All parts are open for: The Fantasticks, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Babes in Hollywood –The Music of Garland and Rooney, The Little Foxes, The Philadelphia Story, and Defying Gravity
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
Hillbarn Theatre will be holding general auditions this Saturday and Sunday for its 2008–09 Season. This is a great opportunity for San Francisco Bay Area performers to make themselves known and available. That role you’ve always wanted to? The Classic Broadway shows that turns you on? Hillbarn Theatre has got it. The season includes THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the longest-running musical in history. The story and its presentation is pure and simple, transcending all cultural barriers. The memorable score includes many enduring hits: Try To Remember, Much More, I Can See It, Soon It’s Gonna Rain, and They Were You. Callbacks for THE FANTASTICKS will be held on Tuesday, July 1st, at 7:00 pm, at the Theatre. The callbacks for all other shows will be by appointment only, per production. Callbacks are at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Director of Production. If you are not available to come to the General Audition, please send your picture and resume with a cover letter detailing the productions in which you are interested.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS & THE FANTASTICKS
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING comes from Frank Loesser, the same guy who penned another enduring American classic, “Guys and Dolls”. HOW TO SUCCEED follows the rise of career wannabe J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook to climb the corporate ladder of success. The show opened on Broadway in 1961 and gathered seven Tony Awards as well as the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The musical’s most enduring hits include: I Believe In You, Happy to Keep
His Dinner Warm, and Brotherhood of Man.
BABES IN HOLLYWOOD – Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland
BABES IN HOLLYWOOD is a salute to the legendary screen careers of JUDY GARLAND and MICKEY ROONEY. The show is written by Vance Fulkerson and David Grapes and marks a California Premiere for Hillbarn. They are looking for two men and two women to take over such enduring hits as: Over the Rainbow, You Made Me Love You, Strike Up the Band, Yankee Doodle Boy, and many others.
THE LITTLE FOXES by Lillian Hellman reveals the convoluted lives the prosperous Hubbard family. The story runs the gamut between Southern brands of hospitality and downright murder. The role of “Regina” was introduced on Broadway in 1939 by the great Tallulah Bankhead and then sent to Warner Brothers for a workout by Bette Davis.
PHILADELPHIA STORY – Stewart, Grant, Hepburn, LITTLE FOXES – Bette Davis
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is about the Lord Family of Philadelphia and they are getting ready for a wedding! It’s a screwball comedy of who’s who and who’s getting married to who or not. With characters ranging from teenaged “Dinah” to “Thomas” the senior butler, playwright Philip Barry’s great American classic has something for everyone.
JANE ANDERSON, Playwright – Defying Gravity
Jane Anderson’s DEFYING GRAVITY concerns the death of schoolteacher astronaut Christa McAuliffe on the space shuttle Challenger from several points of view. The play is an exploration of our need to reach beyond ourselves and dare the universe. Past and present lives weave together, drawing parallels among painter Claude Monet’s artistic quest and the perspectives, aspirations, guilt and fear of other characters that stimulate our fascination with space.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE AUDITION:
FOR MUSICALS: One up-tempo and one ballad preferably in the style/genre of the production(s) for which you are auditioning. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist is provided. No Recorded Music Please.
FOR PLAYS: Prepare one comedic and one dramatic monologue preferably in the style/genre of the production(s) for which are auditioning. No longer than 2 minutes each.
If you would like to be considered for MUSICALS and PLAYS, please prepare one song and one monologue of your choice.
ALL AUDITIONERS: Bring conflict calendar. Also, if you are auditioning for more than one production, bring that many copies of your headshot and resume for each director/production. For example: if you would like to be considered for 3 of the 6 productions, bring 3 headshots and 3 resumes, etc.
Hillbarn theatre strongly encourages non traditional casting.
REHEARSALS: Will begin approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to the opening of each musical and 4 to 6 weeks prior to the opening of each play (see tech schedule below). All shows rehearse Monday through Thursday 7–10 pm, one weekend day TBD.
AUDITION LOCATION: Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404
For an Audition Appointment call: 650-349-6411
If you are not available to come to the General Audition, please send your picture and resume with a cover letter detailing the productions in which you are interested. Mail to:
Joe Duffy, Associate Artistic Director, Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404
For more information: HILLBARN THEATRE
For vocal information and character descriptions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: email@example.com.
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