is out to save her career and tell a culturally conscious story about what it means to be Native American ... even though all of the performers are white.
[CADEN — CAST] Male Identifying, White, 30+. The academic. Awkward elementary school history teacher with dramatic aspirations but no experience. His dream is to have his plays performed by semi-professional actors.
[JAXTON — CAST] Male Identifying, White, 30+. A yoga practitioner and actor. Politically correct to a fault, a big one. He’s that confident guy everyone loves, but his logical PC thinking takes weird turns. Self-described “vegan ally.”
[LOGAN] Female Identifying, White, 30+. The high school drama teacher that’s always pushing the envelope in potentially inappropriate ways. Earnest about theatre and proving herself. “Woke,” vegan, nauseated at the mere mention of turkey.
[ALICIA] Female Identifying, White, 30+. Has looks that would have been cast as ethnic in 1950s movies. Without guile. Sexy and hot, but not bright.
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Kriegel
Directed by Anthony Stockard
Co-Production with Norfolk State University Theatre Company
1st Rehearsal: 3/22/22, Open: 4/16/22, Close: 5/1/22
*Aside from the roles listed below, all other open roles will be cast locally with students from Norfolk State University
[EFFIE MELODY WHITE] Female Identifying, Black, Early-Mid 20s. Lead singer of the Dreamettes. Confident and outspoken with emotional depth. Tenacious, tough, and tempermental. Journeys from ultra confidence to betrayal, but triumphs in the end. Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano with powerhouse belt.
[LORRELL ROBINSON] Female Identifying, Black, Early 20s. Young, energetic, and outspoken. Eager for success. Swept off her feet by James Thunder Early. Vocal Range: Soprano with pop belt.
[JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY] Male Identifying, Black, Early 30s. A high-energy, flashy star of early R&B. A trendsetter, but trends pass him by. A married man who has his eye on Lorrell. Vocal Range: Tenor with a strong falsetto.
[C.C. WHITE] Male Identifying, Black, Early 20s. Effie’s younger brother. Talented song writer for the Dreamettes and then later the Dreams. Endearing and soft spoken. Vocal Range: Tenor.
[DEENA JONES] Female Identifiyng, Black, 20s. She starts as a backup singer in the Dreamettes, but is thrust into the spotlight becoming the lead singer and eventally, a star. Dazzling charm and poise. Mezzo-Soprano with pop belt.
[CURTIS TAYLOR JR.] Male Identifying, Black, Early 30s. A slick car salesman who talks himself into becoming ‘The Dreamettes’ Manager. Later becomes Jimmy’s Manager too. Baritone.
SEE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS IN BREAKDOWN. Submit here: https://airtable.com/shryCYENooE73DpC7
LOA $750 weekly minimum + health and pension (LOA ref LORT D)