Overture Onstage LLC
NY, NY 10023
Casting for “Under the Overture” a new comedy for singers. Developmental workshop, October, NYC. This is a musical comedy/operatic hybrid, a riotous vehicle for clowns akin to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, On the Twentieth Century, and Noises Off. All roles require STRONG comedic/farcical chops and, unless indicated otherwise, true OPERATIC/LEGIT singing voices that would be appropriate for Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Check out our website for a description of the show, the creatives, and video and audio clips: www.undertheoverture.com “Under the Overture” was one of six finalists in the MUT International Music Theater Competition in Munich, Germany and enjoyed a very successful showing there this past July. At this time, we are accepting non-union submissions.
The “Under the Overture” workshop will require a four-week commitment, daytime rehearsals, from October 1 to October 28. There will be three private industry performances. Auditions, by appointment, will be held end of August.
Thirties, character man, operatic baritone (G2 — F4)
Vain-glorious singer-manager of a provincial operatic troupe. Two-timing Truffo is a real operator, a big blowhard who’s been running the show for too long and is long-due for a good kick in the ass.
Twenties, comic leading lady, operatic mezzo-soprano (B-flat4 — B-flat5)
Truffo’s emotionally volatile and talent-free protégée. Befuddled and helpless — in a rather calculating way. Weary of the life she leads, Bimba’s ready to drop the bimbo routine and move on.
Forties, character man, operatic tenor (D3 – B5 [falsetto D5])
Deeply sensitive and deeply untalented, the sad sack impresario of the local opera house. His illusions on all things Artistic have bankrupted him. A drowning man whose undoing just may be his salvation.
Forties, character woman, operatic contralto (E-flat3 — F5)
Benno’s overbearing wife. Gazza has bitterly watched Benno squander their fortune on his disastrous operas. Now she’ll take the reins to restore her reputation and ensure her son’s success, whatever the cost.
Twenties, comic juvenile, operatic leggiero tenor (E-flat3 — E-flat5 [high tessitura])
Gazza and Benno’s strapping teen-age son, repressed, neurotic, and crippled with stage fright. Despite this, Zito really does have the pipes for a career. Role requires vocal as well as physical flexibility.
Fifties, character man, baritone (A-flat2 — G4)
Aging troupe baritone, a self-deluded never-was still clinging to his divo persona. Flato puts up with a lot of abuse, but now, as push comes to shove, he’s discovering new Machiavellian resources.
Twenties, comic ingénue, coloratura soprano (D4 — D6)
Flato’s saucy daughter and troupe soubrette. A girl who knows what she wants — and what she wants is the clueless Zito.
Thirties, character woman, contemporary pop/Broadway belt (G3 — E5 [opt. A6]) Non-operatic.
Seriously furious wife of Truffo and until very recently the troupe’s prima donna. A survivor who has risen from the ashes with a brazen new voice — and woe unto the man who tries to silence her now.
Diminutive character man (young man aged), some talk-singing, physical comedian. Non-operatic.
The ancient Toscanini-esque conductor of the troupe. Irascible, forgetful, and prone to falling asleep. Role requires a strong comic actor with real physical comedy/slapstick skills.
Thirties, character man, non-singing, physical comedian. Non-operatic.
World-renowned star tenor. Glamourous, imperious, lecherous. Role requires a strong comic actor with real physical comedy/slapstick skills.
WORKSHOP DATES and LOCATION
Four weeks, October 1 through October 28, at the West End Theatre, West 86th Street and West End Avenue, in New York City. Workshop will rehearse days, so daytime availability is a must.
Pays $500 a week.
October 1, 2018 - October 28, 2018